2008-2009

Table

Comm Ins Legal Banks Points Games
Commercial 5* 9 20½
Insurance 2 21½
Legal 5* 6 1 13½
Banks 3 6 ½ 14½
* Two boards declared void.

Insurance opened their defence of the Bronowski away to Banks. In a very tight match, Insurance pinched the point by the narrowest margin. Meanwhile, Legal and Commercial encountered logistical problems in getting enough clocks to the venue, resulting in two boards being declared void. Their match was even tighter, finishing 5-5.

The second round of matches saw Insurance win heavily against Legal while Commercial won nearly as heavily against the Banks. This set up a ‘winner takes all’ final round, Insurance needing only a draw in the final pairing with Commercial to retain the silver knight whereas Commercial needed to win, while at the other end, Legal needed only a draw to avoid the wooden spoon, while Banks needed to win.

In the contest for the wooden spoon, Legal survived the concession of a board by default and did very well to hold Banks to a 6-6 draw.
Commercial and Insurance both assembled representative squads with Commercial just having the edge on paper. There was nothing much in the results all evening, until Commercial edged into a vital lead at the death to take the Bronowski by the odd point. Many congratulations to Mike and his squad for a well-contested and deservedly successful campaign.

Thanks to all the teams for completion of the programme, with only one minor hitch; thankfully, this did not harm the the chances of either of the teams involved. The new 12-board format at least enabled all sides to declare a full team for all fixtures; let us hope that we can resist the need to reduce boards any further for some while yet.

Ian Hunnable

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Banks v Insurance

Played 16th February 2010, at NatWest Bank, 1 Princes Street
United Banks v Insurance
David Moskovic 213 (B) 1-0 Julian Farrand 189 (W)
Michael White 203 1-0 Ian Reynolds 174
Daniel Lindner 189 1-0 Brian Valentine 175
Robert Willmoth – 1-0 Ian Calvert 172
Ian Heppell 181 ½-½ Ian Hunnable 167
Peter Andrews 170 1-0 John Philpott 153
Martin Lake 91 (sub) 0-1 Mike Wiltshire 152
Neil Davies 161 ½-½ Martin Page 152
Nathan Pesin 149 0-1 William Diffey 151
David Tidmarsh 120 ½-½ Anthony Kent 145
Mark Chamberlain 138 ½-½ Santosh Pandit 139
Andrew Medworth 131 ½-½ Geoff Naldrett 137
7½-4½

Report based on observations by Anthony Kent:

Insurance conceded a default due to a mistake over the venue.

Paul Barclay won a piece after an early misjudgment by his opponent, making the match 1-1. A stream of draws then followed, with the match in the balance.William Diffey and Anthony Kent, both playing weaker opponents on the lowest boards, really had to win for Insurance to have a decent chance. William won a pawn, and later a piece as he piled on pressure. Martin Lake wanted to swap at every opportunity against the Sicilian, so Anthony pushed his pawns and played aggressively to make things happen.

Ian Reynolds then lost in a rook and pawn ending leaving Insurance ahead 5½-4½ with James Aldred and Julian Farrand still playing.
James’ opponent had positional advantage, but thankfully ran out of time, giving the visitors the match. Julian’s Old Indian became very cramped and locked as his opponent sought a win with his flag approaching the horizontal. In a frantic finish, Julian got in some checks, appeared to miss winning a piece for one move, then left a piece en prise which his opponent eventually saw. Moskovic just had time to queen a pawn and deliver mate.

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Legal v Commercial

Played 27th January 2009, at S.J. Berwin, 10 Queen Street Place

Legal

v

Commercial

Steve Coles

1-0

John Bass

Steven Walsh 150

0-1

Paul Barasi

Howard Mather

½-½

Bertie Barlow

Charles Rickett

½-½

Tony Harvey

David Auger

1-0

Default

Andrew Baum –

1-0

Steven Macdonald-Ross

Adrian Pay –

0-1

David Jarmain

Jonathan Griffiths

0-1

Craig Kennedy

Daniel Tunkel –

void

Mike Wickham

Malcolm Mourant 118

1-0

Default

Adrian Davies 118

void

Trevor Jones

Ian Berry

0-1

George Monk

5-5

Mike Wickham explains: “Unfortunately,  one of my players had promised to provide five clocks for the match, but was prevented by a traffic jam from arriving at a reasonable time.”

In the circumstances, the teams agreed that the affected boards should be declared void. The Controller has accepted the result as reported.

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Legal v Insurance

Played 17th February 2009, at SJ Berwin, 10 Queen Street Place

Legal

v

Insurance

Steven Coles 172

0-1

Julian Farrand 178

Steven Walsh 150

0-1

Ian Reynolds 174

Andrew McGuinness 146

½-½

Ian Hunnable 172

Ian Mason –

0-1

Brian Valentine 165

Charles Rickett –

0-1

Ian Calvert 162

Matthew Page –

0-1

David Sedgwick 156

Andrew Baum –

0-1

Angus James 152

Charles Proctor –

0-1

Martin Page 151

Malcolm Mourant 118

1-0

Paul Barclay 146

Adrian Davies 118

0-1

Tony Paish 145

Ian Berry 112

½-½

Anthony Kent 135

Daniel Tunkel –

0-1

Mike Wiltshire 132

2½-9½

Report based on comments by Anthony Kent:Insurance were quite a bit stronger than Legal on paper.

Mike Wiltshire was first to finish after his opponent misjudged the order in an exchange of pieces and lost a bishop. Paul Barclay lost when he missed that one of his pieces could be taken due to a pin. David Sedgwick had two pawns for a rook with his opponent’s
king exposed in the centre, but applied continued pressure to win. Ian Reynolds gained revenge for a defeat 47 years ago, gaining the
opposition in a king and pawn endgame. Tony Paish was last to finish, with a strong king side attack breaking through against his opponent’s French defence.

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Banks v Commercial

Played 17th February 2009, at 1 Princes Street

United Banks

v

Commercial

David Moskovic 207

½-½

Ken Norman 187

Steve Williamson –

0-1

Robin Haldane 181

Alan Hanreck 179

½-½

John Bass 164

Ian Heppell 170

½-½

Nigel Fleming 159

Peter Andrews 170

½-½

Craig Kennedy 151

Neil Davies –

0-1

Colin Ramage 149

Paolo Carta –

0-1

Stephen Macdonald-Ross 146

Nigel Kerby 121

0-1

Brendan O’Gorman 145

David Tidmarsh 120

1-0

Anmol Gupta –

Mike Jones 114

0-1

Mike Wickham 139

Dave Chambers 87

0-1

Mike Broad 128

Terry Skippen 85

0-1

George Monk 130

3-9

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Legal v Banks

Played 10th March 2009, at 10 Queen Street Place

Legal

v

Banks

Steven Coles 172

0-1

David Moskovic 207

Howard Waterman 159

1-0

Nathan Pesin 148

Steven Walsh 150

½-½

Alan Hanreck 179

Alec McGuinness 146

½-½

Rob Thomas 179

Howard Mather –

0-1

Ian Heppell 170

Charles Rickett –

½-½

Neil Davies –

Default

0-1

Dave Chambers 87

Andrew Baum –

0-1

Steve Williamson –

Malcolm Mourant 118

1-0

Paolo Carta –

Adrian Pay 132

1-0

David Tidmarsh 120

Jonathan Griffiths 125

½-½

Mike Jones 116

Daniel Tunkel –

1-0

Martin Lake 91

6-6

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Commercial v Insurance

Played 10th March 2009, at Caxton House, 6-12 Tothill Street, London SW1H 9NA

 Commercial

v

Insurance

Ken Norman 187 (B)

½-½

Julian Farrand 178 (W)

Peter Ackley 172

1-0

Ian Hunnable 172

John Bass 164

½-½

Ian Calvert 162

Paul Barasi 166

0-1

David Sedgwick 156

Nigel Fleming 159

1-0

Angus James 151

Tony Harvey 158

1-0

Martin Page 151

Andrew Waters 151

1-0

Paul Barclay 146

Mike Wickham (sub) 139

½-½

Tony Paish 145

Brendan O’Gorman 144

½-½

James Aldred 144

Steven Macdonald-Ross 146

0-1

Anthony Kent 135

Mike Broad 128

½-½

William Diffey 134

David Gilbert 109

0-1

Mike Wiltshire 132

6½-5½

Report by Mike Wickham

It was a remarkably close match with five of the seven decisive games being decided in quickplay finishes. Anthony’s was the last game to finish, a tense struggle in which he made gains on the queen side and successfully resisted Steven Macdonald-Ross’ counterplay in the centre. I don’t think Anthony saw in the latter stages too much of the other games, so I shall let you have my impressions.

The early results were draws on Boards 8 and 9, a win for Peter Ackley on Board 2 (Ian walked into a pre-analysed sacrificial line in the opening) and a win for Mike Wiltshire to level the score. His opponent, David Gilbert, managed as White to establish a Knight on d6, but could do nothing with it, nor make progress on the Queen’s side. Mike Wiltshire had more than equalised by advancing his f pawn to f4 when David in his own words made a fatal blunder. The next game to finish was on Board 1. Ken Norman managed to isolate Julian Farrand’s QP and exchanged pieces to reach a R, N and P ending. Julian had a better knight and a space advantage. Neither player could make headway and the game was drawn. 2½-2½!

Two crucial draws followed. On Board 11 William Diffey had repulsed a dangerous but possibly premature attack by Mike Broad and had built up his own pressure down the e- and f-files. Did he miss an opportunity to win somewhere along the line? I’m not sure. At the end Mike had regained a slight though far from decisive initiative, but was a little behind on the clock. So a draw was a fair result. On Board 3, Ian Calvert had been pressing most of the game, first in a middle game in which he exposed John Bass’ King, and then in an endgame in which he had a dangerous looking passed pawn and pressure on John’s weak King-side squares. John’ s valiant defence led to a R and P ending which he certainly wasn’t losing when a draw was agreed.

LCCL regained the lead when Andy Waters converted his extra pawn into a winning endgame on Board 7. Four games left. I couldn’t see the LCCL winning on Board 4, where at one stage Paul Barasi had 8 minutes on his clock to David Sedgwick’s 45 in a quite complex middle game. Despite heroic efforts on Paul’s part, reaching a clearly drawn R and P ending, and reducing his time deficit to eight minutes, his flag finally fell. I also feared for Steven Macdonald-Ross, correctly as it turned out. So we had to win on Boards 5 and 6, and win we did. Nigel Fleming converted a slight endgame edge in the form of a space advantage into a winning good N v bad B ending. But from my view, the game of the night was Tony Harvey’s. He sacrificed two exchanges and won a couple of vital central pawns to create an irresistible phalanx. Once Tony had regained one exchange, the result seemed inevitable – provided his K position did not allow a perpetual check. And it didn’t. So when Martin Page resigned LCCL had reached the winning total of 6½ points.

One curiosity. No Insurance CC player won with the White pieces. All three of its wins were with Black.

MW

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