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WECU Inter-County Jamboree 2015 — Devon Dig Deep.

A quick look at the team lists before the start of play showed that Somerset were making a big effort to wrest the Open trophy from Devon’s grip of recent years. The top half of their team were all graded higher than Devon’s No. 1, the new County Champion, John Stephens, with a Grandmaster and International Master among them. Their team total grade exceeded Devon’s by 118 points, or 10 points per board on average. The only chink of light for the holders was that Devon slightly out-graded Somerset on the bottom 3 boards, and by way of a gallows humour, there was a view that if the top boards could get a few draws, while the bottom ones could harvest a win or two, all might not be lost. But there wasn’t much conviction in the way it was said.

However, as the first results came in, the “plan” (if it could be so called) seemed to be taking shape. After a quick win for Rudd,  early draws from the middle order were recorded, including Hurst, Regis, Underwood, Hui and Paulden. In fact the draws continued to roll in, while in the bottom 3 games, Wheeler and Fraser notched up the hoped-for wins. With 5.5 points in the bag and 3 games still in progress, it was team captain Brian Hewson’s win that took his team past the winning post. Devon’s last 2 games were against Grandmsters: John Stephens had taken the view from the start that all-out attack was the best policy, and he reached a rook & pawn endgame with 3 & 2 pawns on the same side of the board, and his rook kept Turner’s king from taking part in the action, so a draw was agreed; Stephens’ best-ever result. Alan Brusey was last to finish, with another rook & pawn ending against Grandmaster Christopher Jones (problem composer). With the match won, there was no pressure but neither player made any mistakes and an amicable draw agreed.

Amazingly, Devon’s “plan” had actually come about, and there was some incredulity in the room that such a strong team as Somerset had, could only win the one game. It has to be recorded, too, that Gloucestershire had also made a great effort to turn out a competitive team, which was their strongest for some years.

There was some compensation for Somerset captain, Roger Knight, in that in the Grade-limited section, Somerset S & E romped home with 8 points, a clear win against 3 very closely matched teams.

Full details:

Bd Devon  Grd   Glos. Grd   Somerset  Grd
1 John Stephens 196   Joey Stuart 200   Matt Turner (GM) 238
2 Lorenz Hartmann 190   Michael Ashworth 190   Jack Rudd   (IM) 216
3 Jon Underwood 186   John Jenkins 185   Arturo Wong 202
4 Tim Paulden 185   Nigel Hosken 184   Thomas Goldie 201
5 Mark Hui 185   Paul Masters 182   Ben Edgell 199
6 Alan Brusey 184   Chris Jones  (GM) 180   Pat Krzyzanowski 197
7 Kevin Hurst 181   Mike Levene 179   Matthew Payne 192
8 Dave Regis 183   Kajetan Wandowicz 170   Peter Chaplin 186
9 Mark Abbott 180   Phil Meade 169   Dave Littlejohns 182
10 John Wheeler 178   Robert Ashworth 145   David P-Kooiman 173
11 John Fraser 177   Barry Whitelaw 137   Gerry Jepps 167
12 Brian Hewson 176   Ainsley Killey 128   Andy Gregory 166
    2201     2049     2319

 

Bd   White Grd       Black Grd
1 D1 J. K. Stephens 196 ½ ½ S1 M. Turner 238
2 S2 J. Rudd 216 1 0 G1 J. Stuart 200
3 G2 M. Ashworth 190 ½ ½ D2 L. Hartmann 190
4 D3 J. Underwood 186 ½ ½ G3 J. Jenkins 185
5 G4 N. Hosken 184 ½ ½ S3 A. Wong 202
6 S4 T. Goldie 201 ½ ½ D4 T. Paulden 185
7 D5 M. Hui 185 ½ ½ S5 B. Edgell 199
8 S6 P. Krzyzanowski 197 ½ ½ G5 P. Masters 182
9 G6 C. Jones 180 ½ ½ D6 A. W. Brusey 184
10 D7 K. J. Hurst 181 ½ ½ G7 M. Levene 179
11 G8 K. Wandowicz 170 ½ ½ S7 M. Payne 192
12 S8 P. Chaplin 186 ½ ½ D8 D. Regis 183
13 D9 M. V. Abbott 180 ½ ½ S9 D. Littlejohns 182
14 S10 D. P-Kooiman 173 ½ ½ G9 P. J. Meade 169
15 G10 R. Ashworth 145 0 1 D10 J. F. Wheeler 178
16 D11 J. Fraser 177 1 0 G11 B. Whitelaw 137
17 G12 A. Killey 128 1 0 S11 G. N. Jepps 167
18 S12 A. Gregory 166 0 1 D12 B. W. Hewson 176

 

Open 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Total
Devon ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 7½ 
Glos 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 0 1 5
Somerset ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 0 5½ 

 

Bd Torbay Gd   Som. S&W. Gd   Som. E&N Gd   Wilts  
1 P. Brooks 158   D, Freeman 165   F. Felicio 165   A. Cooper 177
2 M. Stinton 158   R. Knight 157   C. Purry 160   M. Bowhay 152
3 W. Ingham 158   M. Baker 150   C. Strong 155   D. O’Byrne 149
4 A. Kinder 151   J. Fewkes 145   C. Fewtrell 145   C. S-Lumb 139
5 V. Ramesh 143   C. Mckinley 142   J. Lee 141   P. Musgrove 135
6 R. Wilby 142   S. Pickard 138   A. Champion 128   T. Cooper 133
7 M. O’Brien 126   R. Challoner 136   G. Daniel 123   G. Williams 128
8 J. Ariss 121   R. McClatchy 131   Z. Strong 121   R. Ludlow 118
9 M. Cockerton 116   I. Stringer 116   H. Fowler 121   E. Hughes 110
10 J. Dean 112   G. Greenland 108   R. Waters 110   M. Walters 107
11 C. Peach 105   M. Cooper 105   C. Fowler 95   D. Brown 98
12 A. Tatm 105   R. Fenton 104   M. Walker 70   R. Sparks 80
    1595     1597     1534     1526

 

Bd   White Grd       Black Grd
1 T1 P. Brooks 158 ½ ½ N1 F. Felicio 165
2 W1 A. Cooper 177 ½ ½ S1 D. Freeman 165
3 N2 C. Purry 160 1 0 W2 M. Bowhay 152
4 S2 R. Knight 157 ½ ½ T2 M. Stinton 158
5 T3 W. Ingham 158 ½ ½ W3 D. O’Byrne 149
6 N3 C. Strong 155 0 1 S3 M. Baker 150
7 S4 J. Fewkes 145 ½ ½ N4 C. Fewtrell 145
8 W4 C. S-Lumb 139 ½ ½ T4 A. Kinder 151
9 W5 P. Musgrove 135 1 0 N5 J. Lee 141
10 T5 V. Ramesh 143 1 0 S5 C. McKinley 142
11 N6 A. Champion 128 1 0 T6 R. Wilby 142
12 S6 S. Pickard 138 1 0 W6 T. Cooper 133
13 T7 M. O’Brien 126 1 0 N7 G. Daniel 123
14 W7 G. Williams 128 0 1 S7 R. Challoner 136
15 N8 Z. Strong 121 1 0 W8 R. Ludlow 118
16 S8 R. McClatchey 131 0 1 T8 J. Ariss 121
17 T9 M. Cockerton 116 0 1 W9 E. Hughes 110
18 N9 default          —– 116
19 S10 G. Greenland 108 1 0 N10 R. Waters 110
20 W10 M. Walters 107 1 0 T10 J. Dean 112
21 W11 D. Brown  98 0 1 N11 I. Stringer 116
22 T11 C. Peach 105 ½ ½ S11 M. Cooper 105
23 N12 M. Walker 70 ½ ½ T12 A. Tatam 105
24 S12 R. Fenton 104 1 0 W12 R. Sparks 80
                 

 

Open 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Total
Torbay ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 0 1 1 0 0 ½ ½ 6
Somerset S&W ½ ½ 1 ½ 0 1 1 0 1 1 ½ 1 8
Somerset E&N ½ 1 0 ½ 0 1 0 1 - ½  - 0 4½ 
Wiltshire ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 4½ 

 

Open Section: Stephens vs Turner nearest.

The bottom boards: Abbott vs Littlejohns (probably at the bookstall).

Brookes vs Felicio: top game in the Graded Section.

Vignesh Ramesh (nearest) on his way to a win vs McKinley.

Young Max Walker (70 grade) on his way to a creditable draw against Tony Tatam.

Gareth William flanked by Megan O'Brien and Zoe Strong on his left. He lost; they both won.

Event organiser Ben Edgell (r) presents the Open cup to Devon Captain, Brian Hewson. Does he look pleased - or what?

Roger Knight receives the Graded Cup.

The very pleasant venue of the Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre. Thanks are due to staff member Martin Worrall for making it available.

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