Following the fortuitous win against Tiverton in the DCCA RapidPlay league, thus securing the trophy with the away match against Seaton still to be played, Exmouth seem to have hit a winning streak. In defence of their Exeter & District League Div. 1 trophy, they have made a perfect start, following up their win against the Met. Office with another against Exeter by an even more convincing margin. These game points may prove useful in a tie-break situation at the end of the season.
|Exeter League Div. 1||21.03.2012|
|1||John K. Stephens||173||1||0||Simon Waters||167|
|2||Oliver E. Wensley||164||1||0||Sean Pope||149|
|3||Meyrick Shaw||150e||½||½||Peit Dobber||150|
|4||Tony G. Hart||145e||1||0||Jonathan Waley||132|
On Saturday, they had a trip to Newton Abbot to play their Div. 2 match. The home team may have felt somewhat stretched as they were committed to playing an 8 board match at the same time, though they didn’t stint on this team, being just 5 points short of the permitted maximum.
On Bd. 1, they had the Torquay schoolboy, Jeff Leung, a rapidly rising star, though perhaps his weakness is playing too quickly and not extracting the maximum advantages from some of the positions he gets. Although excellent at rapidplay, Stephens does take his time in the crucial middlegame stages, and in this case won the day. The crucial game was on Bd. 4, the last game to finish, where Shaw’s strong nerves in the run up to the time control with his flag hanging in a complicated position were commendable!
|Mamhead Cup||640 max||24.03.2012|
|1||Jeff Leung||165||0||1||John K. Stephens||173|
|2||Alex Billings||157||1||0||Brian G. Gosling||150|
|3||Andrew Kinder||162||½||½||Tony G. Hart||145e|
|4||John E. Allen||150||0||1||Meyrick Shaw||150e|
This result leaves that league like this…..
|As at 25.03.’12|
With all matches played, Newton will finish bottom. If Exmouth beat Barnstaple to reach 5 points, and that’s a big if, the key match will be Tiverton vs Teignmouth, with Tiverton probably favourites to reach 6 points – though anything is possible, of course. After all, who would have put money on Newton Abbot coming last?!