Southern Counties' Chess Union under-175 Competition Essex Kent

1 Tim Hebbes 0.5 0.5 David Barnes

2 Trevor Coote 1 0 default

3 Ken Clow 0 1 Matthew Noakes

4 George McNally 0 1 K. Hyde

5 Bill Saunders 1 0 default

6 Peter Doye 1 0 Robert Everson

7 Larry Marden 1 0 Sydney Jacob

8 David Millward 0.5 0.5 Mark Brougham

9 Colin Ramage 0 1 John Lewin

10 Ian Hunnable 0.5 0.5 Alex Stille

11 Les Crane 1 0 default

12 Ivor Smith 0.5 0.5 Roger Winterburn

13 Ray Purse 0.5 0.5 Nick Mackett

14 Neville Twitchell 0.5 0.5 Peter Titmas

15 Andy King 1 0 default

16 John Philpott 1 0 default

10 6

Last season, the Kent side which visited Wanstead House to play against Essex in the under-175 Championships arrived three players short (your correspondent was one of the Essex players who received prior warning of having no opponent) and Essex scraped home by the odd point. In the current match Alex Stille, the Kent Captain, gave prior notice of the absence of the two bottom boards, thereby saving Andy King an unnecessary journey and allowing John Philpott to concentrate on his captaincy duties. However, Alex was bitterly disapponted when three more players, all travelling independently of one another, also failed to arrive. Having been given a five point start, it seemed unlikely that a nail-biting finish would take place again this season.

Every draw which was declared served to push the home team towards eventual victory. Ray Purse, David Millward and Neville Twitchell all contributed early half-points, although Neville in particular will have been disappointed to have let his youthful opponent off the hook after completely outplaying him. To their credit, Kent showed no sign of treating the match as a lost cause and Essex players had to fight for every point.

Colin Ramage played the Grob, as he has done for many seasons, but on this occasion his opponent took full advantage after Colin had opened th g-file. A king hunt ensued and Colin's monarch met a violent death. George McNally lost a rook in the earlier part of the game, but struggled on for some time before bowing to the inevitable. When Ken Clow resigned against another product of the Kent youth policy, the match was becoming rather too close for comfort at 6.5 - 4.5.

The remaining games saw the team home safely, although it was hard work. Ian Hunnable emerged with an extra pawn after some tactics, but was unable to win the rook and pawns ending. Tim Hebbes made his debut for the team and scored a very creditable draw. It was not until late into the rapidplay finish that Essex managed to score a victory over the board and then another followed within seconds. Larry Marden had appeared to be better throughout his game and eventually a queen and pawn ending yielded a second white queen. Peter Doye found that his passed pawns on the queen side were more than a match for his opponent's in the centre. Ivor Smith agreed a draw after his opponent, who had thought for some 75 minutes over his 10th move, did well to make the first time control.

The 10 - 6 margin looks comfortable enough, but the fact is that in the games which did take place Kent beat Essex 6 - 5. However, barring a disaster in the away match, the big lead will stand Essex in good stead should a tie-break be required to separate the teams at the end of the season.

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Chess players throughout the County will have been saddened to learn of the death of Ian Hebbes. Ian, whose involvement in chess began when his son Tim, now 15, took an interest in the game around the age of 8, was just 46 years old. He died after a massive cardiac arrest.

Although Ian himself was not a strong player, he was a great enthusiast and was a supporter of all of the best junior players in Essex. Apart from Tim, at least two other strong players were introduced to the competitive game by Ian: Daniel Storey, now 17, received a great deal of early encouragement, and the current British under-11 Champion, Lawrence Trent, was introduced to tournament chess by Ian. In addition, Ian provided accommodation and hospitality to numerous others from inside and outside Essex, particularly when the British Championships were taking place. Eddie Dearing and Simon Armour both ate at Ian's table.

On the organisational side, Ian's involvement was all too brief. However, the Junior Club Championships of Great Britain was his creation and this enabled some of the strongest juniors in the country to meet one another in a team tournament. He was also heavily involved in the Ilford Junior Chess Club, and organised a number of matches against other junior clubs, as well as some inter-county events. He will be sadly missed.

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Marden,L - Jacob,S

SCCU u175, Essex v Kent

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