Wanstead 3½ – 1½ Milton Keynes, 3 April 2005


Wanstead continued its progress in the National Club Major with a quarter-final win at home to Milton Keynes.  The visitors arrived at Wanstead House with a significantly stronger team than they had fielded in the previous round, and with Wanstead again losing the toss a testing afternoon was in prospect.  Ian Reynolds got into difficulties early on and had to resign on move 30, and with Larry Marden very much on the defensive against Michael Macdonald-Ross, it looked as if Wanstead might need to win all of boards 3, 4 and 5 to remain in the competition.

In the event, all three of these boards were won.  Mark Murell appeared to miss an opportunity to pick up a piece early on, but his ultimate conversion of an extra pawn was never in doubt.  Ian Hunnable manouevered well in a position with heavy pieces only, and Laurie Burtt clinched the match on his debut for the team.  With the outcome decided, board 1 was then agreed drawn.

Board Colour Home team Grade Score Away team Grade Score
1 B Larry Marden 175 ½ Michael Macdonald-Ross 188 ½
2 W Ian Reynolds 170 0 Paul Kendall 164 1
3 B Ian Hunnable 168 1 Adrian Elwin 164 0
4 W Mark Murrell 143 1 F Adebajo 159 0
5 B Laurie Burtt 137 1 Jon Billsberry 111 0
  TOTAL – Home TOTAL – Away

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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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