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Hants vs Somerset Results (31.12.2011.)

The recent match between Hampshire and Somerset resulted in easy wins for Hants in both the 1st and 2nd teams. There are the details (Hampshire names first).

1. M. Yeo (196) 1-0 J. Rudd (213). 2. P. Hackman (191) 0-1        D. Buckley (201). 3. D. Tunks (187) ½-½ P. Krzyzanowski (188). 4. O. Gill (184) 0-1 A. Footner (173). 5. F. McLeod (176) 0-1   P. Chaplin (172). 6. R. Marsh (174) 0-1 G. Jepps (161). 7. P. Cooper (172) 1-0 D. Peters (157). 8. C. Bellers (169) 1-0 N. Senior (156). 9. J. Wilkinson (167) 1-0 P. Humphreys (155). 10. I. Stipcevic (u/g) 1-0 P. Flexman (154). 11. T. Anderson (161) ½-½ A. Champion (153). 12. D. Fowler (158) ½-½  C. Purry (151). 13.P. Kocan (158) 1-0 R. Morgan (147). 14. A. Samuels (155) 1-0 T. Wallis (145). 15. D. Thompson (154) 1-0 D. Wood (145). 16. C. Priest (151) 1-0 A. Byrne (134). Totals 10½-5½.

The 2nd team match was played out over 12 boards and finished thus:-

17. T. Chapman (149) ½-½ L. Cutting (u/g). 18. S. Smith (149) ½-½  C. Strong (132). 19. P. Barber (149) 1-0 C. Stanton (129). 20. A. Beaney (146) ½-½ M. Baker (129). 21. G. Moore (145) 1-0 S. Hill (125). 22. K. Steele (136) 1-0 S. Cook (123). 23. D. Culliford (136) 0-1 R. Fenton (121). 24. M.  Pope (135) ½- ½ M. Cooper (118). 25. J. Young (126) 1-0 R. Waters (113). 26. Double default. 27. J. Barnett (112) 1-0 R. Turner (112). 28. J. Davis (103) ½-½ P. Ploskonka (90). Totals 7½-3½

Somerset 1 fared very well on the top boards, getting 4½/6 points, but didn’t win a single one below that. Here was one of their bright spots from Board 4.

White: O. Gill (184). Black: A. F. Footner (173)

Scandinavian Defence [A00]

1.e4 d5 2.Nc3 immediately departing from conventional lines d4 3.Nce2 e5 4.Ng3 Be6 5.Nf3 f6 6.Bb5+ Nd7? This develops a piece, though it is immediately pinned which give White attacking chances.  7.Nxe5 fxe5 8.Qh5+ Ke7! If 8…Bf7 9.Qxe5+ Be7 10.Qxd4 and White has 3 pawns for his knight, but still needs to develop those pieces asap; or if 8…g6 9.Qxe5. 9.Bxd7 Nf6 10.Qxe5 Qxd7 11.Nf5+ Kf7 12.Nxd4 Re8 13.Nf3 Bg4 14.Ng5+ Kg6 It looks like a King-hunt, but Andrew assures me his was an attacking King. 15.Qg3 and now White’s lack of development suddenly looks fatal. 15…Nxe4 16.Nxe4 Rxe4+ 17.Kf1 Bd6 18.Qc3 Rhe8 Threatening mate on e1. Also winning is 18…Be2+ 19.Kg1 Qg4 20.Qh3 Qxh3 21.gxh3 Bf3 etc. 19.d3 too little too late, though there is nothing better. 19…Bb4 0–1.

The game illustrates the dangers of attacking before all one’s pieces are able to join the fray once the initial forces have been liquidated.

The solution to last week’s problem by Alain White was 1.Rf4!

This week’s 2-mover is another world premier by David Howard of East Harptree, near Bristol. In spite of the maximum number of knights, the problemist’s favourite piece, it’s not one of his most difficult, so the seasonal festivities are no excuse for not having time to solve it.

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