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e2e4 Congress Torquay (10.02.2013.)

In answer to the question “How many Arkells play chess?” most will give the answer ‘one’. Those who have read his autobiography Arkell’s Odyssey, knowing Keith has a brother Nick, may answer ‘two’. Wrong again. The answer’s ‘four’, as Nick has two children, Charlie-ann and Daniel, and all four were playing in the e2e4 Congress at Torquay this weekend.

At the end of the day, Wells beat the clear leader, Dave Ledger, on Bd. 1 and ArkellĀ (K. C.) beat Dominic MackleĀ to join Wells as joint-winners of the Open on 4/5, while a last round win by Martin Burrows allowed him to catch Ledger in 3rd= place.

There was a 4-way tie for 1st place in the Major (U-160), between Arthur Hibbitt (Bristol), Russell Barlow (Somerset), Brendan O’Gorman (DHSS) & Keith Osborne, all on 3.5.

Likewise, the Minor (U-125) finished with a 4-Way tie between Jacqui Barber-Lafon (Newton Abbot), Miles Davies (Bristol & Clifton), STephen CRockett (Redditch) and Lee Bullock (Hackney), all on 4 points.

The next two Arkells, with Mum and private coaches, Keith & Nick.

Daniel Arkell starts his last round game, with Brixham & Berry Head in the background.

Charlie-ann starting Rd. 5 against Andrew Slade, father of Theo, England Squad junior.

General view of the playing area.

GM Peter Wells considers his options against clear leader Dave Ledger.

Local residents Dominic Mackle and Keith Arkell face up in Rd. 5

Theo Slade (W) vs Robert Thompson.