Category Archives: Summer KO

results and reports from the… northumberland league summer KO!

Tynedale v Morpeth B

Summer KO Plate Final – Tynedale v Morpeth B

Tim Wrigley (147) ½-½ Phil Eastlake (166)
Derek Blair (135) 0-1 Geoff Loxham (141)
Alex Ashworth (124) 0-1 Martin Shaw (128)
Bruce Reed (106) 0-1 Harry Robinson (110)

This match was played at Tynedale on Tues 25 Aug 2015. Tyndeale were an IOnter team, Morpeth a Major team, which meant Tynedale started with 1½ points and needed a further 1½ to win. Morpeth needed 3 points.

Tim was first to finish, gratefully accepting an early draw after a torrid advance French. From there it went downhill, with Alex, Bruce and Derek all losing.


Tynedale v Alnwick

Summer KO Plate Semi Final – Tynedale v Alnwick

Tim Wrigley (147) ½-½ G Ellames (147)
Derek Blair (135) ½-½ R Firth (123)
Alex Ashworth (124) 1-0 J Pharoah (116) – Defaulted
Bruce Reed (106) 1-0 M Lowery (27)

This match was played at Morpeth on Tues 29 Jul 2015. Both teams were at the same handicap level, but because Tynedale grading total was higher, we needed to win 2½-1½ across the boards.
Sadly Jo Pharoah did not appear, so Morpeth started 1 down.

Summer KO Tynedale v Forest Hall A

Not a very auspicious start to the Summer KO. We outgraded Forest Hall marginally, so nedeed 2½ out of 4 to win. We failed to trouble the scorer, lost 0-4, and must now defend our plate trophy. Personally, I made two stupid mistakes, first I set the board up the wrong way round, so I played white and Martin played black. By the time we realised the error it was too late to change, but somewhat flustered I played an illegal move, pawn on g4 takes pawn on e5, and was forced by the touch a piece move it rule to actually play g4 to g5. This cost me a good opppurtunity, and Martin outplayed me in a tight ending.

Tynedale                                                            Forest Hall A
Board Colour Name Grade Score Colour Name Grade Score
1 B Tim Wrigley 147 0 W Martin Seeber 157 1
2 W Jeremy Handley 144 0 B Mike Smith 157 1
3 B Derek Blair 135 0 W Sophie Seeber 125 1
4 W Alex Ashworth 124 0 B Josh Grueso 100 1
Total Grade 550 Total Grade 539
Handicap Points       Handicap Points
Total Score   0   Total Score 4

NCA Plate Trophy

The Tans may not have won last night at Gosforth, but we did pick up a trophy. This is the Northumberland Chess Association Summer Knock Out trophy, won last summer by Tynedale. I’ve been looking trough the records to see who played, and the team stalwarts were Derek Blair, Jeremy Handley, Steve Larkin and Phil Taylor, with cameo appearance by Tim Wrigley and Alex Ashworth. Steve Larkin produced a report about the final (Summer KO Plate Final Report) and I am now reproducing Dave Walshaw’s report about the earlier rounds.
NCA Plate Trophy


Round One

Tynemouth Warriors v Gosforth Empire

R. Oxnard(135) 0-1 M.McBeth(177)
D. White (120) 0-1 P.Sumner(157)
D. Beagarie(119) 0-1 D.Stebbings(137)
B. Batten(115) 1-0 G.Harrison(132)
Handicap 1.5

Gosforth Regents v Gateshead

P. Costello(150) 1-0 K. Cox(134)
K. Mills(144) 1-0 W. Noble(134)
M. Beardsley(135) 1-0 P. Wells(131)
D. Baynes(124) 1-0 A. Johnson (113)

Forest Hall B v Tynemouth Castles

Home win, but no further details forthcoming.

South Shields v Gosforth Salters

Ian Maughan(164) 0.5-0.5 Noel Boustred(140)
Kevin Rowden(141) 1-0 John Fance(122)
Eddie Czestochowski(114) 0-1 Steve Wilde(113)
Mike Savin(113) 0.5-0.5 Bryan Ord(83)
Handicap 2.5

Jesmond Knights v Forest Hall A

M Prasath(185) ) 1-0 M Seeber(158)
E Dodds(175) ) 1-0 F Moon(145)
Z Zhang(175) ) 1-0 M Smith(142)
C Wardle(161) 1-0 S Black(115)
Total Grade (696) 4-0 Total Grade (560)
Handicap Open 0-2.5 Inter
Total Score 4-2.5

Jesmond   v Tynedale

Roger Coathup(190) 1-0 Derek Blair(141)
M Smyth(176) 1-0 Jeremy Handley(137)
G Elliames(159) 1-0 AlexAshworth(127)
James Turner(155) 1-0 Phil Taylor(125)
Total Grade(680) 4-0 Total Grade(530)
 Handicap Points 0-2½
 Total Score 4-2½ Total Score

Gosforth IV v Morpeth B

B Heyman(123) 0-1 A Welsh(138)
K Moreby(120) 1-0 J Horton(135)
J Chan(108) 0-1 H Robinson(116)
D Turner(104) 1-0 D.H. Watson(111)

The grades are the January ones, and therefore incorrect, leading to the top two boards playing out of order. Morpeth spotted this after the match but decided not to lodge a complaint on the grounds it was accidental.

Tynemouth Trojans – Sprites

Alan Harvey 1-0 Chris Smith
David Henderson 1-0 Lewis Self
Mick Riding 1-0 Bill Penny
Gary Cornwall 1-0 Default

TROPHY Quarter Finals

Tynemouth v Morpeth A

A Harvey(190) 1/2-1/2 R Coathup(190)
D Henderson(189) 1-0 M Smyth(176)
G Cornwall(161) 1-0 G Ellames(159)
J Morton(149) 1-0 J Turner(155)
Total 3.5-0.5

Jesmond Knights v Gosforth Empire

M Prasath(185) 1-0 D Armbruster(182)
E Dodds(175) 1-0 J Wheeler(181)
A Trevelyan(156) 0-1 M McBeth(177)
R Archer(150) 0.5-0.5 P Sumner(157)
Total Grade(666) 2.5-1.5 Total Grade(697)
 Handicap (Open) 0-0 (Open)
 Total Score 2.5-1.5 Total Score

Forest Hall B v Gosforth Regents

Kristian Mills was expected for Gosforth but a phone call established he wasn’t coming minutes before the start so their boards 3 and 4 moved up.

Rolf Millar beat Paul Costello

Jeff Baird drew Martin Beardsley

Mark Younger lost to Dave Baynes

So Forest Hall win 2.5 – 1.5 including default. No handicap applied

(Ed: no name supplied for Forest Hall B board 4 to claim the default)

Gosforth IV v Gosforth Salters

Kurt Moreby(127) 0-1 Noel Boustred(140)
Tony Neville(112) 0-1 John France(122)
Joe Chan(109,) 1-0 Steve Wilde(113)
Dave Turner(104) 1-0 Brian Orde(83).

Gosforth IV win as lower graded team

PLATE Quarter Finals

Morpeth B v Tynemouth Warriors

J Horton(135) 0-1 R Oxnard(135)
J Chadwick(124) 1-0 PJackson(124)
D Patterson(122) 0-1 D White(120)
D Watson(111) 0-1 D Beagarie(119)
(492) 1-3 (498)

Tynemouth win.

Tynemouth Castles v Tynedale

Dave Jarema(156) 0.5-0.5 Derek Blair(141)
Keith Rockett(147) 0-1 Jeremy Handley(137)
Dave Hair(142) 0.5-0.5 Steve Larkin(125)
Dave Mear(130) 0.5-0.5 Phil Taylor(125)
Total grade(575) (528)
Handicap 0-1.5
Final score 1.5-4

Forest Hall A v Tynemouth Sprites

Martin Seeber 0.5-0.5 Chris Smith
Frank Moon 1-0 Lewis Self
Mike Smith 1-0 Trevor Penny
Steve Black 1-0 default

Forest Hall Win

Gateshead v South Shields

Kevin Cox(134) 0-1 Simon Mcguinness(184)
Bill Noble(134) 1-0 Ian Maughan(164)
Peter Wells(132) 1-0 Stan Johnson(118)
Denise Mosse(131) 0-1 Eddie Czestochowski(115e)
Total Grade(531) Total Grade(581)
Handicap Points 2.5-0 Handicap Points
Total Score 4.5-2 Total Score

TROPHY Semi Finals

Tynemouth Trojans v Jesmond Knights

M Riding(191) 0-1 MPrasath(185)
G Cornwall(161) 0-1 E Dodds(175)
J Morton(149)(Default–no show) 0-1 C Izod(173)
D Laws(147) 1-0 C Wardle(161)
Total Grade (648)  Total Grade (694)
Handicap (Open) 0-0 Open
Total Score 1-3  Total Score

Forest Hall B v Gosforth IV

The result was 2:2 which gives us a win on handicap, I think, but please see note below.

R Millar(133, black)  0.5-0.5 Ted Jarah(130,white)
J Bentham(125, white) 1-0 Bob Heyman(123, black)
J Baird(122, white) 0.5-0.5 Tony Neville(112, black)
M Younger(121,white) 0-1 Joe Chan(109, black)

As you can see, board three played the wrong colours so that we ended up with 3 blacks. It was a genuine mistake which I only noticed after the game, and their team captain (Jeff Bentham) didn’t spot either. Hopefully, you will decide that the result stands because the winners were disadvantaged rather than making us play the match again!

PLATE Semi Finals

Forest Hall v Tynedale

Martin Seeber(158) 0.5-0.5 Tim Wrigley(142)
Mike Smith(142) 0.5-0.5 Jeremy Handley(137)
Sophie Seeber(128) 0.5-0.5 Steve Larkin(125)
Keith Brooks(117) 0-1 Phil Taylor(125)

As both sides were intermediate teams, Tynedale won.

Tynemouth Warriors v Gateshead

Richard Oxnard(135) ½-½ W Noble(133)
Phil Jackson(124) 1-0 P Wells(133)
Dennis White(120) 0-1 P Mosse(131)
Dennis Beagrie(119) ½-½ P Johnson(113)
(493) 2-2 (510)

Tynemouth the lower rated team wins.

Summer KO Plate Final

This match was played at Tynemouth (our fourth consecutive away match in this competition!) on Tuesday September 30th. The line-up was as follows:

1. Richard Oxnard (135) v Derek Blair (141)

2. Phil Jackson (124)      v Jeremy Handley (137)

3. Dennis White (120)    v  Steve Larkin (125)

4. Bob Batten (115)       v  Phil Taylor (125)

With Tynemouth a Minor side and Tynedale an intermediate one, Tynemouth enjoyed a 1.5 handicap advantage, so Tynedale would have to win 3-1 over the board to take the match. Anything less would mean defeat.

The first game to finish was board 4, which was the most curious game of the evening. Bob arrived 10 minutes late and proceeded to set about Phil in serious fashion, building a very strong kingside attack and going four pawns up in the process! However he failed to find the critical move which would have sunk Phil and the game turned into an endgame with Bob’s bishop, rook and 8 pawns against Phil’s bishop, rook and 4 pawns. At which point Phil won on time! Contributing to this state of affairs was the fact that Bob’s clock had been set to a different time from Phil’s, though there was no denying that he had used up his time. So Tynedale went ahead 0-1.

Next up was board 2, where Jeremy was two pawns to a bishop down. However, he had two passed pawns on the queenside and Phil’s pieces were unable to stop their progress. One of the pawns duly queened and point number 2 was in the bag! 0-2

On board 3, Steve made very heavy weather of dealing with Dennis’s French Defence and eventually emerged 2 pawns down. However, he managed to claw his way back to equality and with both players having less than 5 minutes on their clocks and the position dead level, Dennis accepted Steve’s offer of a draw. 0.5-2.5

Which left the outcome of the match hanging on the top board, where Derek had played a queen’s pawn opening, opted not to castle and spent a lot of time moving his king around. Towards the end of the game, with a lot still to play for, he got into difficulty time-wise and was losing material when his clock finally fell. 1.5-2.5

So Tynedale, needing 3 points to win the match, failed by the narrowest of margins … or did they? A phonecall from Dennis White the following morning revealed that he had made a mistake and the Tynemouth side were not a minor team after all but an intermediate team. Since Tynedale were also an intermediate team, it meant that the result of the match had to be decided purely over the board. In consequence Tynedale, from being the losers by the narrowest of margins (3-2.5), became the winners by the narrowest of margins (1.5-2.5) and, for the first time since the writer of this article has been involved with the club, won a Northumberland title – the 2014 Summer KO Plate winners! Hooray!

Summer Knockout

In the first round of this competition, Tynedale’s one and only side was drawn away to Morpeth A. A gallant team of Derek Blair, Jeremy Handley, Alex Ashworth and Phil Taylor made the trip and was put to the sword, Morpeth emerging with a 4-0 win.
So the Tynedale side moved across to the plate competition, where it was drawn away to Tynemouth Warriors. It was the same side that had succumbed to Morpeth, except that Steve Larkin replaced Alex on board 3. Again the Tynedale team was up against it, being outgraded on all boards. However, the plus side was that we gained a handicap of 1.5 points and so needed only 1.5/4 to win the match. Anything less would mean defeat. The line-up was
1. Dave Jarema (156) v Derek Blair (141)
2. Keith Rockett (147) v Jeremy Handley (137)
3. Dave Hair (142) v Steve Larkin (125)
4. Dave Mear (130) v Phil Taylor (125)
Phil was first to finish. The game came down to an even ending, with both sides having a rook and several connected pawns. However, any attempt to press by either side would entail a loss of material and so a draw was agreed.
Next, man of the match Jeremy picked up first one pawn then a second, and when it came down to the endgame, the advantage was decisive and Keith resigned. 1.5/2 and the match was already won!
Steve had had the better of the opening and went a pawn up, but at the expense of an undeveloped queenside, and this posed significant problems for some time. Once they were sorted out, it became apparent that neither side could force a win and a draw was agreed.
Last to finish was the top board where Derek’s offer of a draw was at first turned down and then accepted when it became clear that the position was dead level with no point of weakness on either side.
So Tynedale won the match both over the board (2.5 to 1.5) and on handicap (4 to 1.5) and march into the semi-final. An excellent result for all concerned!

Summer KO round-up

Tynedale’s involvement in the Summer Knockout competition has come to an abrupt end.
Having despatched Leam Lane in round 1, Tynedale A went down 4-0 to Newcastle in the second round.
Tynedale B lost to Morpeth B in round 1, and then, sadly, defaulted on their Plate quarter-final match against Forest Hall.