Cole Cup Report 2022

The finals of both the Cole Cup and the Plate were hosted at FCC’s venue, the Duke of Connaught on the 17th May. The Cole Cup has been held every season since 1984-85, and following a 2-year hiatus during the pandemic, resumption of the competition this season was well received.
In recent years, Fareham have performed well in the Cole Cup, winning the competition in 2 of the 3 previous seasons that it has been held. This victory made it 3 from 4.
Winning the coin toss, Cosham chose white on the odd boards. A keenly fought match eventually went the way of Fareham by the score of 3- 2, with the following individual results:

1 John Wheeler 0 – 1 Roland Bezuidenhout
2 David Cordner ½ – ½ Anthony Corkett
3 Richard Puchades 0 – 1 Keith Gregory
4 Matthew Atkins 1 – 0 Arthur Brameld
5 Andrew Smith ½ – ½ David Deacon

A tough game on top board, saw both players holding an advantage at different points in the game. This was a complex line that the players had played against each other previously, so they presumably both came well-armed! The position only became clear in the final session after the Queens were exchanged, at which point the endgame was clearly winning for Roland.

Wheeler, John – Bezuidenhout, Roland
Cole Cup: Final 17.05.2022
1.d4 e6 2.c4 Nf6 3.Nf3 Bb4+ 4.Nc3 b6 5.Bg5 h6 6.Bh4 g5 7.Bg3 Ne4 8.Qc2 f5 9.Be5 Bxc3+ 10.bxc3 Rg8 11.h4 d6
12.Bg3 g4 13.Nd2 Nxg3 14.fxg3 Bb7 15.e4 fxe4 16.Nxe4 Nd7 17.Bd3 d5 18.Nd2 Qf6 19.Rf1 Qg7 20.Bh7 Rf8
21.Bg6+ Ke7 22.0-0-0 Rxf1 23.Rxf1 Rf8 24.Bd3 c5 25.Nb3 Rxf1+ 26.Bxf1 Qf6 27.Be2 Qf2 28.Bxg4 Qxg3 29.Qg6
Qe3+ 30.Kd1 dxc4 31.Nd2 Bd5 32.dxc5 Nxc5 33.Qg7+ Kd6 34.Qf8+ Kc7 35.Qg7+ Kb8 36.Be2 Qg1+ 37.Kc2 Qxg2
38.Qxg2 Bxg2 39.Bxc4 Kc7 40.Bb5 Bd5 41.a3 Kd6 42.Kd1 Ke5 43.Ke2 Kf4 44.Be8 Ne4 45.Nxe4 Bxe4 46.Kf2 Bf3
47.h5 e5 48.Bg6 e4 49.Bf7 e3+ 50.Ke1 Kg5 51.Kf1 Bxh5 52.Bxh5 Kxh5 53.Ke2 Kg4 54.Kxe3
The Plate final saw Chichester winning the match against Fareham’s B team by the score of 3 ½ – 1 ½.
All of the individual results can be found on the Fareham Club website