Southern Counties' under-150 Competition

Surrey

Essex

1

Andrew N. Smith

0 1

Paul R. Barclay

2

Paul Barnard

1 0

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3

Jed Stone

1 0

Tom G. Winter

4

Kevin Wilkinson

0 1

David Smith

5

Rod Bell

0.5 0.5

L.J. Burtt

6

Ian McLeod

0 1

Stan Harwood

7

John Hawson

0.5 0.5

David J. Payne

8

Fred Manning

0 1

Phil Zammit

9

Dr. Krishna Mehendale

0 1

David J. Rawlings

10

John Marshall

0 1

David G. Cannan

11

Jim Hale

0 1

Mark Murrell

12

John W. Halls

0 1

Tony Drake

13

Don Baldock

0.5 0.5

Ian Maclachlan

14

Joanna Hart

0.5 0.5

Dave Bird

15

Rev Howard Curtis

1 0

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16

Alex Kelly

0 1

Iain Gunn

5 11

The Essex under-150 team won the Southern Counties' Championship in impressive style, defeating Surrey by a score of 11 points to 5, despite defaulting on two boards. Indeed, the only win that the Surrey team could muster was against Tom Winter. Tom had not wanted to play, as he was suffering from 'flu, but agreed to do so to avoid further defaults.

The "middle order" showed the extent to which Essex dominated this match, with five straight wins on boards 8 to 12. On bottom board, Essex under-18 Champion Iain Gunn won in fine style, completely outplaying his opponent.

Team Captain David Smith was very pleased with the team's performance, but was candid about his own. "My position was totally lost, but my opponent became confused by the variety of ways in which to win," he reported.

Essex and Hertfordshire now move forward to the National Stages of the Inter-County Championship. Hertfordshire were placed ahead of Kent because of the result of the match between those two teams.

P

W

D

L

Pts

Essex

4 3 1 0

Herts

4 2 0 2 2

Kent

4 1 2 1 2

Sussex

4 1 1 2

Surrey

4 1 0 3 1

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One of the finest performances by an Essex junior in recent years was that of Lawrence Trent, of the Ilford Junior Club, in the West of England Championships in Swindon recently. This event is recognised as an official England u-11 Qualifier by the British Chess Federation, so all of the Country's best primary school children make an effort to get there. The under-12 section was contested by more than 100 players, and Lawrence's perfect score of 6/6 left him half-a-point ahead of his nearest rival. His results included a win against Peter Titmas (Maidstone), who in December won another National event, the London under-12.

Below are the two games of which Lawrence was particularly proud.

Trent, L - Titmas, P.

WECU u12, 1997

1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.f4 g6 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.Bc4 e6 6.0-0 Nge7 7.d3 0-0 8.Qe1 d5 9.Bb3 a6 10.Qg3 b5 11.a3 c4 12.Ba2 Qb6+ 13.Kh1 dxe4 14.dxe4 Bb7 15.Bd2 Rfd8 16.Rae1 Qc7 17.Be3 Rd7 18.Qf2 Bxc3 19.bxc3 Qa5 20.Ne5 Nxe5 21.fxe5 Nc6 22.Bh6 Qxc3 23.Rd1 Rad8 24.Bg5 Nxe5 25.Bxd8 Rxd1 26.Rxd1 Bxe4 27.Bf6 Bd5 28.Qe2 Qxa3 29.Qxe5 1-0

Trent, L. - Healey, M.

WECU u12, 1997

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Bc4 d6 5.c3 dxc3 6.Nxc3 Bg4 7.Qb3 Qd7 8.Bxf7+ Qxf7 9.Qxb7 Rb8 10.Qxc6+ Kd8 11.Ng5 Qg6 12.Nd5 Rc8 13.Nf4 Qf6 14.Qc4 Ke8 15.Nd5 Qg6 16.f4 c6 17.f5 Qh5 18.Qa6 Kd8 19.Ne6+ Kd7 20.Qb7+ Ke8 21.Qxc8+ Kf7 22.Qxf8# 1-0