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E. Devon Congress – Final Day

The final day began with the sole leader, Steve Homer, having to take a half-point bye in the morning, which allowed Jack Rudd and Mark Taylor to draw level. Rudd and Homer were drawn together on top board, while Taylor floated down to play Kryzanowski. The fact that Rudd, in addition to his 29 point grading superirity, also had the white pieces gave him a big advantage. He soon had a crushing Q-side attack that forced Homer’s resignation, and guaranteed Rudd at least a share of 1st prize. Taylor’s game was much closer and longer, but eventually he built up a strong attack down the g-file that forced his opponent to give up material in order to avoid mate. However, another chance arose soon after and Taylor had levelled with Rudd. Thus they shared the prizemoney (£170 each), but Rudd got the Steve Boniface Cup on tie-break using sum of opponents’ scores. However, Rudd had long since departed the hall and will have to wait for another opportunity to get his hands on it, possibly the West of England Congress over the Easter weekend.

Dominic Mackle had a fairly comfortable game against Dr. Adam Woodruff and his win took him to clear 3rd.

In the Major Section Jamie Morgan of Exeter came clear 1st. Although he lives in the city, he has yet to visit their club. He was born in Guernsey and learned his chess in the far west of Cornwall, and should now prove an asset to East Devon chess.

The Minor proved a triumph for Christine Constable, who, with her husband John, runs the bookstall and provided all the equipment. It was the first clear 1st in her chess career, and it is a moot point as to whether she is the first lady player to win outright any section at this event. Someone should consult the record books. Unfortunately, the trophy hadn’t been returned by its previous winner, (no names – no pack drill) so she, too, will have to wait until Easter to receive it.

The full details were:-

East Devon Congress   4th – 6th March 2011  
           
Open   Grd Club Pts/5 Prize
  1st= J. Rudd 210 Bideford £170
  M. V. Taylor 181 Crowthorne £170
3rd D. Mackle 194 Newton Abbot 4 £80
GP: U-177 A. W. Brusey 175 Newton Abbot £30
U-163 A. Waters   Rainham 3 £30
           
Major  (U-155)          
1st J. Morgan 144 Exeter £160
2nd J. Nielsen 142 Wimborne 4 £100
  3rd= G. Body 140 Exeter £14
  R. Desmedt 149 Wombwell £14
  J. G. Gorodi 150 Newton Abbot £14
  T. Greenaway 139 Torquay £14
  A. Waldock 143 Guildford £14
GP: U-145 A. Farthing 144 Worcester 3 £15
  R. Wilby 133 Plymouth 3 £15
U-133 C. Keen 131 Exeter 3 £15
           
Minor  (U-125)          
1st C. Constable 102 Coulsdon £160
2nd J. Wallman 108 Isle of Wight 4 £100
 3rd= S. Ross u/g Shifnal £14
  T. Slade 103 N. Cornwall £14
  M. Hill 124 Liskeard £14
  J. Carr 101 Portsmouth £14
  R. Scholes 108 Exeter £14
GP:  U-111 K. Sherlock 102 Yeovil £30
U-102 G. Jenkins   95 Exeter £30
           
Team Prize          
1st Exeter        
2nd South Hams        
 3rd= Barnstaple        
  Exmouth        

 Although the event passed pleasantly enough, there remains to question of falling numbers – a drop of c. 15 per year over the past few years is unsustainable without some adjustments to the formula. The Committee will be considering the possiblities – whether it be a new cheaper venue, an increase in entry fees, cutting out the Friday evening round, the formation of a Friends of the Congress fund, similar to Paignton, or a more rigorous “selling” of the event, if that is possible. They are not alone in this – many events are having to take stock in the wake of falling numbers.

Meanwhile, here are some scenes from the final round:- 

Rudd vs Homer gets under way on Bd. 1.

Mackle with Black managed to beat Woodruff and come clear 3rd

Christine Constable on her way to a personal best.

The youngest competitor, 10 yr old Theo Slade, won a Grading Prize.

Mark V. Taylor looking after the Cup for Jack Rudd.

Exeter resident, Jamie Morgan, winner of the Major Plate.

Christine Constable looking pleased with her win in the Minor - very pleased!

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