Congratulations to the MCC, who have won this season’s Hamilton Russell Cup.
There were two important results this week. The RAC dropped a point drawing to The Reform, but it made no difference as the MCC beat Chelsea Arts to achieve an unassailable lead.
The RAC at home to The Reform drew 4-4.
- Roger Emerson ½ v ½ Richard Hall
- Lee Green ½ v ½ Nicholas Cron
- Fred Edge ½ v ½ Peter Evans
- Robert Feather 0 v 1 Richard Saunders
- Henry Mutkin 0 v 1 Danny Rosenbaum
- Rob Matthews 1 v 0 Konstantin Yelin
- Paul Weston 1 v 0 Ken Tweedie
- Francis Kershaw ½ v ½ Paul Hendrick
The MCC away from home beat Chelsea Arts 2-4
Richard Black v Tom Eckersley-Waites 0-1
Izzie Thomas v Adam Eckersley-Waites 0-1
David Cohen v Ian Reynolds 1-0
Matt Flowers v Ed Goodall 0-1
Mike Radcliffe v Nick Collacott 0-1
Joe Coles v David Bates 1-0
Here is the final table (click on it to expand)
Keith Richardson passed away on 10 April and the Hamilton Russell website received a message from his son Ian:
You may have heard already that Keith (my dad) passed away on 10th April after suffering a stroke and seizures. His passing was peaceful and pain free.
For anyone who would like to say hello and pay respects the funeral and wake 3pm at Aldershot Crematorium [on 3 May] and then on to Camberley Heath Golf club.
Anyone who might like to contact directly my email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
I would like to add some notes about Keith. One of the delights of running the Hamilton Russell Cup is the wonderful people you meet, and I can honestly say that Keith was at the pinnacle of the community.
He was one of our friendliest, most helpful and most sporting, as well as strongest players.
A joy to deal with and a joy to play against – even though I lost all of our encounters!
I was not alone in being beaten by Keith. In the 2014/15 Hamilton Russell season, for example, he scored 7.5/8 on boards 2 and 3 for the MCC.
This Barclays web page has some background on Keith’s achievements, including becoming Britain’s first correspondence chess grandmaster.
To finish up with, here is a link to a beautiful game Keith played against the former British champion Peter Lee in the Knights’ Tour, where the time control was 30 minutes a side.
With just two matches left to play in the Cup, the MCC have overtaken their rivals and currently sit top of the Hamilton Russell table. They beat the RAC away from home 3-5. The friendly boards ended 1.5-1.5.
Match card for the Cup match (RAC player listed first in board border)
Roger Emerson ½ v ½ Tom Eckersley-Waites
Nigel Povah ½ v ½ Adam Eckersley-Waites
Henry Strausser 1 v 0 Dominic Lawson
Natasha Regan 0 v 1 Gary Senior
Stephen Meyler ½ v ½ Ian Reynolds
Lee Green 0 v 1 Ed Goodall
Trevor Dunmore 0 v 1 Nick Collacott
Wayne Clark ½ v ½ Chris Waites
The National Liberal Club lost at home to the MCC 1.5-3.5 and The Oxford & Cambridge won at home to The Reform 3.5-1.5.
The RAC ended up playing this ‘away’ fixture at home and won 5-1 in the Cup. The Chelsea Arts won the two friendly boards. Match card (in board order with RAC player first):
Natasha Regan 1 v 0 Richard Black
Stephen Meyler ½ v ½ Izzie Thomas
Lee Green ½ v ½ David Cohen
Trevor Dunmore 1 v 0 Matt Flowers
Wayne Clark 1 v 0 Mike Radcliffe
Rob Matthews 1 v 0 Lino Mannocci
Godfrey Jillings 0 v 1 Marc Wolff
Ian Takats 0 v 1 John Leighton
The Athenaeum beat The Hurlingham at home in the Cup 5-1
The National Liberal Club lost to Chelsea Arts 1-3 at home in the Cup.
Nick Kirby 0-1 Isambard Thomas
Mehul Trivedi 0-1 David Cohen
Nadim Ossieran 0-1 Mike Radcliffe
Edina Seiben 1-0 Joe Coles