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Peter Hugh Clarke (1933 – 2014)

The noted chess player, organiser and author of chess books, Peter Clarke, died suddenly on 11th December at his home near Morwenstow in North Cornwall. He was 81.

He first came to prominence as a player at the Ilford Club, and his playing summit was probably captaining the England team at the 1966 Olympiad in Havana. His record there tells us something of his strengths and weakness as a top player: Played 13: Won 2: Drawn 10: Lost 1. Hartston at the time felt “Clarke’s score on top board is creditable. He is often criticised for his drawish tendencies, but a solid score such as this is a fine achievement against such opposition. It is remarkably difficult to score wins without suffering losses as well, as Lee and Littlewood found to their cost!”

This solidity as a player helped him to a splendid record in the British Championship, without ever actually winning the ultimate title, having to be content with being, uniquely, runner-up five times. But he didn’t seem to mind this at all, as he was often edged out by his best friend, Jonathan Penrose. 

Jonathan had been Peter’s Best Man in July 1962 when he married Margaret (“Peggy”) Wood, who was given away by her father B. H. Wood.  

Peter & Peggy Clarke

His reputation as a writer came to equal, if not overtake, that of a player, with titles that were not only highly-regarded at the time of publication, but have stood the test of time.  His subjects included Tal (1961) and Petrosian (1964) two more different players one can cannot imagine. He translated and edited Smyslov’s Best Games (1958) and 100 Soviet Chess Miniatures (1963). First editions of these books published by Bell in their distinctive dustwrappers, can still take pride of place in anyone’s chess library. This was a highly productive period for him.

In 1971 the world in general was agog at the prospect of the Fischer-Spassky match, and Britain in particular was on the brink of a chess explosion. An expression of this was the response to his first organised event, the 1st Barnstaple Congress. It had been put on by Clarke and a group of 5 local friends, called The Hexagon. There were 70 entries, all lumped together in one large Swiss, 22 of whom were graded between 180 – 226. Grandees like Golombek and Wood were joined by young Turks like Botterill, Bellin, Gerald Bennett and Danny Wright. In the event it was won by a local schoolboy, Peter Waters, who played none of the above, except Golombek. The following year the entry rocketed to 164, and its continuing success was assured.

For a time, he ran bookstalls at local congresses, notably Paignton, Exeter and Frome and was happy to chat to grassroots players. He found that postal chess was better suited to a slower life-style and he competed at the highest level.

Eventually he withdrew from active participation following a cerebral haemmorrhage in the 1980s.

He was the most modest of men, with no discernible vanities or conceits, and a most hospitable host when entertaining visitors to his vast collection of chess  books. 

He leaves his wife, Peggy, and 3 daughters.

R.I.P.

Somerset beat Hants (29.11.2014.)

The Somerset captain reports on their match against Hampshire at Mere on Saturday. The final score of 12 – 4 to Somerset looks like a crushing defeat for Hants, but it was far from that, apparently, as many games were keenly contested until late on. However, the fact that Somerset out-graded their opponents by, on average, 11 points on every board, made it likely that the stronger team on paper would pull through.

The details were as follows: 

Brd SOMERSET Grd     HAMPSHIRE Grd
1 Jack Rudd 224 1 0 Tunks, Dominic R 197
2 Peter E Chaplin 189 ½ ½ McDougall, William M 189
3 Andrew F Footner 187 ½ ½ Bellers, Chris J 185
4 Matthew J Payne 186 1 0 Marsh, Roger DW 176
5 Mike Richardt 184 1 0 Fowler, David W 173
6 Patryk Krzyzanowski 182 ½ ½ Knox, Stuart W 170
7 David P Littlejohns 178 1 0 Davis, Timothy 167
8 David Painter-Kooiman 178 0 1 McLeod, Fraser N 166
9 Barry Morris 175 1 0 Jones, Gareth Aneurin 158
10 James Byrne 165 1 0 Priest, Christopher PA 158
11 David Peters 164 0 1 Thompson, David F 156
12 Gerry N Jepps 163 1 0 Ashmore, Roy E 147
13 Andrew M Gregory 158 ½ ½ Chapman, Timothy J 144
14 Darren Freeman 158 1 0 Chilton, James I 143
15 Chris S Purry 152 1 0 Moore, Gillian A 142
16 Maciej Blocinski U/G 1 0 LeFevre, Stephen D 142
  totals 2785 12 4   2613

48th Torbay Congress 2014

The 48th Torbay Congress went back to one of its earlier venues, the Toorak Hotel, Torquay, just over the road from its home of recent years, the Riviera Centre. It took place in awful, wet weather, but was well-supported, with 149 players distributed throughout the four sections.

The Open had no GMs this year and was, perhaps, former Devon Champion Dominic Mackle’s best chance to take 1st place. Ali Jaunooby being the only higher graded player, gave Mackle the chance to start and finish with the white pieces. Also in his favour was the fact that his opponent, Graham Bolt, had barely recovered from a nerve-shredding finish against John Stephens in the morning round, and Mackle was able to create a crushing position early on, to finish up clear winner. (photo below)

In joint 2nd place, both Menadue and Wheeler went through without losing, but perhaps the more impressive performance was by Shaw who was the only player in the section to finish with 3 wins, and move up the field from half a point from 2.

  OPEN              
  Name Grd 1 2 3 4 5 Pts
1 Mackle, Dominic 203 w19= b24+ w7= b6+ w5+ 4
2 Menadue, J. F. 189 w23+ b9= w12= b14= w6+
3 Shaw, Meyrick 170 bye= b7- w23+ b18+ w14+
4 Wheeler, John F. 181 w14+ b12= w5= b7= w15+
5 Bolt, Graham 180 bye= w15+ b4= w20+ b1- 3
6 De Coverley, R 190 b16+ w10+ b8+ w1- b2- 3
7 Dilliegh, S. P. 182 b15 w3+ b1= w4= b8= 3
8 Woolcock, C. 163 b22+ w20+ w6- b12= w7= 3
9 Archer-Lock A. 183 bye= w2- b20- w11+ b13=
10 Bartlett, Simon 169 w18+ b6- b22= w13= b17=
11 Brusey, Alan W 176 w12- b23= w24+ b9- w22+
12 Fairbairn, S. 199 b11+ w4= b2= w8= w/d
13 Fraser, John 182 w24= b17= w18= b10= w9=
14 Jaunooby, Ali R. 205 b4- b19+ w17+ w2= b3-
15 Macreamoinn, B 162 w7= b5- w19+ b22+ b4-
16 Saqui, David A 173 w6- b18- b21+ w17= b23+
17 Abbott, Mark V. 173 bye= w13= b14- b16= w10- 2
18 Homer S. J. 188 b10- w16+ b13= w3- b19= 2
19 Littlejohns, D 178 b1= w14- b15- w24+ w18= 2
20 Stephens, J. K. 194 w21+ b8- w9+ b5- w/d 2
21 Ingham, H. W. 176 b20- w22- w16- b23= b24+
22 Sivrev P. D. 187 w8- b21+ w10= w15- b11-
23 Barton, R. Alan 170 b2- w11= b3- w21= w16- 1
24 Wettasinha, V. 138 b13= w1- b11- b19- w21- ½

 

  MAJOR (U-170)              
  Name Grd 1 2 3 4 5 Pts
1 Archer-Lock C 168 bye= w37+ b3= w30+ b13+ 4
2 Cordner, D. A. 167 b24+ w4= b16+ w7+ b3= 4
3 Stinton-Brownbridge 164 w25+ b26+ w1= b21+ w2= 4
4 Dugdale, David 160 w15+ b2= w14= b11= w18+
5 Smith Richard A 149 bye= b11= w17= b37+ w21+
6 Atkins, Keith A 157 w31- b33+ w26= b19= w22+ 3
7 Body, Giles 169 w23+ b22+ w21= b2- w8= 3
8 Burton, Ronnie 152 w14= b28= w36+ bye= b7= 3
9 Dean Steve K 167 bye= w17= b20+ b22= w14= 3
10 Desmedt, Richard 161 w26- b15+ w28+ b14= w11= 3
11 Fewkes, James E. 150 b30= w5= b35+ w4= b10= 3
12 Gamble Raymond 161 b37= w34+ b30= w13= b16= 3
13 Harris, Martyn J. 163 b20+ w16= w19+ b12= w1- 3
14 Heard Andrew H. 136 b8= w29+ b4= w10= b9= 3
15 Papier, Alan R. 145 b4- w10- bye= w35+ b30+ 3
16 Sellwood, Colin 156 w32+ b13= w2- b26+ w12= 3
17 Ayres, Jonathan 136 w27= b9= b5= bye= w23=
18 Greatorex, Roger 150 w35= b19- b34+ w24+ b4-
19 Hamilton, Selwyn 136 bye= w18+ b13- w6= b20+
20 Hibbitt, Arthur M 147 w13- b23+ w9- b31+ w19=
21 Jackson, Paul G 163 b33+ w31+ b7= w3- b5-
22 O’Gorman, Brendan 157 b36+ w7- b31+ w9 b6-
23 Wilson, Matthew 148 b7- w20- w33+ b36+ b17=
24 Brodie, Eric J 147 w2- b32+ w27= b18- w28= 2
25 Cross, Ian K 147 b3- w36- b32- w34+ b35+ 2
26 Hindom, Kevin 145 b10+ w3- b6= w16- b32= 2
27 Nyman, John C 153 b17= w30- b24= w32= b29= 2
28 Pope, Sean 144 bye= w8= b10- w29= b24= 2
29 Rogers, David R 158 bye= b14- w37= b28= w27= 2
30 Ross, Stuart 135 w11= b27+ b12= b1- w15- 2
31 Wilby, Rob G 140 b6+ b21- w22- w20- bye= 2
32 Willett, Greg 140 b16- w24- w25+ b27= w26= 2
33 Williams, Stephen 143 w21 w6- b23- bye= w36+ 2
34 Nielsen, Jorgen 149 bye= b12- w18- b25- w37+
35 Gorton, John M. 107 b18= bye= w11- b15- w25- 1
36 Keen, Charles, E 141 w22- b25+ b8- w23- b33- 1
37 Matthew, Ian, G 145 w12= b1- b29= w5- b34- 1

 

  INTER (U-140)              
  Name Grd 1 2 3 4 5 Pts
1 Mills, Nathan 132 b12+ w10+ b17+ w7+ b5+ 5
2 Georgiou, G 139 b24+ w16= b7= w27+ b11+ 4
3 Woolgar, S. G. 122 b37+ w7- b23+ w17+ b10+ 4
4 Brackner, Paul 138 bye= w5= b6= w32+ b20+ 3
5 Plumb, M. D. 132 w28+ b4= w32+ b21+ w1-
6 Sandercock, E. B. 130 bye= b15= w4= b31+ w21+
7 Webb, Chris 133 w14+ b3+ w=2 b1- w15+
8 Foster, Paul 132 bye= w35+ b20= w10- b27+ 3
9 Ramesh, V. 131 b35= w34= b13= w16+ b17= 3
10 Turowski, M. K. 136 w27+ b1- w22+ b8+ w3- 3
11 Willoughby, R 133 b16- w26+ b34+ w30+ w2- 3
12 Woodbridge, L 120 w1- b18= b29+ w23= b24+ 3
13 Alexander, Ken 126 bye= b19= w9= b12= w18=
14 Barber-Lafon, J 121 b7- b27- bye+ w23= w31+
15 Bland, Paul A 133 b22= w6= b33+ w20= b7-
16 Doidge, Charles 121 w11+ b2= w21- b9- w33+
17 Galloway, J. H. 134 w25+ b33+ w1- b3- w9=
18 Greenaway, T. 130 b20- w12= b35= w34+ b13=
19 Hill, Michael 133 b34= w13= b27- w35+ w22=
20 Hunt, Ray K 124 w18+ b21= w8= b15= w4-
21 Tidy, Norman F. 137 b26+ w20= b16+ w5- b6-
22 Woodbridge, T 123 w15= bye+ b10- w24= b19=
23 Adams, Martyn 130 bye= b31= w3- b14= w25= 2
24 Blencowe, Ian 130 w2- b28+ w31= b22= w12- 2
25 Hadfield, Roy 123 b17- w29= b30- w26+ b23= 2
26 Ludlow, Roy A. 128 w21- b11- w28+ b25- w35+ 2
27 O’Brian, Megan 128 b10- w14+ w19+ b2- w8- 2
28 Spooner, Keith 113 b5- w24- b26- w29+ b32+ 2
29 Crouch, T. J. 137 w33- b25= w12- b28- b34+
30 Gilbert, D. J. 132 w31= b32- w25+ b11- wd
31 Jones, M. E. 121 b30= w23= b24= w6- b14-
32 Whittington, Reece 123 bye= w30+ b5- b4- w28-
33 Wilkinson, B 129 b29+ w17- w15- bye= b16-
34 Allen T. S. 121 w19= b9= w11- b18- w29- 1
35 Peach, Clifford 110 w9= b8- w18= b19- b26- 1
36 Dimond, Peter 133 w3-         0

 

  MINOR (U-120)              
  Name Grd 1 2 3 4 5 Pts
1 Cuggy, Mike J 107 b39+ w14+ b37+ w4= w7+
2 Hughes, Peter J 95 b45+ bye= w3= b19+ w20+ 4
3 Kelly, Edmund 107 bye= w46+ b2= b23+ w24+ 4
4 McConnell, Phil 102 bye+ w16+ b18+ b1= w5= 4
5 McGeeney, D 113 bye= w43+ b25+ w9+ b4= 4
6 Fraser, Alan R. 105 w41+ w18- b21= b25+ w27+
7 Greenhalgh, Roy 97 bye= b29+ w44+ w18+ b1-
8 Loyden, G 112 b24= w40= b34+ w37+ b10=
9 May, Philip 99 b17+ w34+ w10= b5- b29+
10 Saunders, Peter 103 b50+ w33+ b9= w12= w8=
11 Spargo, Philip 107 bye= w21= b30+ w13= b12+
12 Constable, John 112 bye= b31+ w38+ b10= w11- 3
13 Crickmore, E. A. 117 bye= b26+ w20= b11= w15= 3
14 Hafstad, Elnar 82 w22+ b1- b16- w33+ w35+ 3
15 Hafstad, Leif 110 b29= w25- b43+ w46+ b13= 3
16 Knott, Jim A 109 w42+ b4- w14+ b24- w31+ 3
17 Langmaid, K. 112 w9- b51= w26+ b31= w37+ 3
18 Mackie, Norman 107 w51+ b6+ w4- b7- w39+ 3
19 Mill-Wilson, G 111 b23+ w37- b42+ w2- b34+ 3
20 Pope W.W. 108 b43= w47+ b13= w39+ b2- 3
21 Rescorla, Ian R. 123 w31= b11= w6= b35= w40+ 3
22 Wallman, James 109 b14- w50+ b39- w47+ b41+ 3
23 Webster, Alan F 92 w19- b49+ b33+ w3- b46+ 3
24 Welch, Hazel 96 w8= b27= b45+ w16+ b3- 3
25 Archer-Lock, Helen 99 bye= b15+ w5- w6- b51+
26 Cox, Reg 80 b32= w13- b17- w50+ w44+
27 Dean, John E 119 bye= w24= b46= w30+ b6-
28 Gardiner, Colin J 114 w30= b44- w29- b51+ b50+
29 Holmes, Nick, D 87 w15= w7- b28+ b38+ w9-
30 Narayanan, N 101 b28= w35+ w11- b27- w42+
31 Carr, John W 101 b21= w12- b40+ w17= b16- 2
32 Childs, Barry 107 w26= b38- w36= b41- b48+ 2
33 Cox, Marian 110 w47+ b10- w23- b14- b49+ 2
34 Dengler, Terry 99 w48+ b9- w8- b44+ w19- 2
35 Donovan, J. P. 108 bye= b30- w51+ w21= b14- 2
36 George, John M 116 b37- w42- b32= w43+ w38= 2
37 Healey, David J 101 w36+ b19+ w1- b8- b17- 2
38 Maber, Martyn 99 bye= w32+ b12- w29- b36= 2
39 Overshott, Ken 80 w1- b48+ w22+ b20- b28- 2
40 Walsh, Shaun 106 bye= b8= w31- w45+ b21- 2
41 Wells, Yannis 56 b6- w45- bye+ w32+ w22- 2
42 Ashby, Ken 83 b16- b36+ w19- w48= b30-
43 Brinkley, Alan 70 w20= b5- w15- b36- bye+
44 Constable, Chistine 107 bye= w28+ b7- w34- b26-
45 Jenkins, Geoff J 111 w2- b41+ w24- b40- b47=
46 Thorpe-Tracey, S 103 w49+ b3- w27= b15- w23-
47 Tigue, Kevin J 90 b33- b20- w49+ b22- w45=
48 Broderick, P. G. 104 b34- w39- bye= b42= w32- 1
49 Carr, Wendy 0 b46- w23- b47- bye= w33- 1
50 Brightman, F 41 w10- b22- bye= b26- w25- ½
51 Leggett, Peter 79 b18- w17+ b35- w28- w25- ½
Summary of prizewinners:
 
    Name Grd Club Pts
Open 1st D. Mackle 203 Newton Abbot 4
  2nd= J. Menadue 189 Truro
    M. Shaw 170 Exmouth
    J. F. Wheeler 181 Cosham
GPs U-184 S. P. Dilleigh 182 Horfield  
    G. Bolt 180 Railways  
  U-176 C. Woolcock 163 Barry 3
           
Major U-170        
  1st= D. Gordner 168 Cosham 4
    M. Stinton-Brown. 164 Plymouth 4
    C. Archer-Lock 168 Maidenhead 4
           
Inter U-140        
  1st N. Mills 132 Brixham 5
  2nd= S. Woolar 122 Patchway
    G. Georgiou 139 Swindon
GPs U-127 M. Plumb 130  
    E. B. Sandercock 132  
  U-125 L. Woodbridge 120 Devon 3
           
Minor U-120        
  1st M. Cuggy 107 Brixham
  2nd= P. McConnell 102 South Hams 4
    P. J. Hughes 95 Mutual Circle 4
    E. B. Kelly 107 Exeter Juniors 4
    D. McGeeney 113 Bristol Cabot 4
GPs U-108 A. Fraser 105 Beckenham
    P. May 99 Godolphin
    P. Saunders 103 Patchway
    P. J. Spargo 107 Camborne
  U-99 R. Greenhalgh 97 South Hams
           

 

British Ch. 2015 Qualifier Dominic Mackle
   
Torbay     League Individual     Champions
   
Open:             Basil Wallis Cup Dominic Mackle
Major:               Challenge Cup Mike Stinton-Brownbridge
Inter:             Intermediate Cup Nathan Mills
Minor:             Candidates Cup Mike Cuggy
Best score:         Newman Cup Nathan Mills
Best Junior:        Whitfield Cup Edmund Kelly
Team event: Truro

 

General view of the playing area - Atkins vs Wilby nearest camera.

General view of the Minor Section

Steve Homer waiting for Simon Bartlett to make a move in Rd. 1

Drawn together in Rd. 2, but destined for top and bottom places - Vesanta vs Mackle.

Rd. 3: Top game in the Major - O'Gorman vs Body.

Rd. 3: Jaunooby (205 ) vs Abbott (173) - game drawn. John Stephens looks on with interest.

Rd. 4: Joint leaders de Coverly and Mackle meet in a key game.

Rd. 5: Mackle has his 3rd white against Bolt who is still recovering after a tense finish 60 minutes earlier.

The bookstall's noticeboard.

A happy Mackle receives the Torbay League cup from arbiter Ray Chubb.

Mike Stinton-Brownbridge was the only one of the joint winners of the Major to qualify for the League trophy, here presented by his clubmate and arbiter, Tony Tatam (l).

15th Royal Beacon Seniors Congress – Final Day

Before play started there were the usual opening remarks, and on this occasion the focus was on our Controller, Ewart Smith, whose last event this was. Ten years ago, he had come in at short notice when the event’s orinator, Steve Boniface, had died about 2 weeks before the 6th Seniors was due to start. Ewart has since done the last 10 events, in additon to the Paignton, Torbay, Dorset and other congresses around the westcountry. He had spent a couple of years gradually cutting down on this workload, and this the final curtain. When asked to show their appreciation the players all gave him a fulsome round of applause that was clearly genuinely felt. He responded modestly before saying, for what we estimated was about the 500th time, “Start White’s clock”, and the final round was off. It finished as follows:- 

  “Juniors”           Rd. 5    
                   
1 J. Wells 182 (2½) 0   1 I. Heppell 174 (3)
2 R. Wynarczyk 173 (2½) 1   0 S. Bartlett 169 (2½)
3 S. K. Dean 167 (2½) ½   ½ S. Dilleigh 182 (3)
4 T. F. Thynne 161 (2) 1   0 R. Burton 152 (2)
5 A. Brown 185 (2½) ½   ½ I. Cross 147 (2½)
6 I. McAllan 170 (1½) 1   0 M. Roberts 145 (1)
7 D. R. Rogers 158 (1) ½   ½ D. Sheppard 147 (1)
8 I. Blencowe 130 (1½) ½   ½ C. Sellwood 156 (1)
  M. Maber 99 (1½) ½   ½ D. Orr 127 (1½)

 It was Heppell, who had a win/win finish to draw ahead of a distinguished pack. Local player Steve Dean did well to thwart Steve Dilleigh who had had a good season to date. Ian Blencowe, who was the whipping boy last year (not that he minded that one bit) he was clearly building up experience for the future, and he came away declaring this was his best congress result ever, and he plays a lot of congresses.

In the seniors section, it was William G.  Adaway who took the honours. He retired to Dorset from the Home Counties 2 years ago, not having even thought about the game of his youth for 40 years. Then one day he walked past a hotel in Bridport High St. and by chance his eye caught sight of a notice beside the entrance saying the chess club met there. He was thus lured inside, and that was it -the chess virus was re-vitalised, and he has clearly lost little of his former skill. He admits his openings are rusty and several times he reached the middle game in difficulties, but then his old abilities kicked in. Perhaps opponents should be aware he was graded c. 200 in the early 1970s and has a draw on record against GM Bill Hartston in the 1972 Islington Open. Local player David Toms has undergone a series of illnesses in recent years, but is now back to a reasonable, stable state of health, and this showed itself in his 4 wins.

  Seniors 65+         Rd. 5    
                   
1 W. Adaway 186 (3½) 1   0 A. Price 155 (3½)
2 D. A. Toms 151 (3) 1   0 A. Barton 170 (3)
3 R. Everson 164 (3) 1   0 J. Footner 145 (3)
4 B. Gosling 153 (2½) 1   0 M. Page 164 (3)
5 A. Footner 187 (2½) ½   ½ R. Gamble 161 (2½)
6 I. S. Annetts 162 (2) 1   0 K. Langmaid 112 (2½)
7 R. Hurn 125 (1) 0   1 D. Openshaw 155 (2)
8 J. Reinhardt 155 (2) ½   ½ A. Sherriff 153 (2)
9 A. Fraser 105 (2) 0   1 P. Morton 152 (2)
10 R. Scowen 152 (2) 1   0 R. Waters 112 (2)
11 O. Namouk 140 (2) 1   0 P. Lucas 96 (2)
12 P. Errington 134 (2) ½   ½ M. Kaye 91 (2)
13 H. Welch 96 (2) 0   1 B. Sandercock 80 (2)
14 P. Carrick 94 (1) 0   1 R. Smith 127 (2)
15 T. Maloney 70 (½) ½   ½ J. Clapp 122 (1½)
16 F. Day 96 (1) 0   1 N. F. Tidy 135 (1)
17 J. Robertson 130 (1) 0   1 R. Cox 80 (1)
18 D. Burt 112 (1) 1   0 R. Curtis 106 (½)
19 P. Gordon 118 (2) 1   0 J. Shaddick 142 (2)

 Prizes were awarded to 30 of the 58 players, as follows:-

Prize List

Seniors 65+ :

  1st     William Adaway        186     Bridport          4½/5

  2nd     Robert Everson        164     Dartford         4

Grading prizes:

U-155:  1st      Dr. David Toms        151     Sidmouth       4

U-140:  1st=   Philip Gordon            118     Braille CA

                       Barry Sandercock     130     Chalfont

                       Richard Smith           127     Barnstaple all 3 pts.

 U-115: 1st=    Mike Kaye                   91     Weymouth

                       Kevin Langmaid        112     Yateboth        2½ pts.

 Slow starter (0/2)

            `          Peter Carrick               94     Bath

                       Peter Lucas                96     Sussex

                       Norman Tidy             135     Teignmouth all 2 pts 

Special book prizes were awarded to everyone reaching 3 points or more, yet not qualifying for the above list. 

Ivor Annetts 162 Tiverton   Peter Morton 152 Hammersmith
Alan Barton 170 St. Leonards   Omer Namouk 140 Hastings
Andrew Footner 187 Yeovil   David Openshaw 155 Cavendish
John Footner 145 Telford   Martin Page 163 Insurance
Ray Gamble 161 Derby   Andrew Price 155 Leamington
Brian Gosling 153 E. Budleigh   Roger Scowen 152 Middx

 “Juniors” 50 – 64:

1st                   Ian Heppell                174                 Wimbledon    4 pts

2nd=                Steve Dilleigh            182                 Horfield both 3½

Ray Wynarczyk         173                 Newcastle upon Tyne

 Grading prize:

U-165:                       Trefor Thynne              161                 Newton Abbot 3pts 

Slow starter (½/0)     Ian Cross                   147                 Harrow           3 pts 

Book prizes to :         Alan Brown                185                 Northampton

Steve Dean                167                 Seaton 

Bd. J1: Steve Dean (W) did well to draw with Steve Dilleigh who would have been fancying reaching 4 pts.

Ian Heppell (about to move) finished Win Win to emerge from a pack on 2/3 pts to come clear 1st. In the background Simn Bartlett is about to blunder in the opening, losing quickly.

Rogers vs Sheppard (nearest) and McAllan vs Roberts.

Bd. S1 The joint leaders, Adaway (W) and Price, meet in the top Seniors game.

Two White wins in prospect here for Gosling and Everson.

Footner, A vs Gamble and Annetts vs Langmaid.

General view of the Seniors section - Reinhardt vs Sherriff nearest.

Norman Tidy will need more books than that to get up to Reg Cox's height, but at least they were level on points (2/5).

15th Beacon Seniors Congress – Day 4

One of the players, David Openshaw, was introduced at the start of play, as he is on the ECF Board representing the interests of both International chess and Seniors. He invited anyone who had ideas or observations about the state of seniors’ chess in England to have a chat with him in the bar or anywhere in the hotel.

Then the Controller, Ewart Smith, reminded everyone about the 10 a.m. start in the morning, and play got under way.

  “Juniors”           Rd. 4    
                   
1 S. Dilleigh 182 (2) 1   0 J. Wells 182 (2½)
2 A. Brown 185 (2) ½   ½ S. Dean 167 (2)
3 I. Heppell 174 (2) 1   0 T. F. Thynne 161 (2)
4 R. Wynarczyk 173 (1½) 1   0 I. McAllan 170 (1½)
5 R. Burton 152 (1½) ½   ½ D. Rogers 158 (1½)
6 C. Sellwood 156 (1) 1   0 I. Cross 147 (1½)
7 D. Sheppard 147 (1) ½   ½ D. Orr 127 (1)
8 M. Roberts 145 (½) ½   ½ I. Blencowe   130 (1)
  M. Maber bye (½) 1          

  

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

 

Steve Dilleigh (W) overturns the clear leader, Jonathan Wells.

 

Seniors' top table: Page vs Adaway & Price vs Andrew Footner.

 

Bds. 5 & 6: John Footner vs Ivor Annetts & David Toms vs Alan Fraser.

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.

Seniors Congress 3rd – 7th Nov. 2014 Entries to date

Here is the list of entries so far received for the 15th Seniors Congress, correct as at  31.10.2014.

Latest entries in Bold.

Entry forms may be downloaded from the chessdevon website.

  Grd 65+

Seniors

   

31.10.’14.

 

Grd 50-64

“Juniors”

 
1 189 Norman Ken   191 Hurst Kevin
2 187 Footner Andrew   185 Brown Alan
3 186 Adaway William   183 Wells Jonathan
4 170 Barton Alan   182 Dilleigh Steve
5 164 Everson Robert   174 Heppell Ian
6 163 Page Martin   173 Wynarczyk Raymond
7 162 Annetts Ivor   170 McAllan Ian
8 161 Gamble Raymond   169 Bartlett Simon
9 155 Price Andrew   167 Dean Steve
10 155 Openshaw David   161 Thynne Trefor
11 155 Reinhardt Joachim   158 Rogers Dave
12 153 Gosling Brian   156 Sellwood Colin
13 152 Scowen Roger   152 Morton Peter
14 151 Toms David   152 Burton Ronnie
15 147 Wood Peter   147 Sheppard Derek
16 146 Kinder Andrew   147 Cross Ian
17 145 Footner John   145 Roberts Malcolm
18 142 Shaddick John   132 Foster Paul
19 140 Namouk Omer   130 Blencowe Ian
20 138 Norman Dinah   127 Smith Richard
21 137 Errington Paul   127 Orr David
22 135 Tidy Norman    99 Maber Martyn
23 130 Sandercock Barry        
24 130 Robertson Jim        
25 130 Adams Martyn        
26 129 Jones Bob        
27 125 Hurn Bob        
28 125 Sherriff Alan        
29 122 Clapp Jo        
30 118 Gordon Philip        
31 112 Burt Dave        
32 112 Waters Roger        
33 112 Langmaid Kevin        
34 106 Curtis Roy        
35 105 Fraser Alan        
36 96 Lucas Peter        
37 96 Welch Hazel        
38 96 Day Fred        
39 94 Carrick Peter        
40 91 Kaye Mike        
41 80 Cox Reg        
42 70 Moloney Tom        

Devon Team Blitz Tournament 2014

It is several years since Trefor Thynne revived Devon’s Team Blitz tournament after it lapsed as traditional season starter. It is for teams of 4 players, each having 12 minutes on the clock for all moves, and  6 rounds played on a Swiss system. Its regular venue has been the Newton Abbot Club

Each year there have been a few more teams involved, with a new trophy added in each of the last 3 years to reflect the renewed interest. However, this year the number of teams entered dropped to 8, and several of these were not as strong as in recent years. In view of this, it was decided to change it to an all-play-all tournament of 7 rounds, with the tea break abolished to keep the timings about the same.

Round 1 paired Exmouth Eagles against a Newton Abbot team led by former Devon and West of England Champion Dominic Mackle. Normally this would have been a top-of-the-table affair, but when it finished 4 – 0 to the Eagles it was clear something unexpected was afoot. There was an element of luck involved as, at the end of the top game,  Stephens had 10 seconds left compared to Mackle’s 60, and yet somehow managed to win on time. From then on the Eagles never looked back. At the start of the 7th and final round, three of them still had maximum points. Then Underwood lost, leaving Stephens and Gosling as the only two on 100%, the tie break giving the new Individual trophy to Stephens by virtue of it being gained on Bd. 1.

The other excellent team performance was by Sidmouth Juniors, comprising two set of brothers, the Susevee and Bacon boys, who, with the 2nd lowest team grade total, accumulated 13 points and the U-450 Cup.

The evnt was organised by Trefor Thynne and controlled by Ray Chubb.

Here are summary charts showing where all the points went.

No. Team Grd 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Award
1 Exmouth Eagles 683 4 7 11 15 19 22½ 25½ Thomas Cup
2 Newton Abbot 560 0 4 12½ 15½ 18½ Hodge Cup (U-600)
3 Tiverton 595 2 5 12 16 17  
4 Teignmouth A 515 11½ 12 12½ 13½  
5 Sidmouth Juniors 373 2 3 5 7 8 10½ 13 U-450 Cup
6 Exmouth Egrets 477 4 4 6 10  
7 TQ B.G.S. 386 2 3 9  
8 Teignmouth B 324 2 2 2 2 4 4  

 

  Team Bd Name rd ► 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Tot
1 Exmouth Eagles     vs ► 2 5 8 6 7 4 3  
    1 J. K. Stephens 194 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 7
    2 J. Underwood 179 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 6
    3 C. J. Scott 157 1 0 1 1 1 ½ 1
    4 B. G. Gosling 153 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 7
                     totals  683 4 3 4 4 4 3½  3 25½
                         
        vs ► 1 8 6 3 5 7 4  
2 Newton Abbot 1 D. Mackle 203 0 1 ½ 1 1 1 0
    2 T. F. Thynne 161 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 6
    3 M. Hussey 113 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 4
    4 J. Blackmore 83 0 1 0 1 1 0 1 4
                     totals 560 0 4 3 3 3 4 18½
                         
        vs ► 5 6 7 2 4 8 1  
3 Tiverton 1 S. Bartlett 169 1 1 ½ 0 1 1 0
    2 I. S. Annetts 162 0 1 0 0 1 1 1 4
    3 K. P. Atkins 157 0 1 1 1 ½ 1 0
    4 B. Aldwin 107 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 4
                     totals 595 2 3 1 4 1 17
                         
        vs ► 6 7 5 8 2 1 2  
4 Teignmouth A 1 A. W. Brusey 176 ½ 0 1 1 0 0 1
    2 C. Doidge 122 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 3
    3 G. Bramley 117 1 1 0 1 ½ ½ 0 4
    4 W. Tindall 100 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 4
                     totals  515 3 2 4 ½ ½ 1 13½
                         
        vs ► 3 1 4 7 2 6 8  
5 Sidmouth Juniors 1 G. Sussevee 126 0 0 0 1 0 1 ½
    2 N. Bacon 124 1 0 1 0 0 ½ 1
    3 Guy Sussevee 194 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 6
    4 O. Bacon 39 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
                     totals 373 2 1 2 2 1 13
                         
        vs ► 4 3 2 1 8 5 7  
6 Exmouth Egrets 1 O. E. Wensley 149 ½ 0 ½ 0 1 0 0 2
    2 R. H. Jones 129 0 0 0 0 0 ½ 1
    3 S. Blake 102 0 0 0 0 1 1 ½
    4 F. R. Hodge 97 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 4
                     totals 477 1 0 2 10
                         
        vs ► 8 5 3 5 1 2 6  
7 TQ B.G.S. 1 V. Ramesh 131 1 1 ½ 0 0 0 1
    2 J. Wray 110 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 3
    3 V. Wells 82 0 0 0 0 0 0 ½ ½
    4 B Sanders-Wyatt 65 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 2
                     totals 386 2 1 2 0 1 9
                         
        vs ► 7 2 1 4 6 3 5  
8 Teignmouth B 1 M. Rickard 95 0 0 0 0 0 0 ½ ½
    2 A. Webster 92 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
    3 M. White 80 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    4 P. Darlow 57 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 3
                     totals 324 2 0 0 0 2 0

 

Round 1 gets under way.

The Eagles (l) meet the "Newts".

The Egrets (l) were no match for the Eagles in Rd. 4

Teignmouth A (r) vs Teignmouth B

Start of the final round.

Angela Susevee presents the U-450 cup to her son Greg.

Fred Hodge presents his U-600 cup to Dominic Mackle.

John Stephens receives the Thomas Cup.

 

John Stephens receives the individual trophy.

 

The Eagles - Dominant on the day: (l-r) Stephens, Underwood, Scott & Gosling.

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