Inter-County Championship 2012–13

Results and reports from the county’s matches will appear here throughout the season.

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Open


Under 180

Cambridgeshire U180 – Nottinghamshire U180

Report from Neil Graham

On now to the quarter-finals where we faced Cambridgeshire on a day where Notts had to field 32 players in the Under 180/Under 160 competition. The EACU team were in a much better position; they had brought forward their U160 by a week losing to Warwickshire by 8½-7½. I was not pleased therefore to see that their Under 180 team was a virtual rehash of the previous week’s U160 with some nine players appearing in both matches. That said, we had strengthened our side substantially and outgraded Cambridgeshire on the bottom ten boards. In what I understand was a closely contested and friendly match we lost the upper boards and were unable to make headway in the lower order and were always trailing. Even had board count been invoked we would have failed to progress. I note that Cambridgeshire fielded a much stronger side in the semi-final and progressed to the final at the expense of SCCU2, Middlesex.

Could I take this opportunity to thank everyone who represented the county U180 team this year; particularly those who provided transport.

Cambridgeshire U180 - Nottinghamshire U180
18 May 2013
Peterborough
Board Grade Grade
1 McCorry, Rob 177 1-0 Harvey, Kevin 171
2 Redman, David 171 ½–½ Burke, Steve 169
3 Duff, Bernard 167 0-1 Swain, John 165
4 Daugman, John 167 ½–½ Levens, David 171
5 Davison, Chris 165 1-0 Hunter, Steve 164
6 McMahon, Paul 153 1-0 Naan, Vincent 175
7 Caraway, Sam 152 ½–½ Walker, Andrew 166
8 Turp, Phil 152 0-1 Kenyon, Mark 163
9 Ribbands, Patrick 152 0-1 Basey, Matt 172e
10 Norman, Alan 150 1-0 Thompson, Brian 163
11 Connolly, Marcus 147 ½–½ Lane, Tim 162
12 Greenwood, Neil 146 0-1 Hayward, Brian 162
13 Dunkley, Mike 145 ½–½ Gibson, Geoff 161
14 Bin-Suhayl, Yousuf 143 ½–½ Place, Will 162
15 Norton, Chris 138 ½–½ Huthwaite, John 144
16 Xu, James 106 1-0 Kenyon, Alan 131
8½–7

Nottinghamshire U180 – Essex U180

Report from Neil Graham

The vagaries of the Counties Championships pairings were evident when we found ourselves with a preliminary match against Essex, the SCCU third nominee with the match played at Milton Keynes on 27th April. John Swain, Matt Basey and Brian Thompson were extra 160+ players who were available. Essex were rather weaker than I anticipated and a close match ensued with every decisive result for one side soon matched with a win elsewhere. As the match neared the end, the teams were all square at 7½-7½ and with Matt Basey still at the board with the advantage. Knowing that a draw was sufficient, Matt very sensibly simplified into an ending where his opponent had insufficient mating material and the draw gave us a win on board count. This was subsequently amended to an 8½-6½ win for Notts; Essex having failed to follow the rules on eligibility carefully enough. As a postscript to this, Yorkshire defaulted their quarter-final match against Kent thus making this match unnecessary. It’s clear that the 50 default penalty has had no effect with five matches defaulted to date. Something else needs to be done.

Nottinghamshire U180 - Essex U180
27 April 2013
Milton Keynes
Board Grade Grade
1 Burke, Steven 169 ½–½ Gregory, Philip 179
2 Swain, John 165 1-0 Rix, Steven * 166
3 Hunter, Steve 164 1-0 McCall, Martin 165
4 Naan, Vincent 175 1-0 Millward, David 170
5 Walker, Andrew 166 ½–½ Hampton, Christopher 160
6 Kenyon, Mark 163 0-1 White, John 169
7 Basey, Matt UG ½–½ Twitchell, Neville 165
8 Thompson, Brian 163 1-0 Pinto, Reagan 165
9 Lane, Tim 162 ½–½ Shaw, Matthew 166
10 Hayward, Brian 162 1-0 Murrell, Mark 143
11 Poole, Tim 159 0-1 Staniland, Philip 151
12 Sudar, Dragoljub 151 1-0 Kalinsky, Syd 159
13 Tassi, John 154 0-1 Philpott, John 158
14 London, Nick 154 ½–½ Brock, David 155
15 Huthwaite, John 144 0-1 Kingsley, Malcolm 156
16 Radford, Mark 148 0-1 Nickals, Peter 151
8½–6½

* A 1 point penalty was imposed on Essex for fielding a player that was ungraded and not cleared in advance. The win was awarded to the Nottinghamshire player.

Warwickshire U180 – Nottinghamshire U180

Report by Neil Graham

The County Under 180 team had just one match to play at the MCCU Zonal stage – against Warwickshire. Despite this, the MCCU Controller managed to get the venue wrong as Notts were due to be the home side – so we eventually travelled to Birmingham. Notts were able to field eight players graded 160+ which was exactly matched by Warwickshire although their upper boards outgraded ours. Unfortunately, although the teams were matched on paper, our lower boards took a battering from the West Midlands side where we were outpointed by 6½-1½. The higher boards acquitted themselves well with just a defeat on Board One; however Warwickshire were always in front and ran out as 10-6 winners. The means that Notts went through to the national stages as MCCU2 rather than the first nominees.

Warwickshire U180 - Nottinghamshire U180
27 October 2012
Birmingham
Board Grade Grade
1 Smyth, Martin 178 1-0 Levens, David 170
2 Escott, Keith 178 ½–½ Burke, Steve 169
3 Smith, Richard 172 ½–½ Walker, Andrew 166
4 Moxley, Andrew 174 0-1 Garside, Andrew 166
5 Cundy, Mark 165 ½–½ Hunter, Steve 164
6 Reynolds, Robert 164 0-1 Kenyon, Mark 163
7 Thomas, Keith 165 ½–½ Lane, Tim 162
8 Ralph, Sean 167 ½–½ Hayward, Brian 162
9 Doran, Mike 156 1-0 Poole, Tim 159
10 Smith, Simon 156 ½–½ Foster, Steve 158
11 Williams, Simon 159 1-0 Kendall, Tim 156
12 Lee, Darren 159 1-0 Flynn, Dave 154
13 Hope, Gary 155 1-0 Sudar, Drag 151
14 Maher, Mike 154 0-1 Morgan, Phil 145
15 Fahy, John 149 1-0 Thomson, James 140
16 Fergusson, Matthew 134 1-0 Kenyon, Alan 132
10-6

Under 160

Nottinghamshire U160 – Essex U160

Nottinghamshire U160 - Essex U160
15 Jun 2013
Board Grade Grade
1 Sudar, Drag 151 ½–½ Murrell, Mark 143
2 London, Nick 154 ½–½ Barclay, Paul 158
3 Roper, Keith 150 0-1 Philpott, John 158
4 Tassi, John 154 ½–½ Kingsley, Malcolm 156
5 Nabbs, Terry 153 1-0 Weeber, Richard 156
6 Foster, Steve 158 ½–½ Clow, Ken 155
7 Taylor, Marcel 146 ½–½ Staniland, Philip 151
8 Ali, Hamzah 143 0-1 Wright, John 151
9 Cranmer, Stan 150 1-0 MacWain, Jeffrey 147
10 Graham, Neil 150 ½–½ Nickals, Peter 151
11 Morgan, Phil 145 ½–½ Johnson, Roderick 149
12 Huthwaite, John 144 1-0 Wei, Naomi 143
13 Walters, Keith 142 0-1 Woodward, Ian 143
14 Radford, Mark 148 0-1 Groce, Ken 146
15 Taylor, Bob 136 1-0 Davies, Robert 134
16 Thomson, James 140 0-1 Riddock, Alan 133
7½–8½

Nottinghamshire U160 – Suffolk U160

Report by Phil Morgan

Notts made the early running in this game. At about the half-way stage we had wins from John Tassi, Bob Taylor and Hamzah Ali, against Tim Poole's quick loss. Looking around, Drag Sudar and captain Neil Graham both appeared to have raging attacks. In an apparently strong team position, and having lost my opening edge, I was happy to accept my opponent's draw offer. Dick Myers opted for the early draw route. As I watched the rest of the games, it dawned on me that this might be a close match. Pritesh was under heavy pressure. Marcel was a piece down. Neil's strong attack had no obvious breakthrough. His opponent's pieces were becoming developed and he suddenly had some counter play. Steve's board also became a worry. He had played into a tricky ending and seemed to see the dangers a few moves too late. The draws came in from Rob, Keith, James, Stan and Nick. Drag converted his impressive win. We were left with 3 games in progress - Neil, Steve and Marcel's. Neil's game swung decisively against him. With steve failing to hold his ending, the game seemed up for us. Marcel was still playing, although I had given this up some time ago. I saw his position had improved and he was now just the exchange down. He was offering stiff resistance, and with the possibilities of pins and knight forks, his opponent had to play carefully and was getting behind on the clock. We now realised that if Marcel could hold the draw, we would win by board count. Marcel's last move maintained some tension in the position. With 5 minutes left on the clock his opponent offered the draw, which a stunned Marcel accepted. Marcel had seen that if his opponent simply moved his king forward, his position would fall apart.

In the end, an unlikely victory! The platform for the win was set by the wins of the Three Musketeers from Gambit and Bob. It was sealed by Marcel's amazing escapology. Should we call him Merlin or Houdini? We'll have to play better against Essex in the semis. Their Jack-the-Lads do know the time of the day!

Nottinghamshire U160 - Suffolk U160
18 May 2013
Board Grade Grade
1 Poole, Tim 159 0-1 Greenacre, Kevin 157
2 Sudar, Drag 151 1-0 Buis, Jim 156
3 London, Nick 154 ½–½ Burnett, Leon UG
4 Tassi, John 154 1-0 Donnelly, Andrew 152
5 Myers, Richard 154 ½–½ Brennan, Samuel 157
6 Foster, Stephen 158 0-1 Peck, Silas 154
7 Taylor, Marcel 146 ½–½ Riley, Simon 141
8 Ali, Hamzah 143 1-0 Taylor, Scott 144
9 Cranmer, Stan 150 ½–½ Harden, Rob UG
10 Graham, Neil 150 0-1 Shephard, Andrew 145
11 Morgan, Phil 145 ½–½ Kirkham, Ed 143
12 Walters, Keith 142 ½–½ McAllister, John 141
13 Taylor, Robert 136 1-0 Roberts, Colin 136
14 Thomson, James 140 ½–½ Phillips, Carl 132
15 Patel, Pritesh 136 0-1 Woodcock, Keith 128
16 Ensor, Rob 139 ½–½ Lambert, John 132
8-8

Nottinghamshire U160 – Greater Manchester U160


Nottinghamshire U160 - Greater Manchester U160
9 February 2013
Newcastle-under-Lyme
Board Grade Grade
1 Poole, Tim 159 ½–½ Tyton, Adam 156
2 Foster, Steve 158 0-1 Lopez, Pablo 159
3 Flynn, Dave 154 0-1 Lau, Jason 137
4 Tassi, John 154 ½–½ Beresford, Alan 153
5 London, Nick 154 ½–½ Norris, Mick 156
6 Nabbs, Terence 153 1-0 Hilton, Tim 134
7 Sudar, Drag 151 1-0 Pardoe, David 152
8 Roper, Keith 150 ½–½ Kierman, David 138
9 Graham, Neil 150 ½–½ Green, Fiona 146
10 Cranmer, Stan 150 0-1 Moan, Francis 139
11 Radford, Mark 148 1-0 Phythian, Graham 143
12 Taylor, Marcel 146 1-0 Ward, Stephen 140
13 Morgan, Phil 145 ½–½ Holt, David 143
14 Ali, Hamzah 143 ½–½ Fox, Richard 130
15 Robinson, Alan 143 ½–½ Lesnik, Eric UG
16 Thomson, James 140 1-0 Furlong, Malcolm 95
9-7

Warwickshire U160 – Nottinghamshire U160


Warwickshire U160 - Nottinghamshire U160
8 December 2012
Tyseley WMC, Tyseley, Birmingham
Board Grade Grade
1 Doran, Mike 156 0-1 Poole, Tim  159
2 Smith, Simon 156 ½–½ Foster, Steve 158
3 Goodwin, Ed 155 1-0 Kendall, Tim 156
4 Hope, Gary 155 1-0 Flynn, Dave 154
5 Lawrence, Roy 148 0-1 London, Nick 154
6 Holt, Trevor 146 1-0 Cranmer, Stan 150
7 Turner, John 145 ½–½ Graham, Neil 150
8 Byrne, Nigel UG ½–½ Roper, Keith 150
9 Burnet, Alan 145 ½–½ Nabbs, Terence 145
10 Jimenez, Frank 145 0-1 Radford, Mark 148
11 Reynolds, Richard C 141 ½–½ Taylor, Marcel 146
12 Ashbury, John 142 0-1 Morgan, Phil 145
13 Dickson, Fred 138 0-1 Ali, Hamzah 143
14 Thompson, Peter 143 0-1 Robinson, Alan 143
15 Fergusson, Matthew 134 ½–½ Walters, Keith 142
16 Green, Derek 133 0-1 Thomson, James 140
6-10

Under 140

Nottinghamshire U140 – Derbyshire U140


Nottinghamshire U140 - Derbyshire U140
16 February 2013
Bramcote Memorial Hall, Nottingham
Board Grade Grade
1 Patel, Pritesh 136 ½–½ Shaw, John 136
2 Bonnello, Chris  137 0-1 Carter, Mark 139
3 Pearson, Taylor 129 1-0 Walker, Roger 131
4 Davies, Norman 138 ½–½ O'Flanagan, Paul 125
5 Neil, Graham 125 1-0 Woods, Roy 123
6 Harper, Michael 131 1-0 Meyer, Dylan 123
7 Murfet, George 127 ½–½ Pace, Graham 116
8 O'Brien, Russell 131 ½–½ Crofts, Brian 127
9 Nailard, Michael 124 1-0 Boreham, Michael 119
10 Morrell, Len 116 ½–½ Holden, Alan 112
11 Default   0-1 Loomes, Herbert 114
12 Buttery, John A 112 0-1 Rees, Ivor 112
13 Parker, Robert 120 ½–½ Harrison, Ronald 113
14 Attwood, Charlotte 102 0-1 Willoughby, Peter 105
15 Luland, Steve 74 1-0 Marshall, Nigel 114
16 Default   0-1 Welch, Tony 88
8-8

Shropshire U140 – Nottinghamshire U140

Nottinghamshire defaulted the match, possibly due to lack of availability of players so the final score is 16-0 to Shropshire.

Worcestershire U140 – Nottinghamshire U140


Worcestershire U140 - Nottinghamshire U140
1 December 2012
Wall Village Hall, near Litchfield, Staffs
Board Grade Grade
1 Spoward, David 139 ½–½ Gorecka-Marshall, Peter 138
2 Sharratt, Paul 136 ½–½ Bonnello, Chris 137
3 Yates, Tim 136 0-1 Taylor, Bob 136
4 Gittus, John 135 ½–½ Redburn, Barry 136
5 Chester, John 132 ½–½ Patel, Pritesh 136
6 Wiggins, Andrew 130 0-1 Kenyon, Alan 131
7 Crockett, Stephen J 132 ½–½ Harper, Mick 130
8 Varilone, John 131 1-0 Flint, Andrew 127
9 Truscott, Ian 130 0-1 Murfet, George 127
10 Cole, Jason 132 0-1 Neil, Graham 125
11 Yeadon, Peter R 130 ½–½ Nailard, Mike 124
12 Hollowczak, Alex 128 1-0 Parker, Robert 120
13 Banks, Peter 128 1-0 Brown, Alan 120
14 O'Gorman, T Francis 128 1-0 Kacprzak, Lukasz 114
15 Ellis, Ian 124 1-0 Default  
16 Seeley, Peter 118 1-0 Default  
9-7

Nottinghamshire U140 – Warwickshire U140


Nottinghamshire U140 - Warwickshire U140
18 November 2012
Bramcote Memorial Hall
Board Grade Grade
1 Gorecka-Marshall, Peter 138 1-0 Biddle, Mike 139
2 Bonnello, Chris 137 ½–½ Wilson, Alexander 139
3 Redburn, Barry 136 0-1 Rawson, Louis 138
4 Patel, Pritesh 136 0-1 Dickson, Fred 138
5 Croasdale, Harry 135 ½–½ Evans, Chris 138
6 Nagijew, Elgar 134 1-0 Fergusson, Matthew 134
7 Budd, Chris 131 ½–½ Brelsforth, Dave 134
8 Kenyon, Alan 131 0-1 Green, Derek 133
9 O'Brien, Russell 131 0-1 Oliver, Peter 130
10 Harper, Mick 130 0-1 Kent, Arthur 126
11 Murfet, George 127 1-0 Ball, Roger 126
12 Nailard, Mike 124 0-1 Green, John 122
13 Brown, Alan 120 ½–½ Gilbert, Kim 117
14 Parker, Robert 120 0-1 Hughes, Peter 114
15 Kacprzak, Lukasz 114 1-0 Woodward, Pauline 111
16 Rodriguez, Alberto 95 0-1 Kearns, Peter 104
6-10

Nottinghamshire U140 – Leicestershire U140


Nottinghamshire U140 - Leicestershire U140
13 October 2012
Bramcote Memorial Hall
Board Grade Grade
1 Gorecka-Marshall, Peter 138 ½–½ Wallace, Robert 135
2 Willoughby, Robert 137 0-1 Pourmozafari, Ben 139
3 Taylor, Robert 136 1-0 Walton, David 135
4 Redburn, Barry 136 ½–½ Manger, John 131
5 Patel, Pritesh 136 1-0 Johnson, Cyril 133
6 Croasdale, Harry 135 1-0 Sim, George 132
7 Budd, Chris 131 0-1 Busby, Michael 130
8 Kenyon, Alan 131 1-0 Walker, John 129
9 O'Brien, Russell 131 ½–½ Gallant, Sam 128
10 Harper, Mick 130 0-1 Robinson, Anthony 120
11 Flint, Andrew 127 0-1 Phillips, Howard 123
12 Neil, Graham 125 0-1 Suchak, Parin 119
13 Nailard, Mike 124 1-0 Adcock, Terry 122
14 Brown, Alan 120 0-1 Rowbotham, Mark 115
15 Parker, Robert 120 ½–½ Hickman, Peter 113
16 Kenyon, James 114 1-0 Cresswell, Peter 108
8-8

Under 120

Nottinghamshire U120 – Worcestershire U120


Nottinghamshire U120 - Worcestershire U120
15 December 2012
Bramcote Memorial Hall, Nottingham
Board Grade Grade
1 Morrell, Len 116 ½–½ Day, Kevin  119
2 Kacpracz, Lukasz 114 0-1 Seeley, Peter 118
3 Eyre, Will 112 1-0 Clack, Michele 115
4 Kofi, Onos 107 0-1 Stanton, Giles 113
5 Fraser, Chris 106 ½–½ Bott, Doug 112
6 Thompson, Andrew 104 0-1 Collett, Richard 109
7 Swanwick, Steve 96 ½–½ Pountney, Terry 107
8 Rodriguez, Alberto 95 ½–½ Clark, Maureen 105
9 Blampied, Dorothy 91 0-1 Turner, Richard 101
10 Swanwick, Michael 88 0-1 Wood, Penny 99
11 Seagrave, Michael 86 0-1 Taylor, Tony 83
12 Luland, Steve 74 1-0 Vernon, Colin 69
4-8

Staffordshire U120 – Nottinghamshire U120


Staffordshire U120 - Nottinghamshire U120
27 October 2012
Newcastle Under Lyme Bridge Club, Staffs
Board Grade Grade
1 Emmerton, Steve 119 1-0 Kacprazk, Lukasz 114
2 Brodie, Bob 118 ½–½ Kofi-Ofuafor, Onos 107
3 Shaw, Peter 117 ½–½ Rodriguez, Alberto 95
4 Wright, Nicholas 116 1-0 Blampied, Dorothy 91
5 Hall, Arthur 108 0-1 Swanwick, Michael 88
6 Cartlidge, Jacob 107 0-1 Luland, Steve 74
7 Buckley, David 106 1-0 Hay, James UG
8 Cantliff, Richard 106 1-0 Munshi, Aditya UG
9 Jones, Simon 105 1-0 Badhe, Neel UG
10 Torbica, Danny 104 1-0 Navarru, P UG
11 Evans, Peter 103 1-0 Munish, Sunil UG
12 Hull, Stuart 92 1-0 Default  
9-3

Under 100

Nottinghamshire U100 – Leicestershire U100


Nottinghamshire U100 - Leicestershire U100
16 February 2013
Bramcote Memorial Hall, Nottingham
Board Grade Grade
1 Swanwick, Stephen 96 ½–½ Davis, Richard 98
2 Rodriguez, Alberto 95 0-1 Reid, Conor 85
3 Cragg, Nathan 94 ½–½ Poulacheris, D 85
4 Pettigrew, Noah 97 1-0 Page, P 83
5 Blampied, Dorothy 91 0-1 Beach, Ray 91
6 Willow, Hambel 93 1-0 Adams, Michael 92
7 Swanwick, Michael 88 1-0 Roberts, Neil 79
8 McGloin, Samuel Smith 83 1-0 Morelli, Nando 72
9 Heath, Kenneth 80 ½–½ Dean, Simon 83
10 Badhe, Neel 78 0-1 Harbridge, Drew 52
11 Default   0-0 Default  
12 McGloin, Colin Smith 36 1-0 Milner, Gordon 43
6½–4½