Malcolm Clarke’s regular chess news roundup: this week: Winchester’s woes; Salisbury’s good run; Chandler’s Ford D to the semi-final of the Division 5 Cup, and more.
It was not a good week for Winchester teams in the Southampton Chess League with all three teams losing and no individual player winning a game counting for league purposes. Chandlers Ford D whitewashed Winchester D in the Division 5 Cup and play Chandlers Ford C in the semi final. However Winchester’s Sam Rebdi won a game counting for grading purposes only.
Winchester A were beaten 4-1 by a strong Ringwood B team with Jon Barnes and Alan Dyos obtaining the two draws from the match, while in the 3.5-1.5 defeat at the hands of Andover it was the three players playing with the black pieces Doug Beer, Steve Kitley and Bob Cleave who salvaged the draws.
Despite the fact that the only five players in the Chandlers Ford A v Salisbury match being graded below 140 were all on the Salisbury team, the match finished all square at 2.5-2.5 with Chandlers Ford’s two winners being David Holmes and Phil Overton both of whom played with the white pieces. Peter Przybycin uncharacteristically lost on board 5 and it continued Salisbury B’s recent good record at Chandlers Ford having won on their previous two visits.
Chandlers Ford C were beaten 3.5-0.5 by Salisbury C with Peter Eales obtaining their only half point.
Malcolm Clarke reports on the D team’s match plus other recent fixtures.
Chandlers Ford D drew 2-2 with Basingstoke with Nobby George and John Kooner winning their games. However theChandlers Ford B team lost 5-0 to Winchester A in the Robertson Cup by default. The Chandlers Ford D team was unchanged from its’ opening match of the season against Chandlers Ford C except for Rob Sims replacing Rob Bird on top board.
Winchester B opened their season with a 3.5-1.5 loss at the hands of Salisbury B in a match in which they defaulted board 5. A draw from Bob Cleave on board 1 and a win from Mike White on board 3 represented Winchester’s only points of the evening with both Bob and Mike playing with the white pieces. Salisbury teams though have made a good start to the season.
In his latest league and Cup updates, which appear in the print edition of the Hampshire Chronicle,Malcolm Clarke rounds up what has been a busy time for the club, with matches in Division 3 (A team), Division 5 (C team) plus the A team’s trip to Andover in the Robertson Cup.
Winchester A won on the top two boards, with Jose Jimenez-Capilla and Jon Barnes being their winners, but still lost 3-2 to Southampton C. The following day their D team made the short journey to Chandlers Ford and were beaten 2.5-1.53-2 by the home team’s C team. Peter Eales making a welcome return to action having hardly played at all in recent seasons drew with Winchester secretary Graham Payne, and Don Creasey and captain Keven Lamb winning their games for Chandlers Ford, and John Schonenberrger winning for Winchester. Winchester’s Alan Weaver won a game against Chandlers Ford’s Colin Grant which counted for grading purposes, but not the match score.
Chandlers Ford lost 3-2 to Andover in the Robertson Cup with four of the games being drawn and Steve Cartridge beating Dick Meredith in the match between the two captains. Keven Lamb playing for the second time in two days was one of the Chandlers Ford players to draw.
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In his news roundup Malcolm Clarke details the opening fixtures of the new season, plus the summer tournament latest.
Chandlers Ford B opened the season with a 2-2 draw against newly promoted Ringwood C with Sam Murphy and James Daas on the bottom two boards obtaining their points. Last season Ringwood teams won all five matches they played against teams from Chandlers Ford, but this time the teams were evenly matched and a drawn match was probably the fairest outcome.
Playing their first match at the new venue Winchester C beat Southampton D 3-1. There was a win for Winchester’s Steve Kitley and draws for Mike White and Andrew Habbitts, Winchester captain David Green lost his game on board 3, but Southampton D agreed to default this board when it was realised their player should in terms of grading been played on a higher board,
In the Chandlers Ford tournament Peter Przybycin and Phil Overton drew their round 4 game which means going into round 5 two players have 3.5 points and four players 3 points.