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Devon vs Hants (08.02.2014.)

Devon have experienced several defeats at the hands of Hampshire in recent years, so it was of some interest to see whether changing the venue from Wincanton to the old Roman town of Ilchester might have some effect on the eventual outcome. Ilchester, the only Roman town in Somerset apart from Aqua Sullis, situated as it is beside the old Fosse Way at its junction with the A303, seems to have changed little since its historic heyday, with the Town Hall probably built on the site of the Roman Forum. 

The playing room is comfortable, warm and well-lit, with a small analysis area and kitchen adjacent. The only disadvantage was that it was an upstairs room, making the carrying of equipment somewhat more onerous.

The first result in was a quick draw between former colleagues Regis and Bellers, but closely followed by a win for Jonathan Underwood, and Devon were never headed from then on, although never by more than 1 or 2 points. Eventually, with the last game in progress, Devon led 8-7, but with Stephens down to his last 2 minutes, abandoning his recording and having to move almost instantly in a complex unclear position. Yet somehow he managed to coordinate his remaining 3 pieces, Queen, rook and a knight had hadn’t moved for 44 moves, into a mating net. Match won 9-7.

  Devon 1st       Hampshire 1st  
1 S. J. Homer 189 ½ ½ I. D. Thompson 217
2 J. K. Stephens 186 1 0 W. M. McDougall 192
3 P. D. Sivrev 183 ½ ½ D. R. Tunks 188
4 Dr. D. Regis 180 ½ ½ C. J. V. Bellers 186
5 J. Fraser 180 ½ ½ P. F. Cooper 182
6 B. W. R. Hewson 179 0 1 D. W. Fowler 181
7 J. F. Wheeler 176 ½ ½ A. McDougall 173
8 A. W. Brusey 167 ½ ½ F. N. McLeod 168
9 M. Shaw 176 ½ ½ S. W. Knox 167
10 Dr. J. Underwood 171 1 0 D. F. Thompson 160
11 T. F. Thynne 166 0 1 C. P. A. Priest 158
12 W. H. Ingham 169 1 0 S. J. Smith 158
13 P. Brooks 163 ½ ½ G. A. Jones 158
14 S. Martin 166 1 0 Miss G. A. Moore 147
15 M. Stinton-Brown. 155 0 1 B. A. Kocan 146
16 N. Rahimili 148 1 0 J. I. Chilton 139
      9 7    
             
  Devon 2nd       Hampshire 2nd  
1 O. E. Wensley 157 ½ ½ T. J. Chapman 135
2 B. G. E. Gosling 152 ½ ½ K. G. Steele 134
3 A. S. Kinder 152 ½ ½ J. G. Young 133
4 C. J. Scott 145 ½ ½ D. Culliford 131
      8 0 Defaults  
      10 2    
             

 

Here are some views of the match in progress.

General view of the Main Hall

General view of the top boards

Top 4 games - Bellers V Regis nearest.

Boards 9 - 12 (nearest)

Bd. 16 Chilton V Rahimili nearest.

Hampshire v Devon’s Re-Scheduled Match (14.04.2013.)

Originally scheduled for January, the Hants vs Devon match was postponed due to snow; not so much Devon’s problem, but a number of the Hants players could not only not get to the Wincanton venue, some couldn’t even get home from work on the Friday evening. Whatever date was chosen, re-scheduling would almost inevitably mean bumping into other planned events. In this case, Devon had the Teignmouth RapidPlay the prevous day, while there were other distractions for the Hants players.

The Devon captain managed to hang on to most of his players, but the Hants team was much below what would been expected on the original date. Not only in strength, but numbers too, as Hampshire could only raise 7 players for what was planned as a 12 board match, thus defaulting 5 boards. Nevertheless, in spite of the comfortable-looking scoreline,  many of the Hampshire players put up a brave fight, and seven 1st team Devonians failed to find a win against opponents c. 20 grading points lower.

The details were:

Bd. Hampshire Grd     Devon  Grd
  1 D. Tunks 207 ½ ½ K. W. Derrick 207
  2 O. Gill 196 0 1 A. Boyne 195
  3 D. Fowler 174 ½ ½ J. K. F. Stephens 192
  4 C. J. V. Bellers 167 ½ ½ J. F. Wheeler 186
  5 S. Knox 163 0 1 D. Regis 179
  6 S. J. Smith 161 ½ ½ P. Medina 175
  7 A. Manning 158 0 1 A. J. Billings 171
  8 T. Davis 156 1 0 J. Leung 169
  9 G. Jones 155 ½ ½ J. Underwood 177
10 R. Ashmore 150 0 1 B. W. R. Hewson 174
11 D. Thompson 147 ½ ½ M. V. Abbott 167
12 Ms G. Moore 141 ½ ½ O. E. Wensley 172
13 S. Le-Fevre 141 ½ ½ A. S. Kinder 162
14 T. Chapman 141 0 1 M. Shaw 166
15 B. Kocan 140 0 1 T. F. Thynne 158
16 D. Culliford 135 ½ ½ B. G. E. Gosling 164
      10½    
             
  Hampshire II       Devon II  
  1 C. Priest 132 0 1 W. H. Ingham 158
  2 A. Syed 132 0 1 P. Brooks 157
  3 K. Steele 130 1 0 D. A. Toms 159
  4 J. Young 130 ½ ½ J. Fraser 153
  5 J. Barnett 119 0 1 M. Stinton-B 159
  6 S. Murphy 106 0 1 J. Duckham 153
  7 K. Lamb   91 0 1 I. S. Annetts 152
  8 def   0 1 A. Frangleton 157
  9 def   0 1 D. R. Cowley 159
10 def   0 1 C. E. Keen 155
11 def   0 1 J. E. Allen 149
12 def   0 1 R. G. Wilby 145
      1½  10½     

 

General view at St. Alfred's School, Wincanton.

 

General view of play.

 

4 games follow - all drawn. Ken Derrick vs Dominic Tunks.

 

Bd. 3: Fowler vs Stephens.

 

Former British Ladies Champion, Gillian Moore, earned a draw against Oliver Wensley.

 

Chris Bellers (W) vs John Wheeler.