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15th Beacon Seniors Congress – Day 3

Before play started, the announcements included a summary of the outcome of the World Seniors Championship that finished in Greece the evening before. Keith Arkell had finished 1st= on points (8/11) but had to wait until the very last game finished until the tie-break could be determined, and it went against Keith who had to settle for the Silver medal. The entire gathering broke into spontaneous applause at Arkell’s valiant efforts, and not forgetting Nunn who got the Bronze.

Play the proceeded and ended as follows:

  “Juniors”           Rd. 3    
                   
1 J. Wells 183 (2) ½   ½ A. Brown 185 (1½)
2 S. Dilleigh 182 (1½) ½   ½ I. Heppell 174 (1)
3 D. Rogers 158 (1) ½   ½ R. Wynarczyk 173 (1)
4 I. McAllan 170 (1) ½   ½ R. Burton 152 (1)
5 S. Bartlett 169 (1) 1   0 I. Blencowe 130 (1)
6 D. Orr 127 (1) 0   1 T. F. Thynne 161 (1)
7 C. Sellwood 156 (½) ½   ½ M. Roberts 145 (0)
8 I. Cross 147 (½) 1   0 M. Maber   99 (½)
                   
  S. Dean bye   ½          
  D. Sheppard bye   ½          
                   

 

  Seniors 65+         Rd. 3    
                   
1 W. Adaway 186 (2) 1   0 D. Toms 151 (2)
2 A. Footner 187 (1½) 1   0 A. Barton 170 (2)
3 A. Fraser 105 (1½) ½   ½ R. Gamble 161 (1½)
4 H. Welch 96 (1½) 0   1 A. Price 155 (1½)
5 R. Everson 164 (1) 1   0 J. Shaddick 142 (1)
6 I. S. Annetts 162 (1) 1   0 B. Sandercock 130 (1)
7 J. Robertson 130 (1) 0   1 D. Openshaw 122 (1)
8 J. Reinhardt 155 (1) ½   ½ R. Hurn 125 (1)
9 B. Gosling 153 (1) ½   ½ A. Sherriff 125 (1)
10 R. Smith 127 (1) ½   ½ P. Morton 152 (1)
11 R. Scowen 152 (1) ½   ½ J. Clapp 122 (1)
12 P. Wood 147 (1) ½   ½ R. Waters 112 (1)
13 F. Day 94 (1) 0   1 J. Footner 145 (1)
14 O. Namouk 140 (1) 1   0 M. Kaye 91 (1)
15 D. Burt 112 (½) ½   ½ P. Errington 134 (1)
16 T. Maloney 70 (½) 0   1 K. Langmaid 112 (½)
17 R. Cox 80 (½) 0   1 N. F. Tidy 135 (0)
18 R. Curtis 106 (0) 0   1 P. Lucas 94 (0)
19 P. Gordon 118 (1½) 0   1 M. Page 163 (1½)
20 Carrick (bye) 94 (0) 1       153 (½)

15th Beacon Seniors Congress – Day 2

The draw for Rd. 2 worked out well in that everyone got a game as there were no byes.  Details of the schedule for prizes that were not already on the entry form were worked out before play started and announced at the start of play. There is something to play at all levels of play.

  “Juniors”           Rd. 2    
                   
1 A. Brown 185 (1)  ½   ½  S. Dilleigh 182 (1)
2 T. Thynne 161 (1)  0    1 J. Wells 183 (1)
3 S. Bartlett 169 (½)  ½    ½ S. Dean 167 (1)
4 D. Sheppard 147 (½)  0    1 R. Burton 152 (½)
5 I. Blencowe 130 (½)  ½    ½ I. McAllan 170 (½)
6 R. Burton 170 (½)  ½    ½ D. Orr 127 (½)
7 R. Wynarczyk 173 (0)  1    0 I. Cross 147 (½)
8 M. Roberts 145 (0)  0    1 D. Rogers 158 (0)
9 M. Maber 99 (0)  ½    ½ C. Sellwood 156 (0)
                   

 

  Seniors 65+         Rd. 2    
                   
1 D. Openshaw 155 (1)  0    1 W. Adaway 186 (1)
2 A. Barton 170 (1)  1    0  J. Reinhardt 155 (1)
3 D. Toms 151 (1)  1    0 I. S. Annetts 162 (1)
4 A. Footner 187 (½)  1    0 J. Robertson 130 (1)
5 B. Sandercock 130 (1)  0    1 R. Everson 164 (0)
6 M. Page 163 (½)  1    0  A. Sherriff 125 (1)
7 R. Gamble 161 (½)  1    0 J. Clapp 122 (1)
8 A. Price 155 (½)  1    0 F. Day 96 (1)
9 P. Errington 137 (½)  ½   ½  P. Wood 147 (0)
10 R. Hurn 125 (½)  ½   ½  O. Namouk 140 (½)
11 J. Footner 145 (0)  1    0 M. Adams 130 (½)
12 J. Shaddick 142 (0)  1    0 D. Burt 112 (½)
13 K. Langmaid 112 (½)  0    1 R. Scowen 152 (0)
14 N. F. Tidy 135 (0)  0    1 H. Welch 96 (½)
15 P. Morton 152 (0)  1    0 T. Maloney 70 (½)
16 A. Fraser 105 (½)  1    0 R. Cox 80 (½)
17 P. Lucas 96 (0)  0    1 R. Smith 127 (0)
18 R. Waters 112 (0)  1    0 P. Carrick 94 (0)
19 M. Kaye 70 (0)  1    0 R. Curtis 106 (0)
20 P. Gordon 118 (1)  ½    ½ B. Gosling 153 (½)

 

Bd. 1 in the "Juniors" - Brown vs Dilleigh.

Thynne vs Wells & Bartlett vs Dean

Top boards in the Seniors: Openshaw vs Adaway & Barton vs Reinhardt.

15th Beacon Seniors Congress – Day 1

Players started to assemble in the playing hall all morning, firstly those staying at the hotel, then those staying in accommodation nearby and later on those having to travel, sometimes considerable distances in difficult weather conditions.

At 1 o’clock there were the usual welcoming words to all entrants, followed by a few words about former regulars, Heinz Herschmann and John Gorodi, who had passed away earlier in the year. As this was Ewart Smith’s 10th Seniors and last event he would control, and presentation was made to him of a framed photograph of him in action at his previous event, in Bournemouth, taken by and organised by Brendan O’Gorman.

A few last-minute alterations had had to be done to the accellerated Swiss draw, due to a few unexpected arrivals and delays, but play started a few minutes after 1 o’clock with no-one without a game, no forced byes. Most games went with grading, though there were a few surprises.

  “Juniors”           Rd. 1    
                   
1 D. Rogers 158 (0) 0   1 A. Brown 185 (0)
2 J. Wells 183 (0) 1   0 M. Roberts 145 (0)
3 C. Sellwood 156 (0) 0   1 S. Dilleigh 182 (0)
4 I. Heppell 174 (0) ½   ½ R. Burton 152 (0)
5 T. Thynne 161 (0) 1   0 R. Wynarczyk 173 (0)
6 I. McAllan 170 (0) ½   ½ D. Sheppard 147 (0)
7 D. Orr 127 (0) ½   ½ S. Bartlett 169 (0)
8 S. Dean 167 (0) 1   0 M. Maber   99 (0)
  I. Cross 147 bye ½          
  I. Blencowe 130 bye ½          

  

  Seniors 65+         Rd. 1    
                   
1 B. Gosling 153 (0) ½   ½ A. Footner 187 (0)
2 W. Adaway 186 (0) 1   0 P. Morton 152 (0)
3 R. Scowen 152 (0) 0   1 A. Barton 170 (0)
4 R. Everson 164 (0) 0   1 D. Toms 151 (0)
5 I. S. Annetts 162 (0) 1   0 J. Shaddick 142 (0)
6 J. Robertson 130 (0) 1   0 R. Waters 112 (0)
7 O. Namouk 140 (0) ½   ½ R. Gamble 161 (0)
8 D. Openshaw 155 (0) 1   0 N. F. Tidy 135 (0)
9 P. Errington 137 (0) ½   ½ A. Price 155 (0)
10 J. Reinhardt 155 (0) 1   0 J. Footner 145 (0)
11 P. Wood 147 (0) ½   ½ M. Page 163 (0)
12 R. Curtis 106 (0) 0   1 B. Sandercock 130 (0)
13 M. Adams 130 (0) ½   ½ A. Fraser 105 (0)
14 F. Day 96 (0) 1   0 R. Smith 127 (0)
15 A. Sherriff 125 (0) 1   0 P. Lucas 96 (0)
16 H. Welch 96 (0) ½   ½ R. Hurn 125 (0)
17 J. Clapp 122 (0) 1   0 M. Kaye 91 (0)
18 D. Burt 112 (0) ½   ½ R. Cox 80 (0)
19 T, Maloney 70 (0) ½   ½ K. Langmaid 112 (0)
20 P. Carrick 94 (0) 0   1 P. Gordon 118 (0)

 

General view of the playing area.

General view of the action.

Exouth player, Dave Rogers (W) faces top seed Alan Brown on Bd. 1 of the "Juniors" Section.

Brian Gosling vs Andrew Footner - game drawn.

McAllan vs Sheppard - game drawn.

 

J. Reinhardt (W) of Dresden on his way to a winning start vs John Footner.

Lawson on Legacies (01.11.14.)

The new President of the English Chess Federation is Dominic Lawson, former Editor of the Sunday Telegraph, son of former Chancellor of the Exchequer, Nigel Lawson and brother to Nigella. He is a strong and active player who is likely to use his professional contacts to raise the profile of the game in the national consciousness. To this end he has, all this week, been involved in a second series on Radio 4 in which, while playing a game with them, he talks to a number of diverse public figures for whom chess has played a part in their lives. On Monday it was the World Champion Magnus Carlsen and on Thursday it was Sol Campbell, former Arsenal and England footballer. He did a 1st series earlier this year which included boxing champion Lennox Lewis. All ten broadcasts will remain available on the BBC website for at least a year.

By way of introduction, writing in the Radio Times, Lawson links this with the film The Imitation Game, shortly due for UK release, with Benedict Cumberbatch in the part of the mathematician Alan Turing. It concentrates on Turing’s work at Bletchley Park cracking the “unbreakable” Nazi codes, where his line managers included British Chess Champion Hugh Alexander and Sir Stuart Milner-Barry.

Turing was not in their league as a player but left an even greater legacy to the chess world when, in 1952, he developed the first chess program, which he called “Turochamp”. It took half an hour to execute the instructions for each move but it worked, and 45 years later its direct descendant “Deeper Blue” defeated Kasparov himself.

This begs the question as to whether the silicon algorithms have taken over and are killing human creativity. While there is no substitute for human vs human competition, the best players will always be those that harness the computer to help develop their innate skills; to be its master rather than its slave.

Here is the 1997 game in which a computer defeats a world champion in a match for the first time.

White: Deeper Blue. Black G. Kasparov Caro-Kann Defence – Steinitz Var. [B17]

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nd7 5.Ng5 Ngf6 6.Bd3 e6 7.N1f3 h6?? The blunder that sealed the human’s fate as it allows a known winning sacrifice 8.Nxe6! Qe7 9.0–0 fxe6 10.Bg6+ Kd8 11.Bf4 b5 12.a4 Bb7 13.Re1 Nd5 14.Bg3 Kc8 15.axb5 cxb5 16.Qd3 Bc6 17.Bf5 exf5 18.Rxe7 Bxe7 19.c4 1–0

Last week’s short game ended with 1.Bxf7+ Should Black take the bishop and try to hang on – or not? Black chooses the former 1…Kxf7?? 2.Ng5+ Ke8 and 3.Ne6 traps the queen, a move that Black clearly overlooked. But even if 1…Kf8 2.Ng5 Ndf6 3.Bb3 Nh6 etc. his position is a mess.

In this position from 1882, how does White win in two moves?

White to mate in 2