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Devon vs Somerset

In their annual match in the WECU Inter-County Championship, Somerset were weakened by the absence of their top player, Jack Rudd and team Captain, Ben Edgell, both attending a crucial ECF meeting. Any pre-match hopes that Devon might have nurtured about the possibility of a rare win were stoked by the fact that they outgraded their opponents on every single one of the 28 boards. Added to that, Somerset gifted their opponents an early point after a few minutes, when Darren Freeman blundered a piece on move 5 and resigned immediately, creating what must surely be the shortest game in the history of the competition. What an opportunity!

However, it was all downhill for Devon from then onwards as they contrived to lose game after game using a variety of methods; weak opening moves, blunders losing a piece or overstepping the time control. Somerset won 9 of the top 11 games, a remarkable sequence. The concession of 3 losses on the lower boards did little to lighten the gloom for Devon. There was an impressive performance by a Somerset newcomer, Matthew J. Payne, recently enrolled at Bath University and formerly of Worthing and a product of the Sussex Juniors chess machine. His grade of 184 is 12 points up from his January grade, indicating he’s on a steep upward trajectory, backed up by his 195 rapidplay grade. He’s one to watch.

Devon’s  U-160 team fared much better, losing only 2 of their 12 games, and running out 8 – 4 winners.

  Devon 1 Grd     Somerset  1 Grd
1 D. Mackle 204 0 1 P. Krzyzanowski 197
2 A. K. Boyne 197 0 1 P. E. Chaplin 190
3 J. K. Stephens 190 0 1 D. P. Littlejohns 186
4 S. J. Homer 188 0 1 M. J. Payne 184
5 Dr. T. Paulden 186 0 1 A. V. Wong 181
6 P. Medina 180 1 0 C. S. Purry 177
7 K. J. Hurst 184 0 1 A. F. Footner 176
8 Dr. D. Regis 176 1 0 J. E. Fewkes 163
9 A. W. Brusey 181 0 1 G. N. Crockart 162
10 Dr. J. Underwood 172 0 1 P. W. Cusick 159
11 B. W. R. Hewson 165 0 1 G. N. Jepps 156
12 J. Fraser 163 1 0 D. Peters 156
13 T. F. Thynne 165 1 0 A. W. Champion 156
14 P. Brooks 167 0 1 M. R. Baker 152
15 G. Body 160 1 0 D. Freeman 151
16 S. Martin 162 ½ ½ N. N. Senior 149
  Totals   10½    
             
  Devon U-160       Somerset U-160  
1 J. G. Gorodi 159 1 0 C. J. S. McKinley 148
2 M. Stinton-Brown. 158 1 0 R. D. Knight 148
3 A. S. Kinder 150 0 1 C. M. Strong 144
4 I. S. Annetts 152 ½ ½ T. West 138
5 B. G. E. Gosling 151 ½ ½ U. Effiong 137
6 J. Duckham 146 1 0 G. Daniel 137
7 J. S. Murray 148 ½ ½ R. Challoner 136
8 K. P. Atkins 142 0 1 C. Fewtrell 130
9 R. G. Wilby 141 1 0 J. I. Wilkinson 125
10 N. Mills 140 ½ ½ S. Pickard 122
11 P. Dobber 136 1 0 N. Mills 124
12 W. R. P. Taylor 136 1 0 R. Fenton 121
  Totals   8 4    

 

Krzyzanowski vs Mackle in foreground.

Steve Homer (W) heading for a tough time against newcomer Matthew Payne.

George Crockart (W) made light of his 19 point grading deficit against Alan Brusey.

British U-150 Champion, John Gorodi, is currently on fire.

 

N. Mills (back to camera) was switched to avoid playing N. Mills (behind him)

 

Steve Murray vs Robin Challoner. Jon Duckham, next to him, finished his game in style.

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