The 48th Torbay Congress went back to one of its earlier venues, the Toorak Hotel, Torquay, just over the road from its home of recent years, the Riviera Centre. It took place in awful, wet weather, but was well-supported, with 149 players distributed throughout the four sections.
The Open had no GMs this year and was, perhaps, former Devon Champion Dominic Mackle’s best chance to take 1st place. Ali Jaunooby being the only higher graded player, gave Mackle the chance to start and finish with the white pieces. Also in his favour was the fact that his opponent, Graham Bolt, had barely recovered from a nerve-shredding finish against John Stephens in the morning round, and Mackle was able to create a crushing position early on, to finish up clear winner. (photo below)
In joint 2nd place, both Menadue and Wheeler went through without losing, but perhaps the more impressive performance was by Shaw who was the only player in the section to finish with 3 wins, and move up the field from half a point from 2.
|2||Menadue, J. F.||189||w23+||b9=||w12=||b14=||w6+||3½|
|4||Wheeler, John F.||181||w14+||b12=||w5=||b7=||w15+||3½|
|6||De Coverley, R||190||b16+||w10+||b8+||w1-||b2-||3|
|7||Dilliegh, S. P.||182||b15||w3+||b1=||w4=||b8=||3|
|11||Brusey, Alan W||176||w12-||b23=||w24+||b9-||w22+||2½|
|14||Jaunooby, Ali R.||205||b4-||b19+||w17+||w2=||b3-||2½|
|16||Saqui, David A||173||w6-||b18-||b21+||w17=||b23+||2½|
|17||Abbott, Mark V.||173||bye=||w13=||b14-||b16=||w10-||2|
|18||Homer S. J.||188||b10-||w16+||b13=||w3-||b19=||2|
|20||Stephens, J. K.||194||w21+||b8-||w9+||b5-||w/d||2|
|21||Ingham, H. W.||176||b20-||w22-||w16-||b23=||b24+||1½|
|22||Sivrev P. D.||187||w8-||b21+||w10=||w15-||b11-||1½|
|23||Barton, R. Alan||170||b2-||w11=||b3-||w21=||w16-||1|
|2||Cordner, D. A.||167||b24+||w4=||b16+||w7+||b3=||4|
|5||Smith Richard A||149||bye=||b11=||w17=||b37+||w21+||3½|
|6||Atkins, Keith A||157||w31-||b33+||w26=||b19=||w22+||3|
|9||Dean Steve K||167||bye=||w17=||b20+||b22=||w14=||3|
|11||Fewkes, James E.||150||b30=||w5=||b35+||w4=||b10=||3|
|13||Harris, Martyn J.||163||b20+||w16=||w19+||b12=||w1-||3|
|14||Heard Andrew H.||136||b8=||w29+||b4=||w10=||b9=||3|
|15||Papier, Alan R.||145||b4-||w10-||bye=||w35+||b30+||3|
|20||Hibbitt, Arthur M||147||w13-||b23+||w9-||b31+||w19=||2½|
|21||Jackson, Paul G||163||b33+||w31+||b7=||w3-||b5-||2½|
|24||Brodie, Eric J||147||w2-||b32+||w27=||b18-||w28=||2|
|25||Cross, Ian K||147||b3-||w36-||b32-||w34+||b35+||2|
|27||Nyman, John C||153||b17=||w30-||b24=||w32=||b29=||2|
|29||Rogers, David R||158||bye=||b14-||w37=||b28=||w27=||2|
|31||Wilby, Rob G||140||b6+||b21-||w22-||w20-||bye=||2|
|35||Gorton, John M.||107||b18=||bye=||w11-||b15-||w25-||1|
|36||Keen, Charles, E||141||w22-||b25+||b8-||w23-||b33-||1|
|37||Matthew, Ian, G||145||w12=||b1-||b29=||w5-||b34-||1|
|3||Woolgar, S. G.||122||b37+||w7-||b23+||w17+||b10+||4|
|5||Plumb, M. D.||132||w28+||b4=||w32+||b21+||w1-||3½|
|6||Sandercock, E. B.||130||bye=||b15=||w4=||b31+||w21+||3½|
|10||Turowski, M. K.||136||w27+||b1-||w22+||b8+||w3-||3|
|15||Bland, Paul A||133||b22=||w6=||b33+||w20=||b7-||2½|
|17||Galloway, J. H.||134||w25+||b33+||w1-||b3-||w9=||2½|
|20||Hunt, Ray K||124||w18+||b21=||w8=||b15=||w4-||2½|
|21||Tidy, Norman F.||137||b26+||w20=||b16+||w5-||b6-||2½|
|26||Ludlow, Roy A.||128||w21-||b11-||w28+||b25-||w35+||2|
|29||Crouch, T. J.||137||w33-||b25=||w12-||b28-||b34+||1½|
|30||Gilbert, D. J.||132||w31=||b32-||w25+||b11-||wd||1½|
|31||Jones, M. E.||121||b30=||w23=||b24=||w6-||b14-||1½|
|34||Allen T. S.||121||w19=||b9=||w11-||b18-||w29-||1|
|1||Cuggy, Mike J||107||b39+||w14+||b37+||w4=||w7+||4½|
|2||Hughes, Peter J||95||b45+||bye=||w3=||b19+||w20+||4|
|6||Fraser, Alan R.||105||w41+||w18-||b21=||b25+||w27+||3½|
|13||Crickmore, E. A.||117||bye=||b26+||w20=||b11=||w15=||3|
|16||Knott, Jim A||109||w42+||b4-||w14+||b24-||w31+||3|
|21||Rescorla, Ian R.||123||w31=||b11=||w6=||b35=||w40+||3|
|23||Webster, Alan F||92||w19-||b49+||b33+||w3-||b46+||3|
|27||Dean, John E||119||bye=||w24=||b46=||w30+||b6-||2½|
|28||Gardiner, Colin J||114||w30=||b44-||w29-||b51+||b50+||2½|
|29||Holmes, Nick, D||87||w15=||w7-||b28+||b38+||w9-||2½|
|31||Carr, John W||101||b21=||w12-||b40+||w17=||b16-||2|
|35||Donovan, J. P.||108||bye=||b30-||w51+||w21=||b14-||2|
|36||George, John M||116||b37-||w42-||b32=||w43+||w38=||2|
|37||Healey, David J||101||w36+||b19+||w1-||b8-||b17-||2|
|45||Jenkins, Geoff J||111||w2-||b41+||w24-||b40-||b47=||1½|
|47||Tigue, Kevin J||90||b33-||b20-||w49+||b22-||w45=||1½|
|48||Broderick, P. G.||104||b34-||w39-||bye=||b42=||w32-||1|
|Open||1st||D. Mackle||203||Newton Abbot||4|
|J. F. Wheeler||181||Cosham||3½|
|GPs||U-184||S. P. Dilleigh||182||Horfield|
|E. B. Sandercock||132||3½|
|2nd=||P. McConnell||102||South Hams||4|
|P. J. Hughes||95||Mutual Circle||4|
|E. B. Kelly||107||Exeter Juniors||4|
|D. McGeeney||113||Bristol Cabot||4|
|P. J. Spargo||107||Camborne||3½|
|U-99||R. Greenhalgh||97||South Hams||3½|
|British Ch. 2015 Qualifier||Dominic Mackle|
|Torbay League||Individual Champions|
|Open: Basil Wallis Cup||Dominic Mackle|
|Major: Challenge Cup||Mike Stinton-Brownbridge|
|Inter: Intermediate Cup||Nathan Mills|
|Minor: Candidates Cup||Mike Cuggy|
|Best score: Newman Cup||Nathan Mills|
|Best Junior: Whitfield Cup||Edmund Kelly|
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|
|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|
Newspapers all over the country, if not the whole world, are struggling to adapt to the challenges brought about by the new media – multiple channels of 24 hour rolling news - twitface – etc. etc. Added to that, the printed media’s lifeblood, advertising income, has been depressed throughout the banking and general financial crisis of recent years.
The Western Morning News cannot be immune to these factors, and must adapt to survive. One thing it has done is to sell off its award-winning flagship offices, built in the shape of a galleon, and move to premises near the docks. Another idea was the addition of a Sunday edition. However, circulation figures are not as predicted, as folk are probably already locked in to their favourite Sunday titles, and loth to either switch or add another paper to the already heavy bundle the paper boy delivers. But the experiment was committed until the end of January 2015 when it will be assessed. Until then, economies have to be made and the cutting in half of the Westcountry Life supplement on a Saturday is one of them.
With it went the chess column. That is the reason it has not appeared since October. In answer to the several enquirers I’ve already had, I am not too ill to write, or dead – far from it. Not yet, anyway.
The WMN chess column is one of the oldest provincial columns in the country. It started in 1891 under the editorship of Carslake Winter-Wood, writing under the nom de plume “Queen’s Knight”, in contrast to the contemporary Exeter columnist “King’s Knight”. In March 1906 the column switched to the Illustrated Western Weeky News. A. R. Cooper ran it from 1927 – 1939. Writing in the March 1939 issue of Chess, the eminent problemist, C. S. Kipping, observed that “the three British columns which have international reputations for their composing tourneys are (1) the Grantham Journal, (2) the Falkirk Herald and (3) the Western Morning News”. After the war it was taken on by former British Champion, R. J. Broadbent (1948 & 1950) but it was mostly devoted to problems. That is, until the arrival from Lichfield of J. E. Jones in 1956, who took the paper to task and insisted there should be real local news, so a chess column appeared twice a week, one by Broadbest and a new one by Jones (no relation).
However, Jones ran his column on the same lines as Howard Staunton ran his, a century earlier – that is, as a pulpit from which he would admonish any chess official who could not live up to his own high standards. In 1963 Jones moved away and when Ken Bloodworth took over he was quietly advised to keep it all low key. Which, of course, he did for the next 35 years. When he was approaching his late 80s, he wished to retire, but was keen that there should be no break to give the management an opportunity to end the sequence, and he recommended me to them, and the switch was smoothly made. I have now written 812 weekly columns.
There is now a hiatus until the end of January 2015 when further decisions will be made. If you wish to convey your personal opinion on the future of the column, I’m sure the decision-makers would listen attentively.
Their address is: Western Morning News, Studio 5-11, Millbay Road, Plymouth. PL1 3LF.
The Chipping Sodbury RapidPlay was held recently at the Old Grammar School. The winners were as follows:
Open Section: 1st James Cobb (228) Bristol& Clifton 5/6 pts. 2nd= Chris Beaumont (214) Bristol & Clifton & Jerry Humphries Downend & Fishponds 4½.
Major Section (U-155): 1st= Andrew Munn (150) & David Tipper (143) both Downend & Fishponds, and David Dugdale (151) Thornbury all 4½.
Minor Section: Dorota Pacion (117) S. Bristol 5½. 2nd= Jack Walpole (90) & Richard Port (113) both University and Kevin Langmaid (112) Yate & Sodbury all 4 pts. Dorota Pacian was the only female player in the tournament.
While the 15th Beacon Seniors tournament was played out during the week, the World Seniors Championship was due to finish on Wednesday at Katerini, Greece. Millionaire chess player, Terry Chapman, had organised a team of four English players, himself incuded, to have a concerted effort for one of them to win the title.
This was the 8th round game between two of the contingent.
White: Keith Arkell (2450). Black: Mark Hebden (2540).
King’s Indian Defence [E62]
1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.d4 0–0 5.g3 d6 6.Bg2 Nc6 7.0–0 Rb8 8.b3 a6 9.Nd5 Nh5 10.Bb2 e6 11.Nc3 b5 12.d5 Ne7 13.dxe6 fxe6 14.c5 dxc5 15.Qc2 Nc6 16.Rad1 Nd4 17.Nxd4 cxd4 18.e3 e5 19.exd4 exd4 20.Nd5 d3 21.Qc1 Bf5 22.Bxg7 Nxg7 23.Qxc7 Qxc7 24.Nxc7 White has now won a pawn and has a distinct advantage considering Black’s isolated pawn and inferior piece placement. 24…a5 25.Nd5 Rf7 26.Ne3 Rd7 27.Rd2 a4 28.Nxf5 Nxf5 29.Rfd1 axb3 30.axb3 Black must lose at least one of his 2 queenside pawns. 30…Rbd8 31.Bc6 Rd4 32.Bxb5 Now the other must fall as well. 32…g5 33.Rxd3 Kg7 34.Kg2 R8d6 35.Rxd4 Nxd4 36.Bc4 Kf6 37.b4 Ke5 38.Re1+ Kf6 39.b5 Nf5 40.Rb1 Rb6 41.Bd3 Nd6 42.Rb4 h6 43.h4 Nf7 44.Ra4 Ke5 45.hxg5 hxg5 46.Ra6 Rb8 47.Rg6 Kd4 48.Be2 Ke5 49.Bc4 1–0. Now Black’s last pawn must go, leaving him in a hopeless position. Arkell won again in the next round, putting him in the joint lead with 2 games to play, and Hebden and Nunn just behind. The chances of having an English World Seniors Champion look good.
In last week’s miniature problem White wins by 1.Qg7! from where it can go to either a7 or a1 to give mate, depending on which way the Black king goes.
This position comes at the end of a blitz game earlier this year. White is 2 pawns down but might have winning chances; if only he had more than a few seconds to think about it…
Before play started there were the usual opening remarks, and on this occasion the focus was on our Controller, Ewart Smith, whose last event this was. Ten years ago, he had come in at short notice when the event’s orinator, Steve Boniface, had died about 2 weeks before the 6th Seniors was due to start. Ewart has since done the last 10 events, in additon to the Paignton, Torbay, Dorset and other congresses around the westcountry. He had spent a couple of years gradually cutting down on this workload, and this the final curtain. When asked to show their appreciation the players all gave him a fulsome round of applause that was clearly genuinely felt. He responded modestly before saying, for what we estimated was about the 500th time, “Start White’s clock”, and the final round was off. It finished as follows:-
|1||J. Wells||182||(2½)||0||1||I. Heppell||174||(3)|
|2||R. Wynarczyk||173||(2½)||1||0||S. Bartlett||169||(2½)|
|3||S. K. Dean||167||(2½)||½||½||S. Dilleigh||182||(3)|
|4||T. F. Thynne||161||(2)||1||0||R. Burton||152||(2)|
|5||A. Brown||185||(2½)||½||½||I. Cross||147||(2½)|
|6||I. McAllan||170||(1½)||1||0||M. Roberts||145||(1)|
|7||D. R. Rogers||158||(1)||½||½||D. Sheppard||147||(1)|
|8||I. Blencowe||130||(1½)||½||½||C. Sellwood||156||(1)|
|M. Maber||99||(1½)||½||½||D. Orr||127||(1½)|
It was Heppell, who had a win/win finish to draw ahead of a distinguished pack. Local player Steve Dean did well to thwart Steve Dilleigh who had had a good season to date. Ian Blencowe, who was the whipping boy last year (not that he minded that one bit) he was clearly building up experience for the future, and he came away declaring this was his best congress result ever, and he plays a lot of congresses.
In the seniors section, it was William G. Adaway who took the honours. He retired to Dorset from the Home Counties 2 years ago, not having even thought about the game of his youth for 40 years. Then one day he walked past a hotel in Bridport High St. and by chance his eye caught sight of a notice beside the entrance saying the chess club met there. He was thus lured inside, and that was it -the chess virus was re-vitalised, and he has clearly lost little of his former skill. He admits his openings are rusty and several times he reached the middle game in difficulties, but then his old abilities kicked in. Perhaps opponents should be aware he was graded c. 200 in the early 1970s and has a draw on record against GM Bill Hartston in the 1972 Islington Open. Local player David Toms has undergone a series of illnesses in recent years, but is now back to a reasonable, stable state of health, and this showed itself in his 4 wins.
|1||W. Adaway||186||(3½)||1||0||A. Price||155||(3½)|
|2||D. A. Toms||151||(3)||1||0||A. Barton||170||(3)|
|3||R. Everson||164||(3)||1||0||J. Footner||145||(3)|
|4||B. Gosling||153||(2½)||1||0||M. Page||164||(3)|
|5||A. Footner||187||(2½)||½||½||R. Gamble||161||(2½)|
|6||I. S. Annetts||162||(2)||1||0||K. Langmaid||112||(2½)|
|7||R. Hurn||125||(1)||0||1||D. Openshaw||155||(2)|
|8||J. Reinhardt||155||(2)||½||½||A. Sherriff||153||(2)|
|9||A. Fraser||105||(2)||0||1||P. Morton||152||(2)|
|10||R. Scowen||152||(2)||1||0||R. Waters||112||(2)|
|11||O. Namouk||140||(2)||1||0||P. Lucas||96||(2)|
|12||P. Errington||134||(2)||½||½||M. Kaye||91||(2)|
|13||H. Welch||96||(2)||0||1||B. Sandercock||80||(2)|
|14||P. Carrick||94||(1)||0||1||R. Smith||127||(2)|
|15||T. Maloney||70||(½)||½||½||J. Clapp||122||(1½)|
|16||F. Day||96||(1)||0||1||N. F. Tidy||135||(1)|
|17||J. Robertson||130||(1)||0||1||R. Cox||80||(1)|
|18||D. Burt||112||(1)||1||0||R. Curtis||106||(½)|
|19||P. Gordon||118||(2)||1||0||J. Shaddick||142||(2)|
Prizes were awarded to 30 of the 58 players, as follows:-
Seniors 65+ :
1st William Adaway 186 Bridport 4½/5
2nd Robert Everson 164 Dartford 4
U-155: 1st Dr. David Toms 151 Sidmouth 4
U-140: 1st= Philip Gordon 118 Braille CA
Barry Sandercock 130 Chalfont
Richard Smith 127 Barnstaple all 3 pts.
U-115: 1st= Mike Kaye 91 Weymouth
Kevin Langmaid 112 Yateboth 2½ pts.
Slow starter (0/2)
` Peter Carrick 94 Bath
Peter Lucas 96 Sussex
Norman Tidy 135 Teignmouth all 2 pts
Special book prizes were awarded to everyone reaching 3 points or more, yet not qualifying for the above list.
|Ivor Annetts||162||Tiverton||Peter Morton||152||Hammersmith|
|Alan Barton||170||St. Leonards||Omer Namouk||140||Hastings|
|Andrew Footner||187||Yeovil||David Openshaw||155||Cavendish|
|John Footner||145||Telford||Martin Page||163||Insurance|
|Ray Gamble||161||Derby||Andrew Price||155||Leamington|
|Brian Gosling||153||E. Budleigh||Roger Scowen||152||Middx|
“Juniors” 50 – 64:
1st Ian Heppell 174 Wimbledon 4 pts
2nd= Steve Dilleigh 182 Horfield both 3½
Ray Wynarczyk 173 Newcastle upon Tyne
U-165: Trefor Thynne 161 Newton Abbot 3pts
Slow starter (½/0) Ian Cross 147 Harrow 3 pts
Book prizes to : Alan Brown 185 Northampton
Steve Dean 167 Seaton
One of the players, David Openshaw, was introduced at the start of play, as he is on the ECF Board representing the interests of both International chess and Seniors. He invited anyone who had ideas or observations about the state of seniors’ chess in England to have a chat with him in the bar or anywhere in the hotel.
Then the Controller, Ewart Smith, reminded everyone about the 10 a.m. start in the morning, and play got under way.
|1||S. Dilleigh||182||(2)||1||0||J. Wells||182||(2½)|
|2||A. Brown||185||(2)||½||½||S. Dean||167||(2)|
|3||I. Heppell||174||(2)||1||0||T. F. Thynne||161||(2)|
|4||R. Wynarczyk||173||(1½)||1||0||I. McAllan||170||(1½)|
|5||R. Burton||152||(1½)||½||½||D. Rogers||158||(1½)|
|6||C. Sellwood||156||(1)||1||0||I. Cross||147||(1½)|
|7||D. Sheppard||147||(1)||½||½||D. Orr||127||(1)|
|8||M. Roberts||145||(½)||½||½||I. Blencowe||130||(1)|
|1||M. Page||163||(2)||½||½||W. Adaway||186||(2)|
|2||A. Price||155||(1½)||1||0||A. Footner||187||(2)|
|3||A. Barton||105||(1½)||1||½||O. Namouk||140||(1½)|
|4||D. Openshaw||122||(1½)||0||1||R. Everson||164||(1½)|
|5||J. Footner||145||(1)||1||0||I. S. Annetts||162||(1)|
|6||D. A. Toms||151||(1)||1||0||A. Fraser||105||(1)|
|7||R. Gamble||161||(1)||½||½||J. Reinhardt||155||(1)|
|8||J. Clapp||122||(1½)||½||½||B. Gosling||153||(1)|
|9||A. Sherriff||153||(1½)||R. Scowen||152||(1½)|
|10||K. Langmaid||112||(1½)||1||0||P. Wood||147||(1½)|
|11||R. Smith||127||(1)||½||½||H. Welch||96||(1)|
|12||R. Waters||112||(1½)||½||½||P. Errington||134||(1½)|
|13||R. Hurn||94||(1½)||½||½||M. Adams||130||(1)|
|14||J. Shaddick||142||(1)||1||0||F. Day||96||(1)|
|15||N. F. Tidy||135||(1)||0||1||P. Carrick||94||(1)|
|16||P. Lucas||94||(1)||1||0||J. Robertson||130||(½)|
|17||B. Sandercock||80||(1)||0||1||D. Burt||112||(1)|
|18||M. Kaye||91||(1)||1||0||T. Maloney||70||(½)|
|19||R. Cox||80||(½)||½||½||R. Curtis||163||(0)|
|20||P. Morton||94||(1½)||½||½||P. Gordon||118||(1½)|
Before play started, the announcements included a summary of the outcome of the World Seniors Championship that finished in Greece the evening before. Keith Arkell had finished 1st= on points (8/11) but had to wait until the very last game finished until the tie-break could be determined, and it went against Keith who had to settle for the Silver medal. The entire gathering broke into spontaneous applause at Arkell’s valiant efforts, and not forgetting Nunn who got the Bronze.
Play the proceeded and ended as follows:
|1||J. Wells||183||(2)||½||½||A. Brown||185||(1½)|
|2||S. Dilleigh||182||(1½)||½||½||I. Heppell||174||(1)|
|3||D. Rogers||158||(1)||½||½||R. Wynarczyk||173||(1)|
|4||I. McAllan||170||(1)||½||½||R. Burton||152||(1)|
|5||S. Bartlett||169||(1)||1||0||I. Blencowe||130||(1)|
|6||D. Orr||127||(1)||0||1||T. F. Thynne||161||(1)|
|7||C. Sellwood||156||(½)||½||½||M. Roberts||145||(0)|
|8||I. Cross||147||(½)||1||0||M. Maber||99||(½)|
|1||W. Adaway||186||(2)||1||0||D. Toms||151||(2)|
|2||A. Footner||187||(1½)||1||0||A. Barton||170||(2)|
|3||A. Fraser||105||(1½)||½||½||R. Gamble||161||(1½)|
|4||H. Welch||96||(1½)||0||1||A. Price||155||(1½)|
|5||R. Everson||164||(1)||1||0||J. Shaddick||142||(1)|
|6||I. S. Annetts||162||(1)||1||0||B. Sandercock||130||(1)|
|7||J. Robertson||130||(1)||0||1||D. Openshaw||122||(1)|
|8||J. Reinhardt||155||(1)||½||½||R. Hurn||125||(1)|
|9||B. Gosling||153||(1)||½||½||A. Sherriff||125||(1)|
|10||R. Smith||127||(1)||½||½||P. Morton||152||(1)|
|11||R. Scowen||152||(1)||½||½||J. Clapp||122||(1)|
|12||P. Wood||147||(1)||½||½||R. Waters||112||(1)|
|13||F. Day||94||(1)||0||1||J. Footner||145||(1)|
|14||O. Namouk||140||(1)||1||0||M. Kaye||91||(1)|
|15||D. Burt||112||(½)||½||½||P. Errington||134||(1)|
|16||T. Maloney||70||(½)||0||1||K. Langmaid||112||(½)|
|17||R. Cox||80||(½)||0||1||N. F. Tidy||135||(0)|
|18||R. Curtis||106||(0)||0||1||P. Lucas||94||(0)|
|19||P. Gordon||118||(1½)||0||1||M. Page||163||(1½)|
The draw for Rd. 2 worked out well in that everyone got a game as there were no byes. Details of the schedule for prizes that were not already on the entry form were worked out before play started and announced at the start of play. There is something to play at all levels of play.
|1||A. Brown||185||(1)||½||½||S. Dilleigh||182||(1)|
|2||T. Thynne||161||(1)||0||1||J. Wells||183||(1)|
|3||S. Bartlett||169||(½)||½||½||S. Dean||167||(1)|
|4||D. Sheppard||147||(½)||0||1||R. Burton||152||(½)|
|5||I. Blencowe||130||(½)||½||½||I. McAllan||170||(½)|
|6||R. Burton||170||(½)||½||½||D. Orr||127||(½)|
|7||R. Wynarczyk||173||(0)||1||0||I. Cross||147||(½)|
|8||M. Roberts||145||(0)||0||1||D. Rogers||158||(0)|
|9||M. Maber||99||(0)||½||½||C. Sellwood||156||(0)|
|1||D. Openshaw||155||(1)||0||1||W. Adaway||186||(1)|
|2||A. Barton||170||(1)||1||0||J. Reinhardt||155||(1)|
|3||D. Toms||151||(1)||1||0||I. S. Annetts||162||(1)|
|4||A. Footner||187||(½)||1||0||J. Robertson||130||(1)|
|5||B. Sandercock||130||(1)||0||1||R. Everson||164||(0)|
|6||M. Page||163||(½)||1||0||A. Sherriff||125||(1)|
|7||R. Gamble||161||(½)||1||0||J. Clapp||122||(1)|
|8||A. Price||155||(½)||1||0||F. Day||96||(1)|
|9||P. Errington||137||(½)||½||½||P. Wood||147||(0)|
|10||R. Hurn||125||(½)||½||½||O. Namouk||140||(½)|
|11||J. Footner||145||(0)||1||0||M. Adams||130||(½)|
|12||J. Shaddick||142||(0)||1||0||D. Burt||112||(½)|
|13||K. Langmaid||112||(½)||0||1||R. Scowen||152||(0)|
|14||N. F. Tidy||135||(0)||0||1||H. Welch||96||(½)|
|15||P. Morton||152||(0)||1||0||T. Maloney||70||(½)|
|16||A. Fraser||105||(½)||1||0||R. Cox||80||(½)|
|17||P. Lucas||96||(0)||0||1||R. Smith||127||(0)|
|18||R. Waters||112||(0)||1||0||P. Carrick||94||(0)|
|19||M. Kaye||70||(0)||1||0||R. Curtis||106||(0)|
|20||P. Gordon||118||(1)||½||½||B. Gosling||153||(½)|
Players started to assemble in the playing hall all morning, firstly those staying at the hotel, then those staying in accommodation nearby and later on those having to travel, sometimes considerable distances in difficult weather conditions.
At 1 o’clock there were the usual welcoming words to all entrants, followed by a few words about former regulars, Heinz Herschmann and John Gorodi, who had passed away earlier in the year. As this was Ewart Smith’s 10th Seniors and last event he would control, and presentation was made to him of a framed photograph of him in action at his previous event, in Bournemouth, taken by and organised by Brendan O’Gorman.
A few last-minute alterations had had to be done to the accellerated Swiss draw, due to a few unexpected arrivals and delays, but play started a few minutes after 1 o’clock with no-one without a game, no forced byes. Most games went with grading, though there were a few surprises.
|1||D. Rogers||158||(0)||0||1||A. Brown||185||(0)|
|2||J. Wells||183||(0)||1||0||M. Roberts||145||(0)|
|3||C. Sellwood||156||(0)||0||1||S. Dilleigh||182||(0)|
|4||I. Heppell||174||(0)||½||½||R. Burton||152||(0)|
|5||T. Thynne||161||(0)||1||0||R. Wynarczyk||173||(0)|
|6||I. McAllan||170||(0)||½||½||D. Sheppard||147||(0)|
|7||D. Orr||127||(0)||½||½||S. Bartlett||169||(0)|
|8||S. Dean||167||(0)||1||0||M. Maber||99||(0)|
|1||B. Gosling||153||(0)||½||½||A. Footner||187||(0)|
|2||W. Adaway||186||(0)||1||0||P. Morton||152||(0)|
|3||R. Scowen||152||(0)||0||1||A. Barton||170||(0)|
|4||R. Everson||164||(0)||0||1||D. Toms||151||(0)|
|5||I. S. Annetts||162||(0)||1||0||J. Shaddick||142||(0)|
|6||J. Robertson||130||(0)||1||0||R. Waters||112||(0)|
|7||O. Namouk||140||(0)||½||½||R. Gamble||161||(0)|
|8||D. Openshaw||155||(0)||1||0||N. F. Tidy||135||(0)|
|9||P. Errington||137||(0)||½||½||A. Price||155||(0)|
|10||J. Reinhardt||155||(0)||1||0||J. Footner||145||(0)|
|11||P. Wood||147||(0)||½||½||M. Page||163||(0)|
|12||R. Curtis||106||(0)||0||1||B. Sandercock||130||(0)|
|13||M. Adams||130||(0)||½||½||A. Fraser||105||(0)|
|14||F. Day||96||(0)||1||0||R. Smith||127||(0)|
|15||A. Sherriff||125||(0)||1||0||P. Lucas||96||(0)|
|16||H. Welch||96||(0)||½||½||R. Hurn||125||(0)|
|17||J. Clapp||122||(0)||1||0||M. Kaye||91||(0)|
|18||D. Burt||112||(0)||½||½||R. Cox||80||(0)|
|19||T, Maloney||70||(0)||½||½||K. Langmaid||112||(0)|
|20||P. Carrick||94||(0)||0||1||P. Gordon||118||(0)|
The new President of the English Chess Federation is Dominic Lawson, former Editor of the Sunday Telegraph, son of former Chancellor of the Exchequer, Nigel Lawson and brother to Nigella. He is a strong and active player who is likely to use his professional contacts to raise the profile of the game in the national consciousness. To this end he has, all this week, been involved in a second series on Radio 4 in which, while playing a game with them, he talks to a number of diverse public figures for whom chess has played a part in their lives. On Monday it was the World Champion Magnus Carlsen and on Thursday it was Sol Campbell, former Arsenal and England footballer. He did a 1st series earlier this year which included boxing champion Lennox Lewis. All ten broadcasts will remain available on the BBC website for at least a year.
By way of introduction, writing in the Radio Times, Lawson links this with the film The Imitation Game, shortly due for UK release, with Benedict Cumberbatch in the part of the mathematician Alan Turing. It concentrates on Turing’s work at Bletchley Park cracking the “unbreakable” Nazi codes, where his line managers included British Chess Champion Hugh Alexander and Sir Stuart Milner-Barry.
Turing was not in their league as a player but left an even greater legacy to the chess world when, in 1952, he developed the first chess program, which he called “Turochamp”. It took half an hour to execute the instructions for each move but it worked, and 45 years later its direct descendant “Deeper Blue” defeated Kasparov himself.
This begs the question as to whether the silicon algorithms have taken over and are killing human creativity. While there is no substitute for human vs human competition, the best players will always be those that harness the computer to help develop their innate skills; to be its master rather than its slave.
Here is the 1997 game in which a computer defeats a world champion in a match for the first time.
White: Deeper Blue. Black G. Kasparov Caro-Kann Defence – Steinitz Var. [B17]
1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nd7 5.Ng5 Ngf6 6.Bd3 e6 7.N1f3 h6?? The blunder that sealed the human’s fate as it allows a known winning sacrifice 8.Nxe6! Qe7 9.0–0 fxe6 10.Bg6+ Kd8 11.Bf4 b5 12.a4 Bb7 13.Re1 Nd5 14.Bg3 Kc8 15.axb5 cxb5 16.Qd3 Bc6 17.Bf5 exf5 18.Rxe7 Bxe7 19.c4 1–0
Last week’s short game ended with 1.Bxf7+ Should Black take the bishop and try to hang on – or not? Black chooses the former 1…Kxf7?? 2.Ng5+ Ke8 and 3.Ne6 traps the queen, a move that Black clearly overlooked. But even if 1…Kf8 2.Ng5 Ndf6 3.Bb3 Nh6 etc. his position is a mess.
In this position from 1882, how does White win in two moves?