K. Bowden

1 - 0

C. F. Harding


D.J. Coleman


R.D. Manning


B. Kemish

1 - 0

R. Watts


M. Roberts


C. R. Ramage


J.C. Moore

1 - 0

M. Bird


C. Karayannis


A.J. Clark


W.L. Saunders

1 - 0

T. Compton


C.F. Dorn

1 - 0

G.T. Gooding


A.R. Kent

1 - 0

A. Gascoyne


N.H. Twitchell

1 - 0

R.G. Chisholm

8 - 1


There was a decided East Anglian flavour to this "local Derby". Tony Clark made his annual pilgrimage from Norfolk and Ilford called upon the services of Karl Bowden. There is no doubting Karl Bowden's credentials as an Essex Man: a product of the Ivor Smith Chess School in Writtle in the 1970s, he is without a doubt the strongest home-grown Essex player since Dr. Jonathan Penrose. Although he has been dallying with Suffolk in recent years, Karl has this season once again played on board 1 for Essex.

There was little doubt that Ilford intended to take no risks with this match, and with Neville Twitchell, graded 150, on board 10 there can be few clubs anywhere in the country to be able to put out a stronger team.

Woodbridge began with a problem in that Barry Rumsey, the scheduled board 1, arrived after the time control, but Charlie Harding stepped in, a strong reserve indeed. Charlie reached the time control with seconds to spare, but sadly was a couple of pawns down. Roy Watts, a stalwart of Essex chess and formerly with East Ham, made his Woodbridge debut. Roy battled strongly against Brian Kemish but finally dropped a pwn in the ending and there was no recovery. Michael Bird met an old friend with whom he has spent many a long hour in convivial surroundings at the British Championship. When John Moore won the exchange that was enough for Michael. Ron Chisholm fell for a middle game trap in the Sicilian.

Tony Compton and Tony Gascoyne achieved playable positions from the French, but both met their Waterloo in the middle game. George Gooding confessed at the start of the match that he did not particularly want to play Fred Dorn, and of course he was not in the right frame of mind to give of his best.

Colin Ramage succeeded with a Calabrian Counter Gambit (1e4 c5 2 Nf3 f5) in achieving a level ending and Richard Manning defended stoutly to hold David Coleman to a draw.

(Acknowledgments: Richard Manning)