2011-2012


Fixtures

Match

Date

Home Team

v

Away Team

001

24 Jan 2012

Banks

7½-4½

Insurance

002

15 Feb 2012

Legal

8-4

Insurance

003

06 Mar 2012

Banks

6-6

Legal

004

16 May 2012

Legal

9½-2½

Commercial

The other two fixtures were not played due to Commercial’s failure to respond to the efforts of Banks and Insurance to arrange a date. The result of the Legal-Commercial match is excluded from the competition, but was submitted for grading and is shown further down the page. See further discussion below.


Table

Legal

Banks

Insce

MP

GP

1 Legal

*

6

8

14

2 Banks

6

*

13½

3 Insurance

4

*

0

Commercial entered the competition and played one fixture, which resulted in Legal  9½-2½ Commercial, but having failed to respond to the attempts of  Banks and Insurance to arrange their fixtures, the Controller’s decision is that Commercial’s single result is excluded from the 2011-12 competition and the results between the other three teams decide the Bronowski Trophy for this Season.

It  should be noted that two other options were available to the Controller,  but neither would alter the outcome in anything other than detail.  These options were:

i)  to regard the unplayed matches as having been constructively defaulted by Commercial due to their failure to respond to Banks  and Insurance, the latter two teams each being awarded the minimum  of 8 Game Points;

ii)  the unplayed matches to be declared null.

In each case, the result of the Competition and the placing of teams  would have been the same.

The  games of the Legal-Commercial match, which was played, were  submitted for grading and the match is recorded on this page to  show the results as played.

The first pair of fixtures demonstrate quite clearly that the Bronowski axis has shifted: for some years the competition has been between Commercial and Insurance. Now it is quite clearly between Banks and Legal, although Commercial may have something to say about that.

The high-octane battle between Legal and Banks left the contest wide open as they slugged it out to a draw. This leaves Legal with the slenderest lead of half a game point with only the three Commercial fixtures left.

Legal shot into pole position with a 9½-2½ victory at home to Commercial in a fixture that survived postponement, the first manifestation of the latter in this season’s event. Now, only Banks can catch Legal, but the odds are stacked against them with the lawyers having a 10 point advantage in Game Points.

The remaining two fixtures, the Commercial fixtures against Banks and Insurance could not be arranged and Commercial’s one result has been excluded from the Competition Table, although the games themselves have been submitted for grading and the details are given below.

Congratulations then to Legal for their first success in the Bronowski Trophy since they entered in 1996-97.


Match Details

Played 24 Jan 2012

Insurance had White on odds

Banks

v

Insurance

David Moskovic 217

1-0

Mark Rich 199

Ian Heppell 180

½-½

Roger de Coverly 175

Daniel Lindner 198

1-0

Tony Paish 170

Chris Tandy 181

0-1

Ian Hunnable 168

Peter Andrews 172

½-½

Brian Valentine 168

David Wilson 169

1-0

Martin Page 163

Tony Andrews 150e

0-1

Ian Calvert 165

Neil Davies 149

½-½

Anthony Kent 160

David Tidmarsh 141

½-½

Santosh Pandit 150

Mike Jones 134

½-½

Mike Wiltshire 153

Johan Rydahl 147

1-0

Kevin Sear 130e

Charlie Cooke 136

1-0

Ray Hamilton 129

7½-4½

Comments by Ian Heppell (Banks):

“This match was closely contested by two evenly matched teams. Banks came out 7½-4½ winners in the end but the match could have gone either way. Unfortunately we lost two of our team on the day but the two substitutes scored 1½/2 and encouragingly we won on the bottom six boards.”

Comments by Anthony Kent (Insurance):

“The Banks team were weakened by withdrawals of Costas Karayiannis (185) and Michael White (207) on the day, replaced by Ian Heppell and Charlie Cooke, which broadly evened up average gradings of the two teams. Last year we drew 6-6, but with 2 wins and 5 defeats, we could not come close to matching this.

“Our only two successes came on boards 4 and 7. Ian Hunnable won a French two Knights, (Play it here: Tandy-Hunnable). Ian Calvert and his opponent both queened pawns, but the subsequent exchange of queens left Ian a won pawn ending. I managed to stall long enough in a lost ending with two rooks each, so that my opponent offered a draw before his flag fell. Martin Page was last to finish as White robustly countered his Falkbeer Counter Gambit.”

Played 15 Feb 2012

Insurance had White on odds

Legal

v

Insurance

Feliks Kwiatkowski 207

½-½

Mark Rich 199

Steven Coles 193

1-0

Ian Hunnable 168

John Foley 191

1-0

Brian Valentine 168

Clive Wismayer 186

1-0

Ian Calvert 165

Gary Senior 184

0-1

David Sedgwick 164

Adam Raoof 183

1-0

Martin Page 163

Howard Waterman 167

½-½

Paul Carlucci 161

Russell Campbell 165

½-½

Paul Barclay 160

Mark Johnstone 165

½-½

Anthony Kent 160

Mark Murrell 162

0-1

William Diffey 142

Albert Ballardini 160e

1-0

Ray Hamilton 129

Howard Mather 154e

1-0

Geoff Naldrett 123

8-4

Comments by Anthony Kent (Insurance):

“Legal again raised a stronger team than Insurance based on gradings and it was therefore never going to be easy, particularly on the higher boards. Our two success came from David Sedgwick, playing the Alapin Sicilian into a won Bishops endgame, and William Diffey defeating a Trompovsky Attack with an unstoppable checkmate threat. Both Insurance players were outgraded by 20 points.

“Ray Hamilton and Geoff Naldrett faced experienced ungraded players on the bottom 2 boards and lost out to an Alekhine’s defence and a Classical Kings Gambit declined respectively. Towards the end of the match, Martin Page lost a same coloured Bishops endgame, and Ian Hunnable’s tactical flurry to queen a pawn was thwarted. Last to finish on board 1, Mark Rich’s Grand Prix Attack secured a draw in a N v B endgame.”

Played 06 Mar 2012

Banks had White on odds

Banks

v

Legal

David Moskovic 217

0-1

Philip Tozer 193

Daniel Lindner 198

1-0

Steven Coles 193

Costas Karayiannis 180

½-½

Tom Farrand 187

Joel Bird 183

0-1

Clive Wismayer 186

Tomos Nitz 185

1-0

Adam Raoof 183

David Wilson 169

1-0

Kevin Millward 183

Tony Andrews 150e

0-1

John Tobisch 167

Andrew Hebron 170e

1-0

Howard Waterman 167

Neil Davies 149

½-½

Mark Johnstone 165

Mark Chamberlian 145

½-½

Andrew McGuinness 160

Vikram Kamath 153

0-1

Mark Murrell 162

Johan Rydahl 147

½-½

Steven Walsh 151

6-6

Comments by Steven Coles (Legal):

”This was a very close and exciting match, as the 6-6 score-line suggests, with the result in doubt until the very last few minutes. Many good games were played.

”Legal were slightly unlucky not to win, and Ian Heppell agreed afterwards he had thought a Legal win likely part way through the match. We were ahead in the match score throughout. With the scores at 5½-4½ in our favour, and only a few minutes remaining, the match result was effectively decided in time scrambles on the final two boards. We might well have won or drawn both of these, to take the match. But the first went against us, with only seconds left before each clock fell. In the other, a good position for us went wrong in the last few minutes, and with the position on the board becoming chaotic and time very short, the players agreed a draw.

“All of which leaves everything to play for in the remaining matches.”

Comments by Ian Heppell (Banks):

“This was a hard-fought encounter but one which for most of the match looked likely to end in defeat for the Banks. With three games to go we were 5½-4½ down with two of the remaining games being much worse for the Bank players. In his opponent’s time trouble Andrew Hebron ground out a rook & pawn ending which may well have been drawn in theory.

“On 6 Dave Wilson had drifted from a good middle-game to a lost rook & pawn ending which he then proceeded to win with both flags horizontal. On bottom board Johan Rydahl had been lost for many moves but had struggled on and in his opponent’s time trouble both players made illegal moves. The potential dispute was fortunately resolved by their agreement to an honourable draw which left the match score tied at 6 a piece.”

Played 16 May 2012

Legal had White on odds

Legal

v

Commercial

Peter Vas 212

1-0

Nigel Fleming 185

John Foley 191

½-½

Peter Ackley 181

David Guthrie 192

1-0

Carl Hetherington 181

Steven Coles 193

½-½

John Bass 176

Clive Wismayer 186

½-½

Jaszkiwskyj 178

Adam Raoof 183

1-0

Bertie Barlow 167

Gary Senior 184

1-0

David Jarmain 165

Kevin Millward 183

1-0

Andy Waters 155

Julian Farrand 182

1-0

Len Cotter 151

Howard Waterman 167

0-1

Mike Wickham 156

Mark Johnstone 165

1-0

Steve Barr 141

Andrew McGuinness 160

1-0

Default

9½-2½

NB: This match has been excluded from the competition – see details beneath the cross table at the top of the page.

Comments by Steven Coles (Legal):

“After this match was postponed earlier, we were all glad to benefit once again from the generous hospitality of Simmons and Simmons, which is always appreciated.

This was a closer match than the scoreline might suggest, with a lot of closely contested games, albeit that most of them went Legal’s way in the end.

Apart from a lot of good games, unexpected points of interest during the evening included: (1) a fire false alarm announcement, which caused several of the doors to lock automatically and meant that a few of us had to find a slightly more circuitous way out of the building afterwards; and (2) in a time scramble in the last game to finish on top board, a defending bishop inadvertently changed colour from white-squared to black-squared, which would have turned a difficult position to win into a definite draw – fortunately this entertaining mistake was corrected immediately, and a very good game, played in good spirit, proceeded to its conclusion.

The match and atmosphere was good-natured all round, as has always been the way with Bronowski matches.”

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  1. #1 by johan on 3 May, 2012 - 15:55

    What happen with Commercial, have they withdrawn?

    • #2 by Chesster on 3 May, 2012 - 16:33

      ~Thank you for the enquiry, Johan.
      No, Commercial have not withdrawn, but there has been a considerable delay in getting fixtures agreed. One fixture is agreed and I need to update the website with that date. The other two we are hoping to get arranged, but time is getting short before people start taking summer holidays.

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