Telepost win a trophy thriller
12/07/2017 Shropshire Star
Telepost A have beaten Newport A in the final of the Shropshire chess Cox Trophy by the closest of margins, disappointing Newport's hopes of doing a league and cup double.
The final, which was broadcast live on the internet thanks to the use of digital chess boards, ended in a 2-2 draw on the night. But using the board countback tiebreak rule, Telepost were declared winners. A top board win for Trevor Brotherton eventually proved decisive despite a late win on time for Ian Jamieson, and Athar Ansari salvaging a 91 move draw even though a piece down for most of his game with David Hodge.
In the Minor knockout final pitting Telford A against Telepost B, which was played simultaneously, Richard Thompson's win gave Telford the early lead. Draws on boards two and four left the match depending on the top board where, with only four seconds left on his clock, Mark Keady finally resigned to Keith Tabner.
Amazingly this gave another 2-2 match result, and again Telepost emerged victorious through the board countback rule, in which the result of the bottom board is scrubbed out, repeatedly if necessary, until a decisive result is arrived at.
Shrewsbury-based Telepost had been underdogs in both matches, being outgraded on seven of the eight boards.
Detailed results were – Cox Trophy, Newport A 2, Telepost A 2: Nathanael Paul 0, Trevor Brotherton 1; Chris Lewis 0.5, John Bashall 0.5; Ian Jamieson 1, Matthew Clark 0; Athar Ansari 0.5, David Hodge 0.5.
Minor Knockout, Telford A 2, Telepost B 2 - Mark Keady 0, Keith Tabner 1; Richard Szwajkun 0.5, Steve Kempsell 0.5; Richard Thompson 1, Peter Crean 0; Stefan Tennant 0.5, John Westhead 0.5.
Shropshire Quickplay Champions
The winning Telepost team l to r Nigel Ferrington, John Bashall, Matthew
Clark, Mark Keady (guest player), and Phil Zabrocki.
July 2014 Grading List
Congratulations to Nigel Ferrington - his new grade of 208 is the highest
ever by a Telepost player and one of the best Shropshire grades in our
history. And congratulations to Kate Walker who steps up to 115 to become
Telepost's strongest ever female player. Whilst Alasdair Benjamin 126,
Quentin Mills 109, and Nick Holmes 87 all make their first appearance on the
grading list. Well done all round. The full list is here .
Telepost A are 2014 Div 1 Champions
Telepost have clinched the Shropshire chess league title with just 23 seconds
to spare in a night of tension and high drama in the climatic match of the
But for a few short minutes it seemed Wellington's time had come and that
they were to secure their first championship in 45 years. The
winner-takes-all match made history as the first Shropshire league match with
the moves broadcast live on the internet thanks to the use of digital boards.
Nigel Ferrington gave the visitors an early lead, then there was a long wait
before James Kuczynski, whose excellent form has been a key reason that
Wellington have been challengers for the title, beat John Bashall to level
the scores. A few minutes later Wellington's new star Tiago Faustino gave the
home side a 2-1 lead with two to go.
On bottom board Stefan Tennant had ridden out a lot of pressure from Matthew
Clark to achieve a positional and material advantage that was completely
winning - and a victory would have given Wellington an unassailable 3-1 match
lead and given them the title for the first time since 1969. Alas, Stefan
only had seconds left on his clock and ran out of time, meaning an automatic
loss, levelling the scores.
On board two Wellington's Colin Roberts had had a strong position which was
undone in just one move as opponent Richard Bryant came up with a mating
threat which forced Roberts to give up his queen. The drama continued, as a
draw would have meant a match draw - a result which would mean Newport A
would win the title. Bryant checkmated Roberts with 23 seconds left and
Telepost breathed a sigh of relief, while Wellington could only rue what
might have been. - Toby Neal
Quickplay Champions 2013
The winning team l to r Noel Kiffin, John Bashall, Kate Walker, Nigel
Ferrington, Phil Zabrocki.