Cambridgeshire

Essex

1

Jonathan Parker

0.5

0.5

Jonathan Rogers

2

Matthew Turner

1

0

Andrew Lewis

3

Mark Ferguson

1

0

David Coleman

4

Harriet Hunt

1

0

David Sands

5

Aron Cohen

0

1

Michael Twyble

6

A. Halley

0

1

Jon Manley

7

David Moskovic

0.5

0.5

Gary Kenworthy

8

Demis Hassabis

0.5

0.5

John Hodgson

9

M. Shephard

0.5

0.5

Paul Williamson

10

S. Forster

0

1

Mark Rich

11

Mark Thornton

0

1

Jeff Goldberg

12

P. Scott

1

0

Russell White

13

Daniel P. Rosenberg

0.5

0.5

Robert Parker

14

Ben Morgan

1

0

John C. Moore

15

Stuart White

1

0

William Saunders

16

Stanislav Larski

1

0

Ivan J. Myall

9.5

6.5

Essex were always likely to find points hard to come by in this match against a Cambridgeshire side so overloaded with talent that they could afford the luxury of playing a current World Champion on board 4. WGM Harriet Hunt won the Womens' u21 World Title late last year, but still the three International Masters were placed above her.

Some three hours had passed before the first result of the afternoon was declared, which was the Cambridgeshire win on board 15. Shortly afterwards Gary Kenworty agreed a draw against one of the many students in the side. Robert Parker also agreed a draw, but then came two results in favour of the home side as David Coleman lost on time and Ivan Myall resigned. Jonathan Rogers once again displayed excellent form when he held the British u21 Champion to a draw. Parker is currently one of the highest rated players in Britain. The 4.5 - 1.5 Cambridgeshire lead made the Essex prospects none too favourable, but splendid wins from Michael Twyble and Jon Manley, both of whom were outgraded, gave the away side renewed hope.

After four hours' play, eleven results had been declared and Essex trailed by just one point, thanks to a win from Mark Rich and a draw from Paul Williamson. However, it was at this point that Essex's last hopes disapeared as Andrew Lewis, who at one time had stood clearly better, lost and John Moore went wrong. Jeff Goldberg added one more point to the Essex total from his ending Q + 6 v 2r + 4. John Hodgson completed the proceedings with a draw from a position which had seemed slightly to favour him.

Essex can still qualify for the national stages of this competition, but then so can five or six other sides. The Southern Counties' Championship has seldom been so open at this late stage in the proceedings.

Manley,J - Halley,A [C10]

Cambs v Essex

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nd7 5.Nf3 Ngf6 6.Bg5 Be7 7.Nxf6+ Nxf6 8.Bd3 h6 9.Bd2 0-0 10.Qe2 b6 11.0-0-0 Bb7 12.Rhg1 c5 13.dxc5 Qd5 14.Kb1 Qxc5 15.Ne5 Rad8 16.g4 Nd5 17.g5 hxg5 18.Bxg5 Nb4 19.Bxe7 Qxe7 20.Rxg7+ Kxg7 21.Rg1+ Kf6 22.Qe3 1-0