Lincolnshire Chess Association

Minor Counties Competition (2017-18)

MCCU Minor Counties Championship
Position Teams Pl W D L Pts
1 Lincolnshire 1 1 0 0 2
2 Nottinghamshire 1 1 0 0 2
3 Warwickshire 1 0 0 1 0
4 Leicestershire 1 0 0 1 0
5 Worcestershire          

MCCU Minor Counties Championship Match Results
Date Match Result
28 Oct Leicestershire v Lincolnshire 6½-9½
18 Nov Lincolnshire v Worcestershire
20 Jan Nottinghamshire v Lincolnshire
18 Feb Lincolnshire v Warwickshire

Leicestershire v Lincolnshire

Report from Nigel Birtwistle

The MCCU fixture list always provides Lincolnshire with some difficulties in selecting a team in alternate seasons. Last year we had the luxury of two home games in Lincoln and two matches at neutral venues. This season we are faced with two matches away from home and two matches at neutral venues. So getting a strong team for every match will not be easy due to the amount of travel involved and the fact that Lincolnshire are also current the defending Minor Counties champions makes us the team that everyone wants to beat.

The first fixture of the season saw us travel to play Leicestershire at Thurmaston. I was very pleased to be able to field a strong team and I was hoping that the team could win an away fixture against Leicestershire for the first time since 2009. When myself and the new Leicestershire captain John Denton exchanged team sheets it was clear that the sides were very evenly matched on paper. Our matches against Leicestershire are always very hard fought contests and it looked like this would be no exception.

Surprisingly however the match didn’t quite pan out as I had anticipated. Lincolnshire were always in control of the match and after a few drawn games the wins started to come in and we never relinquished our lead. By the time Leicestershire had registered just their second win of the day Lincolnshire had already recorded five victories of their own to secure the match. The final two games in play were drawn to leave Lincolnshire winners by a 9½ - 6½ margin.

This was an excellent team performance by Lincolnshire in their opening fixture especially away from home against difficult opposition. Another milestone in my captaincy was also achieved when we won away against Leicestershire for the first time since I became captain in 2009. Hopefully we will be able to continue our good form when we travel to play Worcestershire at a neutral venue on Saturday November 18th.

Date: 28/10/17
Venue: Thurmaston
Leicestershire (Home team) Lincolnshire (Away team)
Board Colour Name Club Grade Score Name Club Grade
1 W Bao Nghia Dong Loughborough 215 0-1 Chris Dorrington Grantham 228
2 B Martin Burrows Wigston 196 ½-½ Nigel Birtwistle Grantham 199
3 W Shabir Okhai Syston 202 ½-½ Samuel Milson Louth 195
4 B Alan Agnew Leicestershire 199 ½-½ Paul Cumbers Grantham 193
5 W Phil Horspool Wigston 183 1-0 Nick Stead Grimsby 192
6 B John Denton Melton Mowbray 180 0-1 Stephen Prior Grantham 192
7 W Graham Sharpe Heathcote Arms 177 0-1 Jason Dilley Grantham 188
8 B Sean Sheahan Shepshed 178 0-1 Stuart Williams Grantham 182
9 W Robert Taylor Syston 178 0-1 Ivan David Grantham 177
10 B Ray Burgess Thurnby 176 1-0 Joe Kilshaw Grimsby 175
11 W Paul Colburn Braunstone 172 ½-½ Keith Palmer Louth 168
12 B Constantin Gramaticu Syston 170 ½-½ Denis Georgiou Scunthorpe 166
13 W Karl Potter Syston 163 ½-½ Francis Bowers New England 161
14 B Mike Salisbury Braunstone 150 ½-½ Chris Holt Grantham 159
15 W Graham Booley Heathcote Arms 149 ½-½ Andy Hebert Grantham 158
16 B Jim Bingham Braunstone 146 ½-½ Arya Parnian Grimsby 139
6½-9½