Torbay and District Chess League Division 2
South Hams Chess Club fields a team in Division 2 of the Torbay and District Chess League. This entails home and away matches against Newton Abbot and Torbay. Games played in the TDCL are submitted to the ECF grading database.
In this division, teams consist of four players, and the maximum team grade is Under 540. The rate of play is 60 minutes plus 30 seconds per move (starting from move 1). The away team has white on the odd-numbered boards.
Fixtures and Results
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Click on a match score to view the game results for the match concerned. If the word "Report" appears against a particular match, then when you view the game results you will also see the match report.
|Day||Date||Competition||Comp||Home Team||Away Team||Res||Score||Report|
|Monday||16 Oct 2017||TDCL Division 2||Div2||Torbay||South Hams||W||1-3||Report|
|Thursday||16 Nov 2017||TDCL Division 2||Div2||Newton Abbot||South Hams||L||2½-1½||Report|
|Thursday||04 Jan 2018||TDCL Division 2||Div2||South Hams||Newton Abbot||L||1½-2½||Report|
|Thursday||29 Mar 2018||TDCL Division 2||Div2||South Hams||Torbay|
Individual Player Statistics
Here are the current player statistics for South Hams players in Division 2 during the 2017-18 season:
Overall Team Statistics
|Average South Hams Team Grade:||529.3|
|Average Opponents Team Grade:||533|
TDCL Division 2: Torbay v South Hams 16 Oct 2017
|1||Wilson, Matt||B||161||128713J||0-1||Archer, David||W||154||300734A||Submit|
|2||Mills, Nathan||W||139||272540L||½-½||Wilkinson, Ben||B||138||162703L||View|
|3||Ariss, John||B||115||152122G||0-1||McConnell, Phil||W||128||285386D||View|
|4||Doidge, Charles||W||108||109767C||½-½||Peach, Cliff||B||106||116851E||View|
|1||Wilson, Matt||161||0-1||Archer, David||154||Submit|
|2||Mills, Nathan||139||½-½||Wilkinson, Ben||138||View|
|3||Ariss, John||115||0-1||McConnell, Phil||128||View|
|4||Doidge, Charles||108||½-½||Peach, Cliff||106||View|
Author: Phil McConnell
Date: 18 Oct 2017
An excellent and quick win for David - he set up a tricky tactical situation in the early middle game, where Matt blundered a rook and resigned immediately.
On Board 2, Ben had less space than his opponent in the opening, but fought back to achieve parity. His decision to take a draw was very much due to team rather than individual considerations - looking at Boards 3 and 4, Ben felt confident that South Hams would get at least one point from them, so his half point would secure the team win.
On Board 3, Phil went up by the exchange and a pawn early on, but John fought back with a sacrificial counter-attack in which Phil's king was chased from one flank to the other. But once Phil got his king to a square where it couldn't be checked, he had a swift mating attack on the Black king.
On Board 4, fortunes swung first to Charles and then to Cliff, who had chances to force a win. However, with both players under pressure form the clock, we were delighted with a draw to set up a 3-1 team victory.
A great start to the 2017-18 season in Division 2.
TDCL Division 2: Newton Abbot v South Hams 16 Nov 2017
|Bd||Newton Abbot||Col||Grade||ECF||Result||South Hams||Col||Grade||ECF||PGN|
|1||Kinder, Andrew||B||147||162701G||1-0||Archer, David||W||154||300734A||View|
|2||Blackmore, Josh||W||143||290737K||½-½||Wilkinson, Ben||B||138||162703L||View|
|3||Taylor, Wilf||B||136||182650F||0-1||McConnell, Phil||W||128||285386D||View|
|4||Hussey, Mike||W||111||277498H||1-0||Willcox, Chris||B||111||308555H||View|
|Bd||Newton Abbot||Grade||Res||South Hams||Grade||PGN|
|1||Kinder, Andrew||147||1-0||Archer, David||154||View|
|2||Blackmore, Josh||143||½-½||Wilkinson, Ben||138||View|
|3||Taylor, Wilf||136||0-1||McConnell, Phil||128||View|
|4||Hussey, Mike||111||1-0||Willcox, Chris||111||View|
Author: Phil McConnell
Date: 16 Nov 2017
On paper, these two teams were closely matched.
First to finish was Board 4, but unfortunately I didn't see any of it, so the report on Chris's defeat will have to wait until Chris posts it on the database.
Next to finish was Board 2. Ben settled for the draw very reluctantly, because he felt he had the better position but simply couldn't find a way through to force a win.
Next to finish was Board 3, where Phil chased his opponent's king all over the board, and entered the end game two rooks up - a queen, two rooks and 4 pawns against a queen and 3 pawns. Sounds straightforward, but Phil had to be careful to avoid perpetual check - which he managed to do.
So, with David continung to play on board 1, it was 1½ - 1½. Unfortunately, when I looked at the board, I soon realised it was hopeless - David was a rook and a pawn down (apparently he'd blundered twice earlier), and not even David could come up with an ingenious fight-back.
So, congrratulations to Newton Abbot on a good win. This result means that all three teams in Division 2 have Played 2, Won 1, Lost 1. It should be an intresting second half of the season...
TDCL Division 2: South Hams v Newton Abbot 4 Jan 2018
|Bd||South Hams||Col||Grade||ECF||Result||Newton Abbot||Col||Grade||ECF||PGN|
|1||Archer, David||B||154||300734A||0-1||Brusey, Alan||W||158||107557D||View|
|2||Wilkinson, Ben||W||138||162703L||1-0||Taylor, Wilf||B||136||182650F||View|
|3||McConnell, Phil||B||128||285386D||½-½||Allen, John||W||134||264751F||View|
|4||Willcox, Chris||W||111||308555H||0-1||Hussey, Michael||B||111||277498H||View|
|Bd||South Hams||Grade||Res||Newton Abbot||Grade||PGN|
|1||Archer, David||154||0-1||Brusey, Alan||158||View|
|2||Wilkinson, Ben||138||1-0||Taylor, Wilf||136||View|
|3||McConnell, Phil||128||½-½||Allen, John||134||View|
|4||Willcox, Chris||111||0-1||Hussey, Michael||111||View|
Author: Phil McConnell
Date: 13 Jan 2018
On Board 1, David was squeezed from the outset by his very strong opponent, and lost his queen on move move 22. He fought on for nearly another 20 moves - "for the practice", he said!
On Board 2, Ben was down by quite a margin when his opponent unxpectedly blundered. Checkmate in one!
Board 3 was an exciting game, with Phil defending for about 30 moves before enginnering what should have been a winning advantage. A draw was a fair result in the end.
On Board 4, Chris's opponent played very well, taking full advantage when Chris decided to capture a "hot pawn"!
Congratulations to Newton Abbot on a good win. To retain our title, South Hams will need to (a) win our last game against Torbay, and (b) hope that Torbay win thier final game against Newton Abbot (but not by too much!).