Essex

Kent

1

M. Ashkettle

124

0

1

M. Jones

121

2

Michael Bradford

123

1

0

S. Thanesan

122

3

Robert Davies

123

1

0

C. Dunsmere

116

4

Terry Cole

123

0.5

0.5

H. Snashall

114

5

Robert Ianetta

123

0.5

0.5

N. Lister

114

6

Robert Payne

118

0

1

D. Picton

113

7

Ellen Walker

117

1

0

P. Poland

109

8

Wally Petchey

116

0

1

K. Sanders

9

Robert Giddens

116

0.5

0.5

I.C. Smith

104

10

Caius Turner

113

0.5

0.5

A. Hargreaves

103

11

I. Rook

112

0.5

0.5

D. Shipp

101

12

Dominic Allen

110

0.5

0.5

J, Robertson

97

13

Peter Flint

107

0

1

K. Hendrikse

97

14

Michael Grieve

106

1

0

T. Hogg

94

15

Graham Benger

106

1

0

N. Lang

76

16

Peter Pattison

97

0

1

R. Gosden

75

115

8

8

104

Essex

Sussex

1

Michael Bradford

123

0

1

A. Bradbury

124

2

Robert Davies

123

1

0

M. Plumb

115

3

Terry Cole

123

0

1

P. Helliwell

120

4

Robert Ianetta

123

1

0

M.A. Bryant

117

5

Lawrence Trent

120

1

0

J. Parker

117

6

Robert Payne

118

1

0

D. Dezzani

116

7

Ellen Walker

117

1

0

P. Simpkins

107

8

Wally Petchey

116

1

0

M. Curtis

116

9

Robert Giddens

116

1

0

E. Berry

110

10

Caius Turner

113

1

0

N. Pestelle

100

11

Dominic Allen

110

1

0

P. Buswell

106

12

Stewart Trent

93

1

0

T. Peffer

99

13

Michael Grieve

106

0.5

0.5

E. Lamb

96

14

Graham Benger

106

0

1

J. Bryant

89

15

Peter Flint

107

1

0

S. Carter

75

16

Peter Pattison

97

1

0

M. Shorrocks

50

113

12.5

3.5

104

What a curiously unpredictable sport Chess is! The County under-125 team, ably captained by Richard Joyce, struggled last season yet emerged with no match points at all to show for their efforts. In their two matches to date in the current season, the team has scored a hard-earned draw against a Kent side whom they outgraded by 11 points per board, and a crushing victory against Sussex, whom Essex outgraded by 9 points per board.

In the first of these efforts, it looked at first as though Kent were to emerge as narrow winners as they took an early lead and kept it for most of the match. Robert Davies won in some style for Essex and Graham Benger also notched up his point quite quickly. Ellen Walker's game went deep into a dark-squared bishops' ending, and the manner in which she ensnared her opponent's prelate in a corner would have pleased a draughts player.

The last two wins by Essex players were by Michael Bradford, who was always slightly ahead in an ending, and Michael Grieve. This last game was absolutely critical to the outcome of the match, as the Kent player at one point appeared to be heading for victory. Somehow Michael managed to turn the tables and the match was drawn.

In the second match, the Sussex team was effectively swept away in the first hour. Seven juniors participated, and Lawrence Trent's fourteen move win was not the first finish of the afternoon: that honour went to Ellen Walker, with Bobby Payne a close second with some very impressive play. After little more than an hour's play, Essex had a 6 - 0 lead. Every junior in the side won well, although it took Dominic Allen and Caius Turner longer than most. Perhaps most notable result of all from the Essex side was that by Stewart Trent, who was called in as a reserve with almost an hour less than his opponent. Stewart took the lead and won impressively in the rook and pawn ending that ensued. His opponent should have resigned about 20 moves earlier than he did, but played on doggedly either out of sheer disbelief that a 9-year-old could play so well, or simply that he did not understand the inevitability of the winning plan.

Poland,P - Walker,E [A05]

SCCU u125 Essex v Kent

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.g3 g6 3.Bg2 Bg7 4.d4 d5 5.c3 0-0 6.0-0 Nbd7 7.Nbd2 Re8 8.Qc2 e5 9.dxe5 Nxe5 10.Nxe5 Rxe5 11.e4 dxe4 12.Nxe4 Bf5 13.Nxf6+ Qxf6 14.Qb3 Rb8 15.Bf4 Re7 16.Rfe1 Be6 17.Qb4 Rd7 18.Qa5 Qd8 19.Qxa7 b6 20.Qa4 b5 21.Qc2 Bf5 22.Qe2 Bd3 23.Qe3 b4 24.Bc6 bxc3 25.Bxd7 Qxd7 26.bxc3 Bxc3 27.Red1 Bxa1 28.Qxd3 Qxd3 29.Rxd3 Ra8 30.a3 c6 31.Rb3 Bd4 32.Rb8+ Rxb8 33.Bxb8 c5 34.Ba7 Kf8 35.Kf1 Ke7 36.a4 Kd7 37.a5 Kc6 38.Ke2 Kb5 39.Bb6 Bc3 40.Kd3 Bxa5 41.Ba7 Bc7 42.Kc3 Bd6 43.Kb3 Ka6 0-1