Opening night Caterpillar Simultaneous

img_20160906_201853Tuesday 6 September – Caterpillar 17½ – 7½ Club

Mark Murrell reports

The new season has opened in our traditional fashion with a Caterpillar Simultaneous challenge presented by reigning joint Club Champions Steven Rix and David Spearman complemented by the winner of the  David Wood Memorial, Peter Nickals following the presentation of  the Lightning Championship Trophy to Paul Bancroft and the John Langford Trophy for the 2016 Ladder to Arie Nieuwerf.

Twenty Three current, one new and one returning member participated in the event, which started at 7:40 p.m.  It took until almost 9:30 p.m. before the first result came in, with 5 wins in quick succession for the Caterpillar before Charlton Siddo held them to a draw at 9:40 pm (after 2 hours play).  Just after 10 p.m. Laurie Burtt doubled the Club’s score which was then doubled again with late entrant Paul Barclay notching up the first win for the Club, with the score at 2 – 7 at 10:10 p.m.

The Caterpillar then motored away though not in terms of speed of circulation to the cusp of victory with five straight wins in the space of 25 minutes before Philip Staniland finally agreed terms take the Caterpillar up to the threshold.  Andy Lu then fought back for the Club, with just its second win, in what was probably the game of the night.

With time about to be called at 10:45 p.m. a win and a draw took the Caterpillar over the line without having to be too concerned about the adjudicators (Paul Barclay and Mark Murrell).  At time, the Caterpillar had notched up a 10 point gap (14 points to the Club’s 4).  Nigel resigned and three draws were agreed with John Jestico, Joe Rosenberg and Paul Bancroft.

My game was decided by Paul, with two rooks on the board each and few pawns there was enough for the Caterpillar to hold.  Vladimir had established the bishop pair v knight pair in a semi closed position and was in control.  However the Queens were still on and the caterpillar had a protected (if not advanced) past pawn.  Both adjudicators felt there was too much play in the position to award a win to Vladimir for his positional control.  Ben Harte had an advanced past pawn with the exchange (R v N) with a king free to penetrate or see off the Caterpillar’s queenside pawn majority.  Enough for the win the adjudicators thought.   The spoils over the 7 post guillotine results were shared, giving 13 wins, 9 draws and just 3 losses for the Caterpillar.  A very convincing winning margin of 10 (7½ – 17½).

Order of Time 10:45pm Result Cumulative
Finish Finished Guillotine CL v CPR CL v CPR
Fin O’Regan 3 09:30 0 -1 0 – 3
Antonio Norcaro 10 10:15 0 -1 2 – 8
Arie Nieuwerf 11 10:21 0 -1 2 – 9
Mark Murrell Adjudicated ½ – ½
Voldi Gailans 12 10:27 0 -1 2 – 10
Charlton Siddo 6 09:40 ½ – ½ ½ – 5½
Kevin Sweeney 7 09:55 0 -1 ½ – 6½
Joe Rosenberg Agreed ½ – ½
Paul Barclay 9 10:10 1 – 0 2 – 7
John Jestico Agreed ½ – ½
Nic Charles 14 10:34 0 -1 2 – 12
Paul Read 17 10:45 0 -1 3½ – 13½
Jean Mara 1 09:27 0 -1 0 – 1
Wim de Jong 13 10:30 0 -1 2 – 11
Nigel White Agreed 0 -1
Jim Slattery 2 09:28 0 -1 0 – 2
David Rawlings 18 10:45 ½ – ½ 4 – 14
Laurie Burtt 8 10:01 ½ – ½ 1 – 7
Jay Sharman 4 09:35 0 -1 0 – 4
Vladimir Parols Adjudicated ½ – ½
Anthony McCarthy 5 09:38 0 -1 0 – 5
Ben Harte Adjudicated 1 – 0
Paul Bancroft Agreed ½ – ½
Andy Lu 16 10:42 1 – 0 3½ – 12½
Philip Staniland 15 10:35 ½ – ½ 2½ – 12½
7½ – 17½ 7½ – 17½

Caterpillar v Andy Lu

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 b6 3.Nc3 Bb7 4.f3 e6 5.e4 h6 6.Be3 Bb4 7.Bd3 Bxc3 8.bxc3 d6 9.Ne2 Nbd7 10.O-O c5 11.d5 e5 12.f4 Ng4 13.Bd2 Qe7 14.Ng3 Ngf6 15.Qe2 g6 16.h3 O-O-O 17.a4 a5 18.f5 g5 19.Nh5 Rdg8 20.Nxf6 Nxf6 21.Rab1 Qd8 22.Rb2 h5 23.Rfb1 Nd7 24.Be3 g4 25.Kh2 gxh3 26.gxh3 Qh4 27.Bf2 Qf4 28.Kh1 Rg7 29.Rf1 Rhg8 30.Be3 Qg3 31.Rf3 Qh4 32.Qf2 Rg3 33.Bf1 Rg1 34.Qxg1 Rxg1 35.Bxg1 Qxe4 36.Kg2 Qh4 37.Bf2 Qg5 38.Kh2 Qc1 39.Ra2 Qxf1 0-1

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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