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Inter County Terriers Team (U120) 2010/11

Team Captain: Steve Emmerton.

MCCU Inter-Counties Under-120 Championship

Nottinghamshire 7½ - 4½ Staffordshire
Match played 26 March 2011 in Nottingham.

Match report on Steve Emmerton's www.northstaffschess.com website

Grade Nottinghamshire Terriers Grade
1 118 John Buttery 1 0 Thomas Healey 119
2 117 Raghau Sudarshan ½ ½ Karol Grzybowski 113
3 112 John Edwards 1 0 Nic Wright 115
4 111 Malcolm Hargreaves 0 1 Steve Emmerton(Captain) 112
5 109 Chris Sargeant ½ ½ Alex Cartlidge& 115
6 105 Chris Bonello ½ ½ Stuart Hull 98
7 105 Stephen Morley 1 0 Carl Mustafa 99
8 100 David Somers 0 1 Ernie Wilkinson 100
9 99 Lukasz Kacprzak 1 0 Liam Dimmick 95
10 98 Charlotte Attwood 1 0 Peter Tideswell 85
11 89 Ken Cairney ½ ½ Jacob Boswell 84
12 82 Dorothy Blampied ½ ½ Hamid Shabani U/G
TOTAL

Terriers 5½ - 6½ Worcestershire
Match played 5 February 2011 at Fenton Sports & Social Club, Staffordshire.

Match report by Steve Emmerton:
Another disappointing result for the Staffs Terriers again in the MCCU U120 County Championship at Fenton Sports & Social Club this afternoon.  In a very close match we were once again beaten by the odd point - 6½ - 5½.  But it could have so easily been different.  with 2 matches still in progress we were trailing by 5½ - 4½ but the games in progress were both going in our favour and a 6½ - 5½ victory for the Terriers looked the likely outcome.

Ernie Wilkinson, playing on Board 11, went into his endgame with a rook, knight and 4 pawns against a knight and a pawn.  However, he then took about half an hour to find the most tortuous way of winning.  One can only assume he was playing to the crowd.  This levelled the match at 5½ each and all eyes then turned to Richard Cantliff in the remaining game on Board 9.  Richard was most certainly not playing to the crowd.  He went into his endgame with a 2 pawn advantage, which he then proceeded to turn into a pawn disadvantage.  He then applied his coup de grace by putting his rook en prise, swiftly followed by the knocking over of his king.

So, once again, in what is becoming a habit over the past couple of seasons, we found ourselves in the silver medal position.

Well done to Tom Healey of Meir on Board 1 and Dave Johnson of Kidsgrove on Board 12 who were the only other 2 players to win their respective games.

Next up is our final County fixture of the season - an away match against Nottinghamshire on 26th March.  We can only hope that our fortunes change in this match.

Steve

Grade Staffordshire Worcestershire Grade
1 119 Thomas Healey 1 0 I Clack 119
2 118 Denis Nesbitt 0 1 T Pountney 118
3 113 Karol Grzybowski ½ ½ P Wood 118
4 115 Nic Wright ½ ½ M Clark 117
5 114 David Hallen ½ ½ R Woolley Ung
6 115 Alex Cartlidge 0 1 G Stanton 114
7 113 Paul Shelley ½ ½ R Turner 113
8 112 Steve Emmerton (Capt) ½ ½ R Collett 109
9 105 Richard Cantliff 0 1 M Clack 106
10 104 Steven Cooper 0 1 M Hore 96
11 100 Ernie Wilkinson 1 0 R Thompson 100
12 98 David Johnson 1 0 T Taylor 90
TOTAL

Terriers 5½ - 6½ Warwickshire
Match played 15 January 2011 at Fenton Sports & Social Club, Staffordshire.

Match report by Steve Emmerton:
Staffs Terriers were narrowly beaten 6½ - 5½ by Warwickshire in the MCCU U120 County Championship at Fenton Sports & Social Club on Saturday.  Staffs proved to be the stronger over the top half of the match with 4½ out of 6 on the top 6 boards.  Unfortunately we couldn't sustain this in the bottom half with only 1 point from the bottom 6 boards in the form of draws on boards 8 and 9.

Technically the match should have been drawn as, on board 5, Paul Clapham's opponent's mobile phone rang twice during the game.  Paul was a pawn down at the time and, being the sportsman that he is, agreed a draw.  The win he was entitled to claim would have given us 5 out of 6 on the top boards and a 6 - 6 result overall.  The age of chivalry is not dead !!!

Bd Grade Terriers Score Score Warwickshire Grade
1 119 Thomas Healey 1 0 Joe Rourke 119
2 118 Denis Nesbitt 1 0 Roy Hadfield 119
3 113 Karol Grzybowski 1 0 Wilf Morgan 117
4 115 Nic Wright 0 1 Guy Greenland 116
5 116 Paul Clapham ½ ½ Bill Dixon 115
6 115 Alex Cartlidge 1 0 Richard Leaper 115
7 113 Paul Shelley 0 1 John Pakenham 114
8 112 Steve Emmerton (Capt) ½ ½ Peter Hodkinson 114
9 105 Richard Cantliff ½ ½ Steve Hotchkiss 112
10 104 Steven Cooper 0 1 Pauline Woodward 112
11 100 Ernie Wilkinson 0 1 Peter Leggett 108
12 98 David Johnson 0 1 Graham Gee 107
TOTALS

Terriers 12 - 0 Leicestershire
Match due to be played 20 November 2010, in Staffordshire

Leicestershire conceeded the match due to illness of a number of their players.

Bulldogs 7 - 5 Terriers
Match played 16 October 2010, at Bushbury Chess Club

Bd Grade Bulldogs Score Score Terriers Grade
1 119 Peter Crozet 1 0 Thomas Healey 119
2 117 Anthony Meakin 1 0 Denis Nesbitt 118
3 115 Bob Brodie ½ ½ Paul Clapham 116
4 114 Peter Evans 0 1 Nic Wright 115
5 111 David Molineux 1 0 Eliot Green 114
6 111 Stephen Micklewright ½ ½ David Hallen 114
7 106 Mike Savin ½ ½ Alex Cartlidge 115
8 106 Danny Torbica 0 1 Karol Grzybowski 113
9 104 Simon Jones 1 0 Paul Shelley 113
10 104 Paul Guest ½ ½ Steve Emmerton 112
11 101 Geoff Cox 0 1 Richard Cantliff 105
12 94 David Buckley 1 0 Ernie Wilkinson 100
TOTALS 7 5

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