Western Counties Championship – Dorset & Wilts narrowly lose to Cornwall

Western Counties Championship – Dorset & Wilts narrowly lose to Cornwall

Dorset and Wilts put up a tremendous fight and very nearly pulled off an upset against Cornwall who outrated them on 15 of the 16 boards.  In the end the score was 7.5-8.5

Two games in particular stood out for completely different reasons.

Firstly, Allan Pleasants was playing no less than John Nunn.   After 34 moves he stood well but was very short of time.   Eventually he went astray in a rook ending but had impressed us all with how well he played.

Secondly, Ian Clark was playing Petra Nunn on the only board where Dorset & Wilts held a rating advantage, albeit a measly 3 elo points.  Ian played the 5.Ng5 line of the 2 Knights and ended up in a position where he was 2 pawns up but in a terrible bind.   He survived a completely lost middlegame to reach a worse endgame.   His tenacity was rewarded when his opponent allowed him to swap off to an ending where he was still a pawn down but which, with all the pawns on one side of the board, was drawn.

Both games with light notes are given at the end of this report.

Peter Anderson 22/2/21

 

Dorset & Wiltshire Cornwall
Board Name Rating “Home” Score Name Rating “Away” Score
1 Allan Pleasants 2069 0 John Nunn 2561 1
2 Gorgun Aliriza 2043 0.5 Jeremy Menadue 2048 0.5
3 Clark Ian 2050 0.5 Petra Nunn 2047 0.5
4 Du Toit Reenan 1908 0 Robin Kneebone 2072 1
5 Weatherlake John 1887 1 Lloyd Retallick 1997 0
6 Georgiou George 1848 0.5 Ian George 1907 0.5
7 Ursell Richard 1788 0 Richard Clark 1867 1
8 Leeson Chris 1784 0 Grant Healey 1893 1
9 Lundin Terje 1765 1 Jamie Morgan 1867 0
10 O’Byrne Danny 1743 1 Gary Trudeau 1828 0
11 Joyce Tim 1698 1 Mick Hill 1749 0
12 Doyle Jamie 1624 1 Richard Smith 1728 0
13 Sandy Paul 1618 0 Manuel Patino 1724 1
14 Parsons David 1638 0 Nigel Kirkman 1719 1
15 Owen Phil 1555 1 Jason Henderson 1683 0
16 Burton Louis 1248 0 Kieran Macphail 1629 1
Totals 7.5 8.5