The U140 team also played on the 2nd of December for the annual battle of the roses over the chessboard. The U100 report is elsewhere! The U140 team expected a battle with team selection hampered due to a clash with the Preston Congress.
In the end, a good victory, but as always the games could have gone either way. Lancashire running out victorious 7.5 to 4.5.
We seem to have a good rounded u100 squad this year, that essential mixture of some old pros and some strong youngsters. The target we have set is to try to go one better than beaten national finalists last year.
We got off to a great start in that aim when young Kyden Waite, playing his first county match, had a smooth win, taking advantage of his opponent’s inaccuracies. And then fellow youngster Thisumi Jayawarna weighed in with a faultless victory to make it 2-0. John Crompton was working on the assumption that even good youngsters tend to be a bit weak in the endings and so it proved in his match when he ground his opponent down with two bishops versus two knights, 3-0.
Aisha Benhamida outplayed her young opponent on board one. Extremely sadly, when she had done all the hard work, she saw a mirage that she thought was checkmate only for her opponent to take her queen for nothing! We’ve all done it once in our chess careers, and learn never to have to suffer it again! 3-1. Peter Wallace played an excellent technical ending making it 4-1, and when Jason Chapman kept his concentration up throughout his game we were 5-1 and approaching the winning line.
A couple of draws for Shaun Tumelty (who came back well after losing the exchange) and Rachel Horton (she and her opponent felt any progress for either player was going to be difficult in a stodgy position) mean it was already 6-2. James Wildsmith made up for losing some time in the beginning by claiming the draw that made it 6.5-2.5 in a rook and pawns endgames.
We then suffered a couple of reversals when Jeff Wilson went under in a game that for a long time looked quite even, and Goodchild Ndou finally succumbed in a topsy-turvy encounter that was very sharp, making it 6.5-4.5.
Gary Bennett closed off the match with another victory, 7.5-4.5. This was important because Gary had been the exchange down but stuck to his guns and eventually checkmated his young opponent to win his first county victory.
Sadly we have to report the death of Allan Dunkerley of Rochdale Chess Club on July 11th.
Allan was a regular for Rochdale chess club for many years. Chess was a major part of Allan’s life and became a major outlet for dealing with autism. As a result he used to play regularly for Lancashire county teams before he found the travel too tiring. Allan was very much a Rochdale man, having worked in London in the civil service as a young man and finding the isolation not to his liking. Continue reading “RIP – Allan Dunkerley (1949-2018)”
Well that is what is seemed for the two main forces in the Northern Counties Chess Union. Lancashire were represented in 3 finals, Yorkshire had gone one better and had 4 teams in the finals. Not to be outdone, Lancashire would make the trip back up north the happier!
A mixed bag of fortunes for Lancashire, as we approach the semi-final stages of the 2017-2018 Championship.
The OPEN team and current holders of the championship trophy, are straight through to the semi-finals stages where they will meet Sussex. In the other semi-final, Yorkshire play Middlesex. Possibility of a repeat of last year’s final still on the cards. Continue reading “ECF County Chess Championship Roundup”
Knock out stages for the County Championship, and for the U160 team a tricky away fixture against Nottinghamshire. Venue for the match was the nice East Midland Bridge club in Spondon. A regular visiting place for the Lancashire teams, and others I might add.