SCCU under-150 Championships

Essex

Kent

1

Paul Barclay

½-½

A. Mata

2

Gary Cook

½-½

M. Wiltshire

3

Tom Winter

0 - 1

G. Steele

4

David Smith

1 - 0

M. Jordan

5

L.J. Burtt

½-½

R. Parsons

6

D.J. Payne

½-½

A. Kissoon

7

S. Harwood

1 - 0

S. Moate

8

G. Gooding

0 - 1

P. Finch

9

D.J. Rawlings

1 - 0

I Hames

10

P. Zammit

0 - 1

R. Kieran

11

D. Cannan

½-½

D. Gleed

12

M.R.A. Murrell

½-½

S. Casement

13

A. Drake

½-½

B. Hunter

14

R.D. Sharman

0 - 1

D. Hargrave

15

P.J. Lunny

½-½

S. Chick

16

I. McLachlan

1 - 0

A. Kieran

8 - 8

Fixtures between Essex and Kent have all been particularly close this season. Firstly, the Essex under-175 team were given a three-point start when their Kentish counterparts arrived three players short. Kent had by far the better of the games played, but the deficit was just too great for them to overcome and a relieved Essex side made it by the odd point. A couple of weeks later, the Open team were involved in a real cliff-hanger when, with two games remaining, inaccurate play by an Essex player appeared to have let the win slip. On the other game, the Kent player returned the compliment and Essex won the match 8½ - 7½.

In the current match between the under-150 sides, the grades were almost perfectly balanced in the top half. On boards 3 and 4, all the protagonists were graded 145, but here a loss by Tom Winter was cancelled by a win from David Smith, the Essex Captain. On boards 7 and 8, Stan Harwood was outgraded by 3 points by his opponent, but still won, while George Gooding, graded 142, lost to a 141.

Phil Zammit had the misfortune to play Rosalind Kieran. Rosalind recently represented England in the World under-14 Championships, scoring 6/11. No doubt she will have benefitted from the experience, not only from having played at such a level, but also from the coaching given by the IM travelling with the English party. Rosalind was one of three British Champions in the Kent side. Alvin Kissoon has won age-group titles as an 8-year old (Dundee, 1993) and again in Swansea two years later. Stephen Casement won both the under-9 and under-10 titles in Dundee and Norwich respectively.

As in the case of the under-175 team, the Kent cause was damaged by an inability to field the desired team. On this occasion Mr. Keiran substituted on board 20, but players graded 65 are not expected to last too long against those of more than double that grade.

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Essex League Division 1

P

W

D

L

Pts

Writtle

3 3 0 0 6

Upminster

2 1 0 1 2

Eastbrook

1 1 0 0 2

Southend

2 1 0 1 2

Powdermill

3 1 0 2 2

Brentwood

2 1 0 1 2

Ilford

1 1 0 0 2

Wanstead

2 2 0 0 4

Grays

3 0 0 3 0

Basildon

1 0 0 1 0

Edmonton

2 0 0 2 0

With only a handful of results so far declared, division 1 of the Essex league has a clear leader in the form of Writtle. Their win over Southend will almost certainly prove to be one of the key results of the season. Upminster have been enjoying greater fortune than in recent years, with a significant victory over Powdermill. I understand that Southend have also had a lucky escape in their match against Upminster. After the first session the score stood at 4½ - 3½ to Southend, but with the two adjourned games allegedly favouring Upminster. Powdermill's chances of taking the League Title have all but disappeared with their second loss, to Wanstead.

Edmonton are clearly having a struggle, but Grays seem certain to take their first points at Basildon's expense, the score being 5 - 2 at the end of the first session. There is one more key match with a game outstanding. Wanstead and Ilford are currently locked at 4½ - 4½ with one game still to be decided.