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E. Devon Congress – Final Day

Sunday morning – Round 4:

Of the 6 joint leaders overnight, only Roger de Coverley could post a win, which put him in pole position going in to the final round. Top-graded Mackle, playing the white pieces, might have been expected to get a win from Alan Brusey, 43 grading points below him, but he could not convert to a full point. Only 3 other players from the top half could also get win, Gilmour, Stephens & Bass. 

  Round 4          
1 Mackle, D. (2½) ½ ½ Brusey, A. W. (2½)
2 De Coverley, R (2½) 1 0 Piper, S. J. (2½)
3 Helbig, P. D. (2½) ½ ½ Homer, S. J. (2½)
4 Dilleigh, S. P. (2) ½ ½ Medina, P (2)
5 Gilmour, A. J. (2) 1 0 Littlejohns, D. P (2)
6 Paulden, T (2 ½ ½ Bolt, G. (2)
7 Abbott, M. V. (2 ½ ½ Regis, D. (2)
8 Stinton-B M. H. (1½) 0 1 Stephens, J. K. (1½)
9 Bass, J. W. (1½) 1 0 Shaw, M (1½)
10 Gosling, B. G. (1½) ½ ½ Wheeler, J. F. (1½)
11 Rinvolucri, A. J. (1½) ½ ½ Jaszkiwskyj, P (1½)
12 Woodruff, A. C. (1) 0 1 Jepps, G. N. (1)
13 Pittman, F. J. (1) ½ ½ Wensley, O. E. (1)
14 Fewkes, J. E. (1) ½ ½ Dean, S. K. (1)
15 Bartlett, S. (1) 1 0 Morgan, J (1)
16 Page, M. (1) 1 0 Annetts, I. S. (1)
17 Czegeny, M. (½) 0 1 McKinley, C. T. (½)
18 Frangleton, A. A. (½) 1 0 Dillon, P. (0)
             

It was up to Steve Homer with White, a local player with an attacking style, to stop de Coverly. Up to the middle game he did indeed seem to have a slight edge, but de Coverly held his nerve and the position, and gradually turned things round, getting an outside passed pawn to the 7th rank, and Homer’s pieces were tied up trying to prevent it queening. Mackle won to get him to 2nd place, but just as Helbig was launching what looked like a winning attack, his opponent stopped the game claiming there may have been a 3-fold repetition. The Arbiter was called to check it out; there was no repetition, the attack continued and he won in just a few more moves, to join Mackle on 2nd=.

Mark Abbott won a good game against one of last year’s joint winners to claim the senior grading prize, while Jepps also beat one of last year’s winners to get the U-162 grading prize.

  Round 5          
1 Homer, S. J. (3) 0 1 De Coverley, R (3½)
2 Gilmour, A. J. (3) 0 1 Mackle, D. (3)
3 Brusey, A. W. (3) 0 1 Helbig, P. D. (3)
4 Stephens, J. K. (2½) 1 0 Paulden, T (2½)
5 Regis, D. (2½) 1 0 Bass, J. W. (2½)
6 Piper, S. J. (2½) ½ ½ Dilleigh, S. P. (2½)
7 Bolt, G (2½) 0 1 Abbott, M. V. (2½)
8 Medina, P (2½) ½ ½ Bartlett, S. (2)
9 Wheeler, J. F. (2) 1 0 Page, M. (2)
10 Jaszkiwskyj, P (2) 1 0 Gosling, B. G. (2)
11 Littlejohns, D. P (2) 1 0 Rinvolucri, A. J. (2)
12 Wensley, O. E. (1½) 0 1 Jepps, G. N. (2)
13 Shaw, M. (1½) 1 0 Frangleton, A. A. (1½)
14 McKinley, C. T. (1½) 0 1 Fewkes, J. E. (1½)
15 Dean, S. K. (1½) ½ ½ Stinton-B  M. H. (1½)
16 Morgan, J. (1) 1 0 Pittman P. J. (1½)
17 Annetts, I. S. (1) ½ ½ Woodruff, A. C.. (1)
18 Dillon, P. (0) ½ ½ Czegeny, M (½)
             

In the Major, Colin Sellwood and Morgan Nielsen played out a long draw to become joint winners.

In the Minor, the clear leader, Graham Mill-Wilson, drew with Norman Tidy to claim the Nat-West trophy, leaving the latter in a ties with Paul Errington and Rob Fursman for  2nd=. The grading prixes went to Ray Hood (U-113) and Peter Carrick U-101.

The prize list is as follows:-

Open Name Grd Club score Prize (£)
1st R. de Coverly 184 Bourne End 200
2nd= D. Mackle 214 Newton Abbot 4 110
  P. D. Helbig 180 S. Bristol 4 110
GP (U-179) M. V. Abbott 173 Exmouth 3 30
(U-162) G. N. Jepps 160 Frome 3 30
Major (U-155)          
1st= C. Sellwood 151 Camborne 4 135
  J. H. Nielsen 140 Wimborne 4 135
3rd= P. Tew   Cardiff 24
  D. J. Jenkins 139 Camborne 24
  C. M. Strong 139 Clevedon 24
GP (U-140 T. V. Earnshaw   Exeter 3 15
  S. L. Hamilton   Warley 3 15
GP (U-136) P. Brackner 134 Dorchester 30
Minor (U-125)          
1st G. Mill-Wilson 119 Yate & Sodbury 160
2nd= N. F. Tidy 124 Teignmouth 4 60
  P. T. Errington 122 Bournemouth 4 60
  R. Fursman     4 60
GP: (U-113) R. Hood 101 Exeter 30
(U-101) P. Carrick   93 Norton Radstock 30
Best team of 4 Wimborne     13 20

A handshake gets the final round under way. Homer V de Coverly nearest.

Brusey V Helbig ahead of a mild contretemps near the end.

Abbott (B) on his was to a win and a Grading Prize.

Annetts & Woodruff, discover they were old Exmouth members and settle for a quick draw.

Mill-Wilson needed a draw to win the Minor Section - and got it.

Roger de Coverly clear winner of the Steve Boniface Trophy.

Graham Mill-Wilson, clear winner of the Minor Section.

E. Devon Congress – Day 2

 After extracting his revenge on John Stephens, last night, for his recent league win, Alan Brusey cruised into joint first place, one of only two on 2/2. He also seemed to have a very slight edge towards the end of his Rd. 3 game against Roger de Coverly (see below) with a pawn on the 7th rank,  but having bishops of opposite colours, it proved impossible to make any inroads and a draw was agreed.

At the end of the day, they remained in the joint lead on 2½/3, but were joined by Mackle, Helbig and Homer.

  Round 2          
1 Dilleigh, S 1 ½ ½ Jaszkiwskyj 1
2 De Coverly, R 1 1 0 Medina, P 1
3 Brusey, A. W. 1 1 0 Bolt, G 1
4 Homer, S 1 1 0 Wensley, O 1
5 Mackle, D ½ 1 0 Regis, D 1
6 Bass, J. W. ½ 1 0 Stinton- B  M ½
7 Fewkes, J. E. ½ ½ ½ Wheeler, J. F. ½
8 Dean, S. K. ½ ½ ½ Gilmour, A. J. ½
9 Helbig, P. D. ½ 1 0 McKinley, C ½
10 Paulden T. ½ 1 0 Morgan, J ½
11 Woodruff, A. C. ½ 0 1 Gosling, B. G. ½
12 Frangleton, A. ½ 0 1 Mackle, D ½
13 Rinvolucri, A. J. ½ 0 1 Abbott M. V. ½
14 Littlejohns, D ½ 1 0 Czegeny, M ½
15 Pittman, F. J. 0 ½ ½ Stephens, J 0
16 Annetts, I. S. 0 0 1 Shaw, M 0
17 Dillon, P 0 0 1 Bartlett, S 0
18 Page M. C. 0 ½ ½ Jepps, G. N. 0
19            

 

  Round 3          
1 Brusey, A. W. 2 ½ ½ De Coverly, R 2
2 Jaszkiwskyj 1 0 1 Mackle, D
3 Piper, S 1 1 0 Bass, J. W.
4 Littlejohns, D 1 ½ ½ Dilleigh, S
5 Gosling, B. G. 1 0 1 Helbig, P. D
6 Wheeler, J. F. 1 ½ ½ Paulden, T
7 Wensley, O 1 0 1 Gilmour, A 1
8 Bolt, G 1 1 0 Fewkes, J. E. 1
9 Regis, D 1 1 0 Bartlett, S 1
10 Medina, P 1 1 0 Dean, S. K. 1
11 Shaw, M 1 ½ ½ Woodruff, A. C. ½
12 Stephens, J ½ 1 0 Frangleton, A ½
13 Morgan, J ½ ½ ½ Page, M. C. ½
14 Jepps, G. N. ½ ½ ½ Pittman, F. J. ½
15 Stinton-B M ½ 1 0 Czegeny, M ½
16 McKinley, C. T. ½ 0 1 Rinvolucri, A. J. ½
17 Dillon, P 0 0 1 Annetts, I. S. 0
18 Homer, S. J. 2 ½ bye  
19 Abbott, M. V 1 ½ bye  

 

Brusey (R) vs de Coverley: a draw was agreed shortly after.

E. Devon Congress Rd. 1

The annual East Devon Congress opened last night with 109 entries overall, and the number of players taking byes on the Friday night made the large Corn Hall look somewhat sparsely populated in comparison with earlier times.

Among the early arrivals was the top graded player, the recently-retired Dominic Mackle, looking fresh and keen to boost his chess income. Last year’s triple winners, Graham Bolt (Exeter), Dave Littlejohns (Taunton)and Oliver Wensley (Exmouth) were all there, too, hoping to prove that their 2012 success was no fluke. In fact, Wensley immediately lept into the lead as he was a local player for whom no opponent could be found, and so was given a full point bye. 2nd seed, John Stephens (Exmouth), having beaten Mackle in a league match a few weeks ago, is also eyeing up the main prize. But the wall-chart showed a host of 180-ish grade players, all capable of beating anyone on their day. Thus the Open Section looked exactly that …. very open.

  Round 1   Grd         Grd
1 S. Piper 0 175 ½ ½ D. Mackle 0 214
2 J. K. Stephens 0 191 0 1 A. W. Brusey 0 171
3 M. V. Abbott 0 172 ½ ½ J. Bass 0 189
4 J. F. Wheeler 0 188 ½ ½ D. Littlejohns 0 169
5 M. Shaw 0 168 0 1 S. Dilleigh 0 187
6 A. Gilmour 0 186 ½ ½ J. E. Fewkes 0 165
7 S. Bartlett 0 164 0 1 R. de Coverley 0 184
8 G. Bolt 0 183 1 0 M. C. Page 0 161
9 G. N. Jepps 0 160 0 1 S. J. Homer 0 183
10 D. Regis 0 181 1 0 F. J. Pittman 0 157
11 J. Morgan 0 156 ½ ½ P. D.Helbig 0 180
12 P. Jaszkiwskyj 0 178 1 0 I. S. Annetts 0 155
13 M. Czegeny 0 148 ½ ½ A. Woodruff 0 177
14 P. Medina 0 176 1 0 P. Dillon 0 127
15 O. E. Wensley 0 178 1 - bye    

Mackle gets the show on the road vs Stephen Piper

White on Bds. 2 - 5 were Stephens (Exmouth), Abbott (Exmouth), Wheeler (Cosham) & Shaw (Exmouth.)

Previous winner, Paul Helbig (B) faces Jamie Morgan.

In the Minor, former winner Christine Constable faces Nicolas Bacon (Sidmouth)

General view from the stage.

WECU Junior Winners

The Wiltshire and West of England Championships were held last weekend in Swindon. Although ineligible for West of England titles, the overall winners were as follows (grades in brackets):-

1st Matthew Wadsworth (205 – Berks).

2nd = Joseph Levene (172 – Barnet), Peter Batchelor (207 – Willesdon) & Ananthanarayanan Balaji (189 -Middlesex). The latter 3 all won a British Championship Qualifying Place.

The West of England (WECU) title winners in the various age groups were as follows:- U-18 Champion: 1st= John Fraser (154 – Devon) & Thomas Thorpe (177 – Bristol). Girls’ Champion:- Megan Owens (165 – Wilts). U-16 Champion:- John Fraser. U-14 Champion: Michael Ashworth (149 – Glos). Girls’ Champion: Eleanor Hapeshi (112 – Glos). U-12 Champion: Jonathan Lee (91 – Bristol). U-12 Girls’ Champion: Samantha Perryman (77 – Hants). WECU-10 Champion: William Cleeves (Thamesdown). Girls’ Champion: Mercedes Hobkirk-Capps (Glos). U-9 Champion: Benjamin Headlong (104 – Swindon). U-8 Champion: Dev Atara (Yately Manor). Girls’ Champion: (Jt.) Holly Bundy, Nandita Damarla & Georgia Headlong (all Wilts).

The West of England Championship will be held in Exmouth at the end of this month and it’s time now to get those late entries in as places are limited.

Cornwall is mourning the loss of one of its keenest players, and Britain one of its ablest problemists, with the sudden death of Christopher Reeves of St. Agnes at the age of 73. To the end, he was very active, and was often helpful to me in suggesting ideas for the problem section of this column, a number of his compositions appearing here over the years. He was not a prolific composer, having had about 120 published under his name, but their quality was of the highest, and FIDE awarded him the title of Master of Composition in 1990.

Last week’s problem by Kipping was solved by 1.d7! threatening 2.Nxc6# and if either of Black’s knights move to prevent this, the rook mates on the f-file.

This game ending occurred in the 2003 event (Woodruff v Finnegan). Black has just played Qf7 to pin White’s central rook. Does it work, or not?

Does White have a plan even more cunning that Black's plan?