Weekend 5

[games, pgn]

Tim writes:

All, the 2014-2015 4NCL season has ended with these results:

  • Oxford 1 defeated Barbican 1 5½ -2½ and lost to Guildford 2 ½ -7½ followed by Blackthorne Russia 3-5;
  • Oxford 2 defeated West Is Best 1 3½-2½ but then lost to Surbiton 1 1½-4½ and Ashfield-Breadsall 2-4;
  • Oxford 3 defeated Anglian Avengers 3 4-2, lost to Milton Keynes 2 2½-3½ and beat Sussex Martlets 2 3½-2½.

In summary, an excellent weekend for the thirds but disaster for the seconds who fail to reach the new Division 3 reserved for the top 16 teams in this season's division 3. Hello, Division Four. Skip sees a mild silver lining in that Ox2 may win that division and nobble some prize money in doing so. Easier said than done, of course.

European Club Cup

The firsts missed out on direct qualification for the European Club Cup to be held in in Macedonia in October, and must now wait to see if higher-placed teams decline their places. I only know at this stage that Guildford 1 & 2 will not go, so Cheddleton, White Rose & Blackthorne Russia are the qualifying teams as I write.

33%-IM Tom Eckersley-Waites

Tom completed his first IM norm this weekend with a "well-crafted"* draw against Harriet Hunt today. Congratulations are in order to him, he's had a great season scoring 5½ from nine games at a TPR of 2452.

* For "well-crafted", you may prefer to read "rigged"**.

Selected Highlights

  1. Ox1's Saturday victory over Barbican 1's titled team, a brilliant effort by all eight players involved;
  2. Aidan scoring 2/2 with White [why do you want to play Black, Aidan?!];
  3. Ryan's Black stomping of Chris Majer on Sunday in Ox3;
  4. We've waited 14 months for a win on Ox1 board 8, like buses, two come along at once. Well done to Francesca & Zoe, especially following their board 7 draws in rounds 7 & 8.

I was particularly pleased and impressed with Zoe's win v a 2237 today. The critical time-scramble phase [moves 32-40] was enthralling to watch live at the board with a crowd of people, during which Zoe risked 34. ... g5 to keep the initiative going and found 38. ... Bxg3+ winning the queen after which she only had to keep a cool head to win.

Some thanks are in order - firstly and most importantly to our drivers Robin, Phil N, Phil H, David Z, Matt R, Rob, Andrew, Graham, Marcus Idle, Ben, Jon who willingly ferried players to & from venues this season. Second, to Aidan who efficiently booked rooms on our behalf in advance at the hotels. Finally, to all 43 players who participated for us this season - especially Marcus, David Z and Phil N who were ever-present, making skip's job easier.

Tom writes:

**I prefer "mutually convenient."

And on behalf of everyone, a huge thank you to Tim for organising this season and making everything so easy for those of us who just turn up and play. Much appreciated as always.

Oxford 1

Saturday

Oxford 1 2271 Barbican 4NCL 1 2331
w Zakarian, David f 2386 1 - 0 d'Costa, Lorin i 2426
b Tan, Justin f 2407 1 - 0 Turner, Matthew g 2476
w Martins, David Pires Tavares f 2293 ½ - ½ Ferguson, Mark i 2418
b Altschuler, Jason 2253 0 - 1 Cox, John i 2354
w Harvey, Marcus R f 2317 ½ - ½ Sanders, Isaac f 2311
b Rose, Matthew 2291 ½ - ½ Knott, Simon i 2309
w Eckersley-Waites, Tom 2299 1 - 0 Rogers, Jonathan f 2284
b Matta, Francesca 1922 1 - 0 Lauterbach, Ingrid wi 2075
5½ - 2½

Sunday

Guildford 2 2439 Oxford 1 2255
w Pert, Nick g 2557 1 - 0 Zakarian, David f 2386
b Smerdon, Dave g 2521 1 - 0 Tan, Justin f 2407
w Zhou, Yang-Fan i 2477 1 - 0 Martins, David Pires Tavares f 2293
b Suarez Real, Alberto i 2462 ½ - ½ Harvey, Marcus R f 2317
w Sarakauskas, Gediminas i 2447 1 - 0 Eckersley-Waites, Tom 2299
b Milliet, Sophie i 2377 1 - 0 Altschuler, Jason 2253
w Wadsworth, Matthew 2335 1 - 0 Manley, Jonathan 2178
b Ciuksyte, Dagne i 2342 1 - 0 Foster, Chantelle L 1907
7½ - ½

Monday

Oxford 1 2228 Blackthorne Russia 2363
w Zakarian, David f 2386 0 - 1 Gormally, Daniel W g 2467
b Tan, Justin f 2407 ½ - ½ Hunt, Adam C i 2430
w Eckersley-Waites, Tom 2299 ½ - ½ Hunt, Harriet V i 2438
b Harvey, Marcus R f 2317 ½ - ½ Ansell, Simon T i 2368
w Savage, Ben DM f 2271 ½ - ½ Bates, Richard A i 2346
b Smallbone, Kieran D 2201 0 - 1 Ledger, Andrew J i 2389
w Brackmann, Hendrik 2043 0 - 1 Ledger, Dave J f 2230
b Varney, Zoe 1900 1 - 0 Nelson, Jonathan P 2237
3 - 5

Oxford 2

Saturday

Oxford 2 2077 West is Best 1 2004
w Rawlinson, Aidan 2182 1 - 0 Edgell, Ben 2139
b Smallbone, Kieran D 2201 ½ - ½ Littlejohns, David 1983
w Healey, Michael W 2098 ½ - ½ Bullen, Alex 2004
b Nandi, Robin 1986 0 - 1 Gregory, Andrew M 1988
w Brackmann, Hendrik 2043 ½ - ½ Carpenter, Dai 1935
b Colburn, Paul J 1954 1 - 0 Taylor, Will 1977
3½ - 2½

Sunday

Surbiton 1 2030 Oxford 2 2084
w Kalavannan, Koby 2095 1 - 0 Smallbone, Kieran D 2201
b Henderson, Ian R 2067 0 - 1 Rawlinson, Aidan 2182
w Crombleholme, Alan K 2094 ½ - ½ Brackmann, Hendrik 2043
b Shepherd, Paul D 2009 1 - 0 Healey, Michael W 2098
w Faulks, Nick W c 2037 1 - 0 Ludbrook, Matthew 1996
b Fenwick, Hugh F 1880 1 - 0 Nandi, Robin 1986
4½ - 1½

Monday

Oxford 2 1979 Ashfield-Breadsall 2005
w Healey, Michael W 2098 ½ - ½ Madden, Paul 2091
b Nandi, Robin 1986 0 - 1 Mercs, Peter 2077
w Matta, Francesca 1922 0 - 1 Walker, Andrew 2084
b Terry, Sean 1930 0 - 1 Burke, Steve 1935
w Ludbrook, Matthew 1996 1 - 0 Taylor, Bob 1922
b Pozimski, Szymon 1945 ½ - ½ Jarvis, Derek 1926
2 - 4

Oxford 3

Saturday

Oxford 3 1793 Anglian Avengers 3 1718
w Pozimski, Szymon 1945 ½ - ½ Hogan, Douglas 1922
b Terry, Sean 1930 0 - 1 Lamont, Richard 1893
w Neatherway, A Philip 1873 1 - 0 Ali, Niall 1720
b Cole, Graham L 1825 ½ - ½ Cocks, Elliot 1780
w Gossiaux, Ryan P 1735 1 - 0 Woodcock, Keith 1656
b Bentham, Sam 1450 1 - 0 Peck, Stephen 1337
4 - 2

Sunday

MK Phoenix 2 1937 Oxford 3 1837
w Lambourne, Dan 2013 ½ - ½ Pozimski, Szymon 1945
b Elwin, Adrian 1982 1 - 0 Colburn, Paul J 1954
w Valentine, Brian 1977 1 - 0 Neatherway, A Philip 1873
b Williamson, Kevin 1979 ½ - ½ Terry, Sean 1930
w Majer, Chris 1945 0 - 1 Gossiaux, Ryan P 1735
b Shaw, John 1726 ½ - ½ Riley, Adrian K 1587
3½ - 2½

Monday

Oxford 3 1809 Sussex Martlets 2 1667
w Neatherway, A Philip 1873 ½ - ½ Liu, David 1720
b Cole, James 1855 ½ - ½ Ahluwalia, Amardip 1713
w Idle, Oscar 1795 1 - 0 Forster, Matthew 1644
b Cole, Graham L 1825 1 - 0 Woods, Timothy J 1719
w Gossiaux, Ryan P 1735 0 - 1 Graham, Cassie M 1660
b Lim, Wei Xinq Sean 1775 ½ - ½ Dean, Michael J 1551
3½ - 2½

Games