Northumbria Chess League 2010-11

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Archive for November, 2010

Newcastle 1½-3½ Tynemouth Trojans

Posted by Chris G on November 25, 2010

Andrew Lawson 0-1 David Henderson
Jonathan King ½-½ Gary Cornwall
Michael McBeth 0-1 Gidon Cohen
John Wheeler 0-1 Dave Jarema
Andrew Robinson 1-0 Chris Smith

Tuesday 23rd November 2010

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Tynedale Tans 1½-3½ Gosforth Empire

Posted by Chris G on November 24, 2010

Dave Weldon 0-1 Daniel Tomé
Peter Crichton 0-1 Paul Janiak
David Wrigley ½-½ Paul Sumner
Derek Blair 1-0 Geoff Harrison
Tim Wrigley 0-1 Dave Stebbings

Tuesday 23rd November 2010

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Leam Lane Aces 4½-½ Jesmond Rookies

Posted by Chris G on November 24, 2010

Jonathan Hawkins 1-0 Amarvansh Singh
Nick Tavoularis 1-0 Steven Aitchison
Kyril Fomin 1-0 Craig Borwick
Chris Wardle ½-½ Peter Jørgensen
Robert Forsythe 1-0 Dave Walshaw

Tuesday 23rd November 2010

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Eldon Leisure 1½-3½ Tynemouth Hobbits

Posted by Chris G on November 23, 2010

Paul Robson 0-1 Clive Waters
Stefan Hartmann 0-1 Michael Hubbard
Martin Beardsley 0-1 Antonio Moneva-Jordan
Ted Jarah 1-0 Lara Barnes
Norman Marshall ½-½ John Clarke

Monday 22nd November 2010

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Gateshead A 3-2 Morpeth C

Posted by Chris G on November 23, 2010

Gagik Abaryan 0-1 Alan Welsh
Mark Barfoot 1-0 James Chadwick
William Noble ½-½ Harry Robinson
Ken Owen 1-0 James Hill
Alex Johnson ½-½ David Watson

Monday 22nd November 2010

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Hetton Quick Play Saturday 27th November

Posted by Chris G on November 22, 2010

Open, Major U160, Minor U125
Adults £6, juniors £4
All sections 1st prize £40, 2nd prize £20
10am start
Download Entry Form (with map)

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Forest Hall B 2-3 South Shields

Posted by Chris G on November 20, 2010

Jeff Baird 0-1 Kevin Rowden
Jeff Bentham ½-½ Ben Wood
Keith Brooks ½-½ Stan Johnson
Stephen Bowey 0-1 Dave Parlour
Dennis Shippen 1-0 Mark Rowden

Friday 19th November 2010

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Tynedale Reivers 1-4 Gateshead A

Posted by Chris G on November 17, 2010

Tim Wrigley 1-0 Gagik Abaryan
Bruce Reed 0-1 Peter Wells
Steve Larkin 0-1 William Noble
Phil Taylor 0-1 Ken Owen
Dave Foster jnr 0-1 Colin Gilroy

Tuesday 16th November 2010

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Gosforth Regents 1½-3½ Morpeth B

Posted by Chris G on November 16, 2010

Julian Peterca 0-1 Les Whittle
Robert Heyman ½-½ Phil Eastlake
Steve Wilde 0-1 Jeremy Handley
David Turner ½-½ Geoff Loxham
Brian Ord ½-½ Alex Ashworth

Monday 15th November 2010

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Division 1 round-up: Round 3

Posted by Chris G on November 14, 2010

I was at the Gosforth Empire club (an excellent venue, with by far the league’s cheapest refreshments) to see Gosforth’s delayed 2nd round match against Jesmond Knights, and to witness the jubilant scenes that followed it. No, Gosforth hadn’t won – nor come close – but their board 4 player had come away with a draw, so the team had avoided a 5-0 whitewash. Once the champagne had stopped flowing, I agreed with captain Geoff Harrison that, in light of his draw, the board 4 player in question (Daniel Tomé, a Portuguese visitor playing his first match for the club) ought to be promoted to board 1 for this week’s visit of Newcastle. Gosforth were whitewashed 5-0. Sorry, Geoff!

Newcastle’s merging of their A and B teams has left them with an alarmingly strong line-up. John Wheeler, who is graded 177 and outgrades fully half of the league’s regular board 1s, told me before the season started that he was looking at playing board 5 most of the time. So I went away and looked through the old league tables wondering what was the record number of game points ever scored in a Northumbria league season. Then in their first match they fell flat on their faces against Morpeth A, and would now very much appreciate it if Morpeth could slip up against, say, defending champions Leam Lane Aces. But that particular showdown will not now take place until December at the earliest, as only 60% of Morpeth A were in England on the original date.

Last season Forest Hall A and Eldon Leisure became the first pair of promoted teams to survive in the 1st Division since 1997; both did so with relative ease thanks to their new top boards Charlie Storey and Alan Harvey. When the teams met on Friday, Charlie was present, Alan was absent; Forest Hall won 3½-1½.

Tynemouth Hobbits have had another underwhelming start, held to a draw by Gosforth and edged out by the Trojans whom they nominally outrank. But they were still far too strong for their other clubmates the Castles, whose eagerness to accept a 1st division place was most encouraging but who are already losing the fight for the valuable game points that could make the difference between second- and third-from-bottom. Captain Dave Mear’s defeat of John Clarke was their first individual victory this season. Still, it only takes couple of wins against the teams around them to put a different complexion on things…

Jesmond Knights faced their stiffest test so far at fellow 100%’ers Tynemouth Trojans. Steven Aitchison on board 5, now graduated and free from academic distractions, chipped in with a victory that takes him to 3/3 for the season, as did the lesser-spotted Jonathan Mutton filling in for Tumen Buyandalai on board 1, as the Knights scraped home 3-2 to resume the Division 1 lead. (Steven reckons his opponent could have played a line that neutralised his attack and left him a pawn down, potentially reversing the match result. How important will that twist of fate be for the 2008-9 champions come the end of the campaign?) A similar start to last season for the Knights, and still a much-improved one for the Trojans whose 1st Division status was only secured in March.

There is a reverse gravitational pull keeping Tynedale in the 1st Division.  2007: second-from-bottom, but saved by Forest Hall A’s withdrawal. 2008: third-from-bottom, saved with one round to spare. 2009: equal third-from-bottom, saved by a draw in their final match. 2010: rock bottom, but their second team rode to the rescue by winning promotion. Surely the league has run out of ways not to relegate them? Well, from the looks of this season’s start they have taken matters into their own hands: their victory over Jesmond Rookies was their second in three matches,  and another would probably see them safe, with both promoted teams due to visit the Dyvels Inn in the next three rounds.

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Forest Hall A 3½-1½ Eldon Leisure

Posted by Chris G on November 14, 2010

Charlie Storey 1-0 Paul Robson
Mike Smith 1-0 Martin Beardsley
Martin Seeber ½-½ Ted Jarah
Alex Raison 1-0 Norman Marshall
Sophie Seeber 0-1 Peter Hubbard

Friday 12th November 2010

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Jesmond Rookies 2-3 Tynedale Tans

Posted by Chris G on November 13, 2010

Amarvansh Singh ½-½ Dave Weldon
Paul Bielby ½-½ Peter Crichton
Theon Rogers ½-½ David Wrigley
Robert Archer 0-1 Derek Blair
Michael Beaty ½-½ Dave Foster snr

Friday 12th November 2010

Paul Bielby was eligible to play board 4 under the 15-point rule. Jesmond contacted me to ask whether they could play Paul Bielby on board 2, so as not to be seen to derive any advantage from arranging their team out of grading order, but consider him to have played board 4 for eligibility purposes. I accepted this request on the grounds that Paul remaining eligible for Jesmond Pawns is in the interest of the league. These circumstances are unique to Jesmond and should not be considered a precedent.

(Robert Archer, who was tied to the Rookies anyway, is therefore considered to have played board 3 for eligibility purposes.)

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Tynemouth Trojans 2-3 Jesmond Knights

Posted by Chris G on November 10, 2010

David Henderson 0-1 Jonathan Mutton
Gary Cornwall ½-½ John Turnock
Gidon Cohen 1-0 Ed Dodds
Dave Jarema ½-½ Paul Bielby
Chris Smith 0-1 Steven Aitchison

Tuesday 9th November 2010

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Tynemouth Castles 1-4 Tynemouth Hobbits

Posted by Chris G on November 10, 2010

Dave Hair 0-1 Clive Waters
Keith Rockett 0-1 Michael Hubbard
Malcolm Robson 0-1 Lara Barnes
Dave Mear 1-0 John Clarke
Ray Garside 0-1 Alex McFarlane

Tuesday 9th November 2010

Malcolm Robson was a late substitute and remains eligible for the Warriors

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Gosforth Empire 0-5 Newcastle

Posted by Chris G on November 9, 2010

Daniel Tomé 0-1 Andrew Lawson
Noel Boustred 0-1 Jonathan King
Geoff Harrison 0-1 Michael McBeth
Dave Stebbings 0-1 John Wheeler
James Clark 0-1 Paul Costello

Monday 8th November 2010

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Division 2 round-up: Round 3

Posted by Chris G on November 7, 2010

The big question after three rounds: can South Shields go the distance? They certainly have the strength to compete at the right end of the table – Simon McGuinness is a near-unstoppable force in the 2nd division, Kevin Rowden has become a player to underestimate at your peril, and their latest 3-2 triumph over Morpeth C proved that their lower order can also dig deep when it matters. They will face better teams than Morpeth C, but the points are on the board and the momentum is on their side.

One team who will certainly have other ideas is Morpeth B – supertition has it that tipping them for success will guarantee the opposite, but with a combined grade of 281 on boards 4 and 5, this may be the season when they don’t need to rely on luck. With games in hand after a bye and a postponement, they are lurking with intent.

Relegated Gateshead A need to try and stay in contention while they await Dusan Zdjelar’s return, but they failed to get out of their drawing habit against a Tynemouth Warriors side lacking their usual spearhead in the shape of Richard Oxnard. The Warriors themselves have had a desperately unlucky start – with a draw and two 3-2 defeats, they have managed to score their 6½ game points in the worst possible order, but you suspect they are capable of better results.

Tynedale Reivers recovered from their encounter with the South Shields steam train by overpowering Gateshead Knights on the upper boards – the question is whether a similar team to that which finished an excellent 2nd last season can repeat their achievements against what looks like a slightly stronger field. The Knights have picked up where they left off last season – mid-table potential banana skins who are almost inevitably going to put a dent in someone’s promotion bid (they may already have done it to their own A team). Colin Gilroy on board 5 is a much bigger threat than his current grade of 103 suggests.

Forest Hall B scraped a win with only four players against a Jesmond Pawns team who have once again had their best players poached over the summer and may be looking at a long season of rebuilding. Forest Hall have now beaten two of the back-markers, but someone’s 100% record will have to end in their encounter with South Shields.

Alnwick’s bid to dodge the wooden spoon took a turn for the worse when a winnable match against Gosforth Regents went against them by a 3-2 scoreline.

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Jesmond Pawns 2-3 Forest Hall B

Posted by Chris G on November 5, 2010

Adam Clark 0-1 Jeff Bentham
Zheming Zhang ½-½ Keith Brooks
Chris Wilson ½-½ Steve Bowey
Anthony Lai 0-1 Dennis Shippen
William Wilkinson 1-0 default

Friday 5th November 2010

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South Shields 3-2 Morpeth C

Posted by Chris G on November 5, 2010

Kevin Rowden 0-1 Alan Welsh
Colin Campbell 0-1 James Chadwick
Ben Wood 1-0 Harry Robinson
Stan Johnson 1-0 Dennis Patterson
Dave Parlour 1-0 David Watson

Thursday 4th November 2010

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Gosforth Regents 3-2 Alnwick

Posted by Chris G on November 4, 2010

Julian Peterca ½-½ David Wallace
James Clark ½-½ Mike Trolan
Steve Wilde 0-1 James Pharoah
David Turner 1-0 Rob McEwan
Brian Ord 1-0 Christopher Cox

Wednesday 3rd November 2010

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Zollner, Sell and Newcastle Round 2 published

Posted by Chris G on November 2, 2010

See the links under “Individual Championships” in the panel on the right.

These pages will hopefully be updated with latest results as the round progresses.

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Gateshead Knights 1½-3½ Tynedale Reivers

Posted by Chris G on November 2, 2010

Kevin Cox 0-1 Mike Nicholson
Peter Nicholson 0-1 Steve Larkin
Alex Johnson 0-1 Phil Taylor
Robin McKay ½-½ Malcolm Reid
Colin Gilroy 1-0 Peter Booker

Monday 1st October 2010

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Jesmond Knights 4½-½ Gosforth Empire

Posted by Chris G on November 2, 2010

Tumen Buyandalai 1-0 Geoff Harrison
John Turnock 1-0 Dave Stebbings
Ed Dodds 1-0 Noel Boustred
Paul Bielby ½-½ Daniel Tomé
Steven Aitchison 1-0 James Clark

Monday 1st November 2010

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Gateshead A 2½-2½ Tynemouth Warriors

Posted by Chris G on November 2, 2010

Gagik Abaryan 0-1 Dennis White
Mark Barfoot 1-0 Robert Batten
William Noble 0-1 Malcolm Robson
Terry Sweeney 1-0 Dennis Beagarie
Ken Owen ½-½ Peter Combellack

Monday 1st November 2010

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