Essex League 2004/5


Date Opponents Venue      
21/10/04 Basildon Away
9/11/04 Shell Home 6 2
22/11/04 Ilford I Away
21/12/04 Powdermill Home
18/1/05 Barking 1 Home 5 3
25/1/05 Southend 1 Home 6 2
22/2/05 Waltham Forest Away
8/3/05 Upminster 1 Home 6 2
20/4/05 Writtle Away

Follow this link for the annotated game Howard Grist v Ian Hunnable from the Southend match.

 Grist,H – Hunnable,I [C06]

W&W 1 v Southend 1,Essex L. Div 1, 25.01.2005

Annotations: Ian Hunnable

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 5.Bd3 c5 6.c3 Nc6 7.Ne2 Qb6 8.Nf3 cxd4 9.cxd4 f6 10.exf6 Nxf6 11.0-0 Bd6 12.Nc3 0-0 13.Be3 This is all book. Black cannot take the b-pawn: 13…Qxb2 14.Nb5 Be7 15.Rb1 Qxa2 16.Ra1 Qb2 17.Ra4 a6 18.Bc1 axb5 19.Rxa8 Qc3 20.Qe2+–13…Qd8 Transferring the queen to the K-side. The book move is 13…Bd7 first. 14.Rc1 14.Re1 Qe8 15.Ne5 Bxe5 16.dxe5 Nxe5 17.Bc5 Nxd3 18.Qxd3 Rf7 19.Nxd5 b6 20.Nxf6+ gxf6 21.Bd6 Bb7 22.Rad1 Rg7 23.Bg3 Bd5= 14…Qe8 15.Re1 Qh5 16.Ne2 This does not work out too well. White would probably do better with 16.h3 Bd7 17.Nb5 Bb8 18.Be2 a6 19.Nc3 Qf7 20.Na4 Bd6+/=  16…Ng4 17.Ng3 Bxg3 Clearly required to avoid retreating. The black KB is normally critical in this position, but tit-for-tat exchange on e3 is available should Black feel the need to eliminate White’s dark-squared bishop. In the meantime, White’s K-side is compromised. 18.hxg3 White should surely play 18. fxg3. After the text move, the knight on g4 is unassailable. I was surprised to find an example of this position in ChessBase Big Base 2004, a game from the Women’s Olympiad, Moscow 1994, which was also won by Black. That encounter continued 18…e5, which is thematic and came into consideration here. I thought I needed to develop first.  18…Bd7  Now the threat is 19…Rxf3 followed by …Rf8 etc. If, for the sake of argument, White “does nothing” playing, say, a3: 19.a3 Rxf3 20.Qxf3 Rf8 21.Bxh7+ (21.Qd1 Qh2+ 22.Kf1 Nxf2! 23.Bxf2 (23.Qc2 Nxd3+ 24.Ke2 Nxc1+ 25.Qxc1 Qxg2+ 26.Kd1 Nxd4–+) 23…Nxd4–+;) 21…Kxh7 22.Qxf8 Nxd4 23.Bxd4 Qh2+ 24.Kf1 Bb5+ and mates. White therefore closes the f-file. 19.Bf4 Rae8 Intending …e5 etc. 20.Ng5?! White loses his nerve and goes for a counter-attack which can only end in tears. Best was 20. Bb1 when 20…e5 is too risky due to the exposure of the d5 point after 21. dxe5. 20…Qh2+ 21.Kf1 Qh1+ 22.Ke2 Qxg2…with the threat of mate at f2. 23.Bxh7+ Kh8 24.Rf1 24.Rh1 Qxf2+ 25.Kd3 Nb4+ 26.Kc3 Nxa2+ 27.Kb3 Nxc1+ 28.Qxc1 Nh6–+ 24…e5 The thematic advance arrives. Black’s Q holds the d5 pawn, while trouble on the h-file could be snuffed out with …Nh6 if required. 25.dxe5 Ncxe5 Apart from the text move, several options suggested themselves here. 25…Ngf6 was tempting, but White has 26…Be4! And 25…Ngxe5, or …Nh2 both also threatening …Bg4+, were possible. But the most interesting was ..Nxf2: 25…Nxf2 26.Rxf2 Bg4+ 27.Ke1 Rxe5+ (this is the move I missed in this line) 28.Be4 Rxe4+ 29.Nxe4 Qh1+ 30.Kd2 Bxd1–+. Fritz’s preferred move was 25…Rxe5+. After the text move, the white king is subject to dire threats and running away with 26. Kd2 is met by 26…Nxf2 and if then 27. Qh5 Ne4+ is decisive. White is reduced to sacrificing a bishop to keep the e-file closed. 26.Be4 Fritz agreed with this! 26…Bb5+ 27.Kd2 dxe4 28.Rh1+ Nh6 28…Kg8 29. Qb3+ Bc4 30. Rxc4 does not allow a finish, so is discarded. The text move snuffs out the White counter-attack – as opposed to 28…Nh2 which allows mate in two with 29. Qh5+! 29.Qb3 Qxf2+ 30.Kc3 Rc8+ Good enough, but Steve Gilmour’s suggestion is the thematic way to end the game: 30…Qc5+ 31.Kd2 Qd4+ 32.Ke1 (32.Kc2 Ba4) 32…Nf3+ 33.Nxf3 exf3+ –+ 31.Kb4 Now I wanted to play 31…Nd3+ 32. Ka3 Qb6, but White yet has a counter-strike: 33. Nf7+ Rxf7 34. Rxc8+ etc. The prosaic finish is sufficient: 31…Qd4+ Fritz shows how to play the 31…Nd3+ continuation: 31…Nd3+ 32.Ka3 Rxc1! 33.Rxh6+ (33.Rxc1 Qb6 34.Nf7+ Nxf7 35.Rh1+ Kg8–+) 33…gxh6 34.Qxb5 Rc5–+ 32.Ka3 32.Kxb5 a6+ (or 32…Qb6+ 33.Ka4 Qa6+ 34.Kb4 Nd3+ –+) 33.Ka5 Rc5+ 34.Rxc5 Qxc5+ 35.Ka4 b5+ 36.Ka5 b4+ 37.Kxa6 Ra8+ 38.Kb7 Qc6# 32…Nc4+ Now 33.Kb4 a5+ 34 Kxb5 Qd7# or 33. Rxc4 Qxc4 leaves Black a rook up. 0-1…securing the point that won the match.

Click here for a report on and games from the decisive match against Writtle that secured the Essex League title for the Club.


Date Opponents Venue      
12/10/04 Wanstead & Woodford 3 Home 7 1
22/10/04 Southend 2 Away 6 2
15/11/04 Ilford 2 Away 5 3
1/2/05 Barking 2 Home
15/2/05 Roding & Loughton 1 Away 6 2
15/3/05 Brentwood 1 Home 5 3
29/3/05 Upminster 2 Home


Date Opponents Venue      
12/10/04 Wanstead & Woodford 2 Away 1 7
9/11/04 Upminster 2 Away 4 4
23/11/04 Southend 2 Home 6 2
2/12/04 Brentwood 1 Away 4 4
14/12/04 Roding & Loughton 1 Home
16/12/04 Barking Away 3 5
21/12/04 Ilford 2 Home


Date Opponents Venue      
21/9/04 Wanstead & Woodford 5 Home 5 1
5/10/04 Wanstead & Woodford 5 Away 2 4
2/11/04 Roding & Loughton 2 Home
23/11/04 Thurrock Home 2 4
19/1/05 Thurrock Away
27/1/05 Barking 3 Away 2 4
10/2/05 Brentwood 2 Away 4 2
15/2/05 Upminster 3 Home
8/3/05 Roding & Loughton 2 Away
15/3/05 Barking 3 Home 3 3
29/3/05 Brentwood 2 Home
19/4/05 Upminster 3 Away


Date Opponents Venue      
21/9/04 Wanstead & Woodford 4 Away 1 5
5/10/04 Wanstead & Woodford 4 Home 4 2
12/10/04 Roding & Loughton 2 Away 2 4
28/10/04 Brentwood 2 Away
30/11/04 Upminster 3 Home
15/12/04 Thurrock Away
13/1/05 Barking 3 Away
18/1/05 Brentwood 2 Home
25/1/05 Roding & Loughton 2 Home
22/2/05 Thurrock Home 5 1
5/4/05 Upminster 3 Away ½
26/4/05 Barking Home 5 1

Clicking on the name of the name of an opposing club brings up a pop-up window with the detailed results of that individual match on the Essex Chess Association website.  For League tables click here.

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