Western Counties Championship – Dorset & Wilts draw with Hampshire

Western Counties Championship – Dorset & Wilts draw with Hampshire

The second round of the Western Counties online championship took place yesterday.   Dorset and Wiltshire faced Hampshire and drew 8-8 in an exciting match.

The match was full of interesting chess and quite a few critical moments that went in both directions.  A few stood out as I watched the games.

Captain Ian Clark won quickly after his opponent, Fraser McLeod, went wrong in the opening and his position fell apart very quickly.   I give that game at the end of the report.

Bill Adaway, who had been pressing with a small edge for much of the game, later on survived a sticky moment where his opponent could have gained a winning advantage but missed his chance, and soon after a dead draw was reached.   Richard Ursell’s game was complicated and topsy-turvy, with both players having big advantages at some stages.   When the dust settled it was R+3 vs R+3 on the kingside and a draw was agreed.  However, Richard’s opponent could have won a pawn by force and it is far from clear that the position was drawn as Richard’s king was cut off. Certainly in practice it would have been tough to hold.

Balanced against those were Malcolm Steevens committing what appeared to be a finger slip and putting his queen en-prise in a position where he had a piece for two pawns (and which the engines say is about equal).   Reenen du Toit had a level position when he put his bishop en prise followed by dropping his queen the next move.   I can’t work out how these would be finger slips but clearly something went badly wrong.

In the meantime the top two boards contained smooth chess and the results went with grade.

The next match is against Cornwall on 21st February at 7pm.

Peter Anderson 8/2/21


HampshireDorset & Wiltshire
BoardNameRating“Home” ScoreNameRating“Away” Score
1Martinez-Sykora Antonio21551Pleasants Allan20690
2Davis Tim19410Headlong Tim20881
3McLeod Fraser19300Clark Ian20501
4Chilton James18461Du Toit Reenan19080
5Negargar Mo18330.5Adaway Bill18810.5
6Cooper Malcolm18180Burton Ron18481
7Stuart Graham17730.5Ursell Richard17880.5
8Piecha Lukasz17390Headlong Georgia17571
9Moore Gillian17131Steevens Malcolm17500
10Blanden Edward17120O’Byrne Danny17431
11Jones Amanda16980Jones Tim16981
12Hamilton Melissa16601Ludlow Roy16750
13Feltham George16530.5Sandy Paul16180.5
14Culliford David16530.5Thompson Colin15700.5
15Lefevre Stephen16451Wieslaw Stanicki13900
16Willis Alan16151McCullagh Tim13000