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County Matches 2018/19

 
Played at the Salisbury Club, Bath on 19th May 2019
  Cornwall U180 5½ - 10½ Essex U180
1 178 Grant Healey ½ - ½ Trevor Coote 179
2 176 Lloyd Retallick ½ - ½ Christopher Hampton 179
3 173 James Hooker 0 - 1 Ivan Myall 177
4 166 Robin Kneebone ½ - ½ Steven Rix 174
5 161 Gary Trudeau 1 - 0 Peter Jaszkiwskyj 172
6 154 Jamie Morgan 1 - 0 Edgar Wilson 163
7 150 Colin Sellwood ½ - ½ John White 170
8 151 Adam Hussain ½ - ½ Paul Kenning 170
9 157 Richard Smith ½ - ½ Ian Reynolds 163
10 153 David Grant 0 - 1 Martin McCall 171
11 148 Jan Rodrigo 0 - 1 Colin Ramage 172
12 149 Percy Gill ½ - ½ Neville Twitchell 174
13 141 Jeff Nicholas 0 - 1 Ian Hunnable 170
14 142 Richard Clark 0 - 1 John Davenport 169
15 134 Stephen Savill 0 - 1 Kyan Bui 158
16 135 John Wilman 0 - 1 Malcolm Kingsley 159
 
Played at Victory Hall, Exminster on 31st March 2019
  CORNWALL U160 7 - 9 DEVON U160
1 150 Richard Smith 1 - 0 Matthew R Wilson 161
2 156 Jamie Morgan ½ - ½ Dave Regis 157
3 150 David Grant ½ - ½ Peter E Halmkin 155
4 151 Toby Willis ½ - ½ Steve K Dean 153
5 150 Adam Hussain 1 - 0 Nick J Butland 151
6 153 Colin Sellwood 0 - 1 Brian.G.E.Gosling 149
7 145 Jeff Nicholas ½ - ½ Julian Bacon 147
8 143 Mick Hill ½ - ½ Nicolas Bacon 147
9 134 Keith Brewer  ½ - ½ John Nyman 147
10 138 Stephen Savill  0 - 1 Alan Dean 142
11 115 John Constable  0 - 1 James Schofield 141
12 116 Martin Jones  1 - 0 Robert G Wilby 141
13 114 David Jenkins  0 - 1 Jason Cole 139
14 107 Christine Constable  1 - 0 Robert H Jones 131
15 UG Mark Reid  0 - 1 Richard Smith 127
16 UG George Black 0 - 1 Ken R D Alexander 126

Match Report

I was a non-playing spectator at this match and was asked by our president David Jenkins to be a sort of roving reporter taking stock of the games as they were in progress and preparing a report for afterwards so, as Robin Kneebone would say 'yer tiz!'

Devon won the toss and were white on the odd boards. I will start at the bottom boards and work my way upwards.

On Board 16 George Black playing his first game for our fair county had a hard baptism of fire and eventually lost. His opponent played the pure form of the Benoni

His compatriot on board 15, Mark Reid, who, in fairness, doesn't appear to have an official grading yet, playing against the 127 rated Richard Smith eventually likewise went under but it was no doubt useful experience for him.

On board 14 Christine Constable played a Colle system and had a complex position after 23 moves. Robert Jones blundered a piece away on move 30 and Christine went on to win.

Calstock's David Jenkins was unlucky on board 13 playing black against a significantly higher rated player and went for speculative complications which didn't come off.

Cornwall had a nice win on board 12 where 114 rated Martin Jones outplayed 139 rated Robert Wilby.

John Constable on board 11 played 1 ...g6 against 1e4, got positionally outplayed and was unable to hold an endgame where he was a pawn down against James Schofield.

Board 10. Stephen Saville playing white was doing well and had a promising position but overlooked a tactic and lost.

Board 9 Keith Brewer was black in a French and eventually found himself in an end game where, although his opponent's bishop was a better piece than Keith's knight, he managed to hold on for a draw.

Board 8 Nicholas Bacon against Mick Hill was an unremarkable draw, and Julian Bacon on board 7 likewise drew with Jeff Nicholas.

On board 6 Colin Sellwood played the Steinitz variation of the French as white against Brian Gosling.The encyclopaedia of Chess Openings once described the French Defence as "appealing to rock-ribbed temperaments, French Defence players are willing to endure cramp and suffer all kinds of indignities in order to arrive eventually at an endgame where the pawn structure definitely favours black." This was such a game where black really did have to endure indignities before eventually coming out on top!

Board 5. Nick J. Butland had white against Adam Hussain. This game started out as a Queens Indian,morphed into a Dutch Defence and Adam was able to use his very substantial time advantage to cash in in an endgame where he was a pawn up. Well played Adam.

Board 4. Toby Willis had the hapless task of trying to show some initiative against Lasker's famous freeing manoeuvre ...Ne4 in the Orthodox Defence to the Queen's Gambit Declined; this was yet another game that finished as a draw.

Board 3. David Grant drew with Peter Halmkin. As did Jamie Morgan playing white against Dave Regis on board 2.

Top board. Richard Smith won playing aggressive stuff against the higher rated Matthew Wilson. Well done, Richard! This was a Latvian Gambit and from move 12 onwards Richard's play was bold and forthright. He had me worried later in the game when it looked for a while as though his opponent was going to level material and play himself right back into it but eventually in an endgame where he would have to give up a whole rook for Richard's newly promoted pawn he resigned.

Although Cornwall lost this match, it wasn't a thrashing and we did well on the top 8 boards - actually achieving a plus-score against mighty Devon! Not a bad result and it augurs well for the future between these two teams if our lower boards can succeed in raising their form.

Gary Trudeau

Matthew Wilson v Richard Smith (Board 1)

Played at Victory Hall, Exminster on 19th January 2019
  CORNWALL 10 - 6 SOMERSET
1 180 Jeremy Menadue 1 - 0 Lander Arrasate Bedielanueta 186
2 178 Grant Healey ½ - ½ Chris Purry 159
3 176 Lloyd Retallick 0 - 1 Gerry Jepps 152
4 175 James Hooker 1 - 0 Phillip Chapman 146
5 173 Robin Kneebone 1 - 0 Neville Senior 144
6 161 Gary Trudeau 0 - 1 Andy Bellingham 143
7 157 Richard Smith ½ - ½ Roger Morgan 142
8 154 Jamie Morgan 1 - 0 Chris Fewtrell 136
9 153 David Grant 0 - 1 Mark Baker 133
10 152 Toby Willis 0 - 1 Nigel Mills 127
11 150 Colin Sellwood 1 - 0 Tom Alsop 124
12 148 Jan Rodrigo 1 - 0 Martyn Maber 122
13 141 Jeff Nicholas ½ - ½ Patrick Wojcik 121
14 138 Mick Hill 1 - 0 Alan Stonebridge 118
15 128 Jason Henderson 1 - 0 Guy Greenland 112
16 111 David R Jenkins ½ - ½ Simon Gray 106

Match Captain's Report

The match was played in a wonderful friendly spirit.

Everyone arrived in plenty of time for the earlier than normal start (apart from the Capt!?) maybe it was fate as Jeremy won the toss.

Cornwall found themselves in the unusual position of out grading all their opponents [apart from Jeremy who outplayed a higher graded player and played a difficult position brilliantly]. Somerset put up a really good fight - but the experience of most of our senior players eventually won out [Robin forced home his advantage with aplomb].

Thank you to David R Jenkins for stepping in at short notice and for all the team which contributed to a great fun day.

Special thanks to Guy Greenland for organising everything and putting on the refreshments

Richard Smith

Played at Plymouth Bridge Club on 24th November 2018
  DEVON 11 - 5 CORNWALL
1 199 Dominic Mackle 0 - 1 Jeremy Menadue 180
2 193 John K F Stephens 1 - 0 Grant Healey 178
3 190 Steven J Levy 1 - 0 Lloyd Retallick 176
4 186 Paul O'Neill 1 - 0 James Hooker 175
5 183 Stephen J Homer ½ - ½ Robin Kneebone 173
6 183 Jonathan Underwood 1 - 0 Gary Trudeau 161
7 180 Tom Thorpe 1 - 0 Richard Smith 157
8 179 Jos Haynes 0 - 1 Jamie Morgan 154
9 178 Mark V Abbott 1 - 0 David Grant 153
10 178 John F Wheeler 1 - 0 Toby Willis 152
11 177 David Twine ½ - ½ Adam Hussain 151
12 176 Chris Lowe 1 - 0 Colin Sellwood 150
13 174 Alan W Brusey ½ - ½ Jan Rodrigo 148
14 168 Trefor F Thynne ½ - ½ Jeff Nicholas 141
15 167 Meyrick Shaw 0 - 1 Mick Hill 138
16 160 William H Ingham 1 - 0 Ian Renshaw 115

WECU Jamboree played at West Hill Village Hall, Ottery St Mary
on 19th September 2018
  CORNWALL 4 - 8 COMBINED
1 180 Jeremy Menadue (W) 1 - 0 Dominic Mackle 199
2 178 Grant Healey (B) 0 - 1 Jack Rudd 221
3 176 Lloyd Retallick (W) 0 - 1 George Miller 168
4 175 James Hooker (B) 0 - 1 Stephen Homer 183
5 173 Mark Hassall (W) ½ - ½ Jonathan Underwood 183
6 171 Duncan Irvine (B) ½ - ½ Chris Purry 159
7 161 Gary Trudeau (W) 1 - 0 Philip Chapman 146
8 157 Richard Smith (B) ½ - ½ John Wheeler 178
9 154 Jamie Morgan (W) 0 - 1 Mark Abbott 178
10 152 Toby Willis (B) 0 - 1 Jim Fewkes 146
11 150 Colin Sellwood (W) ½ - ½ Chris Fewtrell 136
12 141 Jeff Nicholas 0 - 1 Trefor Thynne 168
 
  CORNWALL "B" 4 - 7 COMBINED
1 138 Mick Hill (B) ½ - ½ Giles Body 159
2 135 John Wilman (W) 0 - 1 Paul Brooks 160
3 128 Alistair Bissell (B) ½ - ½ Stephen Murray 147
4 128 Jason Henderson (W) ½ - ½ Andrew Kinder 151
5 124 Stephen Pearce (W) ½ - ½ Luke Harvey 122
6 115 Ian Renshaw (W) 0 - 1 Gregor Fotheringham 129
7 112 Thomas Oates (B) 1 - 0 Patrick Wojcik 119
8 107 Colin Gardiner (B) 0 - 1 Charles Doidge 107
9 104 Andy Young (W) 1 - 0 Gary Behan 105
10 97 Richard Hendin (W) 0 - 1 Malcolm Belt 124
11 87 Hugh Brown (B) ½ - ½ I. Kennedy Bruyneels UG
12 70 Rebecca Gardiner (B) 0 - 1 Brian Aldwin 85
 

Last updated 1/4/2019