Saxmundham 0 – 5 Wanstead, 15 January 2011



Saxmundham 1 Jan 2011

Train was a popular way of getting to Saxmundham

Wanstead’s quest for a hat trick of National Club Major title began at Saxmundham in Suffolk, which was the latest “interesting” venue to be visited in this competition.  Missing their two strongest players, Saxmundham were no match for their visitors, and the outcome was never in doubt from the time that Philip Staniland mated his opponent with Black on move 6.  One has to feel a little sorry for Saxmundham, who would almost certainly have been better suited to the Intermediate competition, but for the fact that their strongest player was just over the average grade limit.   Having faced the defening champions in the first round of the main competition, Saxmundham would find themselves away to Wood Green in the first round of the Plate competition.  However, at least the Club would take half a point from that encounter.

Saxmundham 3 Jan 2011

David Spearman plays his usual Torre attack

Board Colour Home team Grade Score Away team Grade Score
1 W Andrew McCormick 131 0 Larry Marden 185 1
2 B Donald Picton 110 0 David Spearman 176 1
3 W Andrew Paige 100 0 Ian Hunnable 175 1
4 B David Cutting 114 0 Terry Whitton 174 1
5 W Hugo Brown 111 0 Philip Staniland 157 1
TOTAL – Home 0 TOTAL – Away 5
Saxmundham 2 Jan 2011

The start of Paige v Hunnable

Paige,Andrew – Hunnable,Ian [E20]

National Club Major board 3, 15.01.2011

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Bd2 b6 5.a3 Bxc3 6.Bxc3 d5 7.b3 Nbd7 8.Nf3 Bb7 9.e3 0–0 10.Bd3 Re8 11.0–0 c5 12.Re1 Rc8 13.Nd2 Nf8 14.e4 cxd4 15.Bb2 [If 15.Bxd4 Fritz found 15…dxc4 (I was going to content myself with 15…e5 16.Bb2 d4=) 16.Bxf6 Qxd3 (I looked only at 16…Qxf6 17.Nxc4=) 17.Re3 Qd6 18.Qg4 Ng6 19.Nxc4 Rxc4 20.bxc4 gxf6 – IDH] 15…dxc4 16.Bxc4 e5 17.Bd3 Ng6 18.Nf3 Qd7 19.Rc1 Rxc1 20.Bxc1 h6 21.a4 Bc6 22.Bd2 Qb7 23.Qc1 Bxe4 24.Bxe4 Nxe4 25.Bxh6!? gxh6 26.Qxh6 Re6 27.Qh3 Nf6 [27…Nf4–+] 28.Qg3 Nh5 29.Qg5 Nhf4 30.Nh4 Qe7 31.Qxe7 Nxe7 32.Nf3 f6 33.Kf1 Kf7 34.Rc1 Rc6 35.Rxc6 Nxc6 36.Nd2 f5 37.g3 Nd3 38.Nc4 Ke6 39.Ke2 Nc1+ 40.Kf3 Nxb3 41.h4 Kf6 42.g4 fxg4+ 43.Kxg4 Nc5 44.Nb2 e4 45.Kf4 Nd3+ 0–1

Brown,Hugo – Staniland,Philip [D00]

National Club Major board 5, 15.01.2011

1.d4 d5 2.c3 Nf6 3.h3 g6 4.f4 Ne4 5.g4 e5 6.dxe5 Qh4# 0–1

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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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