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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.
|2||Menadue, J. F.||189||w23+||b9=||w12=||b14=||w6+||3½|
|4||Wheeler, John F.||181||w14+||b12=||w5=||b7=||w15+||3½|
|6||De Coverley, R||190||b16+||w10+||b8+||w1-||b2-||3|
|7||Dilliegh, S. P.||182||b15||w3+||b1=||w4=||b8=||3|
|11||Brusey, Alan W||176||w12-||b23=||w24+||b9-||w22+||2½|
|14||Jaunooby, Ali R.||205||b4-||b19+||w17+||w2=||b3-||2½|
|16||Saqui, David A||173||w6-||b18-||b21+||w17=||b23+||2½|
|17||Abbott, Mark V.||173||bye=||w13=||b14-||b16=||w10-||2|
|18||Homer S. J.||188||b10-||w16+||b13=||w3-||b19=||2|
|20||Stephens, J. K.||194||w21+||b8-||w9+||b5-||w/d||2|
|21||Ingham, H. W.||176||b20-||w22-||w16-||b23=||b24+||1½|
|22||Sivrev P. D.||187||w8-||b21+||w10=||w15-||b11-||1½|
|23||Barton, R. Alan||170||b2-||w11=||b3-||w21=||w16-||1|
|2||Cordner, D. A.||167||b24+||w4=||b16+||w7+||b3=||4|
|5||Smith Richard A||149||bye=||b11=||w17=||b37+||w21+||3½|
|6||Atkins, Keith A||157||w31-||b33+||w26=||b19=||w22+||3|
|9||Dean Steve K||167||bye=||w17=||b20+||b22=||w14=||3|
|11||Fewkes, James E.||150||b30=||w5=||b35+||w4=||b10=||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|
|20||Hibbitt, Arthur M||147||w13-||b23+||w9-||b31+||w19=||2½|
|21||Jackson, Paul G||163||b33+||w31+||b7=||w3-||b5-||2½|
|24||Brodie, Eric J||147||w2-||b32+||w27=||b18-||w28=||2|
|25||Cross, Ian K||147||b3-||w36-||b32-||w34+||b35+||2|
|27||Nyman, John C||153||b17=||w30-||b24=||w32=||b29=||2|
|29||Rogers, David R||158||bye=||b14-||w37=||b28=||w27=||2|
|31||Wilby, Rob G||140||b6+||b21-||w22-||w20-||bye=||2|
|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|
|3||Woolgar, S. G.||122||b37+||w7-||b23+||w17+||b10+||4|
|5||Plumb, M. D.||132||w28+||b4=||w32+||b21+||w1-||3½|
|6||Sandercock, E. B.||130||bye=||b15=||w4=||b31+||w21+||3½|
|10||Turowski, M. K.||136||w27+||b1-||w22+||b8+||w3-||3|
|15||Bland, Paul A||133||b22=||w6=||b33+||w20=||b7-||2½|
|17||Galloway, J. H.||134||w25+||b33+||w1-||b3-||w9=||2½|
|20||Hunt, Ray K||124||w18+||b21=||w8=||b15=||w4-||2½|
|21||Tidy, Norman F.||137||b26+||w20=||b16+||w5-||b6-||2½|
|26||Ludlow, Roy A.||128||w21-||b11-||w28+||b25-||w35+||2|
|29||Crouch, T. J.||137||w33-||b25=||w12-||b28-||b34+||1½|
|30||Gilbert, D. J.||132||w31=||b32-||w25+||b11-||wd||1½|
|31||Jones, M. E.||121||b30=||w23=||b24=||w6-||b14-||1½|
|34||Allen T. S.||121||w19=||b9=||w11-||b18-||w29-||1|
|1||Cuggy, Mike J||107||b39+||w14+||b37+||w4=||w7+||4½|
|2||Hughes, Peter J||95||b45+||bye=||w3=||b19+||w20+||4|
|6||Fraser, Alan R.||105||w41+||w18-||b21=||b25+||w27+||3½|
|13||Crickmore, E. A.||117||bye=||b26+||w20=||b11=||w15=||3|
|16||Knott, Jim A||109||w42+||b4-||w14+||b24-||w31+||3|
|21||Rescorla, Ian R.||123||w31=||b11=||w6=||b35=||w40+||3|
|23||Webster, Alan F||92||w19-||b49+||b33+||w3-||b46+||3|
|27||Dean, John E||119||bye=||w24=||b46=||w30+||b6-||2½|
|28||Gardiner, Colin J||114||w30=||b44-||w29-||b51+||b50+||2½|
|29||Holmes, Nick, D||87||w15=||w7-||b28+||b38+||w9-||2½|
|31||Carr, John W||101||b21=||w12-||b40+||w17=||b16-||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|
|45||Jenkins, Geoff J||111||w2-||b41+||w24-||b40-||b47=||1½|
|47||Tigue, Kevin J||90||b33-||b20-||w49+||b22-||w45=||1½|
|48||Broderick, P. G.||104||b34-||w39-||bye=||b42=||w32-||1|
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:-
|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.
|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:-
Seniors 65+ :
1st William Adaway 186 Bridport 4½/5
2nd Robert Everson 164 Dartford 4
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
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
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.
|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)|
|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)|
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:
|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)|
|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)|
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.
|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)|
|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)|
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.
|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)|
|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)|
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.
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.
|1||Exmouth Eagles||683||4||7||11||15||19||22½||25½||Thomas Cup|
|2||Newton Abbot||560||0||4||6½||9½||12½||15½||18½||Hodge Cup (U-600)|
|5||Sidmouth Juniors||373||2||3||5||7||8||10½||13||U-450 Cup|
|1||Exmouth Eagles||vs ►||2||5||8||6||7||4||3|
|1||J. K. Stephens||194||1||1||1||1||1||1||1||7|
|3||C. J. Scott||157||1||0||1||1||1||½||1||5½|
|4||B. G. Gosling||153||1||1||1||1||1||1||1||7|
|2||Newton Abbot||1||D. Mackle||203||0||1||½||1||1||1||0||4½|
|2||T. F. Thynne||161||0||1||1||1||1||1||1||6|
|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||4½|
|4||Teignmouth A||1||A. W. Brusey||176||½||0||1||1||0||0||1||3½|
|5||Sidmouth Juniors||1||G. Sussevee||126||0||0||0||1||0||1||½||2½|
|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||1½|
|4||F. R. Hodge||97||1||1||1||0||0||0||1||4|
|7||TQ B.G.S.||1||V. Ramesh||131||1||1||½||0||0||0||1||3½|
|8||Teignmouth B||1||M. Rickard||95||0||0||0||0||0||0||½||½|
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.
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:
|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|
|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|
|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|
|23||D12||Robert Sparks||72||1||0||C12||Nandaja Narayanan||101|
|24||B9||Ivan Stringer||110||½||½||D9||Gordon Chapman||104|
|A||N & W Somerset||0||0||1||1||½||0||1||1||0||0||0||0||4½||4th|
|B||S & E Somerset||1||½||½||0||1||1||0||0||½||1||0||0||5½||3rd|