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WECU Championship & Congress 2014 – 4th & Final Day

 There was still much to play for at the outset of play on this final morning, especially with McMichael ineligible for the title and the QP. However, that didn’t prevent the top 4 boards finishing in draws. This worked in McMichael’s favour as he remained in clear 1st place with a cheque for £340. Also in Boyne’s favour as he remained in clear 2nd, netting £180 and the title of West of England Champion. Thus a new name on the cup – when we get it back from the previous winner. The offer of a QP for the British Championship is currently with him and he has 2 weeks to think about it. If he is unable to play, there’s a posse of other local players who might be interested.

  WECU 2014      Open   Open     Rd. 7
Brd White Result Black
1 Littlejohns, David 182 (3½) ½ – ½ Mcmichael, Richard 213 (5)
2 Boyne, Andrew K 196 (4½) ½ – ½ Simons, Martin J 191 (3½)
3 Clark, Ian C 193 (3) ½ – ½ Regis, David 180 (4)
4 Thompson, Robert 176 (3½) ½ – ½ Bolt, Graham 177 (3½)
5 Stephens, John  186 (3) 1 – 0 Toms, David A 142 (2½)
6 Shaw, Meyrick 176 (2½) 1 – 0 Fraser, John 180 (2½)
7 Slade, Theo 173 (2) 0 – 1 Stephenson, David 159 (2)
8 Bartlett, Simon 175 (2) 1 – 0      

 Of the 2 clear leaders in the Major, Brusey lost and Annetts drew to bring him to 5 pts, but he was caught by Ingham and Bass to create a triple tie. Howver, on tie break, Annetts took the Wilkinson Cup.

  WECU Congress   2014   Major  Rd 7
Brd White Result Black
101 Brusey, Alan W 167 (4½) 0 – 1 Bass, John W 168  (4)
102 Annetts, Ivor S 152 (4½) ½ – ½ Page, Martin C 167 (4)
103 Ingham, H William 169 (4) 1 – 0 Dean, Steve K 161 (3½)
104 Thynne, Trefor F 166 (3½) ½ – ½ O’Gorman, Brendan 164 (3½)
105 Gamble, Raymond 163 (3½) ½ – ½ Tew, Paul 145 (3½)
106 Nyman, John Ch 161 (3½) 0 – 1 Worrall, Martin C 133 (3½)
107 Morton, Peter S 149 (3) 0 – 1 Rogers, David R 146 (3½)
108 Burton, Ronnie 159 (3) ½ – ½ Chapman, Timothy 135 (3)
109 Wensley, Oliver  157 (3) 1 – 0 Roberts, Malcolm  144 (3)
110 Price, Andrew 155 (3) ½ – ½ Moore, Gillian A 147 (3)
111 Sellwood, Colin 157 (2½) 0 – 1 Morgan, Jamie 147 (2½)
112 Woodward, Tim  153 (2½) 1 – 0 Hamilton, Selwyn 133 (2½)
113 Gosling, Brian  152 (2½) 0 – 1 Harris, Martyn J 152 (2)
114 Lawrence, David 137 (2) 0 – 1 Robertson, Jim 134 (1½)
115 Taylor, Geoffrey  145 (1) 1 – 0      

 There were no such complications in the Minor where stormin’ Norman Tidy only needed a draw to be clear 1st, which he duly got. However, it was still a remarkable achievement. He was 13th seed, lost his Rd. 1 game to the lowest grade but one, Terry Dengler (95), but proceeded to win 5 on the trot. He was a popular winner at the prizegiving. I offer the following headline to anyone who can use it … “Tidy Wins Neat Cup“.

  WECU Congress 2014   Minor   Rd. 7
Brd White Result Black
201 Tidy, Norman F 124 (5) ½ – ½ Jackson, Paul A 127 (4½)
202 Wilby, Robert G 137 (4) 1 – 0 Foster, Paul 134 (4)
203 Alexander, Ken  126 (4) 1 – 0 Barber-Lafon, Jacquie 135 (4)
204 Dicker, Nigel 135 (3½) ½ – ½ Blencowe, Ian P 129 (3½)
205 Mills, Nigel 122 (3½) 0 – 1 Hunt, Ray K 125 (3½)
206 Gilbert, David J 138 (3) 1 – 0 Allen, Timothy S 127 (3½)
207 Sandercock, Barry 137 (3) 1 – 0 Whittington, Reece 119 (3)
208 Gardiner, Colin J 116 (3) ½ – ½ Errington, Paul T 126 (3)
209 Spooner, Keith C 119 (3) ½ – ½ Bailey, Gregory L 112 (3)
210 Parfett, Gerald F 121 (2½) ½ – ½ Burt, David F 114 (3)
211 Kelly, Edmund 104 (2½) 1 – 0 Welch, Hazel 109 (2½)
212 Dean, John E 115 (2) 1 – 0 Dengler, Terry   95 (2)
213 Fraser, Alan R 112 (1½) 1 – 0 Maber, Martyn J   93 (2)
214 Waters, Roger G 116 (1½) 1 – 0      

The summary of the prizewinners is as follows:-

Section Pos. Name Grd Club Pts £
OPEN 1st McMichael, Richard, J. 213 King’s head 340
  2nd Boyne, Andrew 196 Exeter 5 180
  3rd Regis, Dr. Dave 180 Exeter 95
GP U-186 1st= Littlejohns, David P. 182 Taunton 4 15
    Bolt, Graham 177 Railways London 4 15
GP U-177 1st Thompson, Robert 176 Bristol University 4 30
             
MAJOR (U-175) 1st= Ingham, William 169 Teignmouth 5 140
    Bass, John W. 168 Richmond 5 140
    Annetts, Ivor S. 152 Tiverton 5 140
GP U-159 1st Rogers, David R. 146 Exmouth 25
GP U-146 1st Worrall, Martin, C. 133 Taunton 25
             
MINOR (U-140) 1st Tidy, Norman, F. 124 Teignmouth 190
  2nd= Jackson, Paul, A 127 Bournemouth 5 59
    Wilby, Robert G. 137 Plymouth 5 59
    Alexander, Ken R 126 Tiverton 5 59
GP (U-127) 1st Hunt, Ray, K. 125 Bognor 4 20
GP (U-116) 1st= Burt, David F 114 Bournemouth 7
    Bailey, Gregory L. 112 Netherton 7
    Kelly, Edmund 104 Exeter Juniors 7

There’s a little-appreciated connection between the 3 main prizewinners, Boyne, Annetts and Tidy. The first club of both Boyne and Annetts was Teignmouth, where Tidy is currently a member. 

Gillian Moore, the former joint British Ladies Champion and current joint British Seniors Ladies Champion, kindly agreed to hand out the prizes, and here are the ones who stayed behind.

Edmund Kelly (Exeter Juniors) Grading prize winner in the Minor

Ken Alexander 2nd = in the Minor

Norman Tidy - popular winner of the Minor, after an early setback.

Martin Worrall (Taunton) U-146 Grading Prize in the Major.

Ivor Annetts (Tiverton) winner of the Major on tie break.

Bill Ingham may have missed out on tie break, but he made up it in being the only winner to sneek a kiss from Gillian, which the photographer was too slow to catch on record.

Robert Thompson (Bristol Uni) U-177 Grading Prize winner

Andrew Boyne (Exeter) new West of England Champion.

Richard McMichael (King's Head) clear 1st on 5.5/7

Overall, it has to be admitted that the Manor was not quite as good a venue as the Beacon for a congress of this stature, though it was very good of their management to offer the place at short notice, after the Beacon got their wires crossed over the bookings. However, they may be wary of Easter weddings in future, and they were more than happy to book us in for next year (2015). At least they know we won’t call the whole thing off for no good reason.

The entries and cash were smoothly administered by the new Secretary, Meyrick Shaw, while the Arbiters, Tony Tatam and John Ariss were a model of calm authority throughout. Many thanks are due to them and anyone else who aided and abetted.

WECU Championship & Congress – Easter 2014 – Day 3

 The day dawned as bad as the first two days were good – i.e. cold, wet and windy. Probably a good time to stay inside and concentrate on getting into position for the final furlong tomorrow morning.

The morning round went as follows:-

  WECU Championship       Open Rd 5    
               
1 Simons, Martin J 191 (2½) 0-1 McMichael, Richard  213 (3)
2 Boyne, Andrew K 196 (3) 1-0 Littlejohns, David P 182 (2½)
3 Regis, David 180 (3)  ½-½ Fraser, John 180 (2)
4 Stephens, John K 186 (2) 1-0 Clark, Ian C 193 (2)
5 Slade, Theo 173 (2) 0-1 Thompson, Robert 176 (2)
6 Toms, David A 142 (1½) 1-0 Shaw, Meyrick 176 (1½)
7 Stephenson, David  159 (1) 0-1 Bartlett, Simon 175 (1)
8 Bolt, Graham 177 (2½) ½ – 0      

 

  WECU Congress       Major Rd 5    
               
101 Ingham, H William 169 (3½) 0-1 Brusey, Alan W 167 (3½)
102 Annetts, Ivor S 152 (3) ½-½ Bass, John W 168  (3)
103 Gamble, Raymond J 163 (2½) ½-½ Page, Martin C 167 (2½)
104 Wensley, Oliver E 157 (2½) ½-½ Thynne, Trefor F 166 (2½)
105 Dean, Steve K 161 (2½) ½-½ O’Gorman, Brendan 164 (2½)
106 Nyman, John Ch 161 (2) 1-0 Harris, Martyn J 152 (2)
107 Burton, Ronnie 159 (2) ½-½ Rogers, David R 146 (2)
108 Sellwood, Colin 157 (2) 0-1 Tew, Paul 145 (2)
109 Price, Andrew 155 (2) 0-1 Worrall, Martin C 133 (2)
110 Morton, Peter S 149 (2) ½-½ Roberts, Malcolm A 144 (2)
111 Woodward, Tim F 153 (1½) 0-1 Moore, Gillian A 147 (1½)
112 Morgan, Jamie 147 (1½) 0-1 Chapman, Timothy J 135 (1½)
113 Lawrence, David J 137 (1) ½-½ Taylor, Geoffrey P 145 (½)
114 Robertson, Jim 134 (½) 1 – 0      
115 Hamilton, Selwyn Ll 133 (1½) ½ – 0      
116 Gosling, Brian Ge 152 (2) ½ – 0      

 

  WECU Congress       Minor Rd 5    
               
201 Jackson, Paul A 127 (3½) ½-½ Dicker, Nigel 135 (3)
202 Wilby, Robert G 137 (3) 0-1 Barber-Lafon, Jacquie 135 (3)
203 Tidy, Norman F 124 (3) 1-0 Allen, Timothy S 127 (2½)
204 Foster, Paul 134 (2½) 1-0 Errington, Paul T 126 (2½)
205 Blencowe, Ian P 129 (2½) ½-½ Alexander, Ken Rd 126 (2½)
206 Gilbert, David J 138 (2) ½-½ Burt, David F 114 (2)
207 Sandercock, E Barry 137 (2) ½-½ Bailey, Gregory L 112 (2)
208 Spooner, Keith C 119 (2) ½-½ Hunt, Ray K 125 (2)
209 Mills, Nigel 122 (2) 1-0 Dengler, Terry 95 (2)
210 Gardiner, Colin J 116 (1½) ½-½ Parfett, Gerald F 121 (2)
211 Maber, Martyn J 93* (1½) ½-½ Whittington, Reece W 119 (1½)
212 Kelly, Edmund 104 (1½) 1-0 Dean, John E 115 (1)
213 Waters, Roger G 116 (1) ½-½ Welch, Hazel 109 (1)
214 Fraser, Alan R 112 (½) 1-0      

The afternoon round went like this:-

  WECU Open 2014   Rd. 6
Board White Result Black
1 McMichael, Richard 213 (4) 1 – 0 Stephens, John K 186 (3)
2 Bolt, Graham 177 (3) ½ – ½ Boyne, Andrew K 196 (4)
3 Regis, David 180 (3½) ½ – ½ Thompson, Robert 176 (3)
4 Toms, David A 142 (2½) 0 – 1 Simons, Martin J 191 (2½)
5 Fraser, John 180 (2½) 0 – 1 Littlejohns, David 182 (2½)
6 Bartlett, Simon 175 (2) 0 – 1 Clark, Ian C 193 (2)
7 Shaw, Meyrick 176 (1½) 1 – 0 Slade, Theo 173 (2)
8 Stephenson, David 159 (1) 1 – 0      

 

  WECU Congress   Major     Rd. 6
Brd White Result Black
101 Brusey, Alan W 167 (4½) 0 – 1 Annetts, Ivor S 152 (3½)
102 Bass, John W 168  (3½) ½ – ½ Ingham, H William 169 (3½)
103 Page, Martin C 167 (3) 1 – 0 Wensley, Oliver E 157 (3)
104 Tew, Paul 145 (3) ½ – ½ Thynne, Trefor F 166 (3)
105 O’Gorman, Brendan 164 (3) ½ – ½ Nyman, John Ch 161 (3)
106 Worrall, Martin C 133 (3) ½ – ½ Gamble, Raymond J 163 (3)
107 Roberts, Malcolm 144 (2½) ½ – ½ Burton, Ronnie 159 (2½)
108 Rogers, David R 146 (2½) 1 – 0 Gosling, Brian Ge 152 (2½)
109 Chapman, Timothy 135 (2½) ½ – ½ Morton, Peter S 149 (2½)
110 Moore, Gillian A 147 (2½) ½ – ½ Sellwood, Colin 157 (2)
111 Harris, Martyn J 152 (2) 0 – 1 Price, Andrew 155 (2)
112 Hamilton, Selwyn 133 (2) ½ – ½ Lawrence, David J 137 (1½)
113 Robertson, Jim 134 (1½) 0 – 1 Morgan, Jamie 147 (1½)
114 Taylor, Geoffrey  145 (1) 0 – 1 Woodward, Tim F 153 (1½)
115 Dean, Steve K 161 (3) ½ – 0      

 

  WECU Congress  2014   Minor  Rd. 6
Board White Result Black
201 Barber-Lafon Jacquie 135 (4) 0 – 1 Tidy, Norman F 124 (4)
202 Foster, Paul 134 (3½) ½ – ½ Jackson, Paul A 127 (4)
203 Dicker, Nigel 135 (3½) 0 – 1 Alexander, Ken  126 (3)
204 Blencowe, Ian P 129 (3) ½ – ½ Mills, Nigel 122 (3)
205 Parfett, Gerald F 121 (2½) 0 – 1 Wilby, Robert G 137 (3)
206 Bailey, Gregory L 112 (2½) ½ – ½ Gilbert, David J 138 (2½)
207 Burt, David F 114 (2½) ½ – ½ Sandercock, Barry 137 (2½)
208 Allen, Timothy S 127 (2½) 1 – 0 Kelly, Edmund 104 (2½)
209 Errington, Paul T 126 (2½) ½ – ½ Spooner, Keith C 119 (2½)
210 Hunt, Ray K 125 (2½) 1 – 0 Maber, Martyn J 93* (2)
211 Dengler, Terry 95 (2) 0 – 1 Gardiner, Colin J 116 (2)
212 Whittington, Reece 119 (2) 1 – 0 Waters, Roger G 116 (1½)
213 Welch, Hazel 109 (1½) 1 – 0 Fraser, Alan R 112 (1½)
214 Dean, John E 115 (1) 1 – 0      

WECU Championship & Congress – Easter 2014 – Day 2

Saturday dawned with the brightest of sunshine and a renewed spirit of optimism in the minds of yesterday’s losers. One of those was certainly not David Toms, the lowest graded player in the Open by some margin, yet starting today in joint 2nd place after a fine win the previous evening against the redoubtable Simon Bartlett. This morning he was paired against another local player, David Regis of Exeter, while on Bd. 1 we saw the two top grades facing up at a relatively early stage in the proceedings.

The results of all sections were as follows:-

  WECU Championship     2014 Open   Rd. 3    
  White grd     Black grd  
1 Boyne, Andrew K 196 (1½) ½ – ½ McMichael, Richard  213 (2)
2 Toms, Dr. David A 142 (1½) 0 – 1 Dr. Regis, David 180 (1½)
3 Thompson, Robert 176 (1½) ½ – ½ Littlejohns, David P 182 (1)
4 Bolt, Graham 177 (1) ½ – ½ Clark, Ian C 193 (1)
5 Simons, Martin J 191 (1) 1 – 0 Slade, Theo 173 (1)
6 Paulden, Tim 184 (1) 0 – 1 Shaw, Meyrick 176 (½)
7 Bartlett, Simon 175 (½) ½ – ½ Stephens, John K 186 (½)
8 Stephenson, David 159 (½) ½ – ½ Fraser, John 180 (½)

 

  WECU Congress     2014 Major (U-175) Rd.3    
Brd White Grd     Black Grd  
101 Thynne, Trefor F 166 (2) ½ – ½ Page, Martin C 167 (2)
102 Ingham, H William 169 (1½) 1 – 0 Burton, Ronnie 159 (1½)
103 Wensley, Oliver E 157 (1½) ½ – ½ Bass, John W 168 (1½)
104 Brusey, Alan W 167 (1½) 1 – 0 Roberts, Malcolm  144 (1½)
105 Gamble, Raymond 163 (1½) ½ – ½ O’Gorman, Brendan 164 (1½)
106 Price, Andrew 155 (1) ½ – ½ Dean, Steve K 161 (1½)
107 Nyman, John Ch 161 (1) 1 – 0 Chapman, Timothy 135 (1)
108 Gosling, Brian Ge 152 (1) 1 – 0 Woodward, Tim F 153 (1)
109 Hamilton, Selwyn  133 (1) 0 – 1 Annetts, Ivor S 152 (1)
110 Morton, Peter S 149 (½) 1 – 0 Harris, Martyn J 152 (1)
111 Sellwood, Colin 157 (½) 1 – 0 Taylor, Geoffrey P 145 (½)
112 Lawrence, David 137 (½) ½ – ½ Moore, Gillian A 147 (½)
113 Morgan, Jamie 147 (½) 0 – 1 Worrall, Martin C 133 (½)
114 Robertson, Jim 134 (½) 0 – 1 Rogers, David R 146 (½)
115 Tew, Paul 145 (0) 1 – 0      

 

  WECU Congress     2014 Minor (U-140) Rd.3    
Brd White Grd     Black Grd  
201 Jackson, Paul A 127 (2) ½ – ½ Barber-Lafon, Jacquie 135 (2)
202 Dicker, Nigel 135 (1½) 1 – 0 Whittington, Reece W 119 (1½)
203 Blencowe, Ian P 129 (1½) ½ – ½ Foster, Paul 134 (1½)
204 Parfett, Gerald F 121 (1½) 0 – 1 Errington, Paul T 126 (1½)
205 Tidy, Norman F 124 (1) 1 – 0 Gilbert, David J 138 (1)
206 Gardiner, Colin J 116 (1) ½ – ½ Sandercock, E Barry 137 (1)
207 Wilby, Robert G 137 (1) 1 – 0 Mills, Nigel 122 (1)
208 Spooner, Keith C 119 (1) ½ – ½ Allen, Timothy S 127 (1)
209 Alexander, Ken Rd 126 (1) ½ – ½ Dengler, Terry 95A (1)
210 Hunt, Ray K 125 (1) 1 – 0 Dean, John E 115 (1)
211 Maber, Martyn J 93* (½) ½ – ½ Waters, Roger G 116 (½)
212 Welch, Hazel 109 (0) 0 – 1 Burt, David F 114 (0)
213 Kelly, Edmund 104 (0) ½ – ½ Fraser, Alan R 112 (0)
214 Bailey, Gregory L 112 (1½) ½ – 0      
215 Cox, Reg E 87A (0) 1 – 0      

The afternoon’s Rd. 4 games ended like this:-

  WECU Championship     2014 Open   Rd. 4    
Brd White Grd     Black Grd  
1 Mcmichael, Richard J 213 (2½) ½ – ½ Regis, David 180 (2½)
2 Thompson, Robert 176 (2) 0 – 1 Boyne, Andrew K 196 (2)
3 Clark, Ian C 193 (1½) ½ – ½ Simons, Martin J 191 (2)
4 Littlejohns, David P 182 (1½) 1 – 0 Toms, David A 142 (1½)
5 Shaw, Meyrick 176 (1½) 0 – 1 Bolt, Graham 177 (1½)
6 Stephens, John Kf 186 (1) 1 – 0 Stephenson, David W 159 (1)
7 Fraser, John 180 (1) 1 – 0 Bartlett, Simon 175 (1)
8 Paulden, Tim 184 (1) ½ – 0      
9 Slade, Theo 173 (1) 1 – 0      

 

  WECU Congress       Major    Rd. 4    
Brd White Grd     Black Grd  
101 Page, Martin C 167 (2½) 0 – 1 Ingham, H William 169 (2½)
102 Thynne, Trefor F 166 (2½) 0 – 1 Brusey, Alan W 167 (2½)
103 Bass, John W 168 (2) 1 – 0 Gosling, Brian Ge 152 (2)
104 O’Gorman, Brendan 164 (2) ½ – ½ Wensley, Oliver E 157 (2)
105 Dean, Steve K 161 (2) ½ – ½ Gamble, Raymond  163 (2)
106 Annetts, Ivor S 152 (2) 1 – 0 Nyman, John Ch 161 (2)
107 Rogers, David R 146 (1½) ½ – ½ Sellwood, Colin 157 (1½)
108 Roberts, Malcolm A 144 (1½) ½ – ½ Price, Andrew 155 (1½)
109 Worrall, Martin C 133 (1½) ½ – ½ Morton, Peter S 149 (1½)
110 Chapman, Timothy 135 (1) ½ – ½ Woodward, Tim F 153 (1)
111 Harris, Martyn J 152 (1) 1 – 0 Lawrence, David J 137 (1)
112 Moore, Gillian A 147 (1) ½ – ½ Hamilton, Selwyn 133 (1)
113 Tew, Paul 145 (1) 1 – 0 Robertson, Jim 134 (½)
114 Taylor, Geoffrey P 145 (½) 0 – 1 Morgan, Jamie 147 (½)
115 Burton, Ronnie 159 (1½) ½ – 0      

  

  WECU Congress       Minor    Rd. 4    
Brd White Grd     Black Grd  
201 Barber-Lafon, Jacquie 135 (2½) ½ – ½ Dicker, Nigel 135 (2½)
202 Errington, Paul T 126 (2½) 0 – 1 Jackson, Paul A 127 (2½)
203 Hunt, Ray K 125 (2) 0 – 1 Wilby, Robert G 137 (2)
204 Bailey, Gregory L 112 (2) 0 – 1 Tidy, Norman F 124 (2)
205 Sandercock, E Barry 137 (1½) ½ – ½ Blencowe, Ian P 129 (2)
206 Allen, Timothy S 127 (1½) 1 – 0 Gardiner, Colin J 116 (1½)
207 Whittington, Reece  119 (1½) 0 – 1 Alexander, Ken  126 (1½)
208 Parfett, Gerald F 121 (1½) ½ – ½ Spooner, Keith C 119 (1½)
209 Dengler, Terry   95 (1½) ½ – ½ Maber, Martyn J 93* (1)
210 Dean, John E 115 (1) 0 – 1 Gilbert, David J 138 (1)
211 Fraser, Alan R 112 (½) 0 – 1 Mills, Nigel 122 (1)
212 Waters, Roger G 116 (1) 0 – 1 Kelly, Edmund 104 (½)
213 Burt, David F 114 (1) 1 – 0 Cox, Reg E 87 (1)
214 Foster, Paul 134 (2) ½ – 0      
215 Welch, Hazel 109 (0) 1 – 0      

 

Rd. 3: The two Dr. Daves on Bd. 2, with the two top seeds nearest wall.

Rd. 3: Top Bds in the Major.

Rd. 4: Bds. 1 & 2 (nearest)

Rd 4 Open: Fraser vs Bartlett (nearest) & Stephens vs Stephenson

 

Rd. 4: Top bds in the Major

WECU Championship & Congress – Easter 2014 – Day 1

This year the venue had to be moved from the Royal Beacon Hotel, where the event had been held for the previous15 years, on account of a wedding having been booked for our usualk playing hall. So the nearby Manor Hotel, kindly moved in and made an offer we couldn’t refuse, and for the past year this has been the focus of attention – new circumstances, new staff, what can possibly go wrong etc.

However, this did not prevent a number of players booking their accommodation at the Beacon. One of them, who shall be nameless, expressed the hope that the wedding festivities would not prove too noisy for other guests, only to be told the wedding had long since been cancelled!

The Manor’s function room, although somewhat smaller than the Beacon’s, managed to accommodate all the games asked of it, the entry being a little down on recent years and probably just as well in the circumstances.

After a few words of welcome, White clocks were started at exactly 10.00. Rd. 1 results were as follows;-

  WECU Championship 2014 Open Rd. 1
Brd White Result Black
1 Bolt, Graham 177 (0) 0 – 1 Mcmichael, Richard J 213 (0)
2 Boyne, Andrew K 196 (0) 1 – 0 Shaw, Meyrick 176 (0)
3 Thompson, Robert 176 (0) ½ – ½ Clark, Ian C 193 (0)
4 Simons, Martin J 191 (0) ½ – ½ Bartlett, Simon 175 (0)
5 Slade, Theo 173 (0) ½ – ½ Stephens, John K 186 (0)
6 Paulden, Tim 184 (0) 1 – 0 Stephenson, David W 159 (0)
7 Toms, David A 142 (0) ½ – ½ Fraser, John 180 (0)
8 Regis, David 180 (0) 1 – 0      
9 Littlejohns, David P 182 (0) ½ – 0      

 

  WECU Congress     2014 Major (U-175) Rd.1    
Brd White Grd     Black Grd  
101 Ingham, H William 169 (0) 1 – 0 Harris, Martyn J 152 (0)
102 Morton, Peter S 149 (0) 0 – 1 Bass, John W 168 (0)
103 Brusey, Alan  167 (0) 1 – 0 Moore, Gillian A 147 (0)
104 Morgan, Jamie 147 (0) 0 – 1 Page, Martin C 167 (0)
105 Thynne, Trefor F 166 (0) 1 – 0 Rogers, David R 146 (0)
106 Dimond, Peter D 145 (0) 0 – 1 O’Gorman, Brendan 164 (0)
107 Gamble, Raymond J 163 (0) 1 – 0 Taylor, Geoffrey P 145 (0)
108 Tew, Paul 145 (0) 0 – 1 Dean, Steve K 161 (0)
109 Nyman, John C 161 (0) ½ – ½ Roberts, Malcolm A 144 (0)
110 Lawrence, David 137 (0) ½ – ½ Burton, Ronnie 159 (0)
111 Sellwood, Colin 157 (0) ½ – ½ Chapman, Timoth 135 (0)
112 Robertson, Jim 134 (0) ½ – ½ Wensley, Oliver E 157 (0)
113 Price, Andrew 155 (0) ½ – ½ Hamilton, Selwyn  133 (0)
114 Worrall, Martin C 133 (0) 0 – 1 Annetts, Ivor S 152 (0)
115 Gosling, Brian G 152 (0) 1 – 0 Mills, Nigel 122 (0)
116 Woodward, Tim F 153 (0) ½ – 0      

 

  WECU Congress     2014 Minor (U-140) Rd. 1    
Brd White Grd     Black Grd  
201 Spooner, Keith C 119 (0) ½ – ½ Sandercock, E Barry 137 (0)
202 Wilby, Robert G 137 (0) 0 – 1 Whittington, Reece  119 (0)
203 Gardiner, Colin J 116 (0) 0 – 1 Barber-Lafon, Jacquie 135 (0)
204 Dicker, Nigel 135 (0) ½ – ½ Waters, Roger G 116 (0)
205 Dean, John E 115 (0) 0 – 1 Foster, Paul 134 (0)
206 Blencowe, Ian P 129 (0) 1 – 0 Burt, David F 114 (0)
207 Bailey, Gregory L 112 (0) 1 – 0 Allen, Timothy S 127 (0)
208 Jackson, Paul A 127 (0) 1 – 0 Fraser, Alan R 112 (0)
209 Welch, Hazel 109 (0) 0 – 1 Errington, Paul T 126 (0)
210 Alexander, Ken  126 (0) ½ – ½ Maber, Martyn J 93* (0)
211 Kelly, Edmund 104 (0) 0 – 1 Hunt, Ray K 125 (0)
212 Tidy, Norman F 124 (0) 0 – 1 Dengler, Terry 95 (0)
213 Cox, Reg E 87 (0) 0 – 1 Parfett, Gerald F 121 (0)
214 Gilbert, David J 138 (0) ½ – 0      

 Round 1 was completed by 2 p.m. and 90 minutes was allowed between rounds, the afternoon rounds all starting at 3.30. However, it became apparent that modern arbiters are now so efficient at making the draws using specialised software, that this task could easily be done in an hour, making it possible to re-start at 3 p.m. Although it’s too late to change for this year, the committee will certainly be considering this change for next year. 

Round 2 saw McMichael, a last minute entry, moving into the sole lead , with 4 players a half point behind. Perhaps the most remarkable of these is the veteran David Toms, who has been in declining health for a number of years, yet opted for the Open as he thought “It might be my last congress and I might as well give it a go”. He’s certainly doing that.

  WECU Open   2014   Round  2  Results    
Bd. White Grd     Black Grd  
1 McMichael, Richard J 213 (1) 1 – 0 Paulden, Tim 184 (1)
2 Regis, David 180 (1) ½ – ½ Boyne, Andrew K 196 (1)
3 Clark, Ian C 193 (½) ½ – ½ Slade, Theo 173 (½)
4 Littlejohns, David P 182 (½) ½ – ½ Simons, Martin J 191 (½)
5 Stephens, John K 186 (½) 0 – 1 Thompson, Robert 176 (½)
6 Bartlett, Simon 175 (½) 0 – 1 Toms, David A 142 (½)
7 Fraser, John 180 (½) 0 – 1 Bolt, Graham 177 (0)
8 Shaw, Meyrick 176 (0) ½ – ½ Stephenson, David W 159 (0)

 

  WECU   Major   2014   Round  2  Results    
Bd. White Grd     Black Grd  
101 O’Gorman, Brendan 164 (1) ½ – ½ Ingham, H William 169 (1)
102 Bass, John W 168 (1) ½ – ½ Gamble, Raymond  163 (1)
103 Page, Martin C 167 (1) 1 – 0 Gosling, Brian G 152 (1)
104 Dean, Steve K 161 (1) ½ – ½ Brusey, Alan W 167 (1)
105 Annetts, Ivor S 152 (1) 0 – 1 Thynne, Trefor F 166 (1)
106 Hamilton, Selwyn 133 (½) ½ – ½ Nyman, John C 161 (½)
107 Burton, Ronnie 159 (½) 1 – 0 Robertson, Jim 134 (½)
108 Roberts, Malcolm A 144 (½) 1 – 0 Sellwood, Colin 157 (½)
109 Wensley, Oliver E 157 (½) 1 – 0 Lawrence, David J 137 (½)
110 Chapman, Timothy  135 (½) ½ – ½ Price, Andrew 155 (½)
111 Woodward, Tim F 153 (½) ½ – ½ Morgan, Jamie 147 (0)
112 Harris, Martyn J 152 (0) 1 – 0 Tew, Paul 145 (0)
113 Taylor, Geoffrey P 145 (0) ½ – ½ Morton, Peter S 149 (0)
114 Moore, Gillian A 147 (0) ½ – ½ Dimond, Peter D 145 (0)
115 Rogers, David R 146 (0) ½ – ½ Worrall, Martin C 133 (0)

   

  WECU    Minor   2014   Round 2  Results    
Bd. White Grd     Black Grd  
201 Barber-Lafon, Jacquie 135 (1) 1 – 0 Hunt, Ray K 125 (1)
202 Foster, Paul 134 (1) ½ – ½ Parfett, Gerald F 121 (1)
203 Whittington, Reece  119 (1) ½ – ½ Blencowe, Ian P 129 (1)
204 Dengler, Terry   95 (1) 0 – 1 Jackson, Paul A 127 (1)
205 Errington, Paul T 126 (1) ½ – ½ Bailey, Gregory L 112 (1)
206 Gilbert, David J 138 (½) ½ – ½ Spooner, Keith C 119 (½)
207 Sandercock, E Barry 137 (½) ½ – ½ Alexander, Ken  126 (½)
208 Maber, Martyn J  93* (½) 0 – 1 Dicker, Nigel 135 (½)
209 Waters, Roger G 116 (½) 0 – 1 Dean, John E 115 (0)
210 Burt, David F 114 (0) 0 – 1 Wilby, Robert G 137 (0)
211 Allen, Timothy  127 (0) 1 – 0 Welch, Hazel 109 (0)
212 Fraser, Alan R 112 (0) 0 – 1 Tidy, Norman F 124 (0)
213 Mills, Nigel 122 (0) 1 – 0 Kelly, Edmund 104 (0)
214 Cox, Reg E   87 (0) 0 – 1 Gardiner, Colin J 116 (0)

Rd. 1 The top players' side - Simons vs Bartlett nearest.

Martin Simons waits patiently on Bd. 4

Nearest: Jim Robertson of E. Kilbride, the furthest travellor to the event.

Former Junior International, David Toms, plays current Junior international John Fraser. Game drawn.

Rd 2 - Bd 4: Littlejohns vs Simons

Minor Section Rd. 2: Top 3 boards.

Teignmouth RapidPlay Results (12.04.2014.)

The Teignmouth RapidPlay tournament on Sunday was won outright by Steve Homer (182 – Newton Abbot) with 5/6 points. 2nd= were Graham Bolt (176 – Exeter), Alan Brusey (174 – Teignmouth) and Stephen Piper (183 – Salisbury). The Minor Section for players graded Under 140 was won jointly by Ray Hunt (125 – Bognor) and Vignesh Ramesh (106 – Newton Abbot) on 5/6 points.

These games are played too quickly to record the moves, so here are two wins by Homer from last year’s WECU Championship that show how dangerous he can be given half a chance to attack.

White: S. J. Homer Black: A. W. Brusey. French Defence – Tarrasch Var.  [C07]

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 c5 4.Ngf3 Nf6 5.e5 Ne4 6.Nxe4 dxe4 7.Ng5 cxd4 8.Nxe4 Qa5+ 9.Bd2 Qxe5 A nice manoeuvre to win a pawn, but it leaves his queen in the centre, vulnerable to harassment. 10.Bd3 Nc6 11.0–0 Bd7 12.f4 As the position opens up, Black’s tardy development proves fatal. 12…Qc7 13.Ng5 g6 14.f5! It’s time to break open the centre before Black has time to get organised. 14…exf5 15.Bc4 Nd8 16.Qe2+ Ne6 17.Bxe6 Bxe6 18.Nxe6 fxe6 19.Qxe6+ Qe7 20.Qc4 Threatening Re1 while preventing castling to avoid it. 20…Qc5 Now the Black king is really exposed. 21.Rae1+ Kd7. If 21…Be7?? 22.Qxc5. 22.Qe6+ Kc7 23.Bf4+ Bd6 24.Qe7+ Kc6 25.Bxd6 Qxd6 26.Re6 and the Black queen falls. 1–0

White: T. Paulden. Black: S. J.  Homer. Nimzo-Larsen Opening [A01]

1.b3 d5 2.Bb2 c5 3.e3 Nc6 4.Bb5 Qc7 5.f4 a6 6.Bxc6+ Qxc6 7.Nf3 f6 8.0–0 e6 9.d3 Nh6 10.Qe2 Bd6 11.e4 d4 12.e5 Be7 13.c3 dxc3 14.Nxc3 Bd7 15.exf6 gxf6 16.Ne4 Rf8 17.Ne5 fxe5 18.Qh5+ Nf7 19.fxe5 0–0–0 20.Qxf7. Not 20.Rxf7?? Be8. 20…Rxf7 21.Rxf7 Re8 22.Rxh7 In this skirmish White just about got material equality for his queen, but had already sacrificed a knight to no clear purpose, so is left with a rook and 2 passed pawns for his queen. 22…Qd5 23.Rg7 Qxd3 24.Nf6! Now Black has a problem to solve. 24…Kd8 25.Nxe8 Bxe8 26.Rf1 The balance of forces is roughly level, provided Black can free up his bishop pair. 26…c4 27.Re1 Bb4 28.Rc1 c3 29.Rg3 Qxg3 30.hxg3 cxb2 31.Rb1 Bc3 32.Rd1+ Ke7 33.Kf2 Bg6 Suddenly the bishops hold sway. 34.Ke2 b1Q 35.Rxb1 Bxb1 36.a4 Bc2 0–1

This year’s event starts on Friday morning. Details regarding late entries to M. Shaw on 01395-275494.

Last week’s position gave rise to a familiar old combination that never fails to amuse everyone – except the victim. Black played 1…Nh3 double check, forcing 2.Kh1. Then 2…Qg1+ forcing Rxg1 and then the knight jumps back to f2+ – what is called a “smothered mate”.

Here is another recent game ending. How does White finish off smartly?

White to play and win.

Somerset vs Hants Details (29.03.2014.)

As reported last week, Somerset won the WECU Championship by beating Hampshire 8½-6½ in a close match at Mere. The details were as follows (Hants names first in each pairing). 1. I. Thompson (217) 1-0 D. Buckley (212). 2. J. Tambini (198) 0-1 J. Rudd (211). 3. D. Tunks (188) ½-½ P. Krzyzanowski (199). C. Bellers (186) 1-0 B. Edgell (198). 5. P. Cooper (182) 1-0 M. Payne (193). 6. D. Fowler (181) 0-1 P. Chaplin (189). 7. S. Knox (167) 0-1 A. Footner (183). 8. D. F. Thompson (160) ½-½ D. Littlejohns (182). 9. T. Davis (159) ½-½ B. Morris (174). 10. C. Priest (158) ½-½ G. Jepps (158). 11. G. Jones (158) ½-½ C. Purry (165). 12. Miss G. Moore (147) 0-1 J. Byrne (161). 13. R. Davenport (140) 0-1 D. Peters (158). 14. J. Chilton (139) ½-½ W. Taylor (157). 15. R. Ashmore (137) ½-½ J. Fewkes (152).  Somerset also won an U-160 match by 3½-2½ the details of which are:- 1. T. Chapman (135) ½-½ A. Champion (154). 2. D. Culliford (131) ½-½ D.  Freeman (148). 3. M. Pope (119) ½-½ U. Effiong (142). 4. S. Murphy (113) 0-1 P. Wojcik (141). 5. J. Barnett (111) 1-0 T. West (137). 6. T. Cutter (109) 0-1 S. Pickard (111).

The next big event is the Bristol Spring Congress on the weekend of 11th – 13th April. Details from G. Mill-Wilson on 0779 0167415 or e-mail tugmw@blueyonder.co.uk. This is followed by the WECU Championship and congress in Exmouth. Details from Meyrick Shaw on 01395-275494 or e-mail: meyrick.shaw@hotmail.co.uk.

In this game from last year’s event, a former WECU Champion loses out in a lively game.

White: Paul Helbig (180). Black: John Stephens (191).

Closed Sicilian Defence [B26]

1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.g3 g6 4.Bg2 Bg7 5.d3 d6 6.Be3 Rb8 7.Qd2 b5 8.Nge2 Nd4 9.0–0 e6 10.Nc1 b4 White usually tries to get in a quick kingside attack, with Black countering later on the queenside, but here it is the other way round. 11.Nd1 Qa5 12.c3 bxc3 13.bxc3 Nc6 14.f4 Now White’s attack gets under way.Nge7 15.Ne2 Ba6 16.f5 exf5 17.exf5 gxf5 18.Bh6 Be5 19.Ne3 Nd4 20.Rab1 Kd7 21.Nf4 Bxf4 22.Bxf4 Qxc3! Black cleverly wins another pawn.  23.Qxc3 Ne2+ 24.Kh1 Nxc3 25.Rxb8 Rxb8 26.Nc4 Bxc4 27.dxc4 Rb2 28.Bg5 Rxa2 29.Bf3 Rb2 30.g4 a5 31.gxf5 Nc6 32.Bf6 Ne5 33.Bxe5 dxe5 34.f6 Rb1 35.Rxb1 Nxb1 36.Bg4+ Kd6 37.Bf5 Nc3 38.Bxh7 a4 0–1.

Last week’s 3-mover was solved by 1.Bb1 threatening 2.Qxa2 mate, so Black must play 1…Nb4 and then 2.Kb7 leaving Black the option of either taking the bishop or moving the defending knight.

In this position, White last played h5 to which Black played the natural-looking counter Re4. What did White now play to earn a double !! and the full point?

White to play a "Magic Move".

Arkell Wins European Title (22..03.2014.)

On Monday, Paignton’s resident Grandmaster, Keith Arkell, won the European Championship for Seniors over 50, the first English player to win a European title since Jovanka Houska became Girls’ U-20 Champion in 2000.

At Oporto, Portugal, Keith went through undefeated, finishing with 7/9 points. He is expert at the long drawn out endgame, but here is his quickest win.

White: K. C. Arkell (2448). Black: D. Kurka GER. (2045).

Queen’s Gambit  [D37]

1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 Be7 5.cxd5 exd5 6.Bg5 c6 7.e3 Nbd7 8.Qc2 0–0 9.Bd3 Re8 10.0–0 Nf8 11.Bxf6 Bxf6 12.b4 a6 13.a4 g6 14.b5 a5 15.bxc6 bxc6 16.Ne2 Bd7 17.Rab1 Be7 18.Ne5 Rc8 19.Rb7 Bd6 20.Nxd7 Nxd7 21.Qb3 Re7 22.g3 Bb4 23.Qc2 c5 24.dxc5 Rxc5 25.Qd1 Ne5 26.Rxe7 Qxe7 27.Nf4 Nc4 28.Qe2 Nb6 29.Bb5 Qe4 30.Rd1 Rc2 31.Qg4 Nc4 At this point Black has 2 isolated pawns as opposed to White’s 1, but with bishops of opposite colour this might not be enough to win. White needs something extra…. 32.Nxd5! leaving his queen unprotected yet winning a vital pawn. 32…Qxg4 33.Nf6+ Kg7 34.Nxg4 h5 The knight has nowhere to go, so… 35.Bxc4 Rxc4 36.Ne5 Re4 37.Nf3 Rc4 38.Rd7 Kf6 39.h4 Ba3 40.Rxf7+ Black falls for the same trick again.1-0 If 40…Kxf7 41.Ne5+. White’s 2 extra pawns are now enough for an easy win for someone of Arkell’s expertise.

After drawing with the eventual Champions, Somerset, and beating Hants, Cornwall finished their season in style with a comfortable 9½ – 6½ win over Gloucestershire at Exminster Village Hall. In fact, it went according to form as they outgraded their opponents by about 100 points and lost only 2 of the 16 games. Cornish names first in each pairing:- 1.J. Menadue 1-0 D. Lambourne. 2.M. Hassall ½-½ J. Jenkins. 3.D. Saqui ½-½ J. Waterfield. 4.S. Bartlett 0-1 M. Ashworth. 5.T. Slade 1-0 P. Kirby. 6.R. Kneebone ½-½ P. Meade. 7.G. Healey 1-0 P.  Denison. 8.M. Csuri ½-½ B. Whitelaw. 9.J. Hooker ½-½ P. Dodwell. 10.G. Trudeau ½-½ A. Walker. 11.C. Sellwood 1-0 P. Baker. 12.J. Nicholas 0-1 G. Taylor. 13.J. Wilman ½-½ R. Ashworth. 14.R. Smith ½-½ A. Richards. 15.M. Hill 1-0 J. Caterer. 16.D. R. Jenkins ½-½ P. Bending.

Meanwhile, Somerset overcame Hampshire by 8½-6½, even though their top 5 boards could only muster 1½ points. This made them Div. 1 winners.

In last week’s position, only Black’s bishop prevented White from playing 1.Qf6 and mating on g7, so White can afford to sacrifice his rook by taking it with 1.Rxe5! and there is nothing Black can do.

Here is an original 3-mover from the fertile mind of Dave Howard of East Harptree. Don’t forget Black’s pawns are ready to queen.

Devon v Dorset (15.03.2014.)

Luppitt Village Hall is the traditional venue for the Devon vs Dorset U-160 match. Although Dorset had suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of Somerset in an earlier round and were not expected to win here, they were always in the match and it was only a few late wins for Devon that made the score 10-6. The result meant that Devon have won the Wayling Cup for 2nd teams for the 16th consecutive year. Dorset names 1st in each pairing: 1.M. Littleton 1-0 O.Wensley. 2. W. Legg 0-1 M. Stinton-Brownbridge. 3.G. Searing 1-0 P. Halmkin. 4.J. Cherryson 0-1 I. Annetts. 5.D. Aldwinckle 0-1 B. G.Gosling. 6.P. Brackner ½-½ A. Kinder 7. C. Winch 0-1 A. Frangleton. 8. I. Willis 0-1 C. J. Scott. 9.P. Errington 0-1 K. Atkins. 10.T.Lundin 1-0 R.Wilby. 11.A. Young ½-½ W. Taylor. 12.P. Jackson ½-½ P. Dobber. 13.M. Rogan ½-½ N. Mills.14.J. Kelly ½-½ Jacquie Barber-Lafon. 15. K. Spooner ½-½ R. Jones. 16.S. Jones 0-1 N. Tidy.

In this game, White missed a combination known as the Windmill, or see-saw, first played by Torre to defeat Lasker at Moscow 1925. (Notes kindly supplied by the winner).

White: B. Gosling (152). Black: D. Aldwinckle (133).

Sicilian Defence  [B40]

1.e4 e6 2.d3 d5 3.Nd2 c5 4.Ngf3 Nc6 5.g3 Bd6 6.Bg2 d4 7.0–0 e5 8.a4 Bg4 9.h3 Bh5 10.g4 Bg6 11.Nc4 f6 12.Nh4 Nge7 13.c3 Bf7 14.f4 Trying to unravel the pawn chain 14…Bxc4 15.dxc4 Qc7 16.f5 White keeps the centre closed and anticipates Black castling on the queenside. 16…0–0–0 17.Bd2 Kb8 18.Nf3 Nc8 White should press home an attack while Black’s pieces are still blocked in. 19.a5 Qf7 20.Qa4 a6 21.cxd4 exd4 22.e5 Nxe5 23.Nxe5 fxe5 24.Ra3 The idea is Ra1–a3-b3-b6 24…Qd7?? Both players miss the famous Windmill combination thus the ?? marks. 25.Qc2?? This comprises the nice 25.Rb3!! White temporarily offers his Queen but it can’t be accepted because if 25….Qxa4 26.Rxb7+ and White repeats the checking pattern and wins much material viz 26.Rxb7+ Ka8 27.Rxg7+ Kb8 28.Rb7+ Ka8 29.Rxh7+ Kb8 30.Rb7+ Ka8 31.Rb4+ Ka7 32.Rxa4 25…Ne7 26.Rb3 White threatens to win material with Rb3xb7. 26…Nc6 27.Rb6! Ka7 28.Qb3 Rb8 29.Qa4 Rhc8 30.Bd5 Rc7 31.f6 Rf8 32.f7 Nd8 33.Qb3 Be7?? 33…Nc6 was necessary. 34.Rxa6+! Kb8 35.Rb6 Ka7 36.a6! bxa6 37.Rxa6+!! 1–0

Pictures of the games in progress may be seen on keverelchess.com.

Meanwhile, Somerset overcame Hampshire to clinch the Div. 1 trophy.

The solution to last week’s was 1.Qh5!

Soon after an early retirement, Nick Arkell has returned to the game he first learned by playing hundreds of games with his brother, Keith. Here, however, in a recent game he loses to White’s next move.

White to play and win

Devon vs Dorset (08.03.2014.)

Luppitt Village Hall, tucked away in a hidden valley, high in the Blackdown Hills, is the traditional venue for this annual match. This year, like most, the sky was clear and bright, and both sides looked forward to an entertaining afternoon.

Although Dorset had received a real trouncing at the hands of Somerset in an earlier round and were not expected to win here, they were always in the match and it was only a few late wins for Devon that made the score look respectable to Devon eyes.

The result meant that Devon had won the Wayling Cup for 2nd teams for the 16th consecutive year.

Bd DORSET U-160 Grd     DEVON U-160 Grd
1 Mark Littleton 160 1 0 Oliver Wensley 157
2 Warren Legg 150 0 1 Mike Stinton-Brownbridge 155
3 Geoff C Searing 146 1 0 Peter E Halmkin 155
4 Julian Cherryson 137 0 1 Ivor S Annetts 152
5 David Aldwinckle 133 0 1 Brian. G. Gosling 152
6 Paul Brackner 135 ½ ½ Andrew S. Kinder 152
7 Colin E Winch 130 0 1 Andrew Frangleton 152
8 Ivan J Willis 137 0 1 Chris J .Scott 145
9 Paul T Errington 126 0 1 Keith P. Atkins 142
10 Terje Lundin U/G 1 0 Robert G Wilby 137
11 Andrew Young 122 ½ ½ Wilfred R P Taylor 139
12 Paul A Jackson 127 ½ ½ Piet Dobber 135
13 Mick Rogan U/G ½ ½ Nathan Mills 135
14 John (W) Kelly 117 ½ ½ Jacquie Barber-Lafon 135
15 Keith C Spooner 119 ½ ½ Robert H Jones 132
16 Sidney A Jones 108 0 1 Norman F Tidy 124
      6 10    

 

The venue set in the Blackdowns

 

Oliver Wensley, whose paternal ancesters go back in Luppitt for several generations, moves on top board.

 

Bds 5 = 8

 

Willis v Scott on Bd. 8

 

A neat win by Tidy (Black) put Devon on the road to victory.

 

Bds. 13 - 16.

E. Devon Congress 2014 – Rd. 1

With only 6 days to the start of this year’s East Devon Congress, the new Entry Secretary, John Stephens, told me that, at 183, he was the 6th highest-graded player in the Open. It was accepted that very often the top players leave their entries to the last minute, and this was no exception. By the Friday evening, he had dropped to 10th, as a whole raft of top players had joined the fray, bringing the total to 43 and making this the strongest Exeter Open for many years. The top 20’s average grade was 188.

The overall entry was 125, bringing the event safely over the break-even point. As the regulars well know, the hall is spacious, with a waiting space and facilities for refreshment adjacent. In John Ariss and Tony Tatam they have excellent Arbiters, but the Committee has dropped to just three people, which is causing concern to them. The regulars are Mark Abbott and Sean Pope, while John Stephens has replaced Alan Maynard who moved to near Weston-Super-Mare. They have put out an appeal for at least 2 more local players to come forward and share the load, if the event is to continue satisfactorily.

General view from the stage.

Bd. 1 Open Section: Bolt v Rudd, both destined to finish 2nd =

Bd. 2: Dom Mackle v Simon Bartlett.

Rd. 1: Theo Slade vs Steve Dilleigh

Minor Section - Rd. 1: Graham Mill-Wilson vs Mike Kaye