Archive for February 5th, 2017
Exmouth hosted a team from Newton Abbot for their match in Devon’s 2nd Division, the Mamhead Cup. Losses by Chris Scott and Malcolm Belt were off-set by a well-judged win by team captain, Oliver Wensley, against the highly-experienced Alan Brusey. Alan’s chess has suffered in recent years during a period of ill-health, but he is now back to something like his best. Both players aimed to keep things simple by sweeping almost everything off the board and getting down to a rooks & pawn ending by move 13. However, there is nothing simple about rook & pawn endings; even GMs are prone to errors at this stage of the game, but Oliver judged all the nuances very well and came out the winner.
This left the onus on Meyrick Shaw to try for a win in order the rescue a draw. This involved a 63 move game against an opponent who has, in past matches against Exmouth, proved a cool and resourceful player. However, Meyrick kept the pressure and and eventually ran out the winner.
|DCCA Mamhead Cup Div. 2|
|1||Oliver WENSLEY||168||1||0||Alan BRUSEY||166|
|2||Meyrick SHAW||163||1||0||Paul BROOKS||161|
|3||Chris SCOTT||151||0||1||Vignesh RAMESH||154|
|4||Malcolm BELT||127||0||1||Charlie HOWARD||143|