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WECU County Championship – Final Day (17.03.2012.)

Today was the final day of the Union’s County Championship with Cornwall playing Somerset at Exminster, near Exeter, and Devon playing Gloucestershire at West Buckland, near Wellington. 

There had been talk in the week of the chances of Cornwall actually winning a share of the WECU Championship, bearing in mind their earlier win over Hampshire, who in turn had beaten Somerset. However, this could only happen if, like Hants, Somerset under-estimated their task and sent an under-strength team against a full-strength Cornwall. As things turned out, it was Cornwall who were lightweight by their own standards and Somerset were taking no chances at all, fielding several former WECU Individual Champions. The difference was pointed up on Board 10 where Somerset had Richardt (180 grade) 50 points ahead of his Cornish opponent. In fact, they outgraded Cornwall by an average of 32 points on every board. 

In these circumstances, Somerset had little difficulty in running out 11 -3 winners, and winning the WECU Championship in the shape of the Harold Meek Cup. Much credit must go to team captain Roger Morgan in getting out strong teams for even the most distant venues. 

Jack Rudd and Ben Edgell both had excellent games, the scores of which should come to hand shortly. 

Bd. Cornwall  Grd     Somerset 1 Grd
1 Jeremy Menadue 197  0 Jack Rudd 213
2 Mark Hassal 180  ½ ½ Jim Sherwin 202
3 Lloyd Retallack 178  0  1 Ben Edgell 198
4 Simon Bartlett 165 ½ ½ Terry Stuttard 191
5 Gary Trudeau 151  0 Patryk Krzyzanowski 188
6 Chris Reeves 146 ½ ½ Dave Littlejohns 174
7 John Wilman 141  0 Andrew Footner 173
8 Colin Sellwood 139  ½ ½ Peter Chaplin 172
9 Michael Hill 130  0  1 Dave Painter-Kooiman 175
10 David R. Jenkins 130  0  1 Mike Richardt 180
11 David J. Jenkins 127  0  1 Chris Purry 151
12 Richard Smith 126  0  1 Gerry Jepps 161
13 David Lucas 118  1  0 David Peters 157
14 Philip Spargo 116  0  1 Neville Senior 156
  Totals 2044  3 11    2491

  

Victory Hall, Exminster, Cornwall's usual venue.

Sherwin vs Hassall and the other top games.

Senior (r) vs Spargo and the bottom boards.

General view.

 

Meanwhile, 30 miles up the M5 at West Buckland, Devon were able to field a side that was palpably stronger than Gloucestershire – an average of 171 per board compared to 157. Notwithstanding a few inevitable upsets, this difference is always likely to produce a positive result for the stronger side.

Bd Gloucestershire Grd     Devon  Grd
1 Joey Stewart 195 1 0 Dominic Mackle 204
2 John Waterfield 177 ½ ½ Kevin Hurst 186
3 Dan Lambourne 175 0 1 Steve Homer 180
4 John Jenkins 174 ½ ½ Brian Hewson 186
5 Geoff Taylor 165 ½ ½ Dave Regis 182
6 Phil Meade 165 0 1 John Wheeler 177
7 Phil Dodwell 165 0 1 John Stephens 175
8 David Vaughan 162 ½ ½ Alan Brusey 176
9 Richard Dixon 149 ½ ½ Trefor Thynne 161
10 Michael Ashworth 149 0 1 Jeff Leung 166
11 Pat Baker 146 ½ ½ Bill Ingham 155
12 Alan Bentley 145 0 1 Andrew Kinder 157
13 Graham Brown 143 0 1 Paul Brooks 160
14 Alun Richards 142 0 1 Nijad Rahimili 158e
15 John Lightowler 141 1 0 Brian Gosling 159
16 Peter Bending 127 ½ ½ Ivor Annetts 156
  Totals 2520 5½ 10½   2738

Devon captain, Brian Hewson, remarks on three good wins by his players;  double exchange sacrifices by Torquay Boys’ G.S. pupil, Jeff Leung, and clinical wins by John Wheeler and Steve Homer. These will become available on chessdevon.

Subject to the ratification of WECU’s tournament controller, Phil Meade, at next Saturday’s Executive Meeting,  it seems the final positions are as follows:-

    pts Gm. pts
1st Somerset 6  
2nd Devon 4 33½
3rd Hampshire 4 31½
4th= Cornwall 3  
  Glos. 3  

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