2004-2005

Table

Comm

Insce

Legal

Banks

Points

Games

Commercial

13

14

3

36½

Insurance

8

24

Legal

3

8

12½

23½

Banks

2

0

12

Defending Champions, Insurance, opened with a comfortable victory over Banks, but after that struggled, just scraping a draw with Legal.  Meanwhile, Commercial continued their improvement from last season and racked up big scores against both Banks and Legal.

Once more, Commercial had the tie-break advantage entering the last round clash with Insurance who again needed to win, but had home advantage.  Insurance had the edge on paper, but Commercial fought hard and were still level at 6-6, with four games still in play. From these, in the last few, tense, quickplay finish minutes, Commercial managed to garner 3½ points to run out convincing winners.

So Commercial win the Bronowski Trophy after four consecutive victories by Insurance. Congratulations to Mike Wickham and his team on a well-merited reward for a season’s hard work.

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Insurance v Banks

Played 24th November 2004, at 11 Belgrave Road.

Insurance

v

Banks

J.T. Farrand 180 (B)

½-½

D. Lindner – (W)

G.W. Naldrett 129

0-1

R. Churm 190

D.R. Sedgwick 171

1-0

R.K. Thomas 185

D.I.W. Reynolds 170

½-½

I.N. Heppell 174

I.D. Hunnable 168

1-0

B.P.A. Andrews 163

B.J. Valentine 164

1-0

F. Lees –

D. Malcolm 162

½-½

B. Whitworth 147

D.I. Calvert 161

1-0

R. Edgar –

A.G.C. Paish 158

½-½

N.T. Davies 146

P.R. Barclay 156

½-½

C.S.B. Howe 128/152*

J.A. Philpott 155

½-½

D.A. Tidmarsh 143

M.C. Page 153

½-½

J.S. Shaw 140

B.W. Atkinson 141

½-½

M.N. Jones 127

S.R. Humphrey 125

½-½

D.R. Chambers 111 (sub)

K.S. Parrott 109

½-½

R. Wigbout 116

R.P. Hamilton 107

½-½

T. Skippen 095

9½-6½

* Dual grades, subsequently merged.

Report by Geoff Naldrett:

United Banks put out a stronger team than they had done for a number of years and, in fact, arrived with more than 16 players! Dave Chambers and I both intended to be non-playing captains and, although their board 14 had not arrived, John Skipworth left early, as Dave Chambers could step in, if need be.

United Banks won the toss and chose white on odds. They outgraded us on the top boards, but we generally outgraded them on the other boards, with 12 players graded over 150.

Ray Hamilton and Kevin Parrott had come into the team at short notice and, as I couldn’t expect either to step in with a time deficit if any of our players failed to turn up, I arranged that they would both play, and that I’d be, I hoped, non-playing captain.

The United Banks board 14 failed to appear, so Dave Chambers stepped in with a half-hour deficit. Unfortunately our player who failed to appear was Mark Rich, who was to have played on board 2! He had been taken ill and had gone home early, but forgot to tell me! He phoned the next morning to apologise.

Brian Atkinson drew early on against Mike Jones, followed by John Philpott. Stephen Humphrey could not make his time advantage count against Dave Chambers, and drew, as did David Malcolm and Paul Barclay, followed by Julian Farrand on top board.

David Sedgwick then spoilt the sequence, by winning, but Martin Page and Tony Paish re-established it, by also drawing.

I eventually found the challenge of doing 30 moves in 45 minutes against a 190 on board 2 too daunting, getting mated on move 30. I felt I had improved my position, though my king was stuck in the corner. My opponent then sacrificed a rook, which I took, but I should then have given up my queen for a knight, avoiding the mate, though the ending would probably have been lost anyway. With my flag about to fall I didn’t have time to see this! This restored the equilibrium of the match, with one win each and eight draws!

The match could have gone either way in the quickplay finish, as most of the games left looked pretty even, but Ian Calvert won and Ian Reynolds, Kevin Parrott and Ray Hamilton drew.

In a tense finish Ian Hunnable and Brian Valentine, making a rare appearance for us, both won, giving us what appeared to be, but was not, a comfortable 9½-6½ win, with four wins, one loss and eleven draws! Game: Andrews-Hunnable

It was good, for the future of the Bronowski Trophy competition, to see United Banks putting out a stronger side, with all 16 games being played and being sharply contested.

I wish them the best of luck against Commercial on 25 January – I hope they get out an even stronger side!

GWN

This is believed to be the largest number of draws in a single Bronowski fixture – at least since we have been playing over 16 boards. I have not yet had a chance to do the research, but it’s a pretty safe bet. IDH

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Banks v Commercial
Played 25th January, at 54 Lombard Street.

Banks

v

Commercial

I.N. Heppell

½-½

A. Ashby

F. Lees

0-1

R.W. Haldane

M. Calvert

0-1

B. Barlow

B. Whitworth

0-1

G.A. Harvey

D.A. Tidmarsh

½-½

P. Ackley

M.N. Jones

½-½

P. Jaszkiwskyj

J. Skipworth

0-1

S.W. Berkley

D. Chambers

½-½

B. Smith

T. Skippen

0-1

S. Barr

R. Parr

0-1

G. Batchelor

M. Lake

0-1

M. Leanse

G. Simms

0-1

A. Barron

S. Cross

0-1

G. Monk

Default

0-1

D. Jarmain

Default

0-1

M. Wickham

Default

0-1

F. Moreland

2-14

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Commercial v Legal
Played 21st February 2005, at 222 Gray’s Inn Road

Commercial

v

Legal

R.W. Haldane

0-1

C. Wismayer

R. Dickens

0-1

J. Lawrence

G.A. Harvey

1-0

J.A. Knott

C. Kennedy

1-0

Default

P. Ackley

1-0

A.E. McGuinness

P. Jaszkiwskyj

½-½

H.J. Waterman

R. Fries

1-0

P. Norris

D. Jarmain

1-0

D. Auger

B. Smith

½-½

P. Ruttley

S.W. Berkley

1-0

C. Rickett

V.R. Harper

1-0

R. Fidler

M. Wickham

1-0

Default

S. Barr

1-0

M. Mourant

G. Batchelor

1-0

Default

M. Broad

1-0

J. Adams

S. Weston

1-0

Default

13-3

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Insurance v Legal
Played 16th March 2005

Insurance

v

Legal

J.T. Farrand 180 (B)

0-1

C.R. Wismayer 180 (W)

D.R. Sedgwick 171

½-½

M. Johnstone 168

D.I.W. Reynolds 170

0-1

S.J. Coles 173

I.D. Hunnable 168

½-½

A.E. McGuinness 160

D. Malcolm 162

0-1

H.J. Waterman 154

D.I. Calvert 161

½-½

D. Auger 147

P.R. Barclay 156

1-0

DEFAULT 000

M.C. Page 153

1-0

P.A. Landless 063

M.R. Wiltshire 139

0-1

C. Rickett 120E

A.R. Kent 137

1-0

A. Davies 100E

G. Callan 133

1-0

P.A. Dodd 097

D.G. Cannan 127

0-1

M.P. Mourant 116

W. Diffey 127

½-½

I. Berry 100E

C. Bartlett 125

1-0

D. Tunkel 096

G.W. Naldrett 129

0-1

M. Shepherd 098

R.P. Hamilton 107

1-0

L. Harrison 090E

8-8

Report by Geoff Naldrett:

This Bronowski Trophy match was played at the offices of S.J. Berwin. They provided the refreshments, we provided 12 of the 16 clocks! Legal won the toss, and chose white on odds.

Five of their players appeared to be ungraded, and we outgraded them on nearly every board, on some boards significantly. I could have played several boards higher but, hoping for an easy game, I played on board 15.

Unfortunately, the top 12 games were played in one room, and the remaining 4 in the room next door, so I had to keep popping from one room to the other to see how we were getting on!

Paul Barclay’s opponent failed to appear, so we went 1-0 up after half an hour. A crucial point, as it turned out! Ray Hamilton, on board 16, was late, having gone first to Belgrave Road! I think he arrived just within half an hour of the start, but his opponent had, sportingly, not started his clock, and had gone back to work! He was summoned once Ray arrived.

Martin Page quickly got on top, and was our first winner over the board. My opponent, graded 98, played an opening I was unfamiliar with, and I quickly got into trouble. I later resigned what had been a nightmare game in a hopeless position. So much for expecting an easy game!

Ian Calvert then drew, as did, much later, William Diffey, and Anthony Kent and Gary Callan won. Julian Farrand then lost on top board against Clive Wismayer, having also lost to him in the League a week earlier! David Sedgwick and Ian Hunnable drew, but Ian Reynolds lost.

David Cannan was down on material, but his opponent’s king was exposed and his QR and QB were undeveloped. The king got to safety, though, the queen’s side pieces got developed and David eventually lost. Colin Bartlett won the exchange, and eventually converted this into a win David Malcolm and Michael Wiltshire then lost long endgames, which left Ray Hamilton needing to win for us to draw the match. He was two pawns up for a long time, but seemed to be doing his best to lose a won game! He nearly succeeded! He allowed his opponent right back into the game, and, near the end, offered a draw, which would have cost us the match and the Bronowski Trophy! Fortunately his opponent, by then in a much better position, declined the draw offer! At the end of the game Ray’s opponent resigned, as I think he thought he had been mated (but he hadn’t been)!

So, a hard-fought and somewhat fortunate 8-8 draw, in a match which, on paper, we should have won easily.

GWN

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Insurance v Commercial
Played 13th April 2005, at 11 Belgrave Road

Insurance

v

Commercial

M.C. Rich 180 (W)

0-1

A.C. Ashby 184 (B)

D.I. Calvert 161

0-1

R.W. Haldane 171

D.R. Sedgwick 171

½-½

R. Dickens 165

D.I.W. Reynolds 170

½-½

P.J.E. Ackley 160

I.D. Hunnable 168

½-½

P. Jaszkiwskyj 158

D. Malcolm 162

0-1

B. O’Gorman 149

P.R. Barclay 156

1-0

Brian J Smith 150

J.A. Philpott 155

1-0

DEFAULT

M.C. Page 153

1-0

S.G. Barr 142

DEFAULT

0-1

M. Wickham 144

A.R. Kent 137

1-0

A. Barron 137

G. Callan 133

0-1

B. Figg 136

J.H. Aldred 131

½-½

M. Baker 134

G.W. Naldrett 129

0-1

G.H. Monk 137

R.P. Hamilton 107

0-1

J.R. Fisher 132

K.S. Parrott 109

½-½

Des Byrne –

6½-9½

Report by Geoff Naldrett.

Mine was the last game to finish, so I didn’t have the chance to take many notes, and don’t recall the sequence of results.

Mark Rich lost in one of the later games to finish.

I had promoted Ian Calvert to board 2, in the hope that he could at least draw with a 171, but he lost his game. This decision of mine might have cost him the Tooke Memorial Trophy, for which he had been the front runner all season. Sorry, Ian – you just got pipped at the post in a photo-finish!

David Sedgwick eventually drew a very double-edged game he had looked like losing for a long time. A typical tactical David Sedgwick game – he rarely plays an uninteresting game! Ian Reynolds had drawn earlier, and Ian Hunnable also drew, having been unable to take advantage of his lead on the clock.

David Malcolm lost one of the last games to finish, Anthony Kent won relatively early on, Martin Page also won and James Aldred eventually drew a game that had always looked drawn. Kevin Parrott justified his selection with a draw on board 16 – he wasn’t the “hero of the hour” this year, but achieved a good solid draw nonetheless.

After failing in the last match against the Legal League this time Ray Hamilton managed to turn an easily won game into a loss! He had been a rook up, but allowed his opponent to win most of his pawns on the other side of the board and, at the end of the game, the rook couldn’t stop the united passed pawns.

This left mine as the last game to finish, although by then Commercial had already regained the Bronowski Trophy. This opponent also played an opening with which I was unfamiliar, and again I got into a terrible mess! I had to give up my queen for two minor pieces after 20 moves, and would normally then have resigned, but played on and, surprisingly, held out longer than anyone else! He then allowed me to win the exchange but, as soon as I opened up the position, his queen came into play, my pieces were uncoordinated and he had an easy win. Commercial won 9½-6½.

So, we surrender the Bronowski to Commercial after holding it for four years. I feel we need to get out more of our stronger players on a regular basis if we are to regain it – our limited resources are beginning to tell on us.

GWN

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Legal v Banks
Played 13th April 2005 at 222 Grays Inn Road

Legal

v

Banks

A.J. Whiteley

1-0

Default

C.R. Wismayer

0-1

A.E. Hanreck

J. Lawrence

1-0

B.P.A. Andrews

M. Johnstone

1-0

Default

S. Coles

½-½

B. Whitworth

S.J.F. Walsh

1-0

M.N. Jones

M. Shepherd

1-0

J. Skipworth

H.J. Waterman

1-0

S. Bullock

C. Rickett

1-0

J. Simms

J. Griffiths

½-½

M. Lake

P. Ruttley

½-½

E. Long

M. Mourant

0-1

D. Chambers

P. Dodd

1-0

Default

I. Berry

1-0

Default

D. Auger

1-0

Default

A. Davies

1-0

Default

12½-3½

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