County Captains for 2015/2016

Open - Mike Conroy

U180 - Bill O'Rourke

U160 - Bill O'Rourke

U140 - Dave Almond

U120 - Dave Thorp

U100 - Steve Crook

Lancashire are the new OPEN and U140 champions, after a tense battle in the finals at Lemington Spa.  The U160 team unfortunately fell to a strong performance from Yorkshire.  Some games are included in the full report, check them out as there are some great moves!

OPEN - Lancashire 8 - 8 Yorkshire - Lancashire won on board count, with Brett Lund securing the all important draw with the last game to finish.  It was a tense finish, with the board surrounded by both teams.  Brett held his nerve, opting to go into a drawn ending swapping Queens off.  Brett could have won a piece, but this would have left the Queens on the board and mating chances still for Yorkshire - the pragmatic choice from Brett ensured a draw and the OPEN title for Lancashire.

U160 - Lancashire 6.5 - 9.5 Yorkshire - alas, the U160 were unable to repeat their success from a couple of years ago.

U140 - Lancashire 9 - 7 Nottinghamshire - Lancashire managed to sneak over the line, it was a very even contest throughout the day.

OPEN - final results from the OPEN section.  Waiting for a report from the captain, who was the best dressed captain in the day!

OPEN Yorkshire       Lancashire
1  Palliser, Richard JD (232,238)  0.5 - 0.5  Horton, Andrew P (218,221) 
2  Ledger, Andrew J (223,225)  0.5 - 0.5  Macklin, Paul (222,223)
3  Gantner, Matthias (215,209)  0 - 1  Morrison, Graham ( , ) 
4  Weller, JeanLuc (217,217)  0.5 - 0.5  Lund, D Brett (213,213) 
5  Townsend, Michael P (205,209)  0 - 1  Mitchell, Martin (202,205)
6  Adams, David M (200,198)  0.5 - 0.5  Ivell, Nicholas W (193,193) 
7  Walton, Alan J (197,202)  0.5 - 0.5  Hughes, Howard R ( , )
8  Nelson, Jonathan P (202,208)  0.5 - 0.5  Williamson, Roger G (208,209)
9  Gayson, Peter (186,194)  0.5 - 0.5  Horton, Jamie A (199,204) 
10  Watson, Phil R (202,197)  1 - 0  Jowett, Peter E (183,192) 
11  Hackner, Oskar (201,199)  0.5 - 0.5  Timson, Paul F (182,182) 
12  Burnett, Jim (197,195)  0.5 - 0.5  Jayawarna, Nugith (190,194) 
13  Shaw, Peter (201,200)  1 - 0  Hamer, Martyn (184,180) 
14  Ackley, Peter JE (184,186)  0.5 - 0.5  Clarkson, Andrew A ( , ) 
15  Li, Harry (195,193)  1 - 0  Mulleady, Peter (186,184) 
16  Sullivan, Daniel JS (168,164)  0 - 1  Newton, Robert A (174,178) 
  (ave grade 202) 8 - 8 (ave grade 198) away win

 

The U160 team were outplayed on the day by rivals Yorkshire and could not match their sucess from a couple of years ago.  As always on these occasions, a couple of results going the other way and it is a different story.  Yorkshire got points on the board early, and this left the players finishing having to overstretch their positions to get wins.  Graham Dobson found a wonderful sacrifice in his game, which derserved more than a draw - his opponent finding a perpetual to draw the game.

U160 Lancashire       Yorkshire
1  Whitfield, John (159,157)  0.5 - 0.5  Barker, Arron (156,159) 
2  Dobson, Graham W ( ,157)  0.5 - 0.5  Johnson, Paul A (157,160) 
3  Leah, Tom (157,160)  0.5 - 0.5  Hughes, Peter (141,151) 
4  Pennington, Geoff (153,155)  0 - 1  Patrick, David A (159,159) 
5  Seery, Phillip T (153,153)  0 - 1  Dean, Robert A (154,157) 
6  Quinn, Kenny (152,152)  1 - 0  Stephenson, David W (156,156) 
7  Ashcroft, Ray (151,149)  0 - 1  McFadden, Alastair ( ) 
8  Taylor, Derrick (151,146)  0 - 1  Quereshi, Younis (147,145) 
9  Jameson, Nick (151,151)  1 - 0  Mahoney, Nicholas (147,153) 
10  Nyahwo, M Thomas (149,144) 0 - 1  Donahue, Randolph E (156,154) 
11  Sosinski, Jakub (149,153)  1 - 0  Westmoreland, Steve ( ) 
12  Fisher, Colin (148,146)  0.5 - 0.5  Mason, Peter F (150,152) 
13  Tokeley, Rob (146,146)  0.5 - 0.5  Bowman, Richard (149,143) 
14  Raynor, Philip N (144,144)  0 - 1  Braham, Peter (144,144) 
15  ORourke, William (142,144)  0 - 1  Khan, Karim (144,145) 
16  Aspinall, Dave (140,141)  1 - 0  Day, Paul (149,142) 
  (ave grade 150) 6.5 - 9.5 (ave grade 151) away win

The U140 team won their final 9-7, captain Dave Almond leading the way with a great win.  The match was very tense and close until the end, at one stage Dave thought  Nottingham would win.  Then a few games turned Lancashire's way.  The Crusaders contingent turned the match around with 2.5 points when it looked like we were down in two and drawing the other.  These 2.5 points took Lancashire to 8.5, and Michael Farthing finished off with a draw to make it 9-7. 

U140 Nottinghamshire       Lancashire
1  Bhayat, Shane (134,150)  0.5 - 0.5  Dobson, Emlyn DG (137,137) 
2  Radford, Mark SR (138,143)  0.5 - 0.5  Addison , John (126,141) 
3  Gogia, Armaan (119,135)  0.5 - 0.5  Muirhead , William (133,141) 
4  Poyser, Alex (136,133)  1 - 0  Dickinson , Peter ( ) 
5  Cranmer, Stanley EE (138,133)  0.5 - 0.5  Tillotson, Carl A (135,135) 
6  Nailard, Michael J (133,132)  0 - 1  Morris , Robert (135,136) 
7  Griffiths, David (131,132)  0 - 1  Almond, Dave S (139,133) 
8  Wright, Nigel (134,134)  0.5 - 0.5  Stanfield, David snr (134,136) 
9  Budd, Chris (130,133)  0 - 1  O'Mara, Paul (126,131) 
10  Taylor, Marcel V (127,130)  1 - 0  Widdup , Jason (134,138) 
11  Gorecka-Marshall, Peter W (130,131)  0 - 1  Horne, Michael (132,132) 
12  Roper, Keith W (137,125)  0.5 - 0.5  Weedall, Raymond (135,128) 
13  Luland, Steve (134,128)  0.5 - 0.5  Flaherty, Steven M (126,124) 
14  Willoughby, Robert H (133,127)  0.5 - 0.5  Farthing, Michael (124,127) 
15  Fraser, Chris A (127,119)  0.5 - 0.5  Glover, Gordon L (120,125) 
16  Neil, Graham (122,117)  0.5 - 0.5  Carey, Cornelius (127,118) 
  (ave grade 131) 7 - 9 (ave grade 132) away win