Inter-County Championship 2018–19

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

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Warwickshire – Nottinghamshire

Report from Steve Burke

The match against Warwickshire very much followed the pattern of the previous encounter with Lincs. Warwicks surprised us by producing IM Amit Ghasi on Board One. After an opening struggle we went 3 down, then rallied to 3-3 and 4-4 and finally, in a tense finish, with three games left running, Mike Naylor managed to finish off Keith Escott to clinch a win after Justin Hadi & Alex Combie had carefully played out bishop of opposite colour endings to achieve draws.

Warwickshire - Nottinghamshire
1 December 2018
Tyseley WMC, Birmingham
Board Colour  Grade Grade
1 B Ghasi, Ameet K 255 ½–½ Willow, Jonah 218
2 Stepanyan, Henrik 210 1-0 Mercs, Peter 184
3 B Sygnowski, Tomasz 206 ½–½ Hadi, Justin 188
4 W Mason, Don 198 ½–½ Richmond, Robert 183
5 B Chowdhury, Mohammed 190 ½–½ Combie, Alexander 176
6 W Hynes, Tony 184 ½–½ Thompson, Brian 174
7 B Quaraishi, Shahab 174 1-0 Burke, Steve 172
8 W Walsh, Marcus 172 0-1 Halfpenny, Glenn 171
9 B Escott, Keith L 172 0-1 Naylor, Mike 172
10 W Salder, Anthony 170 ½–½ George, Andy 169
11 B Cundy, Mark A 167 ½–½ Walker, Andy 167
12 W Ali, Golam S 169 0-1 Finn, Jonathan 166
13 B Smith, Simon C 165 1-0 Sudar, Drag 163
14 W Thomas, Keith 150 1-0 Bhayat, Shane 162
15 B Wallman, Robert 147 0-1 Gogia, Armaan 161
16 W Chowdhury, Bodrul 131 0-1 Lane, Tim 161
        7½–8½    

Lincolnshire – Nottinghamshire

Report from Steve Burke

Ten games were drawn in the opening match of the season with the honours split in the remaining six games. Notts have suffered some serious setbacks at the hands of Lincolnshire in recent seasons so this was a good result against the current Midlands Champions. As usual, Lincs were strong on the top end with 8 players between 199 and 185. So apart from Jonah on top board we were out-graded by about 15-20 points per board. However, their bottom five boards were all 155 or below, giving us some 7 or 8 points edge there. It was going to be an uphill struggle, but we had a chance.

Gradually the draws rolled in, though we were first to drop a point as Brian was the first to get mated in a wild looking position. More draws and then I hear that Florian sacrificed for an attack, but it went wrong and we were two down. Again more draws and then Glenn pulled one back for us, before Nigel restored their two point edge. After more draws we ended up with Richard, myself and Jonah still playing.

Richard eventually managed to win an ending where he had a R+P v B+N, cutting the deficit. The last two games went down into the last 10 minutes. After Jason over-pressed, our game flip-flopped between a win for me and a draw. I was up a pawn, but down to a couple of minutes against four, and couldn’t see a win when he offered a draw.

I didn’t see Jonah's game at the end, but he pulled out a win to secure a dramatic last gasp comeback draw in the match.

Lincolnshire - Nottinghamshire
6 October 2018
Lincoln
Board Colour  Grade Grade
1 Cumbers, Paul 199 0-1 Willow, Jonah B 218
2 B Smith, Murray 198 ½–½ Richmond, Robert 183
3 W Birtwistle, Nigel 196 1-0 Combie, Alex B 176
4 B Milson, Samuel 195 1-0 Thompson, Brian 174
5 W Stead, Nick 193 1-0 Biermann, Florian 173
6 B Prior, Stephen 189 ½–½ Naylor, Mike 172
7 W Dilley, Jason 188 ½–½ Burke, Steven J 172
8 B Kilshaw, Joe 185 0-1 Halfpenny, Glenn 171
9 W Cusick, Peter 175 ½–½ George, Andrew 169
10 B Bowers, Francis 168 ½–½ Walker, Andrew 167
11 W David, Ivan 167 ½–½ Broughton, Daniel 167
12 B Ladds, Graham 155 0-1 Truman, Richard 167
13 W Holt, Chris 155 ½–½ Sudar, Drag 163
14 B Hebert, Andy 155 ½–½ Bhayat, Shane 162
15 W Palmer, Keith 152 ½–½ Gogia, Armaan 161
16 B Parnian, Arya 149 ½–½ Grainger, Charlie 161
        8-8    

Under 180


Under 160

Under 140

Nottinghamshire – Staffordshire

Report from Neil Graham

Notts started the U140 with a relatively comprehensive win over Derbyshire dominating on the upper boards. Warwickshire, back in this section after a break, proved a much tougher proposition and it was left to Keith Roper to play a Carlson-like ending that impressed all the spectators to win the match by the narrowest of margins. A third victory came against Staffordshire who notified us in advance of two defaults. With a 2-0 start and a clear advantage on grading the match result was never in doubt as Notts entered the New Year on maximum points.

Nottinghamshire - Staffordshire
8 December 2018
Lincoln
Board Colour  Grade Grade
1 B Taylor, Robert 139 ½–½ Blackburn, John EW 139
2 Thomson, James 138 ½–½ Leary, Peter W 138
3 B Roper, Keith 136 0-1 Day, John R 130
4 W Willoughby, Robert 137 0-1 Launay, Maximillien 129
5 B Tassi, John 137 ½–½ Windows, Peter J 124
6 W Willow, Hambel 133 1-0 Rehman, Matti 122e
7 B Wright, Nigel 133 1-0 Blackburn, Sandra G 118
8 W Scott, Simon 133 1-0 Leadbetter, Andrew T 118
9 B Sargeant, Chris 129 ½–½ Cox, Chris M 104
10 W Dabner, Tom 129 1-0 Biles, Fred 103
11 B Mergen, Kim E 130 1-0 Deeley, Stuart 102
12 W Neil, Graham 128 ½–½ Rehman, Cameron 97
13 B Rigney, Callum 127 ½–½ Evans, Peter FK 87
14 W Budd, Chris 125 1-0 Rehman, Dylan 87
15 B     1-0 Default  
16 W     1-0 Default  
        11-5    

Warwickshire – Nottinghamshire

Warwickshire - Nottinghamshire
24 November 2018
Greenfields Social Club, Birmingham
Board Colour  Grade Grade
1 B Dobedoe, Richard S 135 0-1 Taylor, Robert 139
2 Mycock, Kenny 132 0-1 Thomson, James 138
3 B Biddle, Mike A 132 0-1 Roper, Keith 136
4 W Sandhu, Manvith 126 1-0 Willoughby, Robert 137
5 B Weaver, Simon 128 1-0 Tassi, John 137
6 W Killarney, Simon A 126 1-0 Radford, Mark 136
7 B Little, Matthew 126 ½–½ Scott, Simon 133
8 W Oliver, Peter J R 126 ½–½ Pincheira, Bernardo 128
9 B Green, John 125 1-0 Murfet, George 126
10 W Watson, Roy G 122 ½–½ Budd, Chris 125
11 B Johnson, Mike J 122 ½–½ Nailard, Mike 125
12 W Spillane, Kevin J 119 0-1 Harper, Michael J 120
13 B Reeves, David 112 0-1 Fraser, Chris 119
14 W Silverman, Paul 111 ½–½ Wright, Joe 119
15 B Pal, Rohan 111 ½–½ Flint, Andy 117
16 W Shearsby, Jude 96 ½–½ Gibson, Graham 114
        7½–8½    

Derbyshire – Nottinghamshire

Derbyshire - Nottinghamshire
10 November 2018
Rolls Royce, Derby
Board Colour  Grade Grade
1 B Meyer, Dylan 139 ½–½ Thomson, James 138
2 W Bubis, Matthew 137 0-1 Roper, Keith 136
3 B Hoddy, John 135 0-1 Radford, Mark 136
4 W Woods, Roy 133 ½–½ Luland, Steve 132
5 B Gallagher, Kevin J 128 0-1 Dabner, Tom 129
6 W Sheldon, Philip 127 0-1 Sargeant, Chris 129
7 B Vaughan, Smith 125 0-1 Neil, Graham 128
8 W Hussain, Shah 121 0-1 Pincheira, Bernardo 128
9 B Wooton, Stephen G 121 ½–½ Murfet, George 126
10 W Boreham, Michael 116 1-0 Nailard, Michael J 125
11 B Walker, Rodger 115 1-0 Budd, Chris 125
12 W Cockburn, Andre 115 0-1 Harper, Michael J 120
13 B Marshall, Nigel 114 0-1 Wright, Joe 119
14 W Adamski, Tomasz 111 1-0 Flint, Andy 117
15 B Harrison, Craig 111 ½–½ Bonnello, Chris 124
16 W Abdullahi, Alexander A 97 ½–½ Owusu, Clement 112
        5½–10½    

Under 120

Under 100