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13/06/2020

 

 

Round 2 >

ECF On-Line Championships, Group Stage, Group A, Round 1

 

The best-laid schemes o' mice an' men

Gang aft agley,

An' lea'e us nought but grief an' pain,

For promis'd joy!

 

from To a Mouse, by Robert Burns, 1785

(see below)

 

Having first lost to Norfolk in a practice round, Yorkshire were set to meet Leicestershire on 13/06/2020 in their first “real” match, in the first round of the group stage of the open-graded on-line championships.  Their opponents were Leicestershire, who had white on board 1, with colours alternating down the board order in the usual way.  Kick-off was at 6.30.

 

Unfortunately, the chess.com web server on which the games were to be played was experiencing problems.  The relevant LMS web page first carried the message:

 

START OF PLAY IS POSTPONED TO 7:10pm
This is due to chess.com server reboot at 7pm.
Any games started should be agreed drawn, aborted and restarted at 7:10pm.

and later there followed the message

ROUND 1 IS ABORTED due to ongoing server issues. It will be rescheduled at a later date.

 

The line-up for Yorkshire’s aborted match was as follows:

 

Grade

Leicestershire

Yorkshire

Grade

1

203C

John Naylor (W)

Andrew J Ledger

226A

2

203A

Shabir Okhai

Oskar A Hackner

219A

3

200A

Alan Agnew

Jean-Luc Weller

207D

4

183A

Tom Brown

M Paul Townsend

206A

5

182A

Andrew J Morley

Peter M Gayson

189A

6

181B

Philip J Horspool

Peter J E Ackley

190A

7

179C

Dave J Bray

Simon Smith

172D

8

174A

Robert K Taylor

Peter Micklethwaite

176A

9

169C

Justin Hadi

Douglas Vleeshhouwer

177A

10

166B

David N Walker

Daniel J S Sullivan

175A

11

152B

Julian Tang

David C Wedge

170D

12

152D

Richard P Vann

Ben S Rich

164D

 

Yorkshire’s matches in the group stage are:

 

??/??/2020

Leicestershire

v

Yorkshire

20/06/2020

Yorkshire

v

Middlesex A

04/07/2020

Yorkshire

v

Cheshire & N. Wales

18/07/2020

Devon

v

Yorkshire

25/07/2020

Yorkshire

v

Lincolnshire

(First-named team takes White on board 1.)

 

Group stage results determine for which knock-out final stage teams qualify, as follows, so with any luck Yorkshire are in line either for the Open or the Major Open knock-out stage:

 

Section

All-Play-All

Group Stage

Knock-Out Stage

 

 

 

 

Open‑Grade

Division 1

 

Group A

Group B

 

1st-placed

1st-placed

Open Championship

2nd‑placed

2nd‑placed

3rd-placed

3rd-placed

Major Open Championship

4th-placed

4th-placed

5th-placed

5th-placed

(eliminated)

6th placed

6th placed

 

 

 

Division 2

 

Group A

Group B

 

1st-placed

1st-placed

Challengers’ Championship

2nd-placed

2nd-placed

3rd-placed

3rd-placed

Minor Open

4th-placed

4th-placed

5th-placed

5th-placed

(eliminated)

6th placed

6th placed

 

 

 

 

U1825

Group A

Group B

 

1st-placed

1st-placed

U1825 Championship

2nd-placed

2nd-placed

3rd-placed

3rd-placed

U1825 Challenger’s Championship

4th-placed

4th-placed

5th-placed

5th-placed

(eliminated)

6th placed

6th placed

 

So, as an alternative to results of the match and games played therein, we offer the following irrelevance:

 

To a Mouse, by Robert Burns, 1785

 

The story goes that Burns accidentally destroyed a mouse’s nest while he was ploughing at Mount Oliphant farm, near Alloway, where his father was the tenant, and composed To a Mouse as a result.  The mouse was presumably a Harvest Mouse, in view of the reference to a nest.

 

The Ayrshire town of Alloway, where Burns was born, is now somewhat in the nature of an open-air museum devoted to the Scottish bard.  There is the cottage where he was born which is now the Burns Museum, and there is the inevitable visitor centre, but also, scattered round the town, are various references to his poems, especially Tam O’Shanter, but also a bronze monument by Kenny Hunter (2010) to the eponymous mouse:

 

“Wee, sleekit, cowrin, tim'rous beastie”

 

Among the graves around the derelict church of the day is that of the poet’s parents:

 

 

(photos by the webmaster)

 

 

To a Mouse, by Robert Burns, 1785

 

Wee, sleekit, cowrin, tim'rous beastie,

O, what a pannic's in thy breastie!

Thou need na start awa sae hasty,

Wi' bickering brattle!

I wad be laith to rin an' chase thee,

Wi' murd'ring pattle!

 

I'm truly sorry man's dominion,

Has broken nature's social union,

An' justifies that ill opinion,

Which makes thee startle

At me, thy poor, earth-born companion,

An' fellow-mortal!

 

I doubt na, whiles, but thou may thieve;

What then? poor beastie, thou maun live!

A daimen icker in a thrave

'S a sma' request;

I'll get a blessin wi' the lave,

An' never miss't!

 

Thy wee bit housie, too, in ruin!

It's silly wa's the win's are strewin!

An' naething, now, to big a new ane,

O' foggage green!

An' bleak December's winds ensuin,

Baith snell an' keen!

 

Thou saw the fields laid bare an' waste,

An' weary winter comin fast,

An' cozie here, beneath the blast,

Thou thought to dwell-

Till crash! the cruel coulter past

Out thro' thy cell.

 

Thy wee bit heap o' leaves an' stibble,

Has cost thee mony a weary nibble!

Now thou's turn'd out, for a' thy trouble,

But house or hald,

To thole the winter's sleety dribble,

An' cranreuch cauld!

 

But, Mousie, thou art no thy-lane,

In proving foresight may be vain;

The best-laid schemes o' mice an' men

Gang aft agley,

An' lea'e us nought but grief an' pain,

For promis'd joy!

 

Still thou art blest, compar'd wi' me

The present only toucheth thee:

But, Och! I backward cast my e'e.

On prospects drear!

An' forward, tho' I canna see,

I guess an' fear!