Club Championship 2002/3

Round 1 – 29 October 2002

White Grade Score Black Grade Score
Sid Burns 108 ½ Steve Gilmour 162 ½
Ian Hunnable 156 0 John Tuitt 92 1
Alex Charles 92 0 Terry Whitton 151 1
Paul Barclay 147 1 Mark Le Gassicke 86 0
Fin O’Regan 82 0 John Philpott 142 1
Graham Brown 136 1 Wim de Jong 81 0
Ken Murray 80 ½ John Keehner 130 ½
Laurie Burtt 130 1 Arie Niewerf 73 0
Terry Dixon 64 0 Mark Murrell 120 1
Bob Heyman 113 1 John Langford 54 0

David Smith was awarded a bye.  A late entry was subsequently received from Jean Mara, who will participate from round 2.

There were some upsets on the top boards in the first round with defending champion Steve Gilmour held by Sid Burns and Ian Hunnable losing on time.

Round 2 – 19 November 2002

White Grade Score Black Grade Score
Terry Whitton (1) 151 ½ Laurie Burtt (1) 130 ½
Mark Murrell (1) 120 ½ Paul Barclay (1) 148 ½
John Philpott (1) 142 1 Bob Heyman (1) 113 0
John Tuitt (1) 92 0 David Smith (1) 138 1
Steve Gilmour (½) 162 1 Graham Brown (1) 136 0
John Keehner (½) 130 1 Sid Burns (½) 108 0
Jean Mara (½) 66 1 Ken Murray (½) 80 0
Wim de Jong (0) 81 0 Ian Hunnable (0) 156 1
Arie Niewerf (0) 73 1d Alex Charles (0) 92 0d
Mark Le Gassicke (0) 86 0 Terry Dixon (0) 64 1
John Langford (0) 54 0 Fin O’Regan (0) 82 1

After two rounds, John Philpott and David Smith were the only players on 100%.

Round 3 – 9 December 2002

White Grade Score Black Grade Score
David Smith (2) 138 0 John Philpott (2) 142 1
Laurie Burtt (1½) 130 ½ Steve Gilmour (1½) 162 ½
Mark Murrell (1½) 120 1 Terry Whitton (1½) 151 0
Paul Barclay (1½) 147 1d Jean Mara (1½) 66 0d
Ian Hunnable (1) 156 1 John Keehner (1½) 130 0
Graham Brown (1) 136 1 Fin O’Regan (1) 82 0
Bob Heyman (1) 113 1 Arie Niewerf (1) 73 0
Terry Dixon (1) 64 0 John Tuitt (1) 92 1
Sid Burns (½) 108 ½ Ken Murray (½) 80 ½
Alex Charles (0) 92 0 Wim de Jong (0) 81 1
John Langford (0) 54   0d Mark Le Gassicke (0) 86 1d

The clash of the leaders took place at David Smith’s house just before Christmas.  Elswehere there was a notable win for Mark Murrell at the expense of Terry Whitton.

 Round 4 – 14 January 2003

White Grade Score Black Grade Score
John Philpott (3) 142 ½ Paul Barclay (2½) 147 ½
Steve Gilmour (2) 162 0 Mark Murrell (2½) 120 1
Laurie Burtt (2) 130 ½ Ian Hunnable (2) 156 ½
John Tuitt (2) 92 0 Graham Brown (2) 136 1
Terry Whitton (1½) 151 1 John Keehner (1½) 130 0
David Smith (2) 138 1 Bob Heyman (2) 113 0
Wim de Jong (1) 81 1 Jean Mara (1½) 66 0
Arie Niewerf (1) 73 0 Sid Burns (1) 107 1
Ken Murray (1) 80 ½ Mark Le Gassicke (1) 86 ½
Fin O’Regan (1) 82 1 Terry Dixon (0) 64 0
Alex Charles (0) 92 1(def) John Langford (0) 54 0

The last 100% record went when John Philpott drew with Paul Barclay in a game where both players made too many mistakes to deserve to win. This enabled Mark Murrell to tie for the lead as Steve Gilmour became Mark’s second successive notable scalp.

Round 5 – 11 February 2003

White Grade Score Black Grade Score
Mark Murrell (3½) 120 ½ John Philpott (3½) 142 ½
Paul Barclay (3) 147 ½ Terry Whitton (2½) 151 ½
Graham Brown (3) 136 ½ David Smith (3) 138 ½
Ian Hunnable (2½) 156 ½ Steve Gilmour (2) 162 ½
Bob Heyman (2) 113 0 Laurie Burtt (2½) 130 1
Sid Burns (2) 107 ½ Wim de Jong (2) 81 ½
Ken Murray (1½) 80 ½ John Tuitt (2) 92 ½
John Keehner (1½) 130 1 Fin O’Regan (2) 82 0
Mark Le Gassicke (1½) 86 ½ Jean Mara (1½) 66 ½
Terry Dixon (0) 64 ½ Alex Charles (1) 92 ½
John Langford (0) 54 0 Arie Niewerf (1) 73 1

The O’Regan v Dixon game from round 4 were not played until after the start of this round. A large number of draws left Mark Murrell and John Philpott who neutralised each other still in the lead, with Laurie Burtt, the only winner in the top half, joining the group half a point behind the leaders.

Round 6 – 4 March 2003

White Grade Score Black Grade Score
David Smith (3½) 138 ½ Mark Murrell (4) 120 ½
John Philpott (4) 142 ½ Graham Brown (3½) 136 ½
Paul Barclay (3½) 147 1 Laurie Burtt (3½) 130 0
Terry Whitton (3) 150 ½ Ian Hunnable (3) 156 ½
Steve Gilmour (2½) 162 1 John Keehner (2½) 130 0
John Tuitt (2½) 92 0d Sid Burns (2½) 107 1
Wim de Jong (2½) 81 ½ Ken Murray (2) 80 ½
Mark Le Gassicke (2) 86 0 Bob Heyman (2) 113 1
Arie Niewerf (2) 73 0 Terry Dixon (½) 64 1
Jean Mara (2) 66 0 John Langford (0) 54 1
Fin O’Regan (2) 82 ½ Alex Charles (1½) 92 ½

Three draws on the top four boards enabled Paul Barclay to catch the leaders with one round to go. With three players on 4½ and two on 4 an extremely interesting last round is in prospect.

Round 7 – 25 March 2003

White Grade Score Black Grade Score
Graham Brown (4) 136 ½ Paul Barclay (4½) 147 ½
Ian Hunnable (3½) 156 0 John Philpott (4½) 142 1
Laurie Burtt (3½) 130 1 Mark Murrell (4½) 120 0
Sid Burns (3½) 107 0 David Smith (4) 138 1
Terry Whitton (3½) 150 0 Steve Gilmour (3½) 162 1
Bob Heyman (3) 113 ½ Wim de Jong (3) 81 ½
John Keehner (2½) 130 1 John Tuitt (2½) 92 0
Ken Murray (2½) 80 0 Fin O’Regan (2½) 80 1
John Langford (1 ) 54 0 Terry Dixon (1½) 64 1
Alex Charles (2) 92 0d Mark Le Gassicke (2) 86 1
Jean Mara (2) 66 0 Arie Nieuwerf (2) 73 1

The three leaders all took the Black pieces in the final round. Paul Barclay was the first of the three to finish when he agreed a draw with Graham Brown, but John Philpott then won the following game against Ian Hunnable. Mark Murrell could have forced a play off by beating Laurie Burtt, but the loss of the exchange sealed his fate even though a second session was needed to complete the game.

Click here for my report on the event, and some of my games.

Final positions

Champion – John Philpott

Joint second – Paul Barclay and David Smith

Under 125 – Mark Murrell

Under 85 – Wim de Jong, Terry Dixon and Fin O’Regan

Scores

5½ – John Philpott

5 – Paul Barclay, David Smith

4½ – Graham Brown, Laurie Burtt, Steve Gilmour, Mark Murrell

3½ – Sid Burns, Wim de Jong, Terry Dixon, Bob Heyman, Ian Hunnable, John Keehner, Fin O’Regan, Terry Whitton

3 – Mark Le Gassicke, Arie Niewerf

2½ – Ken Murray, John Tuitt

2 – Alex Charles, Jean Mara

1 – John Langford

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