Southern Counties' Chess Union under-125 Championship

SUSSEX

Grade Score ESSEX Grade
1

A. Bradbury

124 0 - 1 D.G. Cannan 124
2

A. Pelling

121 ½-½ W. Petchey 123
3

P. Benson

124 0 - 1 D. Bird 122
4

C. Dunn

119 1 - 0 C. Barrett 124
5

C. Harvey

120 ½-½ M. Ashkettle 122
6

D. Chilvers

121 0 - 1 R. Joyce 120
7

M.A. Bryant

115 1 - 0 J. Figgins 118
8

P. Britton

122 ½-½ B. Sheppard 115
9

H. Hughes

116 0 - 1 T. Allen 115
10

E. Hillier

121 1 - 0 M. Kingsley 114
11

M. Curtis

109 ½-½ G. Benger 110
12

S. Deere

107 ½-½ E. Lodge 110
13

T. Dunn

112 0 - 1 P. Pattison 96
14

K. Carter

91 1 - 0 C. Turner 91
15

C. Jefferies

107 0 - 1 D. Allen 70
16

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In their latest fixture the Essex under-125 team took one more step towards the National stages of the County Championships with an exciting away win against Sussex. Dave Cannan continues to impress as he maintained his 100% record over 5 matches, and Messrs Petchey and Bird are also unbeaten, on 4/5 and 5½/6 respectively. Tom Allen also has 5/6 and his son Dominic played a very good game to win in 19 moves against a higher graded opponent.

There was a satisfying symmetry to the results as, apart from top and bottom boards, which were wins for the away team, an Essex victory was matched exactly by a defeat on the board below. Essex were outgraded by the Sussex team by almost 4 points per board.

Essex have two remaining fixtures, away to Kent on 2nd March and the final match, which could be the decider for the right to play in the National stages, against Surrey on 16th March. The following table shows the relative positions of the teams. The only defeat suffered by Essex was at the hands of Oxfordshire, whose game-points total is distorted by a 16 - 0 win by default against Kent. Surrey's remaining match is against Oxfordshire.

P W D L Pts GP

Essex

6 5 0 1 5 53

Surrey

6 4 0 2 4 50½

Oxfordshire

6 3 0 3 3 56½

Sussex

7 2 0 5 2 52

Kent

7 2 0 5 2 46

Recent events have seen two Essex players win National Titles. Mike McDowell, of the Customs Club, Southend, became British Problem-solving Champion at the Finals held in London. Another Essex competitor, Neil Sutherland (Southend), also qualified for the finals.

Francesca Berlin (Ilford) won the British Women's Chess Association under-8 Championship in Stoke-on-Trent. There were near misses in other events in Stoke: Heather Walker (Southend) was placed 2nd in the under-10 section and Katie Bates was leading the under-11 with two rounds to go but failed to add to her score. She had the consolation of winning the Best Game award for her section.