Oxford 1 – Weekend 5

Team Won Drawn Lost Points
BRISTOL 1 7 2 2 16
WOOD GREEN 3 7 1 3 15
SOUTH WALES DRAGONS 1 6 3 2 15
WARWICKSHIRE SELECT 1 7 1 3 15
WHITE ROSE 6 2 3 14
CAMBRIDGE UNIV. 1 6 1 4 13
OXFORD 1 6 0 5 12
WESSEX 1 4 1 6 9
GUILDFORD-ADC 3 4 0 7 8
RICHMOND A 3 1 7 7
PERCEPTRON YOUTH 2 0 9 4
N.W. EAGLES 2 2 0 9 4


Kobese - Rose
22…Bxc3 23.bxc3 Qg5+

The Oxford team concluded its adventures in its first year in Division 2, a disappointing loss on the Sunday providing the sandwich paste for two convincing victories on the other days of the first bank holiday in May.

In smashing White Rose (6-2) on Saturday, other results now meant that promotion was not a possibility, thus leaving the team to reflect on the narrow loss against Wessex in Round 5, reported elsewhere. Late night festivities leaving only Sean feeling the worse for wear (and a lot older than he had previously suspected, following a straw poll on the streets of Birmingham ) a sub-fusc performance on Sunday saw a narrow loss against soon-to-be-relegated Richmond, but normal service was emphatically resumed on Monday when a 5-3 victory dashed Warwickshire's promotion chances. (It now appears teams can field 3 sides in Division 1, so Wood Green 3 are promoted.) Game of the weekend was undoubtedly Matt's fine performance against IM Kobese, who includes Peter Leko amongst his scalps - from the diagram, 24. Kh1 loses to Nxe4!

Rating Opp P W D L %
Smallbone, Kieran 2194 2195 11 6 4 1 72.73%
Milovanovic, Aleksander 2220 2243 9 5 2 2 66.67%
Dickinson, Timothy R 2176 2172 7 2 4 1 57.14%
Savage, Ben D 2310 2316 11 4 4 3 54.55%
Ozeren, Kemal 2286 2307 11 4 3 4 50.00%
Shaw, David A 2200 2221 9 4 1 4 50.00%
Webster, Ian 2119 2059 11 3 3 5 40.91%
Also rans:
Messam-Sparkes, Lateefah 1785 1932 4 0 2 2 25.00%
Levicki, Jeffrey 1880 1793 3 1 0 2 33.33%
Duggan, Chris 2104 2076 2 2 0 0 100.00%
Rose, Matt 2219 2364 2 1 0 1 50.00%
Tsai, Cindy 2158 2221 2 1 0 1 50.00%
Hackett, David G 2167 2134 2 0 0 2 0.00%
Coleman, James 2184 2184 1 1 0 0 100.00%
Mangion, Nicola 1750 1997 1 1 0 0 100.00%
Chapman, Graham W 2100 2203 1 0 0 1 0.00%

Kobese,Watu (2390) - Rose,Matthew (2219) [B82]
4NCL Birmingham ENG (9.2), 29.04.2006

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.Bc4 Qb6 7.Nb3 e6 8.Be3 Qc7 9.f4 a6 10.Bd3 b5 11.Qf3 Bb7 12.0-0 Be7 13.Rae1 Nb4 14.a3 Nxd3 15.cxd3 0-0 16.Qh3 Rae8 17.g4 Nd7 18.f5 Qd8 19.Nd4 Nc5 20.Bf2 Bf6 21.Nc2 exf5 22.gxf5 Bxc3 23.bxc3 Qg5+ 24.Qg3 Qxg3+ 25.Bxg3 Nxd3 26.Rd1 Ne5 27.Rxd6 Nc4 28.Re1 Nxd6 29.Bxd6 Rxe4 30.Bxf8 Rxe1+ 31.Nxe1 Kxf8 32.Kf2 Be4 33.Ke3 Bxf5 34.Kd4 Ke7 35.Kc5 Be4 36.Kb6 Kd6 37.Kxa6 Kc5 38.Ka5 Kc4 39.Kb6 f5 0-1

Saturday: (av 2167) WIN 6-2 against White Rose (2273)

Settling in to one's spartan accommodation is the first task for the 4NCL groupie, and the long process of working out what is, and what isn't working in the chess hotel can take up to 2 hours. Here I timed my arrival to allow time to wonder if Kieran was going to sacrifice a bishop (he did), and a brief examination of the top four boards showed the good guys to be doing pretty well against opponents rated an average 100 points higher. Very strange. A quick stroll for a cup of coffee was called for. On returning, it became clear that all four boards were winning, and the only question was who would be first to register the fact. (Kemal, as it happens, followed quickly by Kieran, Matt and Ben Savage.) In Potts-Smallbone, Kieran had been repeating moves at this point (Rd1-d2) before a concentrated think produced 29 …Qd6! which wins a piece or allows the mate which White, in time trouble anyway, allowed.


Potts (2274) - Smallbone (2194)
29…Qd6 30.Bxe8 Rxe1+ 31.Kg2 Rg1# 0-1

Alex Milovanovic and Dave Shaw provided the other two wins, with Ian Webster, who lost the thread in the chaos of a double rook and double bishop ending, and Lateefah Messam-Sparkes, conceding 350 points but getting a position to play, the only ones failing to register a point.

Sunday: (av 2160) LOSS 3-5 against Richmond A (2264)

With Richmond needing a win to keep alive any hope of avoiding the drop, a tense and less immediately exciting match. Draws on the top three boards were the result of tough chess where the opposition seem to have relied on their lesser-graded opponents to provide them with a strategy. (Alternatively, they'd been out on the town also.) With Dave Shaw losing with White against the Sveshnikov, and Kieran drawing, we needed +2 from the bottom three boards, which seemed possible after Lateefah drew (conceding 275 points), but Ian and Dave Hackett were comfortably ahead. All in a flurry though, Ian downwardly converted his advantage to a pawn up in an opposite bishop ending, while Dave, who arrived 50 minutes late after (we surmise) a good Saturday evening spent celebrating Chelsea 's 3-0 win over Man U, self-combusted as illustrated in the diagram. (In fairness though, it's not that easy to see what to do here: capturing on b4 allows a rook to invade. Fritz suggests the not-obvious-in-time-trouble Rh2.)


Hackett (2167) - Simmons (2060)
36.Bxe6 bxa3 37.Bxb3 axb2 38.e6 Rxc3 39.e7 Bxf3+ 40.Kf2 Bxh1 0-1

Monday: (av 2161) WIN 5-3 against Warwickshire Select (2202)

With all eyes on the glittering array of Super-GMs in the Wood Green - Guildford Div 1 decider, it was disappointing to find the room set aside for remote viewing empty, as the equipment didn't work, and with the match taking place in a room too small to house more than 15 spectators, a frustrating afternoon resulted for the chess groupie. Fortunately Oxford were back into the groove and some interesting chess resulted. Alex, Kieran and Kemal all recorded wins to reach 2 ½ / 3 for the weekend, with Kemal showing style ( diagram) with 17... h5! with the point 18. Qxh5? Qc6! winning a piece) and immense cool in the double rook ending which ensued.


Mason (2277) - Ozeren (2286)
17…h5 18.Qh4 Ne2+ 19.Kh1 Nxf4

The lower boards provided the interest, with Ian losing against Nick Thomas (2252) who'd dropped down a few boards in search of an IM norm for the event, and the Battle of the Bling on board 8, with Lateefah in the diagramposition having recovered from being outplayed in the opening, now misjudging the 'grovel' position (29. Qxd3 is necessary) and allowing Black's queen to run riot in the empty spaces surrounding the White king.


Messam-Sparkes (1785) - Chevannes (2080)
29.Bxb4 Qxf3 30.Bxe7 Rxe7 31.Kh2 Ne3 32.Ng1 Ng4+ 0-1

Seani