Lincolnshire Chess Association

U120 Counties Competition Open Team (2012-13)

MCCU U120 Counties Championship Open
Position Teams Pl W D L Match Pts
1 Warwickshire 3 3 0 0 6
2 Worcestershire 3 2 0 1 4
3 Staffordshire 3 2 0 1 4
4 Lincolnshire 4 0 1 3 1
5 Nottinghamshire 3 0 1 2 1

MCCU U120 Counties Championship Match Results
Date Match Result
27 Oct Worcestershire v Lincolnshire 9½-2½
24 Nov Nottinghamshire v Lincolnshire 6-6
15 Dec Lincolnshire v Warwickshire 2½-9½
2 Feb Lincolnshire v Staffordshire 4-8

Worcestershire v Lincolnshire

Report from John Grasham

Unfortunately Lincolnshire got off to a poor start to their Under 120 campaign this year with a 9½ to 2½ loss. Richard Coats agreed a draw on top board early on but that was as good as it got. Defeats for Charles Moss who left a rook hanging, Paul Chaplin who missed a mate in one, Joe Scarborough, Dan Southern and the Gaikwad brothers left us having already lost the game with five matches remaining. Pride was restored however with a win for Neelay Sant who was playing a long play game for the first time. It was his opponent who blundered after a draw was likely. More defeats for James Wilson and Cameron Marnoch who could have held on for a draw or maybe better if he had played the correct series of checks to defend his opponents mate in one was tempered with a win for the captain. I offered my opponent a draw on two occasions when I was a pawn down in the middlegame and then again when she swapped off queens but she declined and played on until she was in a position where she had to sacrifice a rook to prevent a mate in two. Frank Robinson was last to finish but after swapping off knights in the endgame he couldn’t prevent his opponents pawn from queening. Maybe with a bit more luck on our side we can have a closer match against Nottinghamshire on 24th November.

Date: 27/10/12
Venue: Thurmaston Old School, Thurmaston, Leicester
Worcestershire (Home team) Lincolnshire (Away team)
Board Colour Name Club Grade Score Name Club Grade
1 B Kevin Day Redditch 119 ½-½ Richard Coats Spalding 111
2 W Peter Seeley Redditch 118 1-0 Frank Robinson Spalding 108
3 B Michele Clack Redditch 115 0-1 John Grasham Louth 106
4 W Giles Stanton Redditch 113 1-0 Charles Moss Lincoln 105
5 B Doug Bott Greenlands 112 1-0 Paul Chaplin Grimsby 101
6 W Mark Hore Headless Cross 110 1-0 Rajiv Gaikwad Grimsby 100E
7 B Richard Collett Greenlands 109 1-0 Joe Scarborough Lincolnshire Juniors 92
8 W Terrance Poutney Worcestershire 106 0-1 Neelay Sant Lincolnshire Juniors 90E
9 B Maureen Clark Halesowen 105 1-0 Cameron Marnoch Lincolnshire Juniors 83E
10 W Penny Wood Redditch 99 1-0 James Wilson Lincolnshire Juniors 65E
11 B Tony Taylor Halesowen 83 1-0 Daniel Southern Lincolnshire Juniors 51
12 W Joyce Evans Halesowen 77 1-0 Rithik Gaikwad Lincolnshire 50E

Nottinghamshire v Lincolnshire

Report from John Grasham

Lincolnshire managed to get off the mark this season with a 6-6 draw against Nottinghamshire. I got Lincolnshire of the mark with an early draw by agreement with a king and six pawns remaining. Quick defeats for Cameron Marnoch, Dan Southern and Will Taylor left us up against it but there was more luck for juniors Nathan McKiernon and Haydn Godfrey who both drew. Our first win came from an amazed Paul Chaplin after he dropped a piece early on against his nine year old opponent only to find that his more advanced pawns meant he won it back. The game swung back and forth until his opponent swapped of bishops at the wrong time to allow Paul to queen his remaining pawn. Adam Coats won on his debut from a pawn down with an attacking flurry that left his opponents king exposed but defeat for his father and a draw for Phil Gutcher left us needing to win the final two matches. Adam Wardlow won his game after thinking about a move for 10 minutes only to realise his opponents queen was en prise. This left it all down to Mark Bradshaw on board 1, he was one or two pawns down for most of the game but when it came down to a two rooks and two pawns to three endgame Mark’s pawns were further forward and his rooks better placed so his opponent could not prevent him queening. This result leaves the team hopeful of pulling off a shock in our next game against Warwickshire on 15th December.

Date: 24/11/12
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 B Lukasz Kacprzak Nottingham Central 114 0-1 Mark Bradshaw Grimsby 115
2 W Onos Kofi-Ofuafor Nottingham University 107 1-0 Richard Coats Spalding 111
3 B Andrew Thompson Gambit 104 ½-½ John Grasham Louth 106
4 W Adam Bennett West Nottingham 103 0-1 Paul Chaplin Grimsby 101
5 B Steve Swanwick Nomads 96 ½-½ Philip Gutcher Grimsby 85
6 W Alberto Rodriguez Nomads 95 0-1 Adam Coats Spalding 79E
7 B Dorothy Blampied Radcliffe & Bingham 91 0-1 Adam Wardlow Louth 71E
8 W Michael Swanwick Nomads 88 1-0 Cameron Marnoch Lincolnshire Juniors 83E
9 B Michael Seagrave Nomads 86 ½-½ Haydn Godfrey Lincolnshire Juniors 69
10 W Steve Luland Nottingham University 74 1-0 Daniel Southern Lincolnshire Juniors 51
11 B Craig Smith Nottinghamshire UG ½-½ Nathan McKiernon Lincolnshire Juniors 50E
12 W J Hay Nottinghamshire UG 1-0 Will Taylor Lincolnshire Juniors 50E

Lincolnshire v Warwickshire

Report from John Grasham

Lincolnshire’s Under 120 team’s winless start to the season continued with a comprehensive defeat to Warwickshire by 9½ to 2½. We started the match 1-0 down as one player pulled out early on the morning of the match. We went further behind with early defeats for Cordeaux duo Cameron Marnoch and Nick Gillespie as well as a defeat for young David Scott on the bottom board. However two wins put us back in contention, first for Neelay Sant who capitalised on a blunder from his opponent which left his king exposed and then from captain John Grasham who was making his first ever appearance on board one. I was able to launch a destructive kingside attack with my more active pawns and both rooks after the queens were swapped off. With my opponent already the exchange down and certain to lose further material he resigned. Haydn Godfrey then agreed a middlegame draw with his opponent but that was all the points we were to amass. James Wilson and Jacob Storey fought to the end but there opponents just had too many more pawns and Charles Moss, Paul Chaplin and Phil Gutcher all had to resign when a rook down. Incredibly Lincolnshire can still qualify for the knockout phases but only with a win in our final game against Staffordshire on the 2nd February.

Date: 15/12/12
Venue: Syston Social Club, Leics
Lincolnshire (Home team) Warwickshire (Away team)
Board Colour Name Club Grade Score Name Club Grade
1 W John Grasham Louth 106 1-0 Dave Reeves Westminster 118
2 B Charles Moss Lincoln 105 0-1 Kim Gilbert Shirley 117
3 W Paul Chaplin Grimsby 101 0-1 Wendell Rawlins Warwickshire CA 115
4 B Phillip Gutcher Grimsby 85 0-1 John Donovan Shirley 114
5 W Neelay Sant Lincolnshire Juniors 90E 1-0 Peter Hughes Warley Quinborne 114
6 B Haydn Godfrey Lincolnshire Juniors 69 ½-½ Guy Greenland Leamington 112
7 W James Wilson Lincolnshire Juniors 65E 0-1 John Pakenham Warley Quinborne 109
8 B Cameron Marnoch Lincolnshire Juniors 61E 0-1 Graham Gee Warwickshire CA 108
9 W Jacob Storey Lincolnshire Juniors 51E 0-1 Steve Hotchkiss Warwickshire CA 100
10 B Nicholas Gillespie Lincolnshire Juniors 50E 0-1 Bram Garner Olton 99
11 W David Scott Lincolnshire Juniors 50E 0-1 Peter Leggett Leamington 82
12 B Default   N/A 0-1 Pauline Woodward Warley Quinborne 111

Lincolnshire v Staffordshire

Report from John Grasham

Lincolnshire’s U120 team missed out on the chance to make it through to the national quarter finals with a 8-4 defeat to Staffordshire. Despite playing the strongest team in terms of grading we had put out in our two year history we were soon behind after a blunder cost Paul Fischer his game. More defeats soon followed for Neelay Sant, Max Vasey and Joe Scarborough but these were tempered by draws for Paul Chaplin and Haydn Godfrey and wins for Chris Cumbers and James Kelly. A draw for myself on board one after finding I was down a knight and a pawn in the endgame meant we had to win all three remaining games. However it was not to be. Gary Scott on his county debut found his young opponent too strong in a rook and pawns endgame and Richard Coats resigned after swapping off left him a rook adrift. Adam Wardlow was last to finish and his draw at least made the scoreline respectable.

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: 2/2/13
Venue: Thurmaston Old School, Leicester
Lincolnshire (Home team) Staffordshire (Away team)
Board Colour Name Club Grade Score Name Club Grade
1 W John Grasham Louth 132 ½-½ Stephen Emmerton Fenton 125
2 B Neelay Sant Lincolnshire Juniors 114Q 0-1 John Fenby Brewood 119
3 W Chris Cumbers Grantham 106 1-0 Robert Brodie Bushbury 118
4 B Richard Coats Spalding 104 0-1 Peter Shaw Newcastle-under-Lyme 117
5 W Max Vasey Lincolnshire Juniors 102 0-1 Neville Jones Alsager 104
6 B Adam Wardlow Lincolnshire CA 100E ½-½ Paul Guest Brewood 104
7 W Paul Fischer Lincolnshire CA 99 0-1 Simon Jones Bushbury 105
8 B Paul Chaplin Grimsby 99 ½-½ Peter Evans Stafford 107
9 W Gary Scott Louth 95E 0-1 Jack Healings Cheddleton & Leek 108
10 B James Kelly Lincolnshire Juniors 93 1-0 Jacob Cartlidge Cheddleton & Leek 105
11 W Joe Scarborough Lincolnshire Juniors 85 0-1 David Buckley Bushbury 100
12 B Haydn Godfrey Lincolnshire Juniors 79 ½-½ Stuart Hull Fenton 87