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Devon Jamboree 2016

Devon’s annual Jamboree is a get-together of teams of 12, hopefully from the four quarters of the county. The maximum permitted total team grade is 1,650, giving an average of 137 per player.  This year the North (comprising the membership of the Barnstaple and Tiverton clubs) were unable to raise the requisite 12 players, so Tiverton players reverted to the East team. It was held in the very pleasant setting of the Royal Beacon Hotel, above Exmouth sea front.

This was the line-up.

                                                    The Teams
  East Grd   South Grd   West Grd
1 S. Bartlett 167   D. Mackle 207   S. Levy 177
2 I. S. Annetts 151   M. Wilson 159   M. Quinn 159
3 C. J. Scott 147   B. Ingham 158   M. Stinton-B 158
4 K. Hunter 130   P. Brooks 158   N. Butland 155
5 E. Palmer 124   A. Kinder 151   R. Wilby 142
6 W. Marjoram 115   V. Ramesh 144   D. Archer 138
7 R. Scholes 111   W. Taylor 131   N. Hodge 131
8 G. J. Jenkins 106   M. Cockerton 117   M. O’Brien 126
9 M. Baber 103   N. Narayanan 109   B. Wilkinson 124
10 S. Blake 101   J. Blackmore 101   P. McConnell 115
11 M. Haines 95   S. Wilkes 100   J. Dean 112
12 S. Thorpe-T 94   B. Lockett 100   A. Tatam 105
  Totals 1,444     1,635     1,642
  shortfall 206     15     8

 It was clear from the start that the East team were woefully under-strength, conceding on average the best part of 20 grading points on every board, and were due for a hard afternoon.  It was good to see Dom Mackle back in action after a year’s absence from the board, the downside being that the South team had to concede points on the lower boards. The North team, on the other hand were able to pack their middle order with players not far away from the permitted average strength of 137 grade.

The outcome (see chart below) was a fairly predictable win for the West team, drawn entirely from the Plymouth club membership, who thus retain the trophy for another year.   

Team Bd 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 total
East   ½ 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ 4
South   1 0 1 ½ 1 0 1 0 0 ½ 1 0 6
West   0 ½ 1 ½ 0 1 1 1 1 ½ ½ 1 8

 

Bd. name team grd     name team grd
1 D. Mackle S1 207 1 0 S. Levy W1 177
2 M. Quinn W2 159 ½ ½ S. Bartlett E1 167
3 I. S. Annetts E2 151 1 0 M. Wilson S2 159
4 B. Ingham S3 158 1 0 C. J. Scott E3 147
5 K. Hunter E4 130 0 1 M. Stinton-B W3 158
6 N. Butland W4 155 ½ ½ P. Brooks S4 158
7 A. Kinder S5 151 1 0 R. Wilby W5 142
8 D. Archer W6 138 1 0 E. Palmer E5 124
9 W. Marjoram E6 115 1 0 V. Ramesh S6 144
10 W. Taylor S7 131 ½ ½ R. Scholes E7 111
11 G. J. Jenkins E8 106 0 1 N. Hodge W7 131
12 M. O’Brien W8 126 1 0 M. Cockerton S8 117
13 N. Narayanan S9 109 0 1 B. Wilkinson W9 124
14 P. McConnell W10 115 ½ ½ M. Baber E9 103
15 S. Blake E10 101 ½ ½ J. Blackmore S10 101
16 S. Wilkes S11 100 1 0 M. Haines E11   95
17 S. Thorpe-T E12   94 ½ ½ J. Dean W11 112
18 A. Tatam W12 105 1 0 B. Lockett S12 100

London Chess Classic Results (19.12.2015.)

Wiltshire marked their return to the West of England Inter-County competition with an 8-4 win over Cornwall in the U-160 section at Chudleigh Knighton Village Hall. Compensation for the Cornish was the continuing emergence of 9 year old Adam Hussein as a force to be reckoned with. Details as follows: (Wilts names first in each pairing).

1. T. Woodward (154) 1-0  C. Sellwood (157). 2. M. Bowhay (152) 1-0  R. Smith (143). 3. D. O’Byrne (149) 1-0 R. Stephens (142). 4. Fenella Headlong (148) 0-1 M. Hill (136). 5. C. Snook-Lumb (139) 1-0 N. Robinson (129). 6. T. Cooper (133) 1-0 D. R Jenkins (124). 7. C. Callow (130e) 1-0 D. Lucas (124). 8. B. Headlong (126) 0-1 R. Clark (124). 9. R. Morris (122) 0-1 I. Renshaw (121). 10. R. Carver (115) 1-0 D. Hutchinson (UG). 11. M. Walters (104) 1-0 B. Parkin (115). 12. R. Sparks (80) 0-1 A. Hussein (82).

The London Chess classic finished on Sunday evening in a 3-way tie for 1st place, after top seed Magnus Carlsen (Norway) won from what was at one stage was a lost position to draw level with Anish Giri (Holland) and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (France). This necessitated a play-off which Carlsen won, thus going from potential zero to hero in the space of a few hours.

The other notable achievement was that of Cornishman Michael Adams who drew every one of his 9 games against the World’s best. His defensive qualities were severely tested at times but no one could get the better of him. In fact, wins were rare throughout. Of the 45 games played there were only 9 wins.

Here is the Rd. 9 game that brought Carlsen level with the other leaders.

White: Magnus  Carlsen. Black: Alex Grischuk [B51]

1.Nf3 c5 2.e4 d6 3.Bb5+ Nd7 4.0–0 a6 5.Bd3 Ngf6 6.Re1 b5 7.c4 g5 8.Nxg5 Ne5 9.Be2 bxc4 10.Nc3 Rb8 11.Rf1! h6 12.Nf3 Nd3 13.Ne1 Nxb2 14.Bxb2 Rxb2 15.Bxc4 Rb4  16.Qe2 Bg7 17.Nc2 Rb6 18.Rab1 0–0 19.Rxb6 Qxb6 20.Ne3 e6 21.f4 Kh8 22.f5 a5 23.a4 White has a positional and time advantage and seems destined for an easy win.  Qd8 24.h3 Qe7 25.Ba6 Bxa6 Black could have defended his a-pawn but thinks there might be chances for himself. 26.Qxa6 Nh5! Opening lines for his queen and bishop, with an eye on g3. 27.Rf3 Rg8! 28.Nb5? Moving a piece away from his attacked kingside. Be5 29.Ng4 Qh4 30.fxe6!? fxe6? 30…Rxg4! would lead to winning chances for Black. 31.Nxe5 dxe5 32.Qxe6 Qe1+? 32…Qg5! would have been good enough to draw. 33.Kh2 Rxg2+ 34.Kxg2 Qxd2+ 35.Kg1 Qe1+ 36.Rf1 Qe3+ 37.Rf2 Qe1+ 38.Kg2 Black suddenly realises he has no perpetual check in hand. 38…Qxe4 39.Kh2 and suddenly it’s all over.1–0

In last week’s position, White played 1.Nxc6 and Topolov blundered by retaking with his bishop instead of rook, which allows 2.BxN and Black can’t retake because there is a back-rank mate, so he loses significant material.

This week’s position is a hitherto unpublished 3-mover by Dave Howard. Black is clearly set to lose, but how can it be done neatly in just 3 moves?

White to mate in 3

What’s So Royal About the Royal Beacon?

The Royal Beacon Hotel – How Come

 

Since the millennium, the Royal Beacon Hotel, Exmouth has become one of the best-appointed and popular venues for small to medium chess events. It also has an interesting background: so, what’s so “Royal” about the Royal Beacon? 

First of all, the Beacon. The hotel is situated on the highest point of the old cliff-top nearest the town centre, the site of the original beacon, which probably dated back to Elizabethan times. At that time, with the constant fear of invasion by Spanish Catholic forces, the whole of the English south coast was linked by a series of beacons on every prominence, each visible to those adjacent when lit. In this way, news of an approaching Armada could travel from Land’s End to London in a matter of hours – the nearest thing the Tudors had to e-mail. The cliff-top would have been kept well clear of the kind of scrubby bushes and trees that so annoyingly obscure the sea view today, so the beacon-keepers at Exmouth were in visible contact with Berry Head, near Brixham, and as soon as that was seen to be alight, Exmouth would spring into action, relaying the danger message eastward along the coast.  The original beacon has long since gone, of course, but a modern structure, symbolic of the original, still stands outside the Hotel’s front door. (see left)

The hotel’s origins can be traced to the French Revolution of 1789, which, after the guillotining and general Terror died down, was hijacked by the Corsican corporal, Napoleon Bonaparte, who for the next 20 years stomped up and down Western Europe with his armies, from Madrid to Moscow, fomenting further revolutions and was viewed at the time as being at best a bit of a pest, and at worst a dangerous megalomaniac. 

These troubles made it too dangerous for the British aristocracy to take their traditional Grand Tour, during which they would tour the Continent in general and Italy in particular, drinking in the culture of warmer climes. Now they had to make the best of things and make do with the English seaside – a novel idea at the time. This saw small towns like Sidmouth and Exmouth rise from fishing villages to become fashionable resorts for the moderately wealthy. Young Victoria herself had a place in Sidmouth, while Exmouth’s Beacon area became filled with fine Regency houses and hotels. Lady Nelson and Lady Byron lived there, and in 1810, with the Battle of Waterloo still 5 years away, the hotel was built, and named the Marine Hotel. 

And what of the royal connection, and how “royal” is it?  This is another fascinating story, woven into the mainstream of European history. At the recent 15th Seniors’ Chess Congress held there in November 2015, one of the players, Roger Scowen, ever the scholar, put me on to the story of how it all came about. 

Germany in the early 19th century consisted of a patchwork of small kingdoms, dukedoms, electorates, states etc. each with its own hierarchy of aristocrats. The Kingdom of Saxony (1806 – 1918), as it emerged from the post-Napoleonic upheavals, was centred around Dresden and Leipzig in the east of modern day Germany. 

In June 1836 Frederick Augustus II became King of Saxony. He was intelligent, liberal, popular with his people, and keen to learn about the natural world. To this end, in 1844 he organised an informal tour of the UK accompanied only by his personal physician, Carl Gustav Carus. After paying his respects to Victoria and Albert at Windsor he set off with Carus along the south coast, noting among other things, interesting flora and fauna, human activities, geological formations etc. 

Carus himself was a true polymath, being a doctor both of medicine and philosophy, scientist, artist, naturalist, psychologist and goodness knows what else besides. En route, he made regular notes about anything that interested either man, which were later written up into a book entitled The King of Saxony’s Journey Through England and Scotland. 

After purchasing a large ichthyosaur skeleton from Mary Anning herself in Lyme Regis, the pair proceeded westward. This is the relevant extract from pp 200 & 202 of the journal. 

Exmouth: July 1st  Evening. 

……. ‘At the top, the road passes through a deep cutting, and, after a short drive, we arrived at this place, which takes its name from its situation at the place where the river Ex empties itself into the channel. Exmouth is also very much visited by those who wish to enjoy the benefits of sea air and bathing. In my “Road Book of England”, Exmouth is said to be “the oldest and best frequented watering place in Devon;” and the height on which our small hotel (The Marine Hotel) is situated, it can clearly be perceived that the wide bay, with its numerous and boldly projecting promontories, must be a place in which ships can lie in perfect safety, sheltered from every storm. We went down to the shore and found it covered with the finest sand, in which here and there were specimens of the violet convolvulus (Convolvulus Soldanella), and the blue flowering Eryngium maritimum, and multitudes of shells of various colours. The evening had become gloomy, but calm and warm; merchant vessels at anchor were scattered about in the bay; small fishing-boats were cleaving the glassy waters, enclosed by the beautiful projecting headlands; whilst two ships, with their full-set sails flapping loose and scarcely able to catch a breath of wind, were being towed out to sea by a fishing-boat. The whole scene was charming; and when we remembered the noon-tide heat, the cool air proved doubly delightful and refreshing. 

Next morning: 

Exmouth bay penetrates deeply into the land, so that it would have added greatly to the distance to have travelled round; the carriages were, therefore, early in the morning put on board boats and thus conveyed across the water to a sandy promontory on the opposite side (Dawlish Warren) from which they were drawn by horses, sent for the purpose, to the high road on the further side. We, ourselves, passed the bay in a small row-boat, enjoying the delightful morning air and glorious sunlight reflected in all directions from the clear waves”………. 

And that’s it. One evening in Exmouth is all it took to establish that royal connection. Actually, the pair were travelling incognito, as they didn’t want a lot of fuss and fanfare to impede their progress, and the hotel staff may not have known at the time exactly who these bed & breakfast guests were, but word must have got out at some point. When it got back to the Proprietor, he wasn’t slow to spot an opportunity, and changed the name from the Marine to the Royal Beacon Hotel, and that’s how it’s been for the past 170 years. 

What happened to our pair of Saxons? Exactly 10 years after his Exmouth escapade, he was making a trip through the Tyrol and fell beneath the hooves of a horse that stepped on his head, and being childless was succeeded to the throne by his younger brother, Johann. 

Carus died in 1869 aged 80, and his work influenced, among others, Charles Darwin’s evolutionary theories and Carl Jung’s theories on the role of the unconscious in the psyche. In 2015, his grave in Dresden is currently due for removal due to non-payment of fees.

Roger Scowan with a problem

Carl Gustav Carus - Polymath.

King Frederick Augustus II of Saxony

Exmouth Seniors Congress – 5th & Final day (6th Nov. 2015.)

 Seniors Final Round and Cross Table. 

Bd White     Result Black    
               
1 Everson, Robert J 165 [3½] ½ – ½ Toms, David A 162 [3½]
2 Adaway, William 175 [3] ½ – ½ Norman, Kenneth 184 [3½]
3 Dow, Michael J 110 [3] ½ – ½ Gamble, Raymond 160 [3]
4 Annetts, Ivor S 151 [3] ½ – ½ Smith, Richard J 128 [3]
5 Footner, Andrew F 177 [2½] ½ – ½ Wood, Peter C 141 [3]
               
6 Robertson, Jim 135 [2½] 0 – 1 Kendall, Paul SN 177 [2½]
7 Egan, William J 130 [2½] 0 – 1 Gosling, Brian GE 154 [2½]
8 Smith, Ewart J 140 [2½] 1 – 0 Lucas, Peter 94 [2½]
9 Price, Andrew 160 [2] 1 – 0 Tidy, Norman F 118 [2]
10 Page, Martin C 153 [2] 1 – 0 Dean, Michael J 108 [2]
               
11 Adams, Martyn W 130 [2] ½ – ½ Scowen, Roger S 143 [2]
12 Gordon, Philip L 120 [2] ½ – ½ Sandercock, E Barry 141 [2]
13 Belt, Malcolm 133 [2] 1 – 0 Clapp, Joseph D 118 [2]
14 Harris, William F 133 [2] ½ – ½ Fraser, Alan R 107 [2]
15 Burt, David F 101 [2] 0 – 1 Hunt, Ray K 132 [2]
               
16 Shaddick, John 131 [1½] ½ – ½ Hurn, Robert AJ 124 [2]
17 Sherriff, Alan J 142 [1½] 1 – 0 Waters, Roger G 110 [1½]
18 Errington, Paul T 126 [1½] 1 – 0 Kaye, Mike 92 [1½]
19 Cox, Marian 87 [1½] 0 – 1 Jones, Robert H 118 [1½]
20 Namouk, Omer A 135 [1] 1 – 0 Cox, Reg E 88 [1]
               
21 Leggett, Peter AW 85 [1] ½ – ½ Welch, Hazel 107 [1]
22 Moloney, Tom 70 [1] ½ – ½ Thorpe-Tracey, Stephen F 94 [1]
23 Queen, Andrew R 75 [0] ½ – ½ Purry, Nigel A 98 [½]

 

Pos Name Grade Rd. 1 Rd. 2 Rd. 3 Rd. 4 Rd. 5 A B C D
1 Everson, Robert J 165 b13+ w29+ b31+ b2= w3= 4 5 897 179
2 Norman, Kenneth I 184 b30+ w17+ b6+ w1= b4= 4 5 938 188
3 Toms, David A 162 w27+ b5= w33+ w14+ b1= 4 5 900 180
                       
4 Adaway, William 175 w34+ b8= w25+ b7= w2= 5 868 174
5 Annetts, Ivor S 151 b19+ w3= w9= b15+ w11= 5 829 166
6 Dow, Michael J 110 b44+ w10+ w2- b29+ w7= 5 771 154
7 Gamble, Raymond J 160 b23+ w14= b37+ w4= b6= 5 825 165
8 Gosling, Brian GE 154 b35+ w4= b14- w18+ b19+ 5 843 169
9 Kendall, Paul SN 177 b10= w36+ b5= w19= b27+ 5 802 160
10 Smith, Ewart J 140 w9= b6- w45+ b25+ w26+ 5 705 141
11 Smith, Richard J 128 b29- w41+ b30+ w23+ b5= 5 763 153
12 Wood, Peter C 141 bye= b34= w21+ w31+ b14= 4 620 155
                       
13 Belt, Malcolm 133 w1- b43+ w26= b33= w32+ 3 5 642 128
14 Footner, Andrew F 177 w28+ b7= w8+ b3- w12= 3 5 808 162
15 Hunt, Ray K 132 b17- w42+ b44+ w5- b31+ 3 5 664 133
16 Page, Martin C 153 w18= b25= w32= b24= w33+ 3 5 653 131
17 Price, Andrew 160 w15+ b2- w24= b32= w36+ 3 5 730 146
                       
18 Adams, Martyn W 130 b16= w21+ bye= b8- w29= 4 557 139
19 Egan, William J 130 w5- b45+ w38+ b9= w8- 5 665 133
20 Errington, Paul T 126 w45= b27= bye= b26- w38+ 4 419 105
21 Fraser, Alan R 107 w46+ b18- b12- w34+ b23= 5 614 123
22 Gordon, Philip L 120 w26- b37- w46+ b43+ w28= 5 509 102
23 Harris, William F 133 w7- b26+ w43+ b11- w21= 5 596 119
24 Hurn, Robert AJ 124 b31- w39+ b17= w16= b35= 5 630 126
25 Jones, Robert H 118 bye+ w16= b4- w10- b37+ 4 488 122
26 Lucas, Peter 94 b22+ w23- b13= w20+ b10- 5 646 129
27 Robertson, Jim 135 b3- w20= b41+ w37+ w9- 5 653 131
28 Sandercock, E Barry 141 b14- w31- b35+ w44+ b22= 5 630 126
29 Scowen, Roger S 143 w11+ b1- w36+ w6- b18= 5 651 130
30 Sherriff, Alan J 142 w2- b33= w11- b45+ w42+ 5 630 126
                       
31 Burt, David F 101 w24+ b28+ w1- b12- w15- 2 5 629 126
32 Clapp, Joseph D 118 b41= w35= b16= w17= b13- 2 5 619 124
33 Dean, Michael J 108 b39+ w30= b3- w13= b16- 2 5 606 121
34 Namouk, Omer A 135 b4- w12= b42= b21- w44+ 2 5 578 116
35 Shaddick, John 131 w8- b32= w28- b46+ w24= 2 5 578 116
36 Tidy, Norman F 118 w38+ b9- b29- w39+ b17- 2 5 586 117
                       
37 Cox, Marian 87 b42= w22+ w7- b27- w25- 5 502 100
38 Kaye, Mike 92 b36- w40+ b19- w42= b20- 5 454 91
39 Leggett, Peter AW 85 w33- b24- w40+ b36- w43= 5 427 85
40 Moloney, Tom 70 w43- b38- b39- bye+ w41= 4 228 57
41 Thorpe-Tracey, S. 94 w32= b11- w27- bye= b40= 4 350 88
42 Waters, Roger G 110A w37= b15- w34= b38= b30- 5 488 98
43 Welch, Hazel 107A b40+ w13- b23- w22- b39= 5 441 88
                       
44 Cox, Reg E 88A w6- b46+ w15- b28- b34- 1 5 419 84
45 Purry, Nigel A 98A b20= w19- b10- w30- b46= 1 5 457 91
                       
46 Queen, Andrew R 75 b21- w44- b22- w35- w45= ½ 5 323 65
Pos Name Grade Rd. 1 Rd. 2 Rd. 3 Rd. 4 Rd. 5 A B C D
1 Everson, Robert J 165 b13+ w29+ b31+ b2= w3= 4 5 897 179
2 Norman, Kenneth I 184 b30+ w17+ b6+ w1= b4= 4 5 938 188
3 Toms, David A 162 w27+ b5= w33+ w14+ b1= 4 5 900 180
                       
4 Adaway, William 175 w34+ b8= w25+ b7= w2= 5 868 174
5 Annetts, Ivor S 151 b19+ w3= w9= b15+ w11= 5 829 166
6 Dow, Michael J 110 b44+ w10+ w2- b29+ w7= 5 771 154
7 Gamble, Raymond J 160 b23+ w14= b37+ w4= b6= 5 825 165
8 Gosling, Brian GE 154 b35+ w4= b14- w18+ b19+ 5 843 169
9 Kendall, Paul SN 177 b10= w36+ b5= w19= b27+ 5 802 160
10 Smith, Ewart J 140 w9= b6- w45+ b25+ w26+ 5 705 141
11 Smith, Richard J 128 b29- w41+ b30+ w23+ b5= 5 763 153
12 Wood, Peter C 141 bye= b34= w21+ w31+ b14= 4 620 155
                       
13 Belt, Malcolm 133 w1- b43+ w26= b33= w32+ 3 5 642 128
14 Footner, Andrew F 177 w28+ b7= w8+ b3- w12= 3 5 808 162
15 Hunt, Ray K 132 b17- w42+ b44+ w5- b31+ 3 5 664 133
16 Page, Martin C 153 w18= b25= w32= b24= w33+ 3 5 653 131
17 Price, Andrew 160 w15+ b2- w24= b32= w36+ 3 5 730 146
                       
18 Adams, Martyn W 130 b16= w21+ bye= b8- w29= 4 557 139
19 Egan, William J 130 w5- b45+ w38+ b9= w8- 5 665 133
20 Errington, Paul T 126 w45= b27= bye= b26- w38+ 4 419 105
21 Fraser, Alan R 107 w46+ b18- b12- w34+ b23= 5 614 123
22 Gordon, Philip L 120 w26- b37- w46+ b43+ w28= 5 509 102
23 Harris, William F 133 w7- b26+ w43+ b11- w21= 5 596 119
24 Hurn, Robert AJ 124 b31- w39+ b17= w16= b35= 5 630 126
25 Jones, Robert H 118 bye+ w16= b4- w10- b37+ 4 488 122
26 Lucas, Peter 94 b22+ w23- b13= w20+ b10- 5 646 129
27 Robertson, Jim 135 b3- w20= b41+ w37+ w9- 5 653 131
28 Sandercock, E Barry 141 b14- w31- b35+ w44+ b22= 5 630 126
29 Scowen, Roger S 143 w11+ b1- w36+ w6- b18= 5 651 130
30 Sherriff, Alan J 142 w2- b33= w11- b45+ w42+ 5 630 126
                       
31 Burt, David F 101 w24+ b28+ w1- b12- w15- 2 5 629 126
32 Clapp, Joseph D 118 b41= w35= b16= w17= b13- 2 5 619 124
33 Dean, Michael J 108 b39+ w30= b3- w13= b16- 2 5 606 121
34 Namouk, Omer A 135 b4- w12= b42= b21- w44+ 2 5 578 116
35 Shaddick, John 131 w8- b32= w28- b46+ w24= 2 5 578 116
36 Tidy, Norman F 118 w38+ b9- b29- w39+ b17- 2 5 586 117
                       
37 Cox, Marian 87 b42= w22+ w7- b27- w25- 5 502 100
38 Kaye, Mike 92 b36- w40+ b19- w42= b20- 5 454 91
39 Leggett, Peter AW 85 w33- b24- w40+ b36- w43= 5 427 85
40 Moloney, Tom 70 w43- b38- b39- bye+ w41= 4 228 57
41 Thorpe-Tracey, S. 94 w32= b11- w27- bye= b40= 4 350 88
42 Waters, Roger G 110A w37= b15- w34= b38= b30- 5 488 98
43 Welch, Hazel 107A b40+ w13- b23- w22- b39= 5 441 88
                       
44 Cox, Reg E 88A w6- b46+ w15- b28- b34- 1 5 419 84
45 Purry, Nigel A 98A b20= w19- b10- w30- b46= 1 5 457 91
                       
46 Queen, Andrew R 75 b21- w44- b22- w35- w45= ½ 5 323 65

…and the Juniors finished as follows:-

Bd White     Result Black    
               
1 Heppell, Ian N 179 [3] 1 – 0 Brown, Alan M 187 [3]
2 Wells, Jonathan C 182 [3] ½ – ½ McAllan, Ian 159 [3]
3 Page, Mark E 189 [2½] 1 – 0 Dilleigh, Stephen P 187 [2½]
4 Dean, Steve K 164 [2] ½ – ½ Morgan, Jamie 158 [2]
5 Burton, Ronnie 160 [2] 1 – 0 Blencowe, Ian P 134 [2]
               
6 Rogers, David R 140 [1½] 1 – 0 Bartlett, Simon 167 [1½]
7 Roberts, Malcolm A 135 [1½] ½ – ½ Sellwood, Colin 156 [1]

 

Pos Name Grade Rd. 1 Rd. 2 Rd. 3 Rd. 4 Rd. 5 A B C D
1 Heppell, Ian N 179 w12+ b14+ w4= b2= w5+ 4 5 973 195
                       
2 McAllan, Ian 159 b3+ b5= w13+ w1= b4= 5 1004 201
3 Page, Mark E 189 w2- b15+ w5= b13+ w8+ 5 952 190
4 Wells, Jonathan C 182 b15+ w10+ b1= w8= w2= 5 919 184
                       
5 Brown, Alan M 187 b9+ w2= b3= w6+ b1- 3 5 895 179
6 Burton, Ronnie 160 bye= b7= w14+ b5- w11+ 3 4 691 173
                       
7 Dean, Steve K 164 b11= w6= b10= bye= w9= 4 592 148
8 Dilleigh, Stephen P 187 w14- b12+ w9+ b4= b3- 5 832 166
9 Morgan, Jamie 158 w5- bye+ b8- w10+ b7= 4 628 157
10 Rogers, David R 140 bye+ b4- w7= b9- w13+ 4 619 155
                       
11 Blencowe, Ian P 134 w7= b13- w12= b14+ b6- 2 5 732 146
12 Roberts, Malcolm A 135 b1- w8- b11= bye+ w14= 2 4 540 135
                       
13 Bartlett, Simon 167 bye= w11+ b2- w3- b10- 4 522 131
14 Sellwood, Colin 156 b8+ w1- b6- w11- b12= 5 695 139
                       
15 Halmkin, Peter E 152 w4- w3-       0 2 271 136

…. and the prizewinners were……

Seniors Section: 

                   1st=  Kenneth Norman     (189)                         4pts

                           Robert Everson       (165)        Dartford     4pts

                           David Toms             (162)     Sidmouth     4pts

 Grading prizes: 

 (U-136)      1st   Richard Smith    (128)   Barnstaple     3½ pts 

(U-115)      1st   Michael Dow       (110)  Barnstaple     3½ pts

“Juniors” Section:

                   1st    Ian Heppell       (179)   Wimbledon        4pts 

                   2nd= Mark Page         (189)   Kenilworth          3½ pts  

                          Jonathan Wells (182)   N. Norfolk           3½ pts                                                         

 Grading prize:

 (U-161)      1st  Ian McAllan         (159)  Sidcup                3½ pts

                    2nd Ronnie Burton     (160)   Weymouth          3 pts     

 NB: The prize fund for the Junior Section, which was very strong again this year, has been increased somewhat. 

Exmouth Seniors Congress Day 4 (5th Nov. 2015)

Of the earlier low-graded high-fliers, Michael Dow and Joseph Clapp refused to be intimidated and continued their flight in the upper atmosphere. There was bad luck for one high-flier when his phone went off, not once but twice. Which reminded me of what happened to an Exmouth clubmate a few years ago in the same room, when a friend phoned him up to ask when he might be free, and the phone went off. Q: What time do you think your game might finish? A: It just has! 

The surprise of the Junior Section was how Sellwood, on the back of his best-ever (short) run of results, now fell to Blencowe, which, in turn, was Ian’s best-ever tournament result, showing what an unpredictable thing chess can be…  especially at a Seniors event.

Bd White     Result Black    
               
1 Norman, Kenneth I 184 [3] ½ – ½ Everson, Robert J 165 [3]
2 Toms, David A 162 [2½] 1 – 0 Footner, Andrew F 177 [2½]
3 Gamble, Raymond J 160 [2½] ½ – ½ Adaway, William 175 [2½]
4 Kendall, Paul SN 177 [2] ½ – ½ Egan, William J 130 [2]
5 Hunt, Ray K 132 [2] 0 – 1 Annetts, Ivor S 151 [2]
               
6 Scowen, Roger S 143 [2] 0 – 1 Dow, Michael J 110 [2]
7 Wood, Peter C 141 [2] 1 – 0 Burt, David F 101 [2]
8 Smith, Richard J 128 [2] 1 – 0 Harris, William F 133 [2]
9 Gosling, Brian GE 154 [1½] 1 – 0 Adams, Martyn W 130 [2]
10 Clapp, Joseph D 118 [1½] ½ – ½ Price, Andrew 160 [1½]
               
11 Hurn, Robert AJ 124 [1½] ½ – ½ Page, Martin C 153 [1½]
12 Jones, Robert H 118 [1½] 0 – 1 Smith, Ewart J 140 [1½]
13 Robertson, Jim 135 [1½] 1 – 0 Cox, Marian 87 [1½]
14 Dean, Michael J 108 [1½] ½ – ½ Belt, Malcolm 133 [1½]
15 Lucas, Peter 94 [1½] 1 – 0 Errington, Paul T 126 [1½]
               
16 Sandercock, E Barry 141 [1] 1 – 0 Cox, Reg E 88 [1]
17 Fraser, Alan R 107 [1] 1 – 0 Namouk, Omer A 135 [1]
18 Welch, Hazel 107 [1] 0 – 1 Gordon, Philip L 120 [1]
19 Tidy, Norman F 118 [1] 1 – 0 Leggett, Peter AW 85 [1]
20 Kaye, Mike 92 [1] ½ – ½ Waters, Roger G 110 [1]
               
21 Purry, Nigel A 98 [½] 0 – 1 Sherriff, Alan J 142 [½]
22 Queen, Andrew R 7 [0] 0 – 1 Shaddick, John 131 [½]
23 Moloney, Tom 70 [0] 1 – 0  Bye    
24 Thorpe-Tracey, Stephen F 94 [½] ½ – 0  Bye    

 

Bd White     Result Black    
               
1 McAllan, Ian 159 [2½] ½ – ½ Heppell, Ian N 179 [2½]
2 Wells, Jonathan C 182 [2½] ½ – ½ Dilleigh, Stephen P 187 [2]
3 Brown, Alan M 187 [2] 1 – 0 Burton, Ronnie 160 [2]
4 Bartlett, Simon 167 [1½] 0 – 1 Page, Mark E 189 [1½]
5 Morgan, Jamie 158 [1] 1 – 0 Rogers, David R 140 [1½]
               
6 Sellwood, Colin 156 [1] 0 – 1 Blencowe, Ian P 134 [1]
7 Roberts, Malcolm A 135 [½] 1 – 0  Bye    
8 Dean, Steve K 164 [1½] ½ – 0  bye    

16th Exmouth Seniors Congress Day 3 (04.11.2015.)

In all his 15 previous Seniors Tournaments, David Burt had to confess he’d never before been as high as Board 2, and nor could Michael Dow nor Marian Cox have expected to be flying so high, and it fell to me to be playing last year’s winner. But, like Icarus, we were perhaps flying too near the sun, and the force of gravity would surely reassert itself. And so it did. Even Colin Sellwood in the Juniors, after his dream weekend taking the heads of Johhn Wheeler and Steve Dilleigh in the space of 24 hours, fell to earth with a bump. 

Here are the Rd. 3 details, Seniors table first:-      

Bd White     Result Black    
               
1 Dow, Michael J 110 [2] 0 – 1 Norman, Kenneth I 184 [2]
2 Burt, David F 101 [2] 0 – 1 Everson, Robert J 165 [2]
3 Footner, Andrew F 177 [1½] 1 – 0 Gosling, Brian GE 154 [1½]
4 Annetts, Ivor S 151 [1½] ½ – ½ Kendall, Paul SN 177 [1½]
5 Adaway, William 175 [1½] 1 – 0 Jones, Robert H 118 [1½]
               
6 Toms, David A 162 [1½] 1 – 0 Dean, Michael J 108 [1½]
7 Cox, Marian 87 [1½] 0 – 1 Gamble, Raymond J 160 [1½]
8 Price, Andrew 160 [1] ½ – ½ Hurn, Robert AJ 124 [1]
9 Page, Martin C 153 [1] ½ – ½ Clapp, Joseph D 118 [1]
10 Scowen, Roger S 143 [1] 1 – 0 Tidy, Norman F 118 [1]
               
11 Wood, Peter C 141 [1] 1 – 0 Fraser, Alan R 107 [1]
12 Belt, Malcolm 133 [1] ½ – ½ Lucas, Peter 94 [1]
13 Harris, William F 133 [1] 1 – 0 Welch, Hazel 107 [1]
14 Cox, Reg E 88 [1] 0 – 1 Hunt, Ray K 132 [1]
15 Egan, William J 130 [1] 1 – 0 Kaye, Mike 92 [1]
               
16 Sherriff, Alan J 142 [½] 0 – 1 Smith, Richard J 128 [1]
17 Smith, Ewart J 140 [½] 1 – 0 Purry, Nigel A 98 [½]
18 Waters, Roger G 110 [½] ½ – ½ Namouk, Omer A 135 [½]
19 Thorpe-Tracey, Stephen F 94 [½] 0 – 1 Robertson, Jim 135 [½]
20 Shaddick, John 131 [½] 0 – 1 Sandercock, E Barry 141 [0]
               
21 Gordon, Philip L 120 [0] 1 – 0 Queen, Andrew R 75 [0]
22 Leggett, Peter AW 85 [0] 1 – 0 Moloney, Tom 70 [0]
23 Adams, Martyn W 130 [1½] ½ – 0  Bye    
24 Errington, Paul T 126 [1] ½ – 0  Bye    

 

Bd White     Result Black    
               
1 Heppell, Ian N 179 [2] ½ – ½ Wells, Jonathan C 182 [2]
2 McAllan, Ian 159 [1½] 1 – 0 Bartlett, Simon 167 [1½]
3 Page, Mark E 189 [1] ½ – ½ Brown, Alan M 187 [1½]
4 Dilleigh, Stephen P 187 [1] 1 – 0 Morgan, Jamie 158 [1]
5 Rogers, David R 140 [1] ½ – ½ Dean, Steve K 164 [1]
               
6 Burton, Ronnie 160 [1] 1 – 0 Sellwood, Colin 156 [1]
7 Blencowe, Ian P 134 [½] ½ – ½ Roberts, Malcolm A 135 [0]

Top boards in the Seniors: never has the bearded Dave Burt been as high as No. 2 in all his previous 15 appearances, nor Marian Cox as high as Bd. 7

 

Colin Sellwood (nearest) still on a high after his Rd. 1 win over Dilliegh.

 

The 2 Controllers - Ewart Smith (l) now enjoying his new role as player as Tony Tatam succeeds him.

16th Seniors’ Congress Day 2 (03.11.2015.)

The Round 2 draw and early results were as follows:

    SENIORS     ROUND 2  
Bd   White   Result          Black  
             
1 1 Norman, Kenneth I 184  1-0 Price, Andrew 160
2 7 Gamble, Raymond 160  ½ – ½ Footner, Andrew F 177
3 9 Gosling, Brian GE 154  ½ – ½ Adaway, William 175
4 5 Everson, Robert J 165  1-0 Scowen, Roger S 143
5 11 Annetts, Ivor S 151  ½ – ½ Toms, David A 162
             
6 3 Kendall, Paul SN 177  1-0 Tidy, Norman F 118
7 31 Jones, Robert H 118 ½ – ½  Page, Martin C 153
8 33 Dow, Michael J 110  1-0 Smith, Ewart J 140
9 23 Adams, Martyn W 130  1-0 Fraser, Alan R 107
10 35 Dean, Michael J 108   Sherriff, Alan J 142
             
11 37 Welch, Hazel 107  0-1 Belt, Malcolm 133
12 14 Sandercock, Barry 141  0-1 Burt, David F 101
13 40 Lucas, Peter 94  0-1 Harris, William F 133
14 17 Namouk, Omer A 135  ½ – ½ Wood, Peter C 141
15 25 Robertson, Jim 135  ½ – ½ Errington, Paul T 126
             
16 20 Hunt, Ray K 132  1-0 Waters, Roger G 110
17 30 Clapp, Joseph D 118  ½ – ½ Shaddick, John 131
18 39 Purry, Nigel A 98  0-1 Egan, William J 130
19 26 Smith, Richard J 128  1-0 Thorpe-Tracey, Stephen 94
20 46 Cox, Marian 87  1-0 Gordon, Philip L 120
             
21 28 Hurn, Robert AJ 124  1-0 Leggett, Peter AW 85
22 42 Kaye, Mike 92  1-0 Moloney, Tom 70
23 44 Queen, Andrew R 75  0-1 Cox, Reg E 88

 

  “JUNIORS”       ROUND 2    
Bd         White     Result           Black    
               
1 Brown, Alan M 187 [1]  ½ – ½ McAllan, Ian 159 [1]
2 Wells, Jonathan 182 [1]  1-0 Rogers, David R 140 [1]
3 Sellwood, Colin 156 [1]  0-1 Heppell, Ian N 179 [1]
4 Bartlett, Simon 167 [½]  1-0 Blencowe, Ian P 134 [½]
5 Dean, Steve K 164 [½]  ½ – ½ Burton, Ronnie 160 [½]
               
6 Halmkin, Peter E 152 [0]  0-1 Page, Mark E 189 [0]
7 Roberts, Malcolm 135 [0]  0-1 Dilleigh, Stephen 187 [0]
8 Morgan, Jamie 158 [0] 1- 0  Bye     

 

Bd. 1 Norman vs Price and Bd. 3 Gosling vs Adaway.

At the other end of the room could be found Richard Smith vs Stephen Thorpe-Tracey (nearest) and Bob Hurn vs Peter Leggett.

Next to them were Andrew Queen vs Reg Cox & Mike Kaye vs Tom Maloney

Rd. 2 pairings in the Juniors included Steve Dean vs Ronnie Burton (nearest) and Peter Halmkin vs Mark Brown.

16th Exmouth Seniors Congress Day 1 (02.11.2015.)

The day finally dawned, with all the bookstall still to be taken down to the Royal Beacon Hotel and set up, and the playing kit  to be laid out.  I’d taken this down the day before (Sunday), to find the hall beautifully set up with tables and starched tablecloths, and chairs… enough for 100 players! We only had 62 entries, so a fair amount of pruning had to be done. This didn’t take long, and left players with more elbow room and floor space.

There were one or two minor glitches as 1 o’clock approached, but nothing to prevent a prompt start.

Here are the day’s results.

Most excitement for the neutrals seemed to centre on the Junior’s Section, where Colin Sellwood enjoyed a storming win against the normally rock-solid Steve Dilleigh, 2nd seed, while top seed Mark Page lost to Ian McAllan, thus throwing the section wide open from Day 1.

  SENIORS       ROUND 1  
Bd White Grd   Result Black  
             
1 Sherriff, Alan J 142   0 – 1 Norman, Kenneth I 184
2 Footner, Andrew F 177   1 – 0 Sandercock, E Barry 141
3 Smith, Ewart J 140   ½ – ½ Kendall, Paul SN 177
4 Adaway, William 175   1 – 0 Namouk, Omer A 135
5 Belt, Malcolm 133   0 – 1 Everson, Robert J 165
             
6 Toms, David A 162   1 – 0 Robertson, Jim 135
7 Harris, William F 133   0 – 1 Gamble, Raymond J 160
8 Price, Andrew 160   1 – 0 Hunt, Ray K 132
9 Shaddick, John 131   0 – 1 Gosling, Brian GE 154
10 Page, Martin C 153   ½ – ½ Adams, Martyn W 130
             
11 Egan, William J 130   0 – 1 Annetts, Ivor S 151
12 Scowen, Roger S 143   1 – 0 Smith, Richard J 128
13 Errington, Paul T 126   ½ – ½ Purry, Nigel A 98
14 Burt, David F 101   1 – 0 Hurn, Robert AJ 124
15 Gordon, Philip L 120   0 – 1 Lucas, Peter 94
             
16 Thorpe-Tracey, Stephen F 94   ½ – ½ Clapp, Joseph D 118
17 Tidy, Norman F 118   1 – 0 Kaye, Mike 92
18 Cox, Reg E 88   0 – 1 Dow, Michael J 110
19 Waters, Roger G 110   ½ – ½ Cox, Marian 87
20 Leggett, Peter AW 85   0 – 1 Dean, Michael J 108
             
21 Fraser, Alan R 107   1 – 0 Queen, Andrew R 75
22 Moloney, Tom 70   0 – 1 Welch, Hazel 107
23 Jones, Robert H 118   1 – 0   bye  
24 Wood, Peter C 141   ½ – 0  bye requested  

 

  “JUNIOR”s       ROUND 1  
Bd White     Result Black  
             
1 Page, Mark E 189   0 – 1 McAllan, Ian 159
2 Morgan, Jamie 158   0 – 1 Brown, Alan M 187
3 Dilleigh, Stephen 187   0 – 1 Sellwood, Colin 156
4 Halmkin, Peter E 152   0 – 1 Wells, Jonathan 182
5 Heppell, Ian N 179   1 – 0 Roberts, Malcolm 135
             
6 Blencowe, Ian P 134   ½ – ½ Dean, Steve K 164
7 Rogers, David R 140   1 – 0  Bye  
8 Bartlett, Simon 167   ½ – 0  Requested bye  
9 Burton, Ronnie 160   ½ – 0  Requested bye  

Here’s the scene as play got under way…..

General view of the playing hall.

2nd seed, Andrew Footner, playing a pensive Barry Sandercock (facing)

Steve Dean makes his move in the self-contained "Junior" Section.

Reg Cox (stripes) in action, while his wife, Marian plays Roger Waters (out of shot).

2015 Seniors’ Congress entries as at today- 31.10.2015.

EXMOUTH SENIORS CONGRESS– Entries as at    31.10.’15
  Grd SENIORS     Grd “JUNIORS”  
               
1 189 Norman Ken X 189 Page Mark
2 177 Footner Andrew X 187 Dilleigh Stephen
3 177 Kendall Paul X 187 Brown Alan
4 175 Adaway William X 184 Brusey Alan
5 165 Everson Robert X 182 Wells Jonathan
6 162 Toms David X 179 Heppell Ian
7 160 Price Andrew X 167 Bartlett Simon
8 160 Gamble Raymond X 164 Dean Steve
9 154 Gosling Brian X 160 Burton Ronnie
10 152 Page Martin X 158 Morgan Jamie
11 151 Annetts Ivor X 157 Sellwood Colin
12 143 Scowen Roger X 152 Halmkin Peter
13 142 Sherriff Alan X 140 Rogers Dave
14 141 Sandercock Barry X 135 Roberts Malcolm
15 141 Wood Peter X 134 Blencowe Ian
16 140 Smith Ewart X      
17 135 Namouk Omer X      
18 135 Robertson Jim X      
19 133 Belt Malcolm X      
20 133 Harris William X      
21 132 Hunt Ray X      
22 131 Shaddick John X      
23 131 Norman Dinah X      
24 130 Egan Bill X      
25 130 Adams Martyn X      
26 128 Smith Richard X      
27 126 Errington, Paul X      
28 124 Hurn Robert X      
29 120 Gordon Philip X      
30 118 Jones Robert X      
31 118 Tidy Norman X      
32 118 Clapp Joseph X      
33 110 Waters Roger X      
34 110 Dow Michael X      
35 108 Dean Michael X      
36 107 Welch Hazel X      
37 107 Fraser Alan X      
38 101 Burt Dave X      
39 98 Purry Nigel X      
40 94 Lucas Peter X      
41 94 Thorpe-Tracey Stephen X      
42 92 Kaye Mike X      
43 85 Leggett Peter X      
44 75 Queen Andrew X      
45 70 Moloney Tom X      
46              
47              
48       X      

 

NB: David Toms Entry now confirmed. Dinah Norman originally entered, then withdrew for health reasons, but is now feeling much better so is back in.   Alan Brusey has had to withdraw due to a family berievement.

That Other Alekhine (24.10.2015.)

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the founding of their club, Plymouth organised a big congress in 1938, with the top section consisting of 8 invitees, including both current world champions, Alekhine and Vera Menchick. Alekhine was accompanied by his 3rd wife, Grace (née Wishaar), a competent player in her own right and an accomplished artist.

The fast-approaching war treated them both badly. Alekhine found himself exiled in neutral Portugal and died there in 1945, reportedly choking on a salt beef sandwich, alone in his hotel room. Meanwhile, the Nazis commandeered Grace’s opulent chateau at Saint Aubin-le-Cauf, near Dieppe, stripping it of her collection of paintings.

For a decade after the war she made repeated extended visits to west Cornwall, even becoming a member of the West Penwith Chess Club based at Lelant, near St. Ives. However, the reason for her presence probably had more to do with her interest in the St. Ives school of artists, centered around Ben Nicholson and his wife Barbara Hepworth, and included rising stars like Patrick Heron and Terry Frost. Grace may have been happy just to rub shoulders with them, to join with them in painting or even to buy their works to replace those stolen from her.

What I don’t know is where she actually lived at these times. Did she rent a different house each summer, or purchase a semi-permanent home nearby which she could use both as a studio and a meeting house for like-minded artists? Also, in trying to trace her through electoral rolls or chess club minutes, what surname did she use? She’d been married four times, so had five names to choose from, including Wishaar, Eisler, Peeke, Freeman and Alekhine. She was undoubtedly proud of the Alekhine name but may have wished for something a little less obvious. If anyone can cast a little light on this question of her time in Cornwall I’d be most grateful. Please get in touch via e-mail (jones_r53@sky.com).

On Sunday, 10 teams of 4 players competed in Devon’s team blitz chess tournament at the Newton Abbot club. Exmouth Eagles retained the Thomas Cup, with their Board 2, Dr. Jonathan Underwood winning a trophy for being the top individual scorer of the afternoon, on tie-break from Josh Blackmore (Bd. 4  of Newton Abbot A), both with 5½/6 points. The cup for teams with a total grade of Under-600 was won by Exeter A, while that for U-450 grades was won by Exeter B. The Junior Cup for school or junior teams was won by Torquay Boys’ G.S. Full details of every team and player’s performance and 10 photographs may be found on keverelchess.com/blog.

Michael Adams won last week’s game after 1.Rxd6 Nxd6 (if 1…Qxd6 2.Nf7+ wins the queen). 2.Nc6 White needs e5 for his queen. Qf7 3.Qe5+ forcing the return of the exchange. 3…Rg7 4.Nxg7 Qxg7 5.Qxe6 and White’s queen has control of the board.

In this game from 1916 how did Alekhine smash open the Black king’s position?

White to play and win by force.

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