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WECU Championship 2012 – Day 2 – Rds. 3 & 4

The Rd. 3 draw for each section was as follows:- 

Bd.   Open (Rd. 3)        
    White     Black  
1 (2) S. Berry ½ ½ K. C. Arkell (2)
2 (1½) A. Therrien ½ ½ S. Dilleigh (1½)
3 (1½) B. W. Hewson ½ ½ R. de Coverley (1½)
4 (1) G. Bolt 0 1 R. McMichael (1)
5 (1) D. Littlejohns ½ ½ A. Richardson (1)
6 (1) S. Greely 1 0 P. Kryzyanowski (1)
7 (½) R. Thompson ½ ½ P. Helbig (½)
8 (½) A. W. Brusey 1 0 M. Shaw (½)
9 (½) S. Bartlett ½ ½ G. Taylor (0)

Rd. 3 Open games here →  http://www.chessdevon.co.uk/HTML/games/current/wecu123/base.htm

 Being the only players on 2 points, Berry and Arkell were bound to meet, though as the top seeds, it would have been better for them to meet later on, ideally in the final round. As it is, this is a crucial game for both players, as a loss would greatly increase the odds against coming clear 1st.

Berry vs Arkell - a crucial game early on.

 

Bd   Major (Rd. 3)        
    White     Black  
1 (2) W. Ingham 1 0 M. Harris (2)
2 (1) A. Billings 1 0 O. Wensley (2)
3 (1) T. Chapman 0 1 A. Clarke (1)
4 (1) J. Nyman 1 0 N. Dicker (1)
5 (1) B. Gosling 0 1 A. Hibbitt (1)
6 (1) R. Bryant 1 0 M. Worrall (1)
7 (1) D. Lawrence ½ ½ S. Stone (1)
8 (1) R. Gamble 1 0 A. Richards (1)
9 (1) S. K. Dean ½ ½ M. Roberts (1)
10 (1) E. Sandercock 0 1 M. Wilson (1)
11 (1) G. Body ½ ½ R. Morgan (½)
12 (½) C. Sellwood 0 1 A. Price (½)
13 (½) C. Reeves 0 1 J. Morgan (0)
14 (0) G. Parfett ½ ½ I. Annetts (0)
15 (0) M. V. Abbott ½   bye ()

Top 3 games in the Major Section.

Bd   Minor (Rd. 3)        
    White     Black  
1 (2) G. Andrews 0 1 D. R. Rogers (2)
2 (2) P. Errington 1 0 P. Foster (2)
3 (1½) D. Woodruff 0 1 T. Woodward (1½)
4 (1½) J. Morrison ½ ½ M. Cox (1½)
5 (1½) J. O’Grady 0 1 A. Wiggins (1½)
6 (1½) I. Blencowe 0 1 M. Huba (1½)
7 (1) A. Fraser 1 0 K. Alexander (1)
8 (1) S. Billett 1 0 N. Tidy (1)
9 (1) A. Wang ½ ½ T. Crouch (1)
10 (1) C. Gardiner ½ ½ H. Herschmann (1)
11 (1) D. Burt ½ ½ J. Carr (1)
12 (1) H. Welch ½ ½ R. Whittington (1)
13 (½) N. Mills 1 0 R. Hood (½)
14 (½) R. Ryan ½ ½ M. French (½)
15 (0) R. Waters 0 1 T. Dengler (0)
16 (0) M. Kaye 1 0 G. Patching (0)
    R. Cox 1   bye  

As we have here, the name A. Wang beside a young girl’s place in the wall chart might cause a certain amount of interest,  excitement even, but this is not Anna Wang (aged 12 with a 162 grade) nor her sister Maria (a little older with an even higher grade). No, they are Oxford Wongs, while these are the Welsh Wongs – not related in any way. Alyssa, to be precise, aged 11 and based in Cardiff  - already a Welsh Champion for her age group and having represented her country in a World Junior championship.

Alyssa Wong - a picture of concentration in Rd. 3

About 3 years ago, of her own volition, Alyssa starting playing around with chess pieces at home and got really enthusiastic. Father Ed watched with interest but said nothing. After 18 months of this, and with Alyssa’s keenness growing apace, he finally told his wife and daughters that he had been top board for Haberdashers Askes School in West London – they knew nothing of his mis-spent youth, but the genes will out, as they say, and both parents are now doing what they can to further her chess career. Her diminutive 7-yr old sister, Emily, is following in Alyssa’s wake, and is Wales U-7 champion. She is present at the event, but only playing computer games in the hotel lobby.

Emily Wang with father Ed.

Getting in some informal practice.

The draw for the second game of the day (Rd. 4) is as follows:

Round 4:

Arkell moved into the clear lead after beating Hewson in 59 moves while Berry agreed to a second consecutive draw, the only one of the round.

Bd.   Open (Rd. 4)        
    White     Black  
1 (2½) K. C. Arkell 1 0 B. W. Hewson (2)
2 (2) S. Dilleigh ½ ½ S. Berry (2½)
3 (2) R. McMichael 1 0 A. Therrien (2)
4 (2) R. de Coverley 1 0 S. Greely (2)
5 (1½) D. Littlejohns 0 1 A. W. Brusey (1½)
6 (1½) A. Richardson 1 0 G. Bolt (1)
7 (1) S. Bartlett 1 0 R. Thompson (1)
8 (1) P. Kryzyzanowski 1 0 P. Helbig (1)
9 (½) G. Taylor 0 1 M. Shaw (½)

Rd. 4 Open games here→  http://www.chessdevon.co.uk/HTML/games/current/wecu124/base.htm

In the Major, Mark Abbott  had missed the morning round after finding his car in the drive with a flat tyre. Lawrence, who had been due for a bye in Rd. 3, was paired against Stone, while Abbott was awarded the bye. Now he played catch-up with a win against Chapman. Clarke and Ingham were involved in a tremendous game on top board. 

Bd   Major (Rd. 4)        
    White     Black  
1 (2½) A. Clarke 0 1 W. Ingham (3)
2 (2½) A. Hibbitt ½ ½ J. Nyman (2½)
3 (2) M. Wilson 1 0 A. Billings (2½)
4 (2) K. P. Atkins 0 1 R. Bryant (2)
5 (2) O. Wensley 1 0 M. Harris (2)
6 (1½) A. Price ½ ½ R. Gamble (2)
7 (1½) M. V. Abbott 1 0 T. Chapman (1½)
8 (1½) N. Dicker ½ ½ S. K. Dean (1½)
9 (1½) S. Stone ½ ½ G. Body (1½)
10 (1½) M. Roberts 0 1 B. Gosling (1)
11 (1) A. Richards 1 0 R. Morgan (1)
12 (1) M. Worrall 1 0 E. Sandercock (1)
13 (1) J. Morgan ½ ½ D. Lawrence (½)
14 (½) I. Annetts 1 0 C. Sellwood (½)
15 (½) C. Reeves 0 1 G. Parfett (½)

 

Bd   Minor (Rd. 4)        
    White     Black  
1 (3) D. R. Rogers ½ ½ P. Errington (3)
2 (2½) A. Wiggins ½ ½ T. Woodward (2½)
3 (2½) M. Huba 0 1 G. Andrews (2)
4 (2) S. Billett 0 1 J. Morrison (2)
5 (2) M. Cox 1 0 A. Fraser (2)
6 (1½) T. Crouch ½ ½ H. Welch (1½)
7 (1½) J. Carr ½ ½ I. Blencowe (1½)
8 (1½) H. Herschmann ½ ½ D. Burt (1½)
9 (1½) N. Mills ½ ½ J. O’Grady (1½)
10 (1½) R. Whittington ½ ½ C. Gardiner (1½)
11 (1½) A. Wang 0 1 D. Woodruff (1½)
12 (1) K. Alexander 1 0 R. Ryan (1)
13 (1) N. Tidy 1 0 M. Kaye (1)
14 (1) T. Dengler 0 1 M. French (1)
15 (½) R. Hood 1 0 R. Cox (1)
16 (0) G. Patching 0 1 R. Waters (0)
             

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