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Event Calendar 2017-18







By David G. Mills.


The ‘Open’ and ‘under 160’ grade 2016/2017 Northern Counties Chess Union matches between Yorkshire and Lancashire were staged on 26th March 2017 at the Latvian Club, Bradford. Just the White and Red Rose Counties contest the ‘Open’ event, the winner taking the N.C.C.U. Championship Trophy plus a theoretically easier path to the National Final. I was scheduled as reserve/reporter/photographer for the under 160 team.


Several members of the Lancashire teams were present when I arrived on Sunday morning at 11.45 AM. In the absence of other Yorkshire players, I was given access to the ground floor room usually used for Yorkshire League fixtures and started setting up the equipment for the under 160 grade match. This completed, I joined other Yorkshire players to prepare the large upstairs room for the ‘Open’ match.


Play in the under 160 grade fixture commenced promptly at 1.00 PM, however there was a 15 minute delay upstairs. Consequently, I was unable to take photographs of games there ‘in play’ and had limited opportunity to view how the contest was progressing. There were only three decisive results in the ‘Open’ event, all registered by Yorkshire. I did not find this surprising as everyone involved does their utmost for their respective teams. These occasions are an excellent opportunity to meet up with friends in my own and opposing teams. Whilst captaining the national Civil Service team, I have been able to select many players from both Lancashire and Yorkshire.


Section: Open.

26 March 2017.






Richard J. D. Palliser.




D. Brett Lund.



Matthias Gantner.




Martin Mitchell.



Jonathan Nelson.




Nugith Jayawarna.



Alan J. Walton.




Lee P. Kay.



David M. Adams




Malcolm R. Peacock.



Peter Shaw.




Peter E. Jowett.



David Latham.




Andrew A. Clarkson.



Phil R. Watson.




Paul F. Timson.



Peter M. Gayson.




Simon Woodcock.



Harry Li.




Paul Jackson.



Jim Burnett.




Mark A. Whitehead.



Peter J. E. Ackley.




John G. Cooper.










(1) D. Brett Lund. - Richard J. D. Palliser. [A00]

Yorkshire v Lancashire. 26.03.2017.

1.g3 g6 2.Bg2 Bg7 3.c4 c5 4.Nc3 Nc6 5.a3 d6 6.Rb1 a5 7.d3 e5 8.Nf3 Nge7 9.0–0 0–0 10.Bg5 f6 11.Be3 Be6 12.Ne1 Rb8 13.Nc2 Qd7 14.b4 axb4 15.axb4 Nd4 16.bxc5 dxc5 17.Ne4 Qc7 18.Bxd4 exd4 19.Na3 Nc8 20.Rb5 b6 21.Rb2 Bh6 22.Nb5 Qd7 23.f4 f5 24.Nf2 Bf7 25.Nh3 Nd6 26.Nxd6 Qxd6 27.Qa4 Qe7 28.Qa6 Rfd8 29.Rfb1= ½–½


(2) Matthias Gantner. - Martin Mitchell. [B08]

Yorkshire v Lancashire. 26.03.2017.

1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.Be2 0–0 6.0–0 Nc6 7.Bg5 h6 8.Bf4 e5 9.dxe5 Nh5 10.Be3 dxe5 11.Qc1 Kh7 12.Rd1 Bd7 13.a4 Qe8 14.Nd5 Rc8 15.c3 f5 16.exf5 gxf5 17.Qc2 Be6 18.g4 Nf6 19.Nxf6+ Rxf6 20.Nh4 e4 21.gxf5 Bxf5 22.Nxf5 Rxf5 23.Kh1 Rd8 24.Rxd8 Nxd8 25.Bg4 Re5 26.f4 Rd5 27.Rd1 Rxd1+ 28.Qxd1 Nf7 29.Bf5+ Kh8 30.Bg6 Qe7 31.Bxa7 b6 32.a5 e3 33.axb6 e2 34.Qe1 cxb6 35.Bd3 Qxa7 36.Qxe2 Qd7 37.Qe4 Kg8 38.Bc4 Kf8 39.Bb3 Qe7 40.Qf5 Qb7+ 41.Bd5 Qe7 42.Kg2 Bf6 43.Kf3 Nd6 44.Qg4 Bg7 45.Qg1 Qh4 46.Be6 Qh5+ 47.Kf2 Ne4+ 48.Ke1 Qh4+ 49.Ke2 Qxf4 50.Qxb6 Qxh2+ 51.Kd3 Qd6+ 52.Qxd6+ Nxd6 53.b4 Ke7 54.Bh3 Kf6 55.c4 Ke5 56.c5 Ne4 57.Bg2 Nf2+ 58.Kc4 Nd1 59.Bf3 Ne3+ 60.Kb5 Nd5 61.Kc4 Ne3+ 62.Kb5 Nd5= ½–½


(3) Nugith Jayawarna. - Jonathan Nelson. [A26]

Yorkshire v Lancashire. 26.03.2017.

1.c4 g6 2.g3 Bg7 3.Bg2 f5 4.Nc3 d6 5.d3 Nf6 6.e4 Nc6 7.Nge2 0–0 8.0–0 e5 9.h3 f4 10.gxf4 Nh5 11.f5 Qh4 12.Qd2 gxf5 13.Qg5 Qxg5 14.Bxg5 Nb4 15.Rad1 f4 16.Bf3 Nf6 17.Kh2 c6 18.Rg1 Kh8 19.a3= ½–½


(4) Alan J. Walton. - Lee P. Kay. [D20]

Yorkshire v Lancashire. 26.03.2017.

1.d4 d5 2.c4 dxc4 3.e4 e5 4.Nf3 exd4 5.Nxd4 Bc5 6.Be3 Nf6 7.Bxc4 0–0 8.Nc3 Ng4 9.0–0 Nxe3 10.fxe3 Qg5 11.Rxf7 Qxe3+ 12.Kh1 Qxd4 13.Qxd4 Bxd4 14.Rf3+ 1–0


(5) Malcolm R. Peacock. - David M. Adams. [A37]

Yorkshire v Lancashire. 26.03.2017.

1.c4 c5 2.g3 Nc6 3.Bg2 g6 4.Nc3 Bg7 5.a3 d6 6.Rb1 a5 7.Nf3 e5 8.d3 Nge7 9.0–0 0–0 10.Ne1 Be6 11.Nd5 Rb8 12.Nc2 b5 13.Bd2 b4 14.axb4 axb4 15.Nce3 f5 16.f4 Bf7 17.Kh1 Nxd5 18.Nxd5 Ne7 19.fxe5 Bxe5 20.Bg5 Bxd5 21.Bxd5+ Kg7 22.Qd2 f4 23.Bxf4 Bxf4 24.Rxf4 Nxd5 25.cxd5 Rxf4 26.Qxf4 Qf6 27.Ra1 Rb7 28.Ra8 Rf7 29.Qxf6+ Kxf6 30.Re8 Kg5 31.Re6 Rf1+ 32.Kg2 Rb1 33.Rxd6 Rxb2 34.Kf3 Rb1 35.Re6 Rf1+ 36.Kg2 Rf8 37.h4+ Kh6 38.Rb6 Kg7 39.e4 Ra8 40.Kf3 Ra3 41.Rb5 Rxd3+= ½–½


(6) Peter Shaw. - Peter E. Jowett. [E16]

Yorkshire v Lancashire. 26.03.2017.

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 Bb4+ 4.Bd2 a5 5.g3 b6 6.Bg2 Bb7 7.0–0 0–0 8.Nc3 Ne4 9.Rc1 d6 10.Nxe4 Bxe4 11.Bf4 d5 12.c5 bxc5 13.a3 c4 14.axb4 axb4 15.Ra1 Nc6 16.Qd2 Qe7 17.Ne5 Nxe5 18.Bxe5 Bxg2 19.Kxg2 f6 20.Bf4 c5 21.Be3 cxd4 22.Qxd4 Qb7 23.Qb6 Qxb6 24.Bxb6 Rab8 25.Ba7 Rb7 26.f4 Rc8 27.Bd4 Re7 28.Ra7 Rxa7 29.Bxa7 e5 30.fxe5 fxe5 31.e3 h6 32.Bb6 Rc6 33.Ba5 c3 34.bxc3 bxc3 35.Kf3 Rc5 36.Bb4 Rc4 37.Bd6 e4+ 38.Ke2 Ra4 39.Rf8+ Kh7 40.Rc8 Ra2+ 41.Kd1 Rd2+ 42.Kc1 Rxh2 43.Rxc3 g5 44.Rc2 Rh1+ 45.Kd2 Rf1 46.Rc5 Rf5 47.Kc3 Kg6 48.Kd4 Rf1 49.Rxd5 1–0


(7) Andrew A. Clarkson. - David Latham. [B54]

Yorkshire v Lancashire. 26.03.2017.

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Bd3 e5 6.Ne2 Be7 7.c4 0–0 8.Nbc3 Be6 9.0–0 Nbd7 10.h3 Rc8 11.b3 Nc5 12.Be3 Nxd3 13.Qxd3 a6 14.Rac1 Nd7 15.f3 Nc5 16.Qd2 f5 17.b4 f4 18.Bf2 Nd7 19.Nd5 Bh4 20.Qe1 Bxf2+ 21.Qxf2 Bxd5 22.cxd5 Qb6 23.Qxb6 Nxb6 24.Rxc8 Rxc8 25.Rc1 Rc4 26.Rxc4= Nxc4 27.Nc3 Kf7 28.Kf2 g5 29.g4 fxg3+ 30.Kxg3 Kg6 31.Nd1 b5 32.Nc3 Nb2 33.Kg4 h5+ 34.Kg3 h4+ 35.Kg2 Kf6 36.a3 Ke7 37.Kf2 Nd3+ 38.Kg1 Kd7 39.Nd1 Ne1 40.Ne3 Nxf3+ 41.Kf2 Nd2 42.Ng4 Nxe4+ 43.Ke3 Nc3 44.Nf6+ Ke7 45.Nh7 Nxd5+ 46.Kf3 e4+ 47.Kf2 e3+ 48.Ke2 g4 49.Ng5 Kf6 50.Ne4+ Ke5 0–1


(8) Phil R. Watson. - Paul F. Timson. [A50]

Yorkshire v Lancashire. 26.03.2017.

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 Nc6 3.Nc3 e5 4.d5 Ne7 5.e4 Ng6 6.g3 Bc5 7.Bg2 d6 8.Nf3 0–0 9.0–0 a6 10.Rb1 Bd7 11.b4 Ba7 12.Re1 Ng4 13.Rb2 f5 14.h3 Nf6 15.Be3 Bxe3 16.Rxe3 f4 17.Re1 fxg3 18.fxg3 Qe7 19.Rf2 Nh5 20.Kh2 Rf7 21.Ref1 Raf8 22.Qd2 h6= ½–½


(9) Simon Woodcock. - Peter M. Gayson. [B20]

Yorkshire v Lancashire. 26.03.2017.

1.e4 c5 2.Na3 e6 3.c3 d5 4.e5 d4 5.Bb5+ Bd7 6.d3 Bxb5 7.Nxb5 Nc6 8.Nf3 a6 9.Na3 Nge7 10.0–0 Nd5 11.c4 Nc7 12.Nb1 Be7 13.Nbd2 0–0 14.Ne4 b6 15.a3 Rb8 16.Bd2 b5 17.b3 Na8 18.Qc2 bxc4 19.bxc4 Nb6 20.Rfe1 Nd7 21.Bf4 Qc7 22.Bg3 Rb6 23.Qe2 Rfb8 24.Neg5 h6 25.Nh3 Rb2 26.Qe4 Nf8 27.Nf4 Nd8 28.Nh5 Ng6 29.h4 Qb7 30.Qg4 Qb3 31.Rad1 Kh8 32.Nxg7 Kxg7 33.h5 Qc2 34.hxg6 fxg6 35.Qe4 Rb1 36.Rxb1 Rxb1 37.Rxb1 Qxb1+ 38.Kh2 Qb3 39.Nh4 Bxh4 40.Bxh4 g5 41.Bg3 Qxa3 42.f4 Qb3 43.f5 exf5 44.Qxf5 Qb6 45.Qd7+ Kg6 46.Qe8+ Kh7 47.Qe7+ Kg6 48.Qe8+ Kh7= ½–½


(10) Harry Li. - Paul Jackson. [D36]

Yorkshire v Lancashire. 26.03.2017.

1.d4 e6 2.c4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.cxd5 exd5 5.Bg5 Be7 6.Qc2 c6 7.Nf3 Nbd7 8.e3 Nf8 9.Bd3 Ne6 10.Bh4 Nh5 11.Bxe7 Qxe7 12.0–0 g6 13.Rab1 0–0 14.b4 Ng5 15.Nxg5 Qxg5 16.b5 Ng7 17.bxc6 bxc6 18.e4 Ne6 19.Ne2 dxe4 20.Bxe4 Ba6 21.Bd3 Bxd3 22.Qxd3 Rfd8 23.Qc4 c5= 24.dxc5 Qxc5 25.Qxc5 Nxc5 26.Rfd1 Rab8 27.Rxb8= ½–½


(11) Mark A. Whitehead - Jim Burnett. [B23]

Yorkshire v Lancashire. 26.03.2017.

1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 e6 3.g3 d5 4.d3 Nf6 5.Bg2 Be7 6.Nh3 0–0 7.0–0 Nc6 8.f4 Rb8 9.Nf2 b5 10.g4 b4 11.Ne2 dxe4 12.dxe4 Qxd1 13.Rxd1 Ba6 14.Ng3 Nd4 15.g5 Ne8 16.Rd2 Nd6 17.b3 Bb7 18.a4 bxa3 19.Bxa3 N6b5 20.Bb2 e5 21.Nf5 Bd8 22.h4 exf4 23.Nxd4 Nxd4 24.Bxd4 cxd4 25.Rxd4 f6 26.Rd7 Bb6 27.gxf6 Rxf6 28.Bf3 Bc6 29.Rd3 Rh6 30.h5 Be8 31.Kg2 Bxh5 32.Ng4 Re6 33.Nf6+ gxf6 34.Bxh5 Rxe4 35.Kf3 Rd4 36.Rxd4 Bxd4 37.Rd1 Be3 38.Rd7 Rb5 39.Bf7+ Kf8 40.Bc4 Rh5 41.Rf7+ Ke8 42.Rxf6 Rh3+ 43.Ke4 Rh2 44.Bd3 Ke7 45.Rf5 Rh6 46.b4 Rd6 47.b5 h6 48.Kf3 Rf6 49.Re5+ Kd6 50.Rh5 Kc7 51.Rh1 Rd6 52.Ra1 h5 53.Rh1 Rh6 54.Rh4 Kd6 55.Ke4 Kc5 56.Be2 Kb4 57.Bxh5 Rh7 58.Kf3 Re7 59.Bg6 Kxb5 60.Bd3+ Kb4 61.Rh5 Rb7 62.Re5 a5 63.Re4+ Ka3 64.Bc4 a4 65.Re6 Rb4 66.Bd5 Kb2 67.Rc6 a3 68.Ra6 Bc1 69.Bb3 Rb5 70.Ra8= Kc3 71.Ra6 Rb8 72.Rc6+ Kb2 73.Ra6 Bd2 74.Ra7 Rb5 75.Ra8 Ba5 76.Kxf4 a2 77.Bxa2 Kxa2 78.c4 Rc5 79.Ke3 Kb3 80.Kd3 Rxc4 81.Rxa5= ½–½


(12) Peter J. E. Ackley. - John G. Cooper. [A29]

Yorkshire v Lancashire. 26.03.2017.

1.g3 e5 2.Bg2 d5 3.c4 Nf6 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.Nc3 Nb6 6.Nf3 Nc6 7.0–0 Be7 8.a3 0–0 9.b4 Be6 10.Rb1 f6 11.d3 Qd7 12.Ne4 Nd5 13.Bd2 Rfd8 14.b5 Nd4 15.Nxd4 exd4 16.a4 Bh3 17.Qc2= ½–½


Members of the Yorkshire team prior to the match.


Analysing the board one game in the bar.