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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.

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