Wanstead 3½ – ½ Tunbridge Wells, 3 February 2008


With the National Club Major team falling at the first hurdle, the Club’s hopes for the season rested with the Minor team, which had the benefit of a home draw in the first round.  There was little difference in the average grades of the two teams, but a significantly different patterm in the sides.  Whereas I had opted to play the relatively low graded (in my view undergraded) Andy Lu on board 4 in order to maximise our strength on boards 1 to 3, Tunbridge Wells opeted for a flatter line up in grading terms.  The Wanstead match strategy could not have worked out any better, as Andy held the draw with Black against an opponent graded 37 points higher, and the others all won.

Board Colour Home team Grade Score Away team Grade Score
1 W Terry Whitton 151 1 Richard Haddrell 135 0
2 B Mark Murrell 139 1 Alex Woodfield 127 0
3 W Keith Jones 131 1 Richard Bedwell 119 0
4 B Andy Lu 77 ½ Richard Woodfield 114 ½
TOTAL – Home TOTAL – Away ½

Whitton,Terry – Haddrell,Richard [A08]

National Club Minor, 03.02.2008

1.Nf3 d5 2.g3 c5 3.Bg2 Nf6 4.0–0 g6 5.c4 e6 6.cxd5 exd5 7.d4 cxd4 8.Nxd4 Bg7 9.Nc3 0–0 10.e3 Nc6 11.Nf3 Bg4 12.h3 Be6 13.Ng5 Qd7 14.Nxe6 fxe6 15.Qb3 Qf7 16.Bd2 Na5 17.Qb4 Nc4 18.Be1 Ne5 19.Rd1 Rac8 20.Qb3 h5 21.Rd4 Kh8 22.Nb5 Ne8 23.Rf4 Qg8 24.Nxa7 Rc7 25.Nb5 Rc1 26.Nd4 Rc7 27.Bc3 Rxf4 28.gxf4 Nc4 29.Nf3 Ned6 30.Bxg7+ Qxg7 31.Rb1 Qf6 32.Qc2 Rc8 33.Qe2 Re8 34.b3 Na5 35.Rc1 Nc6 36.Qd3 Kg7 37.Rd1 Ra8 38.a4 Rc8 39.h4 Nf5 40.Bh3 Re8 41.Bxf5 gxf5 42.Qb5 Re7 43.Ng5 Nd8 44.Qc5 Nf7 45.b4 Nxg5 46.hxg5 Qf7 47.Qd4+ Kh7 48.Rc1 Rc7 49.Rxc7 Qxc7 50.Qf6 Qc1+ 51.Kg2 Qd1 52.g6+ Kh6 53.g7+ Kh7 54.Qg5 Kg8 55.a5 Qb1 56.Qh6 1–0

Woodfield,Alex – Murrell,Mark [D13]

National Club Minor, 03.02.2008

1.Nf3 c5 2.g3 Nf6 3.Bg2 d5 4.c3 Nc6 5.d4 cxd4 6.cxd4 Bf5 7.0–0 Nb4 8.Qa4+ Nc6 9.Ne5 Qb6 10.Nxc6 bxc6 11.b4 e6 12.a3 Bd6 13.e3 0–0 14.Nd2 a5 15.bxa5 Rxa5 16.Qb3 Qa6 17.Ra2 Rb8 18.Qc3 c5 19.Nb3 Rab5 20.Nxc5 Bxc5 21.dxc5 Rc8 22.Bd2 Be4 23.f3 Rbxc5 24.Qb3 Bd3 25.Bb4 Bxf1 26.Bxc5 Bc4 27.Bf1 Bxf1 28.Qb4 Bh3 29.Rf2 Nd7 0–1

Jones,Keith – Bedwell,Richard [C72]

National Club Minor, 03.02.2008

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 d6 5.0–0 Bg4 6.c3 Qf6 7.d3 Bxf3 8.Qxf3 Qxf3 9.gxf3 b5 10.Bb3 Nge7 11.f4 a5 12.a3 a4 13.Bc2 exf4 14.Bxf4 Ng6 15.Bg3 h5 16.h3 Be7 17.Nd2 0–0 18.f4 Bf6 19.d4 Nxd4 20.cxd4 Bxd4+ 21.Kh2 Bxb2 22.Ra2 Bd4 23.Nf3 Bb6 24.Bd3 c6 25.f5 Nh8 26.Bxd6 Rfd8 27.e5 f6 28.Be4 fxe5 29.Bxe5 Rac8 30.Rg2 Rd7 31.f6 Bc7 32.Bf5 Bxe5+ 33.Nxe5 1–0

Woodfield,Richard – Lu,Andy [E65]

National Club Minor, 03.02.2008

1.d4 d6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.Nf3 Na6 5.g3 c5 6.e3 Nf6 7.Bg2 0–0 8.0–0 Bd7 9.b3 Rb8 10.Bb2 Nc7 11.Re1 a6 12.Qc2 Re8 13.dxc5 dxc5 14.Rad1 Qc8 15.Rd2 Bf5 16.e4 Bh3 17.Nd5 Ncxd5 18.exd5 Bf5 19.Qd1 Ne4 20.Rde2 Nc3 21.Bxc3 Bxc3 22.Rf1 b5 23.Nh4 Bg4 24.Bf3 Bh3 25.Bg2 Bg4 ½–½

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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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