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Exmouth’s first match in Devon’s premiership was at home against Newton Abbot. There had been problems about finding a venue, but the newly-refurbished Writing Room at the Manor Hotel proved ideal.
Steve Martin’s was the first game to finish. He has the habit of turning up, winning in little over an hour, before going back home immediately. No-one’s complaining, as this immediately puts pressure on the opposition. Then Jonathan Underwood got a draw against the dangerous junior, John Fraser, followed by another win, this time for Chris Scott who made no mistakes and took full advantage of a couple of slight misjudgments by his opponent. This was balanced by a loss by John Stephens who had Black, and failed to get satisfactory counter-play against Mackle’s opening.
This left Bds. 5 & 6 to decide the outcome. Gosling had had something of a harum-scarum game, losing a piece but winning 2 significant pawns by way of compensation. In the end he was able to force a perpetual check with his queen. 3 points in the bag. However, Oliver Wensley’s position looked pretty watertight, and was never in danger of losing, unless he blundered. He offered a draw, but knowing that to accept would mean losing the match Kinder declined. A few moves later he consulted with his captain before accepting the draw, possibly in order to avoid the prospect of a 4-2 loss or to get back home at a respectable hour.
The games scores will shortly be sent to the chessdevon website.
|1||J. K. Stephens||194||0||1||D. Mackle||203|
|2||J. Underwood||179||½||½||J. Fraser||181|
|3||S. Martin||171||1||0||M. Hui||150|
|4||C. J. Scott||157||1||0||T. F. Thynne||161|
|5||B. G. Gosling||153||½||½||P. Brooks||154|
|6||O. E. Wensley||149||½||½||A. Kinder||149|
Exmouth had their first home match of the season when they entertained old rivals Teignmouth to the town. It was not quite a home match as the Club’s new base, the Royal Beacon Hotel, had a Christmas party booked. But the Manor Hotel, just down the road, on the Beacon, came to the rescue and offered their small “Writing Room” as a suitable area. They also had a function booked, the annual meeting of the local Euchre League (don’t ask – it’s a strange American card game that has survived in Exmouth for generations). But both activities were ‘low maintenance’ and didn’t interfere with each other. It must be said that over the past 2 decades the managements of both hotels have been very good to the chess community, both local and national, and it is hoped will continue as it’s of mutual benefit.
After c. 90 minutes play, the match seemed to be going the visitors’ way, as Boards 1 and 4 were definitely looking bad for Exmouth, but two blunders in those games came to the rescue and turned what could have been a 3-1 defeat into a 3-1 victory.
|Mamhead Cup||Div 2||29.11.2014|
|1||John Stephens||194||1||0||Bill Ingham||176|
|2||Jon Underwood||179||½||½||Alan Brusey||176|
|3||Oliver Wensley||149||½||½||Kevin Hindom||145|
|4||Simon Blake||102||1||0||Norman Tidy||137|
Two turning points from the match:
Above: Black has just played …h5, possibly expecting the g-pawn to move, but f5! wins immediately as Black can’t prevent a passed pawn being created.
Below: White has been asking all the questions so far in the game, and has just played Rd7, threatening Black’s f-pawn and possibly with thoughts of doubling his rooks on the open file at some point. But …Bc8 wins a piece and Black’s bishop pair boss the game from then on.
Exmouth now have to face Tiverton (A) and Newton Abbot (H) in this league in the New Year.
Exmouth’s first match in the Devon Leagues involved the longest trip of the season, to Barnstaple, where they expected to be facing a team headed up by IM Jack Rudd or Theo Slade – or both. As it turned out, neither was available, for reasons that will become apparent. So the home team’s strength was somewhat below what was expected.
The Barnstaple captain, Steve Clarke, got into terrible trouble in the opening and faced with two ways of losing material, he prevented both with a move that allowed mate on move 13. That’s the problem with being a playing home captain - one’s head is full of potential problems e.g. is the premises going to be unlocked; is everyone going to turn up; are the refreshments organised etc. So much so that once play starts one’s head is elsewhere.
In the Scott-Oughton game, a lot of material came off the board early on, and with no discernable advantage to either side a draw was agreed. On Board 3, team captain Oliver Wensley secured Black’s d- and e-pawns and was able to force the issue down those central files with his extra pawn, backed by rooks, advancing with unanswerable threats. Malcolm Belt, usually a buccaneering cut & thrust merchant, found himself in a long attritional game in which, python-like, he gradually deprived his opponent of the oxygen of space, and kept him restricted to his back 2 ranks until the win was secured.
It may have been a relief not to be facing Rudd and/or Slade, but the reason for their absence was that, aparently, they were playing for Tiverton in the Bremridge Cup Div. 1, which is not such good news for Exmouth’s 1st team later in the season. Tiverton’s team list that day can only be wondered at.
|Mamhead Cup||Div 2||08.11.2014|
|1||Steve Clarke||133||0||1||Meyrick Shaw||170|
|2||Rob Oughton||131||½||½||Chris Scott||157|
|3||Jon Munsey||128||0||1||Oliver Wensley||149|
|4||Mike Dow||115||0||1||Malcolm Belt||128|
Last year, Seaton improved their chances by bringing in Steve Martin, and this year added Dr. Jonathan Underwood, which tipped the balance altogether. Seaton won both rounds 2.5 – 1.5 and finished 5-3 winners. Chris Scott maintained his continuing improvement by winning his individual encounter against Martin, while Jones managed to stem early aggression from Adams and may have had very slight advantages in both games but with time running out offered draws, which Adams was minded to accept. But Underwood was clearly fired up after winning 6 Blitz games eight days earlier and the combination of his endgame technique and speed of move proved too much for the Exmouth captain. Blake had a won position in Rd. 1 but ran very low on time and Dowse kindly offered a draw when he could have won on time.
Exmouth have started with a loss several times before in this competition, but managed to make up lost ground. In this case, this seems less likely than hitherto, and Seaton must be considered serious contenders for the title.
|Seaton||Grd||Rd 1||Rd 2||Rd 1||Rd 2||Exmouth||Grd|
|1||Jon Underwood||179||1||1||0||0||Mark Abbott||167|
|2||Steve Martin||172||½||0||½||1||Chris Scott||157|
|3||Martyn Adams||133||½||½||½||½||Bob Jones||147|
|4||Alan Dowse||111||½||1||½||0||Simon Blake||91|
The start of Exmouth’s league season was a unique event in the history of the club. For the first time ever, they had entered two teams in the Exeter & District League Division 1, and the league rules rightly state that any club with 2 teams in the same division must make that their first match, to avoid any possible suspicion that, should they meet in a later round, one team might voluntarily lose in order for the other to win the cup. Not that they would, of course, but any team so edged out couldn’t help but wonder…..
Not that there would be any danger of that happening in this case, as, given the club’s relatively limited playing resources, both teams were likely to be well short of the maximum team grade total of 640, unless they acquire some strong new members from somewhere. But the club are treating it as a fun event with no high expectations of ultimate glory.
On the night, blunders abounded; one player tore his scoresheet up in disgust while another didn’t submit his scoresheet at all - all good fun. At the end of night it was the Elephants that got trampled while the Eagles soared above.
|Bd||Exmouth Elephants||Grd||Exmouth Eagles||Grd|
|1||S. J. Murray||138||½||½||C. J. Scott||157|
|2||D. Thomson||134||½||½||R. H. Jones||129|
|3||F. R. Hodge||97||0||1||M. Belt||128|
|4||T. Badlan||82||0||1||S. Blake||102|
Exmouth Chess Club’s traditional season-starter has, for several decades been its “Buzzer” Tournament. This comprises a small battery-powered device that emits an audible buzz every 10 seconds. This was cobbled together c. 30 years ago by Fred Hodge, and is kept in a small cigar box. Each player has to move on the sound, if it is their move. It’s an all-play-all event involving anyone and everyone who turns up on the night.
It involves a peculiar manifestation of the relativity of time. At the start of each game, the 10 seconds thinking time seems like an eternity, but within 10 moves that same time seems like one second and towards the end it’s like a nano-second as one’s brain struggles to sort the almighty mess one has got into.
Last year’s winner, Meyrick Shaw, started badly with a loss to Malcolm Belt, but thereafter conceded only a single draw.
The results were as follows:
|1||129415F||G||Abbott, Mark V||173||+1||167||-9|
|2||242270A||B||Badlan, Tom W||82||+3||78||-2|
|5||214854H||B||Derrick, Ken W||197||-7|
|6||111446D||G||Gosling, Brian GE||153||+1|
|7||181711F||B||Grist, Ivor G||108||+3||88||-2|
|8||140874E||B||Hodge, Fred R||97||+1|
|9||266234G||S||Hurst, Kevin J||191||+9||157||0|
|10||181711F||B||Grist, Ivor G||108||+3||88||-2|
|11||113895K||S||Jones, Robert H||129||-3||147||-1|
|12||116002D||B||Murray, J Stephen||138||-3||140||0|
|13||118154D||S||Rogers, David R||158||+12|
|14||248908K||B||Scott, Chris J||157||+12||157||+6|
|16||155629A||S||Stephens, John KF||194||+8||178||-2|
|17||242384E||G||Toms, David A||151||+9|
|19||285021H||S||Wensley, Oliver E||149||-8||151||+3|
After the false start a little while ago, having confused a June re-adjustment with the new list, here is the new, definitive grading list as it applies to anyone who has played in or for the Exmouth teams during the past season.
Top improvers are Chris Scott, who did extremely well in both internal and external tournaments throughout the season, and Dave Rogers who did equally well in congresses, winning a number of prizes en route. Not far behind are Kevin Hurst, John Stephens, and Drs. Toms & Underwood, all of whom went up significantly.
Jones has slipped 3 points to 129, his consolation being that he will now be automatic top grade in any U-130 tournaments, like the new Thynne section of the 5 Rd. Morning tournament at Paignton, coming up in just over 4 weeks time. 1st prize £300 – no pressure there, then.
This year the venue had to be moved from the Royal Beacon Hotel, where the event had been held for the previous15 years, on account of a wedding having been booked for our usualk playing hall. So the nearby Manor Hotel, kindly moved in and made an offer we couldn’t refuse, and for the past year this has been the focus of attention – new circumstances, new staff, what can possibly go wrong etc.
However, this did not prevent a number of players booking their accommodation at the Beacon. One of them, who shall be nameless, expressed the hope that the wedding festivities would not prove too noisy for other guests, only to be told the wedding had long since been cancelled!
The Manor’s function room, although somewhat smaller than the Beacon’s, managed to accommodate all the games asked of it, the entry being a little down on recent years and probably just as well in the circumstances.
After a few words of welcome, White clocks were started at exactly 10.00. Rd. 1 results were as follows;-
|WECU Championship||2014||Open Rd. 1|
|1||Bolt, Graham||177||(0)||0 – 1||Mcmichael, Richard J||213||(0)|
|2||Boyne, Andrew K||196||(0)||1 – 0||Shaw, Meyrick||176||(0)|
|3||Thompson, Robert||176||(0)||½ – ½||Clark, Ian C||193||(0)|
|4||Simons, Martin J||191||(0)||½ – ½||Bartlett, Simon||175||(0)|
|5||Slade, Theo||173||(0)||½ – ½||Stephens, John K||186||(0)|
|6||Paulden, Tim||184||(0)||1 – 0||Stephenson, David W||159||(0)|
|7||Toms, David A||142||(0)||½ – ½||Fraser, John||180||(0)|
|8||Regis, David||180||(0)||1 – 0|
|9||Littlejohns, David P||182||(0)||½ – 0|
|WECU Congress||2014||Major (U-175) Rd.1|
|101||Ingham, H William||169||(0)||1 – 0||Harris, Martyn J||152||(0)|
|102||Morton, Peter S||149||(0)||0 – 1||Bass, John W||168||(0)|
|103||Brusey, Alan||167||(0)||1 – 0||Moore, Gillian A||147||(0)|
|104||Morgan, Jamie||147||(0)||0 – 1||Page, Martin C||167||(0)|
|105||Thynne, Trefor F||166||(0)||1 – 0||Rogers, David R||146||(0)|
|106||Dimond, Peter D||145||(0)||0 – 1||O’Gorman, Brendan||164||(0)|
|107||Gamble, Raymond J||163||(0)||1 – 0||Taylor, Geoffrey P||145||(0)|
|108||Tew, Paul||145||(0)||0 – 1||Dean, Steve K||161||(0)|
|109||Nyman, John C||161||(0)||½ – ½||Roberts, Malcolm A||144||(0)|
|110||Lawrence, David||137||(0)||½ – ½||Burton, Ronnie||159||(0)|
|111||Sellwood, Colin||157||(0)||½ – ½||Chapman, Timoth||135||(0)|
|112||Robertson, Jim||134||(0)||½ – ½||Wensley, Oliver E||157||(0)|
|113||Price, Andrew||155||(0)||½ – ½||Hamilton, Selwyn||133||(0)|
|114||Worrall, Martin C||133||(0)||0 – 1||Annetts, Ivor S||152||(0)|
|115||Gosling, Brian G||152||(0)||1 – 0||Mills, Nigel||122||(0)|
|116||Woodward, Tim F||153||(0)||½ – 0|
|WECU Congress||2014||Minor (U-140) Rd. 1|
|201||Spooner, Keith C||119||(0)||½ – ½||Sandercock, E Barry||137||(0)|
|202||Wilby, Robert G||137||(0)||0 – 1||Whittington, Reece||119||(0)|
|203||Gardiner, Colin J||116||(0)||0 – 1||Barber-Lafon, Jacquie||135||(0)|
|204||Dicker, Nigel||135||(0)||½ – ½||Waters, Roger G||116||(0)|
|205||Dean, John E||115||(0)||0 – 1||Foster, Paul||134||(0)|
|206||Blencowe, Ian P||129||(0)||1 – 0||Burt, David F||114||(0)|
|207||Bailey, Gregory L||112||(0)||1 – 0||Allen, Timothy S||127||(0)|
|208||Jackson, Paul A||127||(0)||1 – 0||Fraser, Alan R||112||(0)|
|209||Welch, Hazel||109||(0)||0 – 1||Errington, Paul T||126||(0)|
|210||Alexander, Ken||126||(0)||½ – ½||Maber, Martyn J||93*||(0)|
|211||Kelly, Edmund||104||(0)||0 – 1||Hunt, Ray K||125||(0)|
|212||Tidy, Norman F||124||(0)||0 – 1||Dengler, Terry||95||(0)|
|213||Cox, Reg E||87||(0)||0 – 1||Parfett, Gerald F||121||(0)|
|214||Gilbert, David J||138||(0)||½ – 0|
Round 1 was completed by 2 p.m. and 90 minutes was allowed between rounds, the afternoon rounds all starting at 3.30. However, it became apparent that modern arbiters are now so efficient at making the draws using specialised software, that this task could easily be done in an hour, making it possible to re-start at 3 p.m. Although it’s too late to change for this year, the committee will certainly be considering this change for next year.
Round 2 saw McMichael, a last minute entry, moving into the sole lead , with 4 players a half point behind. Perhaps the most remarkable of these is the veteran David Toms, who has been in declining health for a number of years, yet opted for the Open as he thought “It might be my last congress and I might as well give it a go”. He’s certainly doing that.
|WECU Open||2014||Round 2 Results|
|1||McMichael, Richard J||213||(1)||1 – 0||Paulden, Tim||184||(1)|
|2||Regis, David||180||(1)||½ – ½||Boyne, Andrew K||196||(1)|
|3||Clark, Ian C||193||(½)||½ – ½||Slade, Theo||173||(½)|
|4||Littlejohns, David P||182||(½)||½ – ½||Simons, Martin J||191||(½)|
|5||Stephens, John K||186||(½)||0 – 1||Thompson, Robert||176||(½)|
|6||Bartlett, Simon||175||(½)||0 – 1||Toms, David A||142||(½)|
|7||Fraser, John||180||(½)||0 – 1||Bolt, Graham||177||(0)|
|8||Shaw, Meyrick||176||(0)||½ – ½||Stephenson, David W||159||(0)|
|WECU Major||2014||Round 2 Results|
|101||O’Gorman, Brendan||164||(1)||½ – ½||Ingham, H William||169||(1)|
|102||Bass, John W||168||(1)||½ – ½||Gamble, Raymond||163||(1)|
|103||Page, Martin C||167||(1)||1 – 0||Gosling, Brian G||152||(1)|
|104||Dean, Steve K||161||(1)||½ – ½||Brusey, Alan W||167||(1)|
|105||Annetts, Ivor S||152||(1)||0 – 1||Thynne, Trefor F||166||(1)|
|106||Hamilton, Selwyn||133||(½)||½ – ½||Nyman, John C||161||(½)|
|107||Burton, Ronnie||159||(½)||1 – 0||Robertson, Jim||134||(½)|
|108||Roberts, Malcolm A||144||(½)||1 – 0||Sellwood, Colin||157||(½)|
|109||Wensley, Oliver E||157||(½)||1 – 0||Lawrence, David J||137||(½)|
|110||Chapman, Timothy||135||(½)||½ – ½||Price, Andrew||155||(½)|
|111||Woodward, Tim F||153||(½)||½ – ½||Morgan, Jamie||147||(0)|
|112||Harris, Martyn J||152||(0)||1 – 0||Tew, Paul||145||(0)|
|113||Taylor, Geoffrey P||145||(0)||½ – ½||Morton, Peter S||149||(0)|
|114||Moore, Gillian A||147||(0)||½ – ½||Dimond, Peter D||145||(0)|
|115||Rogers, David R||146||(0)||½ – ½||Worrall, Martin C||133||(0)|
|WECU Minor||2014||Round 2 Results|
|201||Barber-Lafon, Jacquie||135||(1)||1 – 0||Hunt, Ray K||125||(1)|
|202||Foster, Paul||134||(1)||½ – ½||Parfett, Gerald F||121||(1)|
|203||Whittington, Reece||119||(1)||½ – ½||Blencowe, Ian P||129||(1)|
|204||Dengler, Terry||95||(1)||0 – 1||Jackson, Paul A||127||(1)|
|205||Errington, Paul T||126||(1)||½ – ½||Bailey, Gregory L||112||(1)|
|206||Gilbert, David J||138||(½)||½ – ½||Spooner, Keith C||119||(½)|
|207||Sandercock, E Barry||137||(½)||½ – ½||Alexander, Ken||126||(½)|
|208||Maber, Martyn J||93*||(½)||0 – 1||Dicker, Nigel||135||(½)|
|209||Waters, Roger G||116||(½)||0 – 1||Dean, John E||115||(0)|
|210||Burt, David F||114||(0)||0 – 1||Wilby, Robert G||137||(0)|
|211||Allen, Timothy||127||(0)||1 – 0||Welch, Hazel||109||(0)|
|212||Fraser, Alan R||112||(0)||0 – 1||Tidy, Norman F||124||(0)|
|213||Mills, Nigel||122||(0)||1 – 0||Kelly, Edmund||104||(0)|
|214||Cox, Reg E||87||(0)||0 – 1||Gardiner, Colin J||116||(0)|
Barnstaple made the long trip to Exmouth knowing that a drawn match would secure them the Div. 2 championship. With International Master Jack Rudd and England Junior International Theo Slade on board, this was always a distinct possibility. However, in any grade-limited tournament like this one (639 max) the price has to be paid on the lower boards where players of a more modest grade have to be played. On this occasion, Exmouth chose to play 4 middle-range grades in the hope that 2 points could be rescued on Bds. 3 & 4. And this is exactly how it played out, although all 4 games were tense and well-contested affairs by both players.
On Bd. 1 the position soon developed into a complex one with pieces of both colours all over the board, but with only 3 pawns each. Rudd, of course, is known to play only at express speed, and he made his 35 moves in 35 minutes, but such were the comlications that Shaw ran out of time and his flag fell 5 moves short.
On Bd. 2 Oliver Wensley orchestrated a kingside attack based on the rock of having a knight posted immovably on his 5th rank. However, his massed pieces left the other wing vulnerable, and Slade countered down the a-file with doubled rooks. This won material and with it the game.
Gosling’s position looked relatively even until Smith put his king into trouble and lost out to a Q+K fork, and resigned on move 28.
Scott won a piece in a series of exchanges around move 30, but still had the tricky job of finding the best lines to exploit this advantage to a winning one. A Q+R knight fork settled the outcome.
Thus the drawn match was what Barnstaple came for and they were duly delighted, whereas Exmouth had nothing to play for in this tournament except pride in a good perfomance on the day, and this they achieved.
The games may be found on the chessdevon website.
|1||Meyrick Shaw||172||0||1||Jack Rudd||219|
|2||Oliver E. Wensley||157||0||1||Theo Slade||162|
|3||Brian G. Gosling||151||1||0||Richard Smith||139|
|4||Chris J. Scott||142||1||0||Michael Dow||115|
Exmouth’s penultimate game in Devon’s senior club championship was at home against Teignmouth. Although missing a number of their top players, Exmouth still outgraded the visitors by 115 points, and on paper it looked a relatively easy challenge, except that at this level nothing can be taken for granted. Pre-match chat before the kick-off revealed, for example, that Graham Bramley (109) had already beaten and drawn with Alan Brusey (181) in club games, and Stormin’ Norman Tidy was sweeping all before him in 2014, including having won his section in the recent E. Devon Congress. And that was only on the bottom boards, while the top 3 consisted of the regular triumvirate of Brusey, Ingham and the British U-150 champion, John Gorodi, all capable of beating anyone at any time. So this was clearly not going to an easy task.
And sure enough, Tidy swept away Oliver Wensley, (who won the E. Devon Premier 2 years ago) in short order, after a quick draw on Bd. 2, leaving Teignmouth needing only 1½ points from the last 4 games to spoil the party for the home team. However, John Ariss had left himself very weak on the white squares around his king, and Gosling was not slow to extract full advantage. Playing a Closed Sicilian, Steve Martin managed to open lines to Gorodi’s king, especially down the h-file, and again extracted maximum advantage with a quick, sharp attack. Chris Scott played steadily, gradually putting a positional squeeze on his opponent, eventually getting adjacent central pawns on the 6th rank that couldn’t be stopped. This win secured the 3½ points required. But the Bd. 1 game went the full distance, with Shaw winning a piece and having a positional advantage, but shortage of time meant he lost his way, losing a piece back, and with it the game. Fortunately, in the circumstances it didn’t matter as the match was already won.
The games are all accessible on the chessdevon website.
The win puts Exmouth in top spot, a point clear of the holders, Newton Abbot, the teams to meet in what will now be the deciding match in April. Unlike last year, game points won’t be a factor as it’s impossible for teams to tie at the top on the same number of match points.
|1||M. Shaw||176||0||1||A. W. Brusey||181|
|2||Dr. J. Underwood||171||½||½||W. H. Ingham||160|
|3||S. Martin||165||1||0||J. G. Gorodi||159|
|4||O. E. Wensley||157||0||1||N. F. Tidy||123|
|5||B. G. Gosling||152||1||0||J. A. Ariss||119|
|6||C. J. Scott||145||1||0||G. Bramley||109|