During the recent West of England Championship I celebrated my Golden Wedding and was able to reassemble the whole wedding party, bridesmaids, Best Man and ushers, which set me thinking on the lines of how some things have changed and some haven’t. The French have a phrase – “Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose” – the more things change, the more they stay the same.
The same applies to the WECU Championship of half a century ago. It was held in Weymouth that year and attracted 94 players, divided into 10 smaller sections, including sections for ladies, girls, juniors, reserves A & B etc. Today, all entries are consolidated into just 3 sections, Open, Major and Minor, based on grade alone.
Many of those players involved at Weymouth have since moved on to the great chequerboard in the sky, of course, but a significant number are still very involved in the game, both as players and organisers. Trefor Thynne, Ivor Annetts, Brian Gosling, John Wheeler, Phil Meade and Leon Burnett, for example, all did well that year and have been very active in westcountry chess ever since. Scillonian David Ellis went on to become Champion the following year before emigrating to Perth, Australia, where he still conducts a chess column in his local paper. Burnett became Champion in 1966 and was still playing strongly in the recent Bristol Congress.
The winner of this game was awarded the Brigadier Morris Trophy for the best game by a junior in 1965. Today, David Shire is a noted problem composer – but what happened to the trophy is a mystery.
White: D. J. Shire. Black: B. G. Gosling. Sicilian Defence – Najdorf Variation.
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 e6 7.f4 Be7 8.Qf3 Qc7 9.0–0–0 Nbd7 10.g4 Rb8 11.Bxf6 Nxf6 12.g5 Nd7 13.Rg1 b5 14.a3 b4 15.axb4 Rxb4 16.Bh3 Nc5 17.f5 All moves so far are identical to the Hindle-Gligoric game at the 1965 Hastings Christmas Congress; the boys really knew the latest opening theory. 17…Qb7 Attacks b2 and prevents e5. For example, Gligoric played 17…Bd7 18.e5! opening up attacking possibilities, and the game went on… 18…d5 19.fxe6 fxe6 20.Nxe6 Bxe6 21.Bxe6 Nxe6 22.Nxd5 and Hindle won, something of a sensation at the time. 18.f6 Bf8 19.b3 Rg8 20.Rde1 gxf6 21.Nd5! Threatening a knight fork on f6. 21…exd5 22.exd5+ And now White proceeds to wreak havoc. 22…Kd8 23.Qxf6+ Kc7 24.Qxf7+ Kb6 25.Qxg8 Bxh3 26.Qxf8 Qc7 27.Nc6! Threatening Re7 1–0.
Last week’s Morphy game ended with a combination that is well-known because of its ingenuity but one that rarely occurs in practice. 1.Qa3+ Kg8 (if Ke8 then Qe8 mate) 2.Ne7+ Kf8 3.Ng6+ Kg8 4.Qf8+ Rxf8 5.Ke7 mate, known as a smothered mate, as the king is hemmed in by its own pieces, in this case the rooks.
Having indicated how rare it is in actual play, here is another example, incredibly also by Morphy – in the same year. Just repeat the drill.
Exmouth hosted a Newton Abbot team, knowing that a win for either side would be enough to win the Mamhead Cup Devon’s Division 2, although Exmouth had the feint comfort that a 2-2 draw would give them the title. To this end, both captains had packed their teams with grading points up to the permitted maximum of 639. Both clubs had their top player on Bd. 1, but the difference then was that Newton Abbot had averaged their next 3 boards, while Exmouth had packed everything they had on to Bds. 2 & 3, and filling in an improving player on Bd. 4, in the hope that he might be able to extract something from his game. Team captain, Oliver Wensley, was unable to fit himself in the team, and was obliged to watch from the sidelines.
This particular hope was not borne out as Blake’s opponent, the rapidly improving Vignesh Ramesh, whose latest rapidplay grade is actually 160+, won and Exmouth went 0-1 down, which put increasing pressure on the other 3. For some time, there seemed little between the sides in each game. Eventually, Mark Abbott, using the greater freedom that his pieces had, managed to conjure up a sharp winning attack, thereby levelling the score.
Bds 1 and 3 both went down to the final seconds of normal time and final minutes of extra time. Stephens was gradually being positionally stifled, as Mackle got a pawn to the 7th and his opponent had to commit a knight to h8 to block it. Eventually he had to concede as Mackle could pick up pawns at will. Shaw had gone a piece up, but Brooks found a lot of counterplay as his pieces were better unified. Shaw had to reconfigure and reorganise his army, which he managed. With c. 2 minutes left for each player he won a central pawn with a knight fork that swapped off queens and immediately after a bishop fork won a rook, and with it the game.
A finish to the match that was as nerve-wracking for the spectators as the players. Thus Exmouth added the Mamhead Cup to the Bremridge Cup they had won a fortnight before.
The match details and resulting league table as follows:
|Mamhead Cup||Div. 2 25.04.15.|
|1||J. K. Stephens||194||0||1||D. Mackle||203|
|2||M. V. Abbott||173||1||0||M. Hui||150|
|3||M. Shaw||170||1||0||P. Brooks||154|
|4||S. Blake||102||0||1||V. Ramesh||132|
|Mamhead Div. 2||1||2||3||4||5||+||-||pts|
Keith Arkell followed up his recent success in the West of England Championship by winning the Bristol Spring Congress last weekend with a maximum 5/5 score; no surprise as he was by far the strongest player involved. In 2nd= place were Juraj Sokolsky (Slovakia), Chris Beaumont (Clifton), Steve Dilleigh (Horfield) and Richard Savory (Downend), all on 3½. Savory was awarded the British Championship Qualifying Place and on tie-break won the Bristol League Trophy for being the highest-placed player from the local league. Grading prizes: (U-176) 1st Theo Slade (Barnstaple). (U-160) 1st Kajetan Wandowicz (Horfield).
Major: (U-155) 1st Max French (Frome). 2nd= Alan Papier (Clifton) & George Georgiou (Swindon). Grading prizes: (U-139) 1st Adrian Walker (Stroud). (U-125) 1st James Galloway. Papier became the Bristol League U-155 Champion.
Minor Section: (U-125) 1st= D. McGeeney (Cabot); G. Mill-Wilson (Yate); R. Ludlow (Trowbridge); A. Sage (Bath); R. Morris-Weston; D. Archer (Godalming); K. Langmaid (Yate) & A. Drummond (Cabot). Grading prizes: (U-108) 1st W. Grant (Frome). U-100: D. Woodruff (Keynsham). Junior prize: Harry Grieve (Guildford). Langmaid became the Bristol League U-125 Champion.
Here is a sharp finish from Rd. 4.
White: K. C. Arkell (234). Black: D. Pugh (184).
1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 c5 3.d5 e6 4.Nc3 a6 5.e4 d6 6.dxe6 Bxe6 7.Ng5 Nc6 8.Nxe6 fxe6 9.Bc4 Qd7 10.a4 0–0–0 An immediate invitation for White to attack on the queenside. 11.Bg5 Be7 12.a5 creating a possible outpost on b6 for his knight. 12…Kb8 Avoiding possible nasty knight checks. 13.0–0 h6 14.Bd2 g5 Black must be doing the same thing on the kingside, but those pawns have a long way to travel. 15.Na4 d5 16.exd5 exd5 17.Be2 Nd4 18.Bc3 Nxe2+ 19.Qxe2 Rhe8 20.Bxf6 Bxf6 21.Qf3 Bd4? 21…Be5 would have avoided material loss and got in a dig at White’s king e.g. 22.Nxc5 Qd6 23.Nd3 Bxh2+. 22.c3 g4 23.Qd3 Be5 24.Nxc5 Qd6 25.b4 Bxh2+ White is not worried by the check, in fact it gains a tempo. 26.Kh1 Be5 27.Rae1 h5 28.Re2 Re7 29.Rfe1 Qf6 30.Kg1 Bd6 Extra defence for the rook with the hope of removing that awkward knight, yet from this fairly even-looking position, the Grandmaster strikes like a cobra and suddenly it’s all over. 31.Rxe7 Bxe7 32.Re6 Qg5 33.Qg3+ Ka7 34.Rxa6+! 1–0 If 34…bxa6 35.Qc7+ Ka8 36.Qb7#.
The solution to last week’s 2-mover was
1.Ng3! If 1…Ke3 2.Bg1#; 1…Ke5 2.Qb2#
1…Nxe4 2.Nf5# or 1… any other knight move 2.Bg1#. The par solving time allowed for the experts was 7 minutes, so how did you compare?
The American, Paul Morphy (1837-1884), is considered one of the all-time chess geniuses. In this game he has neglected his piece development somewhat more than Black (Thomas Jefferson Bryan), yet still wins in 5 moves, even against the best defence.
Devon had a club success at national level for the first time in a number of years last weekend when Newton Abbot won the Major Section of the newly-reformatted National Club Championships. Their Club Secretary, Trefor Thynne reports:-
Holiday Inn, Birmingham Airport, 11th -12th April 2015
A Newton Abbot Perspective:
Newton Abbot Chess Club scored a notable success for Devon chess when they won, at their first attempt, the MAJOR Section (U-175 grade average) at the revamped National Club Championships held in Birmingham over the weekend of 11th – 12th April. The Club’s 1st team was as surprised as anyone by the ease of their victory as they won all four of their matches and finished 3 points clear of the runners-up. Not only that, but the Club’s 2nd team did very well in coming 3rd out of 10 teams in the INTERMEDIATE Section (U-150 grade average).
The idea of entering teams for this event had come about when several of the club’s members decided to do something different from the usual run of local league competitions. The National Club Championships, formerly run like the FA Cup with a season-long knock-out campaign (although with the addition of a Plate competition for Rd. 1 losers) had somewhat lost its cachet with the expansion of the 4NCL, and in 2014 the ECF decided to reinvent the competition as a weekend congress at High Wycombe for club teams. Each team would consist of 4 players and would play 4 matches over the weekend. This year the event switched to the conveniently central location of Birmingham and attracted an increased entry into its 4 sections (Open, Major, Intermediate and Minor).
The Newton Abbot club (which incidentally celebrates its 10th birthday this year) entered two teams whose members were:
MAJOR: Stephen Homer (184); John Fraser (175); Trefor Thynne (168); Matthew Wilson (157). (av. 171)
INTERMEDIATE: Andrew Kinder (146); Wilf Taylor (142); Vignesh Ramesh (138); Jacquie Barber-Lafon (121). (av. 136).
It was noteworthy that each of the two teams contained one of Devon’s best junior players: 17 yr- old John Fraser, already an England international, in the Major team and 14 yr -old Vignesh Ramesh in the Intermediate, both products of Torquay Boys’ Grammar School.
MAJOR SECTION RESULTS:
Rd. 1: Newton Abbot (171) 2½ – 1½ Wanstead and Woodford (173).
(Homer 1; Fraser ½; Wilson 0; Thynne 1)
Rd. 2: Newton Abbot 2½ – 1½ DHSS (167).
(Homer ½; Fraser 1; Wilson ½; Thynne ½)
Rd. 3: Newton Abbot 3 -1 GLCC (173).
(Homer 1; Fraser ½; Thynne ½; Wilson 1).
Rd. 4: Newton Abbot 2½ – 1½ Solihull (169).
(Homer 0; Fraser 1; Thynne ½; Wilson 1).
Individual scores: Homer 2½ Fraser 3 Thynne 2½ Wilson 2½
1st Newton Abbot 8: 2nd Wanstead and Woodford 5: 3rd Drunken Knights
4th Solihull 3: 5th DHSS 2: 6th GLCC 2.
INTERMEDIATE SECTION RESULTS:
Rd. 1: Newton Abbot (136) 1-3 Leamington (125).
(Kinder 0; Taylor 0; Ramesh 0; Barber-Lafon 1).
Rd. 2: Newton Abbot 3 -1 Redditch (135).
(Kinder 1; Taylor ½; Ramesh 1; Barber-Lafon ½).
Rd. 3: Newton Abbot 2½ – 1½ Wanstead & Woodford (144).
(Kinder ½; Taylor 1; Ramesh 0; Barber-Lafon 1)
Rd. 4: Newton Abbot 2 – 2 Sutton Coldfield (144).
(Kinder 0; Taylor 0; Ramesh 1; Barber-Lafon 1).
Individual scores: Kinder 1½; Taylor 1½; Ramesh 2; Barber-Lafon 3½).
1st Sutton Coldfield 7; 2nd Braille Chess Association 6; 3rd Newton Abbot 5; 4th Newport (Salop) 5; 5th Leamington 4; 6th Warley Quinborne 4; 7th Redditch 4; 8th Wanstead & Woodford 2; 9th Wolverhampton 2; 10th GLCC 1:
The pleasing thing about the performance of the Newton Abbot 1st team was the consistency over all 4 boards with no weak link. Each player scored vital wins in closely-fought matches. Considering that the majority of previous winners of this event have come from the powerful south-east of England, this victory is a notable triumph for Westcountry chess (one leading ECF officer present actually asked me after the prize-giving “Where exactly is Newton Abbot? “ I was pleased to reassure him that yes, good chess was played in the far south-west and no, we did not have straw sticking out of our ears!
The club’s second team also exceeded expectations since they had the 3rd lowest average grade of the 10 teams. All four team members contributed wins at vital moments but the outstanding score (3 ½) was that of Devon and West of England Ladies’ Champion on Bd 4, Jacquie Barber-Lafon.
To conclude, the experiment of entering this new-style event can be called a resounding success and it perhaps paves the way for other Devon clubs in the future. Certainly the format was much appreciated by all teams who competed in an enjoyable atmosphere of friendly rivalry. Accommodation (discounted rates on offer for chess players) in the Holiday Inn was excellent, as were the playing conditions in the hotel.
Newton Abbot Chess Club members look forward to defending their title in 2016. Let us hope to see other Devon clubs also take up the challenge of competing on the national stage.
NB: Wilson finished early and left for home, thereby missing the team’s photo opportunity, but the organisers insisted on 4 players being present, so Andrew Kinder appears in both teams below.
In his final game of the recent WECU Championship, Keith Arkell only had to avoid losing in order to win the title outright. Therefore he kept things simple and played patiently, as is his wont.
White: A. W. Brusey (181). Black: K. C. Arkell (234).
Caro-Kann – Advance Variation. [B12]
1.e4 c6 Black’s favourite opening against 1.e4. 2.d4 d5 3.e5 Bf5 4.Nf3 e6 5.Bd3 Bxd3 There is no hesitation in making equal exchanges, in accordance with Plan A. 6.Qxd3 Ne7 7.0–0 Nf5 8.g4 Nh4 9.Bf4 h5 10.g5 Nxf3+ 11.Qxf3 g6 12.h4 Qb6 13.Qb3 c5 14.Nc3 Nd7 15.Be3 cxd4 16.Qxb6 axb6 17.Bxd4 Bc5 18.Bxc5 bxc5 The pattern of exchanges continues. 19.f4 Ke7 20.a4 c4 21.Kg2 Nc5 22.Rfd1 Ra6 23.Ra3 Rd8 24.Kf3 Rb6 25.Ra2 d4 26.Ne4 Nxe4 27.Kxe4 d3 28.Rd2 Rb4 29.c3 Rb6 30.Ra3 Rd5 31.a5 Rc6 32.b3 Kd8 33.bxc4 Rxc4+ 34.Ke3 Kc8 35.Rxd3 Rxd3+ 36.Kxd3 Black will now chip away at the pawns with his better-placed rook. 36…Rxf4 37.a6 bxa6 38.Rxa6 Rxh4 Black is a solitary pawn up, but it will take a lot of patient manoeuvring to make this a telling advantage 39.Ra8+ Kb7 40.Rf8 Rf4 41.Ke3 Rf5 The black rook will use this key square a lot. 42.Ke4 Kc6 43.c4 h4 44.Rc8+ Kb6 45.Rh8 Rxg5 46.Rxh4 Kc5 47.Rh7 Rf5 48.Rh8 Kxc4 49.Rc8+ Kb5 50.Rc7 Kb6 51.Rc1 Kb7 52.Rc2 Rf1 53.Rc3 Re1+ 54.Kd4 Rh1 55.Rc2 Rh8 56.Ke4 g5 57.Kf3 Rh4 58.Rg2 Rf4+ 59.Ke3 Rf5 60.Ke4 Kc6 61.Rd2 Rf1 62.Rg2 Rf4+ 63.Ke3 Kd5 64.Rxg5 Rf5 65.Rg8 Kxe5 66.Ra8 Kf6 0–1. Now that Black’s king is slotted away safely, White has no counterplay and the outcome is certain, though may take more time. In spite of this loss, Brusey had a good tournament, with a 50% score and a Grading Prize.
This was a last round game in the Major Section in which Colin Sellwood was already assured of the top score, but nerves affected both players and it was Wensley who got the trophy on tie-break.
White: O. E. Wensley (151). Black: C. Sellwood (153).
Sicilian Defence – Najdorf Var. [B92]
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be2 e5 7.Nb3 Be7 8.0–0 0–0 9.Be3 Be6 10.Bf3 Qc7 11.Qe2 Bc4 12.Qd2 Bxf1 13.Rxf1 Nbd7 14.g4 b5 15.g5 b4 16.Ne2 Ne8 17.Ng3 g6 18.h4 Nb6 19.Qxb4 Nc4 20.Bc1 Ng7 21.Be2 Rac8 22.Qe1 Ne6 23.Bg4 Rb8 24.c3 Nf4 25.Qd1 a5 26.Ne2 Nxe2+ 27.Qxe2 a4 28.Na1 Nb6 29.Nc2 d5 30.Nb4 Rbd8 31.Nxd5 Nxd5 32.exd5 Rxd5 33.Qe4 Rfd8 34.Qxa4 Bc5 35.Qe4 Ba7 36.h5 Qe7 37.Be2 Kh8 38.h6 f5 39.gxf6 Qxf6 40.Qg2 g5 41.Bxg5 Qxg5 42.Qxg5 Rg8 43.Qxg8+ Kxg8 44.Bc4 1–0
“In last week’s position, Arkell missed 1…Nxg3!, and although he’s left his queen hanging 2…Rxe2 is mate.”
The British Chess Problem Solving Championship was held recently at Eton College. The level of difficulty was particularly high this year, and at the end the 1, 2, 3 were the familiar faces of Grandmasters Mestel, McDowell and Nunn, with local solvers being David Hodge, formerly of Exminster (10th), Jon Lawrence of Torquay (18th) and Quentin Thwaites of Totnes (31st).
This was the 2nd of the 2-movers in the “easier” 1st round.
After wins against Newton Abbot and Tiverton, and a streaky draw against Exeter, Exmouth went into their last match knowing that even a narrow loss would leave them 1st= on match points, while even a draw would make them champions again. As the teams assembled at Teignmouth’s venue, the Alice Cross Day Centre, there was nervous banter between the players, with some mention of the possible odds on a 6-0 win for Exmouth, but this was only gallows humour from some of the home team; Exmouth were taking nothing for granted.
The only presumption was to be taking a team photograph with the cup, but this was only because it was probably the only time the team would all be present in the same place at the same time. Naturally, it wouldn’t be used if Exmouth lost the match. To keep things even-handed, a team photo was taken of the Teignmouth team as well. (see below).
As the match got under way, a win seemed some way off, as Ingham & Underwood played a quick draw and went off to do other things, while Wensley, otherwise the in-form player, went a piece down against the dangerous Bramley, and there were no discernable advantages to Exmouth in the other 4 games – at that point. Nor could Gosling make any headway against Prior and a draw was agreed. So where was a won game, let alone a won match coming from? However, after 3+ hours play, games 3 to 5 all went the visitors’ way in rapid succession, as grades and experience told in the long run. Wensley recovered his piece and won with Q+R on the 7th rank. Martin was able to pick up pawns in the endgame and broke through, while Scott forced a series of errors from his opponent. With the match won, it left Stephens and Brusey playing for pride, neither willing to concede anything. They played an endgame right through to the last minutes of extra time, until Brusey’s flag fell in a losing position, while Stephens had about 3 minutes left.
A 5-1 result was about what one might expect, looking at the team sheets, but it was mighty hard work getting there.
|1||Alan W. Brusey||176||0||1||John K. Stephens||196|
|2||H. Bill Ingham||168||½||½||Jon Underwood||180|
|3||Norman F. Tidy||127||0||1||Steve Martin||175|
|4||Graham Bramley||117||0||1||Oliver E. Wensley||151|
|5||John Ariss||117||0||1||Chris J. Scott||154|
|6||Mike T. Prior||116||½||½||Brian G. Gosling||148|
The final table was as follows:-
|Bremridge Cup Div. 1: 2015||Game points|
|▼players. Rd ►||1||2||3||4|
The West of England Championship and Congress took place over the Easter weekend at its usual venue of the Royal Beacon Hotel, Exmouth. The final prize list held few major surprises, though the games were well-contested. The winners were as follows (all scores out of 7).
Open: 1st Keith Arkell (234) Paignton 6½.
2nd Jack Rudd (221) Barnstaple 5½.
3rd= Richard McMichael (221) Kings Head & Theo Slade (178) Barnstaple both 4½. Grading prizes – U-187:
1st Richard Savory (179) Downend 4. U-1994: 1st= Alan Brusey –Teignmouth; Meyrick Shaw Exmouth & Graham Bolt Railways. Theo Slade accepted the British Championship Qualifying Place.
Major Section (U-175): 1st= Oliver Wensley (151) Exmouth & Colin Sellwood (153) Camborne both 5½. 3rd= Ray Gamble (160) Derby; Mark Potter (154); Tony Packham (169) GLCC; Matthew Wilson (157) Newton Abbot; Max French (154) Frome & Jamie Morgan (149) Penwith. Grading Prizes: (U-158); Tim Woodward (150) Trowbridge. (U-148): John Nyman (147) King’s Head.
Minor Section (U-140): 1st Chris Snook-Lumb (129) Swindon. 2nd Nigel Dicker. 127 Glastonbury
3rd= Barry Sandercock (133) & Duncan Cooper (119). GP (U-130) Tim Crouch (129) King’s Head; R. Hunt (129); Paul Foster (127) Medway & Peter Dimond (123) Bath. (U-123): Terry Greenaway (118) Torquay. (U-110): John Harris(109) Stroud; Hazel Welch (105) Seaton & Martyn Maber (100) Taunton.
This was the 14 yr old Theo Slade’s Rd. 2 game against the seasoned Grandmaster, the bottom-rated player against the top.
White: T. L. Slade. Black: K. C. Arkell.
Caro-Kann Defence [B17].
1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nd7 5.Ng5 Ngf6 6.Bd3 Nb6 7.N1f3 Bg4 8.Qe2 Bh5 9.h3 h6 10.g4 hxg5 11.gxh5 Rxh5 12.Nxg5 Qxd4 13.Ne6 Qd6 If 13…fxe6 14.Bg6+ disturbing the king and winning a rook, which looks a horror show for Black but after 14…Kd8 15.Bxh5 Nxh5 16.Be3 Qb4+ 17.c3 Qb5 18.Bxb6+ axb6 19.0–0–0+ Kc7 20.Qxe6 and Black has 2 minor pieces for a rook, often an advantage, depending on where the pieces in question are situated. This game is a good example of that. 14.Bf4 Qxe6 15.Qxe6 fxe6 16.Bg6+ Kd7 17.Bxh5 Nxh5 18.0–0–0+ Ke8 19.Be5 g6 20.Rhg1 Kf7 21.Rd4 Now Black’s pieces spring into action. 21…Bh6+ 22.Kd1 Nf6 23.c4 Nbd7 24.Bxf6 Nxf6 25.Re1 Rh8 26.Kc2 Bg7 27.Rd3 Rh4 28.b3 Rf4 29.Re2 Ne4 30.Rd7 Nc5 31.Rd1 a5 32.Rh1 Bd4 33.Rh2 g5 34.Rg2 Bf6 35.Rg4 Rf5 36.a3 e5 37.b4 axb4 38.axb4 Ne6 Threatening Nd4+. 39.Kc1 Nf4 40.Ra2 b5 41.cxb5 cxb5 The knight is ready to mop up White’s pawns via d3 or h3. 0–1
Last week’s game ended 1.Nxd6! attacking the rook, and if 1…PxN White can swap off all the kingside pieces and his b-pawn romps home to queen.
Keith Arkell played faultlessly at Exmouth, but even GMs can overlook things at times, and in this recent position he missed Black’s best move. Can you improve on 1…Be6?
The results of the morning games, with its 5 draws, led to a certain bunching up of scores, behind the sole leader, Keith Arkell. In the last game to finish, Slade pushed Mackle to the limit, but with only a few minutes of extra time left, a draw was agreed, with Slade having the only piece on the board. The withdrawal of Fallowfield jr. meant that a bye was created and this fell to Maurice Staples. He got the full point, but had a meaningful game against a player with a bye in the Minor. By chance (no pun intended), this happened to be Hazel Welch, which meant that a former WECU Champion was playing a former WECU Ladies Champion, and that doesn’t happen often.
|Open – Rd. 3|
|1||Arkell, Keith CC||2493||(2)||½ – ½||Rudd, Jack||2251||(1½)|
|2||Smith, Andrew P||2132||(1½)||½ – ½||Menadue, Jeremy FS||2043||(1½)|
|3||Shaw, Meyrick||1980||(1½)||½ – ½||Bolt, Graham||1989||(1)|
|4||Mackle, Dominic||2248||(1)||½ – ½||Slade, Theo||1962||(1)|
|5||Bartlett, Simon||1961||(1)||0 – 1||McMichael, Richard J||2176||(1)|
|6||Brusey, Alan W||1991||(1)||½ – ½||Dilleigh, Stephen P||2106||(1)|
|7||Bass, John W||2013||(1)||0 – 1||Thompson, Robert||1995||(½)|
|8||Littlejohns, David P||1983||(½)||1 – 0||Savory, Richard J||2100||(½)|
|9||Staples, Maurice J||2006||(½)||1 –|
The afternoon saw 5 wins, with the 3 titled players starting to edge ahead, while Brusey and Bolt continued their good run of form.
|Open Rd. 4|
|1||Menadue, Jeremy FS||2043||(2)||0 – 1||Arkell, Keith C||2493||(2½)||1|
|2||Rudd, Jack||2251||(2)||1 – 0||Shaw, Meyrick||1980||(2)||17|
|3||Staples, Maurice J||2006||(1½)||0 – 1||Smith, Andrew P||2132||(2)||5|
|4||Dilleigh, Stephen P||2106||(1½)||½ – ½||Mackle, Dominic||2248||(1½)||3|
|5||McMichael, Richard J||2176||(2)||1 – 0||Littlejohns, David P||1983||(1½)||15|
|6||Thompson, Robert||1995||(1½)||0 – 1||Brusey, Alan W||1991||(1½)||13|
|7||Bolt, Graham||1989||(1½)||1 – 0||Bartlett, Simon||1961||(1)||19|
|8||Savory, Richard J||2100||(½)||½ – ½||Bass, John W||2013||(1)||10|
|9||Slade, Theo||1962||(1½)||1 –|
After a few words of welcome by the Union’s out-going General Secretary, the show got on the road at exacty 10 a.m. There had been a few late entries balanced by 4 even later withdrawals. The average grade of the 18 entries in the Open was 190 (ECF) which made this the strongest Open section for many years. There were 4 former champions involved, Arkell, Rudd and Mackle, of course, from recent years, but they were joined by Maurice Staples who had played in the event 18 times several decades ago, and became WECU Champion in 1979.
This overall strength was borne out when Rd. 1, usually the occasion for much bloodshed in any Swiss event, ended with only 3 wins. The surprise of the round was prbably Alan Brusey’s win over McMichael.
|Open – Round 1|
|1||Arkell, Keith C||2493||(0)||1 – 0||Bass, John W||2013||(0)|
|2||Staples, Maurice J||2006||(0)||½ – ½||Rudd, Jack||2251||(0)|
|3||Mackle, Dominic||2248||(0)||½ – ½||Thompson, Robert||1995||(0)|
|4||Brusey, Alan W||1991||(0)||1 – 0||McMichael, Richard J||2176||(0)|
|5||Smith, Andrew P||2132||(0)||½ – ½||Bolt, Graham||1989||(0)|
|6||Shaw, Meyrick||1980||(0)||½ – ½||Dilleigh, Stephen P||2106||(0)|
|7||Fallowfield, Jeremy R||2072||(0)||0 – 1||Slade, Theo||1962||(0)|
|8||Bartlett, Simon||1961||(0)||½ – ½||Menadue, Jeremy FS||2043||(0)|
|9||Savory, Richard J||2100||(0)||½ -|
|10||Littlejohns, David P||1983||(0)||½ -|
The afternoon round was preceded by a presentation to Jack Rudd of the handsome trophy awarded to Devon’s Champion of Champions. This is competed for, on a knock-out basis, by the Champions of each club affiliated to DCCA. Jack represented Barnstaple’s interests and the shield was handed over by Keith Arkell. (see photo below). This 2nd round proved different inasmuch as there were only 2 draws, and when play was over for the day, Arkell was left as the only one on 2/2 points.
|Open – Round 2|
|1||Slade, Theo||1962||(1)||0 – 1||Arkell, Keith CC||2493||(1)|
|2||Menadue, Jeremy FS||2043||(½)||1 – 0||Brusey, Alan W||1991||(1)|
|3||Rudd, Jack||2251||(½)||1 – 0||Littlejohns, David P||1983||(½)|
|4||Bolt, Graham||1989||(½)||½ – ½||Mackle, Dominic||2248||(½)|
|5||Thompson, Robert||1995||(½)||0 – 1||Smith, Andrew P||2132||(½)|
|6||Dilleigh, Stephen P||2106||(½)||½ – ½||Bartlett, Simon||1961||(½)|
|7||Savory, Richard J||2100||(½)||0 – 1||Shaw, Meyrick||1980||(½)|
|8||McMichael, Richard J||2176||(0)||1 – 0||Staples, Maurice J||2006||(½)|
|9||Bass, John W||2013||(0)||1 –|
|10||Fallowfield, Jeremy R||2072||(0)||½ –|
The prizewinners in the 34th Teignmouth Rapidplay Congress, played on Saturday 28th March, were as follows:
|Steve Homer||194||Newton Abbot||4½|
|GP (A)||Meyrick Shaw||164||Exmouth||4|
|GP (B)||Rob Wilby||142||Plymouth||3|
|U-14||Vignesh Ramish||161||Newton Abbot||3|
|GP (A)||Kelvin Hunter||120||Tiverton|
|GP (B)||Gary Behan||99||Plymouth||3½|
|U-14||Nandaja Narayanan||94||Newton Abbot||3|
The cross tables, generated by Tournament Director, are here:-
A = Player’s score
B = Number of graded games played
C = Total grading points
D = Performance Grade
|2||Homer, Stephen J||194C||b21+||w20=||b3+||w9+||b4+||w1-||4½||6||1220||203|
|4||Piper, Stephen J||185C||w18+||b16+||w8+||b1=||w2-||b9=||4||6||1116||186|
|8||Lingham, Richard H||0||w7+||w17+||b4-||w10+||b1=||w3-||3½||6||290||48|
|12||Pollyn, Stephen M||143F||b10-||b13=||w7-||w21+||b18+||w15=||3||6||979||163|
|14||Wilby, Robert G||142A||b5-||w21+||b17-||w19+||b10-||w16+||3||6||959||160|
|16||Bowley, John R||142C||w11+||w4-||b6-||b18=||w15=||b14-||2||6||874||146|
|17||Brusey, Alan W||181A||w22+||b8-||w14+||b5-||w13-||b7-||2||6||818||136|
|18||Dean, Steve K||151B||b4-||w6=||b21=||w16=||w12-||b19=||2||6||825||138|
|19||Keen, Charles E||145A||w9-||b11-||w15=||b14-||b22+||w18=||2||6||864||144|
|20||Senior, Neville N||145C||w15+||b2=||w9-||b13=||w7-||b11-||2||6||939||157|
|21||Annetts, Ivor S||154A||w2-||b14-||w18=||b12-||w11-||b22+||1½||6||793||132|
|2||Macarthur, Duncan M||134||b11+||w28+||b8+||w4+||b5+||w3-||5||6||902||150|
|3||McKinley, Chris TJ||123||w20+||b13=||w18=||b7+||w17+||b2+||5||6||864||144|
|4||Derrick, Neil D||137||w10+||b26+||w5=||b2-||w13+||b15+||4½||6||845||141|
|6||Wilson, Matthew R||134||w13-||b24+||w16+||b5-||w26+||b17+||4||6||731||122|
|7||Alexander, Ken RD||128||b27-||w22+||b10+||w3-||b11=||w20+||3½||6||687||115|
|10||George, John Michael||110||b4-||w23+||w7-||b30+||w12=||b19+||3½||6||706||118|
|11||Jones, Sidney A||112||w2-||b25=||w30=||b24+||w7=||b16+||3½||6||655||109|
|13||Maber, Martyn J||106||b6+||w3=||b1-||w21+||b4-||w22+||3½||6||754||126|
|14||Blackmore, Joshua P||89||b1=||b15=||w19=||b12=||w16-||b26+||3||6||704||117|
|18||Rickard, Macey J||103||b9+||w21=||b3=||w8-||w15-||b25+||3||6||644||107|
|19||McGeeney, David B||122||b22+||w8-||b14=||w28+||b1-||w10-||2½||6||562||94|
|20||Thorpe-Tracey, Stephen F||99||b3-||w9-||b23+||w25=||b21+||b7-||2½||6||557||93|
|21||Waters, Roger G||116||w29+||b18=||w17-||b13-||w20-||b24+||2½||6||510||85|
|24||Haines, Matthew A||82||w5-||w6-||b29+||w11-||b28+||w21-||2||6||523||87|
|25||Hay, Curtis J||0||b28-||w11=||b22-||b20=||w29+||w18-||2||6||138||23|
|29||Pollyn, William D||38||b21-||b12-||w24-||w23-||b25-||b30+||1||6||110||18|
|30||Webster, Alan F||76||b31=||w17-||b11=||w10-||b27-||w29-||1||6||375||63|