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13th Beacon Seniors Congress Results (17.11.2012.)

The 13th Seniors Congress took place at the Royal Beacon Hotel, Exmouth last week, and the winners were as follows:-

Seniors Section: (All scores out of 5)

1st= R. Everson (165 – Dartford); I. McAllan (175 – Sidcup); K. Norman (189 Wokingham); N. Stephenson (190 Middlesbrough); M. J. Yeo (203 – Ringwood). All 4 pts. Grading prizes 154–119: 1st= I. S. Annetts (152 – Tiverton); J. G. Gorodi (148 – Newton Abbot); T. J. Holt (146 Birmingham). All 3½. U-119: 1st= A. Fraser (113 Beckenham); P. Gordon (116 – Isle of Wight). 2½. Slow Starter: W. H. Ingham (158 – Teignmouth) 3.

“Juniors” Section (50-somethings): 1st= S. Bartlett (165 – Newquay); J. Wells (184 – N.Norfolk); D. Wise (188 – Middlesbrough); all 3½. Gradng prize: U-160: 1st       C. Sellwood (130 – Camborne). 3.

The Seniors event finished on Friday afternoon and many of the competitors went straight on to Torquay to take part in the Torbay Congress that started that same evening. The Open Section was won jointly by John Stephens (Exmouth) and Neil Carr (Chelmsford). Stephens thus qualifies for the 100th British Championship, due to be held at the Riviera Centre next summer.

This Round 4 game had a bearing on the eventual prizelist.

White: K. I. Norman (189); Black: R. J. Everson (165).

Zukertort Opening – English Variation.

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.d4 Bg7 4.g3 0–0 5.Bg2 d6 6.Nc3 c6 7.0–0 Nbd7 8.e4 Qc7 9.h3 e5 10.Be3 a6 11.Qc2 Re8 12.dxe5 Nxe5 13.Nxe5 dxe5 14.c5 Be6 15.b3 Rad8 16.Rac1 Nd7 17.Na4 Nf8 18.Nb2 Kh8 19.Nc4 Bxc4 20.Qxc4 Ne6 21.h4 Nd4 22.Bh3 Nf3+ 23.Kg2 Nd2 24.Bxd2 Rxd2 25.Rc2 Red8 26.Qc3 R2d4 27.Re1 Bh6 28.Ree2 Qe7 29.Qa5 Qf6 30.Kh2 Rd1 31.Qb6 R8d7 Seemingly a proffered gift, but unacceptable, for if 32.Bxd7 Qf3 with a forced mate. R8d7 32.Kg2 R7d3 33.Kh2 Bf4 Another temptation, but if 34.gxf4 Qxf4+ 35.Kg2 Qf3+ 36.Kh2 Qxh3 mate 34.Qxb7 Rxg3 35.fxg3 Bxg3+ reaching the diagrammed position below.

Win, loss or draw?

After his brilliant sacrificial attack, Black offers this third gift, but assumed that if it were accepted he would be 2 pieces down, so lost his nerve and offered a draw. This was immediately accepted, because White had seen something that Black had overlooked. What did he miss?

13th Seniors Congress Day 5

  

The venue

 

After a few opening remarks, thanking everyone concerned,  play got under way at the earlier time of 10 a.m., a fact that no-one forgot or overlooked. The way the last round results  panned out meant there were multiple ties at several levels, a fact that decreased the amounts involved, although the committee did enhance the amounts. On the other hand, more players (15) got at least something for their toil and trouble.

There were a few quick draws, as people wished to make an early start for home, while no less than 20 players (nearly one third of the total) went on to Torquay for the Torbay Congress that started the same evening.

Here are the details:

Bd Round 5          
1 Stephenson, N (3½) ½ ½ McAllan, I (3½)
2 Toms, D. A. (3) 0 1 Yeo, M. J. (3)
3 Price, A (3) 0 1 Norman, K (3)
4 Everson, R. J. (3) 1 0 Norman, Mrs. D (3)
5 Gorodi, J. G. (2) 1 0 Stonehouse, T (3)
6 Gamble, R (2½) ½ ½ Namouk, O (2½)
7 Chadaway, S (2½) ½ ½ O’Gorman, B (2½)
8 Page, M (2½) 1 0 Shaddick, J (2½)
9 Sherriff, A (2½) ½ ½ Hibbitt, A (2½)
10 Sandercock, B (2½) 0 1 Annetts, I. S. (2½)
11 Fraser, A (2½) 0 1 Holt, T. J (2½)
12 Wiltshire, M (2) 1 0 Burt, D (2)
13 Ingham, W (2) 1 0 Andrews, G (2)
14 Openshaw, D (2) 1 0 Welch, Mrs. H (2)
15 Tidy, N. F. (2) 0 1 Hurn, R. (2)
16 Robertson, J (2) 1 0 Harris, W (2)
17 Jones, R. H. (1½) ½ ½ Jones, S (1½)
18 Ryan, R. A. (1½) 0 1 Stephenson, B (1½)
19 Cox, Mrs. M (1½) 0 1 Roberts, M (1)
20 Gosling, B. G. (1) 1 0 Waters, R (1)
21 Leggett, P (1) ½ ½ Purry, N (½)
22 Maloney, T (1) 1 0 Lucas, P (1)
23 Gordon, P (2) ½ ½ Kearsley, R (2)
24 Carrick, P (½) 1 0 Herschmann, H (½)
25 Kaye, M (1½) ½ ½ O’Grady, J (1½)
             
Byes     1      

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prizewinners

Seniors Section

1st=     R. J. Everson           165      Dartford                     4/5 pts                       

             I. McAllan                 175      Sidcup                        4          

            K. I. Norman             189      Wokingham              4 

            N. F. Stephenson     190      Middlesbrough      4 

            M. J. Yeo                     203      Ringwood                4 

 Grading prizes 154 – 119: 

 1st=  I. S. Annetts                152      Tiverton                   3½                    

            J. G. Gorodi                 148      Newton Abbot       3½ 

            T. J. Holt                      146      Birmingham              3½ 

 U-119: 

1st=      A. R. Fraser                113      Beckenham              2½ 

            P. L. Gordon                116      Isle of Wight             2½ 

 Slow Starter: 

1st        W. H. Ingham             158      Teignmouth            3   

“Juniors” Section:  

1st=      S. Bartlett                    165      Newquay                 3½ 

              J. C. Wells                  184       N. Norfolk                3½ 

             D. Wise                       188        Middlesbrough         3½ 

 Grading prize: U-160:  

1st        C. Sellwood                 130      Camborne                 3  

All Rd. 5 games playable here ▼ 

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13th Seniors Congress Day 4

A feature of the “Juniors” section is its closeness, with 6 players in the joint lead on 2 points. Meanwhile, in the Seniors, the story of the round was the win by Norman Stephenson with Black against Yeo, which puts him in the clear lead. He shouldn’t have too much trouble getting a half point with the White pieces to guarantee at least a share of 1st prize. Yet logic has played little part in the proceedings so far, so expect anything.

A key game was played out on the adjacent board, where Everson offered sacrifices left and right, but lost his nerve at the last minute when he felt he might have over-reached himself by going two pieces down, and offered a draw. Norman shook his hand immediately, because he had seen the forced win that Everson had overlooked.

The results are as follows, and all Round 4 games are playable here ▼

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Bd Round 4          
1 Yeo, M (3) 0 1 Stephenson, N (2½)
2 Norman, K (2½) ½ ½ Everson, R (2½)
3 McAllan, I (2½) 1 0 Fraser, A (2½)
4 Holt, T. J. (2) ½ ½ Page, M (2)
5 Shaddick, J (2) ½ ½ Sandercock, B (2)
6 Stonehouse, T (2) 1 0 Tidy, N. F. (2)
7 Welch, Mrs. H (2) 0 1 Toms, D. A. (2)
8 Andrews, G (2) 0 1 Price, A (2)
9 Annetts, I. S (2) ½ ½ Robertson, J (1½)
10 Burt, D (2) 0 1 Norman, Mrs. D (2)
11 Stephenson, B (1½) 0 1 Gamble, R (1½)
12 O’Gorman, B (1½) 1 0 Gosling, B. G (1)
13 Harris, W (1½) ½ ½ Openshaw, D (1½)
14 Hibbitt, A (1½) 1 0 Jones, R. H. (1½)
15 Jones, S. (1½) 0 1 Gorodi, J. G. (1½)
16 Ryan, R. A. (1½) 0 1 Sherriff, A (1½)
17 Cox, R (1½) 0 1 Chadaway, S (1½)
18 Namouk, O (1½) 1 0 Waters, R (1)
19 Roberts, M (1) 0 1 Wiltshire, M (1)
20 Cox, M (1) 0 1 Ingham, W (1)
21 Kearsley, R (1) 1 0 Moloney, T (1)
22 O’Grady, J (½) 1 0 Carrick, P (½)
23 Purry, N (½) 0 1 Kaye, M (½)
24 Hurn, R (1½) ½ ½ Gordon, P (1½)
25 Herschmann, H (½) 0 1 Lucas, P (0)
             
Byes Leggett, P (0) 1      
             
             
             
             
  “Juniors”          
1 Burton, R (2)     Wise, D (2)
2 Sellwood, C (2) ½ 1 Wells, J (2)
3 Heppell, I (2) ½ ½ Bartlett, S (2)
4 Orr, J   (1½) 0 1 Greenland, G (1½)
5 Ariss, J (1) 0 1 Dean, S (1)
             
  Rogers, D   bye (½) 1      

13th Senior Congress Day 3

The draw for this round illustrated the crazy logic that often pervades this particular event, more so than a typical weekender. All grades are mixed in together, only the accellerated Swiss pairing in the first 2 rounds keeping top and bottom apart. However, it is easy to forget that many a modestly-graded octogenarian, in all likelihood had a much higher graded in their prime, and every so often will pull out a little gem of a game, worthy of their best. Nothing can be taken for granted in the Seniors – let the unwary beware!

So here we see two experienced 150+ players on “null points”, fighting for the Slow Starter prize, while two modest grades on Bd. 5 challenging for the lead. It’s crazy, but great fun.

Having come all the way from Holland to play, Wim Velker, was taken ill on Tuesday evening, and took a bye for Rd. 3 but later phoned in to say that the illness was persisting and would have to withdraw and return home.

Bd Round 3          
1 M. Page (2) 0 1 Yeo, M (2)
2 Stephenson, N (2) ½ ½ Everson, R (2)
3 Chadaway, S. (1½) 0 1 Norman, K (2)
4 Robertson, J (1½) 0 1 McAllan, I (1½)
5 Fraser, A (1½) 1 0 Jones, S (1½)
6 Tidy, N. F. (1) 1 0 O’ Gorman, B (1½)
7 Toms, D. A. (1½)     Holt, T. J. (1)
8 Price, A (1½) ½ ½ Shaddick, J (1)
9 Norman, Mrs. D (1½) ½ ½ Welch, Mrs. H (1½)
10 Gosling, B. G. (1) 0 1 Andrews, G (1)
11 Wiltshire, M (1)     Harris, W (1)
12 Waters, R (1) 0 1 Stonehouse, (1)
13 Sandercock, B (1) 1 0 Cox, Mrs. M (1)
14 Namouk, O (1) ½ ½ Ryan, R. A. (1)
15 Maloney (1) 0 1 Burt, D (1)
16 Jones, R. H. (1) ½ ½ Kearsley, R. J (½)
17 Gamble, R (1) 1 0 O’Grady, J (½)
18 Openshaw, D (½) 1 0 Carrick, P (½)
19 Gorodi, J. G. (½) 1 0 Purry, N (½)
20 Kaye, M (½) 0 1 Hurn, R (½)
21 Leggett, P (0) 0 1 Roberts, M (0)
22 Lucas, P (0) 1 0 Ingham, W (0)
23 Gordon, P (1) ½ ½ Hibbitt, A (1)
24 Herschmann, H (½) 0 1 Sherriff, A ()
             
Byes Cox, R   1      
  Annetts, I, S   ½      
  Velker, W   ½      
  Stephenson   ½      
             
  “Juniors”          
1 Wise, D (1) ½ ½ Bartlett, S (1½)
2 Wells, J (1½) ½ ½ Heppell, I (1½)
3 Ariss, J (1) 0 1 Burton, R (1)
4 Dean, S (1)     Sellwood, C (1)
5 Greenland, G (½) 1 0 Rogers, D. R. (½)
             
  Orr, J   bye (½) 1      
             

All Rd. 3 games playable here ▼

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The 3 lady competitors were all lined up in Round 3. Mesdames Cox, Norman & Welch.

Dinah Norman vs Hazel Welch alongside Gosling v Andrews.

Bd. 1: Martin Page vs Mike Yeo, who seems destined to occupy that table throughout.

Alan Fraser vs Sid Jones on Bd. 5 finished with Fraser in joint 2nd place.

13th Seniors Congress Day 2

Before play started, Messrs Smith & Jones, Arbiter and Organiser respectively, spent time working out the budget, bearing in mind the likely expenses and the nature of the prizes offered. It was necessary to work out “natural breaks” in the grading list where the Grading Prize limits will fall.  In addition, Chris Carr, a regular competitor, who entered late and withdrew even later due to a short notice hospital appointment for a major operation, offered his entry fee to the event, and this will be added to the prizes. Hence there will be a £25 Slow Starter prize, open to anyone who loses their first two games. This gives everyone something to fight for right to the end.  Details will be posted tomorrow.

Also determined today was that next year’s event is definitely booked for Monday 4th November 2013 – all other arrangements remain the same.

The Rd. 2 results were as follows:

Bd Round 2          
1 Yeo, M (1) 1 0 Gosling, B. G. (1)
2 Hibbitt, A (1) 1 0 Stephenson, N (1)
3 Stonehouse, T (1) 0 1 M. Page (1)
4 Chadaway, S. (1) ½ ½ Toms, D. A. (1)
5 Everson, R (1) 1 0 Gamble, R (1)
6 Norman, K (1) 1 0 Jones, R. H. (0)
7 McAllan, I (½) 1 0 Stephenson, B (1)
8 Velker, W (½) 1 0 Tidy, N. F. (1)
9 Kearsley, R (0) ½ ½ Fraser, A (1)
10 Annetts, I. S. (½) 1 0 Waters. R (1)
11 Hurn, R (0) ½ ½ Welch, Mrs. H (1)
12 Holt, T. J. (½) 1 0 Openshaw, D (½)
13 Sherriff, A (½) 0 1 Price, A (½)
14 Ingham, W (0) 0 1 Norman, Mrs. D (½)
15 Robertson, J (½) 1 0 Roberts, M (0)
16 Harris, W (½) 0 1 Sandercock, B (0)
17 O’Grady (½) 0 1 Wiltshire, M (0)
18 Carrick, P (½) 0 1 Namouk, O (0)
19 Ryan, R. A. (½) ½ ½ Cox, R (0)
20 Burt, D (0) 1 0 Lucas, P (0)
21 Andrews, G (0) 1 0 Kaye, M (½)
22 Cox, Mrs. M (0) 1 0 Leggett, P (0)
23 O’Gorman (½) 1 0 Gordon, P (1)
24 Purry, N (0) ½ ½ Herschmann, H (0)
25 Maloney  bye (0) 1     ()
             
             
  “Juniors”          
1 Bartlett, S (1) ½ ½ Wells, J (1)
2 Wise, D (½) ½ 0 Orr, D (½)
3 Heppell, I (½) 1 0 Greenland, G (½)
4 Burton, R (½) ½ ½ Sellwood, C (½)
5 Rogers, D. R. (0) ½ ½ Dean, S (½)
             
  Ariss, J   bye (0) 1      
             

All Rd. 2 games playable here ▼

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Seniors Bd. 1: Yeo vs Gosling.

East meets West: "Juniors" Bd. 1: Bartlett (Cornwall) vs Wells (Norfolk).

Mike Kaye is clearly shocked by Garth Andrews' move. Marian Cox v Leggett on next board.

Jim O'Grady on his way to a loss against Mike Wiltshire.

13th Seniors Congress Day 1

Preparations for this year’s Seniors Congress at the Royal Beacon Hotel, Exmouth, were going quite smoothly up to the last few minutes before the scheduled start at 1 p.m.  With c. 30 minutes to go, at which point little gremlins started to appear. Players who thought they’d entered, but hadn’t, turned up, while some who had entered pulled out at the last minute (one had been rushed into hospital for a major operation [unstandable] while another had just become a grandfather [somewhat less so]).  One minute the overall numbers were odd, requiring a bye, then an unexpected entry arrived, evening things up, then another withdrew, bringing a bye back into the equation. Another player arrived 45 minutes late, thinking he was early for a 2 p.m. start. Who’d be a controller at a Seniors Convention?! but Ewart Smith took it all in his stride.

Eventually, after a few welcoming remarks, the show got on the road and a mighty hush descended.

The early results were as follows:

  Seniors Rd. 1        
1 Ingham, W (0) 0 1 Yeo, M (0)
2 Stephenson, N (0) 1 0 Kearsley, R (0)
3 Openshaw, D (0) ½ ½ Norman, K (0)
4 Dodgson, J (0) 0 1 Hibbitt, A (0)
5 Price, A (0) ½ ½ McAllan, I (0)
6 Gamble, R (0) ½ ½ Annetts, I. S (0)
7 Roberts, M (0) 0 1 Everson, R (0)
8 Gosling, B (0)  1  0 Gorodi, J. G (0)
9 Norman, Mrs. D (0) ½ ½ Velker, W (0)
10 Wiltshire, M (0)  0 Chadaway, S (0)
11 Sherriff, A (0) ½ ½ O’Gorman, B (0)
12 Page, M (0) 1 0 Hurn, R (0)
13 Sandercock (0) 0 1 Stonehouse, T (0)
14 Toms D. A. (0)  1 Namouk, O (0)
15 Shaddick, J (0) 1 0 Cox, Mrs. M (0)
16 Carrick, P (0)  ½  ½ Robertson, J (0)
17 Lucas, P (0) 0 1 Jones, S (0)
18 Welch, Mrs. H (0)  1 Burt, D (0)
19 Stephenson, B (0) 1 0 Purry, N (0)
20 Tidy, N. F. (0) 1 0 Andrews, G (0)
21 Kaye, M (0) ½ ½ Harris, W (0)
22 Waters, R (0) 1 0 Cox, R (0)
23 Fraser, A (0) 1 0 Moloney, T (0)
24 Gordon, P (0) 1 0 Leggett, P (0)
25 Jones, R. H. (0) 1 0 Herschmann, H (0)
26           (0)
27           (0)
  “Juniors” Rd. 1       (0)
1 Sellwood, C (0) ½ ½ Wise, D (0)
2 Wells, J (0) 1 0 Rogers, D (0)
3 Orr, D (0) ½ ½ Heppell, I (0)
4 Bartlett, S (0) 1 0 Ariss, J (0)
5 Greenland, G (0) ½ ½ Burton, R (0)
             

All Rd. 1 games playable here ▼

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General view of the playing area.

Ingham vs Yeo on Bd. 1 of the Seniors.

The 10 players in the "Junior" Section.

Colin Sellwood on his way to a fine draw against top seed David Wise.

Two regulars, Dinah Norman and Wim Velker, start their first game.

13th Seniors Congress 2012 Safe

As reported earlier, the Royal Beacon Hotel, Exmouth, home of the West of England Congress and the Royal Beacon Seniors Congress, went into receivership during the Christmas period, when the bank foreclosed on the owner’s loans. The (former) owner, Paul Nightingale, is appealing against their decision, pointing out that he had never defaulted on any re-payments, and the matter clearly still has some way to run. Until a long-term resolution is reached, the bank has put in a temporary manager who will ensure that it is a case of “business as usual” until things can be sorted out.

Fortunately, this meant the West of England’s Easter Congress, where entries are already coming in and rooms at the hotel booked, could proceed as planned. Panic over – for now. Looking further ahead, the Seniors Congress, pencilled in the hotel’s diary for November 2012, is also safe, based on the dates and terms already agreed. I double-checked this with the management last night before going ahead with preparing the brochure.

So, with all arrangements being unchanged, the event starts on Monday 5th November, (so may we expect a few fireworks in Rd. 1?) and finishes on the afternoon of Friday 9th, shortly before the start of the Torbay Congress at the Riviera Centre, Torquay,  at 7 p.m. thus enabling the keen ones to enjoy a full 7 days of chess on the English Riviera.

The brochure/entry form is currently at the printers and will be available shortly. Meanwhile, here is a picture of the Beacon, taken by the hotel’s Deputy Manager, Robert Davies, with his kind permission.

Exmouth's Royal Beacon Hotel, a fine chess venue.