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48th Torbay Congress 2014

NB: This report is still being added to, until further notice.

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

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.

The Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre

The Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre  

The West of England Chess Union’s annual jamboree has been held at the Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre on the outskirts of Taunton for about a decade, with the host being Taunton Chess Club member, Martin Worrall, who also happens to be a technician at the centre.  

I’ve often wondered about the origin of the name/s attached to the centre, though have never quite got round to enquiring about it, assuming that it was probably the surnames of a couple of town councillors – the mayor, perhaps, and some local community activist. However, this year I made a point of asking Martin about it and he drew my attention to a plaque in the corner of the foyer, which told a very different story. (see picture 1 below) 

The name, in fact, refers to Mrs. Kathleen Tacchi-Morris who lived for 50 years at Long’s House, a rambling 17th century manor house in North Curry, just 5 miles east of Taunton, until her death in 1993. In their later years she and her husband had set up a trust fund to be used in the promotion of peace and harmony throughout the world. In 1999 the trust donated £1 million, together with a £2.1 million grant from the Arts Council, to create the Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre.  

Yet behind this bald fact lies a story of an extraordinary life lived by an extraordinary lady from an exotic family. She was born in 1899 in Johannesburg, the eldest of five children to Percy George Tacchi and his wife, Rebecca Kathleen. Although both Londoners, Percy and Rebecca met in South Africa, where Percy was working as an engineer in the goldfields and Rebecca was training to be a doctor, as there was little chance of that happening in England at the time. After they got to know each other, Percy contracted typhoid and as Rebecca nursed him back to health they fell in love and got married. Shortly after Kathleen was born the combination of life in the goldfields and the Boer War decided the young family to return to the UK.  

Percy continued as an inventor, specialising in wheeled vehicles. While in South Africa he had set up a small company, Tacchi and Wright, building bicycles for the indigenous populace. Back in England he developed the first 4-cylinder motorcycle for Wilkinsons. (see picture 2 below). 

By this time, Kathleen was 10 years old and attending a school from which she was expelled for organising a pupils’ strike against the excessive corporal punishment that went on there. She was then sent to a boarding school in Manchester and got expelled from there as well after just four weeks, for complaining about the treatment of girls. From then on any education was received at home and was somewhat ad hoc. They lived in semi-rural Acton at this time, where they had a house built in Nemours Road.  

In the meantime four siblings arrived on the scene; in order of age they were Percy George junior, Mercia Olga, Maurice Phoebus and Ruby.  

Her father was a socialist and a member of the Fabian Society, taking Kathleen to all their meetings, where she got to know many of the founding members, including George Bernard Shaw, H. G. Wells, Annie Besant (future President of the Indian National Congress),  Leonard & Virginia Woolf, the Pankhursts and Sidney & Beatrice Webb.  

She also went to ballet lessons from an early age, before getting her first paid employment in a drapers shop in Leytonstone at 12½p per week. She spent WW1 at the Hotel Cecil, the HQ of the Air Force doing not a lot, as she confessed. After the war, most women workers had to give up their day jobs to make way for the returning soldiers and Kathleen had to scratch around for work. She phoned around numerous firms saying she’d heard they needed someone in the office, which of course they didn’t. One company challenged her by asking where did you hear that story from? Kathleen took up the challenge by going round to see the person she’s spoken to and on meeting her, gave her a job immediately. It was with a film-making company in Wardour St. and she was suddenly mixed up in the world of film people, socialising with the likes of Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford. She had small parts in a few films utilising her dancing skills, including Coming Through The Rye, a 1923 silent film  starrng Alma Taylor and Ralph Forbes, and Men Are Not Gods (1936) directed by Alexander Korda. (see pictures 3 & 4 below).

Her film colleagues urged her to push harder for a foot up the ladder to stardom, which undoubtedly she could have done, but dancing was in her blood, not acting. Partly to escape the cinema circus and to concentrate on the dance she went to Paris in 1922 enrol at the Jacques-Dalcroze school.  

Émile Jaques-Dalcroze (1865 – 1950) was a Swiss composer, musician and music educator who developed eurhythmics, a method of learning and experiencing music through movement. Turning the body into a well-tuned musical instrument, Dalcroze felt, was the best path for generating a solid, vibrant musical foundation. The 57 yr old composer was smitten with his young student and regularly took her to the Paris Opéra where she met the likes of Diaghilev, Isadora Duncan and Picasso, who used to do their décor. Kathleen wasn’t entirely convinced with all of Dalcroze’s techniques but was able to adapt them to her own needs.  (see pictures 5 & 6 below)

On returning to England she trained groups of dancers who performed at the Hammersmith Palais and the Victoria Palace. In the early thirties there were trips to Antibes where she got mixed up in the Edward and Mrs. Simpson affair. Then in 1936 she married Walter Allan Stagg (1903 – 1984) an Equipment Officer in the RAF. They bought a house in North Curry before Stagg was posted to Malta. Kathleen quickly came to hate her lot, as her efforts to start a children’s dance school were forbidden by the rule that forces personnel should not fraternise with the locals. She gave her husband the ultimatum “Leave the forces or I will leave you – your choice”. He stayed on, Malta took an almighty pounding by the Luftwaffe throughout the war, and he went on to become one of the RAF’s top brass, being awarding the CBE in the Queen’s Coronation honours. 

Kathleen went back to their house in North Curry, a village she had come to love in her short time there. She met Richard Rodham Morris (1903 – 88) who came from a long line of auctioneers and estate agents, stretching back in North Curry throughout the 19th century. They married in Exeter in 1945, much against the wishes of his wider family, who were all country Conservatives, while she was cast as a communist atheistic free-thinker. Yet the marriage worked well enough, as “Rod” was in awe of her energy and enthusiasm and just let her get on with whatever she wanted to do.  

First of all she sacked all the servants at Longs House and turned over the vacated rooms and outhouses to her pet projects – initially looking after the local mothers of black children who’d been abandoned by their families and US fathers. There were also German Jewish refugees. A large barn was converted into a theatre and Lydia Sokolova from the Diaghilev ballet came down and taught ballet while Kathleen taught eurhythmics.  

This went on until 1950 when her life took an unexpected twist, best told in her own words.  

“It was an accident really, because I’d had three operations on my hip. I went to lecture on eurhythmics in Bradford and was staying there with friends. There was a newspaper on the breakfast table saying something about a conference on peace in Sheffield. I said “D’you know, I’d like to go to that. “Well let’s go”. I wasn’t allowed in as I hadn’t got a pass, but I waited outside. The doors opened and I could see Picasso on the platform. I thought ‘Goodness gracious me!’ So I wrote a note on the back of an old envelope in my handbag saying ‘Tacchi’s outside – please can she come in?’ I gave it to a policeman and said ‘Would you take that to Picasso?’ He said ‘Who’s Picasso?’ I said ‘He’s the second on the left.’ Picasso said ‘Of course, bring her in!’ So I went in and found myself sitting on the platform, and that was the beginning.  

“The place was packed with people; well-known people, writers and all sorts. It was terrific. I said to Picasso, ‘Why aren’t the women in this as well?’ He said ‘Well do something about it’ and I said ‘All right, I will’. He said ‘Promise you will?’ I said ‘Yes’. He said ‘We’re asked to shift this whole thing to Warsaw and I can’t go. Will you go there for me?’ I said ‘I’ve only got ten shillings on me’. I sent a telegram to my husband, saying ‘I’m going to Warsaw’. He sent one back saying ‘I take a dim view of this’, but I took no notice, I just went.’  ….. When I saw the ruins of Warsaw and heard the story of their suffering, I knew that the rest of my life would be devoted to the struggle for peace.’  

She founded the organisation Women for World Disarmament which she ran tirelessly until 1987. 

In the 1950s her parents came down to live with her. Percy had all the space he needed for his workshops, while Rebecca died there just a few days short of her 100th birthday.  

During 1987 she was involved in setting up the trust whereby, after their death, the house and grounds could become an international centre for youth, to promote peace. Also that year, she arranged for her Women for World Peace organisation to be merged with the Campaign for World Disarmament, which allowed her to retire. Rod died in January 1988 aged 85 and she died 5 years later aged 94. (see picture 7 below)

A much fuller account of her remarkable life story may be found in the book Women Remember – An Oral History  (Routledge 1989) by Anne Smith, from which I have tried to extract the essence and combine it with other material available on-line. She also wrote a short autobiography entitled I Promised Picasso. Although it was never published there is a typescript version archived in the Somerset Heritage Centre, Brunel Way, Langford Mead, Norton Fitzwarren, Taunton, TA2 6SF. This is kept with her many other papers relating to her long and active life.  

It’s not clear whether the Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre is exactly what she had in mind when she made her original legacy plans, though it teaches dance and drama, both dear to her heart. In any case, far from being a white elephant, it is a successful venture with increasing activity year on year, with, for example, the number of technicians required to service it all up from the original 2 to 5.  

She would be amused to think that the warfare that is chess is strictly of the non-violent kind, and so accords with her precepts. 

The Arts Centre entrance

The inventor with his Wilkinson TAC motor-bike.

(3) Kathleen Tacchi in a publicity film shot.

(4) Another publicity film still.

(5) Emile Jaques-Dalcroze

(6) Eurhythmics in action

(7) Kathleen Tacchi-Morris reflects on her incredible life.

WECU Jamboree 2014 Results (15.09.14.)

The West of England Jamboree has been the Union’s annual pre-season get-together and rust-remover for many years and is still well-supported, even though, as in football, the concept of a season with a long summer break from the sport, is almost extinct. One hundred players and organisers gathered at the Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre on the outskirts of Taunton as per usual, although the word “outskirts” is also becoming redundant, as the town’s housing is  rapidly encroaching on the area with large new estates making the approaches to the centre look unfamiliar to even the most regular participant.

This year there were four teams of 12 in each section, with Cornwall entering a team in the Open Section for the first time in a number of years, probably decades – and a very competitive team it was, too. In the Grade-limited Section there was a team from Wiltshire, after an absence of c. 20 years – a welcome move in both cases.

Although headed by Somerset in the early stages, Devon’s strength-in-depth made certain of their win in the Open, winning all 6 of their games in the lower half. Gloucestershire scored 3.5 out of 5 at the top of the order, but then fell away, while Cornwall scored 4 pts from their top 7 games.

In the Graded Section, Devon’s Torbay League scored heavily in the lower reaches, while Wiltshire scored at the top and bottom of the order, the two teams coming 1st =. The Wiltshire Captain, Roy Ludlow took the trophy 1st, saying his wife would only allow him to keep it in the house until the Torbay Congress in November, where he’d gladly hand it over to Rob Wilby.

The event was organised by Ben Edgell. Jerry Humphries acted as Arbiter in the Open Section and another colleague did likewise in the other room. Martin Worrell, a member of Taunton C.C. and a technician at the Centre, kindly provided free tea and biscuits all afternoon.

Photographs to follow shortly.

The details were as follows: 

    W.E.C.U.         Jamboree  
    OPEN         SECTION  
Bd. team player Grd     team player Grd
1 A1 Jeremy Menadue 189 ½ ½ B1 Phil Meade 182
2 C1 Dominic Mackle 203 0 1 D1 Jack Rudd 224
3 B2 Thomas Thorpe 179 ½ ½ C2 John Stephens 194
4 D2 David Buckley 207 ½ ½ A2 Theo Slade 179
5 A3 Mark Hassall 178 1 0 C3 Kevin Hurst 191
6 B3 John Jenkins 176 1 0 D3 Peter Chaplin 189
7 D4 Mike Richardt 184 0 1 D4 Peter Kirby 173
8 C4 Steve Homer 188 1 0 A4 Grant Healey 178
9 C5 John Fraser 182 ½ ½ B5 Phil Dodwell 163
10 A5 David Saqui 173 0 1 D5 Pat Krzyzanowski 182
11 B6 Barry Whitelaw 159 0 1 A6 James Hooker 170
12 D6 David Littlejohns 178 ½ ½ C6 John Wheeler 181
13 A7 Simon Bartlett 169 1 0 B7 Alun Richards 136
14 C7 Jon Underwood 179 1 0 D7 David P-Kooiman 178
15 B8 Ian Blencowe 130 0 1 C8 Dave Regis 176
16 D8 James Byrne 165 1 0 A8 Gary Trudeau 155
17 A9 John Wilman 154 0 1 C9 Alan Brusey 176
18   d/f   0 1 D9 Gerry Jepps 163
19 D10 Andrew Gregory 158 1 0 B10 Jim Caterer 128
20 C10 Bill Ingham 176 1 0 A10 Richard Smith 149
21 C11 Brian Hewson 174 1 0 B11 Peter Bending 122
22 A11 Martin Jones 121 0 1 D11 Darren Freeman 158
23 B12 John Harris 115 ½ ½ A12 Barry Childs 107
24 D12 Alex Conway 156 0 1 C12 Meyrick Shaw 170
                 

                                            Summary

  Open 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Tot. Pos.
A Cornwall ½ ½ 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 ½ 3rd
B Glos ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 0 0 0 0 0 0 ½ 4 4th
C Devon 0 ½ 0 1 ½ ½ 1 1 1 1 1 1 1st
D Somerset 1 ½ 0 0 1 ½ 0 1 1 1 1 0 7 2nd

  

    GRADED         SECTION  
Bd. team player Grd     team player Grd
1 A1 Andy Bellingham 154 0 1 B1 Chris Purry 152
2 C1 Trefor Thynne 161 0 1 D1 Jim Sherwin 198
3 B2 Roger Knight 152 ½ ½ C2 Mike S-Brownbridge 164
4 D2 Andrew Cooper 174 1 0 A2 Adrian Champion 151
5 A3 Neville Senior 150 1 0 C3 Paul Brooks 154
6 B3 Jim Fewkes 150 ½ ½ D3 Ricardo Rei 168
7 D4 Tim Woodward 146 1 0 D4 Chris Fewtrell 149
8 C4 Andrew Kinder 146 0 1 A4 Chris Strong 148
9 C5 Rob Wilby 140 0 1 B5 Mark Baker 147
10 A5 Tristan West 147 ½ ½ D5 George Georgiou 139
11 B6 Simon Pickard 121 1 0 A6 Stan Wojcik 140
12 D6 Roy Ludlow 128 0 1 C6 John Allen 132
13 A7 John Wilkinson 115 1 0 B7 Simon Gray 114
14 C7 Vignesh Ramesh 131 1 0 D7 Gareth Williams 118
15 B8 Stan Hill 114 0 1 C8 Ben Wilkinson 129
16 D8 Richard Carver 116 0 1 A8 Roger Waters 112
17 A9 Mike Cooper 119 0 1 C9 John Dean 119
18 D10 David Brown 102 0 1 D9 Geoff Berryman 108
19 C10 Tony Tatam 107 1 0 B10 Mike Ward 93
20 C11 Roy Greenhalgh 100 1 0 A10 Roger Fenton 98
21 A11 Vic McAndrew 91 0 1 B11 Mike Walters 101
22 B12 d/f   0 0 D11 d/f  
23 D12 Robert Sparks 72 1 0 C12 Nandaja Narayanan 101
24 B9 Ivan Stringer 110 ½ ½ D9 Gordon Chapman 104

                                            Summary 

  Graded 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Tot. Pos.
A N & W Somerset 0 0 1 1 ½ 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 4th
B S & E Somerset 1 ½ ½ 0 1 1 0 0 ½ 1 0 0 3rd
C Torbay League 0 ½ 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 1st=
D Wiltshire 1 1 ½ 1 ½ 0 0 0 ½ 0 1 1 1st=

 

Bd. 1 in the Open - Menadue vs Meade - game drawn.

Thorpe vs Stephens - a placid start before a frantic finish.

Homer (W) beat Healey in a clever endgame combination.

General view of the Open Section - Conway vs Shaw nearest.

James T. Sherwin vs T. F. Thynne - quite a game in the Graded Section.

Devon Captain and WECU President elect receives the Jamboree Cup from Organsier Ben Edgell (l)

Rob Wilby (l) & Roy Ludlow share the Graded Cup

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