2006-2007

Table

Insce

Comm

Leg

Banks

Points

Games

Insurance

8d

3

24

Commercial

10½

7

24

Legal

0d

1

11

Banks

7

½

19

This season’s competition again saw a match conceded by default. This is of course a cause of concern and must exercise the thoughts of the governing Committee as to the implications for the future of the competition. On this occasion, two attempts were made to play the fixture but on each occasion, Legal were unable to raise a team to meet Insurance. However, the impact on the result of the tournament was less than last season for two reasons: i) the new rule agreed at last year’s AGM that a team winning a match by default would score game points equal to their average game points score in their other matches, subject to a minimum game points score for the defaulted match of 50% + 1; and ii) Insurance won their other two matches, to win the trophy by a clear margin.

Congratulations to Insurance and to their Match Captain, Geoff Naldrett, who retires from the ICC captaincy and from business, in June. What an excellent way to finish!

Ian Hunnable

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Insurance v Banks

Played 22nd November 2006 at 11 Belgrave Road, SW1

Insurance

v

Banks

D.I. Calvert 165

½-½

A.E. Hanreck 199

D.R. Sedgwick 162

½-½

D. Chambers 106 (reserve)

A.R. Kent 154

½-½

C. Tandy 172

D. Malcolm 151

½-½

I.N. Heppell 170

A.G.C. Paish 150

1-0

B.P. Andrews 144

M.C. Page 141

1-0

D. Tidmarsh 130

G. Callan 136

½-½

J. Heaton –

W. Diffey 129

½-½

J. Shaw 129

B.W. Atkinson 125

1-0

N. Pesin –

G.W. Naldrett 121

½-½

M.N. Jones 114

R.P. Hamilton 106

0-1

N. Kerby 124

K.S. Parrott 106

½-½

J. Skipworth 118

C.J. Dennis 96

1-0

T. Skippen 105

D.S.J. Shipp 90

½-½

A. Medworth –

8½-5½

Report for Insurance by Geoff Naldrett

I had a great deal of difficulty in getting 14 players to play in this match, and could have put out a much stronger team from those who couldn’t play than from those that could!  Fortunately United Banks were also short of some of their better players, so a very tight match seemed in prospect.

I am very grateful to Kevin Parrott, Cyril Denis and Dave Shipp, who all stepped in at short notice, and to David Burford, who would have come along as our only extra player, to play in an emergency, had he not had to go to Wales instead.  The Club is fortunate in having such players it can rely on – they are the salt of the earth and make my job easier than it would otherwise be!

Because of continuing security problems over the new Conference Room the match had to be played in three rooms – boards 1 and 2 in the new Ombudsman kitchen, boards 3-8 in the new Ombudsman meeting room (both rooms on the 6th floor) and boards 9-14 in the ground floor room used for smaller matches and individual games.

I had hoped not to have to play, but had to, on board 10. It was difficult knowing on the ground floor what was happening upstairs! United Banks were strong (on paper) on the top four boards, and Ian Calvert, Anthony Kent and David Malcolm did well to secure draws on three of these boards against higher rated opponents.

Rob Thomas, the Banks’ board 2, failed to arrive, so David Sedgwick played instead against Dave Chambers, the Banks’ reserve. Dave Chambers did very well to secure a draw, though ¼ hour down on the clock at the start.

The match looked pretty tight for most of its duration, with many of the early results draws.  The exception was Martin Page’s quick win against David Tidmarsh on board 6.  This was later countered by Ray Hamilton’s loss on board 11 in a pawn endgame against a higher rated opponent.  An isolated pawn eventually told against him. Our only loss, as it turned out!

I got short of time against Mike Jones and offered a trade of queens, though I thought he could win by sacrificing the exchange, then his queen.  He would then either mate me or have an easy win on material. Still, I could see nothing better, so offer the exchange of queens. He exchanged queens, and the game soon petered out into a solid draw.  I pointed out the ”winning” line to Mike, but my later analysis showed that I could have sacrificed my own queen, after winning his, for a position that slightly favoured me, but which might well have been drawn anyway.  Hopefully I would have found this over the board, if I had had to!

The match swung in our favour in the end, with late wins by Tony Paish, Brian Atkinson and Cyril Dennis, and a solid draw by Ian Calvert on top board (against a 199) in the last game to finish. By then the match was won, and we had triumphed by 8½ to 5½.

Nine draws in 14 games! Well done to a weakened team, which pulled out the stops!

GWN

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Banks v Commercial

Played 23rd January 2007

Banks

v

Commercial

A.E. Hanreck

½-½

P. Ackley

R. Belabdelouahab

0-1

R. Dickens

I.N. Heppell

½-½

B. Barlow

B.P. Andrews

½-½

P. Jaszkiwskyj

D. Tidmarsh

½-½

M. Markering

P. Siriyatorn

0-1

S.W. Berkley

N. Pesin

1-0

B. Smith

N. Kerby

½-½

M. Wickham

M.N. Jones

½-½

S. Barr

J. Skipworth

½-½

G.H. Monk

A. Medworth

1-0

J. Fisher

D. Chambers

0-1

D. Gilbert

M. Lake

½-½

D.G. Wayte

B. Whitworth

1-0

Default

7-7

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Legal v Commercial

Played 20th February 2007

Legal

v

Commercial

C.R. Wismayer

1-0

K.I. Norman

H.J. Waterman

½-½

P.J. Ackley

M. Johnstone

½-½

R. Dickens

G. Senior

½-½

B. Barlow

D. Auger

0-1

T. Harvey

J. Griffiths

0-1

C. Kennedy

M. Groom

1-0

P. Jaszkiwskyj

I. Berry

0-1

C. Hetherington

A. Pay

0-1

M. Markering

M. Mourant

0-1

D. Jarmain

A. Davies

0-1

B. Smith

D. Tunkel

0-1

S. Barr

G. Walker

0-1

G.H. Monk

Default

0-1

D. Gilbert

3½-10½

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Legal v Banks

Played 27th March 2007

Legal

v

Banks

A.J. Whiteley

½-½

D. Moskovic

J. Lawrence

0-1

A.E. Hanreck

S. Coles

0-1

D. Lindner

H.J. Waterman

½-½

R. Belabdelouahab

S.J.F. Walsh

0-1

R.K. Thomas

M. Johnstone

1-0

F. Lees

M. Groom

0-1

S. Williamson

D. Auger (sub)

½-½

I. Ahmed

P. Ruttley

½-½

B. Whitworth

I. Berry

½-½

D. Tidmarsh

A. Pay

1-0

J. Skipworth

M.P. Mourant

1-0

M. Barkwill

G. Walker

1-0

A. Medworth

A. Davies

1-0

D. Chambers

7½-6½

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Legal v Insurance

Match conceded by Legal by default.

This match was originally scheduled for 7th March 2007 but Legal indicated two days before that they could not raise a team. Insurance offered to re-schedule and a new date of 18th April was agreed. Sadly, Legal found themselves in the same position in relation to the new date and conceded the match.

By virtue of the new rule agreed last year, Insurance’s game points score for this match will be equal to the average of their game points scores in their other two matches, subject to a minimum of 50% + 1 (i.e. 8). Following conclusion of Insurance’s remaining fixture against Commercial (which Insurance won by 7½-6½) Insurance’s average game points in their other two matches was exactly 8, so the Legal v Insurance defaulted fixture is scored Insurance 8-0 Legal.

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Insurance v Commercial

Played 25th April 2007, at 11 Belgrave Road

Insurance

v

Commercial

M.C. Rich 180

½-½

J.M.G. Toon 181

J.T. Farrand 174

0-1

R.W. Haldane 172

G.W. Naldrett 121 (sub)

½-½

A.C. Ashby 169

Default

0-1

P.J.E. Ackley 169

D.I. Calvert 165

½-½

B. Barlow 164

D.R. Sedgwick 162

½-½

G.A. Harvey 157

A.R. Kent 154

½-½

C. Kennedy 152

B.J. Valentine 153

½-½

P. Jaszkiwskyj 155

D. Malcolm 151

½-½

M. Markering –

A.G.C. Paish 150

1-0

B. Smith 143

M.R. Wiltshire 147

½-½

Matthew Baker 144

J.A. Philpott 146

½-½

M. Wickham 147

M.C. Page 141

1-0

Martin Baker 137

P.R. Barclay 138

1-0

N. Harrison 132

7½-6½

Report by Geoff Naldrett

Two players failed to appear. Julian Farrand arrived, saying that Ian Reynolds had been caught up in a fire on the Jubilee Line. I left a message on his mobile, but it was too late by the time he was able to respond to it. I had thought that Ian Hunnable, who also did not show, was affected by the same incident, but it transpired he had simply forgotten the match! He was most apologetic.

I won the toss for a change, so chose white on odds. The rules specify that reserves must be applied from the highest vacant board downwards, so, with two non-arrivals and only myself in reserve, after half an hour I had to step in for Ian Reynolds on board 3, against A. Ashby (169, but had been 190) and we defaulted board 4.

The match was once more split between the kitchen and the Pensions Ombudsman’s meeting room, on the 6th floor, and the ground floor room.

I played an English as White, which turned into a Queen’s Indian. Ian Calvert quickly drew again against Bertie Barlow – their third hard-fought draw in a week!  Most of the other top boards then drew not too long afterwards (Messrs Rich, Sedgwick, Kent and Valentine), leaving my game as the only one still going on on the PO meeting room!  I got to move 30 and he had a passed pawn on d2, attacked and defended by queen and rook. He couldn’t make any more progress so, when I offered him a draw, which he accepted!
Julian eventually lost on board 2 – our only other loss, whereas downstairs the games were more hard-fought.  David Malcolm and John Philpott drew, but Martin, Tony and Paul managed to win, giving us the 7 points we needed to regain the Bronowski Trophy.  In the last game to finish, Michael’s game, they played on in a time scramble until neither had mating material left, so that game was drawn and we won the match by a point.

GWN

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