Torbay and District Rapidplay Chess League

South Hams Chess Club fields a team in the Rapidplay Competition of the Torbay and District Chess League. This entails home and away matches against Newton Abbot and Plymouth. Games played in this competition are submitted to the ECF Rapidplay grading database.

In this competition, each team consists of four players, with a maximum rapidplay team grade of Under 560. Each player plays the same opponent twice - once as white, and once as black. The away team has white on the odd-numbered boards for the first set of games, and colours are swapped for the second set of games. Digital clocks are used; the rate of play is all moves in 25 minutes with 10 seconds increment added per move from the beginning.

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 current season.

Individual Player Statistics

Here are the current player statistics for South Hams players in the RapidPlay Competition during the 2016-17 season:

NameGradeECFPWDLAve OpPerf%Points
Levy, Steve193134450L843115817768.85.5
Willcox, Chris114308555H430113215775.03.0
Peach, Cliff103116851E211011113675.01.5
Archer, David144300734A620415013433.32.0
Wilkinson, Ben157162703L411213112237.51.5
Collins, Tony75173334F210111911550.01.0
McConnell, Phil126285386D210111411450.01.0
Greenhalgh, Roy124134641G210110810850.01.0
Zaffiro, Oliver65304562G200294440.00.0
 

Overall Team Statistics

Matches Played:4
Matches Won:2
Matches Drawn:0
Matches Lost:2
Match Points:4
Percentage:50
Average South Hams Team Grade:559.8
Average Opponents Team Grade:538.8

TDCL Rapidplay: South Hams v Newton Abbot 13 Oct 2016

Bd South Hams Col Grade ECF Result Newton Abbot Col Grade ECF PGN
1 Levy, Steve B 193 134450L 1-0 Brooks, Paul W 165 215149C View
2 Archer, David W 144 300734A 0-1 Kinder, Andrew B 154 162701G Submit
3 Wilkinson, Ben B 157 162703L 1-0 Barber-Lafon, Jacquie W 110 128118F Submit
4 Zaffiro, Oliver W 65 304562G 0-1 Hussey, Michael B 94 277498H Submit
5 Levy, Steve W 193 134450L 0-1 Brooks, Paul B 165 215149C View
6 Archer, David B 144 300734A 0-1 Kinder, Andrew W 154 162701G Submit
7 Wilkinson, Ben W 157 162703L ½-½ Barber-Lafon, Jacquie B 110 128118F View
8 Zaffiro, Oliver B 65 304562G 0-1 Hussey, Michael W 94 277498H Submit
Overall Match5592½-5½523
Bd South Hams Grade Res Newton Abbot Grade PGN
1 Levy, Steve 193 1-0 Brooks, Paul 165 View
2 Archer, David 144 0-1 Kinder, Andrew 154 Submit
3 Wilkinson, Ben 157 1-0 Barber-Lafon, Jacquie 110 Submit
4 Zaffiro, Oliver 65 0-1 Hussey, Michael 94 Submit
5 Levy, Steve 193 0-1 Brooks, Paul 165 View
6 Archer, David 144 0-1 Kinder, Andrew 154 Submit
7 Wilkinson, Ben 157 ½-½ Barber-Lafon, Jacquie 110 View
8 Zaffiro, Oliver 65 0-1 Hussey, Michael 94 Submit
Overall Match5592½-5½523
 

Match Report

Author:  Ben Wilkinson

Date:  20 Oct 2016

A disastrous start to the 2016/17 rapidplay season saw South Hams, last seasons champions, brutally dispatched by a strong Newton Abbot side.

The first round of games left the home side in tatters, losing 3.5 -0.5. David Archer was unable to get the better of the experienced campaigner, Andrew Kinder, and on rapidplay debut, Oliver Zaffiro was unable to get the better of his higher graded opponent. Not even Commander in Chief, Steve Levy could see off Paul Brooks, even with a 30+ point grading advantage. The only bright spot was the captains well crafted draw against Jacquie Barber-Lafon. (See game in database!).

The second set of games was only slightly better. Again, David and Oliver were outfoxed by their respective opponents and left battered and bruised. Steve Levy however, riled by his loss in the first game, outplayed Paul in a tense endgame, with only a couple of minutes left on the clock. Ben also managed to claw back another point in his second game, proving that he does not fear the fairer sex!

The final score read like one of my school reports – “could do much better” ….


TDCL Rapidplay: Plymouth v South Hams 9 Jan 2017

Bd Plymouth Col Grade ECF Result South Hams Col Grade ECF PGN
1 Stinton-Brownbridge, Michael B 155 157349E 0-1 Levy, Steve W 193 134450L Submit
2 Hodge, Nicholas W 151 291419A 1-0 Wilkinson, Ben B 157 162703L Submit
3 Dean, John B 108 179950C 0-1 Greenhalgh, Roy W 124 134641G Submit
4 Tatam, Tony W 125 134693D 0-1 Willcox, Chris B 114 308555H Submit
5 Stinton-Brownbridge, Michael W 155 157349E 0-1 Levy, Steve B 193 134450L Submit
6 Hodge, Nicholas B 151 291419A 1-0 Wilkinson, Ben W 157 162703L Submit
7 Dean, John W 108 179950C 1-0 Greenhalgh, Roy B 124 134641G Submit
8 Tatam, Tony B 125 134693D 0-1 Willcox, Chris W 114 308555H Submit
Overall Match5393-5588
Bd Plymouth Grade Res South Hams Grade PGN
1 Stinton-Brownbridge, Michael 155 0-1 Levy, Steve 193 Submit
2 Hodge, Nicholas 151 1-0 Wilkinson, Ben 157 Submit
3 Dean, John 108 0-1 Greenhalgh, Roy 124 Submit
4 Tatam, Tony 125 0-1 Willcox, Chris 114 Submit
5 Stinton-Brownbridge, Michael 155 0-1 Levy, Steve 193 Submit
6 Hodge, Nicholas 151 1-0 Wilkinson, Ben 157 Submit
7 Dean, John 108 1-0 Greenhalgh, Roy 124 Submit
8 Tatam, Tony 125 0-1 Willcox, Chris 114 Submit
Overall Match5393-5588
 

Match Report

Author:  Phil McConnell

Date:  5 May 2017

An excellent result for South Hams, with all but the captain pulling their weight! The first round matches saw Chris notch up his first rapidplay win against Tony Tatam, although possibly not the best plan to outplay the provider of your estimated grade! Roy secured the second point on board three, with a good result against John Dean, who was standing in for the absent Megan O'Brien. The ever reliable Steve Levy added the third point against the under-graded Mick Stinton-Brownbridge. The final game gave Plymouth their first point, with Ben blundering a pawn on move six, and never really being allowed back into the game.

The second half of the evening saw more of the same, with Steve proving too strong for Mick Stinton, and Chris once again getting the better of Tony Tatam. Roy, unfortunately, was not able to take a second point from John Dean, but Ben was consistent and served up a second helping of rubbish against a very solid Nick Hodge.

A thoroughly enjoyable evening, and an excellent score line.


TDCL Rapidplay: South Hams v Plymouth 23 Feb 2017

Bd South Hams Col Grade ECF Result Plymouth Col Grade ECF PGN
1 Levy, Steve B 193 134450L ½-½ Stinton-Brownbridge, Michael W 155 157349E Submit
2 Archer, David W 144 300734A 0-1 Quinn, Martin B 143 214755F Submit
3 Willcox, Chris B 114 308555H 0-1 Wilby, Rob W 139 155624B View
4 Peach, Cliff W 103 116851E 1-0 Wilson, Geoff B 111 102807J Submit
5 Levy, Steve W 193 134450L ½-½ Stinton-Brownbridge, Michael B 155 157349E Submit
6 Archer, David B 144 300734A 0-1 Quinn, Martin W 143 214755F Submit
7 Willcox, Chris W 114 308555H 1-0 Wilby, Rob B 139 155624B Submit
8 Peach, Cliff B 103 116851E ½-½ Wilson, Geoff W 111 102807J Submit
Overall Match5543½-4½548
Bd South Hams Grade Res Plymouth Grade PGN
1 Levy, Steve 193 ½-½ Stinton-Brownbridge, Michael 155 Submit
2 Archer, David 144 0-1 Quinn, Martin 143 Submit
3 Willcox, Chris 114 0-1 Wilby, Rob 139 View
4 Peach, Cliff 103 1-0 Wilson, Geoff 111 Submit
5 Levy, Steve 193 ½-½ Stinton-Brownbridge, Michael 155 Submit
6 Archer, David 144 0-1 Quinn, Martin 143 Submit
7 Willcox, Chris 114 1-0 Wilby, Rob 139 Submit
8 Peach, Cliff 103 ½-½ Wilson, Geoff 111 Submit
Overall Match5543½-4½548
 

Match Report

Author:  Phil McConnell

Date:  24 Feb 2017

Plymouth exacted their revenge on a Strong South Hams team, with the home teams top boards unable to replicate the Dunleavy players contribution.

In the first round of games, Cliff rapidly took his game into a better endgame, and chalked up South Hams first point. Chris was unable to find a way through a complicated middle game, and Rob Wilby was able to level the score.

David playing his usual attacking chess forced himself into a winning position, only to make an illegal move and was forced to concede the game.

On top board Steve was forced to concede a half point to Mick Stiinton, leaving Plymouth 2 1/2 - 1 1/2 up at the tea break.

The second round of games was more of the same, with close games, but not the results South Hams needed. the result of the night has to go to Chris, who beat Rob Wilby - no mean feat!

The two results that matter, Plymouth 4½ - 3½ South Hams, and Homan 1 - 2½ Dunleavy!


TDCL Rapidplay: Newton Abbot v South Hams 6 Apr 2017

Bd Newton Abbot Col Grade ECF Result South Hams Col Grade ECF PGN
1 Kinder, Andrew B 158 162701G ½-½ Levy, Steve W 193 134450L View
2 Ramesh, Vignesh W 154 276543D 0-1 Archer, David B 144 300734A View
3 Barbar-Lafon, Jacquie B 114 128118F 1-0 McConnell, Phil W 126 285386D Submit
4 Narayanan, Nandaja W 119 279359D 1-0 Collins, Tony B 75 173334F Submit
5 Kinder, Andrew W 158 162701G 0-1 Levy, Steve B 193 134450L View
6 Ramesh, Vignesh B 154 276543D 0-1 Archer, David W 144 300734A View
7 Barbar-Lafon, Jacquie W 114 128118F 0-1 McConnell, Phil B 126 285386D Submit
8 Narayanan, Nandaja B 119 279359D 0-1 Collins, Tony W 75 173334F Submit
Overall Match5452½-5½538
Bd Newton Abbot Grade Res South Hams Grade PGN
1 Kinder, Andrew 158 ½-½ Levy, Steve 193 View
2 Ramesh, Vignesh 154 0-1 Archer, David 144 View
3 Barbar-Lafon, Jacquie 114 1-0 McConnell, Phil 126 Submit
4 Narayanan, Nandaja 119 1-0 Collins, Tony 75 Submit
5 Kinder, Andrew 158 0-1 Levy, Steve 193 View
6 Ramesh, Vignesh 154 0-1 Archer, David 144 View
7 Barbar-Lafon, Jacquie 114 0-1 McConnell, Phil 126 Submit
8 Narayanan, Nandaja 119 0-1 Collins, Tony 75 Submit
Overall Match5452½-5½538
 

Match Report

Author:  Phil McConnell

Date:  6 Apr 2017

The South Hams Rapidplay team recovered from a 2½ - 1½ deficit at half time to win the second half 0 - 4, thus winning the match by 2½ - 5½.

On Board 1, as white Steve produced a draw in a tight game, but as black he converted a superiority of material into a won end game.

On Board 2, David had two cracking, complicated games against a talented young opponent, and played brilliantly to "out-tactic" him in both games.

On Board 3, as white Phil moved far too quickly at first, and blundered his queen on move 7. There was no recovery after that. But he recoved as black, winning with a nice attack on his opponent's uncastled king.

It was a similar story on Board 4, with Tony losing very quickly as black due to playing the opening far too fast. However he redeemed himself as white, winning convincingly.

So, revenge for the 2½ - 5½ defeat which Newton Abbot inflicted on us at home earlier in the season.

Thank you to Newton Abbot for an enjoyable evening.