Derbyshire U140 County Matches




Aside from Derbyshire, there are only three MCCU counties taking part in the U140 section this year.

Fixtures are as follows:

November 19th v Linconshire (Away)

January 7th  v Nottinghamshire (Home)

January 28th v Worcestershire (Home)


Worcestershire - January 30th

Match Report by David Woodhouse

Another close match but despite our slight grade advantage, it wasn't to be. Like the Nottinghamshire Match, the score was 8-7 with one to play, we were the team with 7, so even if Brian Lever had won, the match would only have been drawn, whereas we needed a win to stand any chance of going any further in the competition. Brian fought on bravely, but it was a lost cause in the end.
 
It was good to see some successes this time, making up for disappointments in earlier rounds, although there were also rueful comments over missed wins. I offered a draw which later computer analysis agreed with, but my opponent, on checking the match score, saw that we were one up at that point and so played 0 on. I was pleased, because in the interim I thought I could find a way to win. Had my opponent played accurately I think a draw may have resulted.

DERBYSHIRE

LINCOLNSHIRE

BOARD

CLUB

PLAYER

Pts

PLAYER

Pts

1

Belper Smith, Vaughan 0 Sharratt, Paul

1

2

Spondon Woods, Roy

1

Spowart, David

0

3

Belper Shaw, John

0.5

Bradley, Sam

0.5

4

Clay Cross Cameron, Neil

0

Bowcott-Terry, Finlay

1

5

Spondon Sheldon, Philip

0

Leaper, Richard

1

6

Belper
Kelsall, John G

0.5

Peters, Roy

0.5

7

Rolls Royce
Wootton, Stephen G

0.5

Stanton, Giles

0.5

8

Rolls Royce Meyer, Dylan

0.5

Asbury, Jon

0.5

9

Rolls Royce Jenson, Jon

0

Bricknell, Rob

1

10

Rolls Royce Bubis, Matthew

0.5

Shaw, Tony

0.5

11

Belper Woodhouse, David JF

1

Kirklnd, Arnold

0

12

Clay Cross Lever, Brian

0

Crockett, Stephen

1

13

Belper Walker, Roger W

1

Humphries, Jeremy

0

14

Belper Harrison, Ronald S

1

Southcote, John

0

15

Rolls Royce Marshall, Nigel D

0

Radford, Terry

1

16

Derby Fancourt, Leslie

0.5

Clack, Michele

0.5

SCORE

7

9


Nottinghamshire - January 7th

Match Report by David Woodhouse

Today's match was a close fought tussle! Derbyshire were up 8-7 and just needed a draw in the last game to finish which was on board 1. Although the Derbyshire player (Vaughan Smith) was the exchange up, the Nottinghamshire player (Mark Radford) made his passed pawns count. So, despite the slight disappointment at not winning, a draw was a good result, since Notts outgraded us.

DERBYSHIRE

LINCOLNSHIRE

BOARD

CLUB

PLAYER

Pts

PLAYER

Pts

1

Belper Smith, Vaughan 0 Radford, Mark

1

2

Spondon Woods, Roy

1

Bhayat, Shane

0

3

Clay Cross Cameron, Neil

0.5

Poyser,Alex

0,5

4

Belper Shaw, John

0.5

Roper,Keith

0.5

5

Spondon Sheldon, Philip

0.5

Bennett, Adam

0.5

6

Rolls Royce
Wootton, Stephen G

1

Wright, Nigel

0

7

Rolls Royce
Meyer, Dylan

0

Thompson, Andy

1

8

Rolls Royce Jenson, Jon

0.5

Luland, Steve

0.5

9

Rolls Royce Bubis, Matthew

1

Willoughby,Robert

0

10

Belper Woodhouse, David JF

1

Nailard, Mike

0

11

Clay Cross Lever, Brian

0

Griffiths, Dave

1

12

Belper Walker, Roger W

1

Swanwick, Mike

0

13

Belper Harrison, Ronald S

0

Taylor, Marcel

1

14

Belper Parkin, Norman W

0.5

Redburn, Barry

0.5

15

Derby Fancourt, Leslie

0.5

Flint, Andy

0.5

16

Clay Cross
Pearson, Frank

0

Neil, Graham

1

SCORE

8

8


Lincolnshire - November 19th

Match Report by David Woodhouse

Derbyshire were away to Lincolnshire for the first of our under 140 County matches, held at the Lindum Group on Saturday 19th November.. Everyone managed to arrive without mishap and the match duly got underway. Frank Pearson on Board 16 was the first to finish, “decimating” in the words of a team member, his young opponent. 

The venue was pleasant and spacious but, as time went on, it became very apparent that it was rather cold and I and many others were glad that we had kept our coats with us! An attempt to sort out the heating was made, but to no avail.

Two draws followed. I was sitting at the next board to the Lincolnshire captain, John Grasham. No sooner had he won his game (he seems to have won a piece early on) than I beat my opponent; score 3-2. Ron was next to finish, succumbing to too many passed pawns. Vaughan then emerged victorious on board one with a dangerous passed pawn of his own; score 4-3. After two and three quarter hours John Jenson was a piece up on board 6. Les drew his game rook + 3 pawns vs bishop + 5. Philip drew shortly after, score 5-4. On board 2 at one stage Roy had 15 minutes against his opponents 58, but was rook, bishop and pawn vs rook and two pawns up. However this finished shortly after in a draw.

After nearly 3 hours Roger was 2 pawns down in a rook and pawn ending. Norman was next to finish, losing to a neat combination, despite playing on a piece down. Lincs had now levelled the score at 5½ - 5½. After 3 hours played, John was still up a piece but running out of time, 10 minutes to 50. Brian's position on board 9 looked precarious two pawns down, both of which were passed. On the other hand, on board 14 Graham was up a passed pawn in a rook and bishop ending. Roger, the next time I looked had reduced his deficit to one pawn. John's extra piece was having a little effect in a cramped position and in the end, he claimed a draw under the 2-minute rule, but rather than go to adjudication, his opponent graciously accepted. Meanwhile Kieran on board 10 was a pawn up, but progress looked difficult.

Meanwhile, Roger managed to level the pawn count but got checkmated soon after. Lincolnshire thereby took the lead 7-6. This left 3 games: Graham looked to be winning, (although his opponent had lost interest in writing down his moves with 20 minutes left on his clock!) but Brian on board 9 duly succumbed to an avalanche of pawns. This left us needing to win the two remaining games in order to draw the match. The tension was palpable! 

Despite being two pawns up there didn't look to be a way forward for Graham but then he checkmated his opponent, winning in a remarkably similar fashion to that in which Roger had lost. All eyes were now on the last game; Kieran’s material advantage had dissipated. Into the last 15 minutes or so and Kieran (despite fortification in the form of a cup of coffee provided by a helpful team member) had spent a long time before deciding on a king move which left him very short of time. His opponent also took his time but eventually after a time scramble, (0 secs- 46 secs)  Lincolnshire emerged victorious with the match result 9-7. What was particularly pleasing to see was the large number of players from both teams who had stayed to watch the result, thus fostering good team spirit.

Many thanks to Lincolnshire for their hospitality and pleasant (if somewhat cold!) venue. My thanks too to my 'sub-captains', Ron, Mike, Brian and Roy in helping with the organisation of the team and to all of you who played. If there are any reading this who wished that they could have played, please let me know, and I’ll do my best to accommodate you in the future.

DERBYSHIRE

LINCOLNSHIRE

BOARD

CLUB

PLAYER

Pts

PLAYER

Pts

1

Belper Smith, Vaughan 1 Robinson, Adam

0

2

Spondon Woods, Roy

0.5

Sherlock, Peter

0.5

3

Spondon Sheldon, Philip

0.5

Scott, David

0,5

4

Rolls Royce
Wootton, Stephen

0.5

Damms, Peter

0.5

5

Rolls Royce
Meyer, Dylan

0.5

Egan, William

0.5

6

Rolls Royce
Jenson, Jon

0.5

Dew, Mike

0.5

7

Rolls Royce
Bubis, Matthew

0

Grasham, John

1

8

Belper Woodhouse, David

1

Roberts, Neil

0

9

Clay Cross
Lever, Brian

0

Orr, William

1

10

Clay Cross Redhead, Kieran

0

Rae, Graeme

1

11

Belper Walker, Roger

0

Cumbers, Chris

1

12

Belper Harrison, Ronald

0

Milson, Neil

1

13

Belper Parkin, Norman

0

Newstead, Dr Mark

1

14

Spondon Pace, Graham

1

Robinson, Frank

0

15

Derby Fancourt, Leslie

0.5

Watson, Andrew

0.5

16

Clay Cross
Pearson, Frank

1

Burt, Kieran

0

SCORE

7

9






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