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WECU Inter-County Results (09.02.2013.)

The previous round of WECU’s Inter-County Championship was beset by the cold snap and matches had to be postponed. This weekend’s round had an added dimension in that the e2e4 organisation had arranged a congress in Torquay for the same weekend. It seems they had checked that no other congresses were to be held in the area that weekend, but were unable to avoid the clash with the county match cycle. to which many of the region’s top players were already committed.

Naturally, these players felt torn, many wishing to play in both, but not seeing how they could be in Torquay and Taunton on the same day. There were way rounds it – one Devon player, for example, took a double bye in Torquay for Saturday. Another arranged to play his county game in Torquay. This was the top game, where Dominic Mackle knew he was Devon’s top-graded player and would be on Bd. 1 facing Jack Rudd, who was controlling the e2e4 event. Thus the two agreed to play at the Imperial Hotel, Torquay, allowing Mackle to play in the Congress as well.

Unusual, maybe, but by no means the first occurance of this happening. A similar thing happened in the early 1900s when the Devon-born, London resident, Samuel Passmore, played his Board 1 game for the county in London, while the rest of his team were playing elsewhere.

This latest encounter took place at Norton Fitzwarren Village Hall, where Somerset edged out their neighbours by 9-7. Somerset took the top 4 games with their higher-graded players, a difference that Devon’s higher-graded lower could not quite make up. 

1st team games available here

http://www.chessdevon.co.uk/HTML/games/current/dcca/base.html

It was a different story in the 2nd team match where Devon won by 4 wins to 1, with the rest drawn.

2nd team games available here

http://www.chessdevon.co.uk/HTML/games/current/wecu/base.html

Bd Somerset 1 Grd     Devon 1 Grd
1 J. Rudd 220 1 0 D. Mackle 214
2 D. Buckley 208 1 0 J. Stephens 191
3 B. Edgell 199 1 0 J. F. Wheeler 188
4 P. Krzyzanowski 191 1 0 D. Regis 181
5 R. Hearne 181 0 1 P. D. Sivrev 175
6 D. Littlejohns 180 0 1 P. Medina 176
7 P. E. Chaplin 176 ½ ½ K. J. Hurst 174
8 A. F. Footner 174 1 0 B. W. Hewson 168
9 D. Painter-Kooiman 172 0 1 A. W. Brusey 171
10 Meg Owens 170 ½ ½ J. Leung 180
11 G. Steer 169 ½ ½ O. E. Wensley 173
12 C. S. Purry 165 0 1 J. Underwood 177
13 J. E. Fewkes 162 1 0 M. V. Abbott 175
14 N. N. Senior 162 1 0 M. Shaw 168
15 G. N. Jepps 161 0 1 A. S. Kinder 164
16 D. Freeman 156 ½ ½ B. G. Gosling 154
    2,846 9 7   2,829

 

Bd Somerset 2 Grd     Devon 2 Grd
1 P. Humphries 154 0 1 T. F. Thynne 158
2 C. T. McKinley 152 0 1 W. H. Ingham 158
3 S. Pickard 151 0 1 G. Body 159
4 D. Peters 148 ½ ½ P. Brooks 157
5 A. Bellingham 147 ½ ½ D. A. Toms 159
6 A. Champion 147 ½ ½ A. Frangleton 157
7 L. J. Cutting 144 0 1 M. H. Stinton-B 159
8 P. S. Wojcik 143 ½ ½ J. Fraser 153
9 G. Daniel 142 ½ ½ J. Duckham 152
10 J. Wilkinson 137 ½ ½ I. S. Annetts 152
11 C. M. Strong 136 1 0 J. S. Murray 149
12 M. R. Baker 133 ½ ½ J. E. Allen 149
    1,734   1,862

Meanwhile, the two furthest-apart counties, Cornwall and Hampshire, met at a new venue in the village of Gittisham, near Honiton. Simon Bartlett showed his commitment to both events by taking a bye in the e2e4 event, while driving from Torqauy to Honiton to do his best for Cornwall; indeed, he proved to be their only winner. Cornwall held their own over the top 5 boards, but from thereon gained but 2 draws.

Bd Cornwall Grd     Hampshire Grd
1 J. F. S. Menadue 187 ½ ½ D. R. Tunks 193
2 M. I. Hassal 185 ½ ½ M. J. Yeo 203
3 L. Retallack 183 ½ ½ I. D. Thompson 199
4 R. Kneebone 176 0 1 D. W. Fowler 174
5 S. Bartlett 164 1 0 A. S. Dekker 182
6 J. Wilman 159 ½ ½ P. F. Cooper 169
7 G. Trudeau 152 ½ ½ C. J. Bellers 170
8 C. Sellwood 140 0 1 T. Davis 161
9 J. Nicholas 140 ½ ½ G. A. Jones 153
10 D. R. Jenkins 135 ½ ½ J. Chilton 144
11 M. Hill 132 ½ ½ Miss G. Moore 145
12 D. R. Jenkins 125 0 1 S. D. LeFevre 133
13 A. Barkhuysen 124 0 1 D. Culliford 134
14 P. Spargo 119 0 1 C. P. Priest 147
15 default   0 1 A. Syed 131
16 default   ½ ½ B. Diaper 115
      3½  12½    

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