Exeter 4.5-3.5 Newton Abbot Peter Rooke Cup Sat 10th Jan 2015

1 Waters, Simon (B) 1/2-1/2 Brooks, Paul (W)
2 Frangleton, Andy (W) 0-1 Hui, M (B)
3 Pope, Sean 1/2-1/2 Kinder, Andrew
4 Dobber, Piet 1-0 Taylor, Wiilf
5 Waley, Jonathan 1/2-1/2 Ramesh, Vignesh
6 Marjoram, Will 1/2-1/2 Allen, John
7 Palmer, Eddy 1/2-1/2 Barber-Lafon, Jacquie
8 Whittington, Reece 1-0 Narayanan, Nandaja
EXETER 4.5-3.5 NEWTON ABBOT

In a close and well-fought contest, Exeter held on to an early lead to eliminate Newton Abbot from this year's Peter Rooke knockout Cup competition.

It all looked to be going wrong for Piet Dobber as Wilf Taylor's pawn duo came storming down the middle of the board, but a Bishop went astray and the home team claimed an early lead.

Despite both players on the last board overlooking an early trap to win a piece for Black, White's extra pawns proved more than enough to put Exeter two ahead.

Opposite-coloured Bishops proved an overwhelming levelling factor on Board 7. White had got into a bind against Jonathan Waley's French Defence, but was alert to the tactics and the OCBs led to peace once more.

John Allen's Leningrad Dutch proved too sharp for Will to handle, but some mysterious escapology happened in the minor piece endgame leaving Exeter two ahead with three to finish.

After struggling for most of the game to develop any sort of activity, Simon on top board opened up a King's Indian position just on the time control, snaring a Queen for Rook and Bishop.

After a horrible time scramble, Andrew Kinder unwisely called attention to the state of Black's clock, revealing his own flag to have been the first to fall. I say fall, Exeter's newfangled digital clocks were being given their first outing, which created some uncertainty around move 40, so a little symbol appeared on the clock face, rather than any physical flags dropping. Sean, who hadn't noticed, sportingly agreed a draw, and Simon whipped out a perpetual check to give Exeter the match.

Andy Frangleton had been suffering all game from a haemorrhage of the Queen's-side dark squares, and when his young opponent came full-tilt down the c-file in a double-Rook endgame it looked bad for White. But some crisp decisions in the last moments of play gave a drawn R+P vs R+P position, only for White to find the one move on the board which lost, giving the visitors a consolation point.

For the avoidance of future doubt, the clock face below shows a situation similar to the Kinder-Pope finale, with Black to play their 40th move.

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The right-hand clock (Black) is ticking down the second time period, so Black has not completed their 40th move in time, but the left-hand clock (White) is showing a flag-fall - White overstepped the first time period by a couple of seconds, so if the players' score sheets show only 40 White moves, White loses. I witnessed all this as a spectator, without feeling I could point it out; spectators are not allowed to intervene in this way, arbiters are required to - how does a team captain stand?

Also, please note that only after one side has run out of time are the extra minutes of the second time period added to both clocks. Apparently, the rest of the world has always done it like that, but it was a worrying moment for some, already unnerved by the unnatural tickless silence.

The venue was Gisson's Hotel in Kennford, an auspicious choice for the home team, as it was in a Gisson's Hotel (surely not at this location) that Exeter Chess Club was founded:

"On the opening page of the Club's first minute book it is recorded, under the heading "Chess Club", that "a meeting was held at Gisson's Hotel on Saturday, October 26th, 1895. (...) At this meeting, it was decided to ask the Literary Society, then established at Barnfield House, whether and on what terms the Society would set apart a room for the Club". A week later, "at Mr. Widgery's studio", it was decided to accept a tentative offer by the Society and to go ahead. On 16th November, 1895, at Barnfield House, in what was already described as the Club room, a meeting of seven formed the Club. It was to be called Exeter Chess Club..."
From Exeter Chess Club: 1895-1961 by Richard Hitchcock. http://exeterchessclub.org.uk/content/1895-archives

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[Event "Exeter vs Newton Abbot"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2015. 1.10"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Brooks, Paul"]
[Black "Waters, Simon"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "E90"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. h3 O-O 6. Be3 Nbd7 7. Nf3 e5
8. d5 b6 9. Be2 Nc5 10. Qc2 a5 11. Nd2 Nfd7 12. g4 f6 13. Nf1 Rf7 14.
Ng3 Qf8 15. Qd2 Ba6 16. b3 Re8 17. f3 Bc8 18. Rb1 Nb8 19. Bd1 Nba6 20.
a3 f5 21. gxf5 gxf5 22. Nh5 f4 23. Bxc5 Nxc5 24. b4 axb4 25. axb4 Qe7
26. bxc5 Qh4+ 27. Qf2 Qxh5 28. cxb6 cxb6 29. Rxb6 Bf6 30. h4 Be7 31. Nb5
Rg7 32. Nxd6 Bxd6 33. Rxd6 Kh8 34. Rb6 Reg8 35. Rb2 Bh3 36. Rxh3 Rg1+
37. Qxg1 Rxg1+ 38. Kd2 Rg2+ ( 38... Qg6 ) 39. Kc1 Rxb2 40. Kxb2 Qg6 41.
Rh2 Qb6+ 42. Kc1 Kg7 43. Rc2 Qc5 44. Be2 Kh6 45. Rd2 Qa3+ 46. Kc2 Qa4+
1/2-1/2

[Event "Exeter vs Newton Abbot"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2015. 1.10"]
[Round "2"]
[White "Frangleton, Andrew"]
[Black "Hui, Mark"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "A08"]

1. e4 e6 2. d3 d5 3. Nd2 c5 4. Ngf3 Nc6 5. g3 Bd6 6. Bg2 Nge7 7. O-O O-O
8. Re1 Qc7 9. Nf1 f6 10. c3 d4 11. Bd2 Ng6 12. h4 Rd8 13. cxd4 cxd4 14.
Rc1 Qb6 15. Re2 e5 16. h5 Nf8 17. Nh4 Be6 18. b3 Ba3 19. Rb1 Nb4 20.
Bxb4 Qxb4 21. Nd2 b5 22. f4 Bg4 23. Bf3 Bxf3 24. Ndxf3 exf4 25. gxf4 Ne6
26. Ng2 h6 27. Nfe1 Qd6 28. Rf2 Rac8 29. Nh4 Qd7 ( 29... Nxf4 30. Qg4 )
30. Qg4 Rc7 31. Nf5 Kh8 32. Rg2 Bd6 33. Nxd6 Qxd6 34. f5 Ng5 35. Nf3
Nxf3+ 36. Qxf3 Rdc8 37. Qg3 Qxg3 38. Rxg3 b4 39. Rb2 Rc1+ 40. Kh2 Rd1
41. Rbg2 Rcc1 42. Kh3 Rc3 43. Kh2 Rdxd3 44. Rxg7 Rh3+ 45. Kg1 Rc1+ 46.
Kf2 Rc2+ 47. Ke1 Rh1+ 48. Rg1 Rc1+ 49. Kf2 Rcxg1 50. Rxg1 Rxh5 51. Rd1 (
51. Rg6 ) 51... Rh2+ 52. Kg3 Rxa2 53. Rxd4 a5 54. Kg4 Kg7 0-1

[Event "Exeter vs Newton Abbot"]
[Site "Gisson's Hotel"]
[Date "2015. 1.10"]
[Round "3"]
[White "Kinder, Andrew"]
[Black "Pope, Sean"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "D41"]

1. e4 c6 2. c4 d5 3. cxd5 cxd5 4. exd5 Nf6 5. Nc3 Nxd5 6. Bc4 e6 7. d4
Nc6 8. Nf3 Be7 9. O-O O-O 10. a3 b6 11. Qd3 Bf6 12. Re1 Bb7 13. Ba2 Nce7
14. Bb1 Ng6 ( 14... g6 ) 15. Ne4 Re8 16. Bg5 Bxg5 17. Nexg5 Ndf4 18. Qd2
Qf6 19. Ne4 Qf5 20. Ng3 Qg4 ( 20... Nh3+ 21. Kf1 ( 21. Kh1 Qxf3 ) 21...
Ba6+ ) 21. Be4 Nd5 22. h3 Qf4 23. Qd3 Rab8 24. Rac1 Nf6 25. Bxb7 Rxb7
26. Rc2 Rc7 27. Rec1 Qxc1+ 28. Rxc1 Rxc1+ 29. Kh2 Rec8 30. Ne2 R1c4 31.
Nc3 Nd5 32. Nxd5 exd5 33. Qf5 Rc2 34. Ng5 R2c7 35. Qxd5 Rf8 36. Qe4 h6
37. Nf3 Rd8 38. h4 Rcd7 39. h5 Nf8 40. b4 Ne6 1/2-1/2

[Event "Exeter vs Newton Abbot"]
[Site "Gisson's Hotel"]
[Date "2015. 1.10"]
[Round "4"]
[White "Dobber, Piet"]
[Black "Taylor, Wilf"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C42"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Nxe5 d6 4. Nf3 Nxe4 5. Nc3 Nxc3 6. dxc3 Be7 7.
Bd3 O-O 8. Be3 Nd7 9. Qd2 Ne5 10. Nxe5 dxe5 11. O-O-O Be6 12. h4 c6 13.
c4 b6 14. Bg5 f6 15. Be3 Qc7 16. c3 Rad8 17. Qc2 f5 18. f3 g6 19. Bg5 h5
20. Kb1 Bxg5 21. hxg5 Qg7 22. g4 hxg4 23. fxg4 e4 24. Be2 Rxd1+ 25. Qxd1
f4 $6 26. Qd6 Qd7 $4 27. Qe5 Qg7 28. Qxe6+ Qf7 29. Qxe4 Re8 30. Qd4 1-0

[Event "Exeter vs Newton Abbot"]
[Site "Gisson's Hotel"]
[Date "2015. 1.10"]
[Round "5"]
[White "Ramesh, Vignesh"]
[Black "Waley, Jonathan"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "C10"]

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 c5 4. e5 cxd4 5. Qxd4 a6 6. Nf3 Qc7 7. Bf4 Bc5
8. Qd2 Ne7 9. Be2 Nbc6 10. O-O Ng6 11. Bg3 O-O 12. Qg5 Be7 13. Qe3 b5
14. a4 b4 15. Na2 Na5 16. Rac1 Bc5 17. Qd2 b3 18. cxb3 Nxb3 19. Qc3 Rb8
( 19... Qb7 ) 20. Rc2 Qa7 21. Nc1 Bd4 22. Nxd4 Nxd4 23. Rd2 Nxe2+ 24.
Nxe2 Bd7 25. a5 Rfc8 26. Qd4 Qxd4 27. Nxd4 Ne7 28. f4 Rc5 29. Ra1 Nc6
30. Nxc6 Bxc6 31. Bf2 Rc4 32. g3 f5 33. Bb6 1/2-1/2

[Event "Exeter vs Newton Abbot"]
[Site "Gisson's Hotel"]
[Date "2015. 1.10"]
[Round "6"]
[White "Marjoram, Will"]
[Black "Allen, John"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "A80"]

1. Nf3 f5 2. d4 Nf6 3. c4 d6 4. Nc3 g6 5. Bg5 Bg7 6. e3 c6 ( 6... Nc6 )
7. Bd3 Qc7 8. O-O O-O 9. e4 fxe4 10. Nxe4 Nh5 11. h3 Kh8 12. Qd2 $6 Bxh3
$1 13. gxh3 ( 13. Nh4 ) 13... Rxf3 14. Kg2 Rf8 15. Be3 e5 16. Ng5 Qe7 (
16... exd4 ) 17. d5 Nf4+ 18. Bxf4 exf4 19. Ne6 f3+ 20. Kg1 Qh4 21. Qg5
Qxh3 22. Qg3 Qxg3+ 23. fxg3 Rf7 24. Rab1 Be5 25. Kh2 Nd7 26. Be4 cxd5
27. Bxd5 Rf5 28. Bxf3 Rf6 ( 28... Nf6 ) 29. Bd5 Nb6 30. b3 Nxd5 31. cxd5
Rc8 32. Rbc1 Rc3 33. Rxc3 Bxc3 34. Rc1 Rf3 35. Kg2 Re3 36. Kf2 Rd3 37.
Nf4 Bd4+ 38. Kg2 Rc3 39. Rxc3 Bxc3 40. Kf3 Kg7 41. Ke4 Kf6 42. Ne6 h5
43. Nd8 b5 44. Ne6 Be1 45. Kf3 g5 46. Nc7 Ke5 47. Nxb5 Kxd5 48. Nxa7 Ke6
49. Nc6 d5 50. a4 Kd6 51. Nd4 h4 52. gxh4 gxh4 53. Kg2 Kc5 54. Nc2 Bg3
55. Kh3 d4 56. b4+ Kc4 57. a5 Kc3 58. a6 Bb8 59. Nxd4 1/2-1/2

[Event "Exeter vs Newton Abbot"]
[Site "Gisson's Hotel"]
[Date "2015. 1.10"]
[Round "7"]
[White "Barber-Lafon, Jacquie"]
[Black "Palmer, Eddy"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "A48"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 g6 3. Bf4 Bg7 4. e3 O-O 5. Be2 d6 6. O-O Nbd7 7. Nbd2
Re8 8. e4 e5 9. dxe5 Nxe5 10. Nxe5 dxe5 11. Bg5 Qd6 12. Bxf6 Bxf6 (
12... Qxf6 ) 13. Nf3 Qb4 14. Qd3 Be6 15. c3 Qb6 16. Qc2 Rad8 17. b3 Rd7
18. Rfd1 Red8 19. Rxd7 Rxd7 20. Rd1 Qc6 21. Rxd7 Qxd7 22. Qd3 Qxd3 23.
Bxd3 Kf8 24. Kf1 Ke7 25. Ke2 Bg4 26. h3 Bxf3+ 27. Kxf3 Bg7 28. Be2 Bh6
29. Bd3 Bd2 30. c4 Bc3 31. g3 Bd4 32. Ke2 1/2-1/2

[Event "Exeter vs Newton Abbot"]
[Site "Gisson's Hotel"]
[Date "????.??.??"]
[Round "8"]
[White "Whittington, Reece"]
[Black "Narayanan, Nandaja"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "D11"]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Bg5 Nbd7 5. e3 h6 6. Bh4 e6 7. Nc3 b6 8.
Be2 Bd6 9. O-O O-O 10. Bg3 ( 10. e4 ) 10... Qc7 11. Rc1 Bb7 12. cxd5
exd5 ( 12... Bxg3 ) 13. Bb5 $4 $19 ( 13. Nb5 $1 $18 ) 13... Rfe8 ( 13...
Bxg3 $1 14. hxg3 cxb5 ) 14. Bd3 Ne4 15. Nxd5 Qb8 16. Bxd6 Qxd6 17. Nc3
Ndf6 18. Qc2 c5 19. dxc5 bxc5 20. Rfd1 Qc7 21. Nxe4 Nxe4 22. Bxe4 Bxe4
23. Qxc5 Qxc5 ( 23... Qb7 ) 24. Rxc5 a6 25. Nd4 Red8 26. Rdc1 a5 27. f3
Bg6 28. Nc6 Rd2 29. Ne7+ Kf8 30. Nxg6+ fxg6 31. Rc8+ Rxc8 32. Rxc8+ Ke7
33. Rb8 Rd1+ 34. Kf2 Rd2+ 35. Kg3 h5 36. Rb7+ Kf8 37. Rb5 a4 38. Ra5
Rxb2 39. Rxa4 Ke7 40. Ra7+ Kf6 41. a4 Ra2 42. a5 g5 43. a6 Kg6 44. e4
Ra5 45. h4 Kf6 46. Ra8 Kg6 47. a7 g4 48. f4 Ra3+ 49. Kh2 Ra5 50. f5+ Kf7
51. Kg3 Ke7 52. Kf4 ( 52. Rg8 $1 ) 52... Ra4 53. g3 Kf7 54. Kg5 Ke7 55.
Kxh5 ( 55. Rg8 ) 55... Kd7 56. Rg8 Ke7 57. a8=Q Rxa8 58. Rxa8 Kf7 59.
Kxg4 Kf6 60. Kf4 Kf7 61. g4 Kf6 62. e5+ Kf7 63. e6+ Ke7 64. Ke5 g6 65.
f6# 1-0

Chess Quotes

"I have never in my life played the French Defence, which is the dullest of all openings"
— STEINITZ