Exmouth’s final match in Devon’s premier inter-club competition was against old rivals Teignmouth, at the Manor Hotel on Exmouth’s Beacon, overlooking the sea, with Teignmouth town feintly visible on the other side of the bay.
Looking at the team lists and grades, one might assume this could be an easy proposition for the cup holders, were it not for three things; (a) nothing is certain in chess (b) Exmouth were 3 X 170+ players light, for various reasons, including a family wedding and an Exeter City vs Plymouth Argyle match and (c) on the night of the recent Storm Katie, with the winds howling all around the town, the non-playing Captain, Bob Jones, heard a loud bang in the middle of the night. In the morning, fearing the worst and expecting some degree of structural damage to the house, as there had been in the previous storm only a couple of weeks earlier, he found the noise had been caused by the Bremridge Cup falling off its perch for no apparent reason. Could all this be an omen?
In the event, Teignmouth, too, were under-strength, with their top player, Alan Brusey, unwell. Yet the games went on and on – there were no quick wins anywhere. In fact, it was only when the endgames were reached that the differences in grade began to tell. All 6 games then finished within quite a short time of each other, and suddenly the match was over.
|Bremridge Cup (Div. 1) 02.04.2016.|
|1||John Stephens||1||John Stephens||1||John Stephens||1||John Stephens||1|
|2||Dr. Jon Underwood||2||Dr. Jon Underwood||2||Dr. Jon Underwood||2||Dr. Jon Underwood||2|
|3||Steve Martin||3||Steve Martin||3||Steve Martin||3||Steve Martin||3|
|4||Brian Gosling||4||Brian Gosling||4||Brian Gosling||4||Brian Gosling||4|
|5||Chris Scott||5||Chris Scott||5||Chris Scott||5||Chris Scott||5|
|6||Steve Murray||6||Steve Murray||6||Steve Murray||6||Steve Murray||6|
This left Exmouth with 3 won matches and one drawn. The match they came closest to losing was against Exeter, where Exeter were leading 3-2 and one unclear ending in progress. In the event, Brian Gosling found a clever pseudo-sacrificial move that won the game and saved the match.
|Bremridge Cup Div. 1 2015 – 16 season|