1 Roger Jennings 146 0 1 John White 147
2 Eddie Hurwitz 145 0 1 Steve Williams 147
3 Mark Reishmann 147 0.5 0.5 Thomas Winter 147
4 Paul Clarke 134 0.5 0.5 David Smith 146
5 Alan Coupe 133 0 1 Mark Murrell 146
6 Clive Davies 133 1 0 Tony Drake 145
7 S. Aleksandrovicz 135 0.5 0.5 Jason Roberts 145
8 Ron Summerskill 135 0.5 0.5 Laurie Burtt 144
9 Bob Letton 133 1 0 Mike Cresswell 143
10 Tom Wheldon 136 0.5 0.5 Philip Zammit 138
11 Geoff Smith 130 0.5 0.5 David Rawlings 136
12 Colin Proctor 132 1 0 David Bird 133
13 J. Aleksandrovicz 126 0 1 Roger Sharman 132
14 Ian Stricillan 121 0 1 Ian MacLachlan 132
15 Alan Miles 111 0 1 Mark Brazier
16 Norman Matthews 107 0.5 0.5 Terry Cole 123
132 6.5 9.5 140

The Essex under-100 Team, whose exploits were reported in last week's Recorder, is not the only Essex team to have progressed to the advanced stages of this season's County Championships. The Under-175 team, who are the defending Champions, were drawn against Lancashire, last year's losing finalists, in the Quarter-finals. However, late telephone calls were required to prevent the Essex players making futile journeys to play a team which, for some reason or another, defaulted the match.

Although the Red Rose wilted before the threat of facing John Philpott's men for the second successive year, the team from the White Rose county did indeed make the necessary journey to Uppingham to meet David Smith's team. Although Essex outgraded Yorkshire by about 8 points per board, a significant advantage on paper, it was some way into the match before the positions and the score began to reflect the superiority of the Southerners.

Initially there were several quick draws: although it is always a relief for a player to know that he or she has avoided defeat, and the temptation to leave the afternoon's work to other team members can be too great for some players to keep the struggle alive, it can be frustrating for a Captain, especially the captain of the higher-graded side. Indeed, the first decisive result was in Yorkshire's favour when Mike Cresswell lost fairly quickly. In addition, Tom Winter was two pawns adrift and was fighting a rearguard action which, with best play by his opponent, would have been fruitless. Eventually Mark Murrell levelled the scores by beating a former British under-125 Champion. Mark's initial powerful attack was repulsed but at the cost of going into an inferior endgame.

The match turned decisively in Essex's direction when John White and Steve Williams both won well from complicated tactical struggles. Tom Winter's opponent played a number of moves which were definitely not the best and Tom escaped with at draw. Tony Drake, whose frenetic win last month was the deciding game in the previous round against Devon, was not so successful this time. Mark Brazier won for the second successive occasion and Ian MacLachlan, who stood down against Devon because too many Essex players had arrived, was rewarded by scoring the decisive point which pushed Essex into the semi-finals for the second successive year. Roger Sharman's late win ensured that the margin of victory was somewhat more comfortable than at one time seemed likely.

The semi-final will take place at the Bedford Modern School on 13th June. The under-175s will take place on the same day. The under-100s will play their match one week later, on 20th June, as the National Primary Schools' Championships will remove from the Essex team several of their key players as well as the Team's joint captains. The under-100s will be played in Basildon.


Berlin,H - Cannan,D [B32]

Southend 1998

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 e5 5.Nb5 d6 6.Nd2 Nf6 7.c4 Be7 8.Nc3 0-0 9.Nd5 Nxd5 10.cxd5 Nd4 11.Bd3 f5 12.0-0 f4 13.Nb3 f3 14.g3 Nxb3 15.Qxb3 Qd7 16.Rd1 Qh3 17.Bf1 Qg4 18.Rd3 Qxe4 19.Bd2 h5 20.Re1 Qf5 21.Ree3 e4 22.Rxe4 Qxe4 23.Re3 Qf5 24.Rxe7 b6 25.Qc3 Qf6 26.Qc7 Rf7 27.Re8+ Rf8 28.Bc3 Qg6 29.Bd3 Qf7 30.Re7 1-0