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All westcountry congresses depend on small groups of volunteers, who take a quiet satisfaction in running a successful event that gives pleasure to the players.
The latest of these was the 1st Bude Rapidplay Congress organised recently by John and Christine Constable. The entry was small but strong – 16 players with an average grade of 153. 1st J. Rudd (Barnstaple – 231) 6/6 pts. 2nd J. Byrne (Taunton – 165) 5 pts. 3rd G. Trudeau (Liskeard – 155) 4 pts. 4th= G. Body (Exeter – 167); T. Slade (Bude – 164) & R. Nash (Barnstaple – 124) all 3½. 7th= S. Homer (Exeter – 200); M. Richardt (Taunton – 187); D. J. Jenkins (Camborne – 132) & S. Woolgar (Bristol – 132) all 3. 11th C. Sellwood (Camborne – 158) 2½. 12th= D. R. Jenkins (Liskeard – 126); S. Bartlett (Newquay – 165) & B. Childs (Lerryn – 106) all 2. 15th= P. May (114) & M. Jones (Newquay – 121) 1.
Longer-established events need their organising committee refreshed from time to time, otherwise they risk withering on the vine. The East Devon Congress, for example, is on the brink of collapse as the committee has dwindled to two, Sean Pope and Mark Abbott, who are already highly committed with their daytime professions. They need fresh blood coming in from the Exeter region to share the load and keep it afloat, as it’s a bigger event, with a larger venue. Prospective volunteers should contact Sean on 01392-436420 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meanwhile, here is a win by a great supporter of the Exeter Congress.
White: J. F. Wheeler Black: J. Duckham.
Benko Gambit [A57]
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 b5 The signature move of the Benko Gambit in which Black offers a pawn in order to open up space in which his queenside pieces can operate freely. 4.cxb5 a6 5.b6 White doesn’t wish to fall in with Black’s plans. 5…g6 6.Nc3 Bg7 7.e4 d6 8.Nf3 Nbd7 9.Be2 0–0 10.0–0 Nxb6 11.h3 Bb7 12.Bf4 Nfd7 13.Qd2 f5? Leaving a big hole at the heart of his position. 14.Ng5 fxe4 15.Ne6 Qe8 16.Nxf8 Qxf8 17.Bg4 Ne5 18.Be6+ Kh8 19.Bg3 Nbc4 20.Qe2 Bc8 21.Bxc8 Rxc8 22.Bxe5 Nxe5 23.Qxe4 c4 24.Rab1 Nd3 25.Nd1 Ne5 26.Ne3 Rc5 27.Rfc1 Qc8 28.f4 Nd3 29.Rxc4 Nxb2 30.Rxc5 Qxc5 31.Qxe7 h6 32.Kh2 Qd4 33.Rf1 Nd3 34.g3 Qb2+ 35.Ng2 Qf6 White would be delighted to simplify out, leaving him still materially ahead. 36.Qxf6 Bxf6 1–0
Last week’s problem was solved by 1.Ra1! and when Black checks on h8 2.Bg8 not only blocks that check but allows the rook on a1 to administer mate at the same time.
This is not a beginners’ game but from this year’s British Championship. Four moves each have been played and now it is White to move.
It is several years since Trefor Thynne revived Devon’s Team Blitz tournament after it lapsed as traditional season starter. It is for teams of 4 players, each having 12 minutes on the clock for all moves, and 6 rounds played on a Swiss system. Its regular venue has been the Newton Abbot Club
Each year there have been a few more teams involved, with a new trophy added in each of the last 3 years to reflect the renewed interest. However, this year the number of teams entered dropped to 8, and several of these were not as strong as in recent years. In view of this, it was decided to change it to an all-play-all tournament of 7 rounds, with the tea break abolished to keep the timings about the same.
Round 1 paired Exmouth Eagles against a Newton Abbot team led by former Devon and West of England Champion Dominic Mackle. Normally this would have been a top-of-the-table affair, but when it finished 4 – 0 to the Eagles it was clear something unexpected was afoot. There was an element of luck involved as, at the end of the top game, Stephens had 10 seconds left compared to Mackle’s 60, and yet somehow managed to win on time. From then on the Eagles never looked back. At the start of the 7th and final round, three of them still had maximum points. Then Underwood lost, leaving Stephens and Gosling as the only two on 100%, the tie break giving the new Individual trophy to Stephens by virtue of it being gained on Bd. 1.
The other excellent team performance was by Sidmouth Juniors, comprising two set of brothers, the Susevee and Bacon boys, who, with the 2nd lowest team grade total, accumulated 13 points and the U-450 Cup.
The evnt was organised by Trefor Thynne and controlled by Ray Chubb.
Here are summary charts showing where all the points went.
|1||Exmouth Eagles||683||4||7||11||15||19||22½||25½||Thomas Cup|
|2||Newton Abbot||560||0||4||6½||9½||12½||15½||18½||Hodge Cup (U-600)|
|5||Sidmouth Juniors||373||2||3||5||7||8||10½||13||U-450 Cup|
|1||Exmouth Eagles||vs ►||2||5||8||6||7||4||3|
|1||J. K. Stephens||194||1||1||1||1||1||1||1||7|
|3||C. J. Scott||157||1||0||1||1||1||½||1||5½|
|4||B. G. Gosling||153||1||1||1||1||1||1||1||7|
|2||Newton Abbot||1||D. Mackle||203||0||1||½||1||1||1||0||4½|
|2||T. F. Thynne||161||0||1||1||1||1||1||1||6|
|2||I. S. Annetts||162||0||1||0||0||1||1||1||4|
|3||K. P. Atkins||157||0||1||1||1||½||1||0||4½|
|4||Teignmouth A||1||A. W. Brusey||176||½||0||1||1||0||0||1||3½|
|5||Sidmouth Juniors||1||G. Sussevee||126||0||0||0||1||0||1||½||2½|
|6||Exmouth Egrets||1||O. E. Wensley||149||½||0||½||0||1||0||0||2|
|2||R. H. Jones||129||0||0||0||0||0||½||1||1½|
|4||F. R. Hodge||97||1||1||1||0||0||0||1||4|
|7||TQ B.G.S.||1||V. Ramesh||131||1||1||½||0||0||0||1||3½|
|8||Teignmouth B||1||M. Rickard||95||0||0||0||0||0||0||½||½|
Gloucestershire met Devon on Saturday at West Buckland in Rd. 1 of the 2014 – ‘15 Inter-County competition. It was a well-contested contest, although in the end Devon forced a comfortable enough 12-4 win, mainly due to their greater strength in the bottom half of the team.
This was also the debut for former presenter of TV science programmes, Adam Hart-Davis, who is now a regular at the Plymouth Chess Club.
Here are the details, with Gloucestershire names first in each pairing and grades in brackets.
1.J. Stewart (207) 0-1 D. Mackle (203). 2. P. J. Meade (182) 0-1 J. K. Stephens (194). 3. N. K. Hosken (181) ½- ½ S. J. Homer (188). 4. M. J. Ashworth (181) ½- ½ P. Sivrev (187). 5. J. Jenkins (176) 1-0 J. Wheeler (181). 6. P. J. Kirby (173) ½- ½ J. Underwood (179). 7. P. Dodwell (163) 0-1 D. Regis (176). 8. B. Whitelaw (159) 0-1 A. W. Brusey (176). 9. R. M. Ashworth (151) 0-1 B. W. Hewson (174). 10. A. Richards (136) ½- ½ W. Ingham (176). 11. A. N. Walker (134) ½- ½ M. Shaw (170) 12. P. Baker (132) 0-1 G. Body (169). 13 K. Bendall (131) ½- ½ M. Stinton-Brownbridge (164). 14. J. Caterer (128) 0-1 I. S. Annetts (162) 15. P. Bending (122) 0-1 A. Hart-Davis (161). 16. J. B. Harris (115) 0-1 C. J. Scott (157).
Here is a game with notes based on those kindly supplied by the winner.
White: Jim Caterer (128). Black: Ivor Annetts (162).
Caro-Kann – Exchange Variation [B13]
1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 cxd5 4.Bd3 Nc6 5.c3 Qc7 6.Ne2 If 6.Nf3 then 6…Bg4 is a little more problematic. 6…Bg4 7.f3 Bd7 8.Bf4 e5 9.dxe5 Nxe5 So far, but no further, all was known to Black from the 2002 game Gonzalez v Sasikiran. 10.Bc2 Bd6 11.0–0 Ne7 12.Nd4 h5 13.Ba4 0–0–0 Now the race is on to start a telling attack against the enemy king. White starts well in this respect. 14.Bxd7+ Rxd7 15.b4 Kb8 16.a4 N7g6 17.Bg3 h4 18.Nb5 Qc6 19.Qd4 b6 If 19…hxg3 20.Qxa7+ Kc8 21.Qa8+ Bb8 22.Na7+ That’s as far as Black got with his analysis. It seems to win the Black queen but White’s own queen can become trapped in the corner – or worse e.g. 24…Ba7+ 25.Kh1 Rxh2 mate. 24…Ba7+ 25.Qxa7 Nxa7 and Black is a piece for a pawn to the good! 20.Bf2 h3 21.Nxd6 hxg2 22.Kxg2 Rxh2+ 23.Kg3 If 23.Kxh2 Nxf3+ 24.Kg2 Nxd4 25.Bg3 Black was mildly worried about this move but all lines are good for him. 23…Rh4 24.Qxh4 Nxh4 25.Kxh4 Qxd6 Black was thinking his opponent would not pin the knight with Bg3 because it would be mate. And yet…. 26.Bg3?? Qh6# 0–1
Last week’s position was ended after 1.Qxa7+! RxQ 2.RxR+ Kb4 3.Ra4 mate.
Here is another hitherto unpublished 2-mover by Dave Howard.
The death in Cheltenham of Brian William Clapp at the age of 87 was reported last week. Brian was a regular member of the Exeter Club in the 1960s and ‘70s, having been club champion in 1963, ’68, ’69 and ’71. He was a lecturer in Economic History at Exeter University and published several books, notably Manchester Merchants 1850 – 1939 (1956), John Owens – Manchester Merchant (1965), The University of Exeter – A History (1982) and An Environmental History of Britain Since the Industrial Revolution (1994 – Longman).
In this 1966 game he took full advantage of some loose play by a much stronger opponent. 21 year old Richard Hall from Bradford was reading law and went on to become a district judge in 1998 and British Correspondence Chess Champion and a Grandmaster of postal chess. It is taken from Dr. Dave Regis’ excellent book 100-Odd Years of Exeter Chess Club.
White: B. W. Clapp. Black: R. V. M. Hall.
Sicilian Defence – Paulsen Var. [B45]
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 e6 5.Nc3 Nf6 6.Be3 Bb4 7.Bd3 d5 8.Nxc6 bxc6 9.e5 d4 10.exf6 dxe3 11.Qf3 Bxc3+ 12.bxc3 exf2+ 13.Qxf2 Qxf6 14.Qc5 preventing castling. 14…Rb8 15.Rd1 Qe7? 16.Qe5 Hitting rook and g-pawn. 16…Rb2 17.Qxg7 Qf8?? 18.Qf6 Bd7 19.Be4 Rb6 20.Qd4 Qh6 21.Qxd7+ Kf8 22.Qd6+ Kg8 22…Kg7 is no better. 23.Qg3+ 1–0 Black resigned as he could see what was to follow i.e. 23…Kf8 24.Rd8+ Ke7 25.Qc7+ Kf6 26.0–0+ and mate must follow very shortly.
The 49th Dorset Congress takes place on the weekend commencing Friday 24th October (contact: Ian Clark on 01202-536370 or e-mail email@example.com). If you can only spare one day that weekend there’s the Chipping Sodbury Rapidplay on the Saturday; (Contact: Graham Mill-Wilson on 07790-187-415 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Then there’s the Royal Beacon Seniors Congress in Exmouth starting on Monday 3rd November (Contact: R. H. Jones on 01395-0223340 or e-mail: email@example.com.)
The solution to last week’s problem by A. C. White involving pawn promotion was 1.Qc4! threatening 2.Pc8=N mate, and Black’s capture with the rook to prevent this, merely allows 2.g8=N mate.
This position arose in a game earlier this year. White is the exchange and a pawn down, but can win by force. How did he do it?
The 1st Bristol Summer Congress was held on Aug 22nd-24th and the section winners were as follows: Open: 1st S. Dilleigh. Major (U-155): 1st A. Papier. Minor (U-125): 1st Nikhil Hakeem – at 9 yrs old Nikhil is clearly one to watch.
Here is Dilleigh’s fine Rd. 3 win against a stronger opponent.
White: Ryszard Maciol (215). Black: Steve Dilleigh (182)
Queen’s Gambit – Exchange Var. [D36]
1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 Nbd7 5.cxd5 exd5 6.e3 c6 7.Bd3 Be7 8.Nge2 Nh5 9.Bxe7 Qxe7 10.Qc2 g6 11.0–0–0 Nb6 12.Kb1 Ng7 13.e4 dxe4 14.Bxe4 Black has to decide whether to risk castling on the kingside and inviting a pawn storm. However, if he castles long, White threatens to break open the centre with d5. 14…0–0 15.Nf4 Qf6 16.g3 Ne6 17.Nce2 Ng5 18.Bd3 Bg4 19.h3 Bf3 20.Rhf1 Rad8 21.h4 Ne6 22.Nxe6 Qxe6 23.Rd2 Qf6 24.Qc3 Rfe8 25.h5 White pushed on with his attack, but Black is able to create counter threats. 25…Nd5 26.Qb3 Qg5 27.Rc2 Qxh5 28.Nc3 Nxc3+ 29.Qxc3 Qg4 30.Rd2 Qxd4 Black is able to grab another pawn to open up the central files, while White’s pieces are not well co-ordinated. 31.Qxd4 Rxd4 32.Kc2 Red8 33.Re1 Bg4 preparing for the killer blow. 34.Kc3 Bf5 0–1 White can avoid losing a piece, with 35.Re8+ Rxe8 36.Kxd4 Rd8+ 37.Ke3 Rxd3+ 38.Rxd3 Bxd3 39.Kxd3. but is left a pawn down on both wings.
The solution to last week’s problem was the waiting move 1.Qh8! and wherever the king moves to 2.Qd4 or 2.Bf5 are mates.
In Alain C. White’s 1912 book, The Theory of Pawn Promotion, he talks about the evolution of the concept of what should happen to a pawn if it manages to get to the opposite side of the board, before assembling a collection of about 500 problems based on this idea. He writes “The origin of the Promotion of Pawns is buried beyond recovery in the past. Evidently, since pawns can only march ‘breast forward’, as Browning would have described it, something startling must happen when they reach the opposite end of the board. Several possibilities could be imagined. They might turn round and walk back again. They might be compelled to walk straight off the board in a novel form of self-annihilation. But this would be a penalty for their prowess instead of a reward. Their transfiguration is a most ingenious and appropriate solution to the difficulty.” He goes on to describe the gradual modification in the promotion rules, from queen-only, to any piece that has already been captured, to the present state of any piece, regardless of the earlier course of the game.
One of the given examples is this, his own 2-mover.
People tending to live longer these days and often retiring early has helped to create one of the expanding areas of sport. Tennis and golf, for example, have long had their seniors circuits, in which past champions compete at a far more leisurely pace than in their heyday.
So too with chess, which has recently introduced European and World individual and team events for seniors only. This year, the world governing body, FIDE, has gone further, by splitting the age eligibility into two sections, 50 – 64 and 65+, thus enabling more players to compete for honours. The first European Championship for the 50 – 64 age group was held earlier this year in Portugal and was won by Paignton resident Grandmaster, Keith Arkell.
The Royal Beacon Seniors event in Exmouth was a pioneer in this aspect of the game. When it started in 2000 it was the only seniors-only event in Britain, and they introduced a special section for the 50-somethings over a decade ago. Now the world has caught up.
The 15th Royal Beacon Seniors event takes place during the week starting Monday 3rd Nov. Entry forms are downloadable from chessdevon.com.
Here is a game from last year’s Beacon Seniors Congress.
White: Ian Heppell (178). Black: Jonathan Wells (180)
Sicilian Defence – Alapin Variation. [B22]
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.c3 Nf6 4.e5 Nd5 5.d4 cxd4 6.cxd4 b6 7.Nc3 Bb7 8.Bd3 Be7 9.0–0 0–0 10.Re1 f5 11.exf6 Black has a choice of 4 pieces with which to retake, but chooses probably the least promising option as it weakens his defensive pawn structure, which White exploits later. 11…gxf6 12.Bh6 Rf7 13.Qe2 Nxc3 14.bxc3 Qc7 15.Be4 Nc6 16.d5 Nd8 If 16…exd5 17.Bxd5 winning the rook. 17.Rad1 f5 18.Bb1 Bd6 Now White’s kingside attack gets going. 19.Ng5 Bxh2+ 20.Kh1 Re7 21.Qh5 Bf4 22.Bxf5 Black’s d-pawn is pinned. 22…Qxc3 Best in the circumstances. 23.Bxh7+ Kh8 If 23…Rxh7 24.Qe8 mate. 24.Qg6 threatening 25.Qg8 mate and Black has to give up the exchange in order to avoid it. 24…Nf7 25.Nxf7+ Rxf7 26.Qxf7 Bxh6 27.Be4 1-0 Black’s only move is 27…Qg7 but after 28.Qxg7+ Bxg7 29.dxe6 Bxe4 30.Rxe4 dxe6 31.Rxe6
Heinz Herschmann, a regular at the Beacon Seniors event and well-known composer, arranger, musician and founder of the music label Apollo Sound, recently died, peacefully at home at the age of 90. As a composer, he achieved considerable acclaim receiving many commissions and in his other work he enjoyed great success in roles as varied as musical director of touring shows, to accompanist to various entertainers.
The solution to Dave Howard’s 3-mover last week was 1.Qh1! and the queen will mate on either a8 or b7.
This 2-mover is similar.
The West of England Jamboree is an annual occasion for players from all constituent units of the Union to come together in a single event, which in recent years has been held at the Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre in Taunton. On Sunday there were four teams of 12 in the Open Section – Devon, Somerset, Gloucestershire and a welcome return by a resurgent Cornwall. The winners were Devon (8½ pts) ahead of Somerset (7), Cornwall (4½) and Gloucestershire (4). This game from Bd. 6 was a no holds barred affair
White: John Jenkins (176 – Glos.). Black: Peter Chaplin (189 – Somerset).
1.d4 g6 2.e4 d6 3.f4 White certainly intends giving it everything right from the start. 3…c5 4.c3 Bg7 5.Nf3 cxd4 6.cxd4 Bg4 7.Bb5+ There’s no intention of playing conservatively with something like 7.Be2 7….Nc6 8.Qa4 Bxf3 9.gxf3 Kf8 10.Bxc6 bxc6 11.Nd2 Not 11.Qxc6?? Rc8 winning bishop & rook. 11…e5 12.fxe5 dxe5 13.Nc4 Qh4+ 14.Ke2 exd4 15.Qxc6 Rd8 16.Qc5+ Qe7 17.Qxe7+ Nxe7 18.Kd3 correctly blockading the advanced pawn. 18…Nc6 19.Bd2 Ke7 20.b4 Rd7 21.Rab1 Ke6 22.b5 Ne5+ 23.Nxe5 Bxe5 24.f4 Bd6 25.Rhc1 For best use of their powers rooks need open lines, well illustrated by the next few moves. 25…f5 26.e5 Be7 27.Rc6+ Kd5? In the spirit of the game so far, Black doesn’t wish to back off by retreating to f7, but this is a mistake. 28.Bb4 Rb8 29.Bxe7 Rxb5 30.Rbc1 1–0 Black resigned because if he takes the bishop he is mated thus 30…Rxe7 31.Rd6# , so he is effectively a piece down.
There were also four teams in the Grade-limited Section; N & W Somerset, S & E Somerset, the Torbay League and a return to inter-county competition by Wiltshire. This finished as a tie between Torbay and Wilts who will share the cup.
Full details of all players’ results and photographs of the action may be found on keverelchess.com.
The major prizewinners at the recent Paignton Congress were listed last week, so here are the winners of grading prizes. Premier: U-2151 1st= S. Dilleigh (Bristol), A. Brown (Northampton) & P. Kemp (Linton). U-2071. 1st= G. Bolt (Railways) & I. Myall (Chelmsford). U-1981 1st= A. Brusey (Teignmouth), A. Footner (Dorchester) & T. Spanton (Hastings). Challengers: U-161 1st= R. Clegg (Huddersfield) & A. Price (Leamington). U-149 1st= A. Hibbitt (Banbury) & J. Morgan (Exeter). Minor: U-122 M. Harris (Colchester). U-113 1st= A. Fraser (Beckenham), M. Bolan (Ashtead & S. Thacker (W.Notts).
Here is a hitherto unpublished problem by Dave Howard. White can mate on his 3rd move, providing the first (or key) move is correct.
This year there were four teams of 12 in each section, with Cornwall entering a team in the Open Section for the first time in a number of years, probably decades – and a very competitive team it was, too. In the Grade-limited Section there was a team from Wiltshire, after an absence of c. 20 years – a welcome move in both cases.
Although headed by Somerset in the early stages, Devon’s strength-in-depth made certain of their win in the Open, winning all 6 of their games in the lower half. Gloucestershire scored 3.5 out of 5 at the top of the order, but then fell away, while Cornwall scored 4 pts from their top 7 games.
In the Graded Section, Devon’s Torbay League scored heavily in the lower reaches, while Wiltshire scored at the top and bottom of the order, the two teams coming 1st =. The Wiltshire Captain, Roy Ludlow took the trophy 1st, saying his wife would only allow him to keep it in the house until the Torbay Congress in November, where he’d gladly hand it over to Rob Wilby.
The event was organised by Ben Edgell. Jerry Humphries acted as Arbiter in the Open Section and another colleague did likewise in the other room. Martin Worrell, a member of Taunton C.C. and a technician at the Centre, kindly provided free tea and biscuits all afternoon.
Photographs to follow shortly.
The details were as follows:
|1||A1||Jeremy Menadue||189||½||½||B1||Phil Meade||182|
|2||C1||Dominic Mackle||203||0||1||D1||Jack Rudd||224|
|3||B2||Thomas Thorpe||179||½||½||C2||John Stephens||194|
|4||D2||David Buckley||207||½||½||A2||Theo Slade||179|
|5||A3||Mark Hassall||178||1||0||C3||Kevin Hurst||191|
|6||B3||John Jenkins||176||1||0||D3||Peter Chaplin||189|
|7||D4||Mike Richardt||184||0||1||D4||Peter Kirby||173|
|8||C4||Steve Homer||188||1||0||A4||Grant Healey||178|
|9||C5||John Fraser||182||½||½||B5||Phil Dodwell||163|
|10||A5||David Saqui||173||0||1||D5||Pat Krzyzanowski||182|
|11||B6||Barry Whitelaw||159||0||1||A6||James Hooker||170|
|12||D6||David Littlejohns||178||½||½||C6||John Wheeler||181|
|13||A7||Simon Bartlett||169||1||0||B7||Alun Richards||136|
|14||C7||Jon Underwood||179||1||0||D7||David P-Kooiman||178|
|15||B8||Ian Blencowe||130||0||1||C8||Dave Regis||176|
|16||D8||James Byrne||165||1||0||A8||Gary Trudeau||155|
|17||A9||John Wilman||154||0||1||C9||Alan Brusey||176|
|19||D10||Andrew Gregory||158||1||0||B10||Jim Caterer||128|
|20||C10||Bill Ingham||176||1||0||A10||Richard Smith||149|
|21||C11||Brian Hewson||174||1||0||B11||Peter Bending||122|
|22||A11||Martin Jones||121||0||1||D11||Darren Freeman||158|
|23||B12||John Harris||115||½||½||A12||Barry Childs||107|
|24||D12||Alex Conway||156||0||1||C12||Meyrick Shaw||170|
|1||A1||Andy Bellingham||154||0||1||B1||Chris Purry||152|
|2||C1||Trefor Thynne||161||0||1||D1||Jim Sherwin||198|
|3||B2||Roger Knight||152||½||½||C2||Mike S-Brownbridge||164|
|4||D2||Andrew Cooper||174||1||0||A2||Adrian Champion||151|
|5||A3||Neville Senior||150||1||0||C3||Paul Brooks||154|
|6||B3||Jim Fewkes||150||½||½||D3||Ricardo Rei||168|
|7||D4||Tim Woodward||146||1||0||D4||Chris Fewtrell||149|
|8||C4||Andrew Kinder||146||0||1||A4||Chris Strong||148|
|9||C5||Rob Wilby||140||0||1||B5||Mark Baker||147|
|10||A5||Tristan West||147||½||½||D5||George Georgiou||139|
|11||B6||Simon Pickard||121||1||0||A6||Stan Wojcik||140|
|12||D6||Roy Ludlow||128||0||1||C6||John Allen||132|
|13||A7||John Wilkinson||115||1||0||B7||Simon Gray||114|
|14||C7||Vignesh Ramesh||131||1||0||D7||Gareth Williams||118|
|15||B8||Stan Hill||114||0||1||C8||Ben Wilkinson||129|
|16||D8||Richard Carver||116||0||1||A8||Roger Waters||112|
|17||A9||Mike Cooper||119||0||1||C9||John Dean||119|
|18||D10||David Brown||102||0||1||D9||Geoff Berryman||108|
|19||C10||Tony Tatam||107||1||0||B10||Mike Ward||93|
|20||C11||Roy Greenhalgh||100||1||0||A10||Roger Fenton||98|
|21||A11||Vic McAndrew||91||0||1||B11||Mike Walters||101|
|23||D12||Robert Sparks||72||1||0||C12||Nandaja Narayanan||101|
|24||B9||Ivan Stringer||110||½||½||D9||Gordon Chapman||104|
|A||N & W Somerset||0||0||1||1||½||0||1||1||0||0||0||0||4½||4th|
|B||S & E Somerset||1||½||½||0||1||1||0||0||½||1||0||0||5½||3rd|
|5-Rd. AM||Boniface U-180||Pts||£|
|1st=||B. G. Gosling||153||E. Budleigh/Exmouth||4||150|
|R. A. Dean||158||Undercliffe||4||150|
|3rd=||R. R. Sanders||178||Sudbury||3½||60|
|R. J. Gamble||161||Derby||3½||60|
|D. A. Patrick||159||Courier||3½||60|
|A. M. Hibbitt||147||On a barge somewhere||3½||60|
|U-161||D. Siddall||157||Austin Friars||3||50|
|U-154||N. G. Andrews||157||York||3||50|
|U-143||Ms G. A. Moore||142||Southampton||2½||50|
|5-Rd. A.M.||Thynne U-130|
|1st||R. J. Nash||125||Barnstaple||4||300|
|2nd=||J. B. Farrell||128||Metropolitan||4||50|
This is the time when the finishing line starts to beckon for both the 5 Rd. morning sections and the main event in the afternoons.
However, before the serious stuff got under way at 2 p.m. there was an amusing diversion. It has become a little tradition at Paignton that any regular competitor who reaches the grand old age of 90 gets a presentation book. This year it was the turn of John G. Sowerby who passed this particular milestone a few days ago. He had the pick of the bookstall to choose from, and opted for a copy of Arkell’s Odyssey, as he felt it was a bit late in life for him to wrestling with some heavy tome on the openings. He agreed to be present at the start of the afternoon round, even though he was only playing in the mornings. Unknown to him it was arranged that Keith himself should present John with a signed copy, to a round of generous applause. Immediately, then, Keith was himself surprised that it was announced that he had recently won the vote for the ECF’s Player of the Year award, by a country mile – again, to generous applause.
Then the focus was back on John. At the start of play on Tuesday morning, John got him game under way but slowly became aware that all was not well on the board. By move 8 the players realised that John’s king and queen were on the wrong squares. But not before the photographs were taken, and if one looks closely at the final photograph on the previous entry, one can just make this out. Young Theo Slade and his father went to some trouble to crop the picture, blow up the image of John at the board, print off a nice copy and frame it for presentation to him at this moment. A photograph of the three players involved was taken outside shortly after.