Southern Counties' Chess Union under-175 Competition Essex Surrey

1 Tim Hebbes 174 0 1 David R. Sedgwick 173

2 Paul R. Barclay (res) 156 0.5 0.5 Chris R. Clegg 168

3 Bill L. saunders 171 0 1 Martin C. Page 164

4 Martin McCall 171 1 0 default

5 Roy Heppinstall 170 0.5 0.5 Neil Maxwell 160

6 Peter C. Doye 170 1 0 Kenneth F.H. Inwood 160

7 Ken W. Clow 173 0 1 Paul D. Dupre 158

8 George McNally 172 1 0 Nicholas D. Gray 156

9 Larry Marden 169 1 0 D. Tuddenham 154

10 Ivan J. Myall 168 1 0 Stuart R. Jones 152

11 David J. Millward 168 1 0 R. John Wilcox 152

12 Colin R. Ramage 167 1 0 Colin P.L. Parker 146

13 Ian D. Hunnable 166 1 0 Ian S. McLeod 145

14 Les J. Crane 164 1 0 S.T. Kevin Wilkinson 139

15 Neville H. Twitchell 160 0 1 Fred C. Manning 133

16 Andy D. Hartland 160 0.5 0.5 Dr. K.N. Mehendale 132

167 10.5 5.5 153

In their second match of the season, the Essex under-175 team scored another emphatic victory, although on this occasion the absence of opposing players was a far less significant factor than it had been in the first match against Kent. Only the Surrey board 4 failed to arrive, giving Martin McCall a free point on his debut for the team.

This was the strongest team that Essex have ever put forward in this competition, with even more grading points piled in than had been the case in the Kent match. Wiht Ivan Myall, Larry Marden and David Millward, all of whom have been graded well in excess of 180 in recent seasons, in the bottom half of the team, it was perhaps not surprising that Surrey found points hard to come by.

Both teams suffered from the non-arrival of a scheduled player. As the home side, Essex had a more than able reserve awaiting the call, and Paul Barclay stepped in on board 2 almost an hour down on the clock. However, such was the strength in depth of the Essex side that there were only 12 grading points' difference between Surrey's second player and Essex's seventeenth. Paul had no difficulty in holding the draw.

Although the default on board 4 was claimed by Essex after only one hour, this was not the first point notched up by the home side. Larry Marden's opponent committed the cardinal sin of leaving his king in the middle of the board after the e-file had been opened - indeed, the d- and f-files were also devoid of pawn shelter - and white found himself in a terrible mess, losing at least a piece by move 12. This business of an exposed king is almost certainly the most frequent cause of a quick loss, no matter what the strength of the player. Opening manuals give sound instruction in that during the first phase of the game each player should strive to control the centre, develop the pieces and attend to king safety. This last is clearly the most important, as a deficit in the first two areas can often be annulled. A king vulnerable to an early attack normally leads to a rapid execution.

The 2 - 0 lead soon became 4 - 0 as Ivan Myall won well against the Sicilian defence, and Colin Ramage's Grob was back to its winning ways. Surrey's first trouble to the scorers was when David Sedgwick, the BCF's Director of International Chess, inflicted defeat on Tim Hebbes, the one junior in the Essex side. Further Surrey wins were achieved on boards 3 and 15, but Essex continued to pick up points throughout the afternoon and at no point was the lead challenged.

Paul Barclay's draw brought the score to 8 - 4, meaning that Essex now could not lose, but it was deep into the rapidplay finish before another result gave Essex victory. This was when Andy Hartland, who had earlier declined his opponent's draw offer, found a sequence which forced a draw when Andy's time was beginning to run out. Although Ken Clow was forced to concede, the final two games were wins for Peter Doye and David Millward, both from R + P endings.

John Philpott, the Essex Team Captain, was much more satisfied with this performance than with the earlier match against Kent. "The value of a strong player is not merely in the points he scores, but in enabling team mates to play on lower boards than would otherwise be the case. Surrey did extremely well to outscore Essex on the high boards, but the clean sweep on boards 8 to 14 speaks for itself."

Ivan Myall - Stuart Jones

Essex v Kent

Sicilian Defence

1.e4 c5 2.c3 e6 3.d4 Nf6 4.e5 Nd5 5.Nf3 cxd4 6.cxd4 b6 7.a3 Bb7 8.Bd3 Be7 9.0-0 f5 10.Nc3 0-0 11.Qe2 g5 12.Nxd5 Bxd5 13.Bd2 Nc6 14.Bc3 Rf7 15.Bc4 Bxc4 16.Qxc4 g4 17.Ne1 Rc8 18.Qa2 d5 19.exd6 Qxd6 20.Rd1 Bf6 21.Nc2 Rd8 22.Rfe1 Bxd4 23.Nxd4 e5 24.Nxf5 Qf6 25.Rxd8+ Nxd8 26.Rxe5 1 - 0