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|10||Coulsdon & P||11||4||0||7||41.5||8|
Andrew Martin pointed out that Barbican II, consisting of Karl Bowden, Jonathan Rogers, David Coleman, Michael Twyble, Gary Kenworthy and David Sands, were practially the Essex County side. Their best win was by a score of 5.5 - 2.5. This was against White Rose, second favourites and early leaders in the competition, consisting as they did of Angus Dunnington on top board, WIM Cathy Forbes on bottom board, as well as strong juniors Eddie Dearing (although as a Scotsman living in Chelmsford one wonders where Eddie's Yorkshire connections come from) and Desmond Tan as well as several other 200 grade adults. Andrew Lewis also turned up to play against Kings Head on top board the following morning, and Jon Manley, Paul Williamson and Marc Bautista also played from time to time throughout the season. Consistency is invariably a key element in any successful chess campaign, and the quartet of Michael Twyble, David Sands, Gary Kenworthy and Jonathan Rogers played a total of 41 games but registered just three defeats.
Rogers,J - Dearing,E [D31]
(Notes by Jonathan Rogers)
This is dangerous. It is simple enough for Black to escape with his extra piece, but he must stop a white rook arriving at g7. In most positions where White has three connected passed pawns for his piece, plus possession of the dark-squared bishop (handy for promoting the h-pawn) Black is lost.
17...Nf5 was bad. True, 17...Ng6?? 18 Bxg6 hxg6 19 Re7 Rf7 20 Rd8+ would have lost, but 17 ...Rf7 should secure the draw. White plays the calm 18 g4 to stop Black from developing his queenside.
There is no good alternative to 18...Nc6, e.g. 18...Nh6 19 Re7 Nf7 20 c5 Nxc5 21 Bc4 Be6 22 Bxe6 Nxe6 23 Rxe6
If 23...Nxf4 24 Rh6 mate
If 27...Bf5 28 Rg8, threateneing both 29 Bf6 and 29 Rh8+ Kg6 30 Rh6+ Kf7 31 Rf6+
Or 28...Bxc4 29 f5 with 30 Rh7 mate
(Acknowledgments: Jonathan Rogers)
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