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Paignton Congress Day 5

Paignton 2012 has pioneered the English Chess Federation’s new Membership Scheme, which has been two or three years in the making and finally came into force on 1st September, with Paignton starting the very next day. It is perhaps a little too complicated to fully explain here, but most players seem to have taken it on board, and new members are signing up in droves every day.

To some extent, it has been the brainchild of the ECF’s Executive Director, Andrew Farthing; at least, he has been the midwife present at the birth. He had planned to play at Paignton and had paid his entry fee, but the past few weeks, with the birth immanent, have taken their toll on Andrew, and although he has taken the holiday, he feels his constitution is not up to a strenuous 7-round event like this. But he has been around the place most days, enjoying the ambience.

Andrew was brought up in Cheltenham, home to, among other things, a chess club with a rich history. He was born there in 1964 and attended Cheltenham Grammar School. He first went to the town chess club at the age of 11, a shy, quiet child entering a smoke-filled room of elderly gentlemen, too involved in their own game to pay him any heed. Eventually, one old cove came up, put him at ease and had a game with him, even letting him get away with a draw. That man, he was to learn later, was none other than Dr. Jim Aitken,  many times Scottish and West of England Champion.

Andrew went  up to Oxford University to read Modern Languages. On going down, he put all that to one side and joined Lloyds Bank, where he rapidly worked his way up through the ranks, eventually being able to retire at the age of 48 to devote himself to voluntary work such as, though not exclusively, the ECF.

He is due to step down in October when he will have completed 2 years in office. The new Membership Scheme, putting the ECF on a sounder financial footing, in the wake of the withdrawal of the annual government grant, will be his legacy. After retirement he will be able to get back to playing chess in c. 15 congresses  and 130 games per year.

Andrew relaxing on the South Terrace.

Backed by the magnificent south facade.

 In the afternoon, Arkell held Berry with Black to remain clear 1st, while Harari’s good run continued to put him in clear 3rd. Here are the full details. 

Bd   Paignton     Premier  
    Rd. 5        
1 (3½) S. Berry ½ ½ K. C. Arkell (4)
2 (3) R. A. Bates 0 1 Z. Harari (2½)
3 (2) S. P. Dilleigh ½ ½ D. Mackle (2½)
4 (2) D. Ledger 1 0 M. J. Simons (2)
5 (2) D. B. Rosen 1 0 J. Burnett (2)
6 (2) R. A. Barton ½ ½ J. F. Wheeler (2)
7 (1½) D. A. Cutmore ½ ½ D. O. Collier (1½)
8 (1½) A. M. Stone 1 0 M. Healey (1½)
9 (1½) P. R. Kemp 1 0 G. Bolt (1½)
10 (1½) J. Hodgson ½ ½ J. C. Wells (1½)
11 (1½) A. M. Brown 1 0 C. Archer-Lock (1½)
12 (1½) J. P. McKenna 1 0 A. Pickersgill (1½)
13 (1½) A. Crombleholme 1 0 J. W. Waterfield (1½)
14 (1½) I. Lewyk ½ ½ R. J. Webster (1½)
15 (1½) D. Littlejohns ½ ½ T. Spanton (1½)
16 (1½) K. D. Gregory ½ ½ A. Archer-Lock (1½)
17 (1) N. Mahoney 0 1 J. W. Bass (½)
18 (1) M. J. Cutmore 1 0 J. E. Hickman (½)
19 (1) A. W. Brusey ½ ½ C. Herda (½)
20 (½) S. J. Burke 0 1 J. Coburn (½)
21 (0) G. P. Taylor 1 0 M. Shaw (½)
22 (½) bye   1 P. L. Cheshire (0)

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