Essex

Combined Counties

1

Michael Twyble

200

0.5

0.5

Gary Kenworthy (NC)

200

2

Tim Hebbes

174

1

0

Bertie Barlow (CS)

175

3

Mike Wills

173

1

0

default (S)

4

Andrew R. Brett

173

0.5

0.5

James Stevenson (M)

186

5

Dabvid Millward

168

1

0

J.M. Shepley (S)

174

6

default

0

1

Magnus Nwanko (CS)

7

Howard Grist

157

1

0

default (M)

8

Steven Piper

157

0

1

Neil Rughwani (NC)

149

9

Syd Kalinsky

157

1

0

Uwe Schwick (CS)

10

Peter Jaszkiwskyj

146

1

0

Ray Harper (NC)

148

11

Keith Jones

146

1

0

Michael Williams (M)

146

12

default

0

1

C.P.R Parker (S)

13

Tony Drake

145

0

1

R.J. Kearsley (S)

145

14

Mike Cresswell

143

0.5

0.5

Brian Tysoe (M)

137

15

Phil Zammit

138

1

0

David McNish (NC)

127

16

David Rawlings

136

1

0

M. Brendish (CS)

17

George Monk

133

0.5

0.5

N. Marshall (M)

127

18

Howard Staunton

128

0.5

0.5

Andrew Curran

93

19

Terry Cole

123

0

1

Daood Muhammed (S)

111

20

Richard Joyce

123

1

0

Tony Wilding (NC)

73

12.5

7.5

The St. Matthias Old Church in Poplar was the setting for the 1998 Ralph Barnett Memorial Competition, a venue used frequently by John Sargent for his Westminter Rapidplay tournaments. The event commorates an outstanding Middlesex Chess personality who gave magnificent service to the Middlsex League and the Middlsex County Association up to his death in 1976. Every year, teams of 20 players, representing chess leagues in the London region, compete for the Ralph Barnett Memorial Trophy.

The Essex League have an excellent record in this event. It was therefore a tremendous blow to Mike Wills' team that there were two late withdrawals, for whom reserves were drafted in, and two non-arrivals, whose boards were simply defaulted. However, some of the opposition were also absent, and for Essex at least the wins and losses by default cancelled each other out. Even so, it has often been the case that Essex have started favourites as the highest graded team, but on this occasion both Middlsex and Surrey were stronger, on paper at least.

Under the rules of the competition, grading limits are applied below board 4. Therefore the top four players on each side can be of any grade. From boards 6 to 10, each player must be graded below 180; boards 11-18 below 150; and 19 and 20 below 125. Essex were therefore decidedly light on the top boards, with only Mike Twyble above 175.

The first result declared was the board 1 draw between Mike Twyble and Gary Kenworthy. These two, who both play for Barbican in the National League, must have played on countless previous occasions and know each other's game very well. Mike Wills and Howard Grist both won by default, giving Essex 3/5. There were four Essex team members who were playing with great spirit against higher graded opponents. Peter Jaszkiwskyj sacrificed a knight for two pawns, thereby keeping his opponent's king in the centre where Peter's pieces could take full advantage of the weaknesses in black's position. Tim Hebbes, the youngest member of the Essex team, played very strongly to beat Bertie Barlow, one of the strongest players in the Civil Service. David Millward, who has turned out for all 11 of the Essex teams who have contested the Ralph Barnett Competition over the years, scored a vital point against one of the top Surrey men, J.M. Shepley. Andrew Brett, surely undergraded at 173, held James Stevenson to a draw.

Syd Kalinsky and David Rawlings both won well against Civil Service opponents, and important draws were achieved on lower boards by George Monk, Mike Cresswell and Howard Staunton. At this stage, Essex were tied with Middlesex on 9.5 points, and this was expected to rise at least to 11.5 as Phil Zammit and Richard Joyce each enjoyed winning positions. A finely-balanced and crucial battle was between Keith Jones and his Middlesex opponent. Keith has an excellent record in this event, with seven wins and a draw in his eight appearances. He improved further on this with an excellently-worked victory. The team's victory was assured when Phil Zammit forced his opponent's capitulation.

This was the fourth consecutive victory by an Essex side in the Ralph Barnett, which is a record. In addition, it is the 9th win by Essex in their 11 appearances, which is also a record. Mike Wills worked especially hard to muster another successful Essex side, ably assisted on the day by John Philpott, David Smith and Richard Joyce, all Essex Committee Members.

Jaszkiwskyj,P - Harper,V [B01]

Ralph Barnett, 1998

1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qd8 4.d4 Nf6 5.Nf3 Bf5 6.Bd3 Bxd3 7.Qxd3 c6 8.0-0 e6 9.Re1 Be7 10.Ne4 Nbd7 11.Neg5 h6 12.Nxe6 fxe6 13.Qg6+ Kf8 14.Rxe6 Qe8 15.Qf5 Qf7 16.Nh4 g5 17.Ng6+ Kg8 18.Rxe7 Re8 19.Rxe8+ Qxe8 20.Bd2 Qe2 21.Bc3 Rh7 22.Re1 Qh5 23.Ne5 Nxe5 24.dxe5 Ng4 25.h3 Nxf2 26.Qxf2 Rf7 27.Qe2 Qh4 28.e6 Re7 29.Qe5 1-0

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