This year saw the first presentation of the Sheldon Marshall Trophy. It was decided to rename the long-running inter-club speed chess tournament as a tribute to Sheldon, who was such a popular and important pillar of our community.
The event was held at the RAC on 1 May. The winners were the MCC A team, who just pipped the RAC A team in what was effectively the decider 4-2.
As usual it was a very enjoyable evening, and it was particularly pleasing to have an international team playing, all of whom were good friends of Sheldon and came over especially for the occasion.
The final standings:
Marylebone Cricket Club (A) 11
Royal Automobile Club (A) 10
Chelsea Arts Club 7 ½
East India/Oriental 7
National Liberal Club / Lansdowne 6
Marylebone Cricket Club (B) 5 ½
Royal Automobile Club (B) 5 ½
International Team 3 ½
Oxford & Cambridge 2 ½
Hurlingham 1 ½
GM Raymond Keene’s column in The Spectator today reported on the Hamilton Russell Cup and featured a game by Dominic Lawson of the MCC v David Shankland of The Athenaeum.
You can find a link to the PDF below
Spectator article April 2018
Oxford & Cambridge regular David Jones was featured in this month’s Chess magazine.
You can click on the image below to enlarge it.
I am one of the many players who have been on the wrong end of David’s excellent chess technique over the years!
The Chelsea Arts Club lost at home to the combined East India and Oriental team 0.5-4.5.
Match card below (CAC first):
Richard Black 0 – 1 Sam Franklyn
Isambard Thomas 0.5 – 0.5 Hamilton McMillan
Mike Radcliffe 0-1 Robert McClatchey
Marc Wolff 0-1 v Habib Amir
Lino Mannocci 0-1 Nick Lloyd
The National Liberal Club won at home against the RAC in the Cup 4-2
Match card below (NLC first):
Nick Kirby(B) 0.5 Lee Green 0.5
James Whiteley 1 Robert Feather 0
Paul Chamberlain 0 Rob Matthews 1
Nigel Giffin 1 Henry Mutkin 0
Ben Widdicombe 1 Tony Braine 0
Gordon Hamme 0.5 Michael Stern 0.5
Congratulations to the RAC, whose victory over the Oxford & Cambridge yesterday means that they have won this season’s Hamilton Russell Cup regardless of what happens in the remaining fixtures.
The RAC beat the O&C 6.5-1.5 at home.
Match card below (RAC players first):
- Nigel Povah ½ v ½ Nigel White
- Roger Emerson ½ v ½ Peter Webster
- Richard Farleigh ½ v ½ Chris Heath
- Henry Strausser 1 v 0 Ian Coleman
- Natasha Regan 1 v 0 John Alderson
- Stephen Meyler 1 v 0 John Godfray
- Colm O`Shea 1 v 0 David Jones
- Lee Green 1 v 0 Kaushalya Kularatnam
The RAC beat The Reform away from home in the Cup 0.5-4.5.
Full match card (Reform players first):
Danny Rosenbaum 0.5 – Stephen Meyler 0.5
Paul Hendrick 0 – Lee Green 1
Teddy Bourne 0 – Rob Matthews 1
Anne Abel Smith 0 – Robert Feather 1
Jon Conlin 0 – Scot Samuel 1