Under 160s

Yesterday’s posting reported the narrow loss for the Suffolk Under 160 team in the National Quarter-Finals to Nottinghamshire.   This followed three pairs of matches in the EACU competition, against Norfolk (win, win), Hertfordshire (loss, win) and Cambridgeshire (win, loss).   Suffolk were runners-up to Cambridgeshire, with Herts third and Norfolk last.

A total of 28 players were used over the seven matches.   Several performed well above expectation, as the following chart demonstrates:

Name Score Gp
Adrian Sanderson 1/1* 186.0
Stephen Lewis 1½/2 180.0
John Peters 3½/4 175.3
Ed Kirkham 4½/6* 167.0
Sam Brennan 3/5 165.6
Silas Peck 3½/5 165.0
Andrew Shephard 4½/7 162.3
John McAllister 2/3 160.7
Leon Burnett 1½/3 159.0
Bob Jones 3½/6 158.7
John Lambert 2/3 158.3
Mark Bettley 3/4 157.3
Kevin Greenacre 2½/5 155.6
Harold Thomas 1/2 146.0
Scott Taylor 3½/7 145.7
Keith Woodcock 2/3 145.0
Rob Harden 3½/7 144.3
Carl Phillips 2½/5 139.4
Les Jones 1½/4 137.0
Simon Riley 2/5 132.8
Anna York-Andersen ½/2 132.0
Jakob Tulic 1½/4 130.5
Vivian Woodward 1/4 125.3
Arthur McCormick ½/2 115.0
Jim Buis 0/1 110.0
Melvin Steele ½/2 103.5
Colin Roberts 1/7 102.1
Andrew Donnelly 0/1 101.0

* = also received a default win
Gp = grading performance

The Player of the Season is Ed Kirkham, who scored 4½/6 over the board but also received a default win when his opponent failed to appear.   Five people played in all seven matches.

Cambridgeshire also lost their quarter-final, 7½-8½, to Warwickshire.


It’s often amusing to see how journalists, usually with little understanding of the game, use chess as a metaphor.   Here’s one from the Evening Standard (16 May).   The journalist was Dan Jones.

The headline read: “Wayne Rooney’s been playing chess with Manchester United and it’s nearly checkmate”.   The article included this reference: “In his chess game with United, this is check, with a view, in not so many moves, to checkmate.”   Stick to football Dan.

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