Report Ė 24 February 2012

 

St Davidís Day Tournament

 

The lead-up to the tournament

Heavy rain fell all afternoon, through the evening and into the night. Even the local possums were seeking shelter on the verandah at the clubís premises

Due to a combination of the inclement weather and many regulars having prior engagements, a record low turn out appeared for tonightís annual St Davidís Day Tournament.

Nevertheless it provided an interesting night of chess with the handicap system throwing up a typically unexpected outcome.

 

Brian prepared the participants and drew attention to how St Davidís Day is traditionally celebrated in Wales, and also England as well.

The entry of March 1, 1667 from Samuel Pepysí diary is illuminating on how the Welsh were highly esteemed by their larger neighbour.

 

The tournament

The opening game saw a see-sawing contest between Brian and John, but not in the conventional manner.

Brian had a queen and knight and several pawns, John just a pawn. Then Brian made two illegal moves within the space of 30 seconds, both undetected by his opponent.

Failing to claim the win for these, John nevertheless managed a draw when Brian allowed a stalemate with his queen on F7 and Johnís king in the corner.

 

Andrew won his first four games included both match-ups with Martin and seemed heading towards comfortably winning the tournament.

Then is round 5 John horribly botched his response to the Kingís Gambit, his king ending up on g5.

John then had a touch move indiscretion which his opponent didnít enforce, touching one bishop and then moving his other bishop.

Moments later John executed a clever discovered check that won him a queen, and after this the game was not defendable for Andrew.

The outcome of this game settled the tournament with John achieving an unassailable lead due to the handicap points system.

 

The prize ceremony

Brian awarded John the ceremonial leek, with John suitably thrilled to receive it. A leek recipe was also provided.

 

Teams section

The Barbarians won again, with the Welsh once more muttering about the injustice of their fate.

 

 

St Davidís Day tournament standings

All players played 6 games

No.

Draw No.

NAME

 

POINTS

plus
Handicap

TOTAL

1

2

John Ryland

B

3.74

5.24

2

4

Andrew Robinson

W

5

0.00

5.00

3

1

Martin Laizans

B

4

0.64

4.64

4

3

Brian Willcock

W

2.09

3.59

St Davidís Day tournament 2012 results in detail

(W=Welsh; B=Barbarian)

 

St Davidís Day Ė Teams standings

All players played 6 games

No.

THE WELSH

 

POINTS

Handicap

TOTAL

2

Andrew Robinson

W

5

0.00

5.00

4

Brian Willcock

W

2.09

3.59

 

WELSH TOTAL:

 

6.5

2.09

8.59

 

No.

THE BARBARIANS

 

POINTS

Handicap

TOTAL

1

John Ryland

B

3.74

5.24

3

Martin Laizans

B

4

0.64

4.64

 

BARBARIAN TOTAL:

 

5.5

4.38

9.88

 

 

Some photos from tonightís action

PHOTO 1

 

PHOTO 2

 

PHOTO 3

 

 

Quote of the night

No quote.

 

 

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