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Under 11 team trip to Flanders September 2004; report by Peter Purland

The annual match against Flanders took place over the weekend of September 11th and 12th. As the previous three results had all been within one point (twice settled on tie break) we were expecting a hard game. We had already lost George O'Toole, our board one, with illness although his replacement, Rahil Davda, was fitting in on board two after some excellent results in the summer. The players were Patrick Butler, George Cloake, Ben Dangoor, Rahil Davda, Sheila Dines, Oliver Exton, Dominic Foord, Robert Glover, David Grant, Anthony Gregory, Charlie Harnden, Cai Hughes, Chris Linnett, Angus Plumbly, Julian Ryan, Nipuna Senaratne, Anuk Sirisena, Jessica Thiliganathan, George Tunstall and Farris Ziyada, with Ian Cowen, Victor Cross, Nancy Mortimer and myself as leaders. I met the group at Waterloo International and everyone was on time and we were efficiently boarded. The journey passed off without a problem, Rudi met us at Brussels Zuid and a fleet of cars took us to Grimbergen Town Hall. A cold lunch and drinks awaited us and we were able to eat to our hearts content. Certain of our players did! The Flemish claimed to have their strongest team ever and round one results backed up the Flemish claim. Ian was set a new challenge - to come back from 7.5-12.5 down! The second round was much better, we only went down 9.5-10.5 but we had finally lost.

Bd England Flanders England
1 Sheila Dines 0-1 Stief Gijsen 0-1 Rahil Davda
2 Rahil Davda 1-0 Yasseen Chaudhary 0-1 Sheila Dines
3 Julian Ryan 0.5-0.5 Evelien Moernant 0.5-0.5 Dominic Foord
4 Dominic Foord 0.5-0.5 Jasper Lauwers 1-0 Julian Ryan
5 Jessica Thiliganathan 0-1 Donna Schut 1-0 Anuk Sirisena
6 Auk Sirisena 0-1 Reinald van Praet 1-0 Jessica Thiliganathan
7 Anthony Gregory 0.5-0.5 Arno Bomans 1-0 Robert Glover
8 Robert Glover 0-1 Nils Nijs 1-0 Anthony Gregory
9 Farris Ziyada 0-1 Sam Decoster 0.5-0.5 Cai Hughes
10 Cai Hughes 0.5-0.5 Jonas van Cappellan 1-0 Farris Ziyada
11 Chris Linnett 0.5-0.5 Pieter Reyniers 1-0 David Grant
12 David Grant 0-1 Johan Minnebo 1-0 Chris Linnett
13 George Cloake 0.5-0.5 Hanne Goossens 1-0 Oliver Exton
14 Oliver Exton 1-0 Lisa Schut 0-1 George Cloake
15 George Tunstall 0-1 Maarten Larmuseau 0.5-0.5 Patrick Butler
16 Patrick Butler 1-0 Dieter de Ridder 0-1 George Tunstall
17 Nipuna Senaratne 0.5-0.5 Pieter Saligo 0-1 Ben Dangoor
18 Ben Dangoor 0-1 Eva Baekelant 0-1 Nipuna Senaratne
19 Charlie Harnden 0-1 Michiel Larmuseau 0-1 Angus Plumbly
20 Angus Plumbly 1-0 Maarten Kennis 0-1 Charlie Harnden
           
    7.5 - 12.5   10.5-9.5  
Total 23 Flanders 17 England

Still they were very good games and, with a bit of luck, things could have been different. Furthermore we must not forget that it is an Under 14 team we are playing. I can see no point in travelling a long distance for an easy match. If Flanders chess continues to improve they will drop their age limit. The players were dispatched to their billets with members of the Flanders team and we went to a small hotel in Leuven. We had a very good meal and one of the parents, Pieter van Praet, treated us all. After a good breakfast, Pieter and Hugo drove us back to Grimbergen where we met the players, all of whom seemed in good heart. We then embarked on the usual 15 minute competition with the scores from yesterday carried forward. Each round was arranged so that all the English players played different Flemish players with the scores being as close as possible (I think). This tournament went very well with four very close rounds (unfortunately all reverses) and one poor round.
Bd England R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 Total
1 Sheila Dines 0 0 0.5 0.5 1 3
2 Rahil Davda 0.5 0.5 0 1 1 3
3 Julian Ryan 1 1 0 1 0 3
4 Dominic Foord 0 0 1 1 1 3
5 Jessica Thiliganathan 1 0 0 1 1 3
6 Anuk Sirisena 0 1 1 0.5 0.5 3
7 Anthony Gregory 1 0.5 0.5 1 0.5 3.5
8 Robert Glover 0.5 0 1 1 0 2.5
9 Farris Ziyada 1 0 0 1 0 2
10 Cai Hughes 0 0 0 0.5 0 0.5
11 Chris Linnett 0 0.5 0.5 0 0.5 1.5
12 David Grant 1 1 1 0 1 4
13 George Cloake 0 0.5 1 0 0 1.5
14 Oliver Exton 1 0 0 0 0 1
15 George Tunstall 1 1 0.5 0 0 2.5
16 Patrick Butler 0 0 0 0 0 0
17 Nipuna Senaratne 0 0 1 0 1 2
18 Ben Dangoor 0 1 0 0 0 1
19 Charlie Harnden 1 0 0.5 0.5 0.5 2.5
20 Angus Plumbly 0 0 0 0 1 1
               
    9-11 7-13 8.5-11.5 9-11 9-11  
               
Total Flanders 57.5 England 42.5
Our top player was also our newest, Rahil, who scored 2\2 in the match and 3\5 in the blitz. Our top blitz scorers were David Grant on 4\5 and Anthony Gregory - unbeaten on 3.5. In the match Angus Plumbly also scored 2\2 whilst Patrick Butler, George Cloake and Nipuna Senaratne scored 1.5\2. We then took our photos and had the prizegiving before being given a lift back to the station where the kids had an opportunity to buy some Belgian chocolates for their parents (I hope) before we caught the Eurostar. The return journey went well and all the players were met at Waterloo. We look forward to the visit of Flanders on the equivalent weekend next year.

Junior Squad Trip to Frydek Mistek April 2004; report by Peter Purland

Monday 5th April
At the very unsociable hour of 0530 a group of 9 met at Manchester Airport and a group of 15 met at Heathrow. There were minimal problems at check in (apart from Nancy becoming Tony Mott according to the check in lady) and the two groups actually met air side at Prague. The combined group was Lyall Bayliss, Sam Cloake, Matthew Cornford, Murray David, Kenrick de Nazareth, Sheila Dines, James Foster, Joe Fraser, Robert Glover, Louis Graham, Katie Hale, Will Hanneman, Michael Keetley, Vedantha Kumar, Amisha Parmar, Julian Ryan, Anuk Sirisena, Joseff Thomas, Andrew Tucker and Jason Wright - players with Ian Cowen, Victor, Nancy Mortimer and myself leading. At passport control we had a problem - one of the leaders had left their passport on the plane - no names as I wouldn't want to embarass her! The rest of us entered the Czech Republic and bought our transfer tickets to the main station. Unfortunately we could not buy our main line tickets at the airport. As a transfer coach costs £180 and public transport cost £8 we gave the latter a try. Although Anuk took a dislike to bendibuses, there were no other problems and we arrived at Hlavni Nadrazi quickly. The queue at the ticket office was very slow but a new window opened and I was able to queue jump so all was sorted. We settled down on the train, refreshed ourselves at the buffet and were only 12 minutes late at Ostrava!! We were met at Frydek Mistek by Karel and two other cars and our luggage was transferred whilst we walked to the Hotel Centrum. We soon settled in to our rooms, went down for supper (chicken in breadcrumbs) then had an early night
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Tuesday 6th April
This was the first of our social days. We were up and breakfasted at 0845 and our coach departed at 0935. Our first stop was the Technical Museum at Kopravnice which is devoted to the history of Tatra cars and heavy vehicles. The group learnt a lot from Mr Cross' engineering knowledge and were attentive throughout. We then moved on to Stramberk where, after a walk through the village, we climbed the very steep hill to the castle. You could see its defensive qualities! We then climbed the tower and the group learnt something about castles and nearly had a practical demonstration of the use of an oubliette. We then walked down to the village (much easier - ed) and went to the Stara Skola Pensione for a meal - chicken in breadcrumbs - before walking back to the coach. En route home we stopped at Tesco's to replenish supplies before returning to the hotel. We then went to the swimming pool; it is a good pool and 14 of the group went for a swim along with Ian and I. Then it was back to the hotel for a well-earned meal of meat and dumplings. After dinner everyone except me (who had paperwork to do) went for a walk to Frydek town centre. On their return it was time to go to their rooms (and in many cases watch Chelsea v Arsenal).

Wednesday 7th April
Our second social day started with breakfast at 0815 followed by coach to the Ostrava Mining Museum. Here we looked at the Mammoth hunters' camp, watched a video on the history of the mine then took a guided tour of the museum. We then went down the training mine and had the old and new mining techniques explained to us before going to the miners tavern for lunch - chicken and potatoes! We then went to Ostrava for our final session of souvenier shopping before returning to the hotel. The second half of the afternoon was spent playing soccer whilst I registered the group and paid for our board and lodgings. We then returned to the hotel for evening meal.

Thursday 8th April
Today we started in earnest. 0700 breakfast so as we could arrive in time to acclimatise before the opening ceremony. The first two rounds saw us playing "away" in all cases. We were down as ungraded so were all classed as bottom half. Therefore it was pleasing to turn out 13 wins, 2 draws and 5 losses (70%) in round one. After lunch (not chicken) the group went to the supermarket then in to the park to play football. Heavy rain interrupted this so an impromptu chess session resulted. At the start of round two Nancy, Victor and I went for a drink (hot) with Karel Holusa then had to watch the slow collapse of the team. Only 4.5 points were gained (22.5%) although it must be stressed that effort was not lacking. After tea we all went out to play soccer - very close again with team A winning on goals scored. We then returned home for our team chat and an early night.

Friday 9th April
We breakfasted at 0800 then made our way to the venue, determined to get back on track. The first result of the day gave hope!
Joe Fraser v Jussi Martinen (Finland)
1. e4 c6 2. Nc3 d5 3. Nf3 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Bf5 5. Ng3 Bg6 6. h4 h6 7. Ne5 Bh7 8. Qh5 g6 9. Bc4 e6 10. Qe2 Qc8 11. d4 Be7 12. Qf3 Nf6 13. Bxh6 Nbd7 14. Bg5 Nxe5 15. dxe5 Nd5 16. Bxe7 Nxe7 17. Ne4 Qc7 18. Nd6+ Kd7 19. 0-0-0 Nd5 20. Qxf7+ Kd8 21. Qxe6 g5 22. Nf7+ Qxf7 23. Qxf7 Resigns
The rest of the morning justified this hope with 15 wins and 4 draws giving us probably our best ever percentage (85%). Rob Glover played the first of his - I'm going to win from a piece down games which became a feature of his tournament. It was to be important that we kept this momentum going in the afternoon. Lunch saw us going to the supermarket to stock up for the weekend before going to the park to play football. All three games ended as draws. The afternoon was characterised by hard fought games. We gained 11 points (including the first two inter group games) and just held to our target. This was a good result following the mornings efforts. As the last game (a controversial draw for Sam - we were happy with the result) went to the wire, it was 1945 before we ate. This evening we had our "millionaire" quiz which proved very successful and was won by Matthew Cornford, Murray David and Michael Keetley. After this it was team talk and bed.

Saturday 10th April
I had a slightly earlier breakfast than the others and went for a dry run to Cesky Tesin to check it in preparation for Tuesday. It was a pleasant run and the connection couldn't have been easier - same platform! I then walked back to the venue to see how play was going. As the entertainment is on tonight there was only an hours break for lunch so no activities took place. The play during the day was moderate, 65% morning, 40% afternoon. Our top scorers are James Foster 4.5 in the U14s, Amisha Parmar 4.5 in the girls and Julian Ryan 3.5 in the U12s. The show in the evening was a very good brass band made up of youngsters from the town and many of us played in the simuls afterwards. (I was up when she mated me - ed). Murray won and Vedantha drew. Then it was home to bed.

Sunday 11th April
Unfortunately today dawned grey and wet which did not bode well for our international soccer tournament. Also we had to do well both morning and afternoon if we were to keep to our tournament target. The first plus point of the morning was a productive meeting with the Croatian delegation which should lead to a trip next year. I was also able to make some decent contacts for the Specsavers Tournament. Meanwhile, on the chess front this was the round for draws, especially in the U14s (7). By the end of the morning we were on 10.5 points, just below our target. The afternoon started well with 7 wins and 2 draws (our loss being internal) from the first 10 results. Murray and Jason, our two leading U14s on 5 points, were playing and, in a very open game, Murray triumphed. Amisha was also on 5 and played well to reach 6. Our total for the afternoon was 13.5 with only two losses to "foreign" opposition. I then stayed to get the draw before joining the others at supper. We then had a consultation chess competition before looking at final round opponents and adjourning for the night.

Monday 12th April
Amisha was on the stage today and Murray was also in with the chance of a prize. Nancy and I started by setting up the town trail and then having the pleasure of writing out seven copies. Meanwhile the U12s had finished quickly with two ending up on 5.5 and two on 5. The U14s on the other hand were not setting the scoreboard alight with only one win against "foreign" opposition. However, the best was yet to come with Amisha, making her appearance on stage, beating the runaway leader to secure the silver medal in the girls U12 and third place overall. A win for Katie and a draw for Sheila saw both of them reach 5. Taking into account inter-team clashes, this left us two points short of our target. Apart from Amisha, Murray also got a prize for coming 6th in the U14 boys. After the prizegiving we had our international soccer match against Germany and, despite no Liverpool players, won 3-1 with two goals from Vedantha and one from Louis. We then had our annual town trail competition. We started slightly later than I had hoped and thus only had 20 minutes so 7 was the top score. As a result of the tie break the youngsters room, Anuk, Julian and Louis, were the winners. We then took the bus to the Mexico bowling alley where the players amused themselves on the lanes and machines. After two hours we got the bus back to the bus station and walked to the hotel to face the arduous task of packing! This was substantially finished by supper (well done Matthew, Michael and Murray) and after supper we had another round of consultation chess before turning in for our final night.

Tuesday 13th April
We were up and in breakfast by 0700 and down with our cases by 0755. We walked to the station whilst our cases got a lift! Then it was branch train to Cesky Tesin and main line (20 minutes late) to Prague. The easterly main line lived up to its reputation and by the time we reached Prague we were 45 minutes late. No problem, anything to cut down the time in Prague Airport. The Heathrow group checked in at once, their flight was on time and they separated without problem. The Manchester group hung around for 2 hours, checked in, then found the plane was 1 hour late! Needless to say we separated rapidly when we eventually reached Manchester.
This was another very good trip. The players played to the best of their ability and behaved very well. The local organisers did us proud as usual and, although an early Easter will probably preclude a trip next year, we look forward to returning in 2006.

Junior Squad Trip to Poland February 2004; report by Peter Purland

Wednesday 18th February
The group met at Heathrow at the slightly less civilized hour of 0830. There were 8 players, Daniel Diamond, Simon Fowler, Richard Glover, Graham Hantman, Tom Harbour, Peter Poobalasingam, Daniel Wells and Richard Willis. Dave Welch was taking the group to Warsaw Airport where I was due to meet them. The only problem at check in was that they managed to get two Daniel Wells' and no David Welch. Do they look alike? Anyhow, the flight arrived slightly early and we arrived at the station nearly two hours before the train. This did at least give the group a chance to get some fodder. The train was either the 1652 or the 1630 running 22 minutes late. Either way reserved seats ensured a comfortable journey and over half the party took advantage of the restaurant car. We arrived on time (if we were the 1652) and were met by Andrej Danusz plus two cars. We were then driven to the hotel at Chrzanow and were given a meal. We then held a meeting to discuss the rest of the stay. It seems good. I then, gratefully, went to bed.

Thursday 19th February
We met at 0800 (or 0805!) for breakfast (which proved a smashing time for our captain) and at 0910 the bus took us to Primary School Number 8. We started off playing chess against their top players (who are year 8 age) playing three games and, with the advantage of age, dropped only three points of which one was Dan D against Mr Sadzikowski. Meanwhile I was chatting with their English class and a good time was had by all. As today is "Fat Thursday" (the equivalent of Shrove Tuesday) we had Do-nuts and afterwards a very interesting experience. We split in to 4 groups, 2 English and 2 Poles, and had a Harry Potter quiz. This went excellently with all questions being answered and after this had finished the players spent a long time just chatting. This proved a very good educational experience for both groups. School lunch followed and after we returned to the hotel to get ready for the afternoon. The bus then took us to the football stadium whilst our opponents waited in the Town Hall. Eventually we were united and started on a team tournament. There were 4 Polish teams and 2 English teams and we were playing an APA. Round One saw our A (Dan D, Graham, Tom and Richard W) playing our B (Simon, Peter, Richard G and Dan W). The B proved more aggressive and won 3.5-0.5. We then set about playing the 4 Polish teams - these were Chrzanow Boys, Chrzanow Girls, Trzebinia and Alwernia. After 3 rounds we had our B on 11.5, Trzebinia 9, our A 7.5 and the Boys 7, with the B team still to play Trzebinia and the Boys. In round 4 the B won 3-1 and the A won 4-0 so, going in to the last round, the B had 14.5, A 11.5, Boys 11 and Trzebinia 10. Care was still called for. In the event mistakes were not made and the B team won 4-0 and the A team 3.5-0.5 giving a final result of B 18.5, A 15, Boys 11, Trzebinia 10.5. The B team each got a wall clock and the A team a T-shirt. Then, it was off to the football - with some trepidation. We played in a three team tournament and came second winning 2-0 (Diamond and Harbour) and losing 0-2. At least it was an improvment on last year. Then it was back to the hotel to shower, eat, chat and socialize before another fairly early night. Simon, Peter and Dan W were our top performers with 100%.

Friday 20th February
Today was our cultural day. Breakfast was at 0800, showers permitting. (The U12s did not have that problem - they did not shower!). We left pretty promptly for Krakow and, after picking up our guides, headed for Wawel Hill. We then had an excellent guided tour of the castle and I increased my knowledge of Polish history. We then walked down the King's Road to the Market Square and did our own sightseeing, eating and souvenir buying before heading back to the coach via the Jagellonian University and the remains of the city walls. We then took the coach to a view point above the city before heading out to Wieliczka to visit the Salt Mines. These were well worth the price as the tour took over two hours and included descending 380 steps. We returned to our hotel and, after a bit of a transport hiccup, got to School 8 where we had a meal before going to the swimming pool. Six of the youngsters from the English class accompanied us and "showed us the ropes". I cannot speak too highly of the effort these kids put in, they were great. We then returned to the hotel and crashed out, it is the tournament tomorrow.

Saturday 21st February
The usual routine was followed by an 0930 departure to Trzebinia. Check in was accomplished with the minimum of fuss and we waited for the official opening. There were the usual opening speeches but this year a very young group of folk dancers performed a good display. Then it was down to business for the players and an official reception for the leaders.The first three rounds saw our score reach 50% - which as we have only 3 top half players is very acceptable. Round Four was an excellent round with 7 wins leaving our top three on 75%, three on 2.5 and two on 2. The last round of the day saw Peter win quickly, Dan D drew whilst Simon, floating down to play Dan W, also won to join Peter on 4. Dan D is on 3.5, Dan W 2.5 and the others 2. In the U14s Richard is on 50%. We were back at the hotel by 1750 and went to our rooms until dinner at 1830. After a fish and chips meal we chatted in the hall until Justyma arrived then she chatted firstly with us then with the players until 2200 when we turned in.

Sunday 22nd February
A slighly earlier rise (thank you Simon) and an 0745 breakfast saw us ready and eager for the final day. We had three players handily placed and were hoping to improve on last year. Nine points were gained in the first two rounds but the top seed defeated both Simon and Peter. Thus we have two on 5, one on 4.5, one on 4, two on 3.5 and two on 3. A couple of inter-nicine draws plus two wins, a draw and a loss saw us go in to the final round with everyone on 50% or more. Peter and Simon still head the group with 5.5, Dan D has 5 and the rest 4. In the final round we had 2 wins and 3 draws at the 4 level meaning that no player finished below 50%. Meanwhile on boards 2, 3 and 4 our players were working hard. Eventually Peter lost to the number 3 seed but Simon and Dan D won leaving Simon 3rd by himself and Dan 5th on tie break. This is a definite improvement on last year. Simon and Richard G also got best foreign player prizes. Simon got a good camera, Dan a rucsac whilst the best foreign prize was a good watch. We returned to the hotel, took team photos and adjourned to the car park for a snowball fight. We then chatted and packed before a very pleasant final meal. The boys then tidied their rooms whilst I had a chat with the two Polish leaders. We then had our last drink at the bar whilst the boys played chess and were in bed by 2200.

Monday 23rd February
We were up at 0600, breakfasted and at the station by 0730. The train was on time although rather full, thank heavens for reserved seats. We transfered from Warsaw Central to the Airport with not too much trouble (the bus is always rather full) and arrived at the airport 2.5 hours before the plane was due to depart. This meant that I spent 9.5 hours at Warsaw Airport during the trips. We shopped and ate before going to the gate where the aircraft laft on time and arrived early (although baggage took a long time to appear) and we ended a very successful trip.

Under 12 Trip to Berlin February 2004; report by Peter Purland

Saturday 14th February
The group met at Heathrow Airport at a civilized hour (1100) and checked in with few problems. There were 16 players, Michael Boulton, Charlie Court, Toby Hall, Neil Hati-Kakoty, Roland Johnston, Gajern Kailavasan, Callum Kilpatrick, Jeffrey Levicki, Richard Lobo, Jonathan Lui, Robert Lydiard, Kaiser Malik, Lewis Martin, Nicholas Rigby, Michael Turner and Andrew Winchcombe. The leaders were Ian Cowen, Victor Cross and Nancy Mortimer. I was meeting the party in Berlin. On going through the gate the party found there had been a problem with the incoming flight, the aircraft had damaged a tyre on landing. Consequently the flight took off 90 minutes late and the main party actually met me at the airport. We then got a bus and the U-Bahn to our hostel, Bettina guiding us through the transport system. The Pegasus Hostel is a backpackers hostel in the east of the city and the players were in two dormitaries whilst the staff were in twin or single rooms. We had a good meal before Bettina told the players the programme for their stay and they went to bed. The management teams then discussed further details before turning in.

Sunday 15th February
A prompt turn out for an 0800 breakfast on the Sunday pressaged the arrival of Michael and one of the parents, Catherine, who led us to Treptow Town Hall in the east of the city where we were to play a two round match against North East Germany. The German players came from 6 areas; Berlin, Brandenburg, Hamburg, Mecklenburg Vorpommern, Sachsen and Sachsen Anhalt. Their German grades ranged from 1927 to 1190, they also wore a "Team Germany Nord Ost" T-shirt and had computerised name cards. They were all born 1991 or later and the early exchanges showed we were up against a good team. Unfortunately for us their grades seemed comparable to ours converted which meant we were outgraded 4-12 and that proved to be the score after round one (though not, of course, losses on boards 1-12...). Victor's assessement was also that, although we did throw some points away as well as being gifted others. A pleasant sandwich lunch followed, then came the team talk! Nancy and I chickened out. A quick look round after an hour of play did not give much cause for optimism. We were obviously playing a very good team. One hour later the score was 3-6 and there did not seem much hope of more points. Pleasingly, I was proved wrong as determined resistance meant we got 3.5 out of 7 and only lost the last round 6.5-9.5. We then had a takeaway pizza and started the soccer competition. After the semi-finals we were left with an Anglo German plate final and an Anglo German final - ideal. Unfortunately, in the plate final Callum and one of the Germans went for a 50\50 ball and Callum ended up in hospital with a broken leg. This rather put a damper on the evening and we all headed somberly back to the hotel.

Monday 16th February
Nancy stayed with Callum overnight and remained with him during the day, the rest of the party breakfasted at 0930 then set off on the first half of our Berlin tour. We got a train and bus to the Reichstag and went up in the new Dome but the mist prevented us getting a good view over the city. We did, however, see a photographic history of the buildings. We then walked to the Brandenburg Gate, took some photographs and went to a souvenir shop. Our next stop was the Gendemarkt with the Opera House before going to Alexander Platz for a meal at Burger King. This at least kept the troops happy. After lunch we got a train to Ostbahn and went to see the last remaining section of the Berlin Wall. After walking this section we went by tram to the "en passant" chess cafe where we were to play a 15 minute tournament. There were 33 players at the start and round one was England against Germany. We picked up 5.5 points and over the first 5 rounds averaged 6.15 points per round. Richard Lobo was our leading player on 3.5 and he won again in round 6. Robert, Lewis and Andrew were all on 4 points. Lewis was the first to finish and won to end up on 5. Richard managed a draw to join Lewis on 5 but, unfortunately, Robert and Andrew lost. The computer rankings placed Lewis 4th whilst "spot" prizes were awarded to Richard, Andrew and Toby. We then had a spaghetti Bolognaise at the cafe before returning home after a tiring but pleasant day.

Tuesday 17th February
Today we were due to visit West Berlin. After breakfast we were met by Bettina and Marion and went by train to the Zoological Gardens and walked to Kurfurstendamm - the main shopping street in West Berlin. Our first visit was to the "Story of Berlin", a large and interesting museum which lived up to its name. An added bonus was a nucleur bunker situated under the shopping arcade. It was interesting to visit but, amazingly, it would have proved useless in the case of a nucleur attack, as Richard pointed out! Lunch was at McDonald's where the players stoked up on energy before their final souvenir shopping. Our final tourist visit was to the Kaiser Wilhelm Gedachtniskirche, a large church from 1895 partially destroyed in 1943. Only the ruins of the massive front tower with the memorial hall at its base remain. There is a marvellous mosaic ceiling and a cross of nails from Coventry Cathedral - destroyed in similar circumstances. Then it was back to "en passant" for our final match. This was against a Berlin U18 team taken from all the clubs in the city. It is a good thing that they were able to put together these amorphous teams, there is no way we can complain that the opposition is too weak! Berlin had done the decent thing and taken out their board one so that was not an excuse for us, however the fact that their board 16 had a higher grade than our board one was! The inevitable occurred but the fighting spirit showed by our players was superb. Jeffrey's win was against someone with a rating of 2200, 1000 points higher than his. We have a temporary title - team prodigy! Our meal that evening was classed as a local delicacy. This turned out to be potato rossi with apple sauce - at least everyone could eat it and, I'm pleased to say, did. We then returned to the hostel and I said my goodbyes before the team went to bed and the management did their paper work. Wednesday 18th February I was up at 0530 and made my way alone and breakfastless to Tegel Airport. The rest of the party breakfasted at 0830 then made their way to Tegel. Here they met up with Callum, saw his X-rays etc then, happily, we were able to return home together arriving at Heathrow without incident to end a memorable trip.
PWP

Capelle-Le-Grande February-March 2004; report by Peter Turner

There were 600 competitors in this tournament including 95 grandmasters. Members of the England Junior Team - supported by Grandmaster Mark Hebden - competed with the following scores.
Simon Buckley - 5.5/9 2355 rating performance
George O'Toole 4.5/9 2nd in age group, 1921 rating performance
Lyall Bayliss 4/9 1st in u1400 group, 1590 performance
Kishan Lakhani 3.5/9 (unluckly not to get more) 1761 performance

The team membrs also had after game support from ex-Junior Squad members Edmund Player and David Spence. Mark Hebden as well as coaching was playing in the tournament and finished on 7/9.

Bunratty - 21/22 February 2004; report by Lester Millin

	Seven members of the Junior Squad played in this year's Bunratty Open Tournament 
which was played in the Conference Centre alongside the Fitzpatrick Hotel.  The excellent 
playing conditions were conducive to good chess.  Matthew Dignam joined the group of 6 having 
entered separately and played excellently to beat his score last year when he was an official 
member of the Squad.  The boys invited to play all had to be graded over 2000 Elo, or 175 B.C.F. 
in order to receive the very generous grants offered by the Congress Organiser, Gerry Graham.
The reason why the limit was 2000 Elo was obvious when the 34 entrants were named on the charts.  There were 3 Grandmasters and 7 International Masters in addition to several F.M's.

The first 2 rounds were magnificent for the Squad.  In round 1, there were 4 wins, 2 draws and 
1 loss.  This they bettered in round 2; 5 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss.

Round 1.
	(B)	S. Buckley      1	- 0	P. Walsh	2012	Ireland
	(W)	L. D'Costa      1	- 0	S. Connolly	2072	Ireland
	(W)	M. Dignam       ½	- ½	G. Wall	2413  I.M.	Ireland
	(W)	S. Gordon       1	- 0	D. Murray	2006	Ireland
	(W)	G. Jones        1	- 0	E. O'Connor	2001	Ireland
	(W)	T. Nixon        0	- 1	A. Greenfeld	2539  G.M.	Israel
	(W)	P. Plant        ½	- ½	M. Orr	2349  I.M.	Ireland

Round 2.
	(W)	S. Buckley      1	- 0	M. Quinn	2400  I.M.	Ireland
	(B)	L. D'Costa      1	- 0	A. Greenfeld	2539  G.M.	Israel
	(B)	M. Dignam       ½	- ½	M. Orr	2349  I.M.	Ireland
	(B)	S. Gordon       ½	- ½	S. Collins	2393  F.M.	Ireland
	(W)	G. Jones        1	- 0	M. Heidenfeld	2356  I.M.	Ireland
	(B)	T. Nixon        1	- 0	S. Connolly	2072	Ireland
	(B)	P. Plant        0	- 1	G. Wall	2413  I.M.	Ireland

	After 2 rounds the only players on 2 out of 2 were all Squad members.  John Nunn had 
surprisingly lost to J. Joyce 2271 in round 1, and Alex Baburin had drawn with the young Russian
I.M. P. Shkapenko in round 2.  The draw for round 3 gave Matthew Dignam a grandmaster having
drawn with 2 I.M's in the first 2 rounds.

Round 3.
	(B)	S. Buckley    0	- 1	A. Baburin	2541  G.M.	Ireland
	(W)	L. D'Costa    ½ 	- ½	G. Jones
	(W)	M. Dignam     1	- 0	A. Greenfeld	2539  G.M.	Israel
	(W)	S. Gordon     ½	- ½	G. Wall	2413   I.M.	Ireland
	(W)	T. Nixon      0	- 1	J. Nunn	2617  G.M.	England
	(W)	P. Plant      ½ 	- ½	P. Wallace	2166	Ireland

	Grandmaster Greenfeld had scored 1 out of 3 against Squad members in the first 3 rounds; 
International Master Gavin Wall had scored 2 out of 3.  Lorin D'Costa and Gawain Jones agreed a 
draw when both flags were hovering.  Simon Buckley was disappointed not to draw.  It is not 
often that a player on 1 out of 3 is paired with a Grandmaster in round 4, but this is what 
happened to Paul Plant who became the 4th Squad member to face the Israeli G.M.

Round 4.
	(W)	S. Buckley    ½	- ½	M. Heidenfeld	2356  I.M.	Ireland
	(W)	L. D'Costa    1	- 0	B.  Kelly	2499  I.M.	Ireland
	(B)	M. Dignam     ½	- ½	Y.  Rochev	2381  F.M.	Russia
	(B)	S. Gordon     0	- 1	J. Nunn	2617  G.M.	England
	(W)	G. Jones      0	- 1	J. Joyce	2271	Ireland
	(B)	T. Nixon      ½	- ½	P. Wallace	2166	Ireland
	(B)	P. Plant      0	- 1	A. Greenfeld	2539  G.M.	Israel

Round 5.
	(B)	S. Buckley    0	- 1	S. Collins	2393  F.M.	Ireland
	(B)	L. D'Costa    1	- 0	J. Joyce	2271	Ireland
	(W)	M. Dignam     0	- 1	S. Mannion	2352  I.M.	Scotland
	(W)	S. Gordon     ½	- ½	A. Greenfeld   2539  G.M.	Israel
	(B)	G. Jones      ½	- ½	D. Drollinger  2275	Germany
	(W)	T. Nixon      1	- 0	C. McKenzie	2147	England
	(W)	P. Plant      ½	- ½	K. O'Shea	2002	Ireland

	Entering the final round, Lorin D'Costa on 4½ points was drawn against the only player on 4 
points, Mark Quinn.  Nunn and Baburin had drawn in round 5, so both were on 3½ points.  Hence a 
draw would give Lorin first place on his own.  G.M, Greenfeld missed the Junior Squad for the 
first time, having scored 2½ / 5 in the first 5 rounds.

Round 6.
	(W)	S. Buckley    ½	- ½	T. Nixon
	(W)	L. D'Costa    ½	- ½	M. Quinn	2400   I.M.	Ireland
	(B)	M. Dignam     1	- 0	P. Wallace	2166	Ireland
	(B)	S. Gordon     1	- 0	K. Hynes	2227  	Ireland
	(W)	G. Jones      ½	- ½	P. Shkapenko	2363   I.M.	Russia
	(B)	P. Plant      ½	- ½	R. O'Donovan	2150	Ireland

	The final scores were:
  1	Lorin D'Costa  F.M.	                                                         5  / 6
 =2 John Nunn  G.M., Alex Baburin  G.M., Steven Mannion  I.M., Mark Quinn  I.M.		4½ / 6

	In addition to the first prize of 1,000 euros, Lorin was presented with a crystal glass bowl.
He has been invited back next year to defend his title, being provided with free accommodation 
and some travel costs.  This is very convenient as next year, Lorin is too old to represent the 
Junior Squad.  At the last 3 Bunratty Opens, Lorin has finished equal third, equal first, and 
now first on his own.  He has been an ideal  person to have in the Squad in every way and will
be a hard act to follow.

	The excellent scores of the Squad were:
Lorin D'Costa   2351	 5  / 6
Matthew Dignam  2159,
Gawain Jones    2387, 
Stephen Gordon  2284	 3½ / 6
Stephen Buckley 2294, 
Tom Nixon       2209	 3  / 6
Paul Plant      2097 	2  / 6

Lester Millin

Reports by Peter Turner on the European Youth Chess Championships,
Budva, Montenegro - September 12 - 23rd 2003

21 September 7:14am

Round 7 Saturday Results
U18 
T. Rendle Black win v N. Ristic 2170 YUG
T. Woodward White win v P. Kalata 2255 SVK
Anna Partington White win v E. Babumsta ALB
U16
J. Lappage Black draw v D. Vicol MDA
Jessie Gilbert White draw v A. Bannikova 2195 RUS
Sarah Hegarty White win v H. Romakin GRE
U14
D. Howell White win v M. Bronowicki 2146 POL
P. Roberson Black loss v R. Edouardo 2059 FRA
Katie Martin White draw v P. Van Nies NED
U12
S. Pozzo  Black loss v M. Maddens BEL
Amisha Parmar White draw v M. Dincel TUR
U10
G. O'Toole Black loss v M. Indricean MDA
S. Sen White draw v D. Corlatescu ROM
Anjali Lakhani White draw v A. Briestenska SVK

Friday 19th September; 10:30pm

Round 7 Saturday Pairings
U18 
T. Rendle Black v N. Ristic 2170 YUG
T. Woodward White v P. Kalata 2255 SVK
Anna Partington White v E. Babumsta ALB
U16
J. Lappage Black v D. Vicol MDA
Jessie Gilbert White v A. Bannikova 2195 RUS
Sarah Hegarty White v H. Romakin GRE
U14
D. Howell White v M. Bronowicki 2146 POL
P. Roberson Black v R. Edouardo 2059 FRA
Katie Martin White v P. Van Nies NED
U12
S. Pozzo  Black v M. Maddens BEL
Amisha Parmar White v M. Dincel TUR
U10
G. O'Toole Black v M. Indricean MDA
S. Sen White v D. Corlatescu ROM
Anjali Lakhani White v A. Briestenska SVK

Sorry about delay getting information out tonight, absolute nightmare.  Only time to 
send message to Katie  and Sarah's mums. They have run out of boots to wear and will 
have to buy lots of new pairs in the market!!

Round 6 results FRIDAY sorry sent wrong day previously
U18 
T. Rendle White draw v Vladimir Doncea 2203  ROM
T. Woodward Black draw v Tiberiu Manescu 2354  ROM
Anna Partington Black draw v Nada Tuvic  2009  YUG
U16
J. Lappage White loss v Thibault  2040  BEL
Jessie Gilbert Black win v Olga Vasilev  2188 RUS
Sarah Hegarty Black win v Mathilda Choisy 2024  FRA
U14
D. Howell Black win v Drazn Dragicevic  2052  SWE
P. Roberson White win v Miroslav Solic CRO
Katie Martin Black win v Monika Kaniak POL
U12
S. Pozzo  White draw v Jonatan Time NOR
Amisha Parmar  drawG. O'Toole Black Ruben Airaptjan EST
S. Sen Black loss v Zbignievew Strzenicki 1989 POL
Anjali Lakhani loss Black v Maeva Barthelot FRA

Thursday 18th September; 5:31pm

Wednesday Rest Day
The weather has been hot with a slight breeze.  I can now confirm that many of the youngsters 
engaged on school work during the day.  We established a base on the adjoining beach and thanks 
to the adult members of the party had a continuous presence through the day so that we could 
swim and enjoy the views. Some of the group also visited the historic area of Budva, others went
on a boat trip around the bays, some chess analysis and coaching took place and in the evening a 
team entered the rapidplay event.
We feel refreshed and determined for a good second half of the championships.  Analysis of the 
teams shows we are one of the larger groups but dwarfed by the massive Russian team of 79 players.
The former Soviet states account for another 80+ players. Those of you not familiar with these 
championships may be interested to know that up to about 5 years ago a country could only send 
one representative in each age group, a maximum of 10 players. Then it was a true competition of 
best in each country against each other.  At the end of the event each player would have competed 
against 9 different countries.  We now have a situation where half the games will be against 
Russia and former states which can be disappointing.  
The pressure is on organisers to accept multiply entries to help with the huge costs of hosting 
such championships.  Perhaps the time has come where we need to consider some upper limit to 
team size.

Thursday 18th September; 5:31pm

Round 6 Thursday Pairings
U18 
T. Rendle White v Vladimir Doncea 2203  ROM
T. Woodward Black v Tiberiu Manescu 2354  ROM
Anna Partington Black v Nada Tuvic  2009  YUG
U16
J. Lappage Whit v Thibault  2040  BEL
Jessie Gilbert Black v Olga Vasilev  2188 RUS
Sarah Hegarty Black v Mathilda Choisy 2024  FRA
U14
D. Howell Black v Drazn Dragicevic  2052  SWE
P. Roberson White v Miroslav Solic CRO
Katie Martin Black v Monika Kaniak POL
U12
S. Pozzo  White v Jonatan Time NOR
Amisha Parmar Black v Olga Ivanenko UKR
U10
G. O'Toole Black Ruben Airaptjan EST
S. Sen Black v Zbignievew Strzenicki 1989 POL
Anjali Lakhani Black v Maeva Barthelot FRA
		

Wednesday 17th September; 9 :46pm

Round 5 results Wednesday
U18 
T. Rendle Black loss v A. Dimitrijevic 2383 YUG
T. Woodward White win v D. Miskovic  BIH
Anna Partington White loss v L. Costantini  ITA
U16
J. Lappage Black loss v N. Pokazanjev  2381  RUS
Jessie Gilbert White draw v V. Rozic  2138  SLO
Sarah Hegarty Black win v R. Blika  Vea  NOR
U14
D. Howell White win v S. Hasanov AZE
P. Roberson Black draw v N. Djuric BIH
Katie Martin White win v T. Vahtra  EST
U12
S. Pozzo  Black loss v L. Fabiani  ITA
Amisha Parmar White win v A. Balcaite  LTU
U10
G. O'Toole White loss v R. Dimitrijevic  SCG
S. Sen White draw v I. Ilyuhenok RUS
Anjali Lakhani White win v V. Artemieva  RUS

A fine win against her Russian opponent for Anjali after just 75 minutes of play.  Subin playing 
very well and trying everything to find a win accepted the draw at the third time of asking.
It was a case 'girl power' with 4.5/6 for the ladies. An impressive win for Amisha, Sarah & 
Katie played long resourceful games to achieve victory.  
Katie overcame her opponent in a thrilling finale after 4 hours 15mins.  Jessie continues to 
hold her own against the top girls in the age group.
Tomorrow is a 'rest day'.  Many of the youngsters say they will be spending some time on school
work, that's what they told me to say!!

Tuesday 16th September; 7:42pm

 
Round 4 results Tuesday
U18 
T. Rendle White draw v M. Miljkovic 2414 FM YUG
T. Woodward Black draw v R. Gogin EST
Anna Partington Black draw v D. Galle BEL
U16
J. Lappage White  draw v V. Papin 2374 FM RUS
Jessie Gilbert Black draw v J. Zawadzka 2275 POL top seed
Sarah Hegarty White draw v F. Pambalou GRE 2046
U14
D. Howell Black loss v S. Matsenko 2089 RUS
P. Roberson Black draw v F. Matej SLO
Katie Martin Black loss v V. Kalashyan ARM winning offered draw
U12
S. Pozzo  BYE
Amisha Parmar White loss v S. Ildzhirinova RUS
U10
G. O'Toole Black win v J. Slamer CRO
S. Sen Black win v R. Dimitrijevic SCG
Anjali Lakhani White loss v Z. Talyigas HUN

Good results for Jessie, Thomas, Jonathan and Sarah against highly rated opponents. 
George and Subin keeping the pot boiling in the U10s

Pairings were out very late last night, hope for better today and I'll get them to you 
this evening.

Tuesday 16th September; 9:48am

    Rd 3 results Monday
U18 
T. Rendle Black draw v T. Manescu 2354 FM ROM
T. Woodward White v Draw vM. Sadilek AUT
Anna Partington White Draw v M. Detelic 1921 CRO
U16
J. Lappage Black win v A. Hasanov AZE
Jessie Gilbert White draw v B. Kovanova 2183 RUS
Sarah Hegarty White loss v B. Stronjacevic SCG
U14
D. Howell White loss v C. Verney 2097 FRA
P. Roberson White loss v I. Stavrianakis GRE
Katie Martin White loss v H. Lazo MDA
U12
S. Pozzo Black loss v L. Kuchynka CZE
Amisha Parmar Black win v N. Bucar SLO
U10
G. O'Toole White win v D. Bozilov SCG
S. Sen White win v A. Obava EST
Anjali Lakhani Black draw v A. Haast NED

Round three seemed to be the story of good for the younger and older players with 
disappointment in the middle.  George is under way, Subin and Anjali our new players get 
good results.  
After a huge storm on our arival the weather has been excellent. We are 100m from the 
beach, lots of little shops etc., prices very reasonable.

I think the competition site is now running for results and pairings.  Please see 
www.eurobudva2003.com for that information.
Yesterday the organisers tried for 2 hours to get an internet connection for me.  We even 
tried to opening a new account as though I was living in Budva.  I even failed to get a 
connection at the internet cafe.
Fingers crossed that I keep this connection long enough to get the information to you.

Round 4 pairings Tuesday
U18 
T. Rendle White v M. Miljkovic 2414 FM YUG
T. Woodward Black v R. Gogin EST
Anna Partington Black v D. Galle BEL
U16
J. Lappage White v V. Papin RUS
Jessie Gilbert Black v J. Zawadzka 2275 POL
Sarah Hegarty White F. Pambalou GRE
U14
D. Howell Black v S. Matsenko 2089 RUS
P. Roberson Black v F. Matej SLO
Katie Martin Black v V. Kalashyan ARM
U12
S. Pozzo  BYE
Amisha Parmar White v S. Ildzhirinova RUS
U10 G. O'Toole Black v J. Slamer CRO
S. Sen Black v R. Dimitrijevic SCG
Anjali Lakhani White v Z. Talyigas HUN

Jessie and Thomas continue to get highly rated opponents.  Fingers crossd today for 
Sarah, she's working well and had the frustration of getting good positions and just not 
converting to wins.  She's certainly 'going for a result' today.

Sunday 14th September; 10:15pm


Had terrible problems getting internet working, still via int. cafe.

Good to see Subin making a start in his international career.

Rd 3 pairings Monday
U18 
T. Rendle Black v T. Manescu 2354 FM ROM
T. Woodward White v M. Sadilek AUT
Anna Partington White v M. Detelic 1921 CRO
U16
J. Lappage Black v A. Hasanov AZE
Jessie Gilbert White v B. Kovanova 2183 RUS
Sarh Hegarty White v B. Stronjacevic SCG
U14
D. Howell White v C. Verney 2097 FRA
P. Roberson White v I. Stavrianakis GRE
Katie Martin White v H. Lazo MDA
U12
S. Pozzo Black v L. Kuchynka CZE
Amisha Parmar Black v N. Bucar SLO
U10
G. O'Toole White v D. Bozilov SCG
S. Sen White v A. Obava EST
Anjali Lakhani Black v A. Haast NED

Still trying hard to make connections where we can send photos.

Sunday 14th September; 9:03pm

Rd 2 results 
U18 
T. Rendle White win v D. Miskovic BIH
T. Woodward Black draw v A. Lakiunas LTU
Anna Partington Black loss v B. Kadziolka 2255 WIM POL
U16
J. Lappage White win v J. Skoberne 2089 SLO
Jessie Gilbert White draw v K. Mar 2203 SLO
Sarh Hegarty Black loss v H. Svenson SWE
U14
D. Howell Black draw v R. Hrzica 2116 SLO
P. Roberson Black loss R. Swinkels 2171 NED
Katie Martin Black draw v R. Ignacz HUN
U12
S. Pozzo White loss v Z. Ivekovic
Amisha Parmar White loss v O. Guiria RUS
U10
G. O'Toole Black loss v Z. Belsak SLO
S. Sen Black win v B. Jovanovic SCG
Anjali Lakhani White loss v  M. Brunello ITA

Sunday 14th September; 2:30pm

I'VE JUST CHECKED THE OFFICIAL SITE AND SEE NO RESULTS OR PAIRINGS. 
So will send you that information.  It is only going to you for now.

Rd1 Saturday A long frustrating day, start delayed by 90 minutes. 
U18 
T. Rendle Black loss v A. Kahritonov IM Russ
T. Woodward White los v A. Zhigalko IM BLR
Anna Partington White draw v O. Vozovyk WIM UKR
U16
J. Lappage Black loss v R. Mammodov UKR
Jessie Gilbert Black win v I. Stauila  MDA
Sarh Hegarty White loss v K. Polagaeva RUS
U14
D. Howell White win v M. Pacher SVK
P. Roberson White draw M. Lapcevic  YUG
Katie Martin White draw v R. Pasku ALB
U12
S. Pozzo White loss v M. Bojchev BUL
Amisha Parmar Black draw v E. Dudas HUN
U10
G. O'Toole White loss v G. Bareev RUS
S. Sen White loss v N. Galopoulos GRE
Anjali Lakhani Black win v E. Backelant BEL

Very pleasing for Anjali to get off to a winning start and a great result for Anna 
against the Ukraine WIM.  David and Jessie played very steady thoughtful games and 
secured confidence boosting wins.

Rd 2 pairings Sunday hoping for a prompt start at 3 pm - 2 pm UK time.
U18 
T. Rendle White v D. Miskovic BIH
T. Woodward Black v A. Lakiunas LTU
Anna Partington Black v B. Kadziolka 2255 WIM POL
U16
J. Lappage White v J. Skoberne 2089 SLO
Jessie Gilbert White v K. Mar 2203 SLO
Sarh Hegarty Black v H. Svenson SWE
U14
D. Howell Black v R. Hrzica 2116 SLO
P. Roberson Black v R. Swinkels 2171 NED
Katie Martin Black v R. Ignacz HUN
U12
S. Pozzo White v Z. Ivekovic
Amisha Parmar White v O. Guiria RUS
U10
G. O'Toole Black v Z. Belsak SLO
S. Sen Black v B. Jovanovic SCG
Anjali Lakhani White  M. Brunello ITA


Richard Haddrell reports on 5th September
The entry form for the BCF National schools chess championships is published this evening at http://www.sccu.ndo.co.uk/bcfentry.htm. An rtf version is available at http://www.sccu.ndo.co.uk/download/bcfentries.zip. Please publicise!

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