4NCL: 1 - 3 May2010

Saturday 1 May

 

WESSEX 1

v

CELTIC TIGERS 1

1

w

Simons, Martin J

2200

0 - 1

Hetey, Laszlo

2344

2

b

Rutter, Nick J

2189

1 - 0

Hoffman, Hendrik

2252

3

w

Kawuma, Steven Male

2202

1 - 0

Haldane, Robin W

2159

4

b

Yeo, Michael J

2152

½ - ½

Pedersen, Carsten

2157

5

w

Jenks, Bruce

2127

0 - 1

Josse, Mark

2096

6

b

de Coverly, Roger D

2119

½ - ½

French, Angus J

2096

7

w

Wheeler, John F

2162

1 - 0

Thomas, Mark

2049

8

b

Norman, Dinah M (F)

1932

½ - ½

Owens, Megan R (F)

1774

 

 

 

 

4½-3½

 

 

 

To begin at the ending, Wessex 1 somehow managed to win all their 3 matches in the final weekend and thereby just avoided relegation.  Someone asked me before the match how many points we would need over the weekend.  Up until then I hadn’t properly considered it.  I thought 2 wins out of 3 would be enough if other results went our way.  Of course, as it happened, other results did not go our way and so anything other than 3 wins would have seen us relegated.

 

For once, we didn’t suffer from a Friday withdrawal necessitating a trawl through Southern England looking for possible wildcards – which pleasure was left to Allan and the second team on the Saturday! Our main problem was getting the team to turn up at the board.  I overshot the exit on the motorway.  Steven was reliant on his non-working Tom-Tom.  Martin and Nick arrived in the playing hall together, couldn’t see anyone they recognised and so embarked on an unsuccessful tour of the building before returning to their starting point some 10 minutes late.  Over the board matters weren’t going very well in places either. Bruce blamed his demise on his preparation which I think got him as far as move 3.  Dinah extended her drawing streak by repeating moves in a position where she could have won a queen. I sacrificed one pawn for some dubious compensation and made matters worth by giving up another. Despite managing to win them both back, I was still worse when my opponent agreed a draw in time trouble.  Somehow we reached the time control all square with Nick’s game outstanding.

 

Pos0

Hoffman v Rutter     White to play

 

Early on, Nick had won a pawn but was then forced into sacrificing the exchange to stop one of the White pawns queening.  Had White now played Kg1 it would have been difficult for Nick to carry on pressing for a win.  However, after 46.Rd2? Bxf2 47.Rxf2 Rxf2 48.Kxh3 Kg6 he was eventually able to win the R+P ending.

 

The Italian restaurant was a disaster.  Noisy and slow, a waiter then succeeded in pouring a pint of lager and half a bottle of wine over Martin just as we had spotted the intention to add 10% to our bill for “service”.  The pizzas had to be returned to be reacquainted with a heat source.  Thankfully the 10% was missing from the bill.

Sunday 2 May

 

FCA SOLUTIONS 1

v

WESSEX 1

1

w

Tippleston, Charles E

2137

1 - 0

Kawuma, Steven Male

2202

2

b

Almond, Richard J

2151

½ - ½

Rutter, Nick J

2189

3

w

Smith, Graham M

2106

0 - 1

Jenks, Bruce

2127

4

b

Reuben, Stewart

2152

0 - 1

Yeo, Michael J

2152

5

w

Brown, Alan M

2118

0 - 1

Simons, Martin J

2200

6

b

Borrowdale, Graham E

2074

0 - 1

de Coverly, Roger D

2119

7

w

Freeman, Richard CP

2061

1 - 0

Marsh, Roger DW

2067

8

b

Evans, Helen I (F)

1626

½ - ½

Norman, Dinah M (F)

1932

 

 

 

 

3 - 5

 

 

Another match where the final score is somewhat deceptive.  Roger M lost quite quickly having somehow misplaced a couple of crucial tempi in an otherwise symmetrical position.  Dinah continued her unbeaten run, this time from a significantly worse position.  I was surrounded by a couple of Benkos.  Martin won quite easily but Bruce needed rather longer.  I managed to improve on a blitz game played by Bobby Fischer against my opponent some 47 years ago. Steven was gradually ground down.  Nick reached his second R+P ending for the weekend but this time without any realistic winning chances. 4-3 up with Roger de C’s game to go.

Pos0

 De Coverly v Borrowdale    White to move

Earlier, when the match position was still unclear, Roger had turned down a draw offer as he thought he could play on without risk.  Now the position is more double edged, but had he found b4! on either this or the next move, we would have been saved a further two hours of tension.  Instead he continued with his plan A: 42.Kc4? Kg5 43.Kb5? Ra7 44.Bc4 Kxh5 45.Kb6 Re7 46.Rxa5 Kg5 47.Kc6 h5 48.Bd5 h4 49.Ra8 h3 50.Kd6 h2

 

De Coverly v Borrowdale    White to move
Pos0

By now, matters were getting rather desperate.  I started to work out what score we might have to beat Guildford by in Round 11 to avoid relegation and discovered that there were some scenarios where 8-0 wouldn’t be enough. Several moves back, Roger had missed that Black had the very inconvenient Be5+ to save the h pawn.  It is possible that here 51 Kxe7 h1=Q 52 Kf7 Qh6 53 Rg8 winning the g pawn might give some drawing chances. 

51. Rh8 Ra7 52.e5 Bxe5+ 53.Ke6 Ra6+ 54.Kf7 Ra7+ 55.Ke6 Ra6+ 56.Kf7 Kxf5 57.Kxg7 Ra7+ 58.Kh6

Pos0

De Coverly v Borrowdale    Black to move

Here Black has a number of ways to win quickly (e.g. 58....Bf4+ 59 Kh5 h1=Q+ 60 Bxh1 Ra2 and the threat of mate wins the bishop (and mates a few moves later). However, the time control at move 60 meant that Black chose a move that still wins but more slowly.  He carried on playing a series of suboptimal moves including 64....f4? after which the position is probably drawn and then 66....h1=Q? after which Black is lost.  The drama wasn’t quite over as Roger had overlooked 72....Rh4 but fortunately he was able to deal with that as well.

58....Ra1?! 59.Kg7 Kg5 60.Rh3 f5+ 61.Kf7 Kg4 62.Rh6 Kg3 63.Ke6 Bg7 64.Rh7 f4? 65.Rxg7 f3 66.Rh7 h1Q? 67.Rxh1 Rxh1 68.g7 Rh6+ 69.Kf5 Rh5+ 70.Kf6 Rh6+ 71.Kg5 f2 72.Bc4 Rh4 73.Be2 f1Q 74.Bxf1 Rg4+ 75.Kh6 Rh4+ 76.Kg6 Rg4+ 77.Kh7 Rh4+ 78.Kg8 Kf3 79.Bc4 Ke3 80.Kf8 1-0

 

The drive to the restaurant in Eversley for dinner with the second team was noticeable for yet another baptising of Martin.  It seems that recently my wife had not closed the sunroof of the car properly and the rainwater that had gathered overnight thus descended upon him.

 

Monday 3 May

 

WESSEX 1

v

GUILDFORD-A&DC 3

1

w

Jenks, Bruce

2127

½ - ½

Lalic, Peter D

1946

2

b

Yeo, Michael J

2152

1 - 0

Deswarte, Ian

1900

3

w

Simons, Martin J

2200

0 - 1

Domingos, Franciscos *

1962

4

b

Rutter, Nick J

2189

1 - 0

Gibbs, Daniel C

1858

5

w

Kawuma, Steven Male

2202

1 - 0

Armour, Philip

1850

6

b

de Coverly, Roger D

2119

1 - 0

Waldock, Adrian DP

1850

7

w

Marsh, Roger DW

2067

1 - 0

Harford, Alun

1746

8

b

Norman, Dinah M (F)

1932

½ - ½

Ward, Matthew J

1705

 

 

 

 

6 - 2

 

 

Had Roger de C lost the previous day, we would have had to win this match 7½ - ½, but as it was we merely had to win.  There was a brief moment of doubt when Martin overlooked that his opponent was threatening to take a crucial pawn.  Dinah was also under some pressure, but kept her unbeaten run.  The rest were reasonably straightforward wins except on Board 1.  Bruce tried for some time although quite what he was trying is a bit of a mystery.   Rather than my providing an in-depth description of a rather boring game, I am thankfully able to refer you to:            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VX1IYw2jS-w

 

I am sure it will be argued that the split division format provided an exciting end to the season.  Wessex were outrageously fortunate not to be relegated.  White Rose were unlucky but it could have been worse. Having thrashed Wessex 1 6-2 they might have found Wessex 2 being promoted to take their place.  Brown Jack were even more a victim of the system.  Against the same opposition that Anglian Avengers and Wessex 1 faced they scored many more points but losing in the first weekend to both of us mattered far more.  Football is familiar with relegation battles that are labelled double pointers – chess now has the equivalent of triple pointers! 

 

Saturday 1 May

 

WESSEX 2

v

SUSSEX SMART CONTROLS

1

w

Pleasants, Allan J

2038

1 - 0

Michaud, Gerald

2066

2

b

default

 

0 - 1

Bucher, Grant W

2017

3

w

Buchkremer, Felix

2088

1 - 0

Payne, Matthew J

1871

4

b

Gregory, Keith DF

2060

1 - 0

Woods, Timothy J

1810

5

w

Kemp, Paul M

2026

1 - 0

Aggarwal, Kumarsambhav

1786

6

b

Coburn, Joseph A

1858

0 - 1

Burch, Jonathan G

1770

 

 

 

 

4 - 2

 

 

 

Allan Pleasants reports: On the way to Wokefield park I received the news that Phil’s back had gone and that he was confined to the hotel bedroom. A hastily arranged doctor provided an injection to ease the pain, but he arrived too late for Phil to compete. Phil managed to get home okay and we wish him a speedy recovery. The match was close with good wins for Keith, Felix, Paul and myself. Not so lucky was Joe who turned down a draw offer and went on to lose when the Rook and Pawn proved better than the Knight and Bishop in the endgame. The result kept us on track for promotion, with at least a win and draw required from rounds 10 and 11. We headed off to a Thai restaurant in Reading and enjoyed a very nice meal, interrupted by many calls as I tried to find wild card replacements for Phil on Sunday and Monday. I found Frank Pittman to play on Sunday and Andrew Footner on Monday.

Sunday 2 May

 

E2E4.ORG.UK 2

v

WESSEX 2

1

w

Mansson, James C

2142

0 - 1

Pleasants, Allan J

2038

2

b

Bonafont, Philip R

2154

1 - 0

Tunks, Dominic

2076

3

w

Talbot, Andrew R

2141

0 - 1

Buchkremer, Felix

2088

4

b

Compton, Alistair

2061

0 - 1

Gregory, Keith DF

2060

5

w

Edwards, Ray B

2061

1 - 0

Pittman, Frank J *

1898

6

b

Ireland, David J

2010

1 - 0

Coburn, Joseph A

1858

 

 

 

 

3 - 3

 

 

 

Allan’s travelogue:  An early start was needed as I travelled back to Dorchester to pick up Frank for his 4NCL debut.. It looked to me as if Frank, playing black, was fractionally worse for much of the game. Sadly it was not a winning start though it was the longest game played. My opponent pushed a little too hard with his Maroczy bind and once it broke up the position crumbled quickly. Keith and Felix both won well again, while Dominic looked a little out of sorts and lost with his opponent making fairly simple moves to chase Dominic’s knights away. Joe had his second loss of the weekend though I didn’t get to see too much of the game. This left us needing a good draw for the final round and a match we had to win.

 

Monday 3 May

 

WESSEX 2

v

WARWICKSHIRE SELECT 2

1

w

Pleasants, Allan J

2038

1 - 0

Ingram, Keith R

2114

2

b

Tunks, Dominic

2076

0 - 1

Weaving, Richard

2098

3

w

Buchkremer, Felix

2088

1 - 0

Page, Mark E

1996

4

b

Gregory, Keith DF

2060

½ - ½

Agnew, Alan

2010

5

w

Footner, Andrew F *

1919

0 - 1

Fallowfield, Nicholas K

2018

6

b

Coburn, Joseph A

1858

1 - 0

Price, Andrew

1930

 

 

 

 

3½-2½

 

 

 

 

Captain Allan:  The pairings left us with a remote chance of promotion, but we gave it a good shot with steady wins for myself and Felix and a draw for Keith. Joe’s fortunes for the weekend improved with a good win, while Dominic continued on his downward trip in a game that had many ups and downs. Having prevented his opponent castling I thought Dominic should have tried to sacrifice his centre pawns in order to get at his opponents king. Instead he targeted his opponent’s queenside pawns, but they advanced quickly and cramped him. In the time scramble his opponent missed simple wins and in the final position Dominic was winning, but he failed to make the time control. My game was the last game to finish in Division 3 for the 2009/2010 season. I had a solid position, but had to find a bishop sacrifice in order to break through. Unfortunately we missed out on promotion by a narrow margin of a couple of game points, having not played any of the bottom teams in the league. However I think we would have seriously struggled in Division 2.

 

I’d like to thank Mike for all his efforts this year in organising the Wessex teams and the support that I have had from all our team members. I look forward to seeing you later this year so enjoy the summer break and perhaps I will see some of you at the Wales International tournament or the British Championships.

 


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