On arrival, the Arbiters were busy re-arranging all the tables, from the traditional 6 rows of 2, to four rows of 3 across the room. This has the effect of narrowing the through gangway, but allowing much more room behind each chair, which has always been a problem at this venue. It worked well throughout the final round. So after 12 years at this hotel, a new layout has been stumbled on. The blindingly obvious is not always so easily spotted.
After an hour’s play, Alan Primmett, one of the regular senior players, collapsed at the board, falling to the floor and vomiting. The ambulance was called and he was taken straight to Exeter Hospital. Apart from being partially sighted, he is known to be diabetic, and it was felt this might have been a diabetic coma.
l-r: Jon Duckham; Ivor Annetts; Ken Alexander; Keith Atkins; Simon Bartlett.
|2nd=||Alan Smith||190||Bourne End||5|
|GP U-186||Andrew Footner||180||Yeovil||4½|
|U-176||Robert Thompson||170||Newton Abbot||3½|
|2nd =||Jon Duckham||140e||Tiverton||5|
|GP U-157||1st=||Ivor Annetts||156||Tiverton||4|
|John Nyman||152||Kings Head||4|
|U-147||1st||Julian Taylor||139||Rose Foregrove||4|
|2nd||Alex Billings||122||Newton Abbot||5½|
|3rd =||Ken Alexander||127||Tiverton||5|
|Mark Huba||112||King’s Head|
|GP U-127||1st=||Garth Andrews||125||Railways||4|
|U-115||1st=||Freddy Sugden||114||Newton Abbot||3½|
NB: Paul Helbig was the only player in the top 3 to be eligible for the Championship trophy and the British Championship Qualifying Place. He received the Cup and wished to accept the QP.
|Congress Secretary||Andrew Footner|