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16th Exmouth Seniors Congress Day 1 (02.11.2015.)

The day finally dawned, with all the bookstall still to be taken down to the Royal Beacon Hotel and set up, and the playing kit  to be laid out.  I’d taken this down the day before (Sunday), to find the hall beautifully set up with tables and starched tablecloths, and chairs… enough for 100 players! We only had 62 entries, so a fair amount of pruning had to be done. This didn’t take long, and left players with more elbow room and floor space.

There were one or two minor glitches as 1 o’clock approached, but nothing to prevent a prompt start.

Here are the day’s results.

Most excitement for the neutrals seemed to centre on the Junior’s Section, where Colin Sellwood enjoyed a storming win against the normally rock-solid Steve Dilleigh, 2nd seed, while top seed Mark Page lost to Ian McAllan, thus throwing the section wide open from Day 1.

  SENIORS       ROUND 1  
Bd White Grd   Result Black  
             
1 Sherriff, Alan J 142   0 – 1 Norman, Kenneth I 184
2 Footner, Andrew F 177   1 – 0 Sandercock, E Barry 141
3 Smith, Ewart J 140   ½ – ½ Kendall, Paul SN 177
4 Adaway, William 175   1 – 0 Namouk, Omer A 135
5 Belt, Malcolm 133   0 – 1 Everson, Robert J 165
             
6 Toms, David A 162   1 – 0 Robertson, Jim 135
7 Harris, William F 133   0 – 1 Gamble, Raymond J 160
8 Price, Andrew 160   1 – 0 Hunt, Ray K 132
9 Shaddick, John 131   0 – 1 Gosling, Brian GE 154
10 Page, Martin C 153   ½ – ½ Adams, Martyn W 130
             
11 Egan, William J 130   0 – 1 Annetts, Ivor S 151
12 Scowen, Roger S 143   1 – 0 Smith, Richard J 128
13 Errington, Paul T 126   ½ – ½ Purry, Nigel A 98
14 Burt, David F 101   1 – 0 Hurn, Robert AJ 124
15 Gordon, Philip L 120   0 – 1 Lucas, Peter 94
             
16 Thorpe-Tracey, Stephen F 94   ½ – ½ Clapp, Joseph D 118
17 Tidy, Norman F 118   1 – 0 Kaye, Mike 92
18 Cox, Reg E 88   0 – 1 Dow, Michael J 110
19 Waters, Roger G 110   ½ – ½ Cox, Marian 87
20 Leggett, Peter AW 85   0 – 1 Dean, Michael J 108
             
21 Fraser, Alan R 107   1 – 0 Queen, Andrew R 75
22 Moloney, Tom 70   0 – 1 Welch, Hazel 107
23 Jones, Robert H 118   1 – 0   bye  
24 Wood, Peter C 141   ½ – 0  bye requested  

 

  “JUNIOR”s       ROUND 1  
Bd White     Result Black  
             
1 Page, Mark E 189   0 – 1 McAllan, Ian 159
2 Morgan, Jamie 158   0 – 1 Brown, Alan M 187
3 Dilleigh, Stephen 187   0 – 1 Sellwood, Colin 156
4 Halmkin, Peter E 152   0 – 1 Wells, Jonathan 182
5 Heppell, Ian N 179   1 – 0 Roberts, Malcolm 135
             
6 Blencowe, Ian P 134   ½ – ½ Dean, Steve K 164
7 Rogers, David R 140   1 – 0  Bye  
8 Bartlett, Simon 167   ½ – 0  Requested bye  
9 Burton, Ronnie 160   ½ – 0  Requested bye  

Here’s the scene as play got under way…..

General view of the playing hall.

2nd seed, Andrew Footner, playing a pensive Barry Sandercock (facing)

Steve Dean makes his move in the self-contained "Junior" Section.

Reg Cox (stripes) in action, while his wife, Marian plays Roger Waters (out of shot).

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