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Paignton Congress 2014 – Day 2

Monday may be Day 2 of the congress, but it marks the start of the 5 Rd. Morning Tournament. Three factors encouraged the organisers to split the entry into 2 section, for the first time. Firstly, the entry for the morning event has been slowly growing over the years, as some players prefer to get the torture over by midday and have the rest of the day to relax, while others prefer to have two games a day, morning and afternoon. Secondly, the grade ceiling for the morning has gradually been raised, in order to increase the entry, and thirdly, there was a feeling among the lower ranks that they stood little chance of any prize against this stiffer opposition. 

Therefore, the Boniface Section went from grades 179 down to 130, while the newly-named Thynne Section was open to all players U-129 and below, and with a £750 prize fund for them alone. This appears to have been a popular move. 

However, the shock of the day, if not the congress so far, was found in the afternoon’s Premier, where top seed, Grandmaster Danny Gormally, lost to WECU’s retiring President, John Wheeler. On the adjacent board the other GM, Keith Arkell, was being met with stout resistance from Steve Dilleigh until early evening. 

The morning sections get under way. with the Boniface on the right and the Thynne forming the left column.

 

Bd. 1 in the Boniface involved Ronnie Burton (W) vs R. Bryant.

At the lower end of the Thynne Section, Jacquie Barber-Lafon makes an opening move against J. W. Carr, while seated next to 90 year old John Sowerby of Colchester.

Paignton Congress 2014 – Day 1 (31.08.2014.)

It's Torbay and the schools are back. Must be time for the Paignton Congress. Here at its new venue of the Livermead House Hotel, right on the sea-front.

Don't forget the hotel was someone's private residence once.

The view from the venue - a luxury liner in the Bay under the bluest of skies.

At 2 p.m. DCCA President, Mr. Paul Brooks welcomed all participants, in fron of the preoccupied arbiters, Tony Tatam (green), John Ariss (blue) and Victor Cross (yellow)

General view of the playing area. The re-alignment of the tables has created more space for movement around the room.

Tactics used are many and varied. Simon Bartlett's shirt, for example, is clearly giving his opponent a headache.

Top seed, Grandmaster Danny Gormally, completes his kingside fianchetto.

2nd seed, Grandmaster Keith Arkell, reflects on his opening move.

 

The number of lady players has almost reached double figures this year. On these 2 boards, for instance, they outnumber the men by 3 to 1. Nearest the camera is the noted chess artist, Nette Robinson.

The Other Cornish Olympian (30.08.2014.)

Michael Adams may have been the outstanding player for England at the recent Olympiad, but he was not the only Cornishman involved. St. Austell-born Andrew Greet was playing for Scotland, where he works as an editor for the Glasgow-based publisher Quality Chess. He excelled on Board 2 and narrowly missed achieving a Grandmaster norm. In this game from Round 5 he surprises a strong GM.

White: Emir Dizdarevic (Bosnia-Herzogovina – 2522). Black: A. Greet (Scotland – 2431).

Reti Opening [A06]

1.Nf3 d5 2.e3 Nf6 3.c4 e6 4.b3 c5 5.cxd5 exd5 6.Be2 Nc6 7.0–0 Bd6 8.d4 The game started as a Reti, but has transposed into the Tarrasch Defence to the Queen’s Pawn opening. 8…cxd4 9.Nxd4 Qe7 10.Nf3 Making a second unnecessary move with the same piece while other pieces remain undeveloped must lose tempo. 10…Be6 11.Bb2 0–0 12.Nc3 a6 13.Rc1 Rfd8 It might be better to develop the other rook first, then bring the other one to e8 13…Rad8. 14.Qc2 Rac8 15.Qb1 Bb8! Preparing …Qd6 and opening the centre with …d4. 16.Rfd1 Ng4 Black’s pieces are lined up against the enemy king. 17.h3 Now is not the moment to retreat. 17…Nxf2! 18.Kxf2 Qc7 threatening …Qg3+ and if Kg1 then Bxh6. 19.Bf1? White is so disconcerted by the sacrifice that he blunders and Greet extracts maximum advantage. 19…Qg3+ 20.Kg1 Having committed to attack, Black must bring every available piece into action – this is no time for vacillation. Ne5 21.Nd4 Bxh3 22.Rd3 Ng4 23.Nf3 Qf2+ 24.Kh1 Bxg2+ 25.Bxg2 Rc6 0–1. The distant rook suddenly joins the fray and 26…Rh6 mate cannot be prevented.

The death was announced last week of John G. Gorodi, aged 88, a regular and venerable figure on the south west congress circuit. With his brother and 200,000 others he fled his native Hungary after the collapse of the Hungarian uprising against the Russians in 1956, eventually settling in Newton Abbot. He kept in contact with some of his former chess colleagues and put me in touch with a Hungarian problemist, whose work subsequently appeared in this column. Only last year he became the British U-150 Champion at Torquay, probably the oldest title-holder in British chess history. That was after he crashed his car on the way home after round 3, discharging himself from hospital so that he could compete in Rounds 4 & 5, both of which he won.

Last week’s problem by Lt. Col. George Ansell was solved by 1.Ne6! threatening 2.Nd4 mate, and 1…BxN allows the White queen to do the honours.

From a recent game Black is faced with losing his rook with check. What’s his best response?

Black to play and win.

Adams Stars at Olympiad (23.08.2014.)

The recent 41st Olympiad at Tromsø was won by China, who at the outset were seeded 7th of the 177 participating teams of 4, based on the rating of their players. Second were Hungary (5th seed) and 3rd were India (18th seed). This serves to illustrate how the balance of power is moving from west to east. England came a disappointing 28th (10th seed), Ireland were 66th (62nd seed), Scotland were 83rd (65th seed) and Wales were 105th (98th seed).

One bright spot for England was the outstanding performance of Michael Adams, who scored 6½ points from the 9 games he played. Only a split on tie-break denied him the gold medal for the best individual performance on Board 1, and he had to settle for silver. This game from Rd. 5 against Vietnam was probably his best.

White: Le Quang Liem (2710). M. Adams (2740).

Catalan Opening.

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.g3 White goes in for the Catalan Opening, a system named by Tartakover after he tried it in Barcelona in 1929. 3…d5 4.Bg2 Bb4+ 5.Bd2 Be7 6.Nf3 c6 7.Qb3 0–0 8.0–0 Nbd7 9.Rc1 a5 10.Bg5 h6 11.Bxf6 Bxf6 12.Na3 Qe7 13.e3 Rd8 14.Rab1 g6 15.Qc2 Bg7 16.Rd1 Nf6 17.Ne5 Bd7 18.Nxd7 Rxd7 19.Rd2 e5 Breaking open the centre to create space for his pieces. However it also allows White’s knight to join the fray. 20.dxe5 Qxe5 21.Rbd1 Rad8 22.cxd5 Nxd5 23.Nc4 Qe6 24.Bxd5 cxd5 25.Nxa5 d4 26.exd4 Qxa2 27.Nb3 Qa4 28.Ra1 Qb4 29.Qc3 Qb6 30.Ra4 Qe6 31.Nc5 Forking queen and rook, but Black has a vital check available. 31…Qe1+ 32.Kg2 Rc7 33.Rc2 Qe8! Hitting the undefended rook and threatening …b6 winning the pinned knight. 34.Rc4 b5 35.Rb4 Black may be a pawn down, but this is the beginning of the end for White as Adams launches a powerful attack. 35…Rxc5 36.Qxc5 Forced, as the defending pawn was pinned. 36…Bf8 The point of Black’s sacrifice, as becomes clear. 37.Qxb5 Qe4+ Now both rooks are attacked. 38.Kg1 Qxc2 39.Ra4 Qb1+ 40.Kg2 Qe4+ 41.f3 Qc2+ 42.Kh3 Qd1 43.f4 h5 44.Qc4 Rxd4! 0–1 If now 45.Qxd4 Qf1+ forcing 46.Kh4 Be7+. Or if 45.Ra1 Qg4+ 46.Kg2 Rxc4 In fact, White is mated in every variation. Match drawn 2-2.

Vietnam eventually finished level with England on match points but came 27th on tie-break.

The Paignton Congress starts a week tomorrow at the Livermead Hotel. Enquiries about last minute entries should go to Alan and Linda Crickmore on 01752-768206 or e-mail plymouthchess@btinternet.com.

The solution to last week’s problem was 1. Bb8! Here is another 2-mover by Lt. Col. George Kirkpatrick Ansell, who was killed in action exactly 100 years ago next week.

Chess Problemist Shot (16.08.2014.)

The one million British and Commonwealth WW1 fatalities cut swathes of heartbreak through every walk of life. Even the esoteric world of chess problemists did not escape.

Witheridge and Bristol’s Comins Mansfield, for example, was gassed in the trenches and temporarily blinded, but he survived to become a universally acknowledged genius of the 2-mover.

Less well-known was Lt. Col. George Kirkpatrick Ansell who was killed in the first days of the war. Born in 1872 in Wymering near Portsmouth, the son of a soldier, William and his wife Harriet, he joined the 5th Princess Charlotte of Wales’s Dragoon Guards, and served under Baden-Powell in South Africa. In France, two weeks after the declaration of war, the two armies met for the first time at Mons, after which the British sought to make an orderly retreat. On 31st August Ansell’s men were settled for the night in the small village of Néry. In the early morning mist of 1st September, a lost battalion of Germans blundered into them and more fighting broke out. Ansell’s unit was sent out to attack on the flank, which was an effective counter, and to get a good view of the skirmish he rode to the top of a nearby bluff. However, this made him a perfect target for German snipers and he was shot in the chest and died within 15 minutes, the most senior British officer to be killed at that point.

He is one of 51 Britons buried in Verberie, one of the 65 war cemeteries in the small department of Oise. The full account of what became known as “The Affair at Néry” can readily be found on-line and makes fascinating reading.

He had been a keen composer and publisher of chess problems before enlisting but once in the army his love of horses in general and polo in particular gradually took over.

He left a 9 year old son, Michael, who had a strangely parallel early life. He joined the same regiment as his father, played polo and rode competitively. Early in WW2 he, too, found himself retreating in the face of an advancing German army. He hid in a hayloft, and was shot at by British troops who assumed he was the enemy. As a result he was blinded, but this did not stop his involvement with horses. From his home, Pillhead House, Bideford, Col. Sir Mike Ansell became the driving force of British show jumping and equestrianism in the post war decades, making it a regular feature of TV scheduling.

The answer to last week’s position was 1…Rb3+! and if 2.axb3 Ra1 mate.

Here is one of Col. Ansell’s early 2-movers.

White to mate in 2

Devon C.C.A AGM

This brief review of Devon’s A.G.M. on Friday evening is a summary only, and does not constitute the official minutes which will be provided by the Secretary Trefor Thynne. However, the facts are believed to be correct at the time of publication.

All following officers were all re-elected en bloc.

  Office Incumbent
a President Paul Brookes
b Secretary Trefor Thynne
c Treasurer Keith Atkins
d Competitions Ray Chubb
e Match Captain Brian Hewson
f Congress Sec. Alan Crickmore
g Junior chess Vacant
h Grading officers Sean Pope / Ray ChubbTony Tatam / John Ariss
i Archivist Dave Beckwith
j Publicity Bob Jones
k WECU Delegates Brian Hewson & Keith Atkins
l ECF Delegate Ben Edgell

 

Some of the trophy presentations:

County President Paul Brooks presents County Secretary Trefor Thynne with the Schofield Cup.

New Devon Individual Champion, Dr. Tim Paulden, receives his trophy.

Tony Tatam receives the President's Award for services to Devon Chess.

Trefore Thynne, top scorer for Devon, receives the Match Captain's Award

Leagues Title Bds Limits Winner Score Runner-Up Score
Div. 1 Bremridge 6 Open Exmouth 7/8 Tiverton 5/8
Div. 2 Mamhead 4 U-640 Barnstaple 6/8 Tiverton 5/8
Div. 3 Schofield 4 U-560 Newton Abbot 5/8 Tiverton 5/8
Div. 4 Moyle 4 U-480 Barnstaple 6/8 Exeter 6/8
RapidPlay Newman 4 U-600 Exmouth 6/8 Tiverton 4/8
Junior Bloodworth 4 U-540 Newton Abbot 4 Torquay BGS 4
Knockout Rooke 8 U-1120 Newton Abbot 5 Tiverton 3
Individual Ch.       T. J. Paulden 6/8    
Intermediate Ch.       H. W. Ingham 1½/2 R. Wilby ½/2
Minor Champ.       V. Ramesh 3½/4 W. Taylor 2½/4
Ladies Champ.       J. Barber-Lafon 2/2 N. Narayanan 1

WECU Championship & Congress 2014 – 4th & Final Day

 There was still much to play for at the outset of play on this final morning, especially with McMichael ineligible for the title and the QP. However, that didn’t prevent the top 4 boards finishing in draws. This worked in McMichael’s favour as he remained in clear 1st place with a cheque for £340. Also in Boyne’s favour as he remained in clear 2nd, netting £180 and the title of West of England Champion. Thus a new name on the cup – when we get it back from the previous winner. The offer of a QP for the British Championship is currently with him and he has 2 weeks to think about it. If he is unable to play, there’s a posse of other local players who might be interested.

  WECU 2014      Open   Open     Rd. 7
Brd White Result Black
1 Littlejohns, David 182 (3½) ½ – ½ Mcmichael, Richard 213 (5)
2 Boyne, Andrew K 196 (4½) ½ – ½ Simons, Martin J 191 (3½)
3 Clark, Ian C 193 (3) ½ – ½ Regis, David 180 (4)
4 Thompson, Robert 176 (3½) ½ – ½ Bolt, Graham 177 (3½)
5 Stephens, John  186 (3) 1 – 0 Toms, David A 142 (2½)
6 Shaw, Meyrick 176 (2½) 1 – 0 Fraser, John 180 (2½)
7 Slade, Theo 173 (2) 0 – 1 Stephenson, David 159 (2)
8 Bartlett, Simon 175 (2) 1 – 0      

 Of the 2 clear leaders in the Major, Brusey lost and Annetts drew to bring him to 5 pts, but he was caught by Ingham and Bass to create a triple tie. Howver, on tie break, Annetts took the Wilkinson Cup.

  WECU Congress   2014   Major  Rd 7
Brd White Result Black
101 Brusey, Alan W 167 (4½) 0 – 1 Bass, John W 168  (4)
102 Annetts, Ivor S 152 (4½) ½ – ½ Page, Martin C 167 (4)
103 Ingham, H William 169 (4) 1 – 0 Dean, Steve K 161 (3½)
104 Thynne, Trefor F 166 (3½) ½ – ½ O’Gorman, Brendan 164 (3½)
105 Gamble, Raymond 163 (3½) ½ – ½ Tew, Paul 145 (3½)
106 Nyman, John Ch 161 (3½) 0 – 1 Worrall, Martin C 133 (3½)
107 Morton, Peter S 149 (3) 0 – 1 Rogers, David R 146 (3½)
108 Burton, Ronnie 159 (3) ½ – ½ Chapman, Timothy 135 (3)
109 Wensley, Oliver  157 (3) 1 – 0 Roberts, Malcolm  144 (3)
110 Price, Andrew 155 (3) ½ – ½ Moore, Gillian A 147 (3)
111 Sellwood, Colin 157 (2½) 0 – 1 Morgan, Jamie 147 (2½)
112 Woodward, Tim  153 (2½) 1 – 0 Hamilton, Selwyn 133 (2½)
113 Gosling, Brian  152 (2½) 0 – 1 Harris, Martyn J 152 (2)
114 Lawrence, David 137 (2) 0 – 1 Robertson, Jim 134 (1½)
115 Taylor, Geoffrey  145 (1) 1 – 0      

 There were no such complications in the Minor where stormin’ Norman Tidy only needed a draw to be clear 1st, which he duly got. However, it was still a remarkable achievement. He was 13th seed, lost his Rd. 1 game to the lowest grade but one, Terry Dengler (95), but proceeded to win 5 on the trot. He was a popular winner at the prizegiving. I offer the following headline to anyone who can use it … “Tidy Wins Neat Cup“.

  WECU Congress 2014   Minor   Rd. 7
Brd White Result Black
201 Tidy, Norman F 124 (5) ½ – ½ Jackson, Paul A 127 (4½)
202 Wilby, Robert G 137 (4) 1 – 0 Foster, Paul 134 (4)
203 Alexander, Ken  126 (4) 1 – 0 Barber-Lafon, Jacquie 135 (4)
204 Dicker, Nigel 135 (3½) ½ – ½ Blencowe, Ian P 129 (3½)
205 Mills, Nigel 122 (3½) 0 – 1 Hunt, Ray K 125 (3½)
206 Gilbert, David J 138 (3) 1 – 0 Allen, Timothy S 127 (3½)
207 Sandercock, Barry 137 (3) 1 – 0 Whittington, Reece 119 (3)
208 Gardiner, Colin J 116 (3) ½ – ½ Errington, Paul T 126 (3)
209 Spooner, Keith C 119 (3) ½ – ½ Bailey, Gregory L 112 (3)
210 Parfett, Gerald F 121 (2½) ½ – ½ Burt, David F 114 (3)
211 Kelly, Edmund 104 (2½) 1 – 0 Welch, Hazel 109 (2½)
212 Dean, John E 115 (2) 1 – 0 Dengler, Terry   95 (2)
213 Fraser, Alan R 112 (1½) 1 – 0 Maber, Martyn J   93 (2)
214 Waters, Roger G 116 (1½) 1 – 0      

The summary of the prizewinners is as follows:-

Section Pos. Name Grd Club Pts £
OPEN 1st McMichael, Richard, J. 213 King’s head 340
  2nd Boyne, Andrew 196 Exeter 5 180
  3rd Regis, Dr. Dave 180 Exeter 95
GP U-186 1st= Littlejohns, David P. 182 Taunton 4 15
    Bolt, Graham 177 Railways London 4 15
GP U-177 1st Thompson, Robert 176 Bristol University 4 30
             
MAJOR (U-175) 1st= Ingham, William 169 Teignmouth 5 140
    Bass, John W. 168 Richmond 5 140
    Annetts, Ivor S. 152 Tiverton 5 140
GP U-159 1st Rogers, David R. 146 Exmouth 25
GP U-146 1st Worrall, Martin, C. 133 Taunton 25
             
MINOR (U-140) 1st Tidy, Norman, F. 124 Teignmouth 190
  2nd= Jackson, Paul, A 127 Bournemouth 5 59
    Wilby, Robert G. 137 Plymouth 5 59
    Alexander, Ken R 126 Tiverton 5 59
GP (U-127) 1st Hunt, Ray, K. 125 Bognor 4 20
GP (U-116) 1st= Burt, David F 114 Bournemouth 7
    Bailey, Gregory L. 112 Netherton 7
    Kelly, Edmund 104 Exeter Juniors 7

There’s a little-appreciated connection between the 3 main prizewinners, Boyne, Annetts and Tidy. The first club of both Boyne and Annetts was Teignmouth, where Tidy is currently a member. 

Gillian Moore, the former joint British Ladies Champion and current joint British Seniors Ladies Champion, kindly agreed to hand out the prizes, and here are the ones who stayed behind.

Edmund Kelly (Exeter Juniors) Grading prize winner in the Minor

Ken Alexander 2nd = in the Minor

Norman Tidy - popular winner of the Minor, after an early setback.

Martin Worrall (Taunton) U-146 Grading Prize in the Major.

Ivor Annetts (Tiverton) winner of the Major on tie break.

Bill Ingham may have missed out on tie break, but he made up it in being the only winner to sneek a kiss from Gillian, which the photographer was too slow to catch on record.

Robert Thompson (Bristol Uni) U-177 Grading Prize winner

Andrew Boyne (Exeter) new West of England Champion.

Richard McMichael (King's Head) clear 1st on 5.5/7

Overall, it has to be admitted that the Manor was not quite as good a venue as the Beacon for a congress of this stature, though it was very good of their management to offer the place at short notice, after the Beacon got their wires crossed over the bookings. However, they may be wary of Easter weddings in future, and they were more than happy to book us in for next year (2015). At least they know we won’t call the whole thing off for no good reason.

The entries and cash were smoothly administered by the new Secretary, Meyrick Shaw, while the Arbiters, Tony Tatam and John Ariss were a model of calm authority throughout. Many thanks are due to them and anyone else who aided and abetted.

WECU Championship & Congress – Easter 2014 – Day 3

 The day dawned as bad as the first two days were good – i.e. cold, wet and windy. Probably a good time to stay inside and concentrate on getting into position for the final furlong tomorrow morning.

The morning round went as follows:-

  WECU Championship       Open Rd 5    
               
1 Simons, Martin J 191 (2½) 0-1 McMichael, Richard  213 (3)
2 Boyne, Andrew K 196 (3) 1-0 Littlejohns, David P 182 (2½)
3 Regis, David 180 (3)  ½-½ Fraser, John 180 (2)
4 Stephens, John K 186 (2) 1-0 Clark, Ian C 193 (2)
5 Slade, Theo 173 (2) 0-1 Thompson, Robert 176 (2)
6 Toms, David A 142 (1½) 1-0 Shaw, Meyrick 176 (1½)
7 Stephenson, David  159 (1) 0-1 Bartlett, Simon 175 (1)
8 Bolt, Graham 177 (2½) ½ – 0      

 

  WECU Congress       Major Rd 5    
               
101 Ingham, H William 169 (3½) 0-1 Brusey, Alan W 167 (3½)
102 Annetts, Ivor S 152 (3) ½-½ Bass, John W 168  (3)
103 Gamble, Raymond J 163 (2½) ½-½ Page, Martin C 167 (2½)
104 Wensley, Oliver E 157 (2½) ½-½ Thynne, Trefor F 166 (2½)
105 Dean, Steve K 161 (2½) ½-½ O’Gorman, Brendan 164 (2½)
106 Nyman, John Ch 161 (2) 1-0 Harris, Martyn J 152 (2)
107 Burton, Ronnie 159 (2) ½-½ Rogers, David R 146 (2)
108 Sellwood, Colin 157 (2) 0-1 Tew, Paul 145 (2)
109 Price, Andrew 155 (2) 0-1 Worrall, Martin C 133 (2)
110 Morton, Peter S 149 (2) ½-½ Roberts, Malcolm A 144 (2)
111 Woodward, Tim F 153 (1½) 0-1 Moore, Gillian A 147 (1½)
112 Morgan, Jamie 147 (1½) 0-1 Chapman, Timothy J 135 (1½)
113 Lawrence, David J 137 (1) ½-½ Taylor, Geoffrey P 145 (½)
114 Robertson, Jim 134 (½) 1 – 0      
115 Hamilton, Selwyn Ll 133 (1½) ½ – 0      
116 Gosling, Brian Ge 152 (2) ½ – 0      

 

  WECU Congress       Minor Rd 5    
               
201 Jackson, Paul A 127 (3½) ½-½ Dicker, Nigel 135 (3)
202 Wilby, Robert G 137 (3) 0-1 Barber-Lafon, Jacquie 135 (3)
203 Tidy, Norman F 124 (3) 1-0 Allen, Timothy S 127 (2½)
204 Foster, Paul 134 (2½) 1-0 Errington, Paul T 126 (2½)
205 Blencowe, Ian P 129 (2½) ½-½ Alexander, Ken Rd 126 (2½)
206 Gilbert, David J 138 (2) ½-½ Burt, David F 114 (2)
207 Sandercock, E Barry 137 (2) ½-½ Bailey, Gregory L 112 (2)
208 Spooner, Keith C 119 (2) ½-½ Hunt, Ray K 125 (2)
209 Mills, Nigel 122 (2) 1-0 Dengler, Terry 95 (2)
210 Gardiner, Colin J 116 (1½) ½-½ Parfett, Gerald F 121 (2)
211 Maber, Martyn J 93* (1½) ½-½ Whittington, Reece W 119 (1½)
212 Kelly, Edmund 104 (1½) 1-0 Dean, John E 115 (1)
213 Waters, Roger G 116 (1) ½-½ Welch, Hazel 109 (1)
214 Fraser, Alan R 112 (½) 1-0      

The afternoon round went like this:-

  WECU Open 2014   Rd. 6
Board White Result Black
1 McMichael, Richard 213 (4) 1 – 0 Stephens, John K 186 (3)
2 Bolt, Graham 177 (3) ½ – ½ Boyne, Andrew K 196 (4)
3 Regis, David 180 (3½) ½ – ½ Thompson, Robert 176 (3)
4 Toms, David A 142 (2½) 0 – 1 Simons, Martin J 191 (2½)
5 Fraser, John 180 (2½) 0 – 1 Littlejohns, David 182 (2½)
6 Bartlett, Simon 175 (2) 0 – 1 Clark, Ian C 193 (2)
7 Shaw, Meyrick 176 (1½) 1 – 0 Slade, Theo 173 (2)
8 Stephenson, David 159 (1) 1 – 0      

 

  WECU Congress   Major     Rd. 6
Brd White Result Black
101 Brusey, Alan W 167 (4½) 0 – 1 Annetts, Ivor S 152 (3½)
102 Bass, John W 168  (3½) ½ – ½ Ingham, H William 169 (3½)
103 Page, Martin C 167 (3) 1 – 0 Wensley, Oliver E 157 (3)
104 Tew, Paul 145 (3) ½ – ½ Thynne, Trefor F 166 (3)
105 O’Gorman, Brendan 164 (3) ½ – ½ Nyman, John Ch 161 (3)
106 Worrall, Martin C 133 (3) ½ – ½ Gamble, Raymond J 163 (3)
107 Roberts, Malcolm 144 (2½) ½ – ½ Burton, Ronnie 159 (2½)
108 Rogers, David R 146 (2½) 1 – 0 Gosling, Brian Ge 152 (2½)
109 Chapman, Timothy 135 (2½) ½ – ½ Morton, Peter S 149 (2½)
110 Moore, Gillian A 147 (2½) ½ – ½ Sellwood, Colin 157 (2)
111 Harris, Martyn J 152 (2) 0 – 1 Price, Andrew 155 (2)
112 Hamilton, Selwyn 133 (2) ½ – ½ Lawrence, David J 137 (1½)
113 Robertson, Jim 134 (1½) 0 – 1 Morgan, Jamie 147 (1½)
114 Taylor, Geoffrey  145 (1) 0 – 1 Woodward, Tim F 153 (1½)
115 Dean, Steve K 161 (3) ½ – 0      

 

  WECU Congress  2014   Minor  Rd. 6
Board White Result Black
201 Barber-Lafon Jacquie 135 (4) 0 – 1 Tidy, Norman F 124 (4)
202 Foster, Paul 134 (3½) ½ – ½ Jackson, Paul A 127 (4)
203 Dicker, Nigel 135 (3½) 0 – 1 Alexander, Ken  126 (3)
204 Blencowe, Ian P 129 (3) ½ – ½ Mills, Nigel 122 (3)
205 Parfett, Gerald F 121 (2½) 0 – 1 Wilby, Robert G 137 (3)
206 Bailey, Gregory L 112 (2½) ½ – ½ Gilbert, David J 138 (2½)
207 Burt, David F 114 (2½) ½ – ½ Sandercock, Barry 137 (2½)
208 Allen, Timothy S 127 (2½) 1 – 0 Kelly, Edmund 104 (2½)
209 Errington, Paul T 126 (2½) ½ – ½ Spooner, Keith C 119 (2½)
210 Hunt, Ray K 125 (2½) 1 – 0 Maber, Martyn J 93* (2)
211 Dengler, Terry 95 (2) 0 – 1 Gardiner, Colin J 116 (2)
212 Whittington, Reece 119 (2) 1 – 0 Waters, Roger G 116 (1½)
213 Welch, Hazel 109 (1½) 1 – 0 Fraser, Alan R 112 (1½)
214 Dean, John E 115 (1) 1 – 0      

WECU Championship & Congress – Easter 2014 – Day 2

Saturday dawned with the brightest of sunshine and a renewed spirit of optimism in the minds of yesterday’s losers. One of those was certainly not David Toms, the lowest graded player in the Open by some margin, yet starting today in joint 2nd place after a fine win the previous evening against the redoubtable Simon Bartlett. This morning he was paired against another local player, David Regis of Exeter, while on Bd. 1 we saw the two top grades facing up at a relatively early stage in the proceedings.

The results of all sections were as follows:-

  WECU Championship     2014 Open   Rd. 3    
  White grd     Black grd  
1 Boyne, Andrew K 196 (1½) ½ – ½ McMichael, Richard  213 (2)
2 Toms, Dr. David A 142 (1½) 0 – 1 Dr. Regis, David 180 (1½)
3 Thompson, Robert 176 (1½) ½ – ½ Littlejohns, David P 182 (1)
4 Bolt, Graham 177 (1) ½ – ½ Clark, Ian C 193 (1)
5 Simons, Martin J 191 (1) 1 – 0 Slade, Theo 173 (1)
6 Paulden, Tim 184 (1) 0 – 1 Shaw, Meyrick 176 (½)
7 Bartlett, Simon 175 (½) ½ – ½ Stephens, John K 186 (½)
8 Stephenson, David 159 (½) ½ – ½ Fraser, John 180 (½)

 

  WECU Congress     2014 Major (U-175) Rd.3    
Brd White Grd     Black Grd  
101 Thynne, Trefor F 166 (2) ½ – ½ Page, Martin C 167 (2)
102 Ingham, H William 169 (1½) 1 – 0 Burton, Ronnie 159 (1½)
103 Wensley, Oliver E 157 (1½) ½ – ½ Bass, John W 168 (1½)
104 Brusey, Alan W 167 (1½) 1 – 0 Roberts, Malcolm  144 (1½)
105 Gamble, Raymond 163 (1½) ½ – ½ O’Gorman, Brendan 164 (1½)
106 Price, Andrew 155 (1) ½ – ½ Dean, Steve K 161 (1½)
107 Nyman, John Ch 161 (1) 1 – 0 Chapman, Timothy 135 (1)
108 Gosling, Brian Ge 152 (1) 1 – 0 Woodward, Tim F 153 (1)
109 Hamilton, Selwyn  133 (1) 0 – 1 Annetts, Ivor S 152 (1)
110 Morton, Peter S 149 (½) 1 – 0 Harris, Martyn J 152 (1)
111 Sellwood, Colin 157 (½) 1 – 0 Taylor, Geoffrey P 145 (½)
112 Lawrence, David 137 (½) ½ – ½ Moore, Gillian A 147 (½)
113 Morgan, Jamie 147 (½) 0 – 1 Worrall, Martin C 133 (½)
114 Robertson, Jim 134 (½) 0 – 1 Rogers, David R 146 (½)
115 Tew, Paul 145 (0) 1 – 0      

 

  WECU Congress     2014 Minor (U-140) Rd.3    
Brd White Grd     Black Grd  
201 Jackson, Paul A 127 (2) ½ – ½ Barber-Lafon, Jacquie 135 (2)
202 Dicker, Nigel 135 (1½) 1 – 0 Whittington, Reece W 119 (1½)
203 Blencowe, Ian P 129 (1½) ½ – ½ Foster, Paul 134 (1½)
204 Parfett, Gerald F 121 (1½) 0 – 1 Errington, Paul T 126 (1½)
205 Tidy, Norman F 124 (1) 1 – 0 Gilbert, David J 138 (1)
206 Gardiner, Colin J 116 (1) ½ – ½ Sandercock, E Barry 137 (1)
207 Wilby, Robert G 137 (1) 1 – 0 Mills, Nigel 122 (1)
208 Spooner, Keith C 119 (1) ½ – ½ Allen, Timothy S 127 (1)
209 Alexander, Ken Rd 126 (1) ½ – ½ Dengler, Terry 95A (1)
210 Hunt, Ray K 125 (1) 1 – 0 Dean, John E 115 (1)
211 Maber, Martyn J 93* (½) ½ – ½ Waters, Roger G 116 (½)
212 Welch, Hazel 109 (0) 0 – 1 Burt, David F 114 (0)
213 Kelly, Edmund 104 (0) ½ – ½ Fraser, Alan R 112 (0)
214 Bailey, Gregory L 112 (1½) ½ – 0      
215 Cox, Reg E 87A (0) 1 – 0      

The afternoon’s Rd. 4 games ended like this:-

  WECU Championship     2014 Open   Rd. 4    
Brd White Grd     Black Grd  
1 Mcmichael, Richard J 213 (2½) ½ – ½ Regis, David 180 (2½)
2 Thompson, Robert 176 (2) 0 – 1 Boyne, Andrew K 196 (2)
3 Clark, Ian C 193 (1½) ½ – ½ Simons, Martin J 191 (2)
4 Littlejohns, David P 182 (1½) 1 – 0 Toms, David A 142 (1½)
5 Shaw, Meyrick 176 (1½) 0 – 1 Bolt, Graham 177 (1½)
6 Stephens, John Kf 186 (1) 1 – 0 Stephenson, David W 159 (1)
7 Fraser, John 180 (1) 1 – 0 Bartlett, Simon 175 (1)
8 Paulden, Tim 184 (1) ½ – 0      
9 Slade, Theo 173 (1) 1 – 0      

 

  WECU Congress       Major    Rd. 4    
Brd White Grd     Black Grd  
101 Page, Martin C 167 (2½) 0 – 1 Ingham, H William 169 (2½)
102 Thynne, Trefor F 166 (2½) 0 – 1 Brusey, Alan W 167 (2½)
103 Bass, John W 168 (2) 1 – 0 Gosling, Brian Ge 152 (2)
104 O’Gorman, Brendan 164 (2) ½ – ½ Wensley, Oliver E 157 (2)
105 Dean, Steve K 161 (2) ½ – ½ Gamble, Raymond  163 (2)
106 Annetts, Ivor S 152 (2) 1 – 0 Nyman, John Ch 161 (2)
107 Rogers, David R 146 (1½) ½ – ½ Sellwood, Colin 157 (1½)
108 Roberts, Malcolm A 144 (1½) ½ – ½ Price, Andrew 155 (1½)
109 Worrall, Martin C 133 (1½) ½ – ½ Morton, Peter S 149 (1½)
110 Chapman, Timothy 135 (1) ½ – ½ Woodward, Tim F 153 (1)
111 Harris, Martyn J 152 (1) 1 – 0 Lawrence, David J 137 (1)
112 Moore, Gillian A 147 (1) ½ – ½ Hamilton, Selwyn 133 (1)
113 Tew, Paul 145 (1) 1 – 0 Robertson, Jim 134 (½)
114 Taylor, Geoffrey P 145 (½) 0 – 1 Morgan, Jamie 147 (½)
115 Burton, Ronnie 159 (1½) ½ – 0      

  

  WECU Congress       Minor    Rd. 4    
Brd White Grd     Black Grd  
201 Barber-Lafon, Jacquie 135 (2½) ½ – ½ Dicker, Nigel 135 (2½)
202 Errington, Paul T 126 (2½) 0 – 1 Jackson, Paul A 127 (2½)
203 Hunt, Ray K 125 (2) 0 – 1 Wilby, Robert G 137 (2)
204 Bailey, Gregory L 112 (2) 0 – 1 Tidy, Norman F 124 (2)
205 Sandercock, E Barry 137 (1½) ½ – ½ Blencowe, Ian P 129 (2)
206 Allen, Timothy S 127 (1½) 1 – 0 Gardiner, Colin J 116 (1½)
207 Whittington, Reece  119 (1½) 0 – 1 Alexander, Ken  126 (1½)
208 Parfett, Gerald F 121 (1½) ½ – ½ Spooner, Keith C 119 (1½)
209 Dengler, Terry   95 (1½) ½ – ½ Maber, Martyn J 93* (1)
210 Dean, John E 115 (1) 0 – 1 Gilbert, David J 138 (1)
211 Fraser, Alan R 112 (½) 0 – 1 Mills, Nigel 122 (1)
212 Waters, Roger G 116 (1) 0 – 1 Kelly, Edmund 104 (½)
213 Burt, David F 114 (1) 1 – 0 Cox, Reg E 87 (1)
214 Foster, Paul 134 (2) ½ – 0      
215 Welch, Hazel 109 (0) 1 – 0      

 

Rd. 3: The two Dr. Daves on Bd. 2, with the two top seeds nearest wall.

Rd. 3: Top Bds in the Major.

Rd. 4: Bds. 1 & 2 (nearest)

Rd 4 Open: Fraser vs Bartlett (nearest) & Stephens vs Stephenson

 

Rd. 4: Top bds in the Major

Kaz Comes Clean (12.12.13.)

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

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

Kasparov meets Ivor The Terrible

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