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   Matches 2002-03 - Friendly Fixtures

Oxford | Wanstead | Combined Servs. | Cambridge | Civil Service | Hastings

Oxford University
Played 2nd November 2002 at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford

Oxford University

Insurance

R. Palliser 223 (W)

1-0

D.R. Sedgwick 166 (B)

H. Meyer 193

1-0

D. Malcolm 163

A. Hickman 171

-

D.I. Calvert 165

C. Duggan 134

-

I.D. Hunnable 156

D. Lappage 119

0-1

A.G.C. Paish 156

K. Henbest 128

0-1

J.A. Philpott 142

C. Levy 121

-

A.C. Bullock 113

A. Shardlow 78

0-1

J. MacNamara 104

 

3-4

 

Report by John Philpott:

The University team for this match at Lady Margaret Hall had a somewhat lopsided appearance, partly as a result of County matches taking place the same afternoon.  Insurance's best chance of winning the match seemed to be to aim to pick up 4 points from boards 3 to 8 and treat anything gained from the strong top two Oxford players as a bonus.  This, in the event, was precisely how matters turned out.

Oxford took the lead when Richard Palliser overcame David Sedgwick.  However, Insurance opened their account a few seconds later when Ian Calvert secured a creditable draw with the Slav defence.  The next three games to finish all favoured the visitors.  Tony Paish won against the King's Gambit, Jack Macnamara, playing his first competitive game for quite some time exploited a knight on e6 to win and I eventually managed to finish off my opponent despite making things difficult for myself by a lapse of concentration after establishing a clearly won position.   Oxford closed the gap when David Malcolm was forced to concede, but Ian Hunnable managed to draw when material down.  In the final game, Alf Bullock, who had travelled up from Bournemouth for the match, was a rook up, but his king was vulnerable to queen checks and his opponent had a passed pawn on the sixth rank.  Alf eventually settled for a draw by repetition to secure the match for the visitors.

JAP

Bronowski 
Eastman Cup 
Friendlies 
"A" Team 
Tooke 

 

Oxford | Wanstead | Combined Servs. | Cambridge | Civil Service | Hastings | Top

10th Roy Wagstaff Memorial Match
Wanstead & Woodford Chess Club
Played Saturday, 16th November 2002 at Wanstead

Wanstead & Woodford

v

Insurance

S.G. Gilmour 162

1-0

J.T. Farrand 184

P.R. Barclay 147

-

D. Malcolm 163

I.D. Hunnable 156

-

D.I. Calvert 165

L.J. Burtt 130

0-1

D.R. Sedgwick 166

J. Tuitt 92

0-1

G.W. Naldrett 130

W. de Jong 81

1-0

A.C. Bullock 113

A. Niewerf 73

1-0

J. MacNamara 104

K.E. Murray 80

-

D.J. Downing 62

 

4-3

 

Geoff Naldrett's report:

This eventually became an 8 board match at Wanstead House, with Paul Barclay and Ian Hunnable playing for Wanstead & Woodford. Insurance outgraded their opponents on most boards, so appeared to be favourites before the match started.

Insurance won the toss and chose white on odds. Before the match, the 10th Roy Wagstaff Memorial Match, Ian Hunnable said a few words about Roy Wagstaff and the service, on and off the board, Roy had given to both clubs.

And so to battle: Jack MacNamara appeared to be winning, but after an hour and a half he says he blundered and lost - he said his attack ran out of steam. Soon afterwards, however, David Sedgwick won. David says his opponent blundered and allowed him to create a passed "a" pawn.

Alf Bullock had rejected an earlier draw offer, and the game had looked even, but he then lost a bishop and resigned. David Downing had N+5 v N+3, but later could only draw the endgame.

Calvert v Hunnable eventually developed into a pawn chase. White had his rook on the 7th plus pawns on h6 and g6, whereas black had a passed c3 pawn. Things seemed to favour white, but the Chairman assured me that a draw was the correct result! No grandmaster draw from Mr Calvert today!

I won on board 5, to even the scores at 3-3. I had been a pawn up for some time when my opponent overlooked a rook "sacrifice" giving mate, when the rook could not be taken as the pawn that could have taken it was pinned against his king.

Barclay v Malcolm had always looked fairly even, and was then agreed drawn, with N, B+ 5 each.

So, the outcome of the match depended on Julian Farrand's game on board 1. After 36 moves Julian had Q, R+ 5 v Q, B+5, but unfortunately had overlooked a mating attack!

So, honours to Wanstead & Woodford for the first time in several years. ICC will be looking for revenge next season!

GWN

Oxford | Wanstead | Combined Servs. | Cambridge | Civil Service | Hastings | Top

Combined Services
Played 18th January 2003 at 11 Belgrave Road

Insurance

v

Combined Services

J.T. Farrand 184

0-1

A. Hammond 193

D.R. Sedgwick 166

0-1

P.C. Doye 164

D. Malcolm 163

1-0

S. Field 98

D.I.W. Reynolds 166

1-0

K. Emmins 122

I.D. Hunnable 156

1-0

P. Ball 112

A.G.C. Paish 156

1-0

S. Lefevre -

M.C. Page 150

1-0

H. Brown -

M.J. Reddie 150

-

D.C. Ross 103

B.W. Atkinson 150

1-0

D. Johnston -

W. Diffey -

1-0

L. Wilson -

A.C. Bullock 113

1-0

A. Ball 68

R.F. Collins 110

0-1

P. Tosney 82

J. MacNamara 104

1-0

M. Chadwick 87

D.M.P. Burford 84

0-1

A. Burcham -

D.J. Downing 62

0-1

S. Jackson -

 

9-5

 

Report from Geoff Naldrett:

This match was played at 11 Belgrave Road on a Saturday afternoon in January 2003.

Andy Hammond, the Combined Services captain, had assembled a reasonably sized squad, so I rang round and Jack MacNamara, David Burford and David Downing agreed to play at short notice.

Andy was held up, but arrived 10 minutes late, after the match had begun.

I had received a message before the match began that one of the Combined Services players couldn't make it, so dropped out myself and moved those below me up a board.  The match was played over 15, rather than 16, boards.

Ian Reynolds, Ian Hunnable, Brian Atkinson, Alf Bullock and Jack Macnamara all won fairly quickly, but David Burford and David Downing lost.  Martin Page then won, Mick Reddie drew and Bob Collins lost, having touched the wrong piece in error.  David Malcolm then won and William Diffey also won to put us 8-3 ahead, ensuring us of a win in the match, but David Sedgwick lost.

Andy Hammond eventually outplayed  Julian Farrand in the quickplay finish, gaining revenge for an earlier loss to him, giving Combined Services wins on the top two boards, but Tony Paish then won a hard-fought game, the last to finish, to give ICC the match by 9-5.

So, an enjoyable and competitive match, with only one draw in 15 games!

GWN

Oxford | Wanstead | Combined Servs. | Cambridge | Civil Service | Hastings | Top

Cambridge University
Played at Butlers Fields, Trinity College Cambridge, 15th February 2003

Cambridge University

v

Insurance

Eddie Dearing 209 (B)

1-0

David Malcolm 163

Ola Winfridsson 175

-

Ian Calvert 165

Patrick Ribbands 140

-

Ian Hunnable 156

Peter Wagner 135

0-1

Tony Paish 156

Ravi Wariyar 122

0-1

Martin Page 150

Colin Roberts 126

0-1

John Philpott 142

Mark Galtreye 120e

0-1

Gary Callan 141

Fergus Simpson 108

0-1

Bob Collins 110

Katerina Heal 100e

0-1

Jack Macnamara 104

 

2-7

 

Report from John Philpott:

Insurance completed what I suspect must be a rare double over Oxford and Cambridge Universities by winning this match held in the intriguingly named Butler House Party Room.  There was a late strengthening of the Cambridge line up through the inclusion of the redoubtable Eddie Dearing to replace the originally announced board 1, but Insurance had a clear advantage on paper in the middle order, and the benefit of an extra White as a result of winning the toss in a nine board match.

I managed to give Insurance an early lead when after I failed to punish properly one inaccuracy in the opening, my opponent committed a second error which allowed me to win the exchange and a pawn.  Gary Callan soon followed my example, and when Ian Calvert held the draw as Black on Board 2 it became clear that the afternoon was developing in favour of the visitors.

 Martin Page was the next to win after an interesting middle game in which both players pushed a pawn to the seventh rank, but Martin then had a sequence of moves enabling him to queen with check.  Eddie Dearing then registered the solitary Cambridge success of the afternoon by outplaying David Malcolm, but Tony Paish restored the three point cushion when his opponent resigned before the fall of his flag was spotted.  Jack MacNamara then did win on time in a wild position where an entertaining post mortem concluded that his position appeared to be won in any event.  Ian Hunnable drew an ending with bishop and knight against two bishops having earlier missed two winning opportunities, and in the last game to finish Bob Collins eventually cashed in his material advantage to produce an extremely convincing 7-2 scoreline in favour of Insurance.

JAP

Oxford | Wanstead | Combined Servs. | Cambridge | Civil Service | Hastings | Top

Civil Service
Played 29th March 2003 at 11 Belgrave Road.

Insurance

v

Civil Service CA

J.T. Farrand 184 (W)

-

M.G. Walker 200

D.I.W. Reynolds 166

-

I. Lewyk 168

D. Malcolm 163

-

R. Archer 159

D.I. Calvert 165

1-0

G.M. Smith 149

A.G.C. Paish 156

-

M.J. Rose 145

M.C. Page 150

-

I.M. Thackray 145

J.H. Aldred 159

0-1

M. Coles 129

B.W. Atkinson 150

0-1

D.G. Mills -

G.W. Naldrett 130

-

A.D. Dalby 109

W. Diffey -

-

B Skinner 132

R.P. Hamilton 119

0-1

E.M. Hazell 112

A.C. Bullock 113

1-0

M.B. Smith 111

D.J. Downing 62

1-0

M. Roberts -

 

6-6

 

Report by Geoff Naldrett:

This season the match was played at 11 Belgrave Road on a Saturday afternoon.

It had been hoped to play this fixture over up to 16 boards, although we were short of a number of our stronger players.  In the end several Civil Service players had to drop out at short notice, and the match was played over 13 boards.

I won the toss and chose white on odds.

As invariably happens, when I play in one of these matches my game is one of the last to finish and my opponent plays quickly, so I have little time to look at the other games.

Ian Calvert ended up with K+Q v K+ a4 and b4 pawns.  It looked difficult to win, with the pawns advancing, but Ian managed to hem in the king and force resignation.

Julian Farrand had a solid draw on board 1, with either player having to go badly astray to lose.  

Many of the other games were hard-fought draws, but David Downing and Alf Bullock had good wins.  James Aldred seemed under pressure from early on, and lost in due course.  

I was the exchange and a pawn up, but needlessly allowed a rook to be trapped, had to give back the exchange and could only draw a game I should have won easily.  My extra pawn was of no use to me in the ending.  This was a costly loss of a half point, as it was the difference between us winning and drawing the match!  

With three games left we were two points up, but Ray Hamilton had to give up his queen to avoid mate, and was clearly lost.  He soldiered on to the bitter end, though!

William Diffey's game had always looked drawn, and eventually was, which left Brian Atkinson's game against the Civil Service captain, David Mills.  According to David's report of the match Brian had left himself with a bad bishop and David was able to march his king up the board and force resignation, when Brian was unable to avoid mate.

So, a better captain's innings from David Mills than from me, with David managing to square the match 6-6!

As the match finished early we had time to see the second half of England's European Championship game in the local pub!

GWN

Oxford | Wanstead | Combined Servs. | Cambridge | Civil Service | Hastings | Top

Hastings
Played 5th April, 2003 at 2 Cornwallis Terrace, Hastings

Hastings

v

Insurance

R. Almond 174 (W)

1-0

D. Malcolm 163 (B)

A. Barton 171

1-0

D.R. Sedgwick 166

A. Hassan -

-

I.D. Hunnable 156

N. Harvey 162

0-1

M.C. Page 150

C. Hann 160

0-1

M.J. Reddie 150

S. Blewitt 153

1-0

J.H. Aldred 159

C. Power 130

0-1

B.W. Atkinson 150

E.A. Houghton 124

0-1

P.R. Barclay 147

O.A. Namouk 118

-

G.W. Naldrett 130

J. Sharp -

0-1

A.C. Bullock 113

S. Oakman -

0-1

D.S.J. Shipp 109

S. Taylor -

0-1

R.F. Collins 107

 

4-8

 

Report by Geoff Naldrett.

This match was arranged for 13 boards, the same as last season, but John Philpott unfortunately got stuck in a traffic jam in London, so could not make it, and the match was played over 12 boards.

It is difficult to report on a match that is played on two floors of a private house, particularly when you are one of the players.  I was upstairs, so had little idea of what was happening on the boards downstairs, except for fleeting impressions gained from occasional forays down the stairs.

I managed to draw my game against Omar Namouk, an old friend who had beaten me in the Centenary Match in 2002.  Upstairs Paul Barclay, a late recruit for the match, had a nice win and our bottom three boards (Alf Bullock, David Shipp and Bob Collins) beat much less experienced opponents.  Brian Atkinson thought he was lucky to win against Con Power.

Downstairs, however, we were not quite as successful.  David Malcolm and David Sedgwick on the top two boards lost, as did James Aldred.  Martin Page and Mick Reddie both won and Ian Hunnable drew.

So, an 8-4 win was sweet revenge after our 3-10 thrashing in the Centenary Match a year earlier!

GWN