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Inter County U-150 team 2008/9

Team Captain: Alan Thomason.

MCCU Inter-Counties Under-150 Championship

Staffordshire 13 - 3 Leicestershire
Match played 21 February 2009 at Newcastle Bridge Club.

Match report by Alan Thomason:
We put out a very strong side, although on grading Leicestershire were close, we did not lose on a single board – that is a tremendous result (10 wins, 6 draws).

Good play from everybody – after near misses at Manchester & Warwickshire, we were ready for a win – and what a win!  I was also pleased to maintain regular players in the side – with only two new ‘first time this season’ players – Martyn and Kevin , both of whom added to the team strength – and two points to the bottom line!

Newcastle UL Bridge Club has to be the best venue in Staffs – there were many favourable comments from both Leicestershire and Staffordshire players – thanks to Martyn for arriving early and getting things setup.

It is always difficult to make a final selection when you have a strong squad to pick from - so thanks to all who played on Saturday and to those who did not play on Saturday but play our previous matches (Nottingham/Manchester/Warwickshire).

Given the result, it is difficult to single out any individual board - I would just like to mention Mike Groombridge’s draw on board 11 which could so easily have been a win if the Leicestershire player (C.Tipper) had not found the knight promotion which just kept him in the game – who else missed that?  I did!

I don’t know whether or not we have done enough to qualify for the next round until all of the results are in – in any case, we have the makings of a very strong U150 squad for next season – and hopefully we will be able attract other Staffordshire players in the 130+ bracket who would like to join us and share our celebration of future victories.

Greater Manchester 9 - 7 Staffordshire
Match played 10 January 2009.

Match report by Alan Thomason:
The match was a close fought contest, and after 12 games we were down by 1 point, with 11 others having been drawn.  That was the measure of the match....too close to call, with both teams battling hard for every point, as they approached the final hours play.

Bill Armstrong achieved a well deserved draw on board 3 .......middle game saw both players attacking Kings on opposite wings...Rooks and Queens figuring prominently in the action.  Bill looked to be losing at one point, with his opponents' strong attack on the Q-side looking to be within a whisker of a mating attack...but a draw ensued after Bill engineered good counter-play with Q +R attack on the K-side in a see-saw battle.

Our only win on the day (12 draws, 1 win, 3 losses) was William Rea against David Newell - well done William.

Regards, Alan

Bd Grade G Manchester Score Score Staffordshire Grade
1 147 John Reed ½ ½ Philip Porter 145
2 137 David Knox ½ ½ David Daniels 144
3 135 Andrew Sainsbury ½ ½ Bill Armstrong 144
4 142 Ghassan El Gehani ½ ½ John Staniforth 142
5 142 Mark Roberts ½ ½ Steve Hill 137
6 142 Alan Beresford 1 0 Peter Leary 136
7 133 Mitchell Burke 1 0 Ben Zitha 135
8 135 James Murphy 1 0 Stephane Pedder 135
9 137 Graham Ball ½ ½ Mike Groombridge 131
10 136 Jon Lonsdale ½ ½ Derek Perks 130
11 131 Mick Connor ½ ½ Richard Parker 130
12 129 David Newell 0 1 William Rea 129
13 128 Jim Nicolson ½ ½ Alan Thomason 117
14 125 Thomas Clements ½ ½ Max Wootton 116
15 117 David Kierman ½ ½ Geoff Lee 113
16 113 Ray Sumner ½ ½ Ken Francis 110
TOTALS 9 7

Alan told me the game against G Manchester was painfully close.  With the U150 team having 2 wins and such a close result, the final match against Leicester could secure the team a place in the national stages.  This will be a home fixture, so if you're available and interested please get in touch with Alan.

Warwickshire 8½ - 7½ Staffordshire
Match played 22 November 2008 at Warley Quinborne Chess Club, Quinton, Birmingham.

Bd Grade Warwickshire Score Score Staffordshire Grade
1 149 Adam Draper 0 1 D Daniels 144
2 147 Mark Cundy 1 0 B Armstrong 144
3 147 Richard C Reynolds 1 0 J Staniforth 142
4 144 Tom Robinson ½ ½ D Gibson 138
5 143 Robert Reynolds ½ ½ S Hill 137
6 140 Darren Lee ½ ½ M May 137
7 139 Gary Hope ½ ½ P Leary 136
8 139 Mike Maher 0 1 B Zitha 135
9 139 Phil  Bull ½ ½ M Groombridge 131
10 137 Rob Wallman ½ ½ D Perks 130
11 137 Simon Smith 1 0 R Parker 130
12 136 John Fahy ½ ½ W Rea 129
13 134 Trevor Holt 1 0 S Harris 126
14 131 Alan Burnet 0 1 M Wootton 116
15 129 Jon Turner 1 0 G Lee 113
16 127 Chris Evans 0 1 K Francis 110
TOTALS

Nottinghamshire 7½ - 8½ Staffordshire
Match played 25 October 2008 in Nothinghamshire.

Bd Grade Nottinghamshire Score Score Staffordshire Grade
1 147 Kevin Harvey ½ ½ Philip Porter 145
2 144 Brian Hayward ½ ½ David Daniels 144
3 143 Will Place ½ ½ John Staniforth 142
4 142 Drag Sudar 0 1 Frank Wood 141
5 141 Graeme Jennings 0 1 Diarmid Gibson 138
6 138 Steve Hunter ½ ½ Steve Hill 137
7 137 John Collins 1 0 Martin May 137
8 135 Neil Graham ½ ½ Peter Leary 136
9 125 Keith Brameld 0 1 Ben Zitha 135
10 123 John Tassi ½ ½ Mike Groombridge 131
11 122 Norman Davies 1 0 Derek Perks 130
12 121 Marcel Taylor 1 0 William Rea 129
13 120 Phil Court ½ ½ Alan Thomason 117
14 120 Dave Flynn ½ ½ Max Wootton 116
15 116 Graham Gibson 0 1 Geoff Lee 113
16 109 Benny Lim ½ ½ Ken Francis 110
TOTALS

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