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Inter County Bulldogs Team (U120) 2009/10

Team Captain: David Buckley

ECF Inter-Counties Under-120 Championship

Bulldogs 4 - 8 Lancashire
Match played 22 May 2010, at Newcastle Bridge Club

Being the last game to finish, I didn't see much of the other games.  Simon Jones enjoyed a good game which finished with a draw.  From what I could see, many of the other games were also very good - depite the results.

Well done to all the players who have been part of the team this season, and good chess to Steve Fanning and the Lancs team in the semi-finals.
Andrew Davies

Grade Staffordshire Lancashire Grade
1 119 Peter Evans ½ ½ Matthew Fanning 117
2 118 Paul Jackson ½ ½ John Moxham e118
3 117 Matthew Greenwood 0 1 Lothian Innes 114
4 115 Robert Brodie ½ ½ Brian Parkin 114
5 114 David Buckley 0 1 Ernest Gradwell 113
6 113 John Fenby ½ ½ Ian Mitchell 111
7 107 Paul Guest 0 1 Jim Moran 106
8 107 Syd Allen ½ ½ David Thorp 101
9 104 Chris Bateson 0 1 Colin Greenwood 88
10 95 Peter Greenwood 0 1 John Reid 96
11 94 Simon Jones ½ ½ Charles Williamson 94
12 87 Andrew Davies 1 0 Frank Tanner 86
TOTAL 4 8

MCCU Inter-Counties Under-120 Championship

Nottinghamshire 7 - 5 Bulldogs
Match played 13 March 2010, at Sherewood Community Centre, Nottingham

Bd Grade Nottinghamshire Score Score Bulldogs Grade
1 119 Tracey Clegg 0 1 Peter Evans 119
2 117 Malcolm Hargreaves ½ ½ Paul Jackson 118
3 117 Harry Callingham 1 0 David Molineux 117
4 116 Ric Dawson ½ ½ Matthew Greenwood 117
5 116 Mick Frings 1 0 Robert Brodie 115
6 115 Ben Hobson 0 1 Ken May 114
7 115 Len Morrell 1 0 Tony Colabella 114
8 113 Sandeep Dhir ½ ½ David Buckley 114
9 108 Harry Croasdale 1 0 Paul Guest 107
10 99 James Kenyon 1 0 Chris Bateson 104
11 99 Ken Heath 0 1 Peter Greenwood 95
12 95 Dorothy Blampied ½ ½ Simon Jones 94
TOTALS 7 5

Bulldogs 8½ - 3½ Worcestershire
Match played 27 February 2010 at Bushbury, Wolverhampton

The Worcestershire team arrived for today's match three players short.  With that advantage to start with, wins for both John Fenby and Tony Colabella, and a draw for Peter Evans brought the Bulldogs to within a point of victory.  Less than a week ago, one of our players - Steve Micklewright beat Charlotte Wilcox-Banks (grade 157) in a tough league game.  Today, he came back to reality with a bump.  Along with victory against Steve, Worcestershire secured two more wins.  The Bulldogs were still after that elusive point.

On board 9, Paul Guest was already a rook ahead.  He exchanged one rook for a knight and rook, and then used his bishop and rook to mop up his opponents 3 connected past pawns.  Paul's win secured victory for the team.  Ken May gave them another win, leaving just Paul Jackson's interesting endgame against Maureen Clark to finish.

The match finished with an 8½ - 3½ win for the Bulldogs.  That leaves the Bulldogs still top in the MCCU section, with just the match in Nottingham to finish the regular season.

Well done to David Buckley and all the players.
Good Chess!

Bd Grade Bulldogs Score Score Worcestershire Grade
1 119 Peter Evans ½ ½ James Friar 116
2 118 Paul Jackson 1 0 Maureen Clark 119
3 117 Dave Molineux 0 1 Terrance Pountney 115
4 116 Steve Micklewright     0 1 Kevin Day 106
5 115 Robert Brodie 0 1 Richard Turner 115
6 114 Ken May 1 0 Joseph Friar 100
7 114 Tony Colabella 1 0 Tony Taylor 102
8 113 John Fenby 1 0 Pete Seeley Ung
9 108 Paul Guest 1 0 John Holmberg 86
10

104

Chris Bateson 1 Def Default
11

104

Paul O'Donoghue 1 Def Default
12

87

Andrew Davies 1 Def Default
TOTALS

Bulldogs 6½ - 5½ Warwickshire
Match played 23 January 2010 at Bushbury, Wolverhampton

Bd Grade Bulldogs Score Score Warwickshire Grade
1 119 P.Evans ½ ½ Joe Rourke 118
2 118 P.Jackson 0 1 Richard Leaper 116
3 118 P.Crozet ½ ½ Arron Dhesi 114
4 116 S.Micklewright     0 1 John Pakenham     113
5 115 R.Brodie 0 1 Peter J Hughes 111
6 114 David Buckley 0 1 Bill Dixon 109
7 113 J.Fenby 1 0 Pauline Woodward 105
8 109 K.Moore ½ ½ Geoff Harman 101
9 108 P.Guest 1 0 Sam Doran 97
10 107 J.Whitehead 1 0 Paul Munro 96
11 104 K.Bateson 1 0 Bram Garner 93
12 94 S.Jones 1 0 Barry French 88
TOTALS

Terriers 5½ - 6½ Bulldogs
Match played 14 November 2009 at Newcastle Bridge Club, Newcastle, Staffs

A tie between these teams meant that many of the players taking part have become very familiar to each other.  New to the Bulldogs team for their visit to the home of the Terriers was Phil Nicholls from Mercia, making his inter-county debut.  One or two other late changes to the team meant it included Guy de Visme - who should be very familiar to anyone involved with corresponence chess.

My game finished after just an hour.  As the games finished, there was never more than just a point difference between the teams.  With just 2 games still playing, the scores were level at 5 - 5.

With just one game to go, and the familiar huddle of players crowding around, the Bulldogs had a 6 - 5 lead.  The Bulldogs player had a bishop and 4 pawns, against knight and pawn.  The Bulldogs player moved his undefended bishop from d7 and then went to the bathroom.  He came back to find he'd lost the piece anyway - his move had left it en-prize to the "h" pawn.  Just 3 moves later, the players agreed a draw, winning the match for the Bulldogs.  To save any embarrassment, I've avoided indicating who those players were.

Everyone seemed to have a good time.  Well done to all the players on both teams.

Thanks go to Paul Clapham and all the Terriers team for making everyone welcome, and special thanks to Martyn Harris for setting everything up to start with.  Thank you!

Bd Grade Terriers Score Score Bulldogs Grade
1 112 Karol Gryzbowski 1 0 Peter Evans 119
2 111 Karl Walkate 0 1 Paul Jackson 118
3 ug Danny Torbica ½ ½ Steve Micklewright 116
4 108 Richard P Cantliffe ½ ½ A Colabella 114
5 107 Peter Shaw 1 0 D Buckley 114
6 106 Stephen J Emmerton ½ ½ G Hoffman De Visme 112
7 103 Richard Mansell 0 1 Paul Guest 107
8 98 Carl K Mustafa ½ ½ Chris Bateson 104
9 96 David S Johnson 0 1 Simon Jones 94
10 94 Derrick W Jones ½ ½ Andrew Davies 87
11 89 Steven P Nixon 0 1 Jeff Cox 83
12 ug Nick Crutchley 1 0 Philip Nicholls 54
TOTALS

Bulldogs v Leicestershire
Match due to be played 10 October 2009 at Bushbury, Wolverhampton.

Default win for Staffordshire

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