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Posts Tagged ‘Hampshire’

Hants U-160 vs Dorset U-160

The third inter-county match being played on Saturday was that between  Hants and Dorset  U-160 at Southampton. Although Hants were outgraded on every board, they managed to squeeze through by the narrowest of margins. These were the details:-

Bd Hampshire U-160 Grd Result Result Dorset U-160 Grd
1 Matt Chapman 154 ½ ½ W. Adaway U/g
2 Alec Samuels 155 0 1 M. Machacek U/g
3 Phil Barber 149 ½ ½ G. Searing 158
4 Tim Chapman 149 0 1 F. Pittman 158
5 Gillian Moore 145 ½ ½ M. Litchfield 154
6 John Watts 144 0 1 P. Sorensen 146
7 Gregory Law 144 1 0 Paul Errington 144
8 Ted Black 135 0 1 W. Legg 142
9 Steve LeFevre 122 1 0 P. Jackson 140
10 Stuart Dean 134 1 0 I. Willis 138
11 Phillip Gething 125 ½ ½ Paul Brackner 138
12 Lawrence Pearman 122 1 0 Tarik Reghif 128
13 Levgenii Gettse 117 1 0 Chris Ambrose 127
14 Gunnar Mallon 117 ½ ½ John Kelly 126
15 James Farrant 116 ½ ½ Keith Spooner 117
16 Sam Murphy 113 ½ ½ J. George 111
         

Devon vs Hants (21.01.2012.)

All players turned up, as selected, and they were better matched than last year, which was reflected in a slightly better scoreline, though not enough to avoid a hefty defeat once again. Only three late wins by Abbot, Homer and Mackle managed to avoid a repetition of last year’s 12.5-3.5 thrashing. Mackle’s win was particularly eye-catching.

  Hants 1 Grd     Devon 1 Grd
1 I. D. Thompson 204  0  1 D. Mackle 197
2 M. J. Yeo 196  1 K. J. Hurst 186
3 A. McDougall 193  0  1 S. J. Homer 179
4 D. R. Tunks 187  1 B. W. R. Hewson 178
5 W. M. McDougall 183  1  0 J. F. Wheeler 173
6 F. N. McLeod 176  0 M. V. Abbott 170
7 R. D. W. Marsh 174  .5 .5  A. W. Brusey 174
8 P. F. Cooper 172  .5 .5  T. F. Thynne 171
9 C. J. V. Bellers 169  .5  .5 Dr. T. Paulden 174
10 J. Tambini 168  1 J. Leung 165
11 T. R. Anderson 163  1 D. R. Cowley 161
12 T. McFaul 161  .5 .5  W. H. Ingham 166
13 D. W. Fowler 161  1  0 O. E. Wensley 164
14 D. F. Thompson 154  .5 .5  A. S. Kinder 162
15 C. P. A. Priest 151  1  0 P. Brooks 160
16 T. J. Chapman 149  .5  .5 N. Rahimili 158
  Totals    10    
             
  Hants II       Devon II  
1 P. Barber 149  0 C. V. Howard 158
2 R. E. Ashmore 149  .5  .5 Ms. H. Dale 157
3 G. E. Moore 145  0 1 J. Duckham 153
4 R. E. Hartley 138  0 B. G. E. Gosling 150
5 D. Culliford 136  1 P. E. Halmkin 150
6 K. Steele 136  .5 .5  P. Dobber 149
7 M. Pope 135  1  0 F. Sugden 147
8 S. Dean 134  0 J. E. Allen 150
9 J. G. Young 126  0 1 J. V. Morrison 148
10 S. D. LeFevre 122  .5  .5 K. P. Atkins 146
11 K. Sawers 115  .5 .5  W. R. P. Taylor 141
12 S. J. Murphy 113  0  1 K. R. D. Alexander 137
  Totals    4 8     
             

The 2nd team match also followed along the lines of last year’s encounter, with Devon outgrading Hants on every board. John Morrison had one of his better games and started the ball rolling with a crushing win in 16 moves and little over half an hour’s play, and Devon were never seriously threatened thereafter.

How does one account for Hampshire’s recent upswing in fortune? The answer lies in the enrolment of David Fowler as the County Recruiting Officer for their county’s teams. He makes it his job to get the best players out, but doesn’t have the worry of arranging accommodation, getting the refreshments and being in charge once the match begins. This lies with Dominic Tunks, who formerly did both jobs for Hants. The new formula is certainly working. 

General view of the playing area.

Thompson v Mackle gets under way on Bd. 1.

Bill Ingham makes his move against McFaul.

Azerbaijani, Nijad Rahimili, from Baku, plays his 1st game for Devon.

One of the more colourful characters in the match was Nijad Rahimili, like Exeter University student Hannah Dale, playing his first game for Devon. Born in Baku and now 75, and has, since his wife’s death recently, moved to Torquay to live near one of his two daughters who work in the UK  (the other lives in Newcastle). He used to be the political correspondent on Azerbaijan  for USSR television. He has rubbed shoulders with many of the Russian chess legends, and can tell many stories about them. In 1963, he commentated live on TV on the World Championship match bewteen Botvinnik and Petrosian, using a demonstration board.

Devon vs Hants – A Match of Two Halves (22.01.2011.)

Devon’s encounter with Hampshire on Saturday was truly a match of two halves in the sense that Devon I were beaten as soundly by Hants I as were Hants II beaten by Devon II.  Devon were not helped by having several players drop out at short notice and their Boards 1 – 8 were all outgraded and a 6-2 loss there was not a great shock in itself, but on Boards 9 – 16 the teams were much more closely matched, yet Devon lost that section by an even wider margin, 6.5 – 1.5. 

Meanwhile, it was a case of roles reversed in the 2nd team match. Former British Ladies Champion, Gillian Moore led the way for Hampshire, but a run of 9 consecutive losses lower down the order, helped by two defaults, helped Devon II to an equally comprehensive win. Here are the details of both sections:-

  Hants I Grd       Devon I Grd
1 I. D. Thompson 209   1     0 J. F. Wheeler 185
2 M. J. Yeo 195   1     0 J. K. Stephens 181
3 D. R. Tunks 191   1     0 S. J. Homer 180
4 B. C. Jenks 187   ½     ½ A. W. Brusey 175
5 A. McDougall 184   ½     ½ R. Thompson 173
6 W. McDougall 181   1     0 T. F. Thynne 177
7 O. Gill 177   0     1 J. Underwood 172
8 A. Ganesan 175   1     0 J. Duckham 165
9 D. W. Fowler 172   1     0 S. W. Schofield 166
10 F. N. McLeod 171   1     0 W. H. Ingham 164
11 C. J. Bellers 170   1     0 R. M. Pollock 164
12 S. J. Smith 158   ½     ½ P. Brooks 160
13 D. Thompson 157   1     0 C. V. Howard 158
14 T. Chapman 153   ½     ½ S. Clarke 155
15 B. A. Kocan 150   1     0 O. Demerger 157
16 P. Barker 145   ½     ½ P. J. Kennedy 151
      12½      
  Hants II         Devon II  
17 G. A. Moore 144   1     0 J. V. Morrison 152
18 K. Steele 138   1     0 J. G. Gorodi 150
19 D. Culliford 135   ½     ½ P. E. Halmkin 148
20 D. P. Priestly 132   0     1 M. H. Stinton-B 149
21 R. F. Smith 123   0     1 J. Leung 145
22 J. Barnett 118   0     1 K. Alexander 146
23 S. Murphy 118   0     1 J. Munsey 146
24 J. Davis 112   0     1 F. Sugden 127
25 A. J. Elborne 112   0     1 R. Wilby 131
26 Keven Lamb 102   0     1 O. E. Wensley 120
27         Def    -   0     1 J. Dzenis 120
28         Def    -   0     1 R. H. Jones 138
           

General view - Dr. Underwood awaits his opponent.

John Wheeler (Devon) plays I. D. Thompson.

Former Devonian Chris Bellers (r) plays new Devonian Richard Pollock.

Boards 2 - 5 in action.

Former British Ladies Champion, Gillian Moore, plays John Morrison.

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