County Championships archive

2010/2011

The County Championships Finals were again held at Moat College in Leicester. The proceedings were opened by the Chief Executive Officer of the Midlands Counties Chess Union, Julie Johnson. Immediately following her speech, John Wickham presented Julie with the Presidents Award


In the Open, an all-SCCU clash saw Surrey attempting to win their first Open title since 1954 against a strong Kent team. In a very tight match there were only 4 decisive games with Surrey making Kent wait until the last game for their first full point, Surrey prevailing 9-7.
The Minor Counties saw Hertfordshire attempting to win the trophy for the third consecutive year, this time against neighbours Bedfordshire. Despite slightly out-grading Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire were unable to claim the hat-trick with Bedfordshire winning 9-7.
Nottinghamshire returned to the Under 180 final hoping to put last years defeat behind them. Another very close match saw them triumph against Devon by a single point.
Kent were the most successful county in getting teams to the Finals, being the only team with 3 representatives. However, their only success was in the Under 160s where they defeated Lancashire by 10½- 5½.
The U140s was yet another very close match, with Hampshire winning 8½- 7½ over Kent.[br]Warwickshire had 2 representatives in the lowest graded sections with the teams having mixed results, the Under 120 team narrowly defeating Lancashire 6½- 5½.
However, the Warwickshire Under 100 team succumbed to Essex by the score 8½- 3½.
I would like to thank Dave Welch, John Shaw and John Wickham for their excellent work as a very good arbiting team. Cyril Johnson also helped with his considerable arbiting experience as well as ably assisting Julie who excelled herself in providing food and drinks for all present

— Adrian Elwin

Open Results
Preliminary Middlesex 9 – Greater Manchester 7
Quarter Final 1 Suffolk 6 – Kent 10
Quarter Final 2 Surrey 14½ – Warwickshire 1½
Quarter Final 3 Lancashire 11 – Middlesex 5
Quarter Final 4 Yorkshire default, Staffordshire go through
Semi Final 1 Surrey 9½ – Staffordshire 6½
Semi Final 2 Lancashire 7½ – Kent 8½
Final Surrey 9 – Kent 7 | CBV
   
Minor Counties  
Quarter Final 1 Hampshire 6 – Sussex 10
Quarter Final 2 Hertfordshire 8 – Leicesershire 8 – Herts go through on board count
Quarter Final 3 Bedfordshire 13½ – Gloucestershire 2½
Quarter Final 4 Lincolnshire 10½ – Norfolk 5½
Semi Final 1 Bedfordshire 9 – Sussex 7
Semi Final 2 Lincolnshire 7½ – Hertfordshire 8½
Final Bedfordshire 9 – Hertfordshire 7 | CBV
   
Under 180  
Preliminary Middlesex 6½ – Warwickshire 9½
Quarter Final 1 Cambridgeshire 3½ – Yorkshire 12½
Quarter Final 2 Essex 8 – Lancashire 8 – Lancashire go through on board count
Quarter Final 3 Nottinghamshire 9½ – Kent 2½
Quarter Final 4 Devon 8½ – Warwickshire 7½
Semi Final 1 Yorkshire 7 – Devon 9
Semi Final 2 Lancashire 5 – Nottinghamshire 7
Final Devon 7½ – Nottinghamshire 8½
   
Under 160  
Preliminary 1 Greater Manchester 9½ – Norfolk 5½
Preliminary 2 Middlesex withdrew – Notts w/o
Quarter Final 1 Kent 11 – Cumbria 5
Quarter Final 2 Lancashire 9½ – Greater Manchester 6½
Quarter Final 3 Suffolk 6 – Nottinghamshire 10
Quarter Final 4 Warwickshire 6½ – Essex 9½
Semi Final 1 Essex 7 – Lancashire 9
Semi Final 2 Kent 9 – Nottinghamshire 7
Final Lancashire 5½ – Kent 10½
   
Under 140  
Preliminary Derbyshire 6 – Hertfordshire 10
Quarter Final 1 Kent 11½ – Nottinghamshire 4½
Quarter Final 2 Hampshire 9½ – Surrey 6½
Quarter Final 3 Yorkshire 7 – Hertfordshire 9
Quarter Final 4 Worcestershire 10 – Lancashire 6
Semi Final 1 Kent 9½ – Hertfordshire 6½
Semi Final 2 Worcestershire 7 – Hampshire 9
Final Kent 7½ – Hampshire 8½
   
Under 120  
Quarter Final 1 Norfolk 9 – Kent 3
Quarter Final 2 Worcestershire 6 – Yorkshire 6
Quarter Final 3 Hertfordshire 6 – Warwickshire 6 – Warks go through on board count
Quarter Final 4 Lancashire 7½ – Staffordshire 2½
Semi Final 1 Yorkshire 5½ – Warwickshire 6½
Semi Final 2 Lancashire 6 – Norfolk 6 – Lancashire go through on board count
Final Warwickshire 6½ – Lancashire 5½
   
Under 100  
Quarter Final 1 Lancashire 7½ – Nottingham 4½
Quarter Final 2 Yorkshire 7½ – Kent 4½
Semi Final 1 Lancashire 6 – Essex 6 – Essex go through [ruling]
Semi Final 2 Warwickshire win by default
Final Essex 8.5 – Warwickshire 3.5