National Club 2002/3

In the second season of the new grading limits, entries in the National Club Major have picked up considerably and the Club found themeselves one of 28 entrants. The Committee agreed that two teams could be entered in the Handicap Rapidplay, where we were defending champions.

MAJOR.

Round 1 – 8 December 2002

The originally drawn fixture of Milton Keynes away was replaced by a pairing with Metropolitan B after the controller admitted some late entrants to the competition. Although we were still technically the away team, the match was switched to Wanstead House because of Metropolitan’s venue difficulties.  Wanstead many heavy weather of this and only got through as a result of a swindle by Terry Whitton in a game that had seemed hopeless.  Click here for a report on this match.

    METROPOLITAN B   WANSTEAD    
Board Colour Home team Grade Score Away team Grade Score
1 B G Dickson 177 0 Larry Marden 173 1
2 W Peter Doye 164 ½ Julian Winkworth 170 ½
3 B Noel Stewart 144 1 Steve Gilmour 162 0
4 W Collins Young 133 0 Terry Whitton 151 1
5 B Peter Szabo 129 ½ John Philpott 142 ½
  TOTAL – Home 2 TOTAL – Away 3

Round 2 – 9 February 2003

This match was less straightforward than the scoreline suggests – click here for a report and Graham Brown’s game.

    WANSTEAD   TUNBRIDGE WELLS    
Board Colour Home team Grade Score Away team Grade Score
1 W Li Wu 187 ½ John Fagg 148 ½
2 B Larry Marden 173 1 H Trevor Jones 147 0
3 W Ian Hunnable 156 1 Russell Goodfellow 142 0
4 B Paul Barclay 147 1 David Hancock 136 0
5 W Graham Brown 136 1 Richard Haddrell 132 0
  TOTAL – Home TOTAL – Away ½

Round 3 – 29 March 2003

A long trip to Wroughton in Wiltshire (near Swindon) was crowned with success when Paul Barclay won the only decisive game.  Click here for a report and the score of Paul’s game.

    BROWN JACK B   WANSTEAD    
Board Colour Home team Grade Score Away team Grade Score
1 W Tim Headlong 191 ½ Li Wu 187 ½
2 B Richard Haydon 187 ½ Larry Marden 173 ½
3 W David Tomboline 150 ½ Ian Hunnable 156 ½
4 B Fenella Headlong 134 0 Paul Barclay 147 1
5 W Daniel Hall 130 ½ Mark Murrell 120 ½
  TOTAL – Home 2 TOTAL – Away 3

Semi-final – 1 June 2003

In the absence of the captain who was on holiday, Wanstead qualified for the final on board count.  Click here for a report.

    WANSTEAD   LICHFIELD    
Board Colour Home team Grade Score Away team Grade Score
1 B Li Wu 187 1 Ralph Allen 179 0
2 W Larry Marden 173 ½ Carl Hibbard 168 ½
3 B Ian Hunnable 156 0 Peter Collins 167 1
4 W Paul Barclay 147 1 Andy Grant 130 0
5 B Graham Brown 136 0 Sandy Wilson 128 1
  TOTAL – Home TOTAL – Away

Final – 29 June 2003

A disappointing end, as the fast improving Basingstoke Juniors were too strong on the day.  Click here for a report.

    WANSTEAD   BASINGSTOKE JUNIORS    
Board Colour Home team Grade Score Away team Grade Score
1 B Li Wu 187 ½ Sam Williams 171 ½
2 W Larry Marden 173 0 Matthew Harborne 165 1
3 B Ian Hunnable 156 0 Oliver Payne 163 1
4 W Paul Barclay 147 ½ Peter Roberson 149 ½
5 B Graham Brown 136 0 Oliver Coddington 147 1
  TOTAL – Home 1 TOTAL – Away 4

Click here to return to the 2002/3 summary.

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