Match Report – U120 Lancashire v Yorkshire

Venue: Bury Bridge Club on 15th April

Report by Bill O’rourke

Having both lost to Merseyside, the winner of this match would proceed to the national finals. Played at the very comfortable Bury Bridge Club, a tight match was in prospect. It was really good to see both teams fielding three youngsters. One of these, Aisha Benhameida, was offered an early draw in a slightly better position and took it., 0.5-0.5. It was an hour later before her brother Mohammed finished the 2nd game, winning a very nice rook and pawn endgame to give us a 1.5-0.5 advantage.

Fifteen minutes later a spurt of results came in and all favoured Lancashire. Mark Southby converted an early advantage, young Shaked Nussbaum kept adding incremental advantages to his position until he broke through and Frank Bishop finished off neatly in a game where he always held an advantage. So an early lead of 4.5-0.5

Neil Jerzynek was canny enough to know we held a good lead and took a draw, 5 -1. As always you get a slight knock-back – Tony Jinks missed a tactical shot against him in the early middle game and although he tried everything to get back into the match, he went under to make it 5-2.  Peter Hurn was a pawn down but played very accurately to force the draw In another rook and pawns ending, 5.5-2.5 and just short of the winning line in this 12 board match. Steve Crook’s game was completely closed down and a draw agreed in a position where he who tries to make a breakthrough probably loses! 6-3.

It was down to Paul Latham on board 2 to see us over the winning line in another very well controlled game where he saw off his opponent’s king side attack and converted his material advantage, 7-3. Jeff Wilson finally defeated a very good youngster to make it 8-3. Ken Gorman had been fighting a rearguard action having gone the exchange down, but went under with his opponent running short of time. And so a good 8-4 victory in the end.

This win takes us through to the ECF national Quarter finals where we will meet Norfolk in the East Midlands on Sunday 13th May.

1Jerzynek, Neil1190.50.5Steve Harrington111D
2Latham, Paul11810Rodney Mitchinson109D
3Southby, Mark11610Stephen Burton106A
4Bishop, Frank11510Samuel J. Playford107A
5Gorman, Ken11401Howard Brears108C
6Crook, Steve1110.50.5Ivor Timmis99F
7Jinks, Anthony10801Brendan BriggsU/G
8Nussbaum, Shaked10710Paul Masiak88C
9Hurn, Peter1040.50.5Harry FeatherU/G
10Wilson, Jeff10010Sara Hussain95D
11Benhameida,Aisha640.50.5Sylvan Clarke79A
12Benhameida,Mohammed5210Zoravar SandhuU/G

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!

Match Report: U120 Lancashire v Merseyside

A great venue at Winnick and excellent refreshments provided the perfect conditions for serious chess. We could not have had a worse start though. One of players failed to find the venue and returned home. 0-1. All of the games were very close. I had Jeff Wilson down as somebody who appeared to be making good progress, but his opponent Jim Moran put on his tin hat, buckled down and after an inaccuracy from Jeff took control and converted it to a win, 0-2, Ian Mitchell took a draw as he could not see a way forward, 0.5-2.5. Scott Ramsbottom looked slightly better, but left a discovered check that was so devastating that he resigned immediately, 0.5-3.5. When John Regan went down as well. things did indeed look bleak at 0.5-4.5. 

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County Finals 2017

To test out the chessboard feature, that allows you select games from the database, here are a reminder of some of the games played at the County Finals 2017.

Lancashire won the OPEN and U140 section on the day, missing out on a clean sweep of 3/3 with the U160 team losing to Yorkshire.

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