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WECU Jamboree 2011

The West of England’s annual pre-season get-together is its Jamboree, held in recent recent years at the wonderfully-named Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre, Taunton. The venue has many virtues; it is central to the strangely-shaped area covered by the Union, ample parking, near the M5 motorway, free tea & coffee provided etc. etc.

So far, so good. The problem this year was that as one drove up the motorway, roadside signs appeared that indicated that it would not be possible to exit the motorway at Taunton. One had to decide whether it was better to exit at the one before or after Junction 25. Of the cars travelling up from Devon, some chose the former, and some the latter option. It seems that the latter option, exiting at Bridgwater and travelling back, was the better one. The others had to plough through Taunton, and long, barely-moving queues had formed. Many drivers arrived at the venue well after the scheduled start-time late and fuming. Those waiting for an opponent had been advised to show mercy and not start the clocks, but even so, the last to arrive was the WECU President, John Wheeler, who had driven all the way from Cosham on the coast near Portsmouth, only to find he had been defaulted, having arrived more than half an hour after the start time.

After this near-chaotic start things gradually settled down to normality. With 5 teams of 12 players having entered the Graded Section, the 3 teams in the Open were hived off to a separate room, with the advantage that tables were less crowded than they have sometimes been in the past.

General view of the spacious Open Section.

Open Section - lower boards.

Graded Section - general view.

The final scores in the Open were as follows: N.B.: D =Devon; G = Gloucestershire & S = Somerset.

The match was close, as it generally is, but on this occasion, Devon’s strength in depth, just gave them an edge, in spite of having to default one game.

Bd Team Name Grd.     Team Name Grd.
1 G1 J. Stewart 195 1 0 D1 D. Mackle 197
2 D2 K. J. Hurst 186 1 0 S1 D. Buckley 201
3 S2 T. Stuttard 191 1 0 G2 D. Lambourne 181
4 G3 J. Jenkins 177 ½ ½ S3 P. Kryzanowski 188
5 S4 M. Richardt 180 0 1 D3 S. J. Homer 179
6 D4 B. W. Hewson 178 1 0 G4 G. Taylor 167
7 G5 D. Vaughan 165 1 0 D5 J. F. Wheeler 173
8 D6 D. Regis 175 0 1 S5 D. Painter-Koo 175
9 S6 A. F. Footner 173 ½ ½ G6 P. Dodwell 162
10 G7 P. J. Meade 161 ½ ½ S7 G. N. Jepps 161
11 S8 A. Musson 159 0 1 D7 J. K. Stephens 173
12 D8 M. V. Abbott 170 1 0 G8 A. Richards 149
13 G9 P. Baker 147 1 0 D9 A. W. Brusey 174
14 D10 T. F. Thynne 171 1 0 S9 J. E. Fewkes 157
15 S10 D. Peters 157 1 0 G10 A. Bentley 146
16 G11 B. Whitelaw 143 0 1 S11 N. N. Senior 156
17 S12 A. Champion 153 1 0 D11 W. H. Ingham 166
18 D12 J. Leung 165 1 0 G12 I. Blencowe 130

 

  Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Total
D Devon 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 7
G Gloucestershire 1 0 ½ 0 1 ½ ½ 0 1 0 0 0
S Somerset 0 1 ½ 0 1 ½ ½ 0 0 1 1 1

The formula for the Graded Section with 5 teams involved, was a little more complicated.

Bd Team Name Grd.     Team Name Grd.
1 Dor1 F. Pitman 158 ½ ½ Tor1 A. Kinder 162
2 SomB1 C. Price 160 1 0 ED1 S. Bartlett 162
3 Tor2 A. Billings 157 0 1 SomC1 N. Wilson 159
4 SomC2 C. Purry 151 1 0 SomB2 C. Barratt 154
5 ED2 B. Gosling 150 1 0 Dor2 P. Errington 144
6 SomC3 D. Wood 145 ½ ½ ED3 S. Murray 151
7 Tor3 M. Stinton 150 ½ ½ SomB3 R. Knight 141
8 SomB4 N. Mills 132 0 1 Dor3 W. Legg 142
9 Dor4 J. Bowley 142 0 1 SomC4 K. Paine 134
10 ED4 P. Kennedy 147 ½ ½ Tor4 F. Sugden 147
11 Dor5 W. Adaway 130e 1 0 ED5 J. Morrison 148
12 SomB5 C. Strong 132 1 0 SomC5 A. Conway 128
13 SomC6 S. Hill 125 0 1 Tor5 F. Nieva 143
14 ED6 J. Dzenis 139 0 0 SomB6 C. Stanton 129
15 Tor6 A. Wright 141 0 1 Dor6 D. Aldwinkle 140
16 SomC7 R. Fenton 121 0 1 Dor7 I. Willis 138
17 Tor7 R. Wilby 135 0 1 ED7 R. H. Jones 130
18 Dor8 P. Brackner 138 1 0 SomB7 M. Baker 129
19 ED8 J. Knowles 125 1 0 SomC8 G. Berryman 116
20 SomB8 K. Stanton 117 1 0 Tor8 M. Cuggy 133
21 Dor9 W. J. Kelly 126 ½ ½ Tor9 A. Tatam 116
22 SomB9 R. Turner 112 ½ ½ ED9 H. Welch 115
23 Tor10 J. Doidge 106 ½ ½ SomC9 R. Waters 113
24 SomC10 M. Ward 101 1 0 SomB10 S. Gray 111
25 ED10 F. R. Hodge 118 ½ ½ Dor10 K. Spooner 117
26 SomC11 V. McAndrew 100e 1 0 ED11 W. Fairbairn 100
27 Tor11 R. Greenhalgh 105 1 0 SomB11 Z. Strong 100e
28 SomB12 B. Lee 100e 0 1 Dor11 N. Mackie 112
29 Dor12 J. George 111 1 0 SomC12 R. Carver 100e
30 ED12 S. Thorpe-Tracey 100e 1 0 Tor12 N. Mills 102

 

Team              Bd. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Total Pos.
Dorset ½ 0 1 0 1 1 1 1 ½ ½ 1 1 1st
E. Devon League 0 1 ½ ½ 0 0 1 1 ½ ½ 0 1 6 2nd=
Somerset B 1 0 ½ 0 1 0 0 1 ½ 0 0 0 4 5th
Somerset C 1 1 ½ 1 0 0 0 0 ½ 1 1 0 6 2nd=
Torbay League ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 0 0 0 ½ ½ 1 0 4th

 The game scores may be found as follows:

Open Section - http://www.chessdevon.co.uk/HTML/News/wecu/weoj/base.htm

Graded Section Part 1:  http://www.chessdevon.co.uk/HTML/News/wecu/wejg111/base.htm 

Graded Section Part 2:    http://www.chessdevon.co.uk/HTML/News/wecu/wejg112/base.htm

John Kelly receiveing the Graded Cup from the Organiser, Ben Edgell.

Devon's captain, Brian Hewson, collecting the main prize.

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