Match Report – U160 Lancashire v Yorkshire

Lancashire v Yorkshire u160 at Bury March 4th – Report Bill O’Rourke

Played at the excellent Bury bridge club (very likely to become a regular for Lancashire county teams playing at home), two very evenly matched teams sat down to a  hour game played under very good conditions.

Firstly thanks to John Addison for filling in at the last minute after an unexpected pull out from a regular. James Carrington loves attacking, and pulled in our first point with an excellent king side attack leading to a mate that could not be prevented, 1-0. It was a long time before the next results. Eventually Dave Aspinall’s game ended in a dead draw (1.5-0.5). A slight lead for us, but I already felt at this stage it would go to the wire. 

John Addison had been under pressure in the early middle-game, seemed to get himself back in the game but his opponent’s minor pieces proved too mobile for his rook, 1.5-1.5 .

U160 Team
U160 Match in full swing

After this there was a spate of draws.. Phil Raynor had gone a piece down to allow infiltration of his opponent’s bare king position but no direct mate was apparent and a draw agreed. 2-2. Cliff Rutlidge could find no advantage and a draw was agreed, 2.5-2.5. Rob Tokeley had been a pawn up for some time but with no clear win and so a draw was agreed, 3-3. Phil Seery had had a nagging initiative throughout but his opponent defended well to leave a draw, 3.5-3.5.

Steve Ward had been nursing an advantage for some time, but Steve Potter (who felt he had played an inaccuracy early on) and Phil Taylor had the reverse situation. This was borne out with a win for Steve W but losses for Phil and Steve P, 4.5-5.5.

Two to play. Carl passed me on his way for a cup of tea and his grimace made it clear that his opponent’s attack looked too strong. I had had the better of things in my game for some time, but the win of a pawn did not provide any clear winning plan., Looking at Carl’s position I reckoned Carl was under the pump and therefore I would need to win. I broke open the position but it became complex with chances for both sides. Suddenly I was told that Carl had survived the siege and in fact had won. Now a draw for me would draw the match, but I had over-reached and my position fell apart. Who would be a captain!

We get a further chance. We will be playing Cumbria at Lancaster on Sunday April 29th, and second place in this triangular NCCU u160 competition will allow us to qualify for the ECF national stages. A Lancashire Yorkshire ECF final this year, same as last year, is not beyond the realms of fantasy!

1Rutlidge, Cliff H1590.50.5Procter, Colin158
2Ward, Stephen15810Stephenson, David W157
3Taylor, Phil M15701Patrick, David158
4Potter, Steven15601Donahue, Randolph E156
5Seery, Phillip T1560.50.5Dean, Robert A158
6Addison, John15301Coop, Brian156
7Tokeley, Rob1480.50.5Mason, Peter153
8Carrington, James14610Westmoreland, Steve150
9Tillotson, Carl A14610Bowman, Richard L146
10Aspinall, David E1440.50.5Clarke, Paul RH152
11O'Rourke, William14101Boylan, Richard135
12Raynor, Philip N1350.50.5Day, Paul G141

Snatching Victory for Jaws of Defeat – No, All Under Control!