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13th Seniors Congress Day 1

Preparations for this year’s Seniors Congress at the Royal Beacon Hotel, Exmouth, were going quite smoothly up to the last few minutes before the scheduled start at 1 p.m.  With c. 30 minutes to go, at which point little gremlins started to appear. Players who thought they’d entered, but hadn’t, turned up, while some who had entered pulled out at the last minute (one had been rushed into hospital for a major operation [unstandable] while another had just become a grandfather [somewhat less so]).  One minute the overall numbers were odd, requiring a bye, then an unexpected entry arrived, evening things up, then another withdrew, bringing a bye back into the equation. Another player arrived 45 minutes late, thinking he was early for a 2 p.m. start. Who’d be a controller at a Seniors Convention?! but Ewart Smith took it all in his stride.

Eventually, after a few welcoming remarks, the show got on the road and a mighty hush descended.

The early results were as follows:

  Seniors Rd. 1        
1 Ingham, W (0) 0 1 Yeo, M (0)
2 Stephenson, N (0) 1 0 Kearsley, R (0)
3 Openshaw, D (0) ½ ½ Norman, K (0)
4 Dodgson, J (0) 0 1 Hibbitt, A (0)
5 Price, A (0) ½ ½ McAllan, I (0)
6 Gamble, R (0) ½ ½ Annetts, I. S (0)
7 Roberts, M (0) 0 1 Everson, R (0)
8 Gosling, B (0)  1  0 Gorodi, J. G (0)
9 Norman, Mrs. D (0) ½ ½ Velker, W (0)
10 Wiltshire, M (0)  0 Chadaway, S (0)
11 Sherriff, A (0) ½ ½ O’Gorman, B (0)
12 Page, M (0) 1 0 Hurn, R (0)
13 Sandercock (0) 0 1 Stonehouse, T (0)
14 Toms D. A. (0)  1 Namouk, O (0)
15 Shaddick, J (0) 1 0 Cox, Mrs. M (0)
16 Carrick, P (0)  ½  ½ Robertson, J (0)
17 Lucas, P (0) 0 1 Jones, S (0)
18 Welch, Mrs. H (0)  1 Burt, D (0)
19 Stephenson, B (0) 1 0 Purry, N (0)
20 Tidy, N. F. (0) 1 0 Andrews, G (0)
21 Kaye, M (0) ½ ½ Harris, W (0)
22 Waters, R (0) 1 0 Cox, R (0)
23 Fraser, A (0) 1 0 Moloney, T (0)
24 Gordon, P (0) 1 0 Leggett, P (0)
25 Jones, R. H. (0) 1 0 Herschmann, H (0)
26           (0)
27           (0)
  “Juniors” Rd. 1       (0)
1 Sellwood, C (0) ½ ½ Wise, D (0)
2 Wells, J (0) 1 0 Rogers, D (0)
3 Orr, D (0) ½ ½ Heppell, I (0)
4 Bartlett, S (0) 1 0 Ariss, J (0)
5 Greenland, G (0) ½ ½ Burton, R (0)
             

All Rd. 1 games playable here ▼

http://www.chessdevon.co.uk/HTML/games/current/beacsen121/base.htm

General view of the playing area.

Ingham vs Yeo on Bd. 1 of the Seniors.

The 10 players in the "Junior" Section.

Colin Sellwood on his way to a fine draw against top seed David Wise.

Two regulars, Dinah Norman and Wim Velker, start their first game.

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