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Royal Beacon Seniors Congress – 5th & Final Day

The draw for the final round is as follows:-

  Seniors – Rd. 5          
  White       Black  
1 Norman, K. I. (3½)  ½ ½  Burnett, J. (4)
2 Gosling, B. G. (3)  ½  ½ Pickersgill, A. (3)
3 Gamble, R. (3)  1 Jones, R. H. (3)
4 Thynne, T. F. (3)  ½  ½ Price, A. (3)
5 Shaddick, J. (3)  0 Everson, R (2½)
6 Page, M. (2½)  ½  ½ Hewson, B. W. (2½)
7 Scowen, R. (2½)  ½  ½ Hibbitt, A. (2½)
8 Annetts, I. S. (2½)  1 Wood, P. (2½)
9 Morton, P. (2)  ½  ½ Wiltshire, M. (2½)
10 McAllan, I. (2)  1 Waters, R. (2)
11 Orr, D. (2)  ½  ½ Clapp, J. (2)
12 Fraser, A. (2)  ½  ½ Sherriff, A. (2)
13 Carrick, P. (2)  ½  ½ Tidy, N. F. (2)
14 Robertson, J. (1½)  ½  ½ Hurn, R. (1½)
15 Taylor, M (1½)  1 Lucas, P. (1½)
16 Jones, S. (1½)  0 Namouk, O. (1½)
17 Gorodi, J. G. (1)  0 Kaye, M. (1)
18 Toms, D. A. (1)  1 Ryan, R. A. (1)
19 Welch, H. (1)  1 0 Moloney, T. (1)
20 Purry, N. (½)  1 Cox, R. (0)
21 Roberts, M (1½)  0 Gordon, P. (1)
             
             
  “Juniors”  Rd. 5          
1 Heppell, I. (2½)  ½  ½ Brown, A. (3)
2 Brusey, A. W. (2½)  ½  ½ Rogers, D. R. (2½)
3 Blencowe, I. (½)  0 Bartlett, S. (2½)
4 Burton, R (1½)  ½  ½ Dean, S. (2)
5 Wells, J. (2)  ½  ½ Sellwood, C. (1½)
             

 It will be noticed that in spite of the number of unexpected results throughout the week, the accelerated Swiss pairing sytem used has brought the top 2 players to the top in the final round  - clear 1st and clear 2nd.

As is usual in the circumstances, there was a multiplicity of short draws as players sought to make an early start home. The exception being those still with a chance of getting into the prizelist. Of these, Raymond Gamble and Ivor Annetts got the sharp wins that were rewarded. The “Juniors” was even tighter than usual with just a single point separating 7 of the 10 players. Arguably, the outstanding performance was that of Dave Rogers (149), who played the 4 top-graded opponents and drew with them all.

The final prizelist was as follows:-

  Seniors Grd   Pts Prize
1st J. Burnett 196 Doncaster £100
2nd= K. I. Norman 189 Wokingham 4 £25
  R. Gamble 165 Derby 4 £25
           
GP U-155 I. S. Annetts 152 Tiverton £25
  B. G. Gosling 151 Exmouth £25
           
U-120 J. Clapp 109 N. Radstock £20
  A. Fraser 102 Beckenham £20
  P. Carrick   91 Bath £20
           
Slow R. Burton 154 Weymouth 2 £10
Starter M. Kaye   96 Dorchester 2 £10
  H. Welch 103 Seaton 2 £10
           
75+  1st A. Sherriff 127 Dartford £20
           
  “Juniors”        
1st= S. Bartlett 174 Newquay £50
  A. Brown 186 Northampton £50
GP U-165 D. R. Rogers 149 Exmouth 3 £20
           

14th Royal Beacon Seniors – Rd. 2

The draw for Rd. 2 was as follows, with most results now added:

  Seniors – Rd. 2          
  White       Black  
1 Burnett, J. (1) 1 0 Gosling, B. (1)
2 Hibbitt, A. (1) ½ ½ Norman, K. I. (1)
3 Wood, P. (1) ½ ½ McAllan, I. (1)
4 Thynne, T. F. (1) 1 0 Toms, D. A. (1)
5 Pickersgill, A. (½) ½ ½ Hewson, B. W. (1)
6 Hurn, R. (1) 0 1 Shaddick, J. (1)
7 Sherriff, A. (1) ½ ½ Gamble, R. (½)
8 Everson, R. (0) ½ ½ Roberts, M. (1)
9 Wiltshire, M. (0) 1 0 Jones, S. (1)
10 Waters, R. (1) 1 0 Gorodi, J. G. (0)
11 Page, M (1) ½ ½ Clapp, J. (0)
12 Fraser, A. (1)     Scowen, R. (0)
13 Annetts, I. S. (½)     Price, A. (½)
14 Taylor, M. A. (½) ½ ½ Eden, D. (½)
15 Robertson, J (0) ½ ½ Jones, R. H. (½)
16 Namouk, O. (0) 1 0 Purry, N. (½)
17 Ryan, Dr. R. (½) 0 1 Morton, P. (0)
18 Tidy, N. F. (0) 1 0 Kaye, M. (0)
19 Lucas, P. (0)     Moloney, J. (0)
20 Carrick, P (0) 1 0 Cox, R. (0)
21 Gordon, P. (0) 1 0 Welch, H. (0)
             
             
  “Juniors”  Rd. 2          
1 Brown, A. (1) 1 0 Sellwood, C. (1)
2 Wells, J. (1) ½ ½ Rogers, D. R. (1)
3 Dean, S. (½) ½ ½ Heppell, I. (½)
4 Blencowe, I. (½) 0 1 Brusey, A. W. (0)
5 Burton, R. (0) 0 1 Bartlett, S. (0)
             

 Local player, Roger Waters, graded 111, is having the time of his life and finds himself joint-leader, having beaten the British U-150 Champion, John Gorodi. How long can it last? Yet every year produces surprise results and unexpected performances – it’s one of the joys of the Seniors. At least Gorodi must be favourite for the Slow Starter prize (0/2). Perhaps this was his cunning plan, all along!  Another pairing was J. E. Robertson and Robert Jones, where Robertson had travelled the furthest to play, from East Kilbride in Lanarkshire, Scotland, while Jones lived the nearest to the venue - about 1 mile. Not only that, but their names were anagrams of each other. ‘Twas only fitting, therefore, that a draw be the result.

Hibbitt on his way to a fine draw against Norman.

 

Thynne vs Toms (nearest).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gordon on his way to win against Hazel Welch.

 

Dave Rogers (B) got a creditable draw against Wells.

 

Robertson v Jones - nearest and furthest from the venue.

Royal Beacon Hotel Goes Into Administration.

In today’s Exmouth Journal, nestling among articles on the themes of Boy Stuck in Railings and dog bites dog, lies the rather more concerning headline “Bank takes over top hotel“, the hotel in question being the Royal Beacon, home of the West of England Championships and the Beacon Seniors Congress these past 12 years.

Hotel staff there assured me tonight that all bookings for the immediate future, including the 2012 WECU Easter Congress, would be honoured. The hotel was fundamentally profitable and it was in no-one’s interests to close it down as a knee-jerk reaction.

The Royal Bank of Scotland and their subsidiary, Nat West, foreclosed on Tuesday after giving the former owner, Paul Nightingale, a final 3 hours notice to come up with loan and overdraft payments. The RBS/NatWest have put in administrators RSM Tenon Recovery, a spokesman for whom told the Journal, “The hotel continues to trade as we review the hotel’s financial position. We will be looking to sell it as a going concern. It has generated quite a lot of interest. Those who have booked weddings have been contacted and current bookings will be honoured“. I am assured this includes the chess events.

So from this, I would estimate that this year’s Easter Congress is reasonably secure, as things stand; there’s no need for panic at this stage. The question is whether the new management,whoever they may eventually be, will be as kindly disposed towards these events as were the former owners, who could both take the wider view of how the presence of these events benefitted both the hotel’s and Exmouth’s local economy.

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