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     Devon League Matches.        (In chronological order – most recent first).

 

NEWMAN CUP

 

 

 

Date: 09.02.10

 
 

Exmouth

Grd

 

 

Exeter

Grd
1 M. V. Abbott 174

0  ½

1  ½

T. Paulden 159e
2 J. S. Murray 145

½  ½

½  ½

S. Waters 170
3 R. H. Jones 148

1  0

0  1

C. Keen 141
4 F. R. Hodge 103

½  ½

½  ½

B. Aldwin 119
5    

 

 

   
6    

 

 

   
 

Rapid  (599 max)

570

 4½   589

 Newman Cup: Exmouth v Exeter: Our team was unchanged from the away match in Exeter, though Exeter had made some changes. The 1st round was drawn 2-2, after Jones managed to perpetrate the most outrageous swindle of the evening – if not the year so far, but Keen extracted revenge in the return game which gave the visitors the match by the same score as before.

 

BREMRIDGE CUP

 

 

 

Date: 21.02.10

 
 

Exmouth

Grd

 

 

Newton Abbot

Grd
1 B. W. R. Hewson

184

0

1

D. Mackle 200
2 J. K. F. Stephens

182

½

½

T. F. Thynne 173
3 I. M. Jamieson

175

0

1

S. W. Schofield 162
4 M. V. Abbott

174

½

½

A. Kinder 158
5 D. A. Toms

156

½

½

C. V. Howard 154
6 B. G. Gosling

159

½

½

J. E. Allen 143
 

 Div. 1 (Open)

1030

2

4

  992

 Bremridge Cup: Exmouth v Newton Abbot: This was the big one, for in spite of having only drawn our 2 matches so far, we could still retain this trophy provided we beat the visitors by 4-2 or better. However, it wasn’t long before Jamieson and Abbott were under severe pressure, and assuming Mackle was unlikely to actually lose his game, a 4 – 2 win was clearly a remote hope from early on. Jamieson succumbed to a sacrificial attack though Abbott found defensive resources. Stephens had early pressure but was unable to find a winning line. Hewson coped well with the middlegame but Mackle managed to win a pawn late on which was enough to win. Toms was the last to finish and although he felt he could have ground out a win, there seemed little point in keeping everyone waiting when the match was already lost, so a draw was agreed.

So a small pice of chess history was made this day with Newton Abbot getting their name on Devon’s premier team trophy for the first time in its 109 year history. We can’t deny them that – well done!

ExmouthBremridgeTeamIMG_2744The Exmouth team, holders of the Bremridge Cup for a few more minutes:

Seated (l-r) John Stephens, Mark Abbott, Dr. David Toms.

Standing: Brian Hewson, Ian Jamieson, Brian Gosling.

 NABremridgeTeamIMG_2745The Newton Abbot team getting the feel of things before start of play.

Seated (l-r) Stephen Schofield; Trefor Thynne; John Allen.

Standing: Dominic Mackle; Andrew Kinder; Charlie Howard.

 BremridgeMatchIMG_2748                                                                                 The match in progress.

Nearest camera: Bd. 1. Mackle v Hewson; Bd. 2. Thynne v Stephens; Bd. 3 Schofield v Jamieson.

Back row (l-r) Bd. 6. Allen v Gosling; Bd. 5. Howard v Toms; Bd. 4. Kinder v Abbott.

 

 

NEWMAN CUP

 

 

 

Date: 09.02.10

 
 

Exeter

Grd

 

 

Exmouth

Grd
1 S. Waters 170

 0  1

1  0

M. V. Abbott 174
2 T. Paulden 159e

1  1

0  0

J. S. Murray 145
3 G. Body 115e

0  0

1  1

R. H. Jones 148
4 J. Waley 121

½  1

½  0

F. R. Hodge 103
5    

 

 

   
6    

 

 

   
 

Rapid  (599 max)

572

 3½   570

 Newman Cup: Exeter v Exmouth: We edged the 1st round thanks to a draw by Fred Hodge against a more highly rated opponent. As is his habit, Body played half his moves in the last 2 minutes on his clock, but with the help of being the exchange up, Jones managed to keep things together until flag-fall, though he had only 30 seconds left himself. His second game followed a very similar fashion, but 3 losses on the other boards gave the match to Exeter by the narrowest of margins. Waters, particularly, conducted a fine kingside attack to win his game.

 

MAMHEAD CUP

 

 

 

Date: 30.01.10

 
 

Exmouth

Grd

 

 

Tiverton

Grd
1 M. V. Abbott 174

1

0

S. Bartlett 168
2 B. G. E. Gosling 156

½

½

J. Morrison 155
3 D. A. Toms 156

1

0

K. Atkins 145
4 R. H. Jones 140

1

0

J. Knowles 121
5    

 

 

   
6    

 

 

   
 

(639 max)

626

½

  589

Mamhead Cup: Exmouth v Tiverton: The final score in this match did not reflect the closeness of the games throughout. Abbott was materially down, but had advanced pawns by way of compensation and was able to utilise these to secure a winning position. Toms achieved something of a crushing position against his opponent’s exposed King. Jones went a pawn down and was in danger of losing more, but Knowles took one with the wrong piece and lost the exchange with no compensation. Gosling went to the last few seconds of his extra time and had a long series of checks with his 2nd Queen. His opponent made an illegal move in trying to evade them and offered a draw as the best solution.

 

 

BREMRIDGE CUP

 

 

 

Date: 16.01.10

 
 

Teignmouth

Grd

 

 

Exmouth

Grd
1 A. W. Brusey 174

1

0

B. W. R. Hewson 184
2 H. W. Ingham 166

½

½

I. M. Jamieson 175
3 J. G. Gorodi 155

0

1

B. G. E. Gosling 156
4 P. E. Halmkin 141

1

0

Dr. D. A. Toms 156
5 Rev. C. Doidge 136

0

1

R. H. Jones 140
6 W. Sapiecha 123

½

½

F. R. Hodge 103
 

 Div 1 (Open)

895

3

3

  914

 Bremridge Cup: Teignmouth v Exmouth: With John Stephens suddenly unavailable, Fred Hodge was drafted in to replace him, and this moved most of the team up a board with resultingly tougher opponents. Toms came badly unstuck against the always aggressive Halmkin and Hewson mishandled an otherwise drawn ending. Hodge again did sterling work on bottom board. Eventually it came down to Doidge v Jones rapidly reaching the end of extra time, with us needing a win to draw the match. After being almost swamped, Jones just managed to get an edge in the final minutes and Doidge’s electronic clock finally ran down  10 – 9 – 8 – 7…  down to 0 and the match was saved.

 

BREMRIDGE CUP

 

 

 

Date: 09.01.10

 
 

Exmouth

Grd

 

 

Exeter

Grd
1 B. W. R. Hewson 184

0

1

G. Bolt 189
2 J. K. F. Stephens 182

1

0

S. Waters 170
3 I. M. Jamieson 175

1

0

D. Regis 165
4 B. G. E. Gosling 156

0

1

J. Paulden 159
5 R. H. Jones 140

½

½

S. Pope 156
6 F. R. Hodge 103

½

½

G. Body 113
 

 Div. 1 (Open)

940

3

3

  952

 Bremridge Cup: Exmouth v Exeter: Stephens’ game came to a swift conclusion to get the side off to a good start, later off-set by Hewson’s loss to Bolt. Jones avoided all traps to hold the dangerous Pope, while the Bd. 6 game finished in a time scramble in which both players stopped notating. Hodge thought his opponent had not made the 40 moves before his flag fell, but couldn’t prove it with a reconstruction as both players had stopped notating, so agreed to a draw. Had he been able to do so, the match might have been won. Jamieson and Gosling’s games finished together with a win for Jamieson but Gosling, involved in another time scramble, didn’t have time to spot the correct continuation that would have forced a perpetual check

 

NEWMAN CUP

 

 

 

Date: 02.12.09

 
 

Exmouth

Grd

 

 

Tiverton

Grd
1 J. K. F. Stephens 182

 0  1

1  0

I. S. Annetts 147
2 B. G. E. Gosling 159

1  1

1  1

J. V. Morrison 155
3 R. H. Jones 148

1  1

0  0

K. Atkins 145
4 F. R. Hodge 103

½ ½

½ ½

J. Knowles 142
5    

 

 

   
6    

 

 

   
 

Rapid  (599 max)

592

6

 2   589

 Newman Cup: Exmouth v Tiverton: A good come-back within a few days of an indifferent result. Fred Hodge did well to hold 2 positions against an opponent almost 40 points stronger. Stephens drifted into an inferior position from a winning one, and lost the 1st game, but made no mistake given a 2nd chance. Gosling was at his sharpest, and Jones continued a wining streak against Keith Atkins to complete a good score.

 

MAMHEAD CUP

 

 

 

Date: 28.11.09

 
 

Newton Abbot

Grd

 

 

Exmouth

Grd
1 W. R. P. Taylor 148

½

½

B. W. R. Hewson 184
2 J. Yau 120

½

½

B. G. Gosling 156
3 A. Billings 122

0

1

Dr. D. A. Toms 156
4 O. J. Demerger 124

1

0

R. H. Jones 140
5    

 

 

   
6    

 

 

   
 

(639 max)

514

2

2

  639

Mamhead – Newton Abbot v Exmouth: Not a good start to the season for us, as Wilf Taylor and 3 schoolboys came close to deposing a maximum strength side, keen to defend their title in this division. Hewson got his opening move order mixed up and was happy to settle for a quick draw. Toms got a crushing attack and Jones was left at the end trying to save the half point that would win the match. After defending a strong attack, Jones developed an attack of his own, and swapped his queen for 2 rooks, but it was not enough and he had to concede defeat to his young opponent.

 Exeter League Matches.

 

 

Division 2

 

 

 

Date: 20.01.10

 
 

Exmouth

Grd

 

 

Exeter Pawns

Grd
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(639 max)

 

 

 

   

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