South Hams Chess Club
South Hams Chess Club

Match Details

TCL Division 2: Newton Abbot v South Hams 9 Mar 2023

Bd Newton Abbot Col Rating ECF Result South Hams Col Rating ECF PGN
1 Morton, Doug 1837 329740J d-1 Wilkinson, Ben 1725 162703L
2 Ruszelak, Piotr 1784 268159G d-1 Black, Cathy 176 349499J
3 Sugden, Freddie 1671 268153F d-1 McConnell, Phil 1604 285386D
4 Wills, Jack 1483 344181H d-1 Doble, Arthur 1431 315610C
Overall Match67750-44936

Match Report

Author:  Phil McConnell

Date:  13 Mar 2023

On the night this was a 3 - 1 win for Newton Abbot, with Ben and I drawing but Cathy and Arthur losing.  However after the match, Trefor Thynne (Newton Abbot match captain) attempted to enter the result into the League Management System and discovered that the applicable rating for Douug Morton is 1874, not 1837 (the number which had erroneously been entered on the team sheet).  This meant that the Newton Abbot team rating was 6,814, which exceeds the limit of 6,799 set out in the competition rules.  Trefor immediately alerted Tony Tatam (Competition Secretary of the Torbay League), who awarded the match to South Hams with a 4-0 scoreline.

The rules are set out at, and it seems that Tony had no discretion about doing this.  But it is a shame - I would not have wanted to win the match this way, especially as the result may well have a bearing on the Divison 2 title this season.