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E. Budleigh vs Exmouth – Chess History in the Making (25.02.2015.)

A very small piece of chess history was made when the small fledgling East Budleigh club played their first ever match against Exmouth, the current Devon champions. 

In fact, the relative strengths of the clubs had little to do with it, as the competition involved was the local League’s new Handicap RapidPlay Competition. The rules state that the total team grade must not exceed 560 (140 average) and stronger players will be handicapped in the time they are allocated on the clock, as indicated below. Team captains can thus select their teams working in two dimensions. East Budleigh chose to play their two strongest players in the hope and expectation that they would be able to rattle off their moves quickly enough to offset their time handicaps. Exmouth chose to play 76 grading points short of the permitted maximum in the hope that their extra time on the clock would make up the difference. Doubtless a delicate balance to try and judge, and get right. 

In the event the different factors seemed to balance themselves out and the match finished 4-all. The only player to finish on 100% was Simon Blake, who played on level terms timewise.  Although these matches are meant to be a bit of fun, (results don’t go for grading) in fact it was an exhausting encounter for all concerned – the players were totally shattered at the end. 

  25.02.2015                    
  Exmouth Grd mins rd 1 rd 2   rd 1 rd 2 E. Budleigh Grd mins
1 O. Wensley 149 44 ½ 0   ½ 1 K. Hurst 191 16
2 R. Jones 129 38 0 ½   1 ½ B. Gosling 157 22
3 I. Grist 108 28 0 1   1 0 M. Lester 80 32
4 S. Blake 102 30 1 1   0 0 T. Miner 70 30
  Totals 484       498  
        4   4      

 

Ready for the off. E. Budleigh on the left - Bd. 4 nearest.

 

Rd. 2 gets started.

 

Ivor Grist & Simon Blake look happy with their 3 points out of a possible 4.

Exmouth vs Tiverton in the Bremridge Cup (21.02.2015.)

Exmouth’s 2nd match in Devon’s premier inter-club competition, the Bremridge Cup, was against Tiverton (A). Their loss of Somerset players, Edgell and Littlejohns has been offset by the acquisition IM Jack Rudd and Theo Slade, which meant that they were probably even a little stronger than before. However, both teams turned out to be missing key players. Tiverton were missing Slade and Duckham, while Exmouth were without Mark Abbott and Steve Martin, which probably cancelled each other out. Another cancelling out was on Bds. 1 & 6 where Exmouth were outgraded by 28 points on Bd. 1, while Tiverton were similarly situated on Bd. 6. Overall, the total difference was just 4 points, so anything could be expected – even the unexpected. Tiverton won the toss and chose white on odd-numbered boards.  

The first game to finish was Rudd-Stephens, both regular quick starters. After just 15 minutes’ play they had reached move 15 (i.e. 30 seconds per move). Stephens went in for the Sicilian Defence with White playing 6. Bb5. Black played 7…Qb3 attacking White’s b-pawn newly abandoned by the bishop. White ignored the threat, leaving Black with the thought “shall I take it and risk the inevitable counter-threats to the advanced queen – or play safe?” Known as the Poisoned Pawn variation, for obvious reasons, top players with either colour wouldn’t go in for it if they didn’t know the risks. Rudd not only sacrificed the pawn but a knight as well, in order to achieve active play, but he chose the wrong follow-up line and after a number of equal exchanges Black finished up with the only piece on the board which was more than enough to deal with the remaining scattering pawns. 1-0 to Exmouth in under 2 hours. On Bd. 6 the game ended rather suddenly when Black resigned, even though there still seemed to be some play in it, although he had been under attack for some time. 2-0 to Exmouth. Meanwhile, Oliver Wensley had been successful in cramping his opponent’s position, while gradually building up his own kingside attack with all his pieces bearing down on the enemy king to a point where mate was unavoidable. 3-0.  

The one game spectators had mentally written off in favour of the home side was on Bd. 4 where Scott looked to be dead in the water. A pawn down, his queen and 2 rooks were cramped in a corner around his king, trying to stave off further material loss, while Black had the freedom of the board. Somehow, and nobody, least of all the losing player himself, could explain how and when it all started to go wrong, but Scott gradually extricated his queen and rook, got counter-play and finished with a sharp mating combination. 4-0.  

With the match result now decided, and there being little advantage to either side in the two remaining games, they quickly agreed draws, and everyone was left scratching their heads about what they had just witnessed.  

This left Tiverton on 50% after 3 matches, while Exmouth have 2 wins out of 2, with another tight-fought match against Exeter next up. 

  Tiverton Grd     Exmouth Grd
1 Jack Rudd 224 0 1 John Stephens 196
2 Brian Hewson 174 ½ ½ Jon Underwood 180
3 Simon Bartlett 169 ½ ½ Meyrick Shaw 173
4 Ivor Annetts 162 0 1 Chris Scott 154
5 Keith Atkins 157 0 1 Oliver Wensley 151
6 Kelvin Hunter 120 0 1 Brian Gosling 148
  Totals 1,006 1 5   1,002

  

Bd. 1 Rudd vs Stephens (furthest) & Underwood vs Hewson.

The Poisoned Pawn variation is under way.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Scott vs Annetts (nearest) - a great turn-round at the end.

Atkins vs Wensley (nearest) & Gosling vs Hunter

General view of Tiverton's club room

Winning Start for Exmouth in Div. 1 – the Bremridge Cup.

Exmouth’s first match in Devon’s premiership was at home against Newton Abbot. There had been problems about finding a venue, but the newly-refurbished Writing Room at the Manor Hotel proved ideal.

Steve Martin’s was the first game to finish. He has the habit of turning up, winning in little over an hour, before going back home immediately. No-one’s complaining, as this immediately puts pressure on the opposition. Then Jonathan Underwood got a draw against the dangerous junior, John Fraser, followed by another win, this time for Chris Scott who made no mistakes and took full advantage of a couple of slight misjudgments by his opponent. This was balanced by a loss by John Stephens who had Black, and failed to get satisfactory counter-play against Mackle’s opening.

This left Bds. 5 & 6 to decide the outcome. Gosling had had something of a harum-scarum game, losing a piece but winning 2 significant pawns by way of compensation. In the end he was able to force a perpetual check with his queen. 3 points in the bag. However, Oliver Wensley’s position looked pretty watertight, and was never in danger of losing, unless he blundered. He offered a draw, but knowing that to accept would mean losing the match Kinder declined. A few moves later he consulted with his captain before accepting the draw, possibly in order to avoid the prospect of a 4-2 loss or to get back home at a respectable hour.

The games scores will shortly be sent to the chessdevon website.

  Bremridge Cup       31.01.2015  
Bd. Exmouth Grd     Newton Abbot Grd
1 J. K. Stephens 194 0 1 D. Mackle 203
2 J. Underwood 179 ½ ½ J. Fraser 181
3 S. Martin 171 1 0 M. Hui 150
4 C. J. Scott 157 1 0 T. F. Thynne 161
5 B. G. Gosling 153 ½ ½ P. Brooks 154
6 O. E. Wensley 149 ½ ½ A. Kinder 149
  Totals 1,003   995

 

Bds 1 & 2: John Stephens and Jonathan Underwood.

Bds 3 & 4. The two home winners, Chris Scott and Steve Martin (facing left)

Last to finish and both draws. Oliver Wensley and Brian Gosling (facing left)

Exmouth March On In Division 2

Exmouth had their first home match of the season when they entertained old rivals Teignmouth to the town. It was not quite a home match as the Club’s new base, the Royal Beacon Hotel, had a Christmas party booked. But the Manor Hotel, just down the road, on the Beacon, came to the rescue and offered their small “Writing Room” as a suitable area. They also had a function booked, the annual meeting of the local Euchre League (don’t ask – it’s a strange American card game that has survived in Exmouth for generations). But both activities were ‘low maintenance’ and didn’t interfere with each other. It must be said that over the past 2 decades the managements of both hotels have been very good to the chess community, both local and national, and it is hoped will continue as it’s of mutual benefit.

After c. 90 minutes play, the match seemed to be going the visitors’ way, as Boards 1 and 4 were definitely looking bad for Exmouth, but two blunders in those games came to the rescue and turned what could have been a 3-1 defeat into a 3-1 victory.

  Mamhead Cup Div 2     29.11.2014  
  Exmouth Grd     Teignmouth Grd
1 John Stephens 194 1 0 Bill Ingham 176
2 Jon Underwood 179 ½ ½ Alan Brusey 176
3 Oliver Wensley  149 ½ ½ Kevin Hindom 145
4 Simon Blake 102 1 0 Norman Tidy 137
  totals 624 3 1   634

Two turning points from the match:

Stephens vs Ingham

Above: Black has just played …h5, possibly expecting the g-pawn to move, but  f5! wins immediately as Black can’t prevent a passed pawn being created.

Below: White has been asking all the questions so far in the game, and has just played Rd7, threatening Black’s f-pawn and possibly with thoughts of doubling his rooks on the open file at some point. But …Bc8 wins a piece and Black’s bishop pair boss the game from then on.

Position after Rd7

Exmouth now have to face Tiverton (A) and Newton Abbot (H) in this league in the New Year.

Home captain, Oliver Wensley, makes his move, with Tidy vs Blake in the background.

John Stephens vs Bill Ingham (nearest) and Dr. Jonathan Underwood vs Alan Brusey.

Exmouth Open Account in Div. 2

Exmouth’s first match in the Devon Leagues involved the longest trip of the season, to Barnstaple, where they expected to be facing a team headed up by IM Jack Rudd or Theo Slade – or both. As it turned out, neither was available, for reasons that will become apparent. So the home team’s strength was somewhat below what was expected.

The Barnstaple captain, Steve Clarke, got into terrible trouble in the opening and faced with two ways of losing material, he prevented both with a move that allowed mate on move 13. That’s the problem with being a playing home captain - one’s head is full of potential problems e.g. is the premises going to be unlocked; is everyone going to turn up; are the refreshments organised etc. So much so that once play starts one’s head is elsewhere.

In the Scott-Oughton game, a lot of material came off the board early on, and with no discernable advantage to either side a draw was agreed. On Board 3, team captain Oliver Wensley secured Black’s d- and e-pawns and was able to force the issue down those central files with his extra pawn, backed by rooks, advancing with unanswerable threats. Malcolm Belt, usually a buccaneering cut & thrust merchant, found himself in a long attritional game in which, python-like, he gradually deprived his opponent of the oxygen of space, and kept him restricted to his back 2 ranks until the win was secured.

It may have been a relief not to be facing Rudd and/or Slade, but the reason for their absence was that, aparently, they were playing for Tiverton in the Bremridge Cup Div. 1, which is not such good news for Exmouth’s 1st team later in the season. Tiverton’s team list that day can only be wondered at.

  Mamhead Cup Div 2     08.11.2014  
  Barnstaple Grd     Exmouth Grd
1 Steve Clarke 133 0 1 Meyrick Shaw 170
2 Rob Oughton 131 ½ ½ Chris Scott 157
3 Jon Munsey 128 0 1 Oliver Wensley 149
4 Mike Dow 115 0 1 Malcolm Belt 128
  totals 507 ½   604

Historic First – Exmouth Lose to Seaton (27.10.2014.)

Exmouth started the day as County champions at all forms of the over-the-board game – Standard play, RapidPlay and Blitz. But chess has a way of bringing any individual or group getting delusions of grandeur down to earth with a bump. So it was with Exmouth when they finished the day by losing to Seaton for the first time in many encounters in Devon’s RapidPlay League – the Newman Cup.

Last year, Seaton improved their chances by bringing in Steve Martin, and this year added Dr. Jonathan Underwood, which tipped the balance altogether. Seaton won both rounds 2.5 – 1.5  and finished 5-3 winners. Chris Scott maintained his continuing improvement by winning his individual encounter against Martin, while Jones managed to stem early aggression from Adams and may have had very slight advantages in both games but with time running out offered draws, which  Adams was minded to accept. But Underwood was clearly fired up after winning 6 Blitz games eight days earlier and the combination of his endgame technique and speed of move proved too much for the Exmouth captain. Blake had a won position in Rd. 1 but ran very low on time and Dowse kindly offered a draw when he could have won on time.

Exmouth have started with a loss several times before in this competition, but managed to make up lost ground. In this case, this seems less likely than hitherto, and Seaton must be considered serious contenders for the title.

  RapidPlay League             27.10.2014  
  Seaton Grd Rd 1 Rd 2   Rd 1 Rd 2 Exmouth Grd
1 Jon Underwood 179 1 1   0 0 Mark Abbott 167
2 Steve Martin 172 ½ 0   ½ 1 Chris Scott 157
3 Martyn Adams 133 ½ ½   ½ ½ Bob Jones 147
4 Alan Dowse 111 ½ 1   ½ 0 Simon Blake   91
           
    595             562
        5   3      

 

Seaton players facing camera: Underwood, Martin (shaking hands), Adams (purple shirt) and Dowse.

 

Martin (l) vs Scott (nearest) & Underwood vs Abbott.

Unique Start to the 2014-2015 Season

The start of Exmouth’s league season was a unique event in the history of the club. For the first time ever, they had entered two teams in the Exeter & District League Division 1, and the league rules rightly state that any club with 2 teams in the same division must make that their first match, to avoid any possible suspicion that, should they meet in a later round, one team might voluntarily lose in order for the other to win the cup.  Not that they would, of course, but any team so edged out couldn’t help but wonder…..

Not that there would be any danger of that happening in this case, as, given the club’s relatively limited playing resources, both teams were likely to be well short of the maximum team grade total of 640, unless they acquire some strong new members from somewhere. But the club are treating it as a fun event with no high expectations of ultimate glory.

On the night, blunders abounded; one player tore his scoresheet up in disgust while another didn’t submit his scoresheet at all - all good fun. At the end of night it was the Elephants that got trampled while the Eagles soared above.

Bd Exmouth Elephants Grd     Exmouth Eagles Grd
1 S. J. Murray 138 ½ ½ C. J. Scott 157
2 D. Thomson 134 ½ ½ R. H. Jones 129
3 F. R. Hodge   97 0 1 M. Belt 128
4 T. Badlan   82 0 1 S. Blake 102
    451 1 3   516

WECU Championship & Congress – Easter 2014 – Day 1

This year the venue had to be moved from the Royal Beacon Hotel, where the event had been held for the previous15 years, on account of a wedding having been booked for our usualk playing hall. So the nearby Manor Hotel, kindly moved in and made an offer we couldn’t refuse, and for the past year this has been the focus of attention – new circumstances, new staff, what can possibly go wrong etc.

However, this did not prevent a number of players booking their accommodation at the Beacon. One of them, who shall be nameless, expressed the hope that the wedding festivities would not prove too noisy for other guests, only to be told the wedding had long since been cancelled!

The Manor’s function room, although somewhat smaller than the Beacon’s, managed to accommodate all the games asked of it, the entry being a little down on recent years and probably just as well in the circumstances.

After a few words of welcome, White clocks were started at exactly 10.00. Rd. 1 results were as follows;-

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

 

  WECU Congress     2014 Major (U-175) Rd.1    
Brd White Grd     Black Grd  
101 Ingham, H William 169 (0) 1 – 0 Harris, Martyn J 152 (0)
102 Morton, Peter S 149 (0) 0 – 1 Bass, John W 168 (0)
103 Brusey, Alan  167 (0) 1 – 0 Moore, Gillian A 147 (0)
104 Morgan, Jamie 147 (0) 0 – 1 Page, Martin C 167 (0)
105 Thynne, Trefor F 166 (0) 1 – 0 Rogers, David R 146 (0)
106 Dimond, Peter D 145 (0) 0 – 1 O’Gorman, Brendan 164 (0)
107 Gamble, Raymond J 163 (0) 1 – 0 Taylor, Geoffrey P 145 (0)
108 Tew, Paul 145 (0) 0 – 1 Dean, Steve K 161 (0)
109 Nyman, John C 161 (0) ½ – ½ Roberts, Malcolm A 144 (0)
110 Lawrence, David 137 (0) ½ – ½ Burton, Ronnie 159 (0)
111 Sellwood, Colin 157 (0) ½ – ½ Chapman, Timoth 135 (0)
112 Robertson, Jim 134 (0) ½ – ½ Wensley, Oliver E 157 (0)
113 Price, Andrew 155 (0) ½ – ½ Hamilton, Selwyn  133 (0)
114 Worrall, Martin C 133 (0) 0 – 1 Annetts, Ivor S 152 (0)
115 Gosling, Brian G 152 (0) 1 – 0 Mills, Nigel 122 (0)
116 Woodward, Tim F 153 (0) ½ – 0      

 

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

 Round 1 was completed by 2 p.m. and 90 minutes was allowed between rounds, the afternoon rounds all starting at 3.30. However, it became apparent that modern arbiters are now so efficient at making the draws using specialised software, that this task could easily be done in an hour, making it possible to re-start at 3 p.m. Although it’s too late to change for this year, the committee will certainly be considering this change for next year. 

Round 2 saw McMichael, a last minute entry, moving into the sole lead , with 4 players a half point behind. Perhaps the most remarkable of these is the veteran David Toms, who has been in declining health for a number of years, yet opted for the Open as he thought “It might be my last congress and I might as well give it a go”. He’s certainly doing that.

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

 

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

   

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

Rd. 1 The top players' side - Simons vs Bartlett nearest.

Martin Simons waits patiently on Bd. 4

Nearest: Jim Robertson of E. Kilbride, the furthest travellor to the event.

Former Junior International, David Toms, plays current Junior international John Fraser. Game drawn.

Rd 2 - Bd 4: Littlejohns vs Simons

Minor Section Rd. 2: Top 3 boards.

Devon vs Dorset (08.03.2014.)

Luppitt Village Hall, tucked away in a hidden valley, high in the Blackdown Hills, is the traditional venue for this annual match. This year, like most, the sky was clear and bright, and both sides looked forward to an entertaining afternoon.

Although Dorset had received a real trouncing at the hands of Somerset in an earlier round and were not expected to win here, they were always in the match and it was only a few late wins for Devon that made the score look respectable to Devon eyes.

The result meant that Devon had won the Wayling Cup for 2nd teams for the 16th consecutive year.

Bd DORSET U-160 Grd     DEVON U-160 Grd
1 Mark Littleton 160 1 0 Oliver Wensley 157
2 Warren Legg 150 0 1 Mike Stinton-Brownbridge 155
3 Geoff C Searing 146 1 0 Peter E Halmkin 155
4 Julian Cherryson 137 0 1 Ivor S Annetts 152
5 David Aldwinckle 133 0 1 Brian. G. Gosling 152
6 Paul Brackner 135 ½ ½ Andrew S. Kinder 152
7 Colin E Winch 130 0 1 Andrew Frangleton 152
8 Ivan J Willis 137 0 1 Chris J .Scott 145
9 Paul T Errington 126 0 1 Keith P. Atkins 142
10 Terje Lundin U/G 1 0 Robert G Wilby 137
11 Andrew Young 122 ½ ½ Wilfred R P Taylor 139
12 Paul A Jackson 127 ½ ½ Piet Dobber 135
13 Mick Rogan U/G ½ ½ Nathan Mills 135
14 John (W) Kelly 117 ½ ½ Jacquie Barber-Lafon 135
15 Keith C Spooner 119 ½ ½ Robert H Jones 132
16 Sidney A Jones 108 0 1 Norman F Tidy 124
      6 10    

 

The venue set in the Blackdowns

 

Oliver Wensley, whose paternal ancesters go back in Luppitt for several generations, moves on top board.

 

Bds 5 = 8

 

Willis v Scott on Bd. 8

 

A neat win by Tidy (Black) put Devon on the road to victory.

 

Bds. 13 - 16.

E. Devon Congress 2014 – Rd. 1

With only 6 days to the start of this year’s East Devon Congress, the new Entry Secretary, John Stephens, told me that, at 183, he was the 6th highest-graded player in the Open. It was accepted that very often the top players leave their entries to the last minute, and this was no exception. By the Friday evening, he had dropped to 10th, as a whole raft of top players had joined the fray, bringing the total to 43 and making this the strongest Exeter Open for many years. The top 20’s average grade was 188.

The overall entry was 125, bringing the event safely over the break-even point. As the regulars well know, the hall is spacious, with a waiting space and facilities for refreshment adjacent. In John Ariss and Tony Tatam they have excellent Arbiters, but the Committee has dropped to just three people, which is causing concern to them. The regulars are Mark Abbott and Sean Pope, while John Stephens has replaced Alan Maynard who moved to near Weston-Super-Mare. They have put out an appeal for at least 2 more local players to come forward and share the load, if the event is to continue satisfactorily.

General view from the stage.

Bd. 1 Open Section: Bolt v Rudd, both destined to finish 2nd =

Bd. 2: Dom Mackle v Simon Bartlett.

Rd. 1: Theo Slade vs Steve Dilleigh

Minor Section - Rd. 1: Graham Mill-Wilson vs Mike Kaye

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