Having got through the Quarter- & Semi-Finals of the National U-180 Inter-County Championships, Devon met Middlesex in the final at Warwick yesterday, and a tense affair it proved to be.
Team Captain, Brian Hewson, tells the story of the afternoon thus:-
Unfortunately Devon lost 7.5-8.5. We were outgraded on the bottom 6 boards and half way through the match we looked like losing by more. We were 2 down with half the games complete; draws from Annetts, Ingham, myself, Shaw, Scott and Underwood but losses for Atkins and Wensley. Then Steve Martin won, Dean and Stinton-Brownbridge drew and Paul Brooks won. So we were level with 4 to play. Unfortunately boards 2,3 and 12 looked dodgy and Mark Abbott was in an intense battle despite being a piece up as his opponent had a pawn on the 7th. However Dave Regis pulled off a draw but then Alan Brusey lost. That left us with the prospect that if Mark won and Nick Butland drew we would win 8-8 on board count. Unfortunately Nick, despite a valiant effort, could not hold his game. Mark eventually won his tough game with a throng of players onlooking.
I was able to present the Team’s Best Board Trophy for the season as a whole to Jonathan Underwood at the event. Jonathan travelled a long way for every match, showing great commitment and achieved a very good 6.5/8 in the season, with no losses, on the high boards.
I would like all those who played and endured the long journey to Warwick and a very long tiring day.
Details of individual results at the end of this report.
The details were as follows:
|1||B||Underwood, Jon||180||½||½||Tasker, Michael||187|
|2||W||Regis, David||181||½||½||Nettleton, Charlie||169|
|3||B||Brusey, Alan W||181||0||1||Chan, Nevil||179|
|4||W||Hewson, Brian||176||½||½||Calvert, D Ian||176|
|5||B||Martin, Steven||175||1||0||Crichton, Martin||176|
|6||W||Abbott, Mark V||171||1||0||Mackenzie, Colin||175|
|7||B||Shaw, Meyrick||173||½||½||Kane, Robert||173|
|8||W||Ingham, William||168||½||½||Taylor, William J||173|
|9||B||Stinton-B, Michael||168||½||½||Dydak, Mateusz||170|
|10||W||Dean, Steve K||167||½||½||Dickson, George||167|
|11||B||Atkins, Keith P||160||0||1||Fulton, Anthony||173|
|12||W||Butland, Nick J||158||0||1||Fincham, Leon||166|
|13||B||Annetts, Ivor S||157||½||½||White, David J||165|
|14||W||Wensley, Oliver||151||0||1||Kreuzer, Chris||167|
|15||B||Scott, Chris J||154||½||½||Kay, Jonathan||160|
|16||W||Brooks, Paul||152||1||0||Boy Lazoni, Victor||159|