Bd

Surrey

Grade

Essex

Grade

1

Julien M. Shepley

173 0 1

Paul L. Williamson

173
2

Tomas M. Thrower

173 0 1

Larry E. Marden

173
3

Sean Thrower

172 1 0

Ivor B.N. Smith

173
4

Justin C. Marley

172 1 0

David J. Millward

172
5

Steven Retallick

170 1 0

Steve D. Harvey

163
6

John S. White

169 0.5 0.5

Colin Ramage

163
7

Fred C. Manning (res)

137 0 1

Neville H. Twitchell

162
8

Chris Briscoe

161 0.5 0.5

Ian D. Hunnable

161
9

Paul D. Dupre

160 0.5 0.5

Ken W. Clow

158
10

N. Maxwell

159 0.5 0.5

Andrew D. Hartland

155
11

Thomas D. Phillips

156 0 1

Ray Purse

154
12

C.R.A. Clegg

154 0.5 0.5

Richard J. Weeber

154
13

R. John Wilcox

154 0 1

Roberto E. Waldteufel

152
14

Chris J. Mann

153 0 1

Mark Weighell

151
15

Paul R. Archer

151 0 1

Paul R. Barclay

148
16

Stuart R. Jones

150 0.5 0.5

David Smith

145
160.25 6 10 159.81

The Essex under-175 team, currently led by that veritable stalwart amongst the County Organiser fraternity, John Philpott, notched up their second successive win in the Southern Counties' Championship and are now well placed to lead the "league table" (if a group of four teams can be called a league) at the half-way stage of the season. John describes the Essex team's away form as "even worse than that of Leyton Orient". It was perhaps auspicious that the team's last away win was indeed against Surrey, in February 1995.

Having already beaten Kent (although three defaulted games helped the Essex cause enormously), in the current match they dispatched a Surrey team which marginally outgraded the visitors. Had it not been for the substitution on board 7, the average grade of the Surrey players would have been about 2 points per board ahead of the average of the Essex players' grades. Having said that, several members of the Surrey team did themselves no favours by arriving late.

The match began excellenty for Essex as the first four results were away wins wiht the black pieces. Paul Barclay, himself a late addition to the Essex team, notched up the first point of the day after only 16 moves when his opponent lost a piece for two pawns (it may have been a sacrifice) and then followed this up with a serious miscalculation. Ray Purse, making his début for the Essex under-175 team, turned a difficult-looking position into a win with apparent ease. Neville Twitchell also won in 16 moves against the Surrey Captain, who was deputising for an absent player, with a bishop skewer of queen and king. Paul Williamson met the bizarre opening 1 Nc3 b6 2 a4 Bb7 3 a5 and it seemed highly appropriate that the decisive maneouvre, which won the exchange, came about because the a-file had been opened by the Surrey player's first three moves.

With such a commanding lead established, the result of the match was never seriously in doubt. Surrey won on boards 3 to 5, but these were matched by further Essex victories. Larry Marden's opponent, currently one of the highest-rated 14-year-olds in Britain, decided to attack with the f and g pawns after having castled king-side, but once Larry had established a queen and bishop battery which won the exchange and a pawn, the game was in the bag.

Roberto Waldteufel played the Centre Counter Game to good effect, and Mark Weighell, who won a pawn early on, nursed his advantage all the way through to an ending and eventually won the last game to finish. John Philpott was particularly please with the fact that there were no losers in the bottom half: "The fighting spirit here was typified by Andy Hartland who, despite having to give up his queen as early as move 18, clung on tenaciously to obtain a draw."

Phillips, T.D. - Purse, Ray

Surrey v Essex (SCCU u175), 1996

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 c5 3.e3 e6 4.Bd3 a6 5.Nbd2 b5 6.c3 Bb7 7.0-0 Nc6 8.Qe2 Qc7 9.dxc5 Bxc5 10.e4 Ne5 11.Nxe5 Qxe5 12.Kh1 Qc7 13.f4 h5 14.b4 Be7 15.Bb2 h4 16.e5 Nh5 17.Be4 Ng3+ 18.hxg3 hxg3+ 19.Kg1 Qb6+ 20.Rf2 gxf2+ 21.Qxf2 Rh1+ 0-1

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The English under-11 Championship, a relatively new event which has been tacked on to the Warwickshire Congress, was contested by a five Essex juniors. The best performance amongst these was by Lawrence Trent (Ilford) who score 4½/6, including two impressive scalps from amongst the favourites. One of the best finishes was by Ezra Lutton (Basildon) who won neatly against the British under-10 Champion.

Lutton, J.Ezra - Jones, Gawain

English u11, 1996

1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.f4 d6 4.Nf3 g6 5.d4 cxd4 6.Nxd4 Bg7 7.Bb5 Bd7 8.Nxc6 bxc6 9.Bd3 Nf6 10.0-0 0-0 11.f5 gxf5 12.exf5 Kh8 13.Ne4 Qb6+ 14.Kh1 Rg8 15.Nxf6 Bxf6 16.Qh5 Rg7 17.Bh6 Rgg8 18.Qxf7 Qd4 19.Rab1 Qg4 20.g3 d5 21.Rf4 Qh3 22.Rh4 Bxh4 23.f6 1-0