SCCU CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH PLAYED AT Wanstead 27/1/96

ESSEX Grd BERKSHIRE Grd
1

J.ROGERS

221 1 0

P.S.COOKSEY

199
2

M.S.TWYBLE

220 1 0

P.J.SHARP

195
3

D.J.COLEMAN

204 1 0

H.W.MURPHY

200
4

D.SANDS

203 1 0

A.C.P.MILNES

185
5

K.C.C.MAH

201 1 0

D.S.TUCKER

178
6

G.KENWORTHY

199 1 0

I.R.HENDERSON

169
7

B.KEMISH

197 1 0

K.D.SMALLBONE

165
8

J.H.HODGSON

197 0 1

J.T.MUNDAY

172
9

D.SHERMAN

194 ½ ½

M.C.BOWHAY

166
10

G.J.MOORE

186 1 0

P.J.COLBY

164
11

D.J.MILLWARD

184 1 0

A.J.COX

158
12

P.L.WILLIAMSON

183 ½ ½

D.A.GOLD

156
13

M.ROBERTS

183 1 0

B.G.WILLIS

154
14

A.DUNN

183 1 0

N.W.DENNIS

155
15

J.C.MOORE

178 1 0

W.P.TINKLER

143
16

R.P.WHITE

178 1 0

S.B.JAMES

142
17

L.MARDEN

177 1 0

A.B.JONES

142
18

I.J.MYALL

174 1 0

S.J.R.TURNER

138
19

I.B.N.SMITH

172 1 0

K.SAVOY

137
20

R.PARKER

169 1 0

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ESSEX 18 2 BERKSHIRE

Essex had white on the odd boards.

This was another fine win for the in form Essex First team, who now have five wins from five matches. First to finish was Ivor Smith who gained many tempi from the opening and crashed through at f5. Jonathan Rogers took 19 moves to dispose of an ex-Colchester player (game below). Russell White's opponent arrived late and left early after an unusual Ruy Lopez. Michael Roberts found a strong kingside attack against the Sicilian. Graham Moore's opponent exchanged into an opposite colour bishop ending only to find his pawns were on the wrong squares.

Brian Kemish won from a closed Siciliam despite playing most of the game two pieces short. Brian is moving to Swindon soon and will be missed by all the team who enjoy watching his "total chess". David Millward also found the Closed Sicilian profitable when his rooks got to work on the e-file. Larry Marden won a couple of pawns against the Centre Counter and exchanged down to an easy endgame. Paul Williamson dispelled our hopes of a clean sweep, his Pirc defence equalising easily.

Michael Twyble, goaded by his captain, won a very fine game. David Coleman showed how to beat the Caro Kann. David Sands continues to improve: despite looking to be in a worse position, after infiltrating with his rook he won a knight.

Gary Kenworthy showed his experience, complicating the position so much that although white reached the time control his position was hopeless. Andrew Dunn gave a very professional first appearance winning a pawn and converting to a comfortable endgame. Ivan Myall kept his 100% record from a Slav defence his advanced pawn being decisive. Karl Mah outplayed his opponent in the middle game.

Our only loss came from John Hodgson who lost the exchange and then the game, but was philosophical saying he is saving his best chess for the difficult games ahead. John Moore's game became quite complicated before John gave up his queen for a winning position. It was left to David Sherman to agree to a draw to complete the match.

Credit must be given to Berkshire captain Nigel Dennis for agreeing to play on a day when the weather was very poor and advising the Essex captain that his team were one player short. This saved Robert Parker a needless journey.

(Acknowledgments: Richard Manning)

P W D L Pts GP

Essex

5 5 0 0 5 74½

Kent

6 4 1 1 67½

Middlesex

5 3 0 2 3 49½

Oxfordshire

5 2 1 2 51

Hertfordshire

5 2 1 2 44½

Cambridgeshire

5 2 0 3 2 47½

Sussex

5 2 0 3 2 47½

Surrey

4 1 1 2 32½

Berkshire

6 0 0 6 0 43

The three remaining matches for Essex are against Oxfordshire, Middlesex and Cambridgeshire. Two teams from the Southern Counties are guaranteed a place in the National stages of the competition, and the SCCU County finishing in 3rd place will also be accepted this year.

J.Rogers - P.S.Cooksey

Board 1 Essex v Berkshire (27/1), 1996

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.c4 b6 4.g3 Bb7 5.Bg2 Be7 6.0-0 0-0 7.Nc3 Ne4 8.Qc2 Nxc3 9.Qxc3 d6 10.b4 c5 11.Qc2 Threat Ng5 11...Qc8 12.bxc5 dxc5 13.d5! f5? [13...exd5 14.cxd5 Bxd5? 15.Ng5] 14.e4 Na6 15.Bb2 Rd8? 16.Rfe1 Bf8 17.Ng5 Nc7 18.exf5 exd5 [18...exf5 19.Bh3! g6 20.Qc3] 19.f6 1-0