2nd team 2014-15
Essex league Division 3
To see match report, click on score, or scroll down.
|Tue||07-Oct-14||Away||Brentwood II||L 2½-3½|
|Tue||28-Oct-14||Away||Wanstead III||W 3½-2½|
|Thu||13-Nov-14||Away||Barking II||L ½-5½|
|Tue||16-Dec-14||Away||Upminster III||L 2½-3½|
|Wed||21-Jan-15||Home||Ilford II||D 3-3|
|Wed||11-Feb-15||Home||Barking II||L ½-5½|
|Wed||18-Feb-15||Home||Wanstead III||L 1-5|
|Mon||23-Mar-15||Away||Ilford II||L 2-4|
|Wed||25-Mar-15||Home||Upminster III||L 1½-4½|
|Wed||15-Apr-15||Home||Brentwood II||L 0-6|
|Brentwood II||Loughton II|
|1||Gambardella, David||146||0-1||Van Tol, Martin||132|
|2||Davies, Robert J V||135||1-0||Groce, Ken||126|
|3||Smith, Benjamin||129||1-0||Leadon, Ben||113|
|4||D'Cruz, David||102||0-1||Jones, Barry E||112|
|5||Phillips, Chris C||99||½-½||Melhuish, Ronnie||96|
|6||Fisher, Russell||99||0-1||Baker, Dane|
Note: Board six was won by Dane and will be graded as a win. However Dane was not registered with the league in time ( seven days earlier ) for this match. Hence for league purposes, this board is considered a Brentwood win.
|Wanstead III||Loughton II|
|1||Mulay, Partha||140||½-½||Van Tol, Martin||132|
|2||Keehner, John R||139||½-½||Groce, Ken||126|
|3||Warden, Michael J||135||1-0||Clarke, Gordon||116|
|4||Lu, Andy WH||130||½-½||Baker, Dane|
|5||Nickals, Peter A||122||0-1||Jones, Barry E||112|
|6||Sweeney, Kevin M||118||0-1||Melhuish, Ronnie||96|
This was really an excellent result for us. Wanstead usually put out a strong side, and we were surprised at how strong their team was tonight We were actually outgraded on all six boards.
Particularly good results for our two winners. Sadly it's Ronnie's last game for the club, as he moves next week to Whitstable. But what a way to go ... with a win against an opponent 22 points higher ! Dane continues a really good start with us too.
Martin was the last to finish. He might have had a win on against his opponent. He had more active pieces and a significant time advantage (14 mins left vs 4 mins left). But against a higher graded opponent, and with the match at 3-2 to us, he knew a draw would take us over the winning line and didn't want to risk things.
A really good start to the season for the second team. In real terms we've beaten two decent opponents. Just a pity about the default awarded against us at Brentwood.
|Barking II||Loughton II|
|1||Ramage, Colin R||170||1-0||Van Tol, Martin||132|
|2||Paveliuc, Alin-Dumitru||161||1-0||Groce, Ken||126|
|3||Clow, Kenneth W||155||1-0||Gordon Clarke||116|
|4||Figueroa, Edison||150||½-½||Jones, Barry E||112|
|5||Monk, George H||139||1-0||Alexander, Raymond||99|
|6||Figgins, John A||137||1-0||default|
We got a bit battered. However, there will be few matches where we're outgraded this badly. They were 35-40 points better per board than us. A decent debut for Raymond. Martin and Ken almost scraped a draw in their games. But Barry is clearly man of the match today ... getting a draw against a player 38 points higher. Well done!
Overall the second team has not had a bad start to the season.
|Upminster III||Loughton II|
|1||Iannetta, Robert||151||½-½||Van Tol, Martin||132|
|2||Johal, Satnam S||143||0-1||Groce, Ken||126|
|3||Foley, Phil T||142||1-0||Clarke, Gordon||116|
|4||Hurst, David C||111||0-1||Jones, Barry E||112|
|5||Sullivan, Michael||110||1-0||Alexander, Raymond||99|
|6||Nice, Nigel||108||1-0||Smith, Michael|
|Loughton II||Ilford II|
|1||Groce, Ken||145||½-½||Barton, Tom A||151|
|2||Clarke, Gordon||103||1-0||Page, Jeffrey||142|
|3||Leadon, Ben||110||0-1||Chandrasekaran, Siddharth||146|
|4||Jones, Barry E||118||½-½||Berlin, Howard J||114|
|5||Neogy, A (Robbie)||112||1-0||Kishore, K Prathees||68|
|6||Smith, Michael||61||0-1||Stefanoni, Leonardo||116|
|Loughton II||Barking II|
|1||Groce, Ken||145||0-1||Ramage, Colin R||171|
|2||Van Tol, Martin||133||½-½||Clow, Kenneth W||150|
|3||Neogy, A (Robbie)||112||0-1||Figueroa, Edison||151|
|4||Leadon, Ben||110||0-1||Monk, George H||132|
|5||Clarke, Gordon||103||0-1||Chtym, Vladimir||115|
|6||Smith, Michael||61||0-1||Loh, Tony||111|
|Loughton II||Wanstead III|
|1||Groce, Ken||145||0-1||Mulay, Partha||144J|
|2||Van Tol, Martin||133||½-½||Keehner, John R||139|
|3||Neogy, A (Robbie)||112||½-½||Warden, Michael J||134|
|4||Clarke, Gordon||103||0-1||Ali, Niall||136J|
|5||Smith, Michael||61||0-1||Siddo, Charlton||130|
|6||default||0-1||Lu, Andy WH||132|
The second team had difficulty getting a team out tonight, and even ended up defaulting a board at home. Wanstead put out a reasonable team, although we beat them at their place earlier in the season.
To give ourselves any chance at all we needed wins on the top boards. Unfortunately Ken on 1 blundered a piece and lost against an upcoming youngster. Martin on 2 messed up in the opening ... although the error was recoverable it really did ruin any chance of gaining an advantage. Robi on 3 got a very decent draw. We were outgunned on the boards 4 and 5, although Mick (outgraded by 69 grading points) ran his opponent close and lost only narrowly.
A quick word to all second team players ... with three matches left we're bottom of the table in the 3rd division.
Realistically, we need to win two of the final three matches to survive. We'll need to put out as strong a team as we possibly can for those matches.
I know chess isn't the only thing we do ... but if people could have a look at their diaries and plan to make themselves available for the remaining three matches
23 March away at Ilford,
25 March home to Upminster and
15 April home to Brentwood,
we'd be grateful.
|Ilford II||Loughton II|
|1||Verma, Aditya||160||1-0||Groce, Ken||145|
|2||Page, Jeffrey||142||½-½||Van Tol, Martin||133|
|3||Pelling, Nicholas J||126||0-1||Neogy, A (Robbie)||112|
|4||Yunis, Umar||92||½-½||Clarke, Gordon||103|
|5||Stefanoni, Leonardo||44||1-0||Alexander, Raymond||99|
|6||Kishore, K Prathees||68||1-0||default|
At one stage it was looking like we would turn up with three players. That would have earned us a two point penalty for cumulative defaults, which would have relegated us. Thankfully Gordon and Robi rearranged other plans so that they could make it. So a particularly big thanks to them for playing tonight. Unfortunately this is the fourth time we've defaulted a board. And in a six board match, being a board behind at the start really is a heavy disadvantage.
Ken sacked a pawn for an attack but his young opponent won a long rook and pawn endgame. Robi got a very good result to beat a player graded fourteen points higher. His opponent failed to see the saving move while under time pressure. Gordon did well to come from a piece behind to draw. Martin came under heavy pressure but escaped with a draw. Ray was a bit unlucky. He had a clearly winning position when he lost on time.
The second team really does need results in its final two matches to survive in this division. We're three points behind Brentwood. One of our remaining two matches is actually against them. If we win our final two matches and Brentwood lose theirs, we survive.
|Loughton II||Upminster III|
|1||Groce, Ken||145||0-1||Iannetta, Robert||152|
|2||Van Tol, Martin||133||0-1||Foley, Phil T||140|
|3||Jones, Barry E||118||½-½||Biggs, Peter||136|
|4||Neogy, A (Robbie)||112||0-1||Cooper, Geoff||131|
|5||Clarke, Gordon||103||½-½||Sullivan, Michael||113|
|6||Smith, Michael||61||½-½||Hurst, David C||110|
Unfortunately this is the match which ensures the second team's relegation to division four. Another side that was just a little too strong for us, outgrading us on every single board. Nevertheless everybody put up a decent struggle, and there were three draws against higher graded opposition. A particularly good result for Mick on board six.
|Loughton II||Brentwood II|
|1||Van Tol, Martin||133||0-1||Strachan, Gavin I||153|
|2||Groce, Ken||145||0-1||Gambardella, David||149|
|3||Neogy, A (Robbie)||112||0-1||Smith, Benjamin||141|
|4||Leadon, Ben||110||0-1||Weaver, Timothy||127|
|5||Clarke, Gordon||103||0-1||Rosser, Stephen||107|
|6||Smith, Michael||61||0-1||Phillips, Chris C||105|