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14th Royal Beacon Seniors Congress Day 1

Apart from the usual last minute panics, with one or two players withdrawing to be countered by another one or two entering by phone over the weekend, the behind-the-scenes run-up to the start was as smooth as it’s ever been. Shortly after 1 p.m. everyone was seated and ready to do battle.

What the “Junior” section lacked in numbers (10), it more than made up in strength, their average grade being 165.  The Seniors’ age range runs from 61 – 90 and grades range from 196 – 69. Having all of them in the same section necessitates using the Accelerated Swiss system being used, which helps avoid a large number of meaningless massacres in the opening rounds.

The draw for Rd. 1 was as follows, with results added:-

  Seniors   Rd. 1          
  White Grd       Black Grd  
1 Scowen, R. 157 Hampton  0 Burnett, J. 196 Doncaster
2 Norman, K. I. 189 Wokingham  1 Wiltshire, M 156 Dartford
3 Price, A 156 Leamington  ½  ½ Pickersgill, A. 172 Hastings
4 McAllan, I 169 Sidcup  1  0 Page, M 153 Insurance
5 Gosling, B. 151 Exmouth  1  0 Everson, R 167 Dartford
6 Hewson, B. W. 165 Tiverton  1  0 Robertson, J 147 E. Kilbride
7 Morton, P. 147 Hammersmith  0 Thynne, T. F. 165 N. Abbot
8 Gamble, R 165 Derby  ½  ½ Taylor, M. 140 Sidmouth
9 Gorodi, J. G. 159 Teignmouth  0 Hibbitt, A 161 Bristol
10 Toms, D. A. 150 Sidmouth  1 Namouk, O 135 Hastings
11 Shaddick, J 130 Basingstoke  1  0 Lucas, P `109 Eastbourne
12 Welch, Hazel 103 Seaton  0  1 Sherriff, A 127 Dartford
13 Kaye, M 103 Dorchester  0 Fraser, A 108 Beckenham
14 Purry, Dr. N 95 Southbourne  ½  ½ Orr, D 127 Dartford
15 Roberts, M 126 H. Chapel  1 0 Carrick, P 91 Bath
16 Clapp, J 109 N. Radstock  1 Tidy, N. F. 123 Teignmouth
17 Cox. R. 82 Southampton  0  1 Waters, R 111 Taunton
18 Maloney, J 69 Northampton  0  1 Hurn, R 134 Caerphilly
19 Jones, S 111 Dorchester  1 Gordon, P 122 I.O.W.
  Jones, R. H. 132 Exmouth ½   Bye    
  Ryan, Dr. R 95 Seaton ½   Bye    
  Annetts, I. S. 152 Tiverton ½   Bye    
  Eden, D 152 Dartford ½   Bye    
  Wood, P 151 Hastings 1   Bye    

 

  “Juniors”   Rd. 1          
  White Grd       Black Grd  
1 Bartlett, S 174 Newquay  0 Brown, A. 186 Northampton
2 Brusey, A. W. 181 Teignmouth  0  1 Sellwood, C 159 Camborne
3 Burton, R. 154 Weymouth  0  1 Wells, J. C. 180 N. Norfolk
4 Heppell, I 178 Wimbledon  ½  ½ Blencowe 126 Gloucester
  Dean, S. 164 Seaton  ½   Bye    
  Rogers, D. R. 149 Exmouth  1   Bye    
                 

 

General view of the playing area.

General view of the playing area

Seniors Bd. 1 - Scowen vs Burnett

"Juniors" Bds. 1 & 2 - Bartlett vs Brown & Brusey vs Sellwood (nearest)

Morton vs Thynne (nearest) & Hewson v Robertson.

Sid Jones vs Philip Gordon

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