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Devon vs Hants (21.01.2012.)

All players turned up, as selected, and they were better matched than last year, which was reflected in a slightly better scoreline, though not enough to avoid a hefty defeat once again. Only three late wins by Abbot, Homer and Mackle managed to avoid a repetition of last year’s 12.5-3.5 thrashing. Mackle’s win was particularly eye-catching.

  Hants 1 Grd     Devon 1 Grd
1 I. D. Thompson 204  0  1 D. Mackle 197
2 M. J. Yeo 196  1 K. J. Hurst 186
3 A. McDougall 193  0  1 S. J. Homer 179
4 D. R. Tunks 187  1 B. W. R. Hewson 178
5 W. M. McDougall 183  1  0 J. F. Wheeler 173
6 F. N. McLeod 176  0 M. V. Abbott 170
7 R. D. W. Marsh 174  .5 .5  A. W. Brusey 174
8 P. F. Cooper 172  .5 .5  T. F. Thynne 171
9 C. J. V. Bellers 169  .5  .5 Dr. T. Paulden 174
10 J. Tambini 168  1 J. Leung 165
11 T. R. Anderson 163  1 D. R. Cowley 161
12 T. McFaul 161  .5 .5  W. H. Ingham 166
13 D. W. Fowler 161  1  0 O. E. Wensley 164
14 D. F. Thompson 154  .5 .5  A. S. Kinder 162
15 C. P. A. Priest 151  1  0 P. Brooks 160
16 T. J. Chapman 149  .5  .5 N. Rahimili 158
  Totals    10    
             
  Hants II       Devon II  
1 P. Barber 149  0 C. V. Howard 158
2 R. E. Ashmore 149  .5  .5 Ms. H. Dale 157
3 G. E. Moore 145  0 1 J. Duckham 153
4 R. E. Hartley 138  0 B. G. E. Gosling 150
5 D. Culliford 136  1 P. E. Halmkin 150
6 K. Steele 136  .5 .5  P. Dobber 149
7 M. Pope 135  1  0 F. Sugden 147
8 S. Dean 134  0 J. E. Allen 150
9 J. G. Young 126  0 1 J. V. Morrison 148
10 S. D. LeFevre 122  .5  .5 K. P. Atkins 146
11 K. Sawers 115  .5 .5  W. R. P. Taylor 141
12 S. J. Murphy 113  0  1 K. R. D. Alexander 137
  Totals    4 8     
             

The 2nd team match also followed along the lines of last year’s encounter, with Devon outgrading Hants on every board. John Morrison had one of his better games and started the ball rolling with a crushing win in 16 moves and little over half an hour’s play, and Devon were never seriously threatened thereafter.

How does one account for Hampshire’s recent upswing in fortune? The answer lies in the enrolment of David Fowler as the County Recruiting Officer for their county’s teams. He makes it his job to get the best players out, but doesn’t have the worry of arranging accommodation, getting the refreshments and being in charge once the match begins. This lies with Dominic Tunks, who formerly did both jobs for Hants. The new formula is certainly working. 

General view of the playing area.

Thompson v Mackle gets under way on Bd. 1.

Bill Ingham makes his move against McFaul.

Azerbaijani, Nijad Rahimili, from Baku, plays his 1st game for Devon.

One of the more colourful characters in the match was Nijad Rahimili, like Exeter University student Hannah Dale, playing his first game for Devon. Born in Baku and now 75, and has, since his wife’s death recently, moved to Torquay to live near one of his two daughters who work in the UK  (the other lives in Newcastle). He used to be the political correspondent on Azerbaijan  for USSR television. He has rubbed shoulders with many of the Russian chess legends, and can tell many stories about them. In 1963, he commentated live on TV on the World Championship match bewteen Botvinnik and Petrosian, using a demonstration board.

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