Nottinghamshire County Championship 2015-16

Report by Robert Richmond

Jim Burnett (Mansfield) is the new County Champion, after holding off Jon Tait (Mansfield) in the last round. Taylor Pearson (West Nottingham) retains the Junior title with a grading performance of 174, ahead of Anita Somton. Owen Hunt (University) cruised to the U155 title, after winning the U125's last year. Steve Bak (Ashfield) takes the U125 title, a first ever tournament win, ahead of Stephen Luland (University) on PSOOS.

Some entirely useless statistics. Games finished after one and three quarter hours (out of 21):

Saturday - Rd 1 None ; Rd 2 10 ; Rd 3 13 (out of 17)
Sunday - Rd 4 3 ; Rd 5 10

Evidence that the quality of play declines over the day...?!

Motto noticed on the Championship trophy "Defensio optima est aggressio". You don't need any Latin to work out the meaning. Perhaps the Association should adopt it.

Here is a rather nice attack by Mike Naylor in Round 3 of the Championship

White: M.Naylor Black: Taylor Pearson

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 O-O 8.Bc4 Nc6 9.Qd2 Bd7 10.h4 Rb8 11.h5 Nxh5 12.g4 Nf6 13.O-O-O Nxd4 14.Bxd4 b5 15.Bb3 a5 16.Nd5 a4 17.Nxf6+ exf6 18.Bd5 Qc7 19.Bxf6 ! Rbc8 20.Bxg7 Kxg7 21.Qh6+ Kf6 22.Qh4+ Kg7 23.Qxh7+ Kf6 24.Qh4+ Kg7 25.Qh6+ Kf6 26.Qf4+ Kg7 27.Rd2 Be6 28.Rh7+ ! Kxh7 29.Qf6 1-0

Championship

NameGradeClub Points Prize
1 Jim Burnett 196 Mansfield 4 40 County Champion
2 Jon Tait 213 Mansfield 4 25
3= Michael Barnes 212 Gambit 3  
  Daniel Broughton 167   3  
  Michael Naylor 161 Gambit 3  
  Taylor Pearson 152 West Nottingham 3 25 Junior Champion
7 Peter Mercs 183 Gambit 2  
  Jonah Willow 181 West Nottingham 2  
  David Flynn 155 Nomads 2  
  Tim Kendall 142   2  
11 Janos Wagenbach 144 Mansfield 1  

U155

NameGradeClub Points Prize
1 Owen Hunt 135 University 4 40 U155 Champion
2 George Murfet 133 Radcliffe & Bingham 4 25
3= Tim Lane 150 South Birmingham 3  
  Nick London 144 Radcliffe & Bingham 3  
  Anita Somton 142 West Nottingham 3  
6= Stephen Foster 147 Central 3 12.50 Senior Prize
  Robert Taylor 137 Ashfield 3 12.50 Senior Prize
8= Dragoljub Sudar 153 Gambit 2  
  Karam Sangha 149 West Nottingham  
  James Thomson 138   2  
  Marcel Taylor 135 Radcliffe & Bingham 2  
  Peter Gorecka-Marshall 132 Gambit 2  
13= Andrew Thompson 136 Gambit 2  
  David Dunne 127   2  
  Raymond Sayer 119 Ashfield 2  
16= Charlie Grainger 115 University 1  
  Sean Grenham 112 University 1  
18= Mark Radford 151 Central 1  
  John Huthwaite 147 Gambit 1  

U125

Name Grade Club Points Prize
1= Steve Bak 124 Ashfield 4 32.50 U125 Champion
  Steven Luland 105 University 4 32.50
3= Graham Gibson 123 Central 3  
  Armaan Gogia 104 West Nottingham 3  
  Margaret Gretton 102 Gambit 3  
  Ronnie Watson 95 Gambit 3  
7= Andrew Sutton 119 Central 2  
  Vidura Mendis 99 West Nottingham 2  
9= Michael Harper 120 Gambit 2  
  Abhishek Thakar 116 West Nottingham 2  
11= Bob Abrahart 96 West Bridgford 1  
  Kevin Argyle 89 Central 1  
  Alex Meade 80 Central 1