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12th Beacon Seniors Day 5

Being the 11th November, it was agreed that at 11 a.m. clocks should be stopped for 2 minutes as an act of remembrance. Ewart Smith had a small transistor radio tuned to Radio 4 and at the moment the announcer said “We are now going over to the Cenotaph”… etc. he turned it up to full volume. Clocks were stopped and most people chose to stand while the bell tolled. A gun salute marked the endof the 2 minutes; clocks were re-started an hostilities re-commenced.  

11.00-11.11.11. Hostilities cease for 2 minutes.

Inevitably, there were some quick draws, as some sought to get back home before dark. On the other hand, most of the potential prizewinners fought tooth and nail to the end. Everson/Dodgson was a quick draw to guarantee them at least a share of 1st place, but that left six players with the possibility of joining them. Of these, it was Martin Page and Brian Gosling who, after sharp well-judged play, came out winners, to make it a 4-way tie. In the “Juniors”, the joint leaders, Wells and Heppell fought long games, neither willing to accept a draw in case the other went on to win, but in the end, Heppell had little choice but to accept a draw, and Wells followed suite soon after. 

The games finished as follows:-

  Seniors Rd. 5          
  White       Black  
1 Everson, R (3½) ½ ½ Dodgson, J (3½)
2 Page, M (3) 1 0 Footner, J (3)
3 Gosling, B (3) 1 0 Openshaw (3)
4 Gamble, R (3) ½ ½ Norman, Dinah (3)
5 Carr, C (2½) ½ ½ Annetts, I. S (2½)
6 Velker, W (2½) ½ ½ Sandercock, B (2½)
7 Price, A (2½) ½ ½ Elwood, D (2½)
8 Wiltshire, M (2½) ½ ½ Hurn, R (2)
9 Footner, A (2) 1 0 Parfett, G. (2)
10 Jones, R. H. (2) 0 1 Adams, M (2)
11 Roberts, M (2) 1 0 Welch, Hazel (2)
12 Cranmer, S (2) 1 0 O’Grady, J (2)
13 Lucas, P (2) 0 1 Sherriff, A (2)
14 Naldrett, G (2) 1 0 Wiggins, A (2)
15 Dean, J (2) 0 1 Dicker, N (2)
16 Ross, B. (2) ½ ½ Waters, R (2)
17 O’Rourke, K (1½) 0 1 Burt, D (1½)
18 Kaye, M (1½) 0 1 Tidy, N (1½)
19 Ryan, R. A. (1) ½ ½ Cox, R. E. (1)
20 Jenkins, G. J. (1) ½ ½ Purry. N (1)
21 Maloney, T (1) 0 1 Herschmann, H (1½)
22 Patching, G (1) 0 1 Carrick, P (1½)
23 Jones, S (1½) 1 0 Gordon, P (1½)
  Cox, Marian (½) 1   bye  
  “Juniors” Rd. 5          
1 Heppell, I (3) ½ ½ Burton, R (2½)
2 Wells, J (3) ½ ½ Dean, S (2½)
3 Sellwood, C (1½) 1 0 Orr, D (2)
4 Ariss, J (1) 0 1 McAllan, I (2)
5 Rogers, D. R. (2) 1   bye  
“Juniors” games:        http://www.chessdevon.co.uk/HTML/bj2011/base.htm
The prizelist worked out as follows. In most cases prizemoney was rounded up to the nearest round figure to avoid fiddly amounts. The Over-80s prize was comprised of Ken Norman’s entry fee, which he kindly donated to the prizelist, with the idea that only those aged 80+ should be eligible.
  Seniors Club Grd    
1st= J. Dodgson Sussex 186 4/5 £40
  R. Everson Dartford 168   £40
  B. Gosling Exmouth 150   £40
  M. Page Insurance 168   £40
GP 144-111inc.        
1st= S. Cranmer Ashfield 142 3/5 £15
  N. Dicker Glastonbury 139   £15
  D. Elwood   141   £15
  G. Naldrett Insurance 123   £15
GP U-110        
1st= P. Carrick Bath 98 £20
  H. Herschmann Hampstead 105   £20
  S. Jones Dorchester 100   £20
O-80s          
1st= B. Sandercock       £10
  A. Sherriff Dartford 145   £10
           
  “Juniors”        
1st= I. Heppell   180   £50
  J. Wells N. Norfolk 179   £50
GP U-141        
1st D. R. Rogers Exmouth 138   £20

Steve Dean arrives to play Wells, while Heppell v Burton is already under way.

Eventually settled down.

Top 2 games in the Seniors - Everson/Dodgson ended in a quick draw.

12th Beacon Seniors Day 4

The draw for Rd. 4 was as follows:-

  Seniors Rd. 4          
  White       Black  
1 Dodgson, J (2½) 1 0 Carr, C (2½)
2 Openshaw, D (2½) ½ ½ Page, M (2½)
3 Everson, R (2½) 1 0 Wiltshire, M (2½)
4 Footner, J (2) 1 0 Roberts, M (2)
5 Norman, Dinah (2) 1 0 Footner, A (2)
6 Elwood, D (2) ½ ½ Velker, W (2)
7 Wiggins, A (2) 0 1 Gamble, R (2)
8 Dicker, N (2) 0 1 Gosling, B (2)
9 Adams, M (1½) ½ ½ Sandercock, B (2)
10 Annetts, I. S (1½) 1 0 Kaye, M (1½)
11 Tidy, N. F (1½) 0 1 Price, A (1½)
12 Sherriff, A (1½) ½ ½ Cranmer, S (1½)
13 O’Grady, J (1½) ½ ½ Jones R. H. (1½)
14 Hurn, R (1½) ½ ½ Dean, J (1½)
15 Purry, N (1) 0 1 Ross, B (1)
16 Cox, R. E. (1) 0 1 Lucas, P (1)
17 Parfett, G. (1) 1 0 Ryan, R. A (1)
18 Burt, D (1) ½ ½ Jones, S (1)
19 Waters, R (1) 1 0 Jenkins, G. J. (1)
20 O’Rourke, K (½) 1 0 Cox, Marian (½)
21 Herschmann, H (1) ½ ½ Carrick, P (1)
22 Welch, Hazel (1) 1 0 Patching, G (1)
23 Gordon, P (1) ½ ½ Naldrett, G (1½)

 

  “Juniors” Rd. 4          
1 Heppell, I (2)  1  0 Wells, J (3)
2 Dean, S (1½)  1 Orr, D (2)
3 Rogers, D. R. (1½) ½ ½ McAllan, I (1½)
4 Burton, R (1½)  1  0 Ariss, J (1)
5 Sellwood, C (½) 1   bye  

 Of the 6 players on 2.5, only Dodgson and Everson won, making them joint leaders and due to meet in the final round. A number of others have a mathematical chance of becoming joint winners on 4 pts if the top 2 draw, including Openshaw, Page, John Footner, Dinah Norman, Gamble and Gosling.

The top game in the “Juniors” was between Wells on a maximum 3/3 and Heppell, a point behind having drawn 2 games. However, Heppell rediscovered his form and levelled the scores. 

Rd. 4 games here:

Pt. 1: http://www.chessdevon.co.uk/HTML/bs2014/base.htm

Pt. 2: http://www.chessdevon.co.uk/HTML/bj2014a/base.htm

All “Junior” gms: http://www.chessdevon.co.uk/HTML/bj2011/base.htm

Tomorrow is the 11th day of the 11th month, 2011, and there has been talk about whether it would be appropriate to have a 2 minute pause at 11 o’clock – clocks stopped to allow folk thoughts to go where they will. The idea was explained at the start of play on Wednesday, and a show of hands to be taken today. When asked, it was clear the mark of respect was wanted.

Top 2 games in the Seniors: Dodgson v Carr: Openshaw v Page

Hazel Welch helps visually-challenged Patching, and a blind player plays Naldrett.

Top game in the Juniors was Heppell v Wells (won by White) and Dean v Orr.

12th Beacon Seniors Day 3

Arrived this morning to be regaled with an OMG moment from Rd. 1. The perpetrator was Sid Jones (no relation), who had been playing Gerald Parfett.

They had been playing for several hours, and reached a pawn endgame. Sid, as White, made his 60th move, Kf2, to reach the following position, and left the board to get a couple of continuation scoresheets from the controller’s table.

OMG! A real senior moment!

On his return to the board he found Black had played 60…Kf4. A quick look told him that his own King could never stray from f2 and he imagined that the Black King could always get back to e5 and cover any break by the d-pawn, so Sid resigned immediately. He had, of course, overlooked the fact that the d-pawn would always be a step ahead and would queen, leaving him with a cast iron win. Talk about snatching defeat from the jaws of victory…  Sid blames the break in concentration caused by the trip to get a new scoresheet, and calls this the biggest blunder of his chess career – at least, since the last one he forgot about.

Always philosophical, as Sid sat down for his Rd. 3 game, he placed a warning sign for all who passed by to see – “CAUTION – Senior Moment in Progress”.

Sid Jones wearing red for danger!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Round 3 ended as follows:- 

  Seniors Rd. 3          
  White       Black  
1 Wiltshire, M (2) ½ ½ Carr, C (2)
2 Price, A (1½) 0 1 Dodgson (1½)
3 Footner, J (1½) ½ ½ Wiggins, A. (1½)
4 Cranmer, S (1½) 0 1 Everson, R (1½)
5 Page, M (1½) 1 0 Tidy, N (1½)
6 Dean, J (1½) 0 1 Openshaw, D (1½)
7 Gamble, R (1½) ½ ½ Annetts, I. (1)
8 Velker, W (1) 1 0 Parfett, G. (1)
9 Gosling, B (1) 1 0 Waters, R (1)
10 Sandercock, B (1) 1 0 Welch, Hazel (1)
11 Lucas, P (1) 0 1 Norman, Dinah (1)
12 Kaye, M (1) ½ ½ Sherriff, A (1)
13 Naldrett, G (1) ½ ½ Hurn, R. A. J. (1)
14 Elwood, D (1) 1 0 Purry, N (1)
15 Dicker, N (1) 1 0 Jenkins, G. J. (1)
16 Ross, B (½) ½ ½ Jones R. H. (1)
17 Carrick, P. (½) ½ ½ Burt, D. F. (½)
18 O’Rourke, K. (½) 0 1 O’Grady, J (½)
19 Cox, Marian (0) ½ ½ Jones, S ()
20 Cox, R. E. (0) 1 0 Moloney, T (0)
21 Roberts, M (1) 1 0 Herschmann (1)
22 Patching, G (½) ½ ½ Ryan (½)
23 Footner, A. (1) 1 0 Gordon, P (1)
             

 

  “Juniors” Rd. 3          
1 Wells, J (2) 1 0 Burton, R (1½)
2 McAllan, I (1½) 0 1 Heppell, I (1)
3 Orr, D (1) 1 0 Ariss, J (1)
4 Rogers, D. R. (½) 1 0 Sellwood, C (½½)
  Dean, S () ½   bye  

 Rd. 3 games here:

Pt. 1: http://www.chessdevon.co.uk/HTML/bs2013/base.htm

Pt. 2: http://www.chessdevon.co.uk/HTML/bs2013a/base.htm

All “Junior” gms: http://www.chessdevon.co.uk/bj2011/base.htm

Bds. 1 & 2 in the Seniors.

Bds. 1 & 2 in the "Juniors".

Sandercock v Hazel Welch (nearest) & Lucas v Dinah Dobson.

12th Beacon Seniors Day 2

Numbers were boosted today as 4 players who had claimed byes for Rd. 1 arrived ready for combat.

Among the announcements at the start was a plug for Brian Gosling’s  recent publication – a book on the life and work of the 19th century pioneer of problem composition, John Brown of Bridport in Dorset. He has spent c. 2 years researching his life and collecting his work and has produced the definitive biography of the man usually known as “J. B. of Bridport”. There were several copies on the bookstall and Brian was happy to sign any copies purchased, making them collectors’ items of the future.

Once play got under way, some close tussles ensued, ending as follows.

Seniors      Rd. 2      
Dodgson, J ½ ½ Gamble, R.
Everson, R. J. ½ ½ Price, A
Wiltshire, M. 1 0 Velker, W
Carr, C 1 0 Elwood, D
Jones, R. H. 0 1 Footner, A. F.
Openshaw, D 1 0 Lucas, P.
Parfett, G. 0 1 Page, M.
Annetts, I. S 1 0 Naldrett, G. W.
Tidy, N. F. ½ ½ Adams, M. W.
Norman, D. ½ ½ Dean, J.
Welch, H 0 1 Gosling, B. E.
Sherriff, A. J. 1 0 Ross, B.
Burt, D. F. 0 1 Sandercock, E. B.
O’Grady, J. 0 1 Roberts, M.
Ryan, R. A. 0 1 Dicker, N.
Hurn, R. ½ ½ Kaye, M.
Carrick, P. 0 1 Cranmer, S.
Wiggins, A. S. 1 0 O’Rourke, K
Waters, R. G. 1 0 Patching, G. R.
Jenkins, G. J. 1 0 Cox, M.
Herschmann, H 1 0 Cox, R.
Purry, N 1 0 Moloney, T.
Gordon, P 0 1 Footner, J.

 When ready, Rd. 2 games will come in 2 parts.

Part 1:  http://www.chessdevon.co.uk/HTML/bs2012/base.htm

Part 2:  http://www.chessdevon.co.uk/HTML/bs2012a/base.htm

All “Junior” gms:  http://www.chessdevon.co.uk/HTML/bj2011/base.htm

Local chess author, Brian Gosling, in play against Seaton's Hazel Welch.

Mike Wiltshire backs up his excellent Rd. 1 win against Footner, with another against bearded Dutchman Wim Vender.

Top 2 bds (both drawn): Dodson v Gamble (nearest) & Everson v Price.

After a 1 pt bye in Rd. 1, John Ariss has to face the top seed, Jonathan Wells.

Jenkins v Cox (nearest); Waters v Patching; Wiggins v O'Rourke & Carrick v Cranmer.

WECU Championship Preparations

Thursday is Preparation Day for the 64th WECU Championship and Congress, due to start tomorrow at the Royal Beacon Hotel, Exmouth.

Hotel staff have been putting out the tables and cloths all afternoon (I’m assured); John & Christine Constable, of CCF MindGames, will be arriving in town any time now, bringing all the playing equipment and bookstall. A few helpers will arive c. 6 p.m. to start setting out the sets etc. The Mayor of Exmouth, Cllr. Darryl Nicholas, has been booked to arrive in time for the Opening at 10 a.m. The weather is set to be near-perfect, so the show is almost ready to roll.

At the last count, top seeds in the Open were Jack Rudd (208); Stephen Berry (215); Rhys Cumming, a 16 yr. old pupil at Millfield with a grade of 191; former Devon Champions Dominic Mackle (191) and Alan Brusey (175) and the current Champion, Mark Abbott of the local club. Martyn Simons has expressed an intention to play, but no entry form has yet been seen. Of these, all but Stephen Berry are eligible for the Championship Cup and British Championship Qualifying Place. Berry will, of course, take, in full, any cash prize due to him. However, there may be other very late entries with an eye on the big prize. If so, they are unlikely to be denied a place, as entries are down a little this year, in common with most other local events of this nature.

The scene of impending hostilities.