The 4 Nations Chess League

Round 4

Sunday 4th December 2005

Oxford 2 4.5-1.5 Braille Chess Association

1. Aidan Rawlinson (2173) 1/2-1/2 Tyson Mordue (2287)
2. Chris Ross (2128) 1/2-1/2 Sean Terry (2000)
3. Graham Morris (2025) 1/2-1/2 Stephen Hilton (2045)
4. Willaim Armstrong (1951) 0-1 Dave Bruce (2015)
5. Ed Stembridge (1960) 1/2-1/2 Stephen Burnell (1960)
6. Alastair Irving (1545) 0-1 Justin Hadin (1895)

Report

Another sad day for the team loosing heavily against a team not much higher than ourselves. The score is somewhat harsh when compared to the actual effort made by the team, but that is the way it goes sometimes.

Tyson got himself in a bit of a mess in the early middle-game and allowed his opponent to start hacking away on the king-side. Tactics were abundant and Tyson had to defend accurately and actively and his opponent allowed him to scramble out into an end-game a pawn down. However, the position simplified quickly enough and a draw was soon reached.

Chris played well and had to deal with some tricky tactics when his opponent became very ambitious during the time-control. Black king’s became more and more vulnerable and the somewhat passively placed white pieces began to find their range. A pawn was snaffled during the time-scramble and it was an incredibly difficult one to convert. Chris tolled for hours but was unavailable to convert.

Steve Hilton defended solidly against his opponent, although having to face very stubborn resistance. The defence was difficult and exhausting. However, a blockade was successfully maintained until well after the time-control when a slight lapse in concentration allowed his opponent to suddenly creep into black’s camp and threaten unstoppable damage. Very unlucky.

Bill Armstrong gained himself a huge advantage when his opponent set up poorly against Bill’s irregular opening.
Bill played well to gain an obvious advantage on the queen-side and then began to play on the king-side. This allowed black to scramble his way through the centre, allowed his pieces to find some good squares and the advanced white pawns began to become weak. Tactics during the time-scramble did not work for white, and a self-pin proved his downfall.

Steve Burnell set up solidly and resisted all attempts by his opponent to penetrate into the queen-side. A blocked QPI was the order of the day and although a lot of shuffling, manoeuvring was made, white was unable to find a winning plan and after many hours of pushing, a draw was agreed.

Alastair was very unlucky not to capture his first point for the team when he successfully sacked a pawn for very good activity. Black got himself into a horrible mess and then proceeded to blunder horribly, leaving a piece self-pinned. Alastair was unfortunate not to spot this and tried dabbling in tactics when clear cool positional play was required. The tactics didn’t’ work for white and he soon found himself material down and his pieces uncoordinated. Black converted the end-game smoothly enough.

A solid performance and somewhat unlucky. On another day, the games would have gone our way, but yet, the season has gone quite well so far. Lets push on from here and continue in such a vein.

games

 

[Event "4NCL/DIV4/OXF2-BCA1"]

[Site "West Bromwich, ENG"]

[Date "2005.12.04"]

[Round "4.1"]

[White "Rawlinson, Aidan"]

[Black "Mordue, A. Tyson"]

[Result "1/2-1/2"]

[ECO "B80"]

[WhiteElo "2173"]

[BlackElo "2287"]

[PlyCount "100"]

[EventDate "2005.12.04"]

 

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 d6

6. Be3 Be7 7. f3 a6 8. g4 O-O 9. Qd2 Nc6 10. O-O-O Nxd4 11. Bxd4 b5 12. h4 Nd7

13. g5 Nb6 14. Bd3 b4 15. Ne2 a5 16. Rdg1 e5 17. Be3 Be6 18. h5 Ra7 19. g6 fxg6

20. hxg6 h6 21. Bxh6 gxh6 22. Qxh6 Bf6 23. g7 Rxg7 24. Rxg7+ Bxg7 25. Qxe6+ Rf7

26. Rg1 Qe7 27. Qg4 Kf8 28. f4 Qf6 29. f5 Bh6+ 30. Kb1 Rg7 31. Qh5 Rxg1+ 32.

Nxg1 Qg5 33. Qxg5 Bxg5 34. Ne2 Ke7 35. c3 d5 36. cxb4 axb4 37. a3 dxe4 38. Bxe4

bxa3 39. bxa3 Nc4 40. Ka2 Nd6 41. Nc3 Bd2 42. Nd5+ Kf7 43. Bc2 e4 44. Kb3 Nxf5 45. Bxe4 Nd6 46. Bd3 Ke6 47. Nb4 Kd7 48. a4 Kc7 49. a5 Bxb4 50. Kxb4 Kb7 51. Kc5 Nc8 1/2-1/2

 

[Event "4NCL/DIV/OXF2-BCA1"]

[Site "West Bromwich, ENG"]

[Date "2005.12.04"]

[Round "4.2"]

[White "Ross, Chris"]

[Black "Terry, Sean"]

[Result "1/2-1/2"]

[ECO "A08"]

[WhiteElo "2128"]

[BlackElo "2000"]

[PlyCount "117"]

[EventDate "2005.12.04"]

 

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d3 Nc6 4. g3 g6 5. Bg2 Bg7 6.

O-O Nge7 7. c3 d5 8. Qe2 O-O 9. e5 Bd7 10. h4 Nf5 11. h5 h6 12. Na3 g5 13. Nc2

Qc7 14. Re1 Rac8 15. Bh3 Rfe8 16. Bd2 a6 17. Rac1 b5 18. a3 Na5 19. Na1 Ne7 20.

b4 Nb7 21. d4 cxb4 22. cxb4 Qd8 23. Nb3 Rxc1 24. Rxc1 Nc6 25. Qe1 f5 26. exf6

Qxf6 27. Bg2 g4 28. Nh2 Qf5 29. Qe2 Qxh5 30. Nxg4 Kh8 31. Bf3 Qg6 32. Kg2 e5

33. Nxe5 Nxe5 34. dxe5 Rxe5 35. Qd1 Bf5 36. Bc3 Re7 37. Bxg7+ Kxg7 38. Qxd5 Be6

39. Qd4+ Kf7 40. Qf4+ Qf6 41. Qxf6+ Kxf6 42. Nc5 Nd6 43. Ne4+ Nxe4 44. Bxe4 Bc4

45. Re1 Rd7 46. Re3 Rd6 47. Bb7 Rb6 48. Bf3 Rd6 49. Bb7 Rb6 50. Bf3 Rd6 51. Be2

Bd5+ 52. f3 Bb7 53. Bd3 Rd4 54. Kf2 h5 55. Be4 Bxe4 56. Rxe4 Rd3 57. Re3 Rd2+

58. Re2 Rd3 59. Re3 1/2-1/2

 

[Event "4NCL/DIV4/OXF2-BCA1"]

[Site "West Bromwich, ENG"]

[Date "2005.12.04"]

[Round "4.3"]

[White "Morris, Graham"]

[Black "Hilton, Stephen"]

[Result "1-0"]

[ECO "B90"]

[WhiteElo "2025"]

[BlackElo "2045"]

[PlyCount "97"]

[EventDate "2005.12.04"]

 

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6

6. Be3 e5 7. Nb3 Be6 8. f3 Be7 9. Qd2 Nbd7 10. O-O-O Qc7 11. g4 h6 12. h4 Nc5

13. Kb1 Rc8 14. Rg1 Nfd7 15. g5 h5 16. g6 f6 17. Nxc5 Nxc5 18. Nd5 Qc6 19. Be2

b5 20. Rg2 Na4 21. c3 Nc5 22. Qc2 a5 23. f4 Qb7 24. f5 Bxd5 25. Rxd5 b4 26.

Bxc5 Rxc5 27. Rxc5 dxc5 28. Bf3 Qb5 29. c4 Qc6 30. Rd2 Bd6 31. Qd3 Ke7 32. Qe2

a4 33. Rd5 Rb8 34. Qd1 Qa6 35. Qd3 Rd8 36. Be2 Qa5 37. Qd2 Qb6 38. Bf1 b3 39.

a3 Qa6 40. Be2 Rh8 41. Kc1 Rd8 42. Kd1 Rh8 43. Qd3 Rh6 44. Ke1 Rh8 45. Kf1 Rd8

46. Qf3 Rh8 47. Rd1 Rh6 48. Qd3 Rh8 49. Qd5 1-0

 

[Event "4NCL/DIV4/OXF2-BCA1"]

[Site "West Bromwich, ENG"]

[Date "2005.12.04"]

[Round "4.4"]

[White "Armstrong, William G"]

[Black "Bruce, Dave"]

[Result "0-1"]

[ECO "D01"]

[WhiteElo "1951"]

[BlackElo "2015"]

[PlyCount "80"]

[EventDate "2005.12.04"]

 

1. d4 Nf6 2. Nc3 d5 3. Bg5 Nbd7 4. Nf3 h6 5. Bh4 c6

6. a3 g6 7. Ne5 Bg7 8. e3 O-O 9. Be2 c5 10. O-O e6 11. Bg3 a6 12. Kh1 Nxe5 13.

Bxe5 Nd7 14. Bxg7 Kxg7 15. dxc5 Qc7 16. b4 Ne5 17. Na4 Bd7 18. Nb6 Rad8 19. f4

Nc6 20. Qe1 Ne7 21. Rd1 Bc6 22. Kg1 h5 23. a4 f6 24. Qc3 Nf5 25. b5 axb5 26.

axb5 Be8 27. Rf3 Nd6 28. Na4 Ne4 29. Qb4 Rc8 30. c6 bxc6 31. b6 Qb7 32. Nc5 Qe7

33. Ra1 Qxc5 34. Ra7+ Bf7 35. Qb2 Rb8 36. Ra6 Rb7 37. Bd3 Rfb8 38. f5 exf5 39.

Qd4 Qxd4 40. exd4 Rxb6 0-1

 

[Event "4NCL/DIV4/OXF2-BCA1"]

[Site "West Bromwich, ENG"]

[Date "2005.12.04"]

[Round "4.5"]

[White "Stembridge, ED."]

[Black "Burnell, Stephen"]

[Result "1/2-1/2"]

[ECO "B14"]

[WhiteElo "1960"]

[BlackElo "1960"]

[PlyCount "119"]

[EventDate "2005.12.04"]

 

1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. exd5 cxd5 4. c4 Nf6 5. Nc3 e6 6.

Nf3 Be7 7. Bf4 O-O 8. Bd3 Nc6 9. a3 dxc4 10. Bxc4 a6 11. O-O b5 12. Ba2 h6 13.

Qd3 Bd6 14. Bxd6 Qxd6 15. b4 Bb7 16. Rad1 Rad8 17. Rfe1 Ne7 18. Ne5 Ned5 19.

Nxd5 Bxd5 20. Bb1 Rfe8 21. Re3 Rc8 22. Rde1 Bc4 23. Qd2 Red8 24. Rg3 Kf8 25.

Rd1 Rc7 26. h4 Qd5 27. Qf4 Qd6 28. Qe3 Nd5 29. Qf3 Nf6 30. Qe3 Nd5 31. Qd2 Nf6

32. Rc3 Bd5 33. Rxc7 Qxc7 34. Rc1 Qb7 35. f3 Rc8 36. Kf2 Rxc1 37. Qxc1 Nd7 38.

Nd3 Bc4 39. Nb2 Bd5 40. Nd3 Bc4 41. Nc5 Qa7 42. Qf4 Ke7 43. Qg4 Kf8 44. Qf4 Ke7

45. Qe3 Bd5 46. Be4 Nf6 47. Qc3 Qa8 48. Bc2 Bc4 49. Be4 Bd5 50. Qe3 Qa7 51. Bd3

Qb6 52. Qe2 Bc6 53. Qc2 Nd5 54. Nb3 Bb7 55. Qc5+ Ke8 56. Be4 Qd8 57. g3 g5 58.

hxg5 Qxg5 59. Qc1 Qf6 60. f4 1/2-1/2

 

[Event "4NCL/DIV4/OXF2-BCA1"]

[Site "West Bromwich, ENG"]

[Date "2005.12.04"]

[Round "4.6"]

[White "Irving, Alastair"]

[Black "Hadin, Justin"]

[Result "0-1"]

[ECO "B33"]

[WhiteElo "1545"]

[BlackElo "1895"]

[PlyCount "104"]

[EventDate "2005.12.04"]

 

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 e5

6. Ndb5 d6 7. Bg5 a6 8. Na3 b5 9. Bxf6 gxf6 10. Nd5 f5 11. Bd3 Be6 12. O-O Bxd5

13. exd5 Ne7 14. c3 Bg7 15. Qh5 e4 16. Bc2 b4 17. Ba4+ Kf8 18. Nc4 bxc3 19.

bxc3 Bxc3 20. Rab1 Rb8 21. Qh6+ Bg7 22. Qxd6 Qxd6 23. Nxd6 Bb2 24. Rfd1 Kg7 25.

Nc4 Bf6 26. Rxb8 Rxb8 27. Bb3 Ra8 28. Ne3 Be5 29. h3 Kf6 30. a4 Nc8 31. Rc1 Ne7

32. Rc5 Rb8 33. Bc2 Bd6 34. Ra5 Ra8 35. Nc4 Bb4 36. d6 Bxa5 37. dxe7 Bb4 38.

Nb6 Re8 39. Nd5+ Ke5 40. Nxb4 Kd6 41. Nxa6 Rxe7 42. Kf1 Rb7 43. a5 Rb5 44. g4

Rxa5 45. Nb4 Kc5 46. gxf5 Kxb4 47. Bxe4 h5 48. h4 Kc4 49. Kg2 Kd4 50. f3 f6 51.

Kg3 Ke3 52. Bc6 Rxf5 0-1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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