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Update on some of our members -30 June 2018
Brian Holford remains in Coton Hill House and a check with the staff confirm he continues in good spirits.I am sure he would welcome members visiting him.
John Bashall has had an accident on his bike colliding with a bus on his way to a maths exam.As a result he is wearing a neck brace and will be out of action for three months.I have spoken to him and he has carers coming in daily.
John Casewell following knee surgery last year is now virtually wheelchair bound.He hopes in the future months to get down to the club,but would welcome anyone who fancied a game visiting.
Shropshire Team Quick Play Competition
Saturday 2nd June.
I am delighted to report that Telepost won the Shropshire Team Quick Play competition held at the Wrekin Housing Trust on Saturday 2nd June.
Telepost fielded a strong team, consisting of regulars, Nigel Ferrington, Matthew Clark and John Bashall, new signing Trevor Brotherton and former club captain, Richard Bryant.
Newport’s squad was even stronger, featuring International Master Lawrence Cooper on board 1 and three of Shropshire top 7 rapid play players on board 2-4 (we have two of the top 7 on boards 1 and 2). They also had rising star Edison Xu on Board 5 (number 4 Under 11 in the UK.).
The three other teams competing were Maddocks, Newport B and “Motley Crew” (a decent team made up of players from a number of different clubs).
Telepost battled their way through the group phase. Despite a couple of disappointing defeats to Maddocks (the old Priorslee Lions team), we were comfortable enough in 3rd in the League phase, meaning that we avoided the more difficult semi-final vs. Newport. There were a couple of highpoints in the League phase, such as Nigel’s draw with IM Lawrence Cooper and Matthew Clark’s victory over Ian Jamieson (who outgrades me by 38 points!), but overall the team knew we needed to improve in the decisive rounds.
We found our form in the semi-final vs. Maddocks. Although, Will Bates secured his 3rd win of the day vs. Matthew (Will was the only player to beat me all day, but he gave me three Chess lessons!), Telepost were successful on all the other boards with Nigel, Trevor, Richard and John all securing impressive victories to secure a place in the final 4-1.
This meant that the Final was Shropshire Chess’ answer to “El Classico”, Newport vs. Telepost. The skipper realised that he needed to make a contribution and managed to repeat his first round upset vs. Ian Jamieson to secure the first point needed for victory on board 4. However Edison quickly levelled the score on board 5. He won every single game in the competition and must be all set for a bright future in Chess. Nigel battled valiantly with the Black pieces on board 1 against Newport’s IM, but went down in the end. Trevor secured a valuable draw vs. Nick Rutter, which left Telepost needing a win on board 3. Fortunately Richard Bryant rolled back the years to defeat Nathaniel Paul.
This meant that we were tied on 2.5-2.5, and Telepost were awarded the final on board count after the result on board 5 was eliminated.
Many Thanks to Toby Neal and Francis Best for organising the competition and well done to all the players!
Club Championship 2017/8
Congratulations to John Westhead winning the club championship 2017/8 with 4.5/5.An admiral performance considering he was outgraded by two of his opponents.
National Club ChampionshipsThe National Chess Club championships were held at the Park Hotel in Telford on Saturday/Sunday 7/8th April.
Our club had two 4 person teams,the A team in the Major Section ,the Rules stipulated that the average grade of the 4 people must be no more than 175.
We also had a B team in the Minor Section,the average grading could be no more than 125.
Our B team won the Minor Section so congratulations go to Graham Shepherd,Dennis Bonner,Steve Wilson and Shane Sweeney. This was especially well deserved as all of the other teams well outgraded our B team.
Our A team also did well,achieving 2nd Position in the Major.
Congratulations go to Nigel Ferrington,Phil Zabroki,Matthew Clark and John Bashall.Nigel with 3 out of 4 and Matthew with the same score were the highest scorers on boards 1 and 3 respectively.
It was a very good weekend for Shropshire as Telford won the Intermediate section.
We now have our first silverware of the Season.
Matthew agreed to get the Cup and the Plate engraved with our teams and date, they will both be placed on the shelves in the Bar area for all to see.
Division 3; C versus D
The C team played our D team on Monday 26/2 which was their 3rd fixture against each other this season.
The honours turned out even at 2-2 with Nick Holmes beating John Casewell, Charles Micallef drawing with Kate Walker,Andy Lewis drew with Steve Wilson, and Dennis Bonner lost against Shane Sweeney.
This leaves the C team in 3rd place in the Division 3 followed by the D team in 4th position ,with only 2 points separating the teams
Simultaneous at Newport
Good news from the recent Simutaneous display by Grandmaster Keith Arkell on 13th February.
There were 18 opponents from the various clubs in Shropshire and there was only 1 winner from all of these clubs……None other than our own Phil Zabroki.
Phil had the better position in the game and finally won the end game against Arkell ,who has the reputation of being a fine endgame player. Congratulations to Phil from all of our club.
Telepost A 4 Wellington A 1 07/02/18Telepost A were happy to get back to winning ways last Wednesday. Nigel and Phil secured good wins over traditional rivals Toby Neal and Colin Roberts. John Bashall and John Westhead also achieved good wins on boards 4 and 5. Sadly, Matthew was unable to complete the clean sweep on board 3 after achieving a good position from the opening, but congratulations to James Kuczynski for getting the better of the time scramble and achieving checkmate with only 20 seconds on the clock.
Rapidplay debuts end the duck
Debut Rapidplay appearances of the season by Peter Crean and Kate Walker helped Telepost B break their Rapidplay Division 2 duck as Telepost Club hosted round four of the competition on February 5th. The win came in the final match of the evening, against Newport B. Peter, on fine form, had two wins and a draw on the night, and a win and a draw for Steve Wilson and two wins for Shane Sweeney made it easily our best showing of the season, against teams graded much higher. We remain bottom of the division but not quite as bottom as we were!
Our C team played Telford B at home on Monday 12/2/18.
Telford are lying 2nd in the 3rd Division and are battling with Oswestry B for promotion to the 2nd Division.
Unfortunately Telford could not raise a full team and were forced to Default Board 4,which gave an immediate boost for our team.
Nick Holmes continued the boost with a win against Steve Szwajkun. The match continued and Charles Micallef lost against his higher graded opponent, at 133,Richard Szwajkun .
It was then left to Andy Lewis who was playing Roger Brown.
Roger outfoxed Andy in the endgame with a result that the C team had a very creditable draw against Telford B.RESULT: Telepost C 2 Telford B 2
“C” team met Newport “C” at home on Monday 29/1/18.
It turned out to be a tense battle but Nick Holmes beat his opponent Michael Moore in the first game to complete. Then Andy Lewis had a good draw against Malcolm Price as did Charles Micallef who drew with Paul Broderick. Quickly following those results Dennis Bonner beat Zack Maydew to complete a good win at 3-1 which puts the “C” team in 3rd position in the 3rd Division.
Newport A v Telepost A 18 /01/18
Telepost A lost 4-1 to Newport A last night. Nigel drew with Nick Rutter on board one in a battle of
Josh put up a great battle but lost to the very experienced Stefan Tennant.The other 3 games continued very tensely until Shane beat Roger Brown on time . This set the match at 1-1 with everything to play for. The 3rd game was very well won by Kate,who was playing her first game for the D Team . She played Richard Thompson ,who lost a long battle but fell to Kate’s well thought out strategy.
The last game was played out virtually to the Time Control and could have gone either way but the game was finally won by Andy Jones . Steve Wilson had a great battle against his higher graded opponent.
So the match finished at 2-2,an excellent performance for our D team.
Dennis Bonner 17/01/18
Shropshire Congress- 5th - 7th January 2018
Telepost win a trophy thriller
Detailed results were – Cox Trophy, Newport A 2, Telepost A 2: Nathanael Paul 0, Trevor Brotherton 1; Chris Lewis 0.5, John Bashall 0.5; Ian Jamieson 1, Matthew Clark 0; Athar Ansari 0.5, David Hodge 0.5.
Minor Knockout, Telford A 2, Telepost B 2 - Mark Keady 0, Keith Tabner 1; Richard Szwajkun 0.5, Steve Kempsell 0.5; Richard Thompson 1, Peter Crean 0; Stefan Tennant 0.5, John Westhead 0.5.
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