Waltham Forest I
Roding & Loughton I
The Second Division of the Essex League emulated Division 1 in that there was a tie for first and second place. However, the first tie-break rule of the Essex League was successful in this case and Grays were declared Champions because they beat Billericay 5½ - 2½ in the match between the two sides. Most of the wins by Grays were fairly comfortable, with only the matches against Brentwood II and Ilford III being really one-sided. Eastbrook II held the Champions to a draw, and Newham went one better with a 5 - 3 win.
Billericay's one drawn match was against Southend II, and they also enjoyed the season's most spectacular result, a 7½ - ½ thrashing of Roding & Loughton and that away from home. Newham had a very impressive season, losing matches only to Billericay and Waltham Forest, each by the score of 5 - 3. They drew with Eastbrook II, and were the beneficiaries of the only defaulted match in the division, when Ilford III failed to raise a team.
Waltham Forest had a good season, but were a far cry form the side which used to be a regular in Division 1. Their losses were to Billericay, Eastbrook II, Grays and Southend. The only other teams to finish above 50% were Southend and Eastbrook II, Southend winning this encounter in which only seven boards were played.
In the lower half of the division, Upminster II enjoyed wins against all the teams below them and held Eastbrook II to a draw. Roding & Loughton had one excellent victory, against Southend II, and two less remarkable ones, against Ilford III and Brentwood II. Their draw was against Powdermill II. Powdermill had one other draw, against Ilford III, and two wins, at the expense of Brentwood II and Eastbrook II, each 4½ - 3½.
Ilford III had a poor season, defaulting 12 games and being docked 3 points as a penalty, but even then they were ahead of the unfortunate Brentwood II, who lost all of their matches. Grays will be offered promotion but it is unlikely that there will be automatic relegation in this division as Beckton Rooks club withdrew from the league at the start of the season.
The Essex Chess Association Team Blitz and Individual Lightning Tournament will be held at Barnardo House, Tanners Lane, Ilford on Sunday 14th July. The Team Blitz will begin at 10 a.m. and the Individual Lightning at 2 p.m.
The Team Blitz will be for teams of four, who must all be bona fide members of the club represented. Each player will have 10 minutes per game, and BCF Quickplay rules will apply. The entry fee is £10 for a first team and £8 for each subsequent team, from which £1 may be deducted for each junior in the side. The winning team will be awarded an engraved chess clock and there will be board prizes of £10. There may be grading prizes, depending upon the number of entrants.
The Individual Lightning tournament will be a 5 or 6 round Swiss-paired tournament played at a rate of 10 seconds per move. The rounds will commence at intervals of approximately 25 minutes. The entry fee will be £6 (juniors £4) and the main prizes will be £40, £25 and £10. There may be grading or junior prizes, depending upon the size of the entry.
Entries to the above tournaments should be sent to Ivor Smith, 163 Lodge Road, Writtle, CM1 3JB.
Naylor, J. - Dearing, E. 1996
1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.g3 f5 4.Bg2 Nf6 5.d3 Bb4 6.e3 Bxc3+ 7.bxc3 0-0 8.Ne2 d6 9.0-0 Qe8 10.Rb1 Qh5 11.f4 e4 12.Nd4 Qxd1 13.Rxd1 Nxd4 14.cxd4 b6 15.h3 Re8 16.Bb2 d5 17.dxe4 Nxe4 18.cxd5 Bb7 19.Rbc1 Rac8 20.Bxe4 Rxe4 21.d6 Rxe3 22.d7 Rd8 23.Rxc7 Rxg3+ 24.Kf2 Rg2+ 25.Kf1 Rxb2 26.Rxb7 Rxa2 27.d5 Kf7 28.Re1 Ra4 29.d6 Rxf4+ 30.Kg2 Re4 31.Rc1 Ke6 32.Rcc7 Ra4 33.Rc8 Rxd7 34.Rxd7 Kxd7 35.Rc7+ Kxd6 36.Rxg7 h5 37.Rg5 h4 38.Rxf5 a5 39.Rh5 Rb4 40.Kf2 a4 41.Rh8 Kc6 42.Ke2 b5 43.Rh6+ Kc5 44.Rh5+ Kb6 45.Rh6+ Ka5 46.Kd2 Rc4 47.Kd3 Kb4 48.Kd2 a3 0-1
Black to play and win.
Last week's solution: 1Rd8! Qxd8 2 Qh8+ Kf7 3 Qxd8 g5 Rh6 1 - 0