Wanstead 1 – 4 Basingstoke Juniors, 29 June 1993


Just as in 2001 against Aylesbury, home advantage at Wanstead Library counted for nothing in the National Club Major Final as the club were comprehensively beaten by Basingstoke Juniors, who by this stage of the season were almost certainly much stronger than their published grades suggested.

The tone for the final was set by the first result when Ian Hunnable compromised his position shortly after the exchange of queens, and his young opponent cleaned up quickly.  The next result was a while coming, but eventually Graham Brown was worn down on the queenside.  Paul Barclay steadied the boat with a draw by perpetual check after weathering a position with a pawn minus.  Things might have worked out differently had Larry Marden pressed home a winning advantage, but unfortunately he found a losing line instead.  This left Li Wu, who despit exercising constant pressure, could not find a finish.  White showed great resilience in forcing matters into a queen and pawn ending where a draw was agreed before any quickplay inish arguments could ensue.

Despite the disappointment, it is always a privilege to participate in a National Final, and this was a good day’s chess, culminating in a prizegiving by Tony Banks at which the consolation for Wanstead was the announcement that Ian Hunnable was the first winner of the BCF website of the year award for www.essexchess.org.uk

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 for the 2002/3 National Club page.

About johnu175
I am John Philpott, a keen chess player, belonging to Wanstead & Woodford and Insurance Chess Clubs, and a former long-standing match captain of the Essex U175/U180 team and the Wanstead National Club team. I also hold many administrative posts, including ECF Company Secretary and Financial Controller, although I am looking to wind these down following my retirement to Mersea Island.

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