Posts Tagged ‘Devon v Dorset 2012’
Devon’s 2nd team met Dorset at Luppitt Village Hall last Saturday, and anyone looking at the team lists before kick-off could have been forgiven for thinking that Devon should have a fairly smooth ride, as they outgraded their opponents on all boards but one. However, a late withdrawal and a default did much to even things up, and as the games finished there was never more than a point between the teams. In the end, with the scores standing at 7½-all, it came down to the last game to finish (Annetts-Litchfield), which was an unclear endgame, until the Dorset player allowed his last piece to get trapped and conceded his game, and with it the match.
The full scores were as follows; (Devon names first in each pairing).
1. T. F. Thynne (158) ½-½ P. Aston (151); 2. P. Brooks (157) ½-½ W. Legg (149); 3.M. Stinton-Brownbridge (159) 0-1 D. Aldwinckle (149). 4. D. A. Toms (159) 0-1 J. Cherryson (145); 5. J. Fraser (153) 1-0 Steve Blake (145); 6. I. S. Annetts (152) 1-0 M. Litchfield (142); 7. J. G. Gorodi (148) 0-1 M. Fielding (139); 8. P. Dobber (142) ½-½ P. Errington (140); 9. R. G. Wilby (145) 1-0 P. Brackner (136); 10. K. P. Atkins (143) 1-0 P. Jackson (133); 11. P. E. Halmkin (140) 1-0 J. Kelly (128); 12. D. Nie (146) 1-0 P. Bland (128); 13. A. Hart (135) 0-1 J. May (128); 14. K. Alexander (129) 0-1 F. Fallon (124); 15. R. H. Jones (130) 1-0 N. Mackie (117); 16. Simon Blake (96) 0-1 J. M. George (108).
In this game from the match, Black conducts a successful kingside attack.
White: P. Brackner. Black: R. Wilby.
Franco-Indian Defence [A45]
1.d4 e6 2.e3 Nf6 3.Nd2 c5 4.c3 Nc6 5.Be2 Qc7 6.a4 cxd4 7.exd4 d5 8.Ngf3 Bd6 9.0–0 Ng4 10.g3 f5 11.Nh4 Nf6 12.Ng2 Bd7 13.Re1 Ne7 14.Nf1 Ng6 15.Bh5 0–0–0 16.Be2 A retreat that doesn’t help White’s piece development. 16…Ne4 17.f3 Nf6 18.Be3 Now Black proceeds to break open the kingside. 18…f4 19.Nxf4 Nxf4 20.Bxf4 Bxf4 21.gxf4 Nh5 22.Qd2 Rdf8 23.Bb5 Rxf4 24.Bxd7+ Kxd7 25.Qe2 Rf6 26.Qe5 Qxe5 27.Rxe5 Nf4 28.Re3 h5 29.Kh1 Rg6 30.b4 Nh3 31.Ng3 h4 32.Ra2 The knight must stay there, as if 32.Ne2 Nf2# 32…hxg3 33.Ree2 Nf4 34.Red2 g2+ 35.Rxg2 Nxg2 36.Rxg2 Rxg2 37.Kxg2 Rc8 0–1 Already a rook down, White must lose his queenside pawns.
Last week’s game ended after 1.b4! does several things including providing a flight square for White’s king and threatens Qxf2, after which White’s queen and bishop pair bear down on the Black king.
Here is another original 2-mover by Dave Howard, which he tells me is not too difficult.
Anyone looking at the team sheets before the match started could be forgiven for thinking that Devon should not have too much difficulty in recoding a win, given that Dorset were outgraded on every board but one. However, a late withdrawal and a default on Bd. 13 probably did much to even things up and once the game results started coming in, Devon spent most of the time on level terms, at best.
Eventually, it came down to 7½-all with one game finishing in a tense knight + rook endgame that was far from clear, as time trouble made finding the right moves difficult. However, after the rooks came off, Mike Litchfield succeeded in getting his knight trapped, and conceded his game, and with it the match.
It was a much tighter match than anticipated, and none the worse for that.
|Sat. 27th Oct. 2012|
|1||Trefor F. Thynne||158||½||½||Philip M. Aston||151|
|2||Paul Brooks||157||½||½||Warren Legg||149|
|3||Mike Stinton-Brownbridge||159||0||1||David Aldwinckle||149|
|4||David A. Toms||159||0||1||Julian Cherryson||145|
|5||John Fraser||153||1||0||Michael J. Litchfield||142|
|6||Ivor S. Annetts||152||1||0||John Bowley||141|
|7||John Gorodi||148||0||1||Michael Fielding||139|
|8||Piet Dobber||142||½||½||Paul T. Errington||140|
|9||Robert G Wilby||145||1||0||Paul Brackner||136|
|10||Keith P. Atkins||143||1||0||Paul A. Jackson||133|
|11||Peter E. Halmkin||140||1||0||W. John Kelly||128|
|12||Daniel Nie||146||1||0||Paul A. Bland||128|
|13||Anthony Hart||135||0||1||Julian May||128|
|14||Ken R D Alexander||129||0||1||Frank Fallon||124|
|15||Robert H. Jones||130||1||0||Norman Mackie||117|
|16||Simon Blake||96||0||1||John M. George||108|
Devon’s annual match against Dorset has been regularly held in recent years in the picturesque village of Luppitt, tucked away in a hidden valley, high in the Blackdown Hills, near Honiton. And so it is again this year, Saturday 27th October being the date.
The Village Hall is a good playing venue, except for the hardwood floor that makes a degree of noise beneath heavy heels. Players are advised to wear soft-soled shoes or stay seated. Those with sensitive hearing could have earplugs in reserve – just in case.
Both captains are sufficiently on the ball to be able to announce their teams well ahead of this date, and, subject to late changes, this is how the protagonists line up.
|1||Trefor F. Thynne||158||Philip M. Aston||151|
|2||Paul Brooks||157||Warren Legg||149|
|3||Mike Stinton-Brownbridge||159||David Aldwinckle||149|
|4||David A. Toms||159||Julian Cherryson||145|
|5||John Fraser||153||Michael J. Litchfield||142|
|6||Ivor S. Annetts||152||John Bowley||141|
|7||John Gorodi||148||Michael Fielding||139|
|8||Piet Dobber||142||Paul T. Errington||140|
|9||Robert G Wilby||145||Paul Brackner||136|
|10||Keith P. Atkins||143||Paul A. Jackson||133|
|11||Peter E. Halmkin||140||W. John Kelly||128|
|12||Daniel Nie||146||Paul A. Bland||128|
|13||John V. Morrison||137||Julian May||128|
|14||Anthony Hart||135||Frank Fallon||124|
|15||Ken R D Alexander||129||Norman Mackie||117|
|16||Robert H. Jones||130||John M. George||108|