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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.

West of England Championship (13.04.2013.)

At the end of the recent West of England Championship, held over the Easter weekend, there was a four-way tie at the top of the Open Section and although the cash prize could easily be calculated (£155 each), there was some uncertainty about who should get the title of WECU Champion and the qualifying place for this year’s British Championship. Richard McMichael was the first to be eliminated under the eligibility rule as he has no connection to the West of England by birth or residence. Next to go was Patryk Krzyzanowski of Yeovil as he had the lowest sum-of-opponents’ scores, the next level of tie-break.  This left Dominic Mackle and Robert Thompson, both of the Newton Abbot Club, but it took 3 days to be absolutely sure that Mackle had already qualified for “the British” via his success at the Paignton Congress in September. Therefore this place went to Thompson. However, as Mackle had the superior sum-of-opponents’ score, he became the new West of England Champion.

Here is a game from Rd. 4 in which two players from Hull battled it out.

White: D. Stephenson (169). Black: T. Paulden (177).

Robatsch Defence [B06]

1.d4 g6 2.e4 Bg7 3.Nc3 a6 4.f4 d5 5.e5 h5 6.Be3 Bg4 7.Qd2 Nh6 8.h3 Bf5 9.Nf3 e6 10.0–0–0 White has built up a strong centre, but his castled position looks vulnerable to a quick pawn-storm – and here it comes. 10…b5 11.Be2 Nd7 12.Nh2 h4 13.Nf3 Bf8 14.Bf2 Be7 15.Ng5 Ng8 16.Bg4 Nb6 17.Bxf5 gxf5 18.b3 c6 19.Kb1 a5 As Black’s attack proceeds, White must try to some activity on the other wing. 20.g4 hxg3 21.Bxg3 a4 22.h4 Qb8 23.h5 Nh6 Developing a piece and blocking the h-pawn. 24.Ka1 Qa7 25.Nf3 White’s kingside ambitions are thwarted so he must attend to his defences. Bb4 26.Rc1 Qa5 27.Be1 Kd7 28.Ng1 Rhg8 29.Nge2 Rg2 30.Rh3 Ba3 31.Rb1 b4 32.Nd1 Qb5 33.Bf2 Ng4 34.Rg3 Rxf2! 35.Nxf2 Nxf2 36.Rg7 Ne4 37.Qe1 axb3 38.cxb3 Qd3 39.Rxf7+ White is trying to get some counterplay but  a single piece is not enough.  39…Ke8 40.Rb7 which brings us to this week’s position in which Black found a winning move before White could threaten mate himself with Qh4. Can you find it?

The solution to last week’s problem was 1.Rh3! Kf4 (forced) 2.Rf3 mate

Black to play and win

West of England Championship (06.04.2013.)

The West of England Championship finished on Monday in Exmouth after the coldest Easter weekend since records began, but although it was bitter outside there was plenty of hot chess inside, with a very open Championship section. After 7 hard-fought rounds the winners were as follows (All scores out of 7):

Open: 1st= Dominic Mackle (Newton Abbot); Richard McMichael (King’s Head); Robert Thompson (Bristol Uni.) & Patryk Krzyzanowski (Yeovil) all 5 points. Grading prizes: (U-188) Steve Dilleigh (Bristol) 4½. (U-180) Dave Littlejohns (Taunton) 4½.

Major Section: (U-175). 1st= Yasser Tello (Wimbledon); David Razzell (King’s Head) & John Nyman (Sutton) all 5. C07Grading prizes: (U-158) Theo Slade (Barnstaple) & Joshua Higgs (Worth School) both 4½. (U-150) Andrew Farthing (Worcester) 4½.

Minor (U-140) 1st Graham Shepherd (Church Stretton) 6. 2nd= Dave Rogers (Exmouth) & Nathan Mills (Brixham) both 5½. Grading prizes: (U-124) John Dean (Plymouth) & Nigel Mills (Yeovil) both 4½. (U-109) Alan Fraser (Beckenham) 4.

The standard in the Open section was high and there were very few short draws, many games being long drawn out affairs. Going in to the last round, 8 players, a third of the section, were either in the lead or a half point off it.

Here is a sharp finish from round 7 by two non-prizewinners.

White: Steve Homer (183 – Newton Abbot). Black: Alan Brusey (171 – Teignmouth).

French Defence – Tarrasch Variation [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 Now, as the position opens up, Black’s tardy development proves fatal. 12…Qc7 13.Ng5 g6 14.f5 exf5 15.Bc4 Nd8 16.Qe2+ Ne6 17.Bxe6 Bxe6 18.Nxe6 fxe6 19.Qxe6+ Qe7 20.Qc4 Qc5 Now the Black king is really exposed. 21.Rae1+ Kd7 If 21…Be7?? 22.Qxc5. 22.Qe6+ Kc7 23.Bf4+ Bd6 24.Qe7+ Again, the bishop is pinned. Kc6 the least worst move. 25.Bxd6 Qxd6 26.Re6 the Black queen falls. 1–0

The key move in last week’s problem was 1.Nd6!

In this position, how can White mate in 2 while avoiding stalemate.

White to mate in 2

West of England Congress – Day 2

Saturday dawned with sunny skies and the air like a sparkling white wine - another way of saying freezing cold. This weekend has every prospect of being the coldest Easter Congress ever; beautiful to behold from behind glass, but with a constant biting wind sweeping in from the Russian steppes. Difficult to think the clocks go forward tonight and from then on we’re working to British Summer Time. 

Round 3:

In the Open, Megan Owens withdrew overnight, feeling unwell. Mackle sacrificed a pawn in return for activity in a Catalan-ish opening, but at the end of the day was simply a pawn down inthe endgame. Stephens continued his recovery after a bad start to the tournament with a winning attack against Alan Brusey, but his clubmate Meyrick Shaw lost ground, after being the exchange down in the endgame. 

In the Major, Gosling and Slade made up ground on the leaders, while all the others, bar one, could only draw. 

Rd. 3 starts - general view

 
 
 
 
 
 

Open Section - Rd. 3: Bds 3 - 7.

 
 
 
 

Top boards in the Major: With Black are Steve Dean, Oliver Wensley & Brian Gosling.

 
 
 

Top boards in the Minor Section.

Bd. Open  Rd. 3          
1 Mackle, D (2) 0 1 Berry, S (2)
2 Smith, A (2) 1 0 Bass, J. W. (2)
3 Littlejohns, D (1½`) ½ ½ Dilleigh, S (2)
4 Regis, D (1½`) 1 0 Stephenson, D. W. (1½`)
5 Cutmore, M (1½`) ½ ½ Thompson, R (1½`)
6 Shaw, M (1½`) 0 1 McMichael, R (1)
7 Stephens, J. (1) 1 0 Brusey, A. W. (1)
8 De Coverley, R (1) 1 0 Medina, P (1)
9 Paulden, T (1) 0 1 Homer, S.. (1)
10 Boyne, A. T. (1) 1 0 Czegeny, P (1)
11 Bartlett, S (1) 0 1 Krzyzanowski, P (1)
12 Cutmore, D. A (1) 1 0 Helbig, P (½)
  Megan Owens w/d (0)        

 

Bd Major Rd. 3          
1 Nyman (1½`)  ½  ½ Razzle (2)
2 Farthing, A (1½`)  ½  ½ Wensley, O. E (1½`)
3 Ingham, W. H. (1½`)  0  1 Gosling, B (1½`)
4 Slade, T (1½`)  1  0 Fraser, (1½`)
5 Higgs (1½`)  ½  ½ Morgan, J (1½`)
6 Thynne, T. F. (1)  ½  ½ Tew (1)
7 Ellison, D. G. (1)  ½  ½ Gamble, R (1)
8 Woodward (1)  ½  ½ Page, M (1)
9 Harris (1)  ½  ½ Wood, P (1)
10 Dean, S. K. (1)  ½  ½ Morton (1)
11 Wilson (1)  ½  ½ Chapman (1)
12 Hibbitt, A (1)  1  0 Worrall (1)
13 Annetts, I. S. (1)  ½  ½ Lawrence, (1)
14 Sandercock, E. B (½)  1  0 Hamilton, (½)
15 Pollock, R (½)  1  1 Sellwood, C (½)
16 Foster, P (½)  ½  ½ Price, (0)
17 Hurst, K. J. (0)  1  0 Parfett, (0)
             
             

 

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West of England Congress – Day 1

After a lot of hard work by a handful of volunteers and the inevitable, unforeseeable glitches, the 65th West of England Championship & Congress, finally got on the road at 10 a.m. precisely, in the Royal Beacon Hotel, Exmouth. In fact, after a half century of moving around the 7 counties that comprise the Union, it was decided to try and keep it in one spot for several years to see how it might affect the entry. The criteria was that it should (a) be near the sea, so that other family members could enjoy a seaside Easter break; (b) it should have good travel connections, by road, rail and bus; (c) should be reasonably near the centre of the area, and (d) should be a comfortable, cheap venue. Exmouth met all those wishes and 15 years on, it is still held there. 

The entry this year increased significantly to 94, close to the maximum the venue could hold, with 24 contesting the Open Section, and with the Major Section taking players up to a 174 grade, it made for a very competitve section, as there were no GMs to walk off with the top prizes. 

After a few welcoming words by Alan Crickmore, the joint Entry Secretary, clocks were started and battles commenced. 

Open: Nearest Brusey V Bass; Stephens V Medina - both White losses.

 

Bds. 1-3 in the Major: Hurst V Gosling: Hibbitt V Wensley & Thynne V Higgs.

 

Bds 13-15 in the Major: Slade V Hamilton; Worrall V Morgan & Nyman V Lawrence.

 

By the end of Rd. 1, the scores were:-

Bd. Open -  Rd. 1      
1 Cutmore, M 0 1 Berry, S
2 Mackle, D 1 0 Helbig, P
3 Smith, A. P. ½ ½ McMichael, R
4 Boyne, A ½ ½ Thompson, R
5 Paulden, T ½ ½ Krzyzanowski, P
6 Stephens, J. K. 0 1 Medina, P
7 Brusey, A. W. 0 1 Bass, J. W.
8 Cutmore, D ½ ½ Stephenson, D. W.
9 Shaw, M ½ ½ Dilleigh, S
10 De Coverley , R 1 0 Owens, M. R.
11 Bartlett, S. ½ ½ Homer, S. J.
12 Regis, D 1   Bye
         
  Byes      
  Littlejohns, D ½    
  Czegeny, M ½    
         
Bd. Major  -  Rd.1      
1 Hurst, K. J. 0 1 Gosling, B. G.
2 Hibbitt, A ½ ½ Wensley, O. E.
3 Thynne T. F. ½ ½ Higgs, J
4 Annetts, I. S. ½ ½ Gamble, R
5 Ingham, H. W. 1 0 Sellwood, C
6 Ellison, D. G. 0 1 Tello, Y
7 Pollock, R ½ ½ Wood, P
8 Farthing, A ½ ½ Page, M
9 Harris, M ½ ½ Tew, P
10 Morton P ½ ½ Price, A
11 Dean, S. K. ½ ½ Chapman, T
12 Foster, P 0 1 Razzle, D
13 Slade, T 1 0 Hamilton, S
14 Worrall, M 0 1 Morgan, J
15 Nyman, J 1 0 Lawrence, D
16 Parfitt, G 0 1 Fraser, J
         
  Byes      
  Wilson 1    
  Sandercock E. B. ½    
  Woodward, T ½    
Bd. Minor – Rd. 1      
1 Hadfield, R 0 1 Mills, Na
2 Rogers, D 1 0 Dean, J
3 Billett, s. 0 1 Jackson, P
4 Hunt, R 1 0 Spooner, K
5 Waters, R 0 1 Shepherd, G
6 Blencowe, I 1 0 Cox, Mrs. M
7 Pearce, F ½ ½ French, M
8 Crouch, T. 1 0 Whittington, R
9 Fraser, A 0 1 Dimond, P
10 Tidy, N. F. 1 0 Welch, Mrs. H
11 Carr, J. 0 1 Huba, M
12 Errington, P 0 1 Banks, G
13 Dengler, T 0 1 Mills, Ni
14 Andrews, G ½ ½ Cox, R
15 Leggett, 0 1 Gardiner, C
16 Burt, D ½ ½ Kaye, M
         
  Byes      
  Roberts, M ½    
  Ryan, R. A. ½    

                                                                  Round 2. 

Gosling Vs Slade; Morgan Vs Annetts & Wensley Vs Sandercock.

 

Dilleigh Vs Bartlett; Homer Vs Shaw & Czegeny Vs Smith.

Bd. Open -  Rd. 2          
1 Berry, S (1) 1 0 De Coverley , R (1)
2 Medina, P (1) 0 1 Mackle, D (1)
3 Bass, J. W. (1) ½ ½ Regis, D (1)
4 McMichael, R (½) ½ ½ T. Paulden (½)
5 Stephenson, D. W. (½) 1 0 Boyne, A (½)
6 Krzyzanowski (½) 0 1 Littlejohns, D (½)
7 Thompson, R (½) 1 0 Cutmore, D (½)
8 Dilleigh, S (½) 1 0 Bartlett, S. (½)
9 S. Homer (½) ½ ½ Shaw, M (½)
10 Czegeny, M (½) 0 1 Smith , A. (½)
11 Helbig, P (0) 0 1 Stephens, J. (0)
12 Owens, M (0) 0 1 Cutmore, M (0)
             
  Byes          
  Brusey, A   1      
             
             

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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