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This was the key match in this year’s Newman Cup, Devon’s RapidPlay League. As last year, it was a 3-way tie between Tiverton, Exmouth and Seaton, with home and away matches. Earlier in the season, Exmouth, the current holders, drew 2-2 away to Tiverton, and needed a result in this home leg, to stand any chance of retaining the cup.
The visitors were a little shy of the maximum permitted team grade total of 599, Exmouth gambling on playing a low-graded player on Bd. 4 in order to fit in their best 3 players. In this respect, Grist’s two losses were the key to the eventual win.
Stephens, playing Black in Rd. 1. got his last pieces trapped behind his own pawns, and lost, but he hit back in the next game, forcing a mate in the corner. Shaw always seemed to have a solid position in both games, tempering the creation of threats with a solid defence. Wensley, also, was never seriously threatened by Aldwin, but was always behind on the clock and needed to be careful to keep time in hand.
The 5-3 win gives Exmouth a good chance of retaining the trophy, though they still have to play Seaton twice.
|1||J. K. F. Stephens||184||0||1||1||0||B. W. R. Hewson||174|
|2||M. Shaw||164||1||1||0||0||I. S. Annetts||151|
|3||O. E. Wensley||136||1||1||0||0||B. Aldwin||122|
|4||I. G. Grist||96||0||0||1||1||J. Knowles||113|
Alison is not interested in the match but is reading a chess book.
Exmouth met Tiverton for the 2nd time in 5 days on Wednesday evening, this time in the Exeter & District League Division 2, and away at Blundell’s School.
But again, the Tiverton side were a little lighter in overall strength than might have been expected, being the home team playing on their own clubnight, and both teams were somewhat short of the 600 grade maximum.
First game to finish was Knowles (W) v Jones, in which an early foray by the White queen resulted in its being harried, in turn leading to Black gaining space on the queenside and the initiative, after which material started to drop. 0-1 to the visitors.
Shortly after, Abbott (B) overcame Annetts to at least ensure avoiding defeat, especially in view of the fact that Hodge (W) on Bd. 4 had trapped and won his opponent’s queen as early as move 14 and was himself sure of getting something from the game. In the event, his extra material got trapped behind a phalanx of attacking pawns and was unable to break out effectively, so he offered a draw in order to secure the match win, which was readily accepted in view of his opponent’s large material deficit.
Meanwhile, on Bd. 2, the game Kennedy (W) vs Morrison was a complicated one with a lot of material on the board as time started to run out, so a draw was agreed, making the final score 1-3 to the visitors.
|1||W||I. S. Annetts||155||0||1||M. V. Abbott||171|
|2||B||J. V. Morrison||152||½||½||P. J. Kennedy||151|
|3||W||J. Knowles||133||0||1||R. H. Jones||138|
|4||B||D. F. Allen||111||½||½||F. R. Hodge||111|
Exmouth have found it difficult to win anything this season, but they managed to break their duck on Saturday, though they needed several strokes of luck to go their way in order to achieve it.
Firstly, both teams had two of their top players unavailable, but with Tiverton fielding another team at the same time they found it difficult to replace like with like. Exmouth fared slightly better when Jonathan Underwood was able to do some last minute juggling with his family commitments and was able to turn out for the sea-siders. This made all the difference to the outcome, though all four games were well-contested throughout – there’s no such thing as an easy game in the Devon leagues.
The Annetts – Underwood game raced to a draw after an exchange of several pieces in a Sicilian where the resulting pawn formation made it clear neither side would be able to force the issue.
Having won the toss (another stroke of good fortune) Hewson on Bd. 1 was able to play his favoured English Opening and after making 6 captures in 7 moves (21 – 27) winning 2 pawns in the process, forced Bartlett to resign.
On Bd. 4, Jones played a Sicilian, won a pawn in the opening and later the exchange, and thereafter managed to keep things simple, eventually reaching a won endgame of R vs B and a scattering of pawns on each wing.
On Bd. 3, Phil Kennedy was kept stretched for most of the game, until after a big exchange of material his Queen and bishop suddenly bore down on the Black King stuck in its fianchettoed corner and mate was inevitable.
|1||W||B. W. R. Hewson||176||1||0||S. Bartlett||162|
|2||B||Dr. J. Underwood||172||½||½||I. S. Annetts||155|
|3||W||P. J. Kennedy||151||1||0||J. Knowles||133|
|4||B||R. H. Jones||138||1||0||S. Thorpe-Tracey||114|