David Reynolds 0.5 - 0.5 John Manger.
I didn't see much of this, despite it taking place at the next table.
Ross,Colin - Phillips,Howard County Champs (Major) Leicester, 24.05.2012
Analysis by Fritz 10 (I have cut out most of the remarks and just left in my favourite bits.)
Closed Sicilian: 1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 d6 3.f4 Nc6 4.Nf3 g6 5.Bc4 Bg7 6.0–0 a6 7.d3 e6 8.f5 Nd4 9.fxe6 Bxe6 10.Bd5 Ra7 11.Ng5 Bxd5 12.Nxd5 b5 13.c3 Ne6? 14.Qg4 Nh6 15.Qh4 [15.Nxe6 seems even better 15...Nxg4 16.Nxg7+ Kd7 17.Rxf7+ Kc8 18.Rxa7 Kb8+-] 15...f5?? an oversight. But Black was lost anyway. 16.g3 [16.exf5 secures the point 16...Nxf5 17.Qe4+-] 16...Nc7? [16...Kd7 17.Nb6+! the death sentence 17...Qxb6 18.Nxe6 Kxe6 19.Bxh6 Bxh6 20.exf5+ gxf5 21.Qxh6+ Kd5 22.Rxf5+ Kc6 23.Qe6+-] 17.Bd2 [¹17.Nxc7+ secures the win 17...Rxc7 18.Ne6 Qxh4 19.gxh4+- (19.Nxc7+?! Kd8 20.gxh4 Kxc7+-) ] 17...Nxd5 18.exd5 Qf6? 19.Rae1+ Re7 20.Rxe7+ Kxe7 21.Re1+ Kd7 22.Re6 Qd8 23.Bf4 Bf8 24.Bxd6! Deflection: d6 24...Bxd6 25.Qxh6 Qf8 26.Qxf8 Rxf8 27.Nxh7 Rh8 28.Ng5 Rg8 29.Nf7 Bb8 30.Ne5+ [30.Rxa6 and White can already relax 30...Ke7 31.Ng5 Bd6+-] 30...Bxe5 31.Rxe5 Kd6 32.d4 [32.Re6+ and the result of the game is clear: White will win 32...Kxd5 33.Rxa6+-] 32...cxd4± 33.cxd4 Rc8 34.Re6+ Kxd5 35.Rxa6 Kxd4 36.Rxg6 White has a new passed pawn: h2 36...Rc1+ 37.Kf2 Rc2+ Black forks: b2+f2 38.Kf3 Rxb2 39.Rb6 ½–½
So much for my preparation against the Petroff!
Howard had arrived a bit late anyway and had used a lot of thinking time during the opening. At move 15, Howard had only around three minutes left on his clock and made the next 20 moves under time pressure all the way until the time control at move 35.
I made a bit of a hash of the ending and offered a draw. My best ever result against Howard.
Guy Closs 0 - 1 Bob Collins.
This had looked even and the queens had just come off. A mate then appeared from nowhere as a rook swept across to the edge of the board checking Guy's king with the only escape square covered by Bob's bishop.
Andy Carter 1-0 Dave Ricketts
Back at the Heathcote Arms, we had been planning Andy's defeat for about a week and a half. According to plan, he opened with 1. Nf3. Haka Dave had a system worked out ahead of time. Things were going fine until the endgame where it all went a bit Pete Tong.
Ray had a bye, but showed up and lent support.
I did not see much of anything else and the other results are not up yet on the site, but i know that:
Ben lost to Patrick Reid. Stan lost to Roy Lathwood. I am not sure how Amber got on. I think Sean lost to Jim Bingham in the Open Section.
If anyone else would like to post a report from the Counties - e-mail it to me and i will put it up.
Club night at the Heathcote Arms on Tuesday.
Well done everyone,