|15 Oct||Nottinghamshire v Lincolnshire||9½-2½|
|29 Oct||Lincolnshire v Warwickshire||7½-4½|
|10 Dec||Worcestershire v Lincolnshire||7½-4½|
|18 Feb||Lincolnshire v Staffordshire||5-7|
Nottinghamshire v Lincolnshire
Report from William Orr
With several of last year’s players now too strong for the U120 squad and a number of others having prior commitments, assembling a team for the away match against Nottinghamshire was reduced to simple task of naming the 12 players who were available. Special thanks to Kieran Burt from Horncastle, Terry Bennett from Spalding and Neil Roberts from Lincoln who all stepped forward to play in their first county match. Unfortunately Richard Coats contracted food poisoning and had to withdraw at the last minute, leaving us a player short and forced to default one board. As expected the Nottinghamshire team had a notable grading advantage, and I knew a tough afternoon was likely. So it proved, though as I concentrated on my own game and ignored the distractions of the match, I missed everything that happened on the other boards. By the time my game ended the match was already lost, with only Terry Bennett and Mark Newstead winning and Chris Cumbers securing a draw.
|Nottinghamshire (Home team)||Lincolnshire (Away team)|
|1||W||Amaan Gogia||West Nottingham||119||1-0||Behzad Parnian||Grimsby||119|
|2||B||Graham Gibson||Nottingham Central||119||1-0||William Orr||Horncastle||118|
|3||W||Bernardo Pincheira||Nottingham University||118||1-0||Graeme Rae||Horncastle||116|
|4||B||Alberto Rodriguez||Nomads||116||½-½||Chris Cumbers||Grantham||114|
|5||W||Michael Harper||Gambit||115||0-1||Terry Bennett||Spalding||112|
|6||B||Len Morrell||Radcliffe & Bingham||113||1-0||Neil Roberts||Lincolnshire||E110|
|7||W||Bob Garnett||West Bridgford||110||0-1||Mark Newstead||Horncastle||108|
|8||B||Joe Wright||Nottingham University||109||1-0||Will Taylor||Lincolnshire Juniors||103|
|9||W||Rikita Maladkar||West Nottingham||109||1-0||Paul Chaplin||Grimsby||98|
|10||B||Margaret Gretton||Gambit||108||1-0||Peter Metcalfe||Lincoln||84|
|11||W||Bob Abrahart||West Bridgford||102||1-0||Kieran Burt||Horncastle||63|
|12||B||Allan Brown||West Bridgford||104||1-0||Default|
Lincolnshire v Warwickshire
Report from William Orr
Two weeks after our first match the U120 side were back in action against Warwickshire, and once again I missed most of the action while I concentrated on my own game. By the time I had finished we were already in a comfortable position with wins for Paul Fischer, Neil Roberts, Terry Bennett and Will Taylor, and draws for Chris Cumbers and Mark Newstead. A few boards were still playing. Robert Stokes, in his first match for a county team, was an exchange down, but his pawn on the seventh rank was enough to earn another draw. Graeme Rae was clearly thinking hard and expecting a draw in a rook and pawns endgame, but when his opponent allowed an exchange of rooks he was able to find a winning pawn promotion.
Overall a good result for the team, with a win against the beaten finalists in last year’s national competition.
|Lincolnshire (Home team)||Warwickshire (Away team)|
|1||W||Behzad Parnian||Grimsby||119||0-1||Jason Madden||Leamington||117|
|2||B||William Orr||Horncastle||118||1-0||Roy Watson||Kenilworth||117|
|3||W||Graeme Rae||Horncastle||116||1-0||Rob Mantell||Leamington||115|
|4||B||Chris Cumbers||Grantham||114||½-½||Paul Kelly||Nuneaton||117|
|5||W||Terry Bennett||Spalding||112||1-0||Marek Zawadzki||Stratford||110|
|6||B||Paul Fischer||Lincoln||111||1-0||Simon Weaver||Warwickshire||112|
|7||W||Neil Roberts||Lincolnshire||E110||1-0||Paul Davies||Stratford||106|
|8||B||Mark Newstead||Horncastle||108||½-½||John Pakenham||Warwickshire||108|
|9||W||Frank Robinson||Spalding||107||0-1||Penny Wood||Solihull||104|
|10||B||Robert Stokes||Scunthorpe||106||½-½||Peter Stiff||Strafford||93|
|11||W||Will Taylor||Lincolnshire||103||1-0||Peter Leggett||Leamington||96|
|12||B||Peter Metcalfe||Lincoln||84||0-1||Pauline Woodward||Warley Quinborne||100|
Worcestershire v Lincolnshire
Report from William Orr
Lincolnshire teams had a busy schedule recently with U120 and U140 matches in close succession, and it wasn't surprising when fewer players than usual declared themselves free to take on Worcestershire. At times like this a team captain might long for the great days of Soviet chess, when a phone call from Stalin would be enough to ensure the appearance of Botvinnik, Keres and the rest. Fortunately Terry, Richard and Kieran stepped forward to take the last few places, and Cameron Marnoch was back from university to make a welcome return to the team.
The match began with two of the Worcestershire players absent, leaving Robert Stokes and Mark Newstead without opponents, and their games eventually began around 25 minutes late. I concentrated on my game and missed most of the early action. By the time I resigned Robert and Andrew Watson had won their games and Paul Fischer had agreed a draw, but Worcestershire had done well elsewhere and were already on 5½ points, leaving them within reach of match victory. They soon secured the points they needed when Mark and Graeme Rae concluded their games with draws. A late win for Richard Coats boosted the Lincolnshire score, but Worcestershire ended winners by 7½ points to 4½.
The final match for the U120 team will be against Staffordshire in February when a good result will be needed if we are to progress to the ECF stage of the competition.
|Worcestershire (Home team)||Lincolnshire (Away team)|
|1||David Smith||Redditch||116||1-0||William Orr||Horncastle||118|
|2||Jeremy Humphries||Stourbridge||116||½-½||Graeme Rae||Horncastle||116|
|3||Terry Radford||Droitwich||104||1-0||Chris Cumbers||Grantham||114|
|4||Michele Clack||Redditch||101||1-0||Terry Bennett||Spalding||112|
|5||Toni Reed||Redditch||99||½-½||Paul Fischer||Lincoln||111|
|6||Peter Hodkinson||St Georges||99||½-½||Dr Mark Newstead||Horncastle||108|
|7||Kevan Ward||Worcestershire||96||0-1||Robert Stokes||Scunthorpe||106|
|8||Richard Collett||Worcester||94||0-1||Richard Coats||Spalding||99|
|9||Terry Pountney||Kidderminster||87||0-1||Andrew Watson||Horncastle||85|
|10||Monty Woodhouse||Worcestershire||86||1-0||Peter Metcalfe||Lincoln||84|
|11||Daniel Arkell||Stourbridge||74||1-0||Cameron Marnoch||Louth||75|
|12||Joyce Evans||Halesowen||67||1-0||Kieran Burt||Horncastle||63|
Lincolnshire v Staffordshire
Report from William Orr
The date of the match against Staffordshire coincided with the half-term break, Doncaster Congress and Lincoln City playing in the FA Cup, so it wasn’t too surprising when a number of regular players were unavailable. Fortunately several junior players were available and I was very pleased to give them a chance to experience a county match. Thanks to all those who volunteered especially Charles Moss who responded to my late telephone request and found himself on board 4 the next day. Unfortunately we were well outgraded as a team and I knew that it would take exceptional performances to give us any chance of securing a win.
The match began without an opponent for Adam Cook, and Staffordshire eventually conceded that point. Once again I concentrated on my own game, and saw nothing of the rest of the match. There were wins for Chris Cumbers and myself and draws for Graeme Rae, Charles Moss, Frank Robinson and Peter Metcalfe, giving Lincolnshire 5 points but leaving Staffordshire the winners on 7.
That leaves Lincolnshire on 2 points, unfortunately not enough to secure a place in the ECF stage so there will be no further matches for the U120 side this season. Thanks to all those who played, arranged transport and otherwise helped out.
|Lincolnshire (Home team)||Staffordshire (Away team)|
|1||B||Graeme Rae||Horncastle||126||½-½||Andrew Lenz||Brewood||123|
|2||W||William Orr||Horncastle||122||1-0||Julian Hawthorne||Kidsgrove||118|
|3||B||Terry Bennett||Spalding||115||0-1||Nicholas Wright||Newcastle-under-Lyme||117|
|4||W||Charles Moss||Lincoln||112||½-½||David Barker||Stafford||115|
|5||B||Mark Newstead||Horncastle||111||0-1||Simon Jones||Bushbury||115|
|6||W||Chris Cumbers||Grantham||109||1-0||Anthony Meakin||Rugeley||110|
|7||B||Frank Robinson||Spalding||105||½-½||Michael Page||Lichfield||109|
|8||W||Peter Metcalfe||Lincoln||83||½-½||Paul Guest||Brewood||105|
|10||W||Paul Rutter||Horncastle||E70||0-1||Stuart Hull||Fenton||96|
|11||B||Kieran Burt||Horncastle||64||0-1||David Buckley||Bushbury||80|
|12||W||Amogh Pilani||Louth||62||0-1||Andrew Davies||Brewood||83|