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15th Royal Beacon Seniors Congress – Final Day

Before play started there were the usual opening remarks, and on this occasion the focus was on our Controller, Ewart Smith, whose last event this was. Ten years ago, he had come in at short notice when the event’s orinator, Steve Boniface, had died about 2 weeks before the 6th Seniors was due to start. Ewart has since done the last 10 events, in additon to the Paignton, Torbay, Dorset and other congresses around the westcountry. He had spent a couple of years gradually cutting down on this workload, and this the final curtain. When asked to show their appreciation the players all gave him a fulsome round of applause that was clearly genuinely felt. He responded modestly before saying, for what we estimated was about the 500th time, “Start White’s clock”, and the final round was off. It finished as follows:- 

  “Juniors”           Rd. 5    
                   
1 J. Wells 182 (2½) 0   1 I. Heppell 174 (3)
2 R. Wynarczyk 173 (2½) 1   0 S. Bartlett 169 (2½)
3 S. K. Dean 167 (2½) ½   ½ S. Dilleigh 182 (3)
4 T. F. Thynne 161 (2) 1   0 R. Burton 152 (2)
5 A. Brown 185 (2½) ½   ½ I. Cross 147 (2½)
6 I. McAllan 170 (1½) 1   0 M. Roberts 145 (1)
7 D. R. Rogers 158 (1) ½   ½ D. Sheppard 147 (1)
8 I. Blencowe 130 (1½) ½   ½ C. Sellwood 156 (1)
  M. Maber 99 (1½) ½   ½ D. Orr 127 (1½)

 It was Heppell, who had a win/win finish to draw ahead of a distinguished pack. Local player Steve Dean did well to thwart Steve Dilleigh who had had a good season to date. Ian Blencowe, who was the whipping boy last year (not that he minded that one bit) he was clearly building up experience for the future, and he came away declaring this was his best congress result ever, and he plays a lot of congresses.

In the seniors section, it was William G.  Adaway who took the honours. He retired to Dorset from the Home Counties 2 years ago, not having even thought about the game of his youth for 40 years. Then one day he walked past a hotel in Bridport High St. and by chance his eye caught sight of a notice beside the entrance saying the chess club met there. He was thus lured inside, and that was it -the chess virus was re-vitalised, and he has clearly lost little of his former skill. He admits his openings are rusty and several times he reached the middle game in difficulties, but then his old abilities kicked in. Perhaps opponents should be aware he was graded c. 200 in the early 1970s and has a draw on record against GM Bill Hartston in the 1972 Islington Open. Local player David Toms has undergone a series of illnesses in recent years, but is now back to a reasonable, stable state of health, and this showed itself in his 4 wins.

  Seniors 65+         Rd. 5    
                   
1 W. Adaway 186 (3½) 1   0 A. Price 155 (3½)
2 D. A. Toms 151 (3) 1   0 A. Barton 170 (3)
3 R. Everson 164 (3) 1   0 J. Footner 145 (3)
4 B. Gosling 153 (2½) 1   0 M. Page 164 (3)
5 A. Footner 187 (2½) ½   ½ R. Gamble 161 (2½)
6 I. S. Annetts 162 (2) 1   0 K. Langmaid 112 (2½)
7 R. Hurn 125 (1) 0   1 D. Openshaw 155 (2)
8 J. Reinhardt 155 (2) ½   ½ A. Sherriff 153 (2)
9 A. Fraser 105 (2) 0   1 P. Morton 152 (2)
10 R. Scowen 152 (2) 1   0 R. Waters 112 (2)
11 O. Namouk 140 (2) 1   0 P. Lucas 96 (2)
12 P. Errington 134 (2) ½   ½ M. Kaye 91 (2)
13 H. Welch 96 (2) 0   1 B. Sandercock 80 (2)
14 P. Carrick 94 (1) 0   1 R. Smith 127 (2)
15 T. Maloney 70 (½) ½   ½ J. Clapp 122 (1½)
16 F. Day 96 (1) 0   1 N. F. Tidy 135 (1)
17 J. Robertson 130 (1) 0   1 R. Cox 80 (1)
18 D. Burt 112 (1) 1   0 R. Curtis 106 (½)
19 P. Gordon 118 (2) 1   0 J. Shaddick 142 (2)

 Prizes were awarded to 30 of the 58 players, as follows:-

Prize List

Seniors 65+ :

  1st     William Adaway        186     Bridport          4½/5

  2nd     Robert Everson        164     Dartford         4

Grading prizes:

U-155:  1st      Dr. David Toms        151     Sidmouth       4

U-140:  1st=   Philip Gordon            118     Braille CA

                       Barry Sandercock     130     Chalfont

                       Richard Smith           127     Barnstaple all 3 pts.

 U-115: 1st=    Mike Kaye                   91     Weymouth

                       Kevin Langmaid        112     Yateboth        2½ pts.

 Slow starter (0/2)

            `          Peter Carrick               94     Bath

                       Peter Lucas                96     Sussex

                       Norman Tidy             135     Teignmouth all 2 pts 

Special book prizes were awarded to everyone reaching 3 points or more, yet not qualifying for the above list. 

Ivor Annetts 162 Tiverton   Peter Morton 152 Hammersmith
Alan Barton 170 St. Leonards   Omer Namouk 140 Hastings
Andrew Footner 187 Yeovil   David Openshaw 155 Cavendish
John Footner 145 Telford   Martin Page 163 Insurance
Ray Gamble 161 Derby   Andrew Price 155 Leamington
Brian Gosling 153 E. Budleigh   Roger Scowen 152 Middx

 “Juniors” 50 – 64:

1st                   Ian Heppell                174                 Wimbledon    4 pts

2nd=                Steve Dilleigh            182                 Horfield both 3½

Ray Wynarczyk         173                 Newcastle upon Tyne

 Grading prize:

U-165:                       Trefor Thynne              161                 Newton Abbot 3pts 

Slow starter (½/0)     Ian Cross                   147                 Harrow           3 pts 

Book prizes to :         Alan Brown                185                 Northampton

Steve Dean                167                 Seaton 

Bd. J1: Steve Dean (W) did well to draw with Steve Dilleigh who would have been fancying reaching 4 pts.

Ian Heppell (about to move) finished Win Win to emerge from a pack on 2/3 pts to come clear 1st. In the background Simn Bartlett is about to blunder in the opening, losing quickly.

Rogers vs Sheppard (nearest) and McAllan vs Roberts.

Bd. S1 The joint leaders, Adaway (W) and Price, meet in the top Seniors game.

Two White wins in prospect here for Gosling and Everson.

Footner, A vs Gamble and Annetts vs Langmaid.

General view of the Seniors section - Reinhardt vs Sherriff nearest.

Norman Tidy will need more books than that to get up to Reg Cox's height, but at least they were level on points (2/5).

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