U1700 jamboree @Nidum Chess Club - Jan 22,2006.
by Glynn Sinnett
Final positions :
1st West Wales 12 2nd East Glamorgan 11 3rd Gwent 7
Controller : Ian Eustis.
Round 1 started at 12 noon, with West Wales off to a flyer as Hywel Griffiths won in quick time vs F Shataly of Gwent.
East Glamorgan`s main scoring was at top and bottom of their squad, whilst West Wales majority was 5/6 on bottom.
Gwent had a disastrous first round which put them totally out of contention, with only two victories from John O`Shea and Mark Cooke. At the end of the first round, West Wales had a narrow lead with 6Ѕ from East Glam 6 and Gwent 2Ѕ
The 2nd round started at 4pm,with East Glam firing on all cylinders,and looking to put some early distance between themselves and West Wales, who were struggling. Gwent`s performance in round 2, was much better, with John O`Shea winning again and scoring 2/2 on top board. Other maximum scores came from Mark Cooke, Beryl Hughes, S.Herkes and Steve Edwards.
With only 3 games remaining, three possible results was still possible.
West Wales needed 2/3 to win, East Glam 1Ѕ/2 to win and a 1Ѕ/3 for West Wales or 1/2 for East Glam (depending on where the results appeared) would have resulted in a tie.
Firstly, REJones broke through on the kingside to defeat Ron Williams of Gwent.The other two games were looking good for East Glam as first Simon Richardson had somehow managed to overturn a pawn deficit to a clear winning position vs Hywel Griffiths.On the other board, Mike Woodrow was the exchange and three pawns vs Peter Thomas whose kingside attack had got him nothing.
Suddenly, Simon`s flag fell with his opponent having a bare king and Mike had walked straight into a forced mate in one with no defence.