Having played each other in the penultimate round, the two top grades, Jack Rudd and Dominic Mackle, had to face other opposition. Rudd was drawn against Alistair Hill of Battersea, while Mackle faced the perennially solid Steve Dilleigh, not someone you’d want to be playing if you needed a last round win. The Rudd-Hill was over in 90 minutes, making Jack the “leader in the clubhouse”, watching how the other game was going. Eventually Jack had to leave to catch his train home, and it was soon after that Mackle started to turn the screws and got domination in the centre with free-moving pieces, while Dilleigh’s pieces were forced to edges of the board, from where they had no counter-play.
In the Major Section John Nyman of the famous King’s Head club in London won the Major Section (U-155) and with it the Ken Schofield Salver.
Chess-playing sisters are something of a rarety on the circuit. There are the Polgars, of course, and the Eagles from Liverpool, though they are now inactive because being MPs takes up so much of their time. After that, one might be a little stuck to come up with other names, but here we had the Westcountry Fursman girls; Lynne playing in the Major and Joy in the Minor (U-125). Lynne was a little off the pace in her section, but her sister was on Bd. 1 facing local player, Mark Cockerton of Torquay. She had White, played the Bird’s Opening and happily drew her game to clinch clear 1st and the grandest of the three trophies up for grabs. Joy was truly unconfined in the foyer afterwards, so pleased was she with her success. They were taught chess by their father, and now Joy is based in Clevedon, near Bristol, and Lynne in Tewkesbury.
Here is the full prizelist.
|EAST DEVON CHESS CONGRESS 2015 PRIZE LIST|
|Open||1st=||Jack Rudd (IM)||Barnstaple||4½||170.00|
|Dominic Mackle||Newton Abbot||4½||170.00|
|GP 169-181=||Alan Brusey||Teignmouth||3½||14.00|
|GP <169=||Robert Wright||Bridport||3||20.00|
|GP <169=||Jamie Morgan||Penwith||3||20.00|
|Major U-155||1st||John Nyman||King’s Head||4½||160.00|
|GP 133-147=||John Morrison||Tiverton||3½||20.00|
|GP <133||Lynne Fursman||3||40.00|
|Minor U-125||1st||Joy Fursman||4½||160.00|
|GP 102-110||James Wallman||4||40.00|
|GP <102||Terry Dengler||Truro||3||40.00|
|Team Prize||Exeter A||14||40.00|