Essex u175's back on form

Board Colour Middlesex Grade Score Essex Grade Score
1 W Jurgen Jakob 167 1 Robert Parker 174 0
2 B Anthony Wheatley 170 0 Paul Williamson 174 1
3 W Joe Franks 169 ½ Julian Winkworth 170 ½
4 B Jim Falzarano 168 0 Howard Grist 168 1
5 W S. Donald Chaudhry 166 0 Peter Doye 164 1
6 B Rory Quinn 165 ½ John Moore 163 ½
7 W Anthony Fulton 161 0 Mark Weighell 160 1
8 B Kathy Griffiths 154 ½ John White 160 ½
9 W Michael Healey 158 ½ Colin Ramage 160 ½
10 B Zafer Djabri 158 1 Neville Twitchell 160 0
11 W Norbert Fogerasi 158 ½ David Millward 159 ½
12 B V. Ray Harper 155 0 Sid Kalinsky 158 1
13 W Peter Ackley 154 1 Ian Hunnable 156 0
14 B Oliver Williams 151 0 Kevin White 151 1
15 W Keith Jones 149 ½ Ken Clow 152 ½
16 B Charles Wallace 140 0 Ray Purse 150 1
TOTAL - Home 6 TOTAL - Away 10

John Philpott writes:

"I was delighted with the performance and the result at the Exmouth Arms. After the unconvincing win against Surrey and the defeat against Sussex, we needed a good victory to get our season back on course. This fixture was a potential banana skin as Middlesex are capable of fielding a strong side at home and won the corresponding fixture last season. However, there never seemed any danger that this would be repeated, as we got off to the best possible start with Paul Williamson's quick victory. Although Middlesex were briefly ahead at 2½ - 1½, it was clear by then that the majority of positions in play favoured Essex, and the points were duly recorded to make this one of my less nerve wracking afternoons as captain. A particular word of congratulations for Mark Weighell who is now on 3/3.

"In the other match, Sussex continued their impressive form by beating Surrey 11½ - 4 ½. Unless Sussex slip up in the return fixture with Middlesex or Surrey (both away so there is a chance) we will need to win at Hassocks by 10-6 (or 9½ - 6½ with a favourable board count) to retain the SCCU title."

Paul Williamson v Anthony Wheatley
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.e4 Nxc3 6.bxc3 Bg7 7.Nf3 0-0 8.Be2 c5 9.Rb1 Nc6 10.d5 Ne5 11.Nxe5 Bxe5 12.Qd2 b6 13.f4 Bg7 14.Bb2 e6 15.c4 exd5 16.cxd5 Re8 17.Bxg7 Kxg7 18.Bf3 Bb7 19.0-0 Qd7 20.Rfe1 Rad8 21.Rbd1 f6 22.Qc3 Qf7 23.g4 Kg8 24.Kf2 f5? 25.gxf5 gxf5? 26.Rg1+ Kf8 27.Bh5 1-0

Sid Kalinsky v V Ray Harper
1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qd6 4.d4 Nf6 5.Nf3 c6 6.Ne5 Bf5 7.Bc4 e6 8.0-0 Be7 9.Bf4 Qd8 10.Re1 0-0 11.g4 Bg6 12.h4 Nd5 13.Bxd5 exd5 14.h5 Be4 15.Nxe4 dxe4 16.Rxe4 f5 17.gxf5 Nd7 18.h6 Nxe5 19.dxe5 Rxf5 20.Qxd8+ Rxd8 21.hxg7 Kxg7 22.Rae1 Rdf8 23.Bg3 Bc5 24.R1e2 Rf3 25.Kg2 h5 26.e6 R3f5 27.b4 Be7 28.Rd2 h4 29.Bxh4 Bxh4 30.Rxh4 Rg5+ 31.Kf1 Re5 32.Rd7+ Kg6 33.e7 Rf3 34.Rh8 1-0

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Dana Hawrami wins London u14

                                BCF  j/    R  O  U  N  D  S
Pos Player                     Grade /e    1     2     3     4     5     6    A   B    C   D
  1 HAWRAMI,Dana.............   139  j   w33+  b23+   w2=  b19+   w3=   b8+  5   6   890 148

  2 ANANDAJEYARAJAH,Similan J   100  j   b37+  w24+   b1=   b6+   w4=   b3=  4½  6   955 159
  3 CHERNIKOV,Anton..........   138  j   b18+  w14+  b13+   w4=   b1=   w2=  4½  6   845 141
  4 CONSTANTINOU,Peter.......   126  j   w29+   b8+   w6=   b3=   b2=  w14+  4½  6   842 140
  5 POOBALASINGAM,Peter......   137  j   b36=  w28+  b11=  w14=  b10+  w13+  4½  6   799 133
  6 PYM,Thomas W.............   141  j   b25+  w12+   b4=   w2-  b17+  w11+  4½  6   825 138

The first weekend of the London Junior Championships took place at the Harrow campus of the Westminster University during the weekend of 14th-15th December. The under 10 and under 14 sections, both Minor and Major, were contested, with rather fewer than the normal contingent of Essex players.

However, there was no doubt at all about the best under 14. It was Dana Hawrami (Ilford) who finished unbeaten on an impressive 5 / 6. Finishing unbeaten was pretty common in this event as the only player in the top 6 to lose a game was last year's London under 12 Champion Thomas Pym. Does this add ammunition to the Mike Basman school of thought which is to award 3 points for a win, 1 for a draw and none for a loss? That would have left Dana in first place on 14 but elevated Thomas Pym to 2nd on 13, the rest sharing 3rd on 12.

Dana will have been very pleased with this win, as it adds to his collection of London titles: he won the under 8 and under 10 events in consecutive years but has yet to lay his hands on the under 12 title. He will get his final opportunity to compete for this coveted prize during the second stage of the London Junior, which takes place on 28th, 29th and 30th December at the same venue.

I tracked down four Essex players in the under 10 Major, the best score by one of these being 4/7 by Marcus Bertuzzo.

Full results from this year's London Junior, and archives from previous seasons, can be found at the London Junior Championships website.

In the old days when the Ilford Recorder used to publish my articles, I would occasionally get a bit of stick from the die-hards of Essex Chess because I used to cover a fair number of junior events. "It's not a chess column, it's a kids' column," was one remark repeated frequently by one particular old-timer (and he still repeats that remark every time he sees me, the last occasion being last month). I mentioned this to my old friend the late lamented Ian Hebbes and he did a count-back which showed that I covered adult and junior chess approximately 50 - 50, so it could be argued that, since there was, and still is, an awful lot more chess being played by juniors than by adults in Essex, then I was unfairly favouring the adults!

Over the years, the Ilford area has produced far more than its fair share of very strong junior players, some of them long before my time as the correspondent. Andrew Martin, Neil Carr, Edward Lee, Jonathan Rogers (the column was, I believe, published by the Brentwood Gazette in those days), Marc Bautista, Karl Mah, Tim Hebbes, Julian Winkworth, the Payne, Trent and Hawrami brothers were, or are, exceptionally strong chess playing juniors and one of the functions of a good chess column is to give encouragement to these players. John Nunn, in his "Secrets of Grandmaster Chess", mentions his first ever published game. John hails from Putney, but it wasn't a West London local which spotted his early talent, it was Tommy George in the Ilford Recorder on 8th July 1965.

There is, in my view, good chess and bad chess and as long as it is entertaining that is what counts. The following was perhaps the most amusing game I witnessed between two juniors, played in the final round of the London under 10 in 1993. Even my wife showed some interest in this one, remarking "That's not chess, it's Pacman!"

Kingston-Smith,N - Walker,G
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c5 4.c3 Qb6 5.Nf3 Nc6 6.b3 Bd7 7.Be3 0-0-0 8.Bd3 Be7 9.Qe2 Nh6 10.h3 Nf5 11.Bxf5 exf5 12.Qc2 Rhg8 13.Nbd2 h5 14.dxc5 Bxc5 15.Bxc5 Qxc5 16.b4 Qe7 17.Qd3 Nxe5 18.Qxd5 Nxf3+ 19.Kd1 Nxd2 20.Re1 Ba4+ 21.Kc1 Qxe1+ 22.Kb2 Qxa1+ 23.Kxa1 Rxd5 0-1

Forsyth: 2kr2r1/pp1bqpp1/2n5/3pPp1p/1P6/2PQ1N1P/P2N1PP1/R3K2R Forsyth: 2k3r1/pp3pp1/8/3r1p1p/bP6/2P4P/P2n1PP1/K7
Position after White's 17th move

Final position. Does this hold
the record for the most destructive
6½ move spell in chess history?

Solutions to the 10 Christmas problems in last week's column will appear in the New Year. Give youself plenty of time and reward yourself with a good drink and a mince pie each time you solve one. Happy Sholving!

Forsyth: 2b4k/8/5Pr1/5N2/8/8/8/K1B5 Forsyth: 8/8/2P5/1Pr5/8/8/N7/k2K4
This week's study is the final one on this particular theme, i.e. the rook's inability to control a pawn's queening square. That statement gives a pretty big clue to White's first move, but the rest...
White to play and win.

Last week's solution: 1.Nc1 Rxb5 [1...Rd5+ 2.Kc2 (2.Nd3 Rxd3+ 3.Kc2 Rd5) 2...Rc5+ 3.Kd3 (3.Kd2 Rxb5 4.c7 Rb2+ 5.Kd1 Rc2 6.Kxc2) 3...Rxb5 4.c7 Rb8 5.cxb8B] 2.c7 Rd5+ 3.Nd3 Rxd3+ 4.Kc2 Rd4 5.c8R [5.c8Q Rc4+ 6.Qxc4 stalemate] 5...Ra4 6.Kb3 (Liburkin, 1931) Inspired by Saavedra, reaching an identical position to the earlier study after White's 4th move in the main line, Liburkin's masterpiece involves two underpromotions, both essential to avoid stalemate.

Peter Walker 2002

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