Lincolnshire Chess Association

U140 Counties Competition Open Team (2016-17)

MCCU U140 Counties Championship Open
Position Teams Pl W D L Match Pts
1 Worcestershire 3 3 0 0
2 Nottinghamshire 3 1 1 1 3
3 Lincolnshire 3 1 0 2 2
4 Derbyshire 3 0 1 2 1

MCCU U140 Counties Championship Match Results
Date Match Result
19 Nov Lincolnshire v Derbyshire 9-7
3 Dec Nottinghamshire v Lincolnshire 9-7
4 Mar Worcestershire v Lincolnshire 8½-7½

Lincolnshire v Derbyshire

Report from John Grasham

Lincolnshire eventually got the new season underway with a home tie against Derbyshire. A couple of late withdrawals meant I had to call up both my reserves at the last minute. On seeing the Derbyshire teamsheet I realised yet another tough match was in prospect after we were outgraded by an average of 10 points on each board. Kieran Burt was first to finish, losing against a tactical trick from his opponent. Quick draws for Bill Egan and Peter Damms got us on the scoresheet and I levelled things up with a comprehensive win after being a rook and pawn up. Wins for Neil Milson and Mark Newstead followed but defeats for Adam Robinson and debutant Neil Roberts and draws for David Scott, Andrew Watson and Peter Sherlock left the score very finely balanced at 5½ each with 5 games left playing. Chris Cumbers put us ahead when his opponent fell for a mating trick and Mike Dew unbelievably pulled off a draw after being a knight and pawn behind. William Orr’s fine endgame style where he swapped his extra knight to gain two passed pawns put us on the brink of victory at 8-6 ahead but Frank Robinson lost after falling into a checkmate trap. This left the result hanging in the balance to the final game when Graeme Rae got into a level endgame with his opponent that just went on and on and on. Eventually his opponent ran out of time gifting us a 9-7 victory. However there is no time to rest on our laurels as our next match against Nottinghamshire is in two weeks time.

Date: 19/11/16
Venue: Lindum Group, Jubilee Place, Station Road, Lincoln LN6 3QX
Lincolnshire (Home team) Derbyshire (Away team)
Board Colour Name Club Grade Score Name Club Grade
1 W Adam Robinson Louth 136 0-1 Vaughan Smith Belper 136
2 Peter Sherlock Lincoln 134 ½-½ Roy Woods Spondon 135
3 W David Scott Louth 126 ½-½ Philip Sheldon Spondon 134
4 B Peter Damms Louth 122 ½-½ Stephen Wootton Rolls Royce Derby 131
5 W William Egan Scunthorpe 122 ½-½ Dylan Meyer Rolls Royce Derby 131
6 B Mike Dew Barton 122 ½-½ Jon Jenson Rolls Royce Derby 131
7 W John Grasham Louth 120 1-0 Matthew Bubis Rolls Royce Derby 128
8 B Neil Roberts Lincoln E119 0-1 David Woodhouse Derbyshire 126
9 W William Orr Horncastle 118 1-0 Brian Lever Clay Cross 124
10 B Graeme Rae Horncastle 116 1-0 Kieran Redhead Clay Cross 124
11 W Chris Cumbers Grantham 114 1-0 Roger Walker Belper 121
12 B Neil Milson Louth 109 1-0 Ronald Harrison Belper 119
13 W Dr Mark Newstead Horncastle 108 1-0 Norman Parkin Belper 116
14 B Frank Robinson Spalding 107 0-1 Graham Pace Spondon 115
15 W Andrew Watson Horncastle 85 ½-½ Leslie Fancourt Derby 112
16 B Kieran Burt Horncastle 63 0-1 Frank Pearson Clay Cross 95

Nottinghamshire v Lincolnshire

Report from John Grasham

Lincolnshire’s second match in two weeks was always going to be really tough. This time we were outgraded by an average of 20 points on each board. Quick defeats for Kieran Burt, Amogh Pilani and Peter Damms were cancelled out by wins for Mike Dew and John Grasham who took advantage of a horribly exposed king. A draw for Peter Sherlock and a win for debutant Arlan Musurov who was playing a Nottinghamshire replacement player levelled the score. Draws for Paul Fischer and Neil Milson kept the score level but Nottinghamshire went ahead when Andrew Watson lost a rook and pawn endgame and David Scott blundered a piece. Lincolnshire then managed to get back on level terms when Adam Robinson won then Neil Roberts was able to sacrifice a knight to get a passed pawn. A draw by perpetual check for Graeme Rae left the scores tied at 7-7 with two matches remaining. However a miraculous result was not to be after William Orr and Mark Newstead both lost after both being a long way behind in endgames. This leaves Lincolnshire a great chance of qualifying for the knockout stages going into our final match against Worcestershire on the 4th March.

Date: 3/12/16
Venue: Bramcote Memorial Hall, Church Street, Bramcote, Nottingham NG9 3HD
Nottinghamshire (Home team) Lincolnshire (Away team)
Board Colour Name Club Grade Score Name Club Grade
1 W Mark Radford Nottingham Central 138 0-1 Adam Robinson Louth 136
2 Stan Cranmer Ashfield 138 ½-½ Peter Sherlock Lincoln 134
3 W Alex Poyser Nottinghamshire 136 1-0 David Scott Louth 126
4 B Shane Bhayat Nomads 134 1-0 Peter Damms Louth 122
5 W Nigel Wright Ashfield 134 0-1 Mike Dew Barton 122
6 B Steve Luland Nottingham University 134 0-1 John Grasham Louth 120
7 W Mike Nailard Radcliffe & Bingham 133 0-1 Neil Roberts Lincoln E119
8 B Robert Willoughby West Nottingham 133 1-0 William Orr Horncastle 118
9 W Dave Griffiths Nomads 131 ½-½ Graeme Rae Horncastle 116
10 B Peter Gorecka-Marshall Gambit 130 ½-½ Paul Fischer Lincoln 111
11 W Chris Budd West Bridgford 130 ½-½ Neil Milson Louth 109
12 B Simon Scott West Nottingham 128 1-0 Dr Mark Newstead Horncastle 108
13 W Mike Swanwick Nomads 128 1-0 Andrew Watson Horncastle 85
14 B Alex Meade Nottingham Central 67 0-1 Arlan Musurov Lincoln 77
15 W Barry Redburn Radcliffe & Bingham 121 1-0 Kieran Burt Horncastle 63
16 B Andy Flint Ashfield 121 1-0 Amogh Pilani Louth 43

Worcestershire v Lincolnshire

Report from John Grasham

Lincolnshire’s final match of the season was against national champions Worcestershire and we knew that only a win was good enough to guarantee our place in the national stages. However hopes were high when we fielded our strongest team of the season. Early defeats for myself and Peter Sherlock were cancelled out by wins for Mark Newstead, Chris Cumbers and Andrew Watson. An unusually high number of draws were recorded with half a point for Adam Robinson, Amy Milson, Neil Roberts, Graeme Rae, William Orr, Paul Fischer and Neil Milson but defeats for both Peter Damms and Mike Dew left us needing to win the last two matches. However it was not to be after David Scott couldn’t force home a couple of passed pawns against a knight and Bill Egan blundered a piece while ahead in the endgame. Both players had to settle for draws leaving Lincolnshire on the wrong side of 8½ to 7½ scoreline. However Lincolnshire may be invited to take part in the national stages if not enough teams from other unions accept nominations.

I would again like to thank everyone who played for the team this year, especially those who provided transport and look forward to captaining the team again and welcoming both new and returning players for next season.

Date: 4/3/17
Venue: Thurmaston Memorial Hall, Melton Road, Thurmaston, Leicester, LE4 8BD
Worcestershire (Home team) Lincolnshire (Away team)
Board Colour Name Club Grade Score Name Club Grade
1 W Paul Sharratt Stourbridge 142 ½-½ Adam Robinson Louth 137
2 Eric Horwill Stourbridge 141 ½-½ Amy Milson Louth 136
3 W Ian Ellis Greenlands 140 1-0 Peter Sherlock Lincoln 133
4 B Steve Crockett Redditch 139 ½-½ Neil Roberts Lincoln 129
5 W Sam Bradley Stourbridge 136 1-0 Peter Damms Louth 128
6 B Dave Spowart Kidderminster 134 ½-½ David Scott Louth 127
7 W Richard Leaper Mutual Circle 134 1-0 Mike Dew Barton 127
8 B Roy Peters Greenlands 133 ½-½ Graeme Rae Horncastle 126
9 W Giles Stanton Redditch 132 ½-½ William Egan Scunthorpe 124
10 B Jon Asbury Shirley 127 ½-½ William Orr Horncastle 122
11 W Tony Shaw Stourbridge 127 1-0 John Grasham Louth 116
12 B Rob Bricknell Redditch 125 0-1 Dr Mark Newstead Horncastle 111
13 W Kevin Day Redditch 122 ½-½ Paul Fischer Lincoln 111
14 B Jeremy Humphries Stourbridge 114 0-1 Chris Cumbers Grantham 109
15 W Peter Banks Halesowen 112 ½-½ Neil Milson Louth 108
16 B Terry Radford Droitwich 99 0-1 Andrew Watson Horncastle 93