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The Final round began at 10 am on Easter Monday. After his gentle draw against Rudd in the previous round Arkell was not inclined to offer any more, lest he be caught, so steered through to a risk-free win against Fallowfield. On Bd. 2 Broek played an Evans Gambit against Rudd, and the two rattled out the opening 12 moves in just a few minutes, at which point Broek forced the win of the exchange, and it was game on. The price the Dutchman paid for that was having his queen trapped in a corner for 22 moves, but held his nerve and eventually won more material, until Black resigned a whole rook down.
The full results were as follows:-
|69th WECU Congress 2016: 25th – 28th March - Exmouth.|
|1st||K. C. Arkell||2451||Cheddleton||6½||400|
|2nd||R. J. McMichael||2189||King’s Head||6||200|
|3rd=||J. R. Fallowfeld||2112||Stourbridge||4½||25|
|A. P. Smith||2127||Bourne End||4½||25|
|T. Broek||2180||Wisver Turen ND||4½||25|
|S. P. Dilleigh||2072||Horfield||4½||25|
|GP||J. F. S. Menadue||2021||Truro||4½||30|
|Arkell receives WECU Championship Cup. Menadue receives the British Championship QP|
|1st||I. S. Annetts||1875||Tiverton||5½||200|
|GP||J. Nyman||1794||King’s Head||4½||30|
|Junior Prize||L. Hafsted||1413||Exeter Juniors||4||30|
|Minor (U-135 ECF)|
|2nd||R. Whittington||132||Exeter Juniors||5||100|
|M. Roberts||132||Holmes Chapel||4½||25|
|V. Jamroz||123||Kent Juniors||4½||25|
As the rounds went on, so the number of draws increased, as one would expect, but not to the point where interest in the eventual outcome waned. Arkell did win a difficult endgame with Black against McMichael in the morning, though when he found he was Black again in the afternoon, it left him inclined to agree a short draw against his nearest-rated opponent, Jack Rudd.
|Rd. 5 WECU Open 2016|
|Rd. 6 WECU Open 2016|
Keith Arkell continued his forward progress, finishing the day on a perfect 4/4, a half point clear of his nearest rival, McMichael and a full point clear of Rudd, James & Smith.
|Rd. 3 WECU Open 2016|
|Rd. 4 WECU Open 2016|
The opening round having gone mostly according to the form book, Rd. 2 commenced in the afternoon. Again, no major surprises with the top 5 seeds all winning; only 6th seed Andrew Smith lost, having had to meet Keith Arkell so early on. Thomas Broek, having announced his presence with a very quick win in Rd. 1, won again, but from a very interesting position that had problem-like qualities to it.
Here are the results:-
|Rd. 2 WECU Open 2016|
88 players foregathered at the Royal Beacon Hotel, Exmouth on Good Friday for the annual WECU Congress. A new development this year was in extending the FIDE rating rules to the Major as well as the Open, and using the latest digital clocks for both sections, which added a 30 second increment each time a move was made.
Many of the faces were returnees, familiar with the town, the venue and the congress routine. However, it’s always good to have a few new people around, if only to add interest to the mix. One such in the Open was Thomas Broek from the Wisver Turen club in the Netherlands, while at the other end of the scale, John Stone from Horley, with an estimated grade of 100, entered the Minor.
Both gave a statement of intent from the off, when Broek beat a local player, Oliver Wensley, in just 12 moves, Wensley having been joint winner of the East Devon Open just a couple of years before. Stone not only won his Rd. 1 game but went on to carve up the field with 7 straight wins, making him the only one to score a maximum, and casting some doubt on the accuracy of his grade estimate.
Everything went according to form, as the day finished with the 5 top seeds in the Open, being the only ones on 2/2 – Keith Arkell, Jack Rudd, Richard McMichael, Thomas Broek and Russell James.
|1||Bolt, Graham||2028||0||1||Arkell, Keith||2451|
|2||Rudd, Jack||2263||1||0||Menadue, Jeremy||2021|
|3||Gamble, Raymond||1996||0||1||McMichael, Richard||2189|
|4||Broek, Thomas||2180||1||0||Wensley, Oliver||1983|
|5||Woodward, Tim||1975||0||1||James, Russell||2168|
|6||Smith, Andrew||2127||1||0||Burton, Ronnie||1952|
|7||Hickman, John||1920||0||1||De Coverley, Roger||2075|
|8||Jamroz, Krzysztof||2073||½||½||French, Max||1857|
|9||Benson, Sean||1779||0||1||Dilleigh, Steve||2072|
|10||Bass, John||2035||1||0||Wilson, Matthew||1754|
|11||Snook-Lumb, Chris||1741||1||0||Shaw, Meyrick||2031|
|2||Richard McMichael||2189||207||King’s Head|
|3||Thomas Broek||2180||197||Wisver Turen|
|5||Andrew Smith||2127||196||Bourne End|
|6||Roger de Coverley||2075||184||Bourne End|
|7||Krzysztof Jamroz||2073||180||Petts Wood|
|20||Matthew Wilson||1754||155||Newton Abbot|
|7||Brian Gosling||1870||157||E. Budleigh|
|13||John Nyman||1794||169||Kings Head|
|17||David Lawrence||1678||120||Kings Head|
|18||Jim Robertson||1660||139||E. Kilbride|
|3||Malcolm Roberts||132||Holmes Chapel|
|9||Tim Crouch||128||King’s Head|
|12||Jacquie Barber-Lafon||123||Newton Abbot|
|14||Viktor Jamroz||123||Kent Juniors|
|18||Joshua Blackmore||120||Newton Abbot|
|27||Peter Hughes||101||Mutual Circle|
The final round found 3 players in the joint lead on 3.5/4. Arkell’s draw had been at the expense of John Wheeler, and Rudd’s was due to requesting a bye in order to play for his county on Saturday afternoon. However, the computer draw dictated that they should not not meet, and Arkell was paired against local player Graham Bolt, while Rudd faced the enigmatic Russian, Andrei Rozanov. Both won their games, and the two ECF titled players, master and pupil, shared the honours.
Andrew Smith, who had surprisingly lost his 1st Rd. game, came through with 4 straight wins to finish clear 3rd. Exeter player, Dr. Dave Regis secured the U-180 Grading Prize, and Andrew Waters (Rainham) won the U-164 prize.
The full prize list as supplied by Sean Pope is as follows.
|EAST DEVON CHESS CONGRESS 2016 PRIZE LIST|
|OPEN||1st=||Keith Arkell (GM)||Cheddleton||4½||170.00|
|1st=||Jack Rudd (IM)||Barnstaple||4½||170.00|
|3||Andrew Smith||Bourne End||4||80.00|
|Grading <180||Dave Regis||Exeter||3½||40.00|
|Grading <164||Andrew Waters||Rainham||3||40.00|
|MAJOR U-155||1st||Martin Harris||Newcastle-u-Lyme||4½||160.00|
|Grading <142||Robert Wilby||Plymouth||3||10.00|
|Grading <142||David Rogers||Exmouth||3||10.00|
|Grading <142||Jorgen Nielsen||Wimborne||3||10.00|
|Grading <142||Leif Hafstad||Exeter School||3||10.00|
|Grading <131||Eddy Palmer||Exeter||3||40.00|
|1st||Alex Poyser||Exeter Uni.||5||160.00|
|2nd=||Josh Blackmore||Newton Abbot||4||45.00|
|Grading <111||David Burt||Bournemouth||3||14.00|
|Grading <111||Kevin Huntley||Salisbury||3||14.00|
|Grading <111||Alan Fraser||Beckenham||3||14.00|
|Grading <99||Christine Constable||Bude||3||20.00|
|Grading <99||Gary Behan||Plymouth||3||20.00|
|Team Prize||Exeter Uni. A||15½||40.00|
Rd. 2 started with Keith Arkell down among the pack, after his draw against John Wheeler, and due to face Stephen Appleby. Steve knew this in advance and collared me to ensure that when Keith came in, a little late as per usual, I would be present to take a commemorative snap. This was duly done (see below). Several new faces appeared, those who’d taken a Friday evening bye.
However, several byes were taken in the afternoon, mainly by the Cornish players involved, plus Jack Rudd, as Cornwall were due to play Somerset at Exminster, a couple of miles outside Exeter. This displayed an admirable loyalty to both their county team and the Congress, but did little for their form, as all three, Saqui, Sellwood and Constable, all lost, in a heavy defeat.
|1||Jack Rudd||215||1||0||Jeremy Menadue||187|
|2||Ben P Edgell||200||1||0||James Hooker||178|
|3||Patryk Krzyzanowski||199||0||1||Robin Kneebone||177|
|4||Stephen AJ Whatley||195||1||0||David Saqui||175|
|5||James Byrne||178||1||0||Gary Trudeau||160|
|6||Andrew F Footner||174||1||0||Colin Sellwood||155|
|7||Andrew M Gregory||165||1||0||Richard Stephens||147|
|8||Darren Freeman||165||1||0||John Wilman||141|
|9||Barry Morris||163||1||0||Adam Hussain||130|
|10||Chris S Purry||154||½||½||David R Jenkins||119|
|11||Roger D Knight||153||1||0||John Constable||119|
|12||Lander Bedialauneta||U/G||1||0||Barry Childs||112|
|13||Mark R Baker||151||0||1||Jason Henderson||UG|
|14||Neville N Senior||151||1||0||Hugh Brown||94|
|15||Adrian W Champion||134||1||0||Gabriel Rusalowitz||UG|
|16||Chris TJ McKinley||129||1||0||Chris Hussain||UG|
One thing began to emerge during the day was the burgeoning strength of the Exeter University players. There were two University teams of 4 in for the Team Prize, and there were other players not included. Since the demise of the University Chess Club some decades ago, after an illustrious history, the number of notable players emerging from the campus to participate in local matches and tournaments, have been few and far between. Past efforts by Exmouth and Exeter club members to revive things on site have met with little positive response. These days, however, players are coming out of the University in significant numbers. Some are joining the local City Club to augment their teams, but there are surely enough to form their own University teams to particiapte in DCCA and Exeter & Dist. Leagues. It just needs a good student organiser to get a grip on things.
If ever a sign were needed of the enduring popularity of this Exeter-based event, in spite of its financial problems of recent years, the entry of 53 in the Open was surely it, in spite of the fact that the Committee always seem to issue their entry forms much later on than most congresses – often a matter of weeks rather than months. The list of entries, (see below) shows much more than the “usual suspects”, but an eclectic mix, with a good sprinkling of new faces. Russia and Norway appear in the Club column; there’s a significant Cornish contingent; Devon ex-pats returning to the fold (e.g. Piper – Holsworthy// Shapland & Hutchings – Barnstaple // Lowe – Paignton), not to forget former Kenyan Champion, Humphrey Andolo.
At the top of this exotic pile, by some margin, was Paignton-based GM Keith Arkell, fresh from his 1st= at Bristol the previous weekend. Just before the start, his Rd. 1 opponent, John Wheeler, was sitting patiently behind the black pieces awaiting his opponent’s arrival, and I jokingly warned him against trying the Caro-Kan as Keith was an acknowledged expert, which of course he already knew. But he needed no words of warning from me as he set about squeezing a draw from the game. In fact, at the beginning of a double rook and pawns ending John was a pawn up. Keith was able to win it back but could make no further progress. and a draw was agreed.
Devon’s annual Jamboree is a get-together of teams of 12, hopefully from the four quarters of the county. The maximum permitted total team grade is 1,650, giving an average of 137 per player. This year the North (comprising the membership of the Barnstaple and Tiverton clubs) were unable to raise the requisite 12 players, so Tiverton players reverted to the East team. It was held in the very pleasant setting of the Royal Beacon Hotel, above Exmouth sea front.
This was the line-up.
|1||S. Bartlett||167||D. Mackle||207||S. Levy||177|
|2||I. S. Annetts||151||M. Wilson||159||M. Quinn||159|
|3||C. J. Scott||147||B. Ingham||158||M. Stinton-B||158|
|4||K. Hunter||130||P. Brooks||158||N. Butland||155|
|5||E. Palmer||124||A. Kinder||151||R. Wilby||142|
|6||W. Marjoram||115||V. Ramesh||144||D. Archer||138|
|7||R. Scholes||111||W. Taylor||131||N. Hodge||131|
|8||G. J. Jenkins||106||M. Cockerton||117||M. O’Brien||126|
|9||M. Baber||103||N. Narayanan||109||B. Wilkinson||124|
|10||S. Blake||101||J. Blackmore||101||P. McConnell||115|
|11||M. Haines||95||S. Wilkes||100||J. Dean||112|
|12||S. Thorpe-T||94||B. Lockett||100||A. Tatam||105|
It was clear from the start that the East team were woefully under-strength, conceding on average the best part of 20 grading points on every board, and were due for a hard afternoon. It was good to see Dom Mackle back in action after a year’s absence from the board, the downside being that the South team had to concede points on the lower boards. The North team, on the other hand were able to pack their middle order with players not far away from the permitted average strength of 137 grade.
The outcome (see chart below) was a fairly predictable win for the West team, drawn entirely from the Plymouth club membership, who thus retain the trophy for another year.
|1||D. Mackle||S1||207||1||0||S. Levy||W1||177|
|2||M. Quinn||W2||159||½||½||S. Bartlett||E1||167|
|3||I. S. Annetts||E2||151||1||0||M. Wilson||S2||159|
|4||B. Ingham||S3||158||1||0||C. J. Scott||E3||147|
|5||K. Hunter||E4||130||0||1||M. Stinton-B||W3||158|
|6||N. Butland||W4||155||½||½||P. Brooks||S4||158|
|7||A. Kinder||S5||151||1||0||R. Wilby||W5||142|
|8||D. Archer||W6||138||1||0||E. Palmer||E5||124|
|9||W. Marjoram||E6||115||1||0||V. Ramesh||S6||144|
|10||W. Taylor||S7||131||½||½||R. Scholes||E7||111|
|11||G. J. Jenkins||E8||106||0||1||N. Hodge||W7||131|
|12||M. O’Brien||W8||126||1||0||M. Cockerton||S8||117|
|13||N. Narayanan||S9||109||0||1||B. Wilkinson||W9||124|
|14||P. McConnell||W10||115||½||½||M. Baber||E9||103|
|15||S. Blake||E10||101||½||½||J. Blackmore||S10||101|
|16||S. Wilkes||S11||100||1||0||M. Haines||E11||95|
|17||S. Thorpe-T||E12||94||½||½||J. Dean||W11||112|
|18||A. Tatam||W12||105||1||0||B. Lockett||S12||100|