South Hams Chess Club
South Hams Chess Club

Torbay and District Chess League Division 3, Season 2013-2014

South Hams Chess Club fielded a team in Division 3 of the Torbay and District Chess League.  This entailed home and away matches against Newton Abbot, Plymouth, Teignmouth, Torquay and Torquay Boys' Gammar School. Games played in the TDCL are submitted to the ECF grading database.

In this division, teams consist of four players, and the maximum team grade is Under 480.  The rate of play is 35 moves in 75 minutes, followed by a 15 minute Quickplay finish.  The away team has white on the odd-numbered boards.

Please visit the Torbay and District Chess League web page for the latest team standings, and our fixtures and results page for the team's fixtures for the 2013-2014 season.

Here are the player statistics for South Hams players in Division 3 over the 2013-14 season:

NameGradeECFPWDLAve OpPerf%Points
Wilkinson, Ben123162703L741211713264.34.5
Russell, Dennis112214868H210112112150.01.0
Fowler, James99277497F21109311875.01.5
Peach, Cliff106116851E834110511762.55.0
Greenhalgh, Roy118134641G1035210110955.05.5
McConnell, Phil107285386D7313909050.03.5
Ashby, Ken83181837F200287370.00.0
Collins, Tony85173334F1001000.00.0
 

The team's detailed match record for the 2013-14 season is as follows.

Overall Team Statistics

Matches Played:10
Matches Won:4
Matches Drawn:4
Matches Lost:2
Match Points:12
Percentage:60
Average South Hams Team Grade:437.7
Average Opponents Team Grade:389.5

TDCL Division 3: Teignmouth v South Hams 8 Oct 2013

Bd Teignmouth Grade ECF Result South Hams Grade ECF PGN
1 Tidy, Norman 123 120413A 0-1 Wilkinson, Ben 123 162703L Submit
2 Frost, William 118 214856A 1-0 Peach, Cliff 106 116851E Submit
3 Prior, Mike 115 273697E 1-0 McConnell, Phil 107 285386D View
4 Chubb, Raymond 113 155610B 0-1 Greenhalgh, Roy 118 134641G Submit
Overall Match4692-2454
 

Match Report

Author:  Ben Wilkinson

Date:  22 Oct 2013

The first match of South Hams 2013 division 3 campaign saw a hard fought away match at Teignmouth. Much was expected of the clubs new signing from St Albans, Phil McConnell, who had been immediately promoted to board 3. Unfortunately an uncharacteristic middle game blunder led to an early demise, and a score of 1-0 to Teignmouth.

Roy Greenhalgh managed to even the score after the donation of a piece from his opponent.

Teignmouth’s Bill Frost applied early pressure in his game against Cliff Peach, leading to the inevitable time trouble – a feature of his game that Cliff has been promising to eradicate for the last fifteen years! Although he made the time control, the resulting position was always going to be hard to recover, and the match score turned to 2-1 in the favour of the home team.

The final game of the match was the board one tussle between Norman Tidy and Ben Wilkinson. Bristling from his loss to Norman in the British Championships after reaching a clearly won position he tried very hard to repeat the feat. In a game with mistakes asunder, Norman finally turned down the chance of a certain draw to chase a victory in time trouble. With a ten minute time advantage Ben was able to claim a very lucky point, and in doing so tying the match 2-2.

Four very enjoyable games, and good start to the season.

Bd Teignmouth Grade Res South Hams Grade PGN
1 0-1 Submit
2 1-0 Submit
3 1-0 View
4 0-1 Submit

TDCL Division 3: South Hams v Newton Abbot 10 Oct 2013

Bd South Hams Grade ECF Result Newton Abbot Grade ECF PGN
1 Wilkinson, Ben 123 162703L ½-½ Barber-Lafon, Jacquie 137 128118F View
2 Peach, Cliff 106 116851E ½-½ Ramesh, Vignesh 115 276543D Submit
3 Greenhalgh, Roy 118 134641G 0-1 Knott, Jim A G 106 292545L Submit
4 McConnell, Phil 107 285386D 1-0 Narayanan, Nandaja 96 279359D View
Overall Match4542-2454
 

Match Report

Author:  Phil McConnell

Date:  14 Nov 2013

A surprise defeat for Roy Greenhalgh made life difficult for South Hams.

Phil McConnell brought the match level with a win on Board 4, and it was then left to Ben Wilkinson and Cliff Peach to battle it out on Boards 1 and 2. Two tense games both ended drawn, so the match ended 2-2.

Bd South Hams Grade Res Newton Abbot Grade PGN
1 ½-½ View
2 ½-½ Submit
3 0-1 Submit
4 1-0 View

TDCL Division 3: Torquay Boys Grammar School v South Hams 17 Oct 2013

Bd Torquay Boys Grammar School Grade ECF Result South Hams Grade ECF PGN
1 Wray, Jared 107 286282H 1-0 Wilkinson, Ben 123 162703L Submit
2 Rosser, Jonathan 63 280483K 0-1 Greenhalgh, Roy 118 134641G Submit
3 Sturt, Benjamin 63 292547D 0-1 McConnell, Phil 107 285386D View
4 Kubiak, J u/g No Code 1-0 Collins, Tony 85 173334F Submit
Overall Match2332-2433
 

Match Report

Author:  Phil McConnell

Date:  20 Oct 2013

On Board 1, Ben was in a reasonably comfortable position at the tea break, and a pawn up. Immediately on resuming he made an uncharacteristic blunder (what did they put in his tea?), resulting in the loss of two pieces in three moves.

On Board 2, Roy somehow found a way to go a piece down only to win it back, and then he finished his opponent off with a strong central attack on an unprotected King.

On Board 3, Phil’s young opponent played well until move 15 when he allowed a knight to be pinned and hence captured by Phil’s d-pawn. This pawn was definitely man-of-the-match, as it advanced to the 7th rank where the threat of Queening tied Black in defensive knots.

This meant that on Board 4 Tony needed a draw to force a team win. This game went to a tense end-game, with both players having a rook and 4 pawns. The advantage swung backwards and forwards several times before his opponent succeeded in removing the last of Tony’s pieces, with a pawn left that couldn’t be prevented from Queening.

This means that the record of the Division 3 team so far this season is Played 3, Drawn 3.

Bd Torquay Boys Grammar School Grade Res South Hams Grade PGN
1 1-0 Submit
2 0-1 Submit
3 0-1 View
4 1-0 Submit

TDCL Division 3: Plymouth v South Hams 20 Nov 2013

Bd Plymouth Grade ECF Result South Hams Grade ECF PGN
1 Wilby, Robert G 141 155624B 1-0 Greenhalgh, Roy 118 134641G Submit
2 Wilson, Geoffrey 112 172727J 0-1 Wilkinson, Ben 123 162703L Submit
3 Dean, john E 111 179950C ½-½ Peach, Cliff 106 116851E Submit
4 Tatam, Tony 108 134693D 1-0 McConnell, Phil 107 285386D Submit
Overall Match4722½-1½454
 

Match Report

Author:  Ben Wilkinson

Date:  11 Jan 2014

in a fixture that South Hams have not won since …… well, for a long time!, once again, even after reverting to slightly underhand tactics, and tinkering with the board order, there was still no luck.

The first result in saw Phil McConnell succumb to a strong Tony Tatam attack on board 4.

Roy Greenhalgh was unable to convert a promising position against Rob on board 1, and South Hams slipped to 0-2.

The fight back was started by Ben Wilkinson with a board 2 victory, which left Cliff Peach the chance to salvage the draw in his game against John Dean.

A pawn up, and things looked promising, unfortunately accurate defence, and Cliff's ever present time trouble meant that a draw was all that he could manage, leaving the final result Plymouth 2.5 - South Hams 1.5.

Bd Plymouth Grade Res South Hams Grade PGN
1 1-0 Submit
2 0-1 Submit
3 ½-½ Submit
4 1-0 Submit

TDCL Division 3: South Hams v Teignmouth 9 Jan 2014

Bd South Hams Grade ECF Result Teignmouth Grade ECF PGN
1 Wilkinson, Ben 123 162703L 1-0 Doidge, Charles 133 109767C View
2 Peach, Cliff 106 116851E ½-½ Tidy, Norman F 123 120410A Submit
3 Greenhalgh, Roy 118 134641G ½-½ Chubb, Raymond W 113 155610B Submit
4 Russell, Dennis 110 214868H 1-0 Tindal, William 100 120438F Submit
Overall Match4573-1469
 

Match Report

Author:  Ben Wilkinson

Date:  11 Jan 2014

Entertaining a strong Teignmouth division 3 team, South Hams players turned in an excellent result.

On board 4, Dennis took an early point with an unstoppable passed pawn proving too strong for Bill Tindall.

After analysis, Roy proved that his draw against Ray Chubb was fortuitous to say the least, however over the board Ray was unable to find the winning combination in a complicated middle game.

Cliff Peach managed to break his loosing streak against strong opposition, in the guise of Norman Tidy. Although dropping a pawn in the middle game, tenacious defence left Cliff hanging on to the half point. Analysis after the game was split as to wether this was a fair result or not.

The final board to finish was board 1, with Ben Wilkinson finally converting an early oversight by his opponent. However, the game could have resulted in a far simpler win if he hadn't have missed the chance to win a sec on piece.

Overall, a very good result for South Hams.

Bd South Hams Grade Res Teignmouth Grade PGN
1 1-0 View
2 ½-½ Submit
3 ½-½ Submit
4 1-0 Submit

TDCL Division 3: Torquay v South Hams 15 Jan 2014

Bd Torquay Grade ECF Result South Hams Grade ECF PGN
1 Greeno, Stephen P 103 187622D 0-1 Wilkinson, Ben 123 162703L View
2 Maloney, Tom 91 194730J 0-1 Peach, Cliff 106 116851E Submit
3 Howard, Simon 88 173265B 0-1 Greenhalgh, Roy 118 134641G Submit
4 Ballantyne, Richard J 85 259398B ½-½ Fowler, James 99 277497F Submit
Overall Match367½-3½446
 

Match Report

Author:  Phil McConnell

Date:  16 Feb 2014

At first glance, this looks an easy win for South Hams, but things could have turned out differently.

Although we took an early lead with a win for Ben Wilkinson on board one, the three other boards were finely balanced.

James Fowler took the better half point in his draw against Richard Ballantyne being short on time, and playing a very tricky rook and pawn endgame.

In the end, Torquay imploded, with Simon Howard failing to hold a fairly level position, and Tom Maloney picking up the wrong piece, and giving Cliff a far easier victory than the position warranted.

The end result however, puts South Hams at the top of Division 3.

Bd Torquay Grade Res South Hams Grade PGN
1 0-1 View
2 0-1 Submit
3 0-1 Submit
4 ½-½ Submit

TDCL Division 3: South Hams v Torquay Boys Grammar School 13 Feb 2014

Bd South Hams Grade ECF Result Torquay Boys Grammar School Grade ECF PGN
1 Wilkinson, Ben 123 162703L 0-1 Wray, Jared 107 286282H Submit
2 Peach, Cliff 106 116851E 1-0 Kubiak, Jakub 293395A Submit
3 Greenhalgh, Roy 118 134641G ½-½ Rosser, Jonathan 63 280483K Submit
4 McConnell, Phil 107 285386D 1-0 Sanders-Wyatt, Ben 56 281087G Submit
Overall Match4542½-1½226
Bd South Hams Grade Res Torquay Boys Grammar School Grade PGN
1 0-1 Submit
2 1-0 Submit
3 ½-½ Submit
4 1-0 Submit

TDCL Division 3: Newton Abbot v South Hams 27 Feb 2014

Bd Newton Abbot Grade ECF Result South Hams Grade ECF PGN
1 Bruce, John 140 295811K 0-1 Peach, Cliff 106 116851E Submit
2 Ramesh, Vignesh 112 276543D ½-½ Greenhalgh, Roy 118 134641G Submit
3 Knott, Jim A G 101 292545L 1-0 McConnell, Phil 107 285386D Submit
4 Hussey, Mike 100 277488H 0-1 Fowler, James 99 277497F Submit
Overall Match4531½-2½430
 

Match Report

Author:  Phil McConnell

Date:  28 Feb 2014

On Board 1, Cliff's opponent lost a Rook relatively early on. Cliff had to little difficulty thereafter in making his material superiority tell.

Board 2 was closely fought with accuracy by both players. A draw was agreed when both players had a rook and three pawns on the board.

On Board 3 Phil horribly mis-calculated a Bishop sacrifice early on, and his opponent easily exchanged pieces off the board until his superiority was overwhelming.

On Board 4, James won a Rook but then had to weather a strong counter-attack on his King before his material superiority prevailed. "Not good for my blood pressure", he said afterwards.

So, a narrow 2½ - 1½ win maintains the team's good recent form (undefeated in the last 4 matches).

Bd Newton Abbot Grade Res South Hams Grade PGN
1 0-1 Submit
2 ½-½ Submit
3 1-0 Submit
4 0-1 Submit

TDCL Division 3: South Hams v Plymouth 6 Mar 2014

Bd South Hams Grade ECF Result Plymouth Grade ECF PGN
1 Russell, Dennis 112 214868H 0-1 Wilby, Robert 141 155624B Submit
2 Peach, Cliff 110 116851E ½-½ O Brien, Megan 139 285525C Submit
3 Greenhalgh, Roy 97 134641G ½-½ Tatam, Tony 108 134693D Submit
4 Ashby, Ken 83 181837F 0-1 Hodge, Nicholas 88 291419A Submit
Overall Match4021-3476
Bd South Hams Grade Res Plymouth Grade PGN
1 0-1 Submit
2 ½-½ Submit
3 ½-½ Submit
4 0-1 Submit

TDCL Division 3: South Hams v Torquay 17 Apr 2014

Bd South Hams Grade ECF Result Torquay Grade ECF PGN
1 Greenhalgh, Roy 118 134641G ½-½ Greeno, Stephen 103 187622D Submit
2 McConnell, Phil 107 285386D ½-½ Howard, Simon 88 173265B Submit
3 Ashby, Ken 83 181837F 0-1 Ballantyne, Richard 85 259398B Submit
4 Collins, Tony 85 173334F 1-D , Submit
Overall Match3932-2276
Bd South Hams Grade Res Torquay Grade PGN
1 ½-½ Submit
2 ½-½ Submit
3 0-1 Submit
4 1-D Submit