The 61st Paignton Congress starts on Sunday next at 2 p.m. with entries having now passed the 200 mark.
On-line coverage will be a little more co-ordinated this year, with Bill Frost concentrating on getting the game scores up onto his chessdevon website as soon as he can, while I shall be doing on-the-spot reports and photographs. I hope to be able to do this more quickly than ever before, using the pay-as-you-go “dongle” purchased at the weekend. If this works as planned, I should be able to get photographs of players and pairing boards onto this site within minutes of being taken (fingers crossed).
If all goes according to plan, this approach should make the event more immediately accessible to surfers.
A special effort was made last year, of course, to celebrate the event’s 60th anniversary, with an increased prize funds and extra attractions like the Michael Adams simul and a commemorative book recording the history of the event and its venue (still available from all good chess booksellers – in case of difficulty, copies may be obtained from me :: just e-mail me on firstname.lastname@example.org. )