Played 09 Nov 2019
at Hassocks
Essex had Black on odds

Sussex

v

Essex

1

GM Bogdan Lalic 230A

½-½

David Sands 201C

2

Mark Broom 200A

½-½

John Hodgson 190B

3

Luke Rutherford 204E

1-0

Jeff Goldberg 186A

4

Chaski Patrick 198B

1-0

Ivan Myall 180A

5

Steve Newman 191E

½-½

Ian Reynolds 180A

6

James Mansson 189B

½-½

Kyan Bui 177Aj

7

Peter Farr 186B

½-½

David Spearman 176A

8

Howard Tebbs 180A

½-½

Chris Hampton 177A

9

WFM Rasa Norinkeviciute 180A

0-1

Steve Rix 175A

10

Alan Barton 178A

½-½

Philip Gregory 174B

11

Geoffrey James 177A

1-0

Terry Whitton 172A

12

Jeffrey Boardman 175B

1-0

Larry Marden 170A

13

Paul Batchelor 174A

1-0

Ian Hunnable 167A

14

Tim Pavlovic 171e

½-½

Neville Twitchell 166A

15

James Wheeler 156A

½-½

John White 165B

16

Alan Palmer 143B

½-½

John Davenport 166B

Ave: 183.3; GP: 188.9

10-6

Ave: 176.4; GP: 170.8

Report by Mark Murrell

Sussex these days have the firepower to put out a decent Open team at home, as they proved last season in qualifying for the national stages with relative ease. With the scheduling not being kind to Essex our Minor Counties side was the best available for this match, reminiscent of an Essex side of old (though not as far back as our Championship glory days). That said we were slightly stronger than our last visit to Hassocks two years ago and Sussex only had three of their seven 200s in play, headed by GM Bogdan Lalic. Enough of an advantage though, with Essex the underdogs on 14 of the 16 boards, facing an average team deficit of seven.

Ian Reynolds on five, having returned to form last season, was first to finish after just over an hour’s play against a former Essex and Wanstead man, Steve Newman, returning to competitive chess. Post match analysis suggested that Ian may well have been winning having had the better of the opening skirmishes. Terry Whitton (a late addition on 11, saving a rare appearance from the skipper) was not far behind, though suffered a rare collapse. David Sands, however, returning to top board deserved his GM draw having reached a level ending after a model opening tactical exchange. On the stroke of 4pm, Sussex established a two-point lead as Larry was unable to survive the loss of the exchange in a typical late arriving Boardman blitzkrieg. Over the next hour, Sussex held their bottom two boards and eliminated the only boards where Essex held the edge on paper.

By 5:15 Steve Rix on 9 had pulled one back but Jeff and Ivan on 3 and 4 both had lost, Sussex making their top order advantage count as they pulled into a 3-point lead with seven to play. There shortly followed solid draws for Philip on 10 and Kyan on 6.   5:35 two more draws (David Spearman on 7 and Neville on 14) saw Sussex edge closer to the winning post. Three up with three to play, a huge rear-guard task now faced Essex. We have been there before.

At 5.45 Sussex were well over the finishing line as Ian felll on 13 and Chris could only draw on 8, leaving an exciting finish on Board 2. Under pressure in the middle game, John had come through to set up a double-edged ending where all results had looked possible for us lesser mortals. Winning the exchange seemed to give John an advantage but with menacing pawns of both players advancing, there were plenty of tactics as both clocks ticked down into the last few minutes. John spotted a perpetual to ensure the draw though post-match analysis suggested there might have been more for both players had the match depended on the outcome.

A comfortable win for Sussex, who were never in trouble, doing better than the grade differential suggested, particularly so with Essex holding top board. A rare failure by their standards of Murrell’s marauders in the lower order, but for the Wanstead contingent therein a third away match in four days may well have a been match too far. Nevertheless, thanks to Paul’s U180 squad for turning out to make a match of this fixture and to John White and Chris Hampton for providing transport.

Played 23 Nov 2019
at Wanstead House
Essex had White on odds

Essex

v

Middx

1

David Sands 201C

½-½

Dimitar Mogilarov 210A

2

John Hodgson 190B

½-½

Andrew Stone 208A

3

Vladimir Parols 182C

0-1

Rick McMichael 198A

4

Ian Reynolds 180A

0-1

Carsten Pedersen 192A

5

Kyan Bui 177Aj

1-0

Simon Spivack 196C

6

David Spearman 176A

0-1

Roy Sagall 191B

7

Steve Rix 175A

½-½

Andrew Gilfillan 187A

8

Philip Gregory 174B

½-½

Steven Coles 185A

9

Edgar Wilson 175A

1-0

Ian Calvert 179A

10

John Moore 171A

½-½

Seshagiri Vaddadi 177E

11

Alin Chirea-Florica 171A

0-1

Kayode Disu 172A

12

Larry Marden 170A

½-½

Anthony Fulton 173A

13

Ian Hunnable 167A

½-½

Jonathan Rubeck 171A

14

Neville Twitchell 166A

0-1

Christof Brixel 165A

15

Mark Murrell 160A

1-0

Leon Fincham 167A

16

Peter Nickals 132A

0-1

Laith Hayali 140B

Ave: 172.9; GP: 172.6

6½-9½

Ave: 181.9; GP: 182.3

Played 01 Feb 2020
at The Mick Jagger Centre, Shepherds Lane, Dartford, Kent DA1 2JZ.
Essex had Black on odds

Kent

v

Essex

1

FM Martin Taylor [220] 222A

1-0

John Hodgson [190] 189A

2

Cliff Chandler [208] 216A

½-½

Jeff Goldberg [186] 184A

3

FM Tony Stebbings [213] 209B

1-0

Ivan Myall [180] 180A

4

Freddie Hand [205] 206Aj

1-0

Ian Reynolds [180] 175A

5

Ian Snape [201] 205A

1-0

David Spearman [176] 181A

6

Paul Talsma [195] 197C

1-0

Chris Hampton [177] 171B

7

Mikey Watson [193] 197Bj

½-½

Steve Rix [175] 177A

8

Krzysztof Jamroz [185] 189A

1-0

Edgar Wilson [175] 175A

9

John Sugden [186] 188A

1-0

Martin McCall [170] 171C

10

Jacob Watson [184] 186Bj

½-½

Ian Hunnable [167] 170A

11

David Tucker [185] 186A

½-½

John White [165] 168A

12

Dimitrios Kolomvas [175] 185B

½-½

Neville Twitchell [166] 166A

13

Mark Robertson [177] 180B

1-0

Gavin Hughes [164] 171A

14

Mike Roberts [189] 177D

1-0

Paul Kenning [164] 158A

15

Viktor Jamroz [174] 177Aj

0-1

John Davenport [166] 166B

16

Jerry Anstead [172] 173B

½-½

Colin Ramage [158] 161A

Ave: 193.3; GP: 197.7

12-4

Ave: 172.7; GP: 168.3

[July 2019 Grades] January 2020 Grades

Played 15 Feb 2020
at Wanstead House
Essex had Black on odds

Essex

v

Surrey

1

FM Andrew Lewis [218] 212A

0-1

Russell Granat [213] 213A

2

John Hodgson [190] 189A

0-1

Graham Keane [195] 196A

3

Jeff Goldberg [186] 184A

0-1

Robert Lydiard [193] 190C

4

Ivan Myall [180] 180A

½-½

Tariq Oozeerally [186] 194A

5

Kyan Bui [177] 181Aj

1-0

Clive A Frostick [193] 193A

6

David Spearman [176] 181A

1-0

Paul Shepherd [184] 187A

7

Steve Rix [175] 177A

0-1

Paul Cooper [184] 180D

8

Vladimir Parols [182] 175C

1-0

Nick Edwards [176] 177A

9

Roman Ismailov [179] 175C

0-1

Philip Stimpson [175] 176A

10

Edgar Wilson [175] 175A

½-½

Julien Shepley [171] 174A

11

Ian Reynolds [180] 175A

1-0

Daniel Rosen [171] 168A

12

Martin McCall [170] 171C

½-½

Owen Phillips [171] 169A

13

Ian Hunnable [167] 170A

0-1

Paul Dupré [172] 168A

14

Neville Twitchell [166] 166A

0-1

Anthony Collins [163] 167B

15

Philip Staniland [171] 165A

0-1

John Bussmann [161] 160A

16

Mark Murrell [160] 156A

½-½

Olufemi George [155] 159A

Ave: 177.0; GP: 166.9

6-10

Ave: 179.4; GP: 189.5

[July 2019 Grades] January 2020 Grades

 

Opponents

Result

Score

Player

P

W

D

L

Pts

%

GP

Sussex

Lost

6-10

Kyan Bui [177] 181Aj

3

2

1

0

83.33

226

Middx

Lost

6½-9½

Steve Rix [175] 177A

4

1

2

1

2

50.00

186

Kent

Lost

4-12

John Davenport [166] 166B

2

1

1

0

75.00

Surrey

Lost

6-10

Mark Murrell [160] 156A

2

1

1

0

75.00

Edgar Wilson [175] 175A

3

1

1

1

50.00

180

Ian Reynolds [180] 175A

4

1

1

2

37.50

176

David Spearman [176] 181A

4

1

1

2

37.50

181

David Sands [201] 206B

2

0

2

0

1

50.00

Vladimir Parols [182] 175C

2

1

0

1

1

50.00

Philip Gregory [174] 168A

2

0

2

0

1

50.00

John White [165] 168A

2

0

2

0

1

50.00

Neville Twitchell [166] 166A

4

0

2

2

1

25.00

148

John Hodgson [190] 189A

4

0

2

2

1

25.00

178

Ian Hunnable [167] 170A

4

0

2

2

1

25.00

149

John Moore [171] 170A

1

0

1

0

½

50.00

Colin Ramage [158] 161A

1

0

1

0

½

50.00

Larry Marden [170] 173A

2

0

1

1

½

25.00

Martin McCall [170] 171C

2

0

1

1

½

25.00

Chris Hampton [177] 171B

2

0

1

1

½

25.00

Ivan Myall [180] 180A

3

0

1

2

½

16.67

166

Jeff Goldberg [186] 184A

3

0

1

2

½

16.67

171

Peter Nickals [132] 138A

1

0

0

1

0

0.00

Alin Chirea-Florica [171] 158A

1

0

0

1

0

0.00

Gavin Hughes [164] 171A

1

0

0

1

0

0.00

Paul Kenning [164] 158A

1

0

0

1

0

0.00

Terry Whitton [172] 170A

1

0

0

1

0

0.00

FM Andrew Lewis [218] 212A

1

0

0

1

0

0.00

Roman Ismailov [179] 175C

1

0

0

1

0

0.00

Philip Staniland [171] 165A

1

0

0

1

0

0.00

Totals:

64

9

27

28

22½

35.16%

 

P:4 W:0 D:0 L:4 Unf:0

29 Players

Two dummy player records may appear in Player Statistics:
‘Walkover’ records points gained by default where no player is present, usually defaults notified in advance.
‘Default’ represents points conceded by default when not recorded against an individual’s record. Both are sorted to the bottom of the list.

January grades shown, with previous July grades given in brackets.

1

2

3

4

5

MP

GP

1

Middx

8

26

2

Surrey

9

2

25

3

Sussex

7

10

1

17

4

Kent

8

½

15½

5

Essex

6

0

12½

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