Lincolnshire Chess Association

U120 Counties Competition Open Team (2011-12)

MCCU U120 Counties Championship Open
Position Teams Pl W D L GPD Pts
1 Staffordshire Terriers 5 4 0 1 33½ 8
2 Worcestershire 5 4 0 1 34 8
3 Warwickshire 5 2 1 2 30½ 5
4 Nottinghamshire 5 2 0 3 37 4
5 Staffordshire Bulldogs 5 1 1 3 24 3
6 Lincolnshire 5 1 0 4 28 2

MCCU Minor Counties Championship Match Results
Date Match Result
15 Oct Lincolnshire vs Staffordshire Bulldogs 5-7
12 Nov Lincolnshire vs Worcestershire 2½-9½
7 Jan Lincolnshire vs Nottinghamshire 2½-9½
11 Feb Staffordshire Terriers vs Lincolnshire 8-4
17 Mar Warwickshire v Lincolnshire 5-7

Lincolnshire v Staffordshire Bulldogs

Report from John Grasham

Lincolnshire played their first ever match at in the Under 120 Section at Thurmaston on Saturday.

The Staffordshire captain had informed me before the start of play that they would be defaulting two boards so we started 2-0 up. Quick draws for Ian Scott and Chris Cumbers as well as juniors Joe Scarborough and James Kelly left us in a good position at 4-2 up but then the wheels came off. Four defeats for Charles Moss, James Derlien, James Wilson and Haydn Godfrey left us trailing by 2 with only two matches remaining. In my match I lost a pawn early in the endgame but with a well developed king I was able to win this back and create a passed pawn on the a file. Using this as a decoy I moved my king to the other side of the board and took my opponents remaining pawns which left me two pawns up and no possibility of me not being able to promote them. This left Paul Chaplin to salvage the match but this was never likely as he was a piece and two pawns down in the endgame.

Date: 15/10/11
Venue: Thurmaston Old School, Thurmaston, Leicester
Lincolnshire (Home team) Staffordshire Bulldogs (Away team)
Board Colour Name Club Grade Score Name Club Grade
1 W Charles Moss Lincoln 116 0-1 Robert Brodie Bushbury 116
2 B Ian Scott   115E ½-½ Barry Lewis Wolverhampton 113
3 W Paul Chaplin Grimsby 107 0-1 Nigel Parker Rushall 112
4 B Christopher Cumbers Grantham 105 ½-½ Paul Guest Brewood 112
5 W John Grasham Louth 91 1-0 Mike Savin Walsall Kipping 111
6 B James Derlien Grimsby 87 0-1 Geoffrey Cox Stafford 111
7 W James Kelly Lincolnshire Juniors 45E ½-½ Simon Jones Bushbury 109
8 B Joe Scarborough Lincolnshire Juniors 45E ½-½ Andrew Davies Brewood 108
9 W James Wilson Lincolnshire Juniors 45E 0-1 Danny Torbica Cannock St Marys 101
10 B Haydn Godfrey Lincolnshire Juniors 45E 0-1 Sumit Raisinghaney   100E
11 W Daniel Southern Lincolnshire Juniors 43 1-0 Default    
12 B Karl Southern Lincolnshire Juniors 40E 1-0 Default    

Lincolnshire v Worcestershire

Report from John Grasham

The 9½ to 2½ scoreline did not accurately reflect what was a tight match on almost all boards. The six students from King's in Grantham played well but mistakes towards the end of their matches cost them dearly and all they had to show was a solitary draw from Joe Scarborough. Mark Bradshaw, debuting on Board 1 was unable to take advantage of a better position, Ian Scott tried a queenside attack when on analysis a kingside attack would have been more fruitful and Chris Cumbers had to settle for draws. I was a pawn up in my game but lost due to my poor positioning of my knights on f6 and h6. Charles Moss lost from a good position when he accidentally touched the wrong piece and last to finish was Francis Birkbeck who had a certain win when from a pawn up he had a move in the endgame to fork his opponents knight and king with his rook but did not see it and had to settle for a draw.

The under 120 team is next in action on 7th January at the RAOB club in Lincoln against Nottinghamshire.

Date: 12/11/11
Venue: Thurmaston Old School, Thurmaston, Leicester
Lincolnshire (Home team) Worcestershire (Away team)
Board Colour Name Club Grade Score Name Club Grade
1 W Mark Bradshaw Grimsby 119 ½-½ Jeremy Humphries Stourbridge 117
2 B Charles Moss Lincoln 116 0-1 Doug Bott Greenlands 118
3 W Ian Scott   115E ½-½ Maureen Clark Halesowen 119
4 B Christopher Cumbers Grantham 105 ½-½ Giles Stanton Redditch 116
5 W Francis Birkbeck   104E ½-½ Penny Wood Redditch 113
6 B John Grasham Louth 91 0-1 Michele Clack Redditch 111
7 W James Kelly Lincolnshire Juniors 89E 0-1 Peter Seeley Redditch 108
8 B Haydn Godfrey Lincolnshire Juniors 80E 0-1 Terrance Poutney   106
9 W Joe Scarborough Lincolnshire Juniors 57E ½-½ Ian Clack Redditch 104
10 B James Wilson Lincolnshire Juniors 55E 0-1 Richard Collett Greenlands 101
11 W Daniel Southern Lincolnshire Juniors 43 0-1 Joyce Evans Halesowen 85
12 B Nathan McKiernon   40E 0-1 Tony Taylor Halesowen 84

Lincolnshire v Nottinghamshire

Report from John Grasham

Lincolnshire had a home tie against Nottinghamshire in the third of their U120 games this season. It was played at the home of Lincoln Chess Club, the RAOB Club. Lincolnshire started with a very inexperienced side featuring 7 juniors and two players in their first year at university so they were up against it from the start. It didn't go well with Nathan McKiernon on Board 12 losing to a checkmate in 9 moves. Other defeats followed for Philip Gutcher, James Wilson, Karl Southern, Haydn Godfrey and Joe Scarborough who dispite having a slightly better position was checked while his king was on g2, he moved to f1 allowing the queen to mate on h1. If he had chosen g1 he would almost certainly have picked up at least a draw. We did get off the mark with a draw from Grimsby's Will Seed when after having his queen and both rooks bearing down on the kingside, his opponent decided to take the draw with a repetitive check rather than swapping off queens. A win followed for Tom Claxton on Board 4 after he successfully negotiated a rook v bishop endgame but Nottinghamshire won the tie after Chris Bonnello (who jointly won the foundation event at Scarborough last year) forced home a passed pawn when he was the exchange up against James Kelly. Will Grummitt lost after being a piece up after his kingside pawn structure was torn apart after a ferocious attack from his opponent and Chris Cumbers held out for a trademark draw. Charles Moss on Board 1 finished proceedings with an endgame draw after being 2 pawns up. This left the final score 9.5 - 2.5 to Nottinghamshire but it could have been closer. Lincolnshire are next in action against Staffordshire Terriers on 11th February.

Date: 7/1/12
Venue: RAOB Club, Lincoln
Lincolnshire (Home team) Nottinghamshire (Away team)
Board Colour Name Club Grade Score Name Club Grade
1 B Charles Moss Lincoln 116 ½-½ James Kenyon West Notts 119
2 W Christopher Cumbers Grantham 105 ½-½ Andrew Flint Ashfield 117
3 B Will Grummitt Lincolnshire Juniors 104 0-1 Malcolm Hargreaves Newark 112
4 W Tom Claxton Lincolnshire Juniors 90E 1-0 Sally McIntosh Ashfield 115
5 B Philip Gutcher   89E 0-1 Richard Dawson Ashfield 111
6 W Joe Scarborough Lincolnshire Juniors 77E 0-1 Charlotte Attwood Radcliffe & Bingham 110
7 B James Kelly Lincolnshire Juniors 78E 0-1 Chris Bonnello Radcliffe & Bingham 106
8 W Haydn Godfrey Lincolnshire Juniors 75E 0-1 Stephen Morley Radcliffe & Bingham 104
9 B Will Seed Lincolnshire Juniors   ½-½ Dorothy Blampied Radcliffe & Bingham 86
10 W James Wilson Lincolnshire Juniors 53E 0-1 Steve Swanwick Nomads 95
11 B Karl Southern Lincolnshire Juniors 43E 0-1 Gregor McIntosh Ashfield 62
12 W Nathan McKiernon Lincolnshire Juniors 34E 0-1 Michael Swanwick Nomads 54

Staffordshire Terriers v Lincolnshire

Report from John Grasham

I was quietly confident for this match because after two heavy defeats I decided to strengthen the team whilst still giving youth a chance. Our average grade was 10 points higher that for the other 3 matches this season. However we did not get off to a good start with Board 1, Mark Bradshaw forced to resign after only 11 moves after a blunder. James Wilson and Nathan McKiernon got us back on track with draws on the bottom two boards before the wheels came off. Charles Moss lost and endgame he could have won, I gave away a piece and could not recover, James Kelly tried a rook sacrifice that didn't work, Haydn Godfrey couldn't hold on to his pawns when a bishop down in the endgame and Max Vasey lost also. A trademark draw for Chris Cumbers and another draw for Frank Robinson on his first appearance for the county wasn't enough to salvage the match. This just left Paul Chaplin whose excellent attack with his queen and knight on his opponents exposed king forced a win and Francis Birkbeck who lost a knight for a pawn in the middle game but kept going and with two passed pawns on the kingside was able to mop up his opponents queenside pawns with his king and there was no stopping his a-pawn being queened. Although it was another heavy defeat, the team is not comprehensively outclassed. There is still hope for an upset in our final match against Warwickshire on 17th March.

Date: 11/2/12
Venue: Thurmaston Old School
Staffordshire Terriers (Home team) Lincolnshire (Away team)
Board Colour Name Club Grade Score Name Club Grade
1 B Denis Nesbitt Stafford 122 1-0 Mark Bradshaw Grimsby 117
2 W Peter Shaw Newcastle-under-Lyme 114 1-0 Charles Moss Lincoln 112
3 B John Montague Cannock St Marys 109 ½-½ Frank Robinson Spalding 108
4 W Nicholas Wright Newcastle-under-Lyme 110 ½-½ Christopher Cumbers Grantham 105
5 B Stuart Hull Fenton 102 0-1 Paul Chaplin Grimsby 104
6 W David Barker Stafford 102 0-1 Francis Birkbeck Louth 102E
7 B Carl Mustafa Fenton 100 1-0 John Grasham Louth 100
8 W David Johnson Kidsgrove 89 1-0 Max Vasey Grimsby 100E
9 B Stuart Green Meir 84 1-0 James Kelly Lincolnshire Juniors 77E
10 W Karthik Selvan Staffordshire Juniors 84 1-0 Haydn Godfrey Lincolnshire Juniors 67E
11 B Peter Tideswell Fenton 83 ½-½ James Wilson Lincolnshire Juniors 53E
12 W Abby Sergeant Meir 24 ½-½ Nathan McKiernon Lincolnshire Juniors 19E

Warwickshire v Lincolnshire

Report from John Grasham

Lincolnshire went into their final match of the season having lost all their previous encounters and up against last year's national champions in Warwickshire. Things started badly for Lincolnshire with defeats for Nathan McKiernon, Dan Southern, Max Vasey and Joe Scarborough who lets slip an even position to have his rook and queen forked. However a win for James Kelly and a draw for Tom Claxton left us in contention. Francis Birkbeck picked up another win for Lincolnshire after his opponent inexplicably gave away his rook and Francis played solidly to grind out the win. Francis is the team's top performer this season with 2.5 out of 3. Two more wins for Charles Moss and Ian Scott left the match intriguingly balanced at 4.5 points each with 3 games remaining. Mark Bradshaw won on Board one and when Will Grummitt agreed a draw after coming back from a piece down it was down to the captain to bring home the victory. All I needed was a draw but as I was two pawns up from my opponent making a mistake by trying to swap off bishops, I kept going for the win. My opponent battled valiantly but he resigned on move 62 when I checked him meaning I would queen on my next move.

I would like to thank everyone who played for the team this year and hope you will play again next season (As long as your grading isn't too high!)

Date: 17/3/12
Venue: Thurmaston Old School
Warwickshire (Home team) Lincolnshire (Away team)
Board Colour Name Club Grade Score Name Club Grade
1   Harvey Quail Warwickshire CA 123 0-1 Mark Bradshaw Grimsby 117
2   Wilf Morgan Kynoch 113 0-1 Ian Scott Lincolnshire CA 111E
3   Pauline Woodward Warley Quinborne 114 0-1 Charles Moss Lincoln 112
4   David Reeves Westminster (Birmingham) 113 ½-½ Will Grummitt Lincolnshire Juniors 107
5   John Donovan Shirley 111 0-1 Francis Birkbeck Louth 99E
6   Joe Rourke Warley Quinborne 111 0-1 John Grasham Louth 100
7   Steve Byrne Boldmere St Michael 109 ½-½ Tom Claxton Lincolnshire Juniors 108E
8   Graham Gee Warwickshire CA 109 1-0 Joe Scarborough Lincolnshire Juniors 87
9   Peter Hughes Warley Quinborne 108 1-0 Max Vasey Grimsby 93E
10   Bill Dixon Boldmere St Michael 107 0-1 James Kelly Lincolnshire Juniors 68E
11   John Pakenham Warley Quinborne 102 1-0 Daniel Southern Lincolnshire Juniors 53
12   Richard Buxton Stratford 94 1-0 Nathan McKiernon Lincolnshire Juniors 24E