Inter-County Championship 2006–07

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Under 150

Warwickshire U150 – Nottinghamshire U150

Neil Graham

Nottinghamshire made a successful start to the 2006–07 season with a win over Warwickshire, reversing the defeat of last year. The team welcomed Matt Basey, Alex Combie, Will Place, Oliver Exton and Anjali Lakhani for their first matches. Indeed, with a number of absentees, there will be competition for places this year.

The main problem was actually reaching the venue, as there was a jam on the M42 and then a diversionary route to avoid M6 roadworks was recommended. There was also an ill-founded dependence on Notts’ navigating skills. Fortunately our opponents were gracious enough to allow the clocks to be started some 20 minutes late, and eventually all the Notts players were sat at the board and playing.

Keith Brameld soon had an initial win for us, which together with a number of draws gave us an early 2½–1½ lead, which we never lost. Further wins for Bill Ray, myself, Steve Hunter and then Drag Sudar with a well-played endgame kept us slightly in front whenever Warwickshire looked like catching us up. With three games left we were in the lead by 7½–5½. Bob Taylor's position was untenable as his opponent had connected passed pawns, so the Board 15 game was conceded. The remaining games were both in our favour and Will Place duly scored the match-winning point. Keith Roper unfortunately blundered right at the end of the four-hour session, so the match result (8½–7½) was rather closer than the play itself suggested.

I’d like to thank our opponents for their hospitality and for giving us extra time to arrive at the venue.

Warwickshire U150 – Nottinghamshire U150
14 October 2006
BoardGradeGrade
1Richard Reynolds146½–½Brian Hayward148
2Robert Wallman1460–1Keith Brameld143
3Trevor Holt1451–0Keith Roper143
4Mark Cundy145½–½Kevin Harvey142
5Neil Clarke141½–½Matt Basey148*
6Darren Lee1410–1Steve Hunter139
7Gary Hope140½–½Tim Lane139
8Robert Walker1401–0Alex Combie139
9Adrian Fowkes1400–1Will Place135
10Colin Eckloff1381–0Phil Morgan134
11Keith Thomas1370–1Drag Sudar134
12Chris Evans1370–1Neil Graham133
13Phil Bull1330–1Bill Ray131
14Jon Turner1211–0Oliver Exton128
15John Fahy1301–0Bob Taylor127
16Alan Burnett130½–½Anjali Lakhani117
7½–8½

Greater Manchester U150 – Nottinghamshire U150

Neil Graham

Last season Notts managed just one match point in encounters with Warwickshire and Greater Manchester, but with a 9½–6½ victory over the latter at Stoke we’ve garnered maximum points this year against our rivals.

The match was rather marred as Manchester, the home side, defaulted two boards, giving Notts an initial lead which they never lost. From the point of view of selection, Notts welcomed back Ian Kingston, Stan Cranmer, Dave Flynn and John Tassi. I intended some squad rotation with the amount of talent available this year; unfortunately I had to step in myself and I am indebted to Bob Taylor for also substituting after a withdrawal. I hope that everyone will get at least one match in the zonal stages.

Will Place, who was just about the last to finish at Warwickshire, broke through his opponent’s centre and forced an early resignation, whilst I suffered from my usual complaint of initiating complications that I was unable to fathom and gave away a clear win. Nevertheless a draw gave Notts an early 3½–½ lead.

Although Oliver Exton lost, two further wins from Kevin and Bob gave Notts a healthy 5½–1½ advantage. It was at this point that the points started to dry up, despite some further draws. With five games still playing Notts led by 7–4, but I was extremely thankful to see Alex Combie find a winning pawn push after his opponent had missed a drawing line, taking us to eight points. Manchester then narrowed the gap to 8–6, but Ian, who had always had a draw in hand, outplayed his opponent in a rook and pawn ending to secure the match. Brian had looked to be scoring the full point on Board 1, but as the clock was turned away from me, I hadn’t realised that he was in huge time pressure. In the end his game finished in a perpetual check.

We have the bye in the next round so don’t play again till February, and as I thought we were at home in this match (we weren’t) both final games will be in Nottingham in the New Year.

Nottinghamshire U150 – Greater Manchester U150
11 November 2006
BoardGradeGrade
1Brian Hayward148½–½Mark Roberts148
2Keith Brameld1430–1Philip Armstong146
3Ian Kingston1431–0Michael Compston144
4Kevin Harvey1421–0Cory Hazlehurst139
5Keith Roper1430–1Matthew Pollard136
6Steve Hunter1391–0Default
7Tim Lane139½–½David Pardoe141
8Stan Cranmer1390–1Joao Rita135
9Alex Combie1391–0Mick Connor131
10Will Place1351–0Jim Nicolson132
11Neil Graham133½–½Ghassan El Gehani136
12Dave Flynn132½–½Richard Gavin129
13John Tassi131½–½Jon Lonsdale128
14Phil Morgan1341–0Default
15Oliver Exton1280–1Alan Beresford120
16Bob Taylor1271–0Ray Sumner112
9½–6½

Nottinghamshire U150 –Staffordshire U150

Bob Taylor

Kevin was the first to finish with a draw, but then the results started to go against us, with Notts behind all the way to the end. Stan finished with a draw, while David Toms managed to fork his opponent’s king and rook. Alex Combie played an excellent game; his opponent got a pawn to b2, ready to queen, but Alex took it off with his rook then marched his h-pawn down the board to queen with his opponent’s king and knight too far away to catch it. As I was playing I couldn't dwell too long at the boards; I was lucky to come away with a win. Dave Flynn’s game was the last to finish, but he was fighting to keep down the deficit rather than secure the draw for us, and he eventually halved his game after an arduous struggle – less than a minute left on both players’ clocks.

Ian Kingston adds:

The clash with the 4NCL meant that Notts were missing Neil Graham and me, which can’t have helped. There wasn’t a lot of choice though – Tony Wright had to work overtime to get 12 players to travel to Sunningdale.

The defeat leaves Notts needing to win or draw the final match against Leicestershire on 17 March to guarantee qualification. Please do everything you can to keep the date free.

Nottinghamshire U150 – Staffordshire U150
10 February 2007
BoardGradeGrade
1Brian Hayward1480–1Derek Laight148
2Keith Brameld1430–1Philip Porter147
3Kevin Harvey142½–½John Staniforth144
4Steve Hunter139½–½Steve Hill144
5Tim Lane139½–½Martyn Harris141
6Stan Cranmer139½–½Derek Perks138
7Alex Combie1391–0Peter Leary137
8Will Place1351–0Manoj Arora136
9Dave Flynn132½–½Dairmid Gibson133
10John Tassi1310–1David Daniels132
11Bill Ray1311–0Ken Francis132
12Phil Morgan1340–1Steve Wilcox127
13David Toms1291–0John Day126
14Richard Edwards1260–1Steve Harris120
15Oliver Exton1280–1Max Wootton116
16Bob Taylor1271–0Peter Broomhall106
7½–8½

Nottinghamshire U150 –Leicestershire U150

Ian Kingston

On paper, with an average advantage of about 15 grading points per board, this looked like an easy match for Notts. But averages don’t tell the whole story, and it only takes one or two early defeats for nerves to fray throughout the stronger team. This was not one of those occasions.

We started well: Bob Taylor won quickly; then, following a draw from Kevin Harvey, wins by David Toms and Steve Hunter took us into a comfortable 3 point lead. A flurry of draws followed (me, Tim Lane, Neil Graham and Bill Ray), but around this stage Leicestershire still had chances: John Tassi and Keith Roper looked to be lost; Matt Basey and Brian Hayward were probably worse; and the only clear advantage was Phil Morgan’s endgame.

From that point on, however, almost everything started to go our way. Will Place and Alex Combie drew, with Alex perhaps being a little unlucky. His pieces occupied the edges of the board while his opponent’s pieces were all huddled around the king on e1 – a quite bizarre position. A piece sacrifice broke through, but although Alex regained the piece his opponent found a perpetual to save the game. Alex has kindly supplied a copy of the game, which you can play through here. Phil found the right plan and won, and then John somehow scrambled a draw while two pawns down in a bishop ending. Shortly afterwards, Brian found some counterplay that convinced his opponent to stop trying for a win.

The rest of the match was effectively one-way traffic. Keith Brameld, after a fluctuating game, reached an ending in which he had R + N + 2P vs. 2R, but just as it might have become interesting his opponent blundered a rook away. Matt turned a pawn deficit into an overwhelming attack, and Keith Roper, who had been clinging on for dear life in a dreadful position for most of the game, suddenly found himself with an extra queen. And when it was all over, not a single Notts player had lost a game.

So yet again Nottinghamshire take the MCCU title – a tribute, more than anything, to Neil Graham’s fine organisational skills. The next match will be on 19 May at home (against either Yorkshire or Cumbria according to the NCCU web site). Keep the date free!

Tim Lane adds his perspective:

Interesting match on Saturday I thought. At one point the completed games were 6–2 in our favour, but I was struggling to see where a further 2½ points were coming from. John Tassi, Keith Roper, Brian Hayward and Keith Brameld all had dodgy-looking positions, Neil Graham and Phil Morgan looked to be heading for draws, Matt Basey had an edge but no clear path to victory and Alex Combie’s game was beyond me. If things went badly I could see us losing 8.5–7.5!

In fact my evaluations soon turned out to be over-pessimistic when John defended cunningly to save a half point and Phil Morgan turned out to have a win. Now I could see us scraping home, albeit by a narrow margin. Then things went from good to better when Keith Roper’s opponent lost his queen, Keith Brameld turned his dodgy-looking position into a win and Brian salvaged a draw.

Alex Combie’s game ended as a draw and I think we were 9.5–4.5 up when I left.

Nottinghamshire U150 – Leicestershire U150
17 March 2007
BoardGradeGrade
1Brian Hayward148½–½Lewis Turner148
2Ian Kingston 144½–½Dave Farrall142
3Matt Basey148*1–0John Pattinson142
4Keith Brameld1431–0Sean Hewitt139
5Kevin Harvey142½–½Ian Dodds139
6Steve Hunter1391–0Ben Pourmozaeri135
7Tim Lane139½–½Otto Hardy131
8Alex Combie139½–½Steve Wylie130
9Will Place135½–½Peter Harrison127
10Keith Roper1431–0Phil Watkinson126
11Neil Graham133½–½Steve Turvey129
12John Tassi131½–½Francis Katumba115
13Bill Ray131½–½Cyril Johnson102
14David Toms1291–0Mick Thornton98
15Bob Taylor1271–0Mick Adams89
16Phil Morgan1341–0Ron King84
11½–4½

National Quarter-Final: Nottinghamshire U150 – Cumbria U150

Ian Kingston

We probably couldn’t have asked for an easier quarter-final tie: Cumbria were giving away an average of over 15 grading points per board, and on the bottom eight boards we had almost a 24 point advantage – enough, if the high boards played solidly, for an overwhelming win on paper. But it didn’t quite turn out that way.

The match started brightly enough: Kevin Harvey was first to win, and I confess that I didn’t see anything of his game, my attention having been taken by Alex Combie’s attack. An exchange sacrifice exposed his opponent’s king, and when the dust cleared Alex had won back the exchange along with a couple of pawns, leaving a simple endgame win. Meanwhile, Matt Basey was demonstrating how to win without using his queenside pieces, and although his opponent probably resigned prematurely, we were happy enough with an early 3–0 lead.

There was a harbinger of what was to come, however, on Board 13, where John Tassi lost rather conclusively to a much lower graded player. The three-point margin was soon restored when I delivered checkmate, my opponent apparently having taken his cue from Matt’s approach to using his queenside pieces, but when I looked around at the rest of the games it wasn’t easy to see where the remaining 4½ points were going to come from. Brian Hayward was level; Keith Brameld and Steve Hunter were both in trouble; Will Place had an edge, but no more; Keith Roper was a pawn down, and next to him Drag Sudar was a pawn up. I think I miscounted pieces in Neil Graham’s game, since he appeared to be the exchange down, but five minutes later he was a rook up. Dave Flynn had definitely dropped the exchange; David Toms had a strong attack; Bob Taylor was pressing hard without having a clear win; and Oliver Exton’s position was unclear. So maybe we could get five points – enough to win, but not with a lot to spare. Fortunately, the wins on Boards 2, 3 and 5 had given us some insurance in terms of board count.

At this stage I wondered whether we were going to see a repeat of the Leicestershire match, where all the bad positions turned in our favour. I was even toying with the idea of just repeating the same match report, with a few changes of name. Brian drew, as expected, and Keith Roper won the pawn back for a dead drawn pawn ending. Then David Toms produced some unanswerable mate threats, and at 6–2 the pressure seemed off.

No such luck. All the remaining positions resolutely refused to follow the pattern of the previous match. Drag was unable to make anything of his extra pawn, but no matter – Neil was definitely a rook up with an easy win. But when I walked round to the other side of the board, I discovered that the captain had only a minute or two left on his clock. By that stage, his advantage was the exchange and two pawns, and as his opponent had just a king and knight Neil could do no worse than draw. Probably every spectator saw the wins that Neil missed, but it’s a different story when your flag is hanging, and Neil had to call it a day when he reached a dead drawn K + P vs. K ending.

Dave Flynn lost, so we still needed a point from the last four games. Oliver’s game had clarified somewhat (if you can call having two pieces for four pawns ‘clear’), and he simplified into an ending of K + B + 2P vs. K + 3P. Unfortunately, it was completely drawn, as his opponent could easily reach K + B + h-pawn vs. K, but with Oliver having the wrong bishop. Alert to the situation, Bob (still pressing, but not winning) promptly offered a draw, which was accepted, and thus we staggered over the winning line. Keith and Steve struggled on, but neither could salvage anything.

The match was held at Alwoodley Chess Club in north Leeds, who proved to be excellent hosts, providing generous refreshments throughout the match.

Our semi-final opponents will be Hertfordshire on 9 June. Venue to be decided.

Nottinghamshire U150 – Cumbria U150
19 May 2007
BoardGradeGrade
1Brian Hayward148½–½Jim Woodburn147
2Ian Kingston 1441–0Davd Cole139
3Matt Basey148*1–0Pete Shaw137
4Keith Brameld1430–1David Siddall137
5Kevin Harvey1421–0David McMath133
6Steve Hunter1390–1Philippe Gleizon131
7Alex Combie1391–0George Horne130
8Will Place135½–½Frank Whalley124
9Keith Roper143½–½John Dobson123
10Drag Sudar134½–½Syd Cassidy121
11Neil Graham133½–½Andy McAtear117
12Dave Flynn1320–1Ian Mackay107
13John Tassi1310–1Neil Jones106
14David Toms1291–0Martin Gawne104
15Bob Taylor127½–½Alan Hiatt97
16Oliver Exton128½–½Daniel O’Dowd93
8½–7½

National Semi-Final: Hertfordshire U150 – Nottinghamshire U150

Bob Taylor and Ian Kingston

(This report is a combination of acting captain Bob’s notes and Ian’s observations, as both of us had long games. It’s a bit less coherent than usual as a result.)

This match proved to be every bit as tough and as close as expected against a slightly higher graded team. After three hours’ play there were only three results, including a win for Stan Cranmer (whose sacrificial attack was undoubtedly winning, even before his opponent donated his queen) and a loss for Alex Combie, who dropped a piece. Remind me (Bob) not to put three ‘T’s together in the board order, because we all lost – David Toms’ game was one of attack and counter-attack in which he lost after running short on time; and John Tassi and I (Bob) also lost. Phil Morgan, as a late replacement for Neil Graham, excelled himself by winning. Around this time the match was level, following wins for Drag Sudar and Will Place, but with three games to go the situation did not look good. My (Ian’s) game had gone from good to bad after carelessly playing a move that I’d already rejected; Brian Hayward’s position was no more than level; and Oliver Exton had a good queen and pawn endgame; but we needed to pick up more than 1½ points from these three games because of the board count situation. Unfortunately, neither Brian nor Ian could squeeze out an extra half point (losing and drawing, respectively), and although Oliver played extremely well to convert Q+g-pawn vs. Q in the last game to finish, we already knew our fate.

I (Bob) would like to thank all who played and supplied the cars to get to the matches. And many thanks to Tim for his support.

And of course, the whole squad would like to thank Neil for his exemplary efforts throughout the season in putting together yet another successful campaign. Nothing contributes more to a team at this level than good captaincy.

Hertfordshire U150 – Nottinghamshire U150
9 June 2007
BoardGradeGrade
1Antony Hall149½–½Brian Hayward148
2Adam Batson1481–0Ian Kingston143
3Jon Barnes148½–½Kevin Harvey142
4Richard House143½–½Keith Brameld143
5Anthony Burrows1421–0Alex Combie139
6Brian Judkins141½–½Steve Hunter139
7Paul Lawrence141½–½Tim Lane139
8Simon Morris1370–1Stanley Cranmer139
9Mike Price1370–1Will Place135
10James Aldred136½–½Keith Roper143
11Mark Topham1360–1Drag Sudar134
12David Edney1350–1Philip Morgan134
13Mark Harris1341–0David Toms129
14Ian Mutton1331–0John Tassi131
15Jon Spencer1331–0Robert Taylor127
16Paul Kenning1310–1Oliver Exton128
8–8

Under 125

Nottinghamshire U125 – Leicestershire U125

Ian Kingston

New captain Lateefah-Messam Sparks faced a real baptism of fire in her first match as captain. Taking over at the last minute, with the venue uncertain until only a few days before the match, she was nevertheless able to field a competitive team. Sadly, it turned out to be one of those days, and the team fell to a heavy defeat.

Nottinghamshire U125 – Leicestershire U125
28 October 2006
BoardGradeGrade
1Lateefah Messam-Sparks1210–1Stephen Smith124
2Marcel Taylor120½–½John Oliver123
3Jonathan Day1190–1John Manger121
4Darran Ince116½–½Karl Potter
5Eric Williamson1141–0Bob Collins119
6Robert Willoughby1140–1George Hazell117
7George Murfet1131–0Graham Booley115
8Jixin Yang1120–1Andy Gordon Johnson112
9Len Darby1071–0Richard Paul Smith111
10Michael Nailard1060–1Anthony Robinson112
11Steve Thacker1050–1Lea Adlard107
12David Dunne1000–1Cyril Johnson102
13Derek Cronshaw960–1Brandon Clarke97
14Len Morrell88½–½Paul Clarke98
15Michael Zhang82½–½Graham Hewitt96
16Paul Todd810–1Dick Salter96
5–11

Derbyshire U125 – Nottinghamshire U125

Nottinghamshire suffered a second successive defeat and now face an uphill struggle to reach the national stage.

Derbyshire U125 – Nottinghamshire U125
24 February 2007
BoardGradeGrade
1M. Carter1231–0L. Messam-Sparks121
2D. Brown1201–0D. Ince116
3D. Hoddy119½–½N. Davies116
4V. W. G. Smith1141–0P. Burley116
5L. Alldread1031–0E. Williamson114
6D. Bramley99½–½G. Murfet113
7R. S. Harrison99½–½L. Darby107
8R. Hickling99E0–1D. Griffiths106
9P. Sheldon95½–½M. Nailard106
10G. Pace951–0Default
11B. Archer94½–½R. Sayer103
12N. Atkins94½–½D. Cronshaw96
13N. Marshall92½–½S. McIntosh91
14H. Bradbury84½–½L. Morrell88
15M. Orridge800–1M. Zhang82
16I. Rees75E0–1P. Todd81
9–7

Nottinghamshire U125 – Warwickshire U125

Match defaulted by Nottinghamshire.

Nottinghamshire U125 – Shropshire U125

Neil Graham

Despite being given a two-point lead by default and outgrading the opposition on 12 of the 14 boards played, Notts still managed to lose their match against Shropshire by the narrowest margin of 8½–7½.

Shropshire had conceded one board on Friday night and a further player didn’t show. Although I had stood one player down, the message didn’t get through and consequently I had 16 players show up. However, I was fortunate to find that there were a number of defaults at the 4NCL matches down the road, and eventually Sally McIntosh and George Murfet were dispatched to the Park Inn Hotel to play.

Meanwhile, Notts had established a 5–2 lead against Shropshire. Nigel Wright was playing downstairs against a gentleman who was unable to manage the stairs. I saw nothing of his game and can only say he won quickly. Marcel was a pawn up, won a further pawn and converted to an easy endgame win. Although under pressure on the kingside, Bob Willoughby forced his opponent’s king from the queenside into the middle of the board, where it was mated.

In the back room, though, our lower boards struggled. Ben Hobson lost to back rank threats with his king stuck on h8 behind pawns. Both Dave Griffiths and Derek Cronshaw were pieces adrift and Ray Sayer was the exchange down. Despite some ingenious defence all these games were eventually lost.

The match would therefore be either won or lost in the main room. None of the positions inspired too much confidence, with the exception of Phil Burley who was a clear rook up. However, he put a piece on an incorrect square, enabling his opponent to win the rook with a queen check and the game was drawn. Len Darby was overwhelmed by an attack and James Thomson lost three pawns trying to extricate his bishop; as more pawns fell a loss was inevitable. Darran was a pawn up for a considerable time but was unable to hold onto it and a draw was the result. With three games to declare, Shropshire had clawed their way back to a 7–6 lead.

Alan Robinson’s game developed into his usual time scramble, but he emerged with a couple of seconds to spare two connected passed pawns to the good in a rook and pawn endgame. The pawns marched down the board and a resignation was soon forthcoming. Jonathan Day’s game was very complex, but eventually an endgame of R + 2P versus B + 4 or 5P resulted, with the bishop supporting some advancing passed pawns. It was not easy to see a winning plan as Jonathan could well have left himself facing an unstoppable rook’s pawn, so a draw was the result and the match was tied at 7½–7½.

The Shropshire captain John Westhead eventually scored the full point in a drawn-out game against Norman Davies to take the match by the narrowest possible margin. Norman’s two rooks could not resist a R, B and N assisted by a passed pawn after his opponent had successful engineered a queen exchange when under some pressure.

Could I thank everyone for responding to my call to play. I’ll add more later concerning the future of the team.

Nottinghamshire U125 – Shropshire U125
24 March 2007
BoardGradeGrade
1Marcel Taylor1201–0John Liddell124
2James Thomson1210–1Chris Lewis117
3Jonathan Day119½–½Gary White116
4Alan Robinson1171–0Mark Billington116
5Darran Ince116½–½Peter Crean116
6Norman Davies1160–1John Westhead115
7Phil Burley116½–½Ian Davies110
8George Murfet1131–0Default
9Robert Willoughby1131–0Alan Silver102
10Len Darby1070–1Andy Tunks102
11Dave Griffiths1060–1Ieaen Fenton101
12Ray Sayer1030–1Roger Brown98
13Ben Hobson990–1Alex Taylor90
14Derek Cronshaw960–1Richard Gillespie82
15Nigel Wright981–0Martin Patterson69
16Walkover1–0Default
7½–8½

Under 100

Nottinghamshire U100 – Leicestershire U100 B

Terry Norris-Hunt

A convincing win for the Notts under 100 team, who played Leicestershire B at home. Amar Mann was the first to finish, giving us a lead that we never lost. Our number one board did not turn up, and just before the flag was due to fall I became player manager, and managed a draw. Leicestershire’s captain had to play board 12 in similar circumstances, claiming their only win.

In Sally Mcintosh’s game her opponent wanted to retract a move. It almost became an incident, but he accepted gracefully enough.

Derek Cronshaw, followed by Nigel Wright, were the last to finish, both with wins. Nigel demonstrated excellent endgame technique to bring our tally to 8 wins, 3 draws, and only 1 loss. We outgraded the opposition on average by about 20 points, so we could expect to win.

Next we play away to Leicestershire’s A team. I glanced at their score sheet – they beat Warwickshire and their grades match ours, so next time we’re in for more of a fight! Thanks to all who played, and I’ll be in contact as soon as I know the exact location – it’s somewhere in Syston, but not the venue used last year.

Nottinghamshire U100 – Leicestershire U100 B
14 October 2006
BoardGradeGrade
1Terry Norris-Hunt68½–½George Winterton82
2Nigel Wright981–0Alan Butler83
3Amar Mann961–0Richard Davis83
4Derek Cronshaw961–0Darren Robinson
5Ian Fillingham941–0Tom Lester78
6Sally Mcintosh911–0David Foulds77
7Len Morrell88½–½Don Lockton72
8Peter Smith87½–½Peter Wood67
9Henry Pynegar861–0Misha Knight67
10John Buttery841–0Peter Poolan61
11Edwin Justice811–0Stephen Tatlow33
12Hamzah Ali770–1Julie Johnson30
9½–2½

Leicestershire U100 A – Nottinghamshire U100

Terry Norris-Hunt

The Under 100 team that took on Leicestershire A was not as strong as last time because our younger players were all involved in a rapidplay tournament. As we were outgraded I feared we would face a difficult challenge, but our players put up a strong fight and it could have been a lot closer than the final result suggests. Dorothy, Ken and I all managed draws against higher graded players. I did not get a chance to see some of the games that finished earlier, but after I’d finished we were three points down. I watched Derek Cronshaw score our only win with a neat mating combination. Paul Todd had a good game, declined a draw, and in trying to get the extra half point lost a king and pawn endgame. John, up a rook at one point, relaxed, lost the advantage, and then battled hard aginst the inevitable. Ian had what looked like a won endgame, but couldn’t find a way to make his pawn advantage count and had to settle for a draw. The match ended 8–4 in Leicestershire’s favour.

A massive thankyou to everyone who turned out – I think everyone had a good game. The next match will again be away, against Warwickshire on 13 January, and we’ll need a win to go through to the next stage.

Nottinghamshire U100 – Leicestershire U100 B
25 November 2006
BoardGradeGrade
1Paul Clark98½–½Ben Hobson99
2Frank Hulford970–1Derek Cronshaw96
3G. Hewitt96½–½Ian Fillingham94
4Robert Stone921–0Len Morrell88
5Stuart Hollingworth921–0Peter Smith87
6Jeffrey Toon911–0John Buttery84
7Terry Clay891–0Paul Todd81
8Michael Adams89½–½Ebrahim Fredericks76
9Charles Eastlake871–0Malcolm Hargreaves73
10Stevan Preocanin87½–½Terence Norris-Hunt68
11Ron King86½–½Dorothy Blampied60
12John Creasey85½–½Kenneth Heath55
8–4

Warwickshire U100 – Nottinghamshire U100

Warwickshire U100 – Nottinghamshire U100
13 January 2007
BoardGradeGrade
1Paul Hardstaff96½–½Ben Hobson99
2Peter Hodkinson951–0Nigel Wright98
3Pauline Woodward931–0Derek Cronshaw96
4Richard Leaper921–0Ian Fillingham94
5William Elliot92½–½Sally McIntosh91
6John Pakenham920–1Len Morrell88
7Graham Gee90½–½Peter Smith87
8Adam Parkinson891–0Ric Dawson74
9Ken Wise881–0Andrew Garside68
10Steven Bowen840–1Ashton Alfred63
11Bram Garner831–0Dorothy Blampied60
12Joe Rourke801–0Kenneth Heath55
8½–3½

Final table:

PositionTeamPWDLGPPts
1Leicestershire A3300286
2Warwickshire3201234
3Nottinghamshire3102172
4Leicestershire B 3003120