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Jeremy Handley Memorial trophy 2018

Posted by fellman01 on October 9, 2018

Thrilling chess match in Tynedale

The third annual edition of the Jeremy Handley Cup between teams from Tynedale and Morpeth was played at Corbridge on October 4th. The trophy is in memory of Jeremy Handley, who during the course of a long chess career played first for Morpeth and then for Tynedale. The match is played over as many boards as the two clubs can manage, and on this occasion it was a seven-board affair, with the following line-up:
1. Gary Murphy (184) v James Tyrner (176)
2. Derek Harris (156) v Martin Seeber (156)
3. Tim Wrigley (151) v Bob Mitcheson (141)
4. David Wrigley (148) v Paul Richards (130)
5. Peter Crichton (141) v Barrie Crowther (105)
6. Steve Larkin (112) v David Watson (94)
7. Bruce Reed (110) v Dave Armstrong (63)
First blood went to Bob Mitcheson of Morpeth on board 3. His unusual opening – 1. e4 e6 2. Qe2 – rather threw Tim Wrigley, who pursued a policy of swapping off pieces only to find himself two pawns down in a lost game. Tim’s son David levelled the score with a nice checkmate, and Steve Larkin put Tynedale ahead with a forced rook capture. On boards 5 and 7, the Tynedale players both enjoyed a one-pawn advantage but could not make it tell, with both games ending as draws. That left Tynedale leading 3-2, with just the top two boards still playing. Time pressure was now added into the mix, and Morpeth’s Martin Seeber eventually managed to crack Derek Harris’s robust defence and win a decisive piece. 3-3 and the clock still ticking! All eyes were on the top board, where Tynedale’s Gary Murphy managed to break through James Turner’s kingside defence. With his king under pressure, and desperately short of time, James blundered, and the game and therefore the match went Tynedale’s way 4-3. Whoever said chess can’t be exciting!

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Jeremy Handley memorial trophy

Posted by fellman01 on September 21, 2017

The second staging of this event was held at Morpeth on Wednesday September 20th. Tynedale could muster only six players (as against 13 last year!), so the line-up was:

  1. Mike Smyth (182) v David Wrigley (159)
  2. James Turner (163) v Tim Wrigley (151)
  3. Bob Mitcheson (152) v Peter Crichton (143)
  4. George Ellames (151) v Steve Larkin (116)
  5. Geoff Loxham (140) v Dave Humphreys (82)
  6. Paul Richards (134) v Damian Rudge (51)

Not surprisingly given the grading differences between the two sides, Morpeth ran out comfortable winners by 5-1. However, most of the games were closely contested, and it was only in the final twenty minutes or later that boards 1, 2 and 5 were decided. Special mention must be made of Peter, who spared us the embarrassment of a whitewash, and Dave who, despite going the exchange down on move 18, made his opponent work very hard for his victory.

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Jeremy Handley Memorial trophy

Posted by fellman01 on September 28, 2016

les-bea tvm les-bea-againWhen Jeremy Handley died earlier this year, Tynedale Chess Club lost its oldest member and one of its best players. Jeremy had been a strong player all his life and, prior to moving to Corbridge, had been a member of Morpeth Chess Club for many years. So it was entirely fitting that the two clubs should get together to establish the Jeremy Handley Memorial Trophy, to be competed for annually in a match between Tynedale and Morpeth involving as many players as each club could muster.
The first edition of this event took place on September 27th 2016 at Tynedale’s Corbridge venue and involved no fewer than twelve players on either side. The line-up and results were as follows:
1. Mariana Mosnegutu (179) 0.5-0.5 Roger Coathup (194)
2. David Wrigley (170)             0-1    Mike Smyth (189)
3. Gary Murphy (164)               1-0    Alan Welsh (147)
4. Tim Wrigley (148)                0-1    Bob Mitcheson (145)
5. Peter Crichton (139)              0-1    Les Whittle (144)
6. Alex Ashworth (131)            0-1    John Horton (135)
7. Steve Larkin (120)             0.5-0.5 Martin Shaw (132)
8. Derek Blair (119)                  1-0    Dennis Patterson (u)
9. Bruce Reed (107)                  1-0    Andrew Levy (101)
10. Dave Foster jr (94)              0-1    David Watson (92)
11. Dave Humphreys (u)           0-1    Barrie Crowther (u)
12. Damian Rudge (58)             1-0    David Armstrong (u)
Tynedale                        5-7             Morpeth
The last game to finish was on board 5, so the outcome of the match hinged on this game, which went to the wire, before Les prevailed.
There was a special poignancy in the fact that Jeremy’s partner, Bea, was there to present the trophy to Morpeth’s captain for the night, Les Whittle, who had been a friend of Jeremy’s for a great many years. For all present, it was a fitting way to honour Jeremy’s memory and all can look forward to taking part in the second edition of this event, to be held in Morpeth in September 2017.

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