Played 30 September 2021
|1||Sands, David A 2245 (2215) (W)||1-0||Hughes, Gavin James (Brentwood) 2013 (2050) (B)|
|2||Goldberg, Jeff A 2110 (2118)||½-½||Sutherland, Neil A (Southend) 2000 (1953)|
|3||Jaszkiwskyj, Peter 1990 (1975)||0-1||Wilson, Edgar (Writtle) 1953 (1998)|
|4||Robinson, James M 1953 (1938)||0-1||McCall, Martin (Upminster)1915 (1975)|
|5||White, John A 1998 (1908)||½-½||Barton, Tom A (Ilford) 1908 (1855)|
|6||Ramage, Colin R 1908 (1855)||0-1||Murrell, Mark RA (Wanstead) 1861 (1945)|
|7||Clow, Ken W 1870 (1713)||0-1||Crane, Leslie J (Upminster) 1855 (1885)|
|8||Cresswell, Mike J 1688 (1743)||0-1||Staniland, Philip (Wanstead) 1851 (1947)|
|9||Nickals, Peter A (sub) 1832 (1656)||½-½||Corish, Aidan T (Upminster) 1780 (1825)|
|10||Figgins, John A 1683 (1735)||0-1||Undre, Taha (Ilford) 1540 ()|
|11||Blagianu, Mihaita 1593 (1615)||0-1||Baig, Huzaifa (Thurrock) 1216 (1293)|
|12||Chtym, Vladimir 1534 (1458)||1-0||Chapman, John R (Southend) 1240 ()|
|Average 1867||3½-8½||Average 1761|
The match details are also available on the ECF League Management System, here: Champions v The Rest
The ECF LMS will be used from this season for reporting and rating the Essex League.
Before battle commenced, League Secretary Tom Barton Presented the League Championship silver rook to Barking’s John White, a ceremony depicted right.
What an extraordinary match! Barking held a rating advantage of over 100 points a board average, but The Rest stole point after point until, with only a win and a draw to their name, Barking found themselves well-beaten, with four games still in play from which to try and salvage some pride.
The Champions added a win and two draws (Boards 1 and Boards 9 and 2) but The Rest had stolen the show by 8½-3½.
The following blow-by-blow account is provided by Mark Murrell.
Prologue – Barking CC took full advantage of the ventilated spaces afforded by St Margaret’s Centre to ensure that all players had a comfortable playing environment whatever their personal requirements and risk tolerances. If this match was the standard bearer, the application of the new ECA covid-19 (C19) protocols were effectively demonstrated and Essex will be well-placed to meet the uncertain challenges ahead.
7.30 pm – Barking win the toss and have white on odds;
The Rest sub Peter Nickals fills in for Barking on 9 in place of George Monk;
8.25 – First blood to The Rest in a “let’s have a go” encounter on 6 to the astonishment of those who declared the pairings had been “fixed”;
8.30 – Les on 7 doubles the lead;
8.33 – The Rest skip takes a draw on 5;
8.38 – Taha adds another with a mating attack on 10;
9.07 – Still one-way traffic as Huzaifa and Philip win with mating attacks;
9.10 – Champs notch up their first win as Vladimir’s Q outmanouveres John’s two rooks;
9.15 – The Prof, a late addition to the team, takes The Rest over the finishing line;
9:45 – Sub Pete hangs on for a draw. 2-7 with top 3 boards still in play;
10:05 – David on 1 makes it two wins for the Champs but Edgar on 3 cancels it out for The Rest. Board 2 down to a couple of minutes each;
10.08 – It’s a draw on 2. Final score: Barking 3½-8½ The Res.
Epitaph – Many of the players adjourned to the Barking Dog for a long-overdue social dimension to a hard fought match, in the company of the league trophy of course.