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Liz Neat Memorial Tournament – May 2013

Former member of the Exmouth Chess Club and Devon President, Dr. Roger Neat lost his wife to cancer last year, and was determined to commemorate her support for his, and his sons, chess efforts, with a special tournament. To give it its full title, The Mary Elizabeth Neat Memorial Seniors Invitation RapidPlay Tournament, Roger had decided it should be an 8-man American, with 20 minutes per player per game, with the invitees being players he had known in his Exmouth days.

To give it some edge, he was offering prizes of £100, £50 & £25 for the first 3 places, and was funding a splendid lunch. 

The Manor Hotel on Exmouth’s sea-front Beacon, was booked, and the 8 players duly assembled, together with local Arbiter John Ariss.

Front: Norman Tidy; Seated: John Ariss. Roger Neat, Brian Gosling. Standing: Ivor Annetts, Malcolm Belt, Greg Pond, Fred Hodge, Bob Jones.

After 3 rounds, only Brian Gosling had a maximum score, and everyone retired to the bar for drinks and a splendid repast, while considering the chances for the afternoon; e.g. could Brian be stopped? After lunch he continued in much the same vein, reaching 5/5, but then the wheels came off, trying the Polish Opening against a Polish veteran, Bob Jones. Going in to the final round, Gosling had Black against Neat, who was also having a good tournament, while Jones had White against Hodge. If Neat could hold Gosling and Jones could beat Hodge, the individual encounter between Gosling and Jones would determine the winner.

The first bit went according to plan, as Neat agreed a draw, but the second bit went sadly awry, as Jones not only failed to win, but came within a whisker of losing. So Brian Gosling got the £100 1st prize, while Neat and Jones, the only undefeated players, shared 2nd & 3rd.

All agreed it had been a splendid day, blessed by cloudless skies and a most agreeable venue.

No. Name Grd 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Tot. Pos.
1 I. S. Annetts 143* X 1 0 1 ½ ½ 0 1 4 4th
2 M. Belt 136 0 X 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 8th
3 B. G. Gosling 154 1 1 X 1 0 ½ 1 1 1st
4 F. R. Hodge 123* 0 0 0 X ½ ½ 1 0 2 7th
5 R. H. Jones 149* ½ 1 1 ½ X ½ ½ 1 5 2nd=
6 R. Neat 136e ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ X 1 1 5 2nd=
7 G. Pond 126e 1 1 0 0 ½ 0 X 0 ½ 6th
8 N. F. Tidy 105* 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 X 3 5th

 

Bd Rd. 1 Rd. 2 Rd. 3 Rd. 4 Rd. 5 Rd. 6 Rd. 7
1 5v8 8v2 6v8 8v3 7v8 8v4 8v1
2 4v6 1v3 5v7 2v4 6v1 3v5 7v2
3 3v7 7v4 4v1 1v5 5v2 2v6 6v3
4 2v1 6v5 3v2 7v6 4v3 1v7 5v4

 Winners in bold 

Rd. 2 gets under way: Tidy-Belt (nearest) & Annetts - Gosling.

Rd. 3: The desired Neat & Tidy game.

Rd. 3: Hodge v Annetts (nearest) & Gosling v Belt.

Break for lunch

Spoilt for choice

Jones & Neat congratulate each other and share 2nd & 3rd

 

Brian Gosling - clear 1st and £100 winner