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Report by David Mills


The quarter finals of the English Chess Federation Counties Championship pitted Hampshire under 140 grade team against its Yorkshire counterpart. The home captain offered to host the fixture at Basingstoke in the knowledge that I would almost certainly opt for a neutral venue in view of the distance between the respective counties. Attempts to stage the contest at Milton Keynes were unsuccessful, so we eventually agreed to play at the Community Centre, Wythall, (just south of Birmingham), on Saturday 20th May. Neville Pearce was instrumental in arranging this venue. County team captains have a difficult task, attempting to book premises in parts of the country with which they are unfamiliar. Perhaps the English Chess Federation could list places suitable for 16 board matches on its website?


Although team captains try to keep costs down, funding county matches can prove expensive. Room Hire of £130, buffet cost £40 plus the arbiter’s expenses and fee were all divided equally on this occasion. There are also fuel costs incurred by drivers. In the light of such expenditure, one wonders if the board fee of £4.00 per player should be increased to at least £5.00?


Playing at a neutral venue, with round trips of between 250 and 300 miles, gives rise to logistical and organisational challenges. Arrangements were made to enable the vast majority of players to share transport. I purchased groceries from Aldi for £40 which facilitated a buffet for 32 players plus two officials. Each team supplied half of the equipment, although all 16 digital clocks I brought were used. The English Chess Federation appointed David Welch as arbiter for the fixture.


I have limited experience of playing with an arbiter present but am of the opinion that it should be the norm wherever possible. David Welch was helpful to the players in general and both team captains in particular. Throughout the match, an up to date result card was displayed on his computer. Before play commenced, both captains were informed of the procedure in the event of draw claims in certain circumstances. In the concluding stages of the last game to finish, David sat nearby and watched events closely. I was confident that any dispute would have been resolved correctly and without fuss.


I won the toss for colours – something of a rarity – and Yorkshire had white on the odd numbered boards. There was little to choose between the respective teams, but Yorkshire had a one point lead for long periods. In the latter stages, with several equal positions and two likely wins, it appeared that we were on course for the semi-finals. This changed in a few minutes when both wins became losses. With one game in play, Hampshire led 8 – 7.


Alec Grice was behind on both time and material in an ending where both players had a king, queen, rook and pawns. However, he knew that a win would draw the match and take Yorkshire to the semi-finals on board count. Skilfully avoiding exchanges, he kept the minor pieces on the board whilst generating threats of his own. His opponent became very short of time, succumbing to a combination which won her queen and the game.


The reward for this result was a home semi-final on 10th June against Nottinghamshire who beat Kent by 8½ - 7½ in their quarter-final. The fixture to be played at Pool in Wharfedale, alongside the Yorkshire under 160 team, which would also be facing opposition from Nottinghamshire.


HAMPSHIRE Under 140 grade


YORKSHIRE Under 140 grade.


Saturday 20th May 2017.


Venue: The Community Centre, 52, Silver Street, Wythall, B47 6LZ.


Time control: 40 moves in 1 hour 40 minutes plus 20 minutes.





Feltham, George (W)



Ross, Andy



Steele, Kevin



Beckett, Phill J.



Wiseman, John M.



Pearce, Neville R.



Ashmore, Roy E.



Mills, David G.



Moore, Gillian A.



Grice, Alec



Cleave, Bob A.



Hackett, Thomas L.



Kocan, Barry A.



Strickland, Ian D.



Agostinelli, David



Gelder, Paul



Shaddick, John



Andrews, Norman G. 



Ware, Philip



Tangirala, Aditya



Syed, Ashraf



White, Richard



Gething, Philip



Harrington, Steve



Young, Jonathan G. 



Forbes, Stephen



Bonsey, Frank A.



Cullum, Dale H.



Willis, Alan S.



Burton, Stephen



Lamb, Keven A.



Masiak, Paul


(average grade 127)


(average grade 121)


Yorkshire won on tie-break by board count.


(1) George Feltham - Andy Ross [C40]  {see photo}

Hampshire u140 v Yorkshire u140. 20.05.2017.

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d5 3.exd5 e4 4.Qe2 Be7 5.Qxe4 Nf6 6.Qa4+ c6 7.dxc6 0–0 8.Nc3 Nxc6 9.Be2 Bd7 10.0–0 a6 11.Ne4 Nd5 12.d4 b5 13.Qb3 Be6 14.Neg5 Bf5 15.c3 h6 16.Nh3 Bxh3 17.gxh3 Re8 18.Ne5 Nxe5 19.dxe5 Nc7 20.Bg4 Qd3 21.Be3 Qg6 22.f4 Qd3 23.Bd4 Rad8 24.Rae1 Rxd4 25.cxd4 Qxd4+ 26.Kh1 Bh4 27.Rd1 Qe4+ 28.Qf3 Qc2 29.Rc1 Qxb2 30.Rxc7 Qxa2 31.Rd1 b4 32.Rc8 Rxc8 33.Bxc8 b3 34.Qd5 Qc2 35.Bxa6 b2 36.Qa8+ Kh7 37.Bd3+ Qxd3 38.Qa4 b1Q 39.Rxb1 Qxb1+ 40.Kg2 Qb2+ 41.Kf3 Qf2+ 42.Kg4 g6 0–1


(2) Phill J. Beckett. - Kevin Steele. [D00]  {see photo}

Hampshire u140 v Yorkshire u140. 20.05.2017

1.d4 d5 2.e3 Nf6 3.Bd3 e6 4.Nd2 c5 5.c3 Nc6 6.f4 Bd7 7.Ngf3 Bd6 8.Ne5 cxd4 9.exd4 Qc7 10.0–0 Ne7 11.Ndf3 Ng6 12.Qe2 0–0 13.Nxd7 Nxd7 14.Ne5 a6 15.Bd2 Be7 16.Rae1 Rae8 17.Nxd7 Qxd7 18.f5 exf5 19.Bxf5 Qd8 20.Qd3 Bd6 21.g3 Rxe1 22.Rxe1 Re8 23.Bxg6 hxg6 24.Kf2= ½–½


(3) John M. Wiseman. - Neville R. Pearce. [A30]

Hampshire u140 v Yorkshire u140. 20.05.2017

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.b3 g6 3.Bb2 Bg7 4.c4 c5 5.g3 b6 6.Bg2 Bb7 7.0–0 0–0 8.Nc3 Nc6 9.d3 d5 10.cxd5 Nxd5 11.Qd2 e6 12.Rac1 Qd7 13.Nxd5 exd5 14.d4 cxd4 15.Nxd4 Nxd4 16.Bxd4 Bxd4 17.Qxd4 Rfd8 18.Rfd1 Rac8 19.e3 Rxc1 20.Rxc1 f5 21.a4 Qd6 22.h4 Kf7 23.Bf3 a5 24.Be2 Rd7 25.Rc3 Rc7 26.h5 Rxc3 27.Qxc3 Qc5 28.hxg6+ hxg6 29.Qd4= Qxd4 30.exd4 Kf6 31.f4 Bc6 32.Kf2= ½–½


(4) David G. Mills. - Roy E. Ashmore. [D02]

Hampshire u140 v Yorkshire u140. 20.05.2017

1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.c3 c6 4.Bf4 Bf5 5.e3 Nbd7 6.Bd3 Bxd3 7.Qxd3 e6 8.Nbd2 Be7 9.h3 c5 10.0–0 c4 11.Qc2 b5 12.e4 dxe4 13.Nxe4 Nd5 14.Nd6+ Kf8 15.Bh2 N7f6 16.Ne4 h6 17.Nxf6 gxf6 18.Nd2 Bd6 19.Ne4= ½–½


(5) Gillian A. Moore. - Alec Grice. [D00]  {see photo}

Hampshire u140 v Yorkshire u140. 20.05.2017

1.d4 d5 2.Bg5 f6 3.Bf4 e6 4.e3 Bd6 5.Bxd6 Qxd6 6.a3 Nh6 7.c4 0–0 8.Nc3 c6 9.Nf3 Nd7 10.cxd5 exd5 11.Bd3 f5 12.0–0 Nf6 13.Qc2 Ne4 14.Ne5 Nf7 15.f3 Nxc3 16.Nxf7 Rxf7 17.bxc3 Be6 18.e4 Raf8 19.e5 Qe7 20.f4 c5 21.Qf2 Rc8 22.Qb2 Rc6 23.a4 Qc7 24.a5 c4 25.Bc2 Rf8 26.Rfb1 Rb8 27.Qb4 Qd8 28.Ba4 Rc7 29.Qb5 g5 30.Rf1 gxf4 31.Rxf4 Rg7 32.Raf1 Kh8 33.Qb4 Qg5 34.R1f2 Rd8 35.Bd1 Rg6 36.Kf1 Rh6 37.g3 Bc8 38.Bc2 Qh5 39.Bxf5 Bxf5 40.Rxf5 Qd1+ 41.Kg2 Rg8 42.Rf8 Rhg6 43.Qxb7 Qd3 44.Qb4 Qe4+ 45.R8f3 h5 46.Qb2 h4 47.Re2 Qg4 48.h3 Qh5 49.Ree3 hxg3 50.Rf6 Qg5 51.Ref3 Rxf6 52.exf6 Rf8 53.Rxg3 Qxf6 54.Qe2 Qf7 55.Qe5+ Kh7 and black eventually won the ending in an allegro finish. 0–1


(6) Thomas L. Hackett. - Bob A. Cleave. [A16]  {see photo}

Hampshire u140 v Yorkshire u140. 20.05.2017

1.c4 Nf6 2.g3 g6 3.Bg2 Bg7 4.Nc3 c6 5.e4 e5 6.Nge2 d6 7.h3 Nbd7 8.0–0 0–0 9.d3 a6 10.f4 b5 11.a3 Bb7 12.f5 Qc7 13.Be3 Rab8 14.Qd2 Ba8 15.b4 c5 16.cxb5 axb5 17.g4 Bc6 18.Bh6 Ra8 19.Bxg7 Kxg7 20.g5 Nh5 21.f6+ Kg8 22.Bf3 cxb4 23.axb4 Rxa1 24.Rxa1 Qb6+ 25.Kg2 Nhxf6 26.gxf6 Nxf6 27.Ra5 Ra8 28.Qa2 Rxa5 29.Qxa5 Qxa5 30.bxa5 Nd7 31.Na2 Nc5 32.Nb4 Bb7 33.Nc3 Na6 34.Nxa6 Bxa6 35.Nd5 1–0


(7) Barry A. Kocan. - Ian D. Strickland. [B07]  {see photo}

Hampshire u140 v Yorkshire u140. 20.05.2017

1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.Bc4 Bg7 5.Bb3 c6 6.Nf3 b5 7.a3 Qc7 8.0–0 0–0 9.Re1 e6 10.h3 Nbd7 11.Bf4 Nh5 12.Bh2 e5 13.d5 Bb7 14.dxc6 Bxc6 15.Qd2 Nc5 16.Ba2 Nf6 17.Nd5 Nxd5 18.exd5 Bd7 19.Rac1 Na4 20.c4 bxc4 21.Rxc4 Qb7 22.Rb4 Qc7 23.Rc1 Qd8 24.Qe2 Rb8 25.Rxb8 Qxb8 26.b4 Rc8 27.Qe3 Nb6 28.Ne1 Bb5 29.g4 Qb7 30.f4 exf4 31.Bxf4 Rxc1 32.Qxc1 Qe7 33.Qd2 Nc4 34.Bxc4 Bxc4 35.Nf3 Qe4 36.Ng5 Qd4+= ½–½


(8) Paul Gelder. - David Agostinelli. [B94]  {see photo}

Hampshire u140 v Yorkshire u140. 20.05.2017

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 Nbd7 7.Bc4 h6 8.Be3 Ne5 9.Bb3 e6 10.h3 Be7 11.Qd2 Bd7 12.0–0–0 b5 13.Bf4 b4 14.Nce2 Nxe4 15.Qe3 Nc5 16.Bxe5 Nxb3+ 17.Nxb3 dxe5 18.Qxe5 Bf6 19.Qe4 Qb8 20.Nc5 Bb5 21.Nd4 0–0 22.Nxb5 Qxb5 23.Nd7 Rfc8 24.Nxf6+ gxf6 25.Kb1 Rd8 26.Qf4 Kg7 27.Rd2 Qg5 28.Qxg5+ fxg5 29.Rhd1 Rxd2 30.Rxd2 Kf6 31.b3 Ke7 32.Rd4 a5 33.Kb2 Rc8 34.Rd2 Rc5 35.a3 e5 36.axb4 axb4 37.Rd3 Ke6 38.c3 bxc3+ 39.Rxc3 Rd5 40.Kc2 f5 41.Rc6+ Rd6 42.Rxd6+ Kxd6 43.Kd3 Kc5 44.Kc3 h5 45.g4 fxg4 46.hxg4 h4 0–1


(9) John Shaddick. - Norman G. Andrews. [B34]  {see photo}

Hampshire u140 v Yorkshire u140. 20.05.2017

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 g6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.Nc3 Bg7 6.Be3 Nf6 7.Be2 0–0 8.Qd2 d6 9.0–0–0 Ng4 10.Nxc6 bxc6 11.Bxg4 Bxg4 12.f3 Be6 13.h4 Qa5 14.a3 Bxc3 15.Qxc3 Qxc3 16.bxc3 Rfe8 17.Rd4 c5 18.Ra4 Reb8 19.h5 Bd7 20.Ra5 Rb5 21.Rxb5 Bxb5 22.hxg6 fxg6= ½‑½


(10) Aditya Tangirala. - Philip Ware. [A00]  {see photo}

Hampshire u140 v Yorkshire u140. 20.05.2017

Game not available. 0–1


(11) Ashraf Syed. - Richard White. [A45]  {see photo}

Hampshire u140 v Yorkshire u140. 20.05.2017

1.d4 Nf6 2.Bf4 d5 3.e3 e6 4.c3 Bd6 5.Bg3 a6 6.Nf3 h6 7.Nbd2 0–0 8.Bd3 Re8 9.Ne5 Nbd7 10.f4 c5 11.0–0 c4 12.Bc2 b5 13.a3 Bb7 14.Qf3 Ne4 15.Nxe4 dxe4 16.Bxe4 Bxe4 17.Qxe4 Nf6 18.Qf3 Qc7 19.e4 Rad8 20.Bh4 Be7 21.Bxf6 Bxf6 22.Ng4 Be7 23.e5 Rf8 24.Qg3 Kh7 25.Rf2 Qc6 26.Re1 a5 27.Rfe2 b4 28.axb4 axb4 29.Ne3 bxc3 30.bxc3 Rb8 31.f5 Rb3 32.Ng4 exf5 33.Ne3 Rxc3 34.Qf4 g6 35.g4 Bg5 36.Qf2 Bxe3 37.Rxe3 Rxe3 38.Qxe3 fxg4 39.Rc1 Kg7 40.Qe2 Rc8 41.Qxg4 Rd8 42.Qf4 Qd5 43.Qf6+ Kh7 44.Rxc4= ½–½


(12) Steve Harrington. - Philip Gething. [B08]  {see photo}

Hampshire u140 v Yorkshire u140. 20.05.2017

1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.h3 0–0 6.Bc4 c5 7.d5 Nbd7 8.0–0 Nb6 9.Be2 e6 10.dxe6 Bxe6 11.Re1 Qd7 12.Ng5 h6 13.Nxe6 fxe6 14.Be3 a6 15.Qd2 Rad8 16.Bxh6 Qf7 17.Bxg7 Kxg7 18.Qe3 Rh8 19.b4 cxb4 20.Qxb6 bxc3 21.Bd3 Nh5= ½–½


(13) Jonathan G. Young. - Stephen Forbes. [A08]  {see photo}

Hampshire u140 v Yorkshire u140. 20.05.2017

1.Nf3 c5 2.g3 Nc6 3.Bg2 d5 4.d3 e6 5.0–0 Be7 6.Nbd2 Nf6 7.Re1 0–0 8.e4 d4 9.e5 Nd5 10.a4 Bg5 11.Nxg5 Qxg5 12.Nc4 Qe7 13.Qe2 Nb6 14.Nd6 Nd7 15.Nc4 Nb6 16.Nd6 Nd7 17.Nc4 Nb6= ½–½


(14) Dale H. Cullum. - Frank A. Bonsey. [E91]  {see photo}

Hampshire u140 v Yorkshire u140. 20.05.2017

1.d4 g6 2.c4 Bg7 3.Nc3 d6 4.e4 Nf6 5.Nf3 0–0 6.Be2 c6 7.0–0 Nbd7 8.Rb1 e5 9.d5 c5 10.Ng5 h6 11.Nf3 a6 12.a4 b6 13.Ne1 Re8 14.Nd3 Nf8 15.f3 Bd7 16.Be3 N8h7 17.Qd2 h5 18.b4 Qc7 19.b5 a5 20.Nf2 Re7 21.Kh1 Rf8 22.Rg1 Qc8 23.Bf1= ½–½


(15) Alan S. Willis. - Stephen Burton. [A46]  {see photo}

Hampshire u140 v Yorkshire u140. 20.05.2017

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.h3 d5 4.Bf4 Nc6 5.c3 Be7 6.e3 0–0 7.Bd3 b6 8.0–0 Bb7 9.Nbd2 h6 10.Re1 Bd6 11.Bxd6 Qxd6 12.Rc1 Rfe8 13.a3 e5 14.dxe5 Nxe5 15.Nxe5 Qxe5 16.Nf3 Qd6 17.Rc2 Rad8 18.Qc1 c5 19.Be2 Qb8 20.Rd1 Re7 21.b4 Nd7 22.Rcd2 Nf6 23.c4 Red7 24.bxc5 dxc4 25.Rxd7 Rxd7 26.Rxd7 Nxd7 27.cxb6 Nxb6 28.Nd2 Qa8 29.Bf3 Bxf3 30.Nxf3 Qd5 31.Qd2 Qxd2 32.Nxd2 Kf8 33.Kf1 Ke7 34.Ke2 Kd6 35.Ne4+ Kd5 36.Nc3+ Kc5 37.e4 f6 38.f4 Kd4 39.Kd2 a6 40.g4 Nd7= ½–½


(16) Paul Masiak. - Keven A. Lamb. [C47]  {see photo}

Hampshire u140 v Yorkshire u140. 20.05.2017

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.d4 exd4 5.Nxd4 Bc5 6.Nxc6 bxc6 7.Be2 0–0 8.0–0 d5 9.e5 Nd7 10.Kh1 f6 11.exf6 Nxf6 12.Bf3 Ba6 13.Be2 Bxe2 14.Qxe2 Ne4 15.Nxe4 dxe4 16.Be3 Bd6 17.Qc4+ Kh8 18.Qxe4 Qd7 19.Rad1 Rae8 20.Qd3 Qe6 21.b3 Qe5 22.g3 Qh5 23.Bd4 Rf3 24.Qd2 Ref8 25.Qe2 Re8 26.Qd2 Qh3 27.Rde1 Ref8 28.Be5 Bxe5 29.Rxe5 Qxf1# 0–1


Foreground. Board 1. George Feltham (white) v Andy Ross (black).  {see game}

Background. Board 2. Phill Beckett (white) v Kevin Steele (black).  {see game}


Foreground. Board 5. Gillian A. Moore (white) v Alec Grice (black).  {see game}

Background. Board 6. Thomas L. Hackett (white) v Bob A. Cleave (black).  {see game}


Foreground. Board 8. Paul Gelder (white) v David Agostinelli (black).  {see game}

Background. Board 7. Barry A. Kocan, hidden, (white) v Ian D. Strickland (black).  {see game}


Foreground. Board 10. Aditya Tangirala (white) v Philip Ware (black).  {see game}

Background. Board 9. John Shaddick (white) v Norman G. Andrews (black).  {see game}


Foreground. Board 11. Ashraf Syed (white) v Richard White (black).  {see game}

Background. Board 12. Steve Harrington (white) v Philip Gething (black).  {see game}


Foreground. Board 14. Dale H. Cullum (white) v Frank A. Bonsey (black).  {see game}

Background. Board 13. Jonathan G. Young (right) v Stephen Forbes (left).  {see game}


Foreground. Board 15. Alan S. Wills (white) v Stephen Burton (black).  {see game}

Background. Board 16. Paul Masiak (white) v Keven A. Lamb -hidden- (black).  {see game}


General view of the venue prior to play commencing.  {back to start}