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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

Seaton Players Move Ahead

Have just taken delivery of the latest edition of East Devon Connect, a 24 page magazine published by the EDDC, designed to put a positive slant on community life within their area, in the wake of rate-capping, spending cuts etc. Exmouth, as the largest town in Devon under DCC control, can usually guarantee a good deal of  coverage, but this issue has a one page feature on Seaton, under the heading “Regenerating Seaton”. Interestingly, half the page consists of the photograph below, featuring two unnamed chess players using some newly acquired boards on the sea-front. No reference is made to them in the text beneath, however, and it would be easy to assume these are just 2 unwary members of the public, nabbed by the photographer as they passed by. Those in the know, however, will recognise them as Ken Alexander and Hazel Welch, both long-time members of the Seaton Chess Club.

Anyway, it’s refreshing to see chess being featured as a focal point of urban regeneration. Well done, Seaton!

Hazel Welch and Ken Alexander lock horns in Jubilee Gardens.

 

Tour of Britain - start of Stage 6 in Sidmouth - is featured on the cover.

47th Torbay Congress (17.11.13)

After 25 years of being held at Torquay’s Riviera Centre, circumstances forced a change of venue for this year, reverting to the Toorak Hotel, just over the road.

The Open Section was contested right up to the very last minute, with Alan Brusey and Steve Homer on top board, battling it out in a game of swinging fortunes in an otherwise empty room. In a complex endgame, it came down to Homer’s rook & knight facing a rook and 4 pawns. He managed to give up the knight for 3 pawns, but the 4th proved too much. In the end his flag fell in a lost position.

Alan Brusey thus won the Open and accepted the offer of a place in the 2014 British Championship in Wales.

The full list of prizewinners is as follows:-

Open Name Grd Club pts  
1st A. W. Brusey 181 Teignmouth 4 £250
2nd= J. K. Stephens 190 Exmouth £125
  S. J. Homer 188 Newton Abbot £125
GPs          
U-186 B. Macreamoinn 178 Salisbury 3 £30
U-174 M. Shaw 172 Exmouth 3 £15
  T. Slade 162 Barnstaple 3 £15
Major          
(U-170)          
1st= B. O’Gorman 154 DHSS 4 £74
  R. Greatorex 155 Llangollen 4 £74
  D. Cordner 168 Cosham 4 £74
GPs          
U-159 A. Dunn 157 Torquay £30
U-149 C. E. Keen 140 Exeter £30
Inter          
(U-140)          
1st T. V. Greenaway 130 Torquay  
2nd= P. Brackner 135 Dorchester £28
  M. Hill 134 Liskeard £28
  S. Woolgar 130 Hanham £28
GPs          
(U-130 K. Langmaid 123 Yate £28
  R Ludlow 124 Trowbridge £28
(U-123) R. Whittington 122 Exeter Juniors 3 £30
Minor          
(U-120)          
1st= C. Gardiner 113 Newmarket 4 £60
  W. Pope 107 Liseard 4 £60
  P. McConnell 107 St. Albans 4 £60
  D. Saint u/g Patchway 4 £60
GPs          
(U-108) E. Kelly 105 Exeter Juniors   £30
(U-101) D. Healey 95 Watford   £10
  C. Bennett 100 Portsmouth   £10
  J. Carr 79 Berkhemsted   £10
           

 

The top 2 sections - Annetts V Wilby nearest.

Minor Section (l) & Intermediate

Bd. 1 in the Open - Brusey VS Homer. The game finished in an empty hall with a win for White, after many vicissitudes.

Stephens V Shaw - clubmates, but no other pairing options were available.

 

Thynne (r) got a winning position but failed to capitalise and Charlie Keen needed no encouragement to hit back and win.

Royal Beacon Seniors Congress – 5th & Final Day

The draw for the final round is as follows:-

  Seniors – Rd. 5          
  White       Black  
1 Norman, K. I. (3½)  ½ ½  Burnett, J. (4)
2 Gosling, B. G. (3)  ½  ½ Pickersgill, A. (3)
3 Gamble, R. (3)  1 Jones, R. H. (3)
4 Thynne, T. F. (3)  ½  ½ Price, A. (3)
5 Shaddick, J. (3)  0 Everson, R (2½)
6 Page, M. (2½)  ½  ½ Hewson, B. W. (2½)
7 Scowen, R. (2½)  ½  ½ Hibbitt, A. (2½)
8 Annetts, I. S. (2½)  1 Wood, P. (2½)
9 Morton, P. (2)  ½  ½ Wiltshire, M. (2½)
10 McAllan, I. (2)  1 Waters, R. (2)
11 Orr, D. (2)  ½  ½ Clapp, J. (2)
12 Fraser, A. (2)  ½  ½ Sherriff, A. (2)
13 Carrick, P. (2)  ½  ½ Tidy, N. F. (2)
14 Robertson, J. (1½)  ½  ½ Hurn, R. (1½)
15 Taylor, M (1½)  1 Lucas, P. (1½)
16 Jones, S. (1½)  0 Namouk, O. (1½)
17 Gorodi, J. G. (1)  0 Kaye, M. (1)
18 Toms, D. A. (1)  1 Ryan, R. A. (1)
19 Welch, H. (1)  1 0 Moloney, T. (1)
20 Purry, N. (½)  1 Cox, R. (0)
21 Roberts, M (1½)  0 Gordon, P. (1)
             
             
  “Juniors”  Rd. 5          
1 Heppell, I. (2½)  ½  ½ Brown, A. (3)
2 Brusey, A. W. (2½)  ½  ½ Rogers, D. R. (2½)
3 Blencowe, I. (½)  0 Bartlett, S. (2½)
4 Burton, R (1½)  ½  ½ Dean, S. (2)
5 Wells, J. (2)  ½  ½ Sellwood, C. (1½)
             

 It will be noticed that in spite of the number of unexpected results throughout the week, the accelerated Swiss pairing sytem used has brought the top 2 players to the top in the final round  - clear 1st and clear 2nd.

As is usual in the circumstances, there was a multiplicity of short draws as players sought to make an early start home. The exception being those still with a chance of getting into the prizelist. Of these, Raymond Gamble and Ivor Annetts got the sharp wins that were rewarded. The “Juniors” was even tighter than usual with just a single point separating 7 of the 10 players. Arguably, the outstanding performance was that of Dave Rogers (149), who played the 4 top-graded opponents and drew with them all.

The final prizelist was as follows:-

  Seniors Grd   Pts Prize
1st J. Burnett 196 Doncaster £100
2nd= K. I. Norman 189 Wokingham 4 £25
  R. Gamble 165 Derby 4 £25
           
GP U-155 I. S. Annetts 152 Tiverton £25
  B. G. Gosling 151 Exmouth £25
           
U-120 J. Clapp 109 N. Radstock £20
  A. Fraser 102 Beckenham £20
  P. Carrick   91 Bath £20
           
Slow R. Burton 154 Weymouth 2 £10
Starter M. Kaye   96 Dorchester 2 £10
  H. Welch 103 Seaton 2 £10
           
75+  1st A. Sherriff 127 Dartford £20
           
  “Juniors”        
1st= S. Bartlett 174 Newquay £50
  A. Brown 186 Northampton £50
GP U-165 D. R. Rogers 149 Exmouth 3 £20
           

Ropyal Beacon Seniors Day 4

The draw for Rd. 4 was as follows:-

Normally, in the final 2 rounds of a congress when opponents in every game are on a equal score, the games become longer and are more likely to end in a draw. But being a Seniors event, the normal rules don’t apply. Looking at the day’s results, with only 3 games still to finish,  it was hard to spot a draw anywhere. Except in the “Junior” section, that is, but then again, they’re not seniors!

  Seniors – Rd. 4          
  White       Black  
1 Burnett, J. (3)  1  0  Shaddick, J. (3)
2 Hewson, B. W. (2½)     Norman, K. I. (2½)
3 Pickersgill, A. (1½)  1 Morton, P. (2)
4 Jones, R. H. (2)  1  0 McAllan, I. (2)
5 Sherriff, A. (2)  0  1  Thynne, T. (2)
6 Waters, R. (2)  0  1 Gamble, R (2)
7 Clapp, J. (2)  0  1 Price, A. (2)
8 Fraser, A (2)  0  1 Gosling, B (2)
9 Everson, R (1½)  1  0  Robertson, J (1½)
10 Hibbitt, A. (1½)  1  0 Taylor, M. (1½)
11 Namouk, O (1½)     Scowen, R. (1½)
12 Wiltshire, M. (1½)  1  0  Roberts, M. (1½)
13 Page, M. (1½)  1  0 Jones, S (1½)
14 Hurn, R. (1½)     Annetts, I. S. (1½)
15 Wood, P (1½)  1  0  Toms, D. A (1)
16 Moloney, T (1)  0  1  Orr, D (1)
17 Tidy, N. F. (1)  1  0  Welch, H. (1)
18 Lucas, P. (½)  1  0  Purry, N. (½)
19 Ryan, R. A. (½)  ½  ½ Kaye, M. (½)
20 Cox, R. (0)  0  1 Gorodi, J. G. (0)
21 Gordon, P. (1)  0  1 Carrick, P. (1)
             
             
  “Juniors”  Rd. 4          
1 Brown, A (2½)     Brusey, A. W. (2)
2 Rogers, D. R. (2)  ½  ½ Heppell, I (2)
3 Bartlett, S. (2)  ½  ½ Wells, J. (1½)
4 Sellwood, C. (1)  ½  ½ Burton, R (1)
5 Dean, S. (1)     Blencowe, I (½)
             

Royal Beacon Seniors Congress Day 3

The draw for Rd. 3 has something of a weird look about it, a feature not uncommon for this Seniors event over the years. We see Seniors England International, Ken Norman, floating up to play the joint leader, Roger Waters (grade 111), while British U-150 Champion, John Gorodi, is languishing at the bottom with “null points”. In the middle of the draw there appear to be several contests that look unequal on paper but  could easily provide us with more shocks. Nothing can be taken for granted in a seniors event. However, it has to be said that top seed Jim Burnett (196) is unlikely to provide any shocks – except to his opponent. It’s his first visit to the event and he looks to be very solid and in good attacking form. so far, anyway…..

  Seniors – Rd. 3          
  White       Black  
1 Thynne, T. F. (2)  0  1 Burnett, J. (2)
2 Shaddick, J. (2)  1  0 Hibbitt, A. (1½)
3 Norman, K. I. (1½)  1  0 Waters, R (2)
4 Hewson, B. W. (1½)  1  0 Wood, P (1½)
5 McAllan, I. (1½)  ½  ½ Wiltshire, M. (1)
6 Scowen, R. (1)  ½  ½ Sherriff, A. (1½)
7 Roberts, M. (1½)  0 Pickersgill, A. (1)
8 Clapp, J. (1½)  ½  ½ Taylor, M. A. (1)
9 Price, A. (1½)  ½  ½ Namouk, O. (1)
10 Gamble, R (1)  1  0 Tidy, N. F. (1)
11 Toms, D (1)  0  1 Fraser, A (1)
12 Morton, P. (1)  1 Carrick, P. (1)
13 Jones, S (1)  ½  ½ Hurn, R. (1)
14 Jones, R. H. (1)  1 Maloney, T (1)
15 Orr, D (1)  0  1 Page, M. (½)
16 Purry, N. (½)  0  1 Everson, R (½)
17 Annetts, I. S. (½)  1 Ryan, Dr. R. (½)
18 Gorodi, J. G. (0)  0  1 Robertson, J (½)
19 Kaye, M (0)  ½  ½ Lucas, P. (0)
20 Welch, H. (0)  1  0 Cox, R. (0)
21 Gosling, B (1)     Gordon, P. (1)
             
             
  “Juniors”  Rd. 3          
1 Rogers, D. R. (1½)  ½  ½ Brown, A (2)
2 Heppell, I. (1)  1  0 Wells, J (1½)
3 Brusey, A. W. (1)  1  0 Dean, S. (1)
4 Sellwood, C. (1)  0  1 Bartlett, S. (1)
5 Blencowe, I (½)  0  1 Burton, R (0)
             

 

Today's Bd. 1 encounter is Trefor Thynne vs Jim Burnett

Ian Heppell; last to arrive and first to finish, having beaten Jonathan Wells.

To facilitate his orientation, Philip Gordon retains the same table nearest the exit door throughout, which means that his opponent today, Brian Gosling, has moved from top to bottom board in successive rounds.

Alan Brusey makes his move against Steve Dean in the "Juniors" section.

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