NCCU 2016 – Open and U160 Results

Congratulations to Yorkshire’s Open and U160 teams for winning both their matches against Lancashire in Heywood! Reports, games and photos will follow in the coming days.

        
YorkshireGradeScoreLancashireGradeScore
1WR. Palliser218, 2181J,. McPhillips216, 2170
2BM. Gantner212, 2240J. Horner221, 2211
3WO. Hackner204, 2020.5B. Lund213, 2120.5
4BP. Watson195, 2000.5H. Hughes(E200)0.5
5WD. Adams203, 2031M. Peacock195, 1960
6BJ. Burnett196, 1970.5M. Mitchell191, 1920.5
7WP. Shaw200, 1991R. Ellames193, 1950
8BH. Li191, 1930.5M. Mazek199, 1930.5
9WM. Carpenter188, 1900.5P. Jowett189, 1860.5
10BM. Birkin180, 1771M. Hamer183, 1850
11WD. Sullivan176, 1750N. Jayawarna170, 1801
12BA. Bak173, 1770D. Phillips177, 1741
195, 1956.5196, 1965.5
        
YorkshireGradeScoreLancashireGradeScore
1BDave Patrick1570Geoffrey Pennington1571
2WJonathan Round1561Roger Chapman1560
3BPaul Johnson1551Carl Tillotson1530
4WColin Procter1561Stephen Ward1520
5BMike Ashdown1450Kenny Quinn1511
6WRupert Jones1511James Carrington1490
7BAlex Verettenikov1440Rob Tokeley1481
8WWill Boothman1500Philip Raynor1481
9BPeter Mason1421John Whitfield1410
10WDave Grobler1380.5William O'Rourke1440.5
11BDave Mills1400.5Harry Praegar1430.5
12WAlec Grice1400.5Dave Almond1290.5
1486.51485.5


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14 Responses to “NCCU 2016 – Open and U160 Results”

  1. Martin Carpenter

    Feb 22. 2016

    That really was a properly hard earned win :) Various people doing very well indeed to get some results near the end.

    Seemingly for the U160’s too!

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  2. dave hirst

    Feb 22. 2016

    How on earth did Mark Birkin win, judging from the cover photo for this post? Is the clock covering his h-pawn?

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    • Martin Carpenter

      Feb 22. 2016

      Curious :)

      Mark was actually winning not that long into his middle game but Martyn started defending rather well and it stayed just ‘winning’ rather than ‘won’ for ages and ages, so we were starting to get rather nervous because that tends to mean that bad things are going to happen! We needed the points….

      Thankfully he won somehow in the end, I think without the sort of scares implicit in that photo! Suppose Andy probably took it, so he might know what has gone missing there :)

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      • Martin Carpenter

        Feb 22. 2016

        Oh, of course. Dumb to forget this.

        Its actually a very amusing, and convincing!, optical illusion :) Mark was playing *black*.

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      • Eric Gardiner

        Feb 22. 2016

        I wondered how Mark Birkin could be winning at first, assuming he was White! However, the results say he was Black and the photo makes more sense. He’s got pawns on h7 and e3 and his knight on d4 covers the c6 square. White has a single pawn on c5. Is that right?

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  3. Eric Gardiner

    Feb 22. 2016

    Though of course there could still be something important lurking under the clock on h5 or h6 …

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  4. Eric Gardiner

    Feb 22. 2016

    Doh ! I meant a4 or a3 of course … yes, it is a convincing illusion.

    (pity there’s no facility for editing comments)

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    • Martin Carpenter

      Feb 22. 2016

      Guess the software doesn’t have it.

      I was sat next to Mark for a fair while so really do have minimal excuse :)

      No pawns on the a file – Martyn lost his pawn on a2 in the early middlegame then Mark lost his on a2 rather later on!

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      • dave hirst

        Feb 22. 2016

        Doh! from me too! Very impressed that both Yorkshire captains won especially given how tight the matches were and how much responsibility is on them.

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        • Andy Bak

          Feb 22. 2016

          Ive got Mark’s game so you’ll be able to see how it all unfolded once I have time to put the games up. Mark is Black

          A fantastic job by Mark – he played the full five hours in a complicated game whilst having to worry about the rest of the time and knowing that he had to win. Not to mention that Martyn is a very tough opponent!

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          • Martin Carpenter

            Feb 22. 2016

            It was a good effort in context :)

            If we had a best game prize (why not run a website poll?!), I think my vote would (if allowed!) have to go to a Lancastrian – Jeff seemed to keep control on board 2 really brilliantly.

            Pete ground very well and the wins on 1/5 were very emphatic and rather more crowd pleasing but…. Nice game on 11 too I think and most of the draws looked very sensible.

  5. Mark Birkin

    Feb 22. 2016

    Yes, the position in the photo is quite straightforward once you have the colours the right way round. Just as well because what you can’t see is that I have about 90 secs left on my clock. I can sac my Knight for his c-pawn, push the (black!) pawn to e2 and run the h-pawn. He resigned about three moves later.
    I’d like to see the games from boards 1 (Richard) and 5 (David). Both seemed to deliver dynamic and attractive wins against durable opponents.
    Thanks and congratulations to everyone for a really industrious team performance.

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  6. Rupert

    Feb 22. 2016

    I took the photo of Mark v near the end! We were 6 1/2 up with two games left so not nearly as tense as the 1st team match. It was a good day out and adds to the disappointment that we are only competing in two sections because we can’t find any captains!

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  7. Matt Webb

    Feb 23. 2016

    Wow, what a fantastic result for both teams!

    Look down the team sheets it was incredibly evenly balanced right the way down in both matches, so to win both is amazing.

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