NEWTON ABBOT CHESS CLUB     

                NATIONAL CLUB CHAMPONSHIPS 2015

           Holiday Inn, Birmingham Airport, 11th-12th April 2015

 

Newton Abbot Chess Club scored a notable success for Devon chess when they won, at their first attempt, the MAJOR Section (under 175 grade average)  at the revamped National Club Championships held in Birmingham over the weekend of 11th-12thApril. The club’s first team was as surprised as everyone else by the ease of their victory as they won all four of their matches and finished 3 points clear of the runners-up. Not only that, but the club’s second team did very well in coming third out of ten teams in the INTERMEDIATE Section (under 150 grade average).

The idea of entering teams for this event had come about when several of the club’s members decided to do something different from the usual run of local league competitions. The National Club Championships, formerly run like the FA Cup with a season-long knock-out campaign (although with the addition of a Plate competition for first-round losers) had  somewhat lost its cachet with the expansion of the Four Nations Chess League and in 2014 the English  Chess Federation decided to reinvent the competition as a weekend congress at High Wycombe for club teams. Each team would consist of four players and would play four matches over the weekend. This year the event switched to the conveniently central location of Birmingham and attracted an increased entry into its four sections (Open, Major, Intermediate and Minor).

The Newton Abbot club (which incidentally celebrates its10th birthday this year) entered two teams  whose members were:

MAJOR:

1.     Stephen Homer 184

2.      John Fraser 175

3.     Trefor Thynne 168

4.      Matthew Wilson 157

(average 171)

INTERMEDIATE:

1.     Andrew Kinder 146

2.     Wilf Taylor 142

3.     Vignesh Ramesh 138

4.     Jacquie Barber-Lafon 117

(average 136)

 

It was noteworthy that each of the two teams contained one of Devon’s best junior players: 17 year- old John Fraser, already an England international, in the Major team and 14 year -old Vignesh Ramesh in the Intermediate,  both products of Torquay Boys’ Grammar School.

 

 MAJOR SECTION RESULTS:

 Round 1 :  Newton Abbot (171) 2 ½ Wanstead and Woodford (173) 1 ½    

 (Homer 1 Fraser ½ Wilson 0 Thynne1)                                       

Round 2:  Newton Abbot (171) 2 ½ DHSS (167) 1 ½

(Homer ½ Fraser 1 Wilson ½ Thynne ½)

 

Round 3: Newton Abbot (171) 3  GLCC (173) 1

(Homer 1 Fraser ½ Thynne ½ Wilson 1

 

Round 4: Newton Abbot (171) 2 ½ Solihull  (169) 1 ½

(Homer 0 Fraser 1 Thynne ½ Wilson 1)

 

Individual scores: Homer 2 ½ Fraser 3 Thynne 2 ½ Wilson 2 ½

 

TEAM PLACINGS:

1st Newton Abbot 8 2nd Wanstead and Woodford 5  3rd Drunken Knights, 4th Solihull 3,  5th DHSS 2,   6th GLCC 2

 

INTERMEDIATE SECTION RESULTS:

 

Round 1:  Newton Abbot 1 (136)  Leamington (125) 3

(Kinder 0 Taylor 0 Ramesh 0 Barber-Lafon 1)

 

Round 2: Newton Abbot  (136) 3 Redditch  (135) 1

(Kinder 1 Taylor ½ Ramesh 1 Barber-Lafon ½)

 

Round 3:  Newton Abbot  (136) 2 ½  Wanstead and Woodford  (144) 1 ½

(Kinder ½ Taylor 1 Ramesh 0 Barber-Lafon 1)

 

Round 4: Newton Abbot  (136)  2 Sutton Coldfield (144)  2

(Kinder 0 Taylor 0 Ramesh 1 Barber-Lafon 1)

 

Individual scores: Kinder 1 ½ Taylor 1 ½  Ramesh 2  Barber-Lafon 3 ½)

 

Trefor Thynne

April 2015

 

Games played in the MAJOR

 

Games played in the INTERMEDIATE