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West of England Congress – Day 3

Life, like chess, has a habit of biting one on the b*m just when you thought things were going well. Having been a little smug yesterday about the virtues of Exmouth as a chess venue, last evening I went to book the hotel for 2014, only to be told there was a wedding booked for the Easter weekend, and they would be unable to host the congress next year. The first course of action is for me to approach the Town Council to see if they can come with the possibility of somewhere suitable in the town. Failing that, it’s back to the WECU Executive to devise a Plan B. So, a warning to the regulars – Don’t book any hotel rooms in Exmouth for 2014 just yet, as it may yet be held anywhere within the Union – from Penzance to Portsmouth to Cheltenham. Watch this space.

Meanwhile, the draw for Rd. 5 was as follows:

Bd. 1 Smith 1-0 Berry. Bd. 2 Regis 0-1 McMichael

 

 

Stephen Berry lost the overall lead by losing to Andrew Smith, while McMichael joined Smith in the joint lead by ending Dave Regis’s fine run.  Stephens lost ground when he got into time trouble, and Shaw, 21st grade of the 24 remaining players, maintained a steady run of results. 

Bd. Open -  Rd. 5          
1 Smith , A. (3)  1 0 Berry, S (3½)
2 Regis, D (3) McMichael, R (3)
3 Mackle, D (2½)  1 Littlejohns, D (2½)
4 Homer, S (1½)  0 Krzyzanowski (2½)
5 Stephens, J. (2½)  0 Thompson, R (2½)
6 De Coverley (2)  0 Dilleigh, S (2½)
7 Boyne, A (2)  1 Cutmore, M (2½)
8 Shaw, M (2)  ½  ½ Bass, J. (2)
9 Paulden, T (2)  1 Cutmore, D (1½)
10 Stephenson, D (1½)  0  1 Brusey, A. W. (1½)
11 Bartlett, S (1)  ½  ½ Helbig, P (1)
12 Czegeny, M (½)  0 Medina, P (1)
             
             

Round 6:

It was a case of a perfect Easter for Krzyzanowski, Thompson and Boyne, all chalking up 2 wins in the day, but a nightmare for Stephens,  Stephenson and Homer who drew blanks. With 1 round to go, the joint leaders are Krzyzanowski, McMichael and Thompson. while just a half point beind are Berry, Mackle, Boyne, Dilleigh and Smith – 8 players with the scent of blood in their nostrils. 

Bd. Open -  Rd. 6          
1 McMichael, R (4) ½ ½ Mackle, D (3½)
2 Krzyzanowski (3½) 1 0 Smith , A. (4)
3 Berry, S (3½) ½ ½ Dilleigh, S (3½)
4 Thompson, R (3½) 1 0 D. Regis (3)
5 Paulden, T (3) 0 1 Boyne, A (3)
6 Bass, J (2½) 1 0 Stephens, J (2½)
7 Littlejohns, D (2½) 1 0 Homer, S. J (2½)
8 Brusey, A (2½) 0 1 Shaw, M (2½)
9 Cutmore, M (2) ½ ½ De Coverley, R (2)
10 Medina, P (2) 1 0 Bartlett, S (1½)
11 Helbig, P (1½) 1 0 Stephenson, D (1½)
12 Cutmore, M (1½) 1 0 Czegeny, M (½)
             

 

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