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Devon beat Cornwall (03.12.2011.)

Cornwall may have been rocked by an earthquake on Saturday night, but it had nothing to do with their chess match against Devon earlier in the day, which involved no such shocks and went mostly according to expectations. It was the same old story for the Cornish – quite capable of holding their own on the top boards, but liable to fall away as their lack of strength in depth took its toll.

In this case, the top 5 games were shared 2.5 each, including 4 Black wins on Bds 1 – 4, but the lower 11 boards could only muster 4 draws. An illustration of the difference in strength can be seen by comparing the match on Bd. 5, where the experienced Simon Bartlett (162) was reasonably close in grade to John Stephens (173) and quite capable of securing a result. Yet whereas the Cornish team fell away sharply below that, Devon’s Bd. 16 player was  the same grade as Bartlett (Pollock – 162).

Having said this, playing the Cornish side is never a formality and they can never be taken lightly - they are quite capable of beating any WECU team who think otherwise, and Devon’s captain, Brian Hewson, knows better than to fall into that particular trap for the unwary.

The match was played at a new venue, the Burraton Community Centre, Saltash, and Devon had White on the odd-numbered boards.

Bd. Cornwall Grd Club     Devon Grd Club
1 Jeremy Menadue 192 Truro 1 0 Kevin Hurst 186 Exmouth
2 Lloyd Retallack 178 Newquay 0 1 Steve Homer 179 N. Abbot
3 Mark Hassall 175 Truro 1 0 Brian Hewson 178 Tiverton
4 Robin Kneebone 172 Camborne 0 1 John Wheeler 173 Cosham
5 Simon Bartlett 162 Newquay ½ ½ John Stephens 173 Exmouth
6 Grant Healey 149 Falmouth 0 1 Mark Abbott 170 Exmouth
7 Gary Trudeau 147 Liskeard 0 1 Alan Brusey 174 Teignmouth
8 Jeff Nicholas 146 Camborne 0 1 Trefor Thynne 171 N. Abbot
9 John Wilman 141   0 1 David Twine 170 Plymouth
10 Colin Sellwood 140 Camborne ½ ½ Bill Ingham 166 Teignmouth
11 Anton Barkhuysen 139 Camborne 0 1 Jeff Leung 165 N. Abbot
12 Geoff Lingard 135 Bude ½ ½ Oliver Wensley 164 Exmouth
13 Chris Reeves 133 Truro ½ ½ Andrew Kinder 162 S. Hams
14 Michael Hill 130 Liskeard 0 1 Alex Billings 157 N. Abbot
15 David Jenkins 127 St. Austell 0 1 Paul Brooks 160 S. Hams
16 Richard Smith 123 Truro ½ ½ Richard Pollock 162 Plymouth
        11½      

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