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Kaz Comes Clean (12.12.13.)

 The 5th London Chess Classic is on at Olympia all this week, with many of the world’s strongest players participating or simply hanging around, seeing who they can bump into.

Take Garry Kasparov, for instance, seen here left. He’s not here to play, but luckily he bumped into the Devon veteran player, Ivor Annetts of Tiverton, (seen here right) which gave Garry the chance to thank Ivor for all the help and encouragement he’d given him when young. He had to confess that without Ivor’s unfailing support and advice throughout the early years, he might not have gone on to win  all those World Championships. At least, that’s what Ivor tells me! You be the judge!

Kasparov meets Ivor The Terrible

Seaton Players Move Ahead

Have just taken delivery of the latest edition of East Devon Connect, a 24 page magazine published by the EDDC, designed to put a positive slant on community life within their area, in the wake of rate-capping, spending cuts etc. Exmouth, as the largest town in Devon under DCC control, can usually guarantee a good deal of  coverage, but this issue has a one page feature on Seaton, under the heading “Regenerating Seaton”. Interestingly, half the page consists of the photograph below, featuring two unnamed chess players using some newly acquired boards on the sea-front. No reference is made to them in the text beneath, however, and it would be easy to assume these are just 2 unwary members of the public, nabbed by the photographer as they passed by. Those in the know, however, will recognise them as Ken Alexander and Hazel Welch, both long-time members of the Seaton Chess Club.

Anyway, it’s refreshing to see chess being featured as a focal point of urban regeneration. Well done, Seaton!

Hazel Welch and Ken Alexander lock horns in Jubilee Gardens.

 

Tour of Britain - start of Stage 6 in Sidmouth - is featured on the cover.

47th Torbay Congress (17.11.13)

After 25 years of being held at Torquay’s Riviera Centre, circumstances forced a change of venue for this year, reverting to the Toorak Hotel, just over the road.

The Open Section was contested right up to the very last minute, with Alan Brusey and Steve Homer on top board, battling it out in a game of swinging fortunes in an otherwise empty room. In a complex endgame, it came down to Homer’s rook & knight facing a rook and 4 pawns. He managed to give up the knight for 3 pawns, but the 4th proved too much. In the end his flag fell in a lost position.

Alan Brusey thus won the Open and accepted the offer of a place in the 2014 British Championship in Wales.

The full list of prizewinners is as follows:-

Open Name Grd Club pts  
1st A. W. Brusey 181 Teignmouth 4 £250
2nd= J. K. Stephens 190 Exmouth £125
  S. J. Homer 188 Newton Abbot £125
GPs          
U-186 B. Macreamoinn 178 Salisbury 3 £30
U-174 M. Shaw 172 Exmouth 3 £15
  T. Slade 162 Barnstaple 3 £15
Major          
(U-170)          
1st= B. O’Gorman 154 DHSS 4 £74
  R. Greatorex 155 Llangollen 4 £74
  D. Cordner 168 Cosham 4 £74
GPs          
U-159 A. Dunn 157 Torquay £30
U-149 C. E. Keen 140 Exeter £30
Inter          
(U-140)          
1st T. V. Greenaway 130 Torquay  
2nd= P. Brackner 135 Dorchester £28
  M. Hill 134 Liskeard £28
  S. Woolgar 130 Hanham £28
GPs          
(U-130 K. Langmaid 123 Yate £28
  R Ludlow 124 Trowbridge £28
(U-123) R. Whittington 122 Exeter Juniors 3 £30
Minor          
(U-120)          
1st= C. Gardiner 113 Newmarket 4 £60
  W. Pope 107 Liseard 4 £60
  P. McConnell 107 St. Albans 4 £60
  D. Saint u/g Patchway 4 £60
GPs          
(U-108) E. Kelly 105 Exeter Juniors   £30
(U-101) D. Healey 95 Watford   £10
  C. Bennett 100 Portsmouth   £10
  J. Carr 79 Berkhemsted   £10
           

 

The top 2 sections - Annetts V Wilby nearest.

Minor Section (l) & Intermediate

Bd. 1 in the Open - Brusey VS Homer. The game finished in an empty hall with a win for White, after many vicissitudes.

Stephens V Shaw - clubmates, but no other pairing options were available.

 

Thynne (r) got a winning position but failed to capitalise and Charlie Keen needed no encouragement to hit back and win.

Royal Beacon Seniors Congress – 5th & Final Day

The draw for the final round is as follows:-

  Seniors – Rd. 5          
  White       Black  
1 Norman, K. I. (3½)  ½ ½  Burnett, J. (4)
2 Gosling, B. G. (3)  ½  ½ Pickersgill, A. (3)
3 Gamble, R. (3)  1 Jones, R. H. (3)
4 Thynne, T. F. (3)  ½  ½ Price, A. (3)
5 Shaddick, J. (3)  0 Everson, R (2½)
6 Page, M. (2½)  ½  ½ Hewson, B. W. (2½)
7 Scowen, R. (2½)  ½  ½ Hibbitt, A. (2½)
8 Annetts, I. S. (2½)  1 Wood, P. (2½)
9 Morton, P. (2)  ½  ½ Wiltshire, M. (2½)
10 McAllan, I. (2)  1 Waters, R. (2)
11 Orr, D. (2)  ½  ½ Clapp, J. (2)
12 Fraser, A. (2)  ½  ½ Sherriff, A. (2)
13 Carrick, P. (2)  ½  ½ Tidy, N. F. (2)
14 Robertson, J. (1½)  ½  ½ Hurn, R. (1½)
15 Taylor, M (1½)  1 Lucas, P. (1½)
16 Jones, S. (1½)  0 Namouk, O. (1½)
17 Gorodi, J. G. (1)  0 Kaye, M. (1)
18 Toms, D. A. (1)  1 Ryan, R. A. (1)
19 Welch, H. (1)  1 0 Moloney, T. (1)
20 Purry, N. (½)  1 Cox, R. (0)
21 Roberts, M (1½)  0 Gordon, P. (1)
             
             
  “Juniors”  Rd. 5          
1 Heppell, I. (2½)  ½  ½ Brown, A. (3)
2 Brusey, A. W. (2½)  ½  ½ Rogers, D. R. (2½)
3 Blencowe, I. (½)  0 Bartlett, S. (2½)
4 Burton, R (1½)  ½  ½ Dean, S. (2)
5 Wells, J. (2)  ½  ½ Sellwood, C. (1½)
             

 It will be noticed that in spite of the number of unexpected results throughout the week, the accelerated Swiss pairing sytem used has brought the top 2 players to the top in the final round  - clear 1st and clear 2nd.

As is usual in the circumstances, there was a multiplicity of short draws as players sought to make an early start home. The exception being those still with a chance of getting into the prizelist. Of these, Raymond Gamble and Ivor Annetts got the sharp wins that were rewarded. The “Juniors” was even tighter than usual with just a single point separating 7 of the 10 players. Arguably, the outstanding performance was that of Dave Rogers (149), who played the 4 top-graded opponents and drew with them all.

The final prizelist was as follows:-

  Seniors Grd   Pts Prize
1st J. Burnett 196 Doncaster £100
2nd= K. I. Norman 189 Wokingham 4 £25
  R. Gamble 165 Derby 4 £25
           
GP U-155 I. S. Annetts 152 Tiverton £25
  B. G. Gosling 151 Exmouth £25
           
U-120 J. Clapp 109 N. Radstock £20
  A. Fraser 102 Beckenham £20
  P. Carrick   91 Bath £20
           
Slow R. Burton 154 Weymouth 2 £10
Starter M. Kaye   96 Dorchester 2 £10
  H. Welch 103 Seaton 2 £10
           
75+  1st A. Sherriff 127 Dartford £20
           
  “Juniors”        
1st= S. Bartlett 174 Newquay £50
  A. Brown 186 Northampton £50
GP U-165 D. R. Rogers 149 Exmouth 3 £20
           

Ropyal Beacon Seniors Day 4

The draw for Rd. 4 was as follows:-

Normally, in the final 2 rounds of a congress when opponents in every game are on a equal score, the games become longer and are more likely to end in a draw. But being a Seniors event, the normal rules don’t apply. Looking at the day’s results, with only 3 games still to finish,  it was hard to spot a draw anywhere. Except in the “Junior” section, that is, but then again, they’re not seniors!

  Seniors – Rd. 4          
  White       Black  
1 Burnett, J. (3)  1  0  Shaddick, J. (3)
2 Hewson, B. W. (2½)     Norman, K. I. (2½)
3 Pickersgill, A. (1½)  1 Morton, P. (2)
4 Jones, R. H. (2)  1  0 McAllan, I. (2)
5 Sherriff, A. (2)  0  1  Thynne, T. (2)
6 Waters, R. (2)  0  1 Gamble, R (2)
7 Clapp, J. (2)  0  1 Price, A. (2)
8 Fraser, A (2)  0  1 Gosling, B (2)
9 Everson, R (1½)  1  0  Robertson, J (1½)
10 Hibbitt, A. (1½)  1  0 Taylor, M. (1½)
11 Namouk, O (1½)     Scowen, R. (1½)
12 Wiltshire, M. (1½)  1  0  Roberts, M. (1½)
13 Page, M. (1½)  1  0 Jones, S (1½)
14 Hurn, R. (1½)     Annetts, I. S. (1½)
15 Wood, P (1½)  1  0  Toms, D. A (1)
16 Moloney, T (1)  0  1  Orr, D (1)
17 Tidy, N. F. (1)  1  0  Welch, H. (1)
18 Lucas, P. (½)  1  0  Purry, N. (½)
19 Ryan, R. A. (½)  ½  ½ Kaye, M. (½)
20 Cox, R. (0)  0  1 Gorodi, J. G. (0)
21 Gordon, P. (1)  0  1 Carrick, P. (1)
             
             
  “Juniors”  Rd. 4          
1 Brown, A (2½)     Brusey, A. W. (2)
2 Rogers, D. R. (2)  ½  ½ Heppell, I (2)
3 Bartlett, S. (2)  ½  ½ Wells, J. (1½)
4 Sellwood, C. (1)  ½  ½ Burton, R (1)
5 Dean, S. (1)     Blencowe, I (½)
             

Royal Beacon Seniors Congress Day 3

The draw for Rd. 3 has something of a weird look about it, a feature not uncommon for this Seniors event over the years. We see Seniors England International, Ken Norman, floating up to play the joint leader, Roger Waters (grade 111), while British U-150 Champion, John Gorodi, is languishing at the bottom with “null points”. In the middle of the draw there appear to be several contests that look unequal on paper but  could easily provide us with more shocks. Nothing can be taken for granted in a seniors event. However, it has to be said that top seed Jim Burnett (196) is unlikely to provide any shocks – except to his opponent. It’s his first visit to the event and he looks to be very solid and in good attacking form. so far, anyway…..

  Seniors – Rd. 3          
  White       Black  
1 Thynne, T. F. (2)  0  1 Burnett, J. (2)
2 Shaddick, J. (2)  1  0 Hibbitt, A. (1½)
3 Norman, K. I. (1½)  1  0 Waters, R (2)
4 Hewson, B. W. (1½)  1  0 Wood, P (1½)
5 McAllan, I. (1½)  ½  ½ Wiltshire, M. (1)
6 Scowen, R. (1)  ½  ½ Sherriff, A. (1½)
7 Roberts, M. (1½)  0 Pickersgill, A. (1)
8 Clapp, J. (1½)  ½  ½ Taylor, M. A. (1)
9 Price, A. (1½)  ½  ½ Namouk, O. (1)
10 Gamble, R (1)  1  0 Tidy, N. F. (1)
11 Toms, D (1)  0  1 Fraser, A (1)
12 Morton, P. (1)  1 Carrick, P. (1)
13 Jones, S (1)  ½  ½ Hurn, R. (1)
14 Jones, R. H. (1)  1 Maloney, T (1)
15 Orr, D (1)  0  1 Page, M. (½)
16 Purry, N. (½)  0  1 Everson, R (½)
17 Annetts, I. S. (½)  1 Ryan, Dr. R. (½)
18 Gorodi, J. G. (0)  0  1 Robertson, J (½)
19 Kaye, M (0)  ½  ½ Lucas, P. (0)
20 Welch, H. (0)  1  0 Cox, R. (0)
21 Gosling, B (1)     Gordon, P. (1)
             
             
  “Juniors”  Rd. 3          
1 Rogers, D. R. (1½)  ½  ½ Brown, A (2)
2 Heppell, I. (1)  1  0 Wells, J (1½)
3 Brusey, A. W. (1)  1  0 Dean, S. (1)
4 Sellwood, C. (1)  0  1 Bartlett, S. (1)
5 Blencowe, I (½)  0  1 Burton, R (0)
             

 

Today's Bd. 1 encounter is Trefor Thynne vs Jim Burnett

Ian Heppell; last to arrive and first to finish, having beaten Jonathan Wells.

To facilitate his orientation, Philip Gordon retains the same table nearest the exit door throughout, which means that his opponent today, Brian Gosling, has moved from top to bottom board in successive rounds.

Alan Brusey makes his move against Steve Dean in the "Juniors" section.

14th Royal Beacon Seniors – Rd. 2

The draw for Rd. 2 was as follows, with most results now added:

  Seniors – Rd. 2          
  White       Black  
1 Burnett, J. (1) 1 0 Gosling, B. (1)
2 Hibbitt, A. (1) ½ ½ Norman, K. I. (1)
3 Wood, P. (1) ½ ½ McAllan, I. (1)
4 Thynne, T. F. (1) 1 0 Toms, D. A. (1)
5 Pickersgill, A. (½) ½ ½ Hewson, B. W. (1)
6 Hurn, R. (1) 0 1 Shaddick, J. (1)
7 Sherriff, A. (1) ½ ½ Gamble, R. (½)
8 Everson, R. (0) ½ ½ Roberts, M. (1)
9 Wiltshire, M. (0) 1 0 Jones, S. (1)
10 Waters, R. (1) 1 0 Gorodi, J. G. (0)
11 Page, M (1) ½ ½ Clapp, J. (0)
12 Fraser, A. (1)     Scowen, R. (0)
13 Annetts, I. S. (½)     Price, A. (½)
14 Taylor, M. A. (½) ½ ½ Eden, D. (½)
15 Robertson, J (0) ½ ½ Jones, R. H. (½)
16 Namouk, O. (0) 1 0 Purry, N. (½)
17 Ryan, Dr. R. (½) 0 1 Morton, P. (0)
18 Tidy, N. F. (0) 1 0 Kaye, M. (0)
19 Lucas, P. (0)     Moloney, J. (0)
20 Carrick, P (0) 1 0 Cox, R. (0)
21 Gordon, P. (0) 1 0 Welch, H. (0)
             
             
  “Juniors”  Rd. 2          
1 Brown, A. (1) 1 0 Sellwood, C. (1)
2 Wells, J. (1) ½ ½ Rogers, D. R. (1)
3 Dean, S. (½) ½ ½ Heppell, I. (½)
4 Blencowe, I. (½) 0 1 Brusey, A. W. (0)
5 Burton, R. (0) 0 1 Bartlett, S. (0)
             

 Local player, Roger Waters, graded 111, is having the time of his life and finds himself joint-leader, having beaten the British U-150 Champion, John Gorodi. How long can it last? Yet every year produces surprise results and unexpected performances – it’s one of the joys of the Seniors. At least Gorodi must be favourite for the Slow Starter prize (0/2). Perhaps this was his cunning plan, all along!  Another pairing was J. E. Robertson and Robert Jones, where Robertson had travelled the furthest to play, from East Kilbride in Lanarkshire, Scotland, while Jones lived the nearest to the venue - about 1 mile. Not only that, but their names were anagrams of each other. ‘Twas only fitting, therefore, that a draw be the result.

Hibbitt on his way to a fine draw against Norman.

 

Thynne vs Toms (nearest).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gordon on his way to win against Hazel Welch.

 

Dave Rogers (B) got a creditable draw against Wells.

 

Robertson v Jones - nearest and furthest from the venue.

14th Royal Beacon Seniors Congress Day 1

Apart from the usual last minute panics, with one or two players withdrawing to be countered by another one or two entering by phone over the weekend, the behind-the-scenes run-up to the start was as smooth as it’s ever been. Shortly after 1 p.m. everyone was seated and ready to do battle.

What the “Junior” section lacked in numbers (10), it more than made up in strength, their average grade being 165.  The Seniors’ age range runs from 61 – 90 and grades range from 196 – 69. Having all of them in the same section necessitates using the Accelerated Swiss system being used, which helps avoid a large number of meaningless massacres in the opening rounds.

The draw for Rd. 1 was as follows, with results added:-

  Seniors   Rd. 1          
  White Grd       Black Grd  
1 Scowen, R. 157 Hampton  0 Burnett, J. 196 Doncaster
2 Norman, K. I. 189 Wokingham  1 Wiltshire, M 156 Dartford
3 Price, A 156 Leamington  ½  ½ Pickersgill, A. 172 Hastings
4 McAllan, I 169 Sidcup  1  0 Page, M 153 Insurance
5 Gosling, B. 151 Exmouth  1  0 Everson, R 167 Dartford
6 Hewson, B. W. 165 Tiverton  1  0 Robertson, J 147 E. Kilbride
7 Morton, P. 147 Hammersmith  0 Thynne, T. F. 165 N. Abbot
8 Gamble, R 165 Derby  ½  ½ Taylor, M. 140 Sidmouth
9 Gorodi, J. G. 159 Teignmouth  0 Hibbitt, A 161 Bristol
10 Toms, D. A. 150 Sidmouth  1 Namouk, O 135 Hastings
11 Shaddick, J 130 Basingstoke  1  0 Lucas, P `109 Eastbourne
12 Welch, Hazel 103 Seaton  0  1 Sherriff, A 127 Dartford
13 Kaye, M 103 Dorchester  0 Fraser, A 108 Beckenham
14 Purry, Dr. N 95 Southbourne  ½  ½ Orr, D 127 Dartford
15 Roberts, M 126 H. Chapel  1 0 Carrick, P 91 Bath
16 Clapp, J 109 N. Radstock  1 Tidy, N. F. 123 Teignmouth
17 Cox. R. 82 Southampton  0  1 Waters, R 111 Taunton
18 Maloney, J 69 Northampton  0  1 Hurn, R 134 Caerphilly
19 Jones, S 111 Dorchester  1 Gordon, P 122 I.O.W.
  Jones, R. H. 132 Exmouth ½   Bye    
  Ryan, Dr. R 95 Seaton ½   Bye    
  Annetts, I. S. 152 Tiverton ½   Bye    
  Eden, D 152 Dartford ½   Bye    
  Wood, P 151 Hastings 1   Bye    

 

  “Juniors”   Rd. 1          
  White Grd       Black Grd  
1 Bartlett, S 174 Newquay  0 Brown, A. 186 Northampton
2 Brusey, A. W. 181 Teignmouth  0  1 Sellwood, C 159 Camborne
3 Burton, R. 154 Weymouth  0  1 Wells, J. C. 180 N. Norfolk
4 Heppell, I 178 Wimbledon  ½  ½ Blencowe 126 Gloucester
  Dean, S. 164 Seaton  ½   Bye    
  Rogers, D. R. 149 Exmouth  1   Bye    
                 

 

General view of the playing area.

General view of the playing area

Seniors Bd. 1 - Scowen vs Burnett

"Juniors" Bds. 1 & 2 - Bartlett vs Brown & Brusey vs Sellwood (nearest)

Morton vs Thynne (nearest) & Hewson v Robertson.

Sid Jones vs Philip Gordon

Devon Team Blitz Tournament (20.10.13.)

Devon’s Team Blitz Tournament was again hosted by the Newton Abbot Club, with 10 teams competing for a record number of trophies. 12 minutes per player per game.

Newton Abbot’s 1st team, the Abbots, and previous winners, Exmouth Eagles, were the two top-rated teams by some margin , and their final position, after 6 rounds, reflected this. The Eagles’ consolation was to be the only undefeated team and to win the new Best Individual trophy, going to Meyrick Shaw for his 5 wins and a draw. Top-graded Dominic Mackle was denied a maximum score by losing to Kevin Hurst of the Eagles. Other players on 5/6 were Paul Brookes, Chris Scott,  Alan Brusey, Trefor Thynne & Andrew Kinder. 

The scratch team, Exmouth Egrets underperformed. They had regrets – but then again, too few to mention.

The event was organised by Trefor Thynne (Newton Abbot) and controlled by Ray Chubb (Teignmouth). Refreshments were provided by Mrs. Mackle and friend.

Here is a summary of the results. Photographs will appear a.s.a.p..

  Team Grd Pts Trophies  
1st Newton Abbot Abbots 698 19½ Thomas Cup Highest team score
2nd Exmouth Eagles 675 17  Knight Trophy Highest individual score
3rd= Teignmouth “A” 594 14 Hodge Cup Best U-600 team score
3rd= Newton Abbot Nunns 432 14 Graded Cup Best U-450 team score
5th= Torquay Boys’ G. S. 465 13½    
5th= Tiverton 597 13½    
7th Plymouth Piranhas 511 12½    
8th= Exmouth Egrets 491    
8th= Sidmouth Prawns 421    
10th Teignmouth “B” 337 1    

 

  Team Bd Name rd ► 1 2 3 4 5 6 Tot
1 N. A. Abbots     vs ► 8 5 6 2 4 3  
    1 D. Mackle 204 1 1 1 0 1 1 5
    2 P. Brooks 167 1 1 ½ ½ 1 1 5
    3 T. F. Thynne 165 1 1 0 1 1 1 5
    4 N. Rahimili 162 1 1 1 0 1 1 5
      tot   4 4 4 4 20
                       
        vs ► 4 3 7 1 6 5  
2 Exm.  Eagles 1 K. J. Hurst 184 0 0 1 1 ½ 0
    2 M. Shaw 167 1 1 1 ½ 1 1
    3 T. L. Slade 162 1 1 1 0 1 0 4
    4 C. J. Scott 142 1 ½ ½ 1 1 1 5
      tot   3 2 17
                       
        vs ► 7 2 10 8 9 1  
3 Teignmouth A 1 A. W. Brusey 181 1 1 1 1 1 0 5
    2 J. G. Gorodi 157 0 0 1 1 1 ½
    3 C. Doidge 133 0 0 1 0 1 0 2
    4 N. F. Tidy 123 0 ½ 1 1 1 0
      tot 594 1 4 3 4 ½ 14
                       
        vs ► 2 9 5 6 1 8  
4 N. A. Nunns 1 A. Kinder 150 1 1 1 1 0 1 5
    2 N. Mills 140 0 1 1 0 0 ½
    3 N. Narayanan 92 0 1 ½ 0 0 1
    4 T. O’Donoghue 50e 0 1 1 1 0 1 4
      tot   1 4 2 0 14
                       
        vs ► 10 1 4 7 8 2  
5 T. B. G. S. 1 J. Fraser 167 1 0 0 1 1 1 4
    2 V. Ranesh 112 1 0 0 1 1 0 3
    3 J. Wray 107 1 0 ½ 0 1 1
    4 J. Blackmore 79 1 0 0 1 1 0 3
      tot   4 0 ½ 3 4 2 13½
                       
        vs ► 9 7 1 4 2 10  
6 Tiverton 1 S. Bartlett 174 1 ½ 0 0 ½ 1 3
    2 I. S. Annetts 152 1 1 ½ 1 0 1
    3 K. P. Atkins 143 1 0 1 1 0 1 4
    4 J. Knowles 128 1 0 0 0 0 1 2
      tot   4 2 ½ 4 13½
        vs ► 3 6 2 5 10 9  
7 Plymouth 1 R. Wilby 141 0 ½ 0 0 1 0
    2 M. O’Brien 139 1 0 0 0 1 0 2
    3 B. Wilkinson 123 1 1 0 1 1 ½
    4 T. Tatam 108 1 1 ½ 0 1 1
      tot   3 ½ 1 4 12½
                       
        vs ► 1 10 9 3 5 4  
8 Egrets 1 J. Bacon 150 0 1 1 0 0 0 2
    2 R. H. Jones 132 0 1 1 0 0 ½
    3 W. Sapiecha 113 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
    4 P. Gwynne 96 0 1 1 0 0 0 2
      tot   0 3 3 1 0 ½
                       
        vs ► 6 4 8 10 3 7  
9 Sidmouth 1 G. Susuvee 126 0 0 0 1 0 1 2
    2 N. Bacon 108 0 0 0 1 0 1 2
    3 Guy Susuvee 97 0 0 1 1 0 ½
    4 O. Bacon 90e 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
      tot   0 0 1 4 0
                       
        vs ► 5 8 3 9 7 6  
10 Teignmouth B 1 M. Rickard 102 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    2 J. Fisher 85 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    3 A. Webster 78 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
    4 M. White 72 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
      tot   0 1 0 0 0 0 1
                       

 

Before the kick-off, Devon President, Paul Brookes, presents the Intermediate Championship cup to last season's winner, Theo Slade.

General view of the playing area.

Nunns (l) vs the Eagles in Rd. 1

The eventual winners, the Abbots, in action against Tiverton (Rd. 3)

The Tiverton team in Rd. 3 - John Knowles nearest.

The Nunns, winners of the U-450 Cup. (Nathan Mills missing).

Teignmouth A - winners of the U-600 cup

The Abbots, Paul Brookes included, the overall winners.

Individual winner, Meyrick Shaw of the Eagles.

Organiser Trefor Thynne (l) & Controller Ray Chubb summing up at the end.

Devon vs Somerset

In their annual match in the WECU Inter-County Championship, Somerset were weakened by the absence of their top player, Jack Rudd and team Captain, Ben Edgell, both attending a crucial ECF meeting. Any pre-match hopes that Devon might have nurtured about the possibility of a rare win were stoked by the fact that they outgraded their opponents on every single one of the 28 boards. Added to that, Somerset gifted their opponents an early point after a few minutes, when Darren Freeman blundered a piece on move 5 and resigned immediately, creating what must surely be the shortest game in the history of the competition. What an opportunity!

However, it was all downhill for Devon from then onwards as they contrived to lose game after game using a variety of methods; weak opening moves, blunders losing a piece or overstepping the time control. Somerset won 9 of the top 11 games, a remarkable sequence. The concession of 3 losses on the lower boards did little to lighten the gloom for Devon. There was an impressive performance by a Somerset newcomer, Matthew J. Payne, recently enrolled at Bath University and formerly of Worthing and a product of the Sussex Juniors chess machine. His grade of 184 is 12 points up from his January grade, indicating he’s on a steep upward trajectory, backed up by his 195 rapidplay grade. He’s one to watch.

Devon’s  U-160 team fared much better, losing only 2 of their 12 games, and running out 8 – 4 winners.

  Devon 1 Grd     Somerset  1 Grd
1 D. Mackle 204 0 1 P. Krzyzanowski 197
2 A. K. Boyne 197 0 1 P. E. Chaplin 190
3 J. K. Stephens 190 0 1 D. P. Littlejohns 186
4 S. J. Homer 188 0 1 M. J. Payne 184
5 Dr. T. Paulden 186 0 1 A. V. Wong 181
6 P. Medina 180 1 0 C. S. Purry 177
7 K. J. Hurst 184 0 1 A. F. Footner 176
8 Dr. D. Regis 176 1 0 J. E. Fewkes 163
9 A. W. Brusey 181 0 1 G. N. Crockart 162
10 Dr. J. Underwood 172 0 1 P. W. Cusick 159
11 B. W. R. Hewson 165 0 1 G. N. Jepps 156
12 J. Fraser 163 1 0 D. Peters 156
13 T. F. Thynne 165 1 0 A. W. Champion 156
14 P. Brooks 167 0 1 M. R. Baker 152
15 G. Body 160 1 0 D. Freeman 151
16 S. Martin 162 ½ ½ N. N. Senior 149
  Totals   10½    
             
  Devon U-160       Somerset U-160  
1 J. G. Gorodi 159 1 0 C. J. S. McKinley 148
2 M. Stinton-Brown. 158 1 0 R. D. Knight 148
3 A. S. Kinder 150 0 1 C. M. Strong 144
4 I. S. Annetts 152 ½ ½ T. West 138
5 B. G. E. Gosling 151 ½ ½ U. Effiong 137
6 J. Duckham 146 1 0 G. Daniel 137
7 J. S. Murray 148 ½ ½ R. Challoner 136
8 K. P. Atkins 142 0 1 C. Fewtrell 130
9 R. G. Wilby 141 1 0 J. I. Wilkinson 125
10 N. Mills 140 ½ ½ S. Pickard 122
11 P. Dobber 136 1 0 N. Mills 124
12 W. R. P. Taylor 136 1 0 R. Fenton 121
  Totals   8 4    

 

Krzyzanowski vs Mackle in foreground.

Steve Homer (W) heading for a tough time against newcomer Matthew Payne.

George Crockart (W) made light of his 19 point grading deficit against Alan Brusey.

British U-150 Champion, John Gorodi, is currently on fire.

 

N. Mills (back to camera) was switched to avoid playing N. Mills (behind him)

 

Steve Murray vs Robin Challoner. Jon Duckham, next to him, finished his game in style.

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