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Inter County U-140 team 2009–10

Team Captain: John Day.

ECF National Championship — Quarter finals

Suffolk 8½ – 7½ Staffordshire
Match played 16 May 2010 near Corby, Northants.

Grade Suffolk Staffordshire Grade
1 139 R.Jones 1 0 M.Wyza 142
2 138 J.Tulik ½ ½ R.Edmunds 141
3 138 E.Kirkham 1 0 J.Button 140
4 131 M.Bettley ½ ½ J.Day 139
5 132 A.Paez 1 0 R.Taylor 139
6 122 J.Lambert 1 0 S.Onions 135
7 122 K.Woodcock 1 0 F.Westlake 132
8 124 D.Picton ½ ½ T.Healey 136
9 117 C.Szentmihaly 0 1 R.Dolan 132
10 116 M.Steele 0 1 A.Meakin 131
11 121 J.Fitzsimons 0 1 B.Birchall 130
12 119 D.Wild ½ ½ A.Dobson 130
13 113 M.Weidman 0 1 J.Montague 129
14 110 L.Garcia ½ ½ D.Nesbitt 125
15 113 M.Coughtrey 0 1 K.Walklate 124
16 113 G.Ellis 1 0 P.Shaw 112
TOTAL

Well done to John Day and the team.

ECF National Championship — Preliminary round

Staffordshire 9 – 7 Yorkshire A
Match played 17 April 2010 at The Bridge Club, Newcastle-under-Lyme.

John Day welcomed Stephen Burton and the Yorkshire team to the Bridge Club in Newcastle for their preliminary round tie.

The matches started at 1 pm.  The first result was on board 3: A win for John Button.  After that, the results came in steadily, and before we knew it we had scored 8½ points.  Tony Meakin’s draw took us to 9.  An excellent result.  Well done to John Day and the whole team.

Bd Grade Staffordshire Score Score Yorkshire A Grade
1 137 Matthew Wyza 0 1 Dave Parton 139
2 125 Conrad Green ½ ½ Norman G Andrews 136
3 135 John Button 1 0 Darren Bedford e131
4 134 John Day 0 1 Brian Foster 130
5 129 Michael Page 0 1 Stuart M Johnson 130
6 131 Tom Healey 1 0 Graham J Marshal 130
7 127 Ray Dolan 0 1 Ian D Strickland 130
8 126 Tony Meakin ½ ½ Dave W Dixon e129
9 125 Brian Birchall 0 1 Mike J Dow 129
10 125 Alan Dobson 0 1 David Summerland 127
11 124 John Montague 1 0 Stephen Spencer 124
12 124 Clive Ferry 1 0 Stephen A Jennings 120
13 120 Dennis Nesbitt 1 0 John K Holliday 119
14 111 Karl Walkate 1 0 Dominic Gallagher 119
15 109 Elliot Green 1 0 Robert Pells 117
16 107 Peter Shaw 1 0 Stephen Burton 116
TOTALS 9 7

MCCU Inter-Counties Under-140 Championship

Staffordshire 10½ – 5½ Shropshire
Match played 6 March 2010 in Bushbury, Wolverhampton.

Bd Grade Staffordshire Score Score Shropshire Grade
1 137 Matthew Wyza 1 0 Stefan Tennant 136
2 136 Roger Edwards ½ ½ Windsor Peck 134
3 135 John Button 0 1 Ian Davies 131
4 134 John Day 0 1 Peter Mellor 125
5 125 Conrad Green ½ ½ Ivor Salter 120
6 129 Michael Page 1 0 Francis Rooney 110
7 131 Tom Healey ½ ½ Vincent Crean 109
8 127 Ray Dolan 1 0 Maisy Pugh 100
9 126 Tony Meakin 0 1 Huw Davenport 99
10 125 Alan Dobson 1 0 Matthew Best 95
11 124 Clive Ferry 1 0 Richard Szwajkun 94
12 124 John Montague 1 0 Jonathan Newey 91
13 120 Dennis Nesbitt 1 0 Steve Szwajkun 81
14   Default Def 1 Shane Sweeney

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15 109 Elliot Green 1 0 Richard Heath 50
16 107 Peter Shaw 1 0 Alex Dillon 50
TOTALS 10½

Staffordshire 6 - 10 Nottinghamshire
Match played 6 February 2010 in Bushbury, Wolverhampton.

Bd Grade Staffordshire Score Score Nottinghamshire Grade
1 137 Matthew Wyza 1 0 James Thomson 139
2 136 Roger Edwards 0 1 Robert Willoughby 138
3 135 John Button ½ ½ Chris Lewis 136
4 125 Conrad Green ½ ½ Barry Redburn 136
5 131 Tom Healey 0 1 Neil Graham 135
6 130 Sam Onions 1 0 Graham Neil 135e
7 129 Michael Page 0 1 Michael Zhang 134
8 127 Ray Dolan 1 0 Mike Nailard 133
9 125 Brian Birchall 0 1 Andrew Garside 133
10 125 Alan Dobson 0 1 Alan Kenyon 132
11 124 John Montague 0 1 Alan Robinson 131
12 124 Clive Ferry 1 0 Alan Brown 131
13 120 Denis Nesbitt 0 1 Ashton Alfred 130
14 111 Karl Warklate 0 1 Ross Mackay 127
15 109 Eliott Green ½ ½ Robert Parker 124
16 107 Peter Shaw ½ ½ Derek Cronshaw 123
TOTALS 6 10

Worcestershire 8 - 8 Staffordshire
Match played 12 December 2009 in Astwood Bank, Worcestershire.

Bd Grade Worcestershire Score Score Staffordshire Grade
1 139 David Scriven 0 1 Mathew Wyza 137
2 139 John F Varilone ½ ½ Roger Edwards 136
3 138 Ashley Davis 1 0 John E Button 135
4 137 Don Curry 1 0 John Day 134
5 136 Ian Truscott ½ ½ Tom Healey 131
6 129 Jeffery Heath ½ ½ Sam Onions 130
7 129 WW Watson ½ ½ Ray Dolan 127
8 129 Tim Yates ½ ½ Anthony R Meakin 126
9 126 Krzysztof Krowicki ½ ½ Alan Dobson 125
10 125 Rob Bricknell ½ ½ Clive Ferry 124
11 125 Giles Stanton 0 1 John Montague 124
12 124 Michele J Clack 0 1 Karol Grzybowski 112
13 124 T Francis O'Gorman    0 1 Karl Walklate 111
14 122 Ian Clack 1 0 Peter Shaw 107
15 121 Peter S Banks ½ ½ Paul Clapham 107
16 116 James P Friar 1 0 Richard Mansell 103
TOTALS 8 8

Staffordshire 10½ - 5½ Derbyshire
Match played 14 November 2009 in Bushbury, Wolverhampton.

Match report by Matthew Carr
2pm was the start time and when it came all players were present and correct and the battles began.  Matthew Wyza faced the Roy Lopez; Sam Onions had the centre counter used on him; Conrad Green faced battled against the Vienna; John Day fought the sicilian defence and I got a four knights defence.  Our fastest game today was from Alan Dobson, closely followed by John Day.  Both games were draws.  Well done to both of you.  Conrad Green finished his game with a win, which put us in the lead.  Congratulations Conrad on a job well done.  Sam Onions and Brian Burchall were the next to finish with wins for Staffordshire well done.

My game ended in a draw and with an unfortunate loss from David Hadley we were 4½ –2½ ahead.  Four more points would secure a win, who would deliver them?  Tony Meakin helped start that answer.  Tony, along with John Montague, Paul Walters and Matthew Wyza acquired draws — well done everyone.  John Button worked his magic for us again and secured a win on board two.  Now we only needed one more point to win.

My attention was drawn to board 15.  There was a queen race going on between Elliot Green&rsquots pawn on the ‘a’ file and Norman Parkin’s pawn on the ‘h’.  Elliot calculated he would have a queen two moves ahead of his opponent.  When Elliot’s queen materialised on the board we had our point.  Staffordshire stood on 8½ – 4½ we’d won.

Dennis Nesbitt added to our score with a win of his own, well done Dennis.  After that, the only games still playing were Mike Page and Ray Dolan.  Mike locked the position up and the game was called a draw.  Ray Dolan had been facing extreme threats of queening for well over an hour: In the end he stopped the threat and before any more problems came, a draw was agreed.  Well done Ray.

Our final score was 10½ – 5½.  It was a very exciting afternoon all round.

I would like to thank John Day for organising the venue and for doing the catering for us.

Good luck to the U140 team in there next battle in December.
Matthew Carr.

Bd Grade Staffordshire Score Score Derbyshire Grade
1 137 Matthew Wyza ½ ½ David Pickering 139
2 135 John Button 1 0 Luke Alldread 138
3 135 Matthew Carr ½ ½ John Kelsall 133
4 134 John Day ½ ½ William Hoggarth 133
5 130 Sam Onions 1 0 Vaughn Smith 132
6 129 Michael Page ½ ½ Roger Walker 130
7 127 Ray Dolan ½ ½ David Dunne 128
8 126 Tony Meakin ½ ½ Ronald Harisson 128
9 125 Conrad Green 1 0 Richard Hickling 127
10 125 Brian Burchall 1 0 Jonathan Swift 125
11 125 Alan Dobson ½ ½ Douglas Bramley 124
12 124 John Montague ½ ½ Herbert Loomes 123
13 121 Paul Walters ½ ½ Howard Bradbury 118
14 120 Dennis Nesbitt 1 0 Graham Pace 118
15 109 Elliot Green 1 0 Norman Parkin 117
16 ug David Hadley 0 1 Nigel Marshall 113
TOTALS 10½

Warwickshire 4 – 12 Staffordshire
Match played 31 October 2009.

Match report by Matthew Carr.

The battle started at 1.30 and all the players from both teams had arrived — except my opponent.  The openings went well for all of us, John Button opened with the Reti, Matthew Wyza with the anti-sicilian, John Monague had the Vienna Gambit thrown at him, Dennis Nesbitt fired off with the Roy Lopez and Ray Dolan started with the english.  10 minutes later, my opponent turned up.

After about twenty minutes of battle and six moves played John Button’s opponent resigned.  An hour passed like lightning and the tensions were starting to show on all of us.  Warwickshire broke first with a win for Staffordshire on board 14, well done to Elliot, his first time for the U140’s this season, well done to him.  Two hours into battle I went to look over at the score sheet at found myself mouth wide open - We were winning 5 – 0.  A little later more results started to trickle in and we were standing on 8 – 2 and a draw from one of our players meant we were on 8½ and couldnt lose.

Finally, the score stood 11 – 4 with just Conrad Green to finish.  Conrad was a Bishop down but he had six pawns to his opponents three.  Three of Conrad’s pawns were passed, connected and one was standing on c7.  A few moves later it was all over.  Conrad pushed his rook down to d8 and his opponent resigned.  Well done Conrad.  In total we finished 12 – 4 and a good win for Staffordshire.

Well done to all who played today, and well done to John Day for great captaining.  I look forward to reporting on our next match.

Until next time,
Matthew Carr

Bd Grade Warwickshire Score Score Staffordshire Grade
1 136 Mike Biddle 0 1 Matthew Wyza 137
2 135 Shakeel Choudhury 0 1 Roger Edwards 136
3 137 Michael Harrington 0 1 John Button 135
4 131 Chris Pitt ½ ½ Matthew Carr 135
5 131 Mike Walker 0 1 John Day 134
6 132 Frank Jimenez 1 0 Tom Healey 131
7 129 Kim Gilbert 0 1 Sam Onions 130
8 129 Malcolm Phipps 0 1 Mike Page 129
9 133 Medhi Al-Samir 0 1 Ray Dolan 127
10 128 Adrian Hussain ½ ½ Alan Dobson 125
11 128 John Llewelyn 0 1 Conrad Green 125
12 125 John Green 1 0 John Montague 124
13 120 Peter Hodkinson 1 0 Dennis Nesbitt 120
14 117 Richard Leaper 0 1 Karol Grzybowski 112
15 114 John Pakenham 0 1 Elliot Green 109
16 111 Peter Hughes 0 1 Peter Shaw 107
TOTALS 4 12

Lincolnshire 7 – 9 Staffordshire
Match played 3 October 2009.

Bd Grade Lincolnshire Score Score Staffordshire Grade
1 138 Jan Van Gemeran 1 0 Matthew Wyza 137
2 134 Peter Sherlock ½ ½ Roger Edwards 136
3 133 James Smith 0 1 Matthew Carr 134
4 130 Dave Bell ½ ½ John Day 134
5 130e Michael Dew 1 0 Tom Healey 131
6 129 Keith Noons 0 1 Sam Onions 130
7 129 Mike Robinson ½ ½ Ray Dolan 127
8 128 Christopher Cumbers ½ ½ Alan Dobson 125
9 124 Charles Moss 0 1 John Montague 124
10 122 Mark Bradshaw 0 1 Dennis Nesbitt 120
11 122 Paul Fischer 1 0 Karol Grzybowski 112
12 120 Robert Crawshaw 0 1 Peter Shaw 107
13 120 Rick Davey ½ ½ Paul Clapham 107
14 Jim Stern 0 1 Richard Mansell 103
15 102 Paul Chaplin 1 0 Default
16 Default ½ ½ Default
TOTALS 7 9

Match report by Matthew Carr.

When it came time to start play Lincolnshire were a man down and we were two men short on the team, so they had a point advantage over staffordshire from the word go.  Then an hour into play the results started to trickle in.  Peter Shaw won on board 12 and Matthew Carr secured a win on board three.  Our captain, John Day, followed with a draw.  Matthew Wyza was a knight down heading into the end game but unfortunately couldn’t pull it back.  Dennis Nesbitt’s opponent blundered away a knight and resigned a move later.  John Montague’s opponent found himself in a position where it he either lost the game or gave up a rook.

Three hours in, Staffs had an 8 – 7 lead with just Paul Clapham, Roger Edwards and Karol Grzybowski still playing.  Staffordshire needed only a draw from one of them to secure the win.  That draw came from Paul Clapham, followed closely by Roger Edwards who also achieved a draw, unfortunatly for Karol his opponent queened a pawn and ten moves later Karol resigned.  The final result was 7 – 9 in favour of Staffordshire.

Well done to everyone who played today.  It was a most exciting day.  The next match is at the end of the month.  Lets look forward to repeating the success.

The season
2009
3 Oct.
Lincs 7 – 9 Staffs

31 Oct.
Warks 4 – 12 Staffs

14 Nov.
Staffs 10½ – 5½ Derby

12 Dec.
Worcs 8 – 8 Staffs

2010
6 Feb.
Staffs 6 – 10 Notts

6 Mar.
Staffs 10½ – 5½ Shrops

National stages

Preliminary round
17 Apr.
Staffs 9 – 7 Yorkshire

Quarter-finals
16 May.
Suffolk 8½ – 7½ Staffs

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