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Devon vs Dorset 2011

Village halls do quite well out of inter-county chess matches; they provide a nice bit of trouble-free income for hard-pressed hall committees. They are usually spotlessly clean, well maintained, and possess all the necessary facilities -  stacking tables & chairs and a kitchen for refreshments. Cornwall have been using Exminster for most of their matches for decades; West Buckland is a regular venue, and little Luppitt, high in the Blackdown Hills, has been the regular venue for this match for about a decade.

Not that this familiarity helped one Devon player who got lost in the country lanes driving to the venue. He arrived half an hour late, but when they sat down to play, a mere three moves were made before his opponent’s mobile phone went off. The game lasted all of 2 minutes, but it levelled the score as Devon had already defaulted on one board.

The match was for the 2nd division trophy, the Wayling Cup,with grades having to be under 160. The teams were reasonably evenly matched at the top,  but Dorset’s strength tailed off relative to Devon’s in the lower reaches, and this told as the late results came in, the Devonians coming in 10 – 6 winners.

  Dorset Grd     Devon Grd
1 F. J. Pittman 158 0 1 A. J. Billings 157
2 G. C. Searing 158 0 1 I. S. Annetts 152
3 C. E. Winch 144 ½ ½ B. G. Gosling 150
4 W. Legg 142 0 1 P. E. Halmkin 150
5 C. G. Webb 142 1 0 F. Sugden 147
6 W. Adaway u/g 1 0 J. E. Allen 150
7 P. Brackner 138 ½ ½ P. Dobber 149
8 F. Fallon 128 1 0 J. Morrison 147
9 J. Balem 126 0 1 K. P. Atkins 146
10 C. J. Ambrose 127 ½ ½ K. R. Alexander 137
11 J. W. Kelly 126 1 def J. Dzenis 139
12 F. C. Kingdon 121 0 1 R. G. Wilby 135
13 K. C. Spooner 117 0 1 R. Oughton 134
14 N. Mackie 112 ½ ½ J. Munsey 131
15 J. M. George 111 0 1 R. H. Jones 130
16 S. A. Jones 100 0 1 J. Knowles 125
      6 10    

Bds. 9-16. J. Balam awaits his lost opponent.

Bds. 1- 16.

On Bd. 1 Billings (W) on his way to a win against Pittman.

Peter Halmkin (R) vs Warren Legg

WECU Life VP, Frank Kingdon, takes on Rob Wilby.

Bd. 8 Fallon vs Morrison & Bd. 7 Brackner vs Dobber.

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