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Cotswold Congress Prizewinners (07.06.2014.)

The West of England Chess Union held their annual Council Meeting at Ilminster on Saturday under the chairmanship of John Wheeler. Jim Fewkes of Yeovil retired after 21 years as Treasurer to be replaced by Oliver Wensley of Exmouth, while all other officers were re-elected en bloc. The Harold Meek Cup was presented to Ben Edgell for Somerset’s 1st place in Division 1 and Brian Hewson received the Wayling Cup for Devon’s win in Division 2. It was the 4th consecutive time both teams had won these trophies. Cornwall were the surprise package, coming 3rd in Division 1, with the promise of more to come next season.

The winners in last weekend’s Cotswold Congress were as follows:

Open: 1st S. Berry (218 – Wimbledon) 6/6 points. 2nd= T. Slade (173 – Marhamchurch) & R. Bryant (170 – Oswestry). Grading prize (U-171) P. Asenov (170 – Witney) & C. McLaren (156 – Wotton Hall).

Major Section – (U-155): 1st P. Foley (136 – Upminster). 2nd= D. Macarthur (147 – Keynsham); D. Rogers (146 – Exmouth); M. Forknall (135 – Cheltenham) & S. Whitehead (135 – Cirencester). P. Morton – 147 – Hammersmith) & I. Lamb (137 – Bolton).  Grading prize (U-145) A. Gentry (142 – Witney) & R. Ashworth (139 – Wotton Hall).

Minor Section – (U-125): 1st= K. Langmaid (124 – Yate); S. Williams (122 – Cwmbran) & J. Lightowler (117 – Gloucester). Grading Prize (U-115) G. Mill-Wilson (112 – Yate) & S. Rees (107 – Hereford).

At the recent Frome congress, Stephen Appleby won a Grading Prize with the help of this quick win in Rd. 4.

White: S. Appleby Black: F. Palm

Queen’s Pawn Game [D04]

1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.c4 c5 4.e3 g6 5.cxd5 cxd4 6.Qa4+ Bd7 7.Qxd4 Qa5+ 8.Nc3 If 8.Bd2 Black could reclaim his pawn with  8…Qxd5. 8…Bg7 9.e4 0–0 10.Bd2 Black is hampered from completing development of his kingside pieces and starts moving other material instead. 10…e6 11.Bc4 Ng4 12.e5 exd5 13.Nxd5 Qd8 14.Bg5 Nxe5 Now would have been a good time to consider unravelling his Q-side pieces with 14…Nc6. 15.Qxe5! White courageously takes the piece. 15…Qa5+ 16.Bd2 Qa4 17.Qf4 remaining a piece up. 17…Re8+ 18.Kf1 1–0 Black resigns not only because he’s a piece down, but has the problem of his trapped rook and the threatened knight fork on c7. e.g. 18…Na6 19.Bxa6 Qxa6+ 20.Kg1 and White’s threatened fork cannot be denied.

From a game played earlier this year, how does Black finish clinically?

Black to play and win by force.

E. Devon League Annual Coast vs Country Match

The League’s annual prizegiving and Coast vs Country match took place on 3rd June at the Manor Hotel, Exmouth.

A number of factors led to the match being a very one-sided affair this year. Firstly, several of Exmouth’s top players were unavailable for one reason or another and the largest club, Sidmouth, failed to produce a single player, which meant that the Coast could only raise 12 players. These had to be supplemented by a number of players from Exeter and Newton Abbot in order to get even numbers.

Over the top 9 boards, the points were shared 4.5 each, but below that, the Coast could only muster 2 points, and one of them came from an on-loan Exeter player. The Coast were well-outgraded on 17 of the 19 boards, so perhaps did well to get 6.5 points.  Perhaps the new Coast captain next year (whoever that might be) will be able to get a better response, otherwise some re-thinking might have to be done about the format. Perhaps a version of the DCCA’s old President vs Match Captain’s match, whereby teams are picked on the night from whoever turns up. First “picker” chooses one player while the next chooses two. Food for thought, anyway. The games will appear on the League website asap.

The details were:-

  3rd  June 2014       Manor Hotel  
Bd Coast Team Grd     Country Team Grd
1 M. Shaw 176 0 1 Dr. T. J. Paulden 184
2 Dr. J. Underwood 171 1 0 Dr. D. Regis 180
3 O. E. Wensley 157 0 1 G. Body 166
4 B. G. Gosling 152 ½ ½ Dr. C. E. Keen 141
5 A. S. Kinder 152 1 0 J. Duckham 147
6 C. J. Scott 145 ½ ½ I. S. Annetts 152
7 W. R. P.Taylor 139 0 1 W. T. Marjoram 142
8 M. Belt 129 1 0 J. Waley 132
9 R. K. Hunt 125 ½ ½ E. J. Palmer 133
10 R. H. Jones 132 0 1 D. Thomson u/g
11 F. R. Hodge 98 0 1 J. Knowles 128
12 Mrs. H. Welch 109 0 1 J. Amos 129
13 M. A. Haines 91 0 1 R. A. Scholes 103
14 M. Lee u/g 1 0 J. Maloney 110
15 T. Badlan 79 0 1 E. Kelly 103
16 T. Miner u/g 0 1 R. Player 95
17 B. Marsh 49 0 1 G. J. Jenkins 112
18 L. Hafstead u/g 1 0 A. Brinkley 80
19 T. Murray u/g 0 1 T. Finch 90
      12½    

The match was preceded by the prizegiving, at which League President Brian Aldwin presented the five cups on display.

  Premiership Div. 1            
  Teams 1 2 3 4 tot  
1 Newton Abbot X 1 2 2 5 Cottew Cup
2 Exeter Rooks 1 X 0 2 3  
3 Exeter Bishops 2 0 X 1 3 Turner Cup
4 Tiverton Titans 0 0 1 X 1  

 

  Championship Div. 2              
  Teams 1 2 3 4 5 tot  
1 Exeter Gambits X 2 2 2 2 8 Polsloe Cup
2 Seaton 0 X 2 2 2 6 Mainstay Cup
3 Sidmouth 0 0 X 2 1 3  
4 Tiverton 0 0 0 X 2 2  
5 East Budleigh 0 0 0 1 X 1  

  

  RapidPlay                
  Teams P W L D F A Bonus Tot
1 Tiverton 6 5 1 0 17 7 3 14
2 Sidmouth 6 3 0 3 12½ 11½ 2 8
3 Exeter Prestissimo 6 2 2 2 12 12 1 7
4 Exeter Gambits 6 0 1 5 17½ 0 1

 

Andrew Kinder receives the Cottew Cup on behalf of Newton Abbot

Charles Keen receives the Premiership team Grading Prize.

Championship winners Exeter Gambits l-r Richard Scholes, Eddy Palmer, R. Player & Brian Aldwin.

Hazel Welch receives the Mainstay Cup as Seaton's team grading prize

Ivor Annetts receives the RapidPlay prize for the Tiverton Timebombs

Frome Congress Game (31.05.2014.)

The recent Frome Congress was won by Paul Byway on 4½/5 points, winning the Qualifying Place for this year’s British Champion in the process. This was a key win from Round 4 in which, having gained a small advantage, he kept everything as simple and risk-free as possible thereafter.

White: Paul Byway (185). Black: Theo Slade (173)

Queen’s Indian Defence. [E14]

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 b6 3.d4 e6 4.e3 Bb7 5.Bd3 d5 6.Nc3 c5 7.cxd5 exd5 8.Qa4+ Bc6 9.Bb5 Bxb5 10.Nxb5 Nbd7 11.dxc5 bxc5 12.Bd2 a6 13.Nc3 Qc7 14.0–0 Bd6 White can now win a central pawn that puts Black on the back foot for the rest of the game. 15.Nxd5 Nxd5 16.Qe4+ Ne5 Black cannot save the knight with 16…Ne7 because of 17.Qxa8+. 17.Qxd5 Nxf3+ 18.Qxf3 0–0 White is now concerned to minimise Black’s attacking opportunities and rely on his own endgame technique to utilise the extra pawn. 19.g3 Be5 20.Bc3 Bxc3 21.bxc3 Qe5 22.c4 Rfd8 23.Rad1 g6 24.Rd5 Rxd5 25.Qxd5 Qxd5 26.cxd5 From now on, Black finds himself in a straightjacket 26…f5 27.Rc1 Rc8 28.d6 Kf7 29.d7 Rd8 30.Rxc5 Rxd7 31.Rc6 Ra7 32.a4 a5 33.Kg2 Ke7 34.Kf3 Kd7 35.Rb6 Rc7 36.Rb5 Ra7 37.Kf4 Ke6 38.h4 Ra6 39.Kg5 Ra7 40.h5 gxh5 41.Kxh5 Kf6 42.g4 fxg4 43.Kxg4 Ra6 44.f4 Re6 45.Kf3 Ra6 46.e4 Ke6? Black is losing anyway, but this is probably the quickest way of ending it. 46…Ra8 would have kept things going a little longer.  47.Rh5 Ra7 48.Rh6+ Ke7 49.Rxh7+ Kd6 50.Rxa7 1–0

In last week’s position, White’s knight on b3 is “overloaded”, trying to both defend the rook and prevent …Nd2 mate, so Black can simply play QxR! threatening mate on b2.

This week’s 2-mover is the start of the 2014-’15 British Solving Championship. White is playing up the board and is able to mate on his 2nd move against any Black defence. Find the 1st move, the “key”, and submit that in any one of three ways:- (a) by post to Paul Valois, 14, Newton Park Drive, Leeds, LS7 4HH, (b) by e-mail to wintonstarter@theproblemist.org or (c) via the website www.bstephen.me.uk/index.php/current-year-2014-2015. Don’t forget to mention this publication when you do so and there is no entry fee this year. The closing date for this starter round is 14th August, after which all entrants will receive the answer and those who got it right will receive the postal round, comprising 8 more difficult problems. Best of luck with it.

White to play and mate in 2.

Two Frome Games (24.05.2014.)

Here are two games from the recent Frome Congress that had a bearing on the prizelist. This one is from the Open.

White: B. Morris (174). Black: D.Cordner (166)

1.e4 c6 2.Ne2 Most unusual. 2…d5 3.e5 f6 If White wanted to lure Black away from the well-lit paths of known opening theory, he has certainly succeeded. 4.Nf4 threatening 5. Qh5+ g6 6.Nxg6 4…Bf5 5.d4 fxe5 6.dxe5 Qc7 7.Be2 Qxe5 The queen is lured forward while the minor pieces are still waiting for the call to arms. 8.0–0 Nf6 9.Re1 threatening Bh5+ winning the queen. 9…Qc7 10.c4 e6 11.cxd5 Bd6 12.Nxe6 Bxe6 13.Bh5+! g6 14.Rxe6+ Kf7 15.Qf3 Nbd7 16.Bg5 cxd5 17.Bg4 Bxh2+ Black was happy to get his own check in, but it has no bearing on the main issues. 18.Kh1 Be5 19.Nc3 h6 20.Bxf6 Bxf6 21.Nxd5 Qd8 22.Rd1 h5 23.Bh3 Rf8 24.Nxf6 Kg7 25.Nxh5+! 1-0 and Morris came 2nd= in the Open.

This pair were clear leaders of the Major going in to the final round. Notes based on those by the philosophical loser.

White: I. Annetts (152). Black: T. Woodward (153).

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0–0 Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 0–0 8.a4 b4 9.d3 d6 10.a5 Bg4 11.c3 Rb8 12.Bc4 Qc8 13.Nbd2 bxc3 14.bxc3 Be6 15.Qa4 Nd8 16.Ba3 c5 17.Reb1 Bxc4 18.Nxc4 Nc6 19.Rb6 Rxb6 20.Nxb6? Better was 20.axb6 20…Qc7 21.Bc1 Rb8 22.Rb1 Bd8 23.Nd2 Be7 24.Nd5 Nxd5 25.Rxb8+ Nxb8 26.Qe8+ Bf8 27.exd5 Nd7 28.c4? Qxa5 29.Qxd7 Qc3 30.Qa4 Qxc1+ 31.Nf1 Qb1 32.Qxa6 Qxd3 33.h3 Qd1 34.Qc8 g6 35.Qd8 Qc1 36.Qf6? With both sides having seconds in which to reach move 40, each of us errs. 36…Qxc4 37.Ne3 Qf4 38.Qd8 c4? 39.Qc8 Qd4 40.Qxc4 Qxc4 41.Nxc4 Kg7 42.f3 Kf6 43.Kf2 Ke7 44.g4 Bh6 45.Ke2 f5 46.Kd3 Bf8 47.g5 h6 48.h4 hxg5 49.hxg5 Kd7 50.Ke3 f4+  51.Ke4 Be7 52.Nd2 Bxg5 53.Nf1 Kc7 54.Nh2 Kb6 55.Nf1 Kb5 56.Nh2 Kc4 57.Nf1 Kc3 58.Nh2 It was here that I realised my king was in a stalemate position. With the move and no horse, the game is drawn. 58…Kc4 59.Ng4 Kc5 60.Nh2 Be7 61.Ng4 Bf8 62.Nf6 Be7 63.Ng8 Bd8 64.Nh6 Bg5 65.Nf7 Be7 66.Nh8 g5 67.Nf7 Bf6 68.Nh6 Kc4 69.Ng4 Be7 70.Nf6 I was inside my last minute and I chose the stalemate. 70…Bxf6 He took and I held out my hand to acknowledge the draw. He, assuming I was resigning, graciously offered his and I then realised that his g-pawn had moved. Doooh! 71.Kf5 Kxd5 72.Kxf6 e4. 0–1

… and so Woodward took clear 1st prize.

In last week’s position, Black could play 1…Bxh2+ and White’s rook will be undefended. Here Black has a strong attack down the a-file, but the White knights seem to be just about holding the fort. What can Black do about it?

Black to play and win

25th Frome Congress Prizewinners (17.05.2014.)

The 25th Frome Congress finished on Sunday evening and attracted 145 players. The main winners were as follows (all scores out of 5):

Open Section: 1st Paul Byway (Hertford) 4½. 2nd= Carl Bicknell (Horfield) & Barry Morris (Bath) 3½. The British Championship Place went to Byway. Grading prizes U-181: Theo Slade (Barnstaple). U-170: Stephen Appleby (Gillingham).

Major (U-170): 1st Tim Woodward (Trowbridge) 4½. 2nd= Paul Jackson (Coulsdon); Karl Biswas (Oxford); Mark Littleton (Wimborne) & Ivor Annetts (Tiverton) all 3½. Grading prizes U-156 Alan Papier (Bristol & Clifton); Paul Tew (S. Wales); Roger Knight (Yeovil); Mark Leonard (Trowbridge) all 3. U-145 Tim Chinnick (Hanham).

Intermediate (U-140): 1st Jamie Macdonald (Wimborne) 5. 2nd= Thomas Cooper (Trowbridge); Max French (Frome) & Keith Bateman (Salisbury). Grading Prize U-131: Greg Willett (Bath). U-120 Joe Clapp (Norton Radstock) both 3½.

Minor (U-115): 1st= Stephen Crockett (Redditch); Matthew Hutt (Wilts) & Frank Cheeseman (Kent). Grading Prize U-106: Gary Woods (Norton Radstock). U-90: Keith Sherlock (Yeovil).

The trophies for the highest placed Somerset players in each section were awarded as follows: Bonner Cup (Open) B. Morris. Leon York Cup (Major) T. Woodward. Roy Hossell Cup (Intermediate) T. Cooper. Cyril Chapman Cup (Minor) I. Stringer (Yeovil). Jean Mackereth Cup: Ungraded player in the Minor. M. Maber (Taunton).

The team competition was won by Bath, comprising Peter Cusick, John Leon, Greg Willett & Barry Morris).

Cornwall were the surprise package in this year’s Inter-county Championship, and here is one of their wins against Gloucestershire. Others can be found on their website cornwallchess.org.uk.

White: Grant Healey (165). Black: Phil Denison (158).

1.d4 e6 2.Nf3 d5 3.Bf4 c5 4.e3 Nf6 5.c3 Nc6 6.Bd3 cxd4 7.exd4 Bd6 8.Bg5 0–0 9.0–0 e5 10.dxe5 Nxe5 11.Nxe5 Bxe5 12.Nd2 h6 13.Bh4 Qd6 14.h3 g5 15.Bg3 Bxg3 16.fxg3 Qxg3 17.Rxf6 Qxd3 18.Rxh6 g4 19.Rh5 Qg6 20.Rxd5 gxh3 threatening mate on g2. 21.Qf3 Qxg2+?? leading to a swift end. Black needed to develop his queenside pieces without delay with either 21…Be6 22.Rd6 Rad8 23.Rxd8 Rxd8 24.Qf2 Bd5 25.Nf3 etc. Or; 21…Bg4 22.Qf4 f6 23.Rd4 Be6 etc. 22.Qxg2+ hxg2 23.Rg5+! Kh7 24.Kxg2 and mate on h1 cannot be avoided. 1–0

Last week’s position ended with 1.QxR+! and if 1…RxQ Black will get mated on the back rank.

How does Black win significant material in this position which arose from a top game earlier this year?

Black to play and win significant material.

Bristol Spring Congress – Winners List (10.05.2014.)

The Bristol League’s Spring Congress took place a few days before the West of England’s Easter Congress, which might explain the absence of Bristol players at the latter event. The winners were as follows:-

Open Section: 1st= James Cobb & Chris Beaumont (both Clifton) 4/5 points.

Cobb is Bristol champion on tie-break. 3rd= David Buckley (Bath), John Curtis (Clifton), Rob Hearne (Bath), Stephen Piper (Salisbury), Joseph Turner (Wales) all 3½.

Major: (U-155) 1st Matthew Wilson (Downend) 4½. 2nd= Adrian Champion & Alex Rossiter (both Bristol Cabot) 4.   

Minor: (U-125) 1st= Lee Bullock (London) Richard Porter (Bristol Uni.) & Amol Telang (Clifton) 4.

Although Cobb and Beaumont both scored 4 points, in their individual encounter Beaumont won, while drawing 2 of his other games, to make their scores level.

White: C. Beaumont (209). Black: J. E. Cobb (225).

English Opening [A13]

1.c4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.g3 a6 4.Bg2 b5 5.b3 Bb7 6.Nc3 b4 7.Na4 d6 8.a3 a5 9.axb4 axb4 10.0–0 Be7 11.d4 Nbd7 12.Bb2 0–0 13.Qd2 c5 14.dxc5 dxc5 15.Rfd1 Qc7 16.Qf4 Qc8 If 16…Qxf4 17.gxf4 and White might be able to utilise the open g-file for attacking purposes in conjunction with his dark-square bishop. 17.Ne5 Bxg2 18.Kxg2 Ra6 19.Nxd7 Nxd7 20.Rd3 e5 21.Qd2 giving White domination of the d-file, with Rad1 looking likely, so Black must give up a pawn. 21…Nf6 22.Bxe5 Ne4 23.Qf4 Ng5 24.Rad1 Qh3+ 25.Kh1 f5 Black had a chance to win his pawn back with 25…Rh6 26.g4 Qh4 27.Kg2 Re6 28.Qg3 Qxg3+ 29.Bxg3 Rxe2. 26.Bd6 Rxd6 27.Rxd6 Bxd6 28.Qxd6 Ne4 Looks strong, but White has a check. 29.Qe6+ Kh8 30.Kg1 Qh5 31.Qe7 Rg8 32.Rd8 h6 33.Rxg8+ Kxg8 34.f3 Nc3 35.Nxc5 f4 36.Qe6+ Kh7 37.Nd3 fxg3 38.hxg3 Qg5 39.Kg2 Qd2 40.Nf4 Qc2 41.c5 Nb5 42.Qd5 Nc3 43.Qd3+ 1–0 After 43…Qxd3 44.exd3 White should be able to nurse his 2 passed pawns up the board without too much trouble.

All games from the event are downloadable from the League’s own website, chessit.co.uk.

The 25th Frome Congress started last night and continues over the weekend at Selwood Academy. Spectators are welcome to watch the games or peruse the excellent bookstall.

The solution to last week’s 2-mover was 1.Kc5! and if 1…Kc5 2. Be7 mate or 1…Kd7 Qe7 mate.

Applying the coup de grace in the most clinical way is one of the joys of chess. How did White do that in this position?

White to win a.s.a.p.

WECU Championships 2014 Winners List (26.04.2014)

The West of England Championships finished on Monday with a new Champion in the form of Andrew Boyne of Exeter with 5/7 points. Richard McMichael of London had half a point more, but he was ineligible for the Westcountry title. Dr. Dave Regis of Exeter was 3rd. Grading prizes were won by:- (U-186) Dave Littlejohns (Taunton) & Graham Bolt (Railways London); (U-177) Robert Thompson (Bristol University).

Major Section (U-175): 1st= Bill Ingham (Teignmouth), John Bass, (Richmond) & Ivor Annetts (Tiverton). Annetts won the Wilkinson Cup on tie break. Grading prizes (U-159) Dave Rogers (Exmouth). (U-1146) Martin Worrall (Taunton).

Minor: 1st Norman Tidy (Teignmouth). 2nd= Paul Jackson (Bournemouth), Rob Wilby (Plymouth) & Ken Alexander (Tiverton). Grading prizes: (U-127) Ray Hunt (Bognor). (U-116) Dave Burt (Bournemouth), Greg Bailey (Netherton) & Edmund Kelly (Exeter Juniors).

Of his four wins, this was the one that McMichael liked best, involving as it does a queen pseudo sacrifice.

White: Martin Simons (191). Black: Richard  McMichael (213).

                 French Defence. [C10]

1.d4 e6 2.e4 d5 Transposing into a French Defence. 3.Nc3 Nc6 4.Nf3 Nf6 5.Bg5 Be7 6.e5 Ne4 7.Bxe7 Qxe7 8.a3 Bd7 9.Bd3 Ng5 10.Be2 Nxf3+ 11.Bxf3 f6 12.exf6 Qxf6 13.Ne2 0–0–0 14.Qd2 g5 Having castled long, Black seeks to attack on the other wing. 15.0–0–0 h5 Threatening to win the bishop. 16.h3 Rdg8 17.Ng3 Be8 18.Qe3 Bf7 19.Kb1 Re8 20.Rhe1 Bg6 21.Be2 e5 Choosing this moment to break open the centre. 22.dxe5 Rxe5 23.Qf3 Qe6 24.Rd2 Kb8 25.Nf1 White’s queen currently has nowhere to retreat to. 25…Be4 26.Qg3 h4 27.Qb3 Bxg2 28.Ne3 Bxh3 29.Rh1 d4 30.Bc4 Black leaves his queen to be taken. 30…dxe3! 31.Bxe6 Bxe6 32.Qd3 exd2 33.Qxd2 After this skirmish, Black has rook, bishop, knight and a pawn for his queen – plenty of compensation. 33…h3 34.f4 gxf4 35.Qxf4 a6 36.Qf6 Rh7 37.b4 b6 38.c4 Kb7 39.c5 b5 With Black’s king as secure as White’s is exposed, White has no play, so he called it a day. 0–1

The 25th Frome Congress will be held on 9th – 11th May at Selwood Academy, Frome, with an increased prize fund in recognition of their silver anniversary. Full details may be found on their website (somersetchess.org) where it is now possible to enter on-line.

In last week’s position, Smith won by force after 42…h2+ 43.Kxh2 Qh4+ 44.Kg1 Qh1 mate.

Here is a miniature 2-mover.

White mates in 2

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