A minor piece of local chess history was made on Wednesday when a Seaton team came to Exmouth to play in a DCCA tournament, the Team Rapidplay (Newman Cup); neither Seaton nor Sidmouth had ever played in any DCCA competition before this season.
The maximum total grade for this match was 599, grades taken on the September 2011 grades (RapidPlay grade where appropriate), an average of just under 150 per board. Seaton’s team were all fairly close to this average, whereas Exmouth used Fred Hodge, relatively low-graded but vastly experienced and a safe pair of hands, on Bd. 4 to balance up the top 2 boards.
This policy proved successful as Fred held his own in both rounds against Alan Dowse who is c. 30 grading points higher, while Stephens and Wensley proved more than a handful at the top end. Only Jones failed to score, twice succumbing to Stone’s attacking skills.
Exmouth now have this win and a draw against Tiverton, with return matches yet to be played.
|Bd||Exmouth||Grd||Rd1 Rd2||Rd1 Rd2||Seaton||Grd|
|1||J. K. F Stephens||176||1 1||0 0||S. K. Dean||150|
|2||O. E. Wensley||164||1 ½||0 ½||M. W. Adams||136|
|3||R. H. Jones||147||0 0||1 1||S. Stone||147|
|4||F. R. Hodge||107||½ ½||½ ½||A. Dowse||135|
|Totals||594||2½ 2||1½ 2||568|