It’s the first week of September; it’s Torbay; so it must be time for the Paignton Congress.
True enough, but this year there are fundamental changes. For the 1st time it’s not at Oldway Mansion – it’s not even in Paignton, but at the Livermead Hotel, near Torquay railway station. Inevitably, entries are down, mostly because of the proximity in time and distance, of the British Championships, held recently just a few hundred metres from this very spot. Players coming from a distance would probably need to be highly motivated to make the long journey twice in a month. However, a late surge has brought the numbers up to c. 150.
Apparently, two of them reported to an empty Oldway Mansion, presumably out of force of habit, or maybe just curiosity, but by 13.45 everyone was in place for the welcoming remarks of the DCCA President, Paul Brooks.
These pictures set the scene……
The games in the Premier Section went thus:-
|Paignton Premier||Rd. 1|
|1||K. C. Arkell||237||1||0||C. Fegan||180|
|2||J. C. Wells||180||½||½||S. R. Berry||214|
|3||D. Mackle||204||1||0||S. J. Burke||169|
|4||A. Pickersgill||172||0||1||F. Rayner||198|
|5||S. Dilleigh||188||½||½||R. Thompson||186|
|6||A. W. Brusey||181||½||½||P. R. Kemp||189|
|7||A. Crombleholme||180||1||0||S. Bartlett||174|
|8||A. M. Hibbitt||161||½||½||A. M. Brown||186|
|9||B. Macreamoinn||178||0||1||J. Fraser||163|
|10||M. S. Pollard||146||½||½||J. W. Bass||176|
|11||D. Littlejohns||186||1||0||T. Slade||162|
|12||P. Cheshire||133||0||1||T. Spanton||174|
|15||C. J. A. Jones||182||bye||½|
|16||P. J. Gregory||173||bye||½|
|17||J. A. Coburn||149||bye||½|