We are indebted to Jack Rudd for the following report on Bristol's performance in the first two rounds of the First Division of the 4 NCL competition.
1 v Wood Green 1
Jack Rudd 2281 0-1 Jon Speelman 2555 GM
Chris Beaumont 2329 IM ½-½ Alexander Baburin 2527 GM
Simon Buckley 2314 0-1 Bogdan Lalic 2527 GM
James Sherwin 2303 IM 0-1 John Emms 2508 GM
David Buckley 2223 0-1 Chris Ward 2490 GM
Paul Helbig 2184 0-1 Daniel Gormally 2479 IM
Ann-Marie Ashby 2105 0-1 Jonathan Levitt 2432 GM
David Collier 2168 0-1 Harriet Hunt 2385 IM/WGM
1 ½ - 7½ Wood Green 1
The Bristol first team had come into this match
on a run of five consecutive victories. It had always been highly probable that
this wasn't going to be our sixth, especially with the unavailability of Charles
Cobb. Of course, our opponents were also under strength - they fielded only six
grandmasters, none of whom were over 2600.
This, however, proved an entirely adequate team
to despatch us (and, the next day, their own second team). The first game to
finish was Hunt-Collier, which was just getting interesting when Dave made a
horrible miscalculation, losing a piece. My game was the next to finish; having
worked out a load of calculations relating to what happened when a knight on c5
captured a pawn on b3, I failed to notice it could also go to d3, forking my
queen and rook. 2-0 to Wood Green. Next David Buckley succumbed to Chris Ward's
Blumenfeld Gambit, getting his king caught in the centre.
1 v Bristol 1
Laurence Webb 2339 ½-½ Simon Buckley 2314
Richard Bates 2381 IM ½-½ Chris Beaumont 2329 IM
Thomas Hinks-Edwards 2366 FM 0-1 Jack Rudd 2281
Gavin Wall 2405 IM 1-0 James Sherwin 2303 IM
Thomas Nixon 2198 0-1 David Buckley 2223
Michael Franklin 2219 FM 1-0 Paul Helbig 2184
Nicholas Mitchem 2060 0-1 Ann-Marie Ashby 2105
Default 0-1 Jerry Humphreys 2094
1 3-5 Bristol 1
This was always going to be the more critical
match of the weekend; Richmond had avoided relegation on tie-break (with a
little help from Slough's default penalty points), while Bristol had just been
promoted. It had therefore been billed as a relegation derby from the start.
the games played by Bristol in Rounds 1 and 2 follow.
1.e4 c6 2.d3 g6 3.g3 Bg7 4.Bg2 e5 5.Nf3 d6 6.0-0 Nf6 7.c4 0-0 8.Nc3 Nbd7 9.h3 Re8 10.Re1 a5 11.Be3 Nc5 12.Qc2 Ne6 13.d4 Ng4 14.hxg4 exd4 15.Bd2 dxc3 16.Bxc3 Bxc3 17.Qxc3 Nc5 18.Nh2 Qb6 19.b3 Qb4 20.Qd4 a4 21.Qxd6 axb3 22.axb3 Be6 23.Rab1 Rad8 24.Qf4 Nd3 25.Qe3 Nxe1 26.Rxe1 Rd2 27.Rb1 Red8 28.Nf3 Rd1+ 29.Rxd1 Rxd1+ 30.Kh2 Bxg4 31.Ne5 Be6 32.Bh3 Qe1 0-1