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by Steve Rooney
Wed Apr 18, 2018 3:34 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Colin Roberts
Replies: 4
Views: 1387

Re: Colin Roberts

Shocked and desperately saddened at the loss of Colin who has been a stalwart of Shropshire chess since starting as a junior. He always displayed a great sense of humour and a formidable opponent across the chess board. I recall many games with Colin, none of them dull, and all to often he would lul...
by Steve Rooney
Sun Jan 07, 2018 10:11 pm
Forum: Congress Results
Topic: Shropshire Chess Congress 2018 5-7 Jan 2018
Replies: 0
Views: 494

Shropshire Chess Congress 2018 5-7 Jan 2018

Another very successful event in Shropshire this weekend with 145 entrants and a new fourth section to enhance the competition. OPEN 1 Alan Merry IM (5) 2= Ameet Ghasi IM, Stephen Gordon GM (4) Under 2000 grading prize Tim Holton, Nathanael Paul. Richard Webster, Phil Zabrocki (2.5) Top Shropshire p...
by Steve Rooney
Sun Jan 07, 2018 9:49 pm
Forum: Live Games
Topic: Shropshire Chess congress 2018
Replies: 17
Views: 1536

Re: Shropshire Chess congress 2018

No problem from my point of view. Delighted for people to have access to the live game pgns. Final result saw Alan Merry take the Open title again, this time with a 5/5 score, although he definitely had to work hard for it. Congratulations to him and all the winners. Will post a summary of all resul...
by Steve Rooney
Sun Jan 07, 2018 2:44 pm
Forum: Live Games
Topic: Shropshire Chess congress 2018
Replies: 17
Views: 1536

Re: Shropshire Chess congress 2018

... and I was standing next to two IMs (who shall remain nameless) who didn't spot it either. Although they were clear that 34 Rc7 didn't work. Final round pairings on top boards: 1 Merry, Alan B 2418 [4] v Macklin, Paul 2329 [3½] 2 Player, Edmund C 2174 [3½] v Ghasi, Ameet K 2475 [3] 3 Gordon, Step...
by Steve Rooney
Sun Jan 07, 2018 11:54 am
Forum: Live Games
Topic: Shropshire Chess congress 2018
Replies: 17
Views: 1536

Re: Shropshire Chess congress 2018

An intriguing poisition on board 2 this morning. The king march doesn't look like a voluntary one (IMHO). [FEN "r5k1/pp1q2bp/2p5/3p2PK/3np3/2NQ3P/PPP3P1/R4R2 w - - 0 23"] Also some fiery stuff on board one as the joint leaders both chase the full point. [FEN "7r/p3k1pp/1pbrpq2/2Q5/P1B5/2p5/2P2PPP/R3...
by Steve Rooney
Sat Jan 06, 2018 9:50 pm
Forum: Live Games
Topic: Shropshire Chess congress 2018
Replies: 17
Views: 1536

Re: Shropshire Chess congress 2018

Thanks Jonathan

Yes, Jeremy Fallowfield had a good run and has only just slipped off the live boards for next round. All set for an exciting final day in the Open with Sophie Milliet and Alan Merry joint leaders on 3/3 paired for round 4, and a hungry pack following.
by Steve Rooney
Sat Jan 06, 2018 7:30 am
Forum: Live Games
Topic: Shropshire Chess congress 2018
Replies: 17
Views: 1536

Shropshire Chess congress 2018

Live games, pairings and results here http://www.shrewsburychessclub.org/live-chess/ Apologies for not posting this before round 1 - hope some of you found it anyway - some interesting clashes including a tough night for top seed Stephen Gordon and a challenging start for a number of other titled pl...
by Steve Rooney
Thu Jan 04, 2018 7:03 am
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Shropshire Chess Congress 2018
Replies: 2
Views: 652

Re: Shropshire Chess Congress 2018

Thanks Roger. Yes a healthy and strong entry. Current total is 138 - still room for more but you'll have to hurry, entries close at noon tomorrow (Fri). The Open has nine titled players including recent entries from Ameet Ghasi and John-Paul Wallace. As far as I'm aware Keith is the only one coming ...
by Steve Rooney
Wed Nov 22, 2017 6:46 am
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Shropshire Chess Congress 2018
Replies: 2
Views: 652

Shropshire Chess Congress 2018

The 2018 Shropshire Congress is now open for entries. The event takes place on 5-7 January 2018, at our regular venue, the Wrekin Housing Trust, Telford TF3 4AW. We are introducing an additional section this year which means there is a FIDE-rated Open, and ECF-graded Major (U170), Intermediate (U140...
by Steve Rooney
Fri Jan 27, 2017 1:01 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Tradewise Gibraltar Masters 2017
Replies: 382
Views: 20683

Re: Tradewise Gibraltar Masters 2017

Delighted to see Shropshire player Athar Ansari equal first with 4.5/5 in the Amateur A.
by Steve Rooney
Mon Jan 09, 2017 10:27 am
Forum: Congress Results
Topic: Shropshire Chess Congress 6-8 Jan 2017
Replies: 0
Views: 719

Shropshire Chess Congress 6-8 Jan 2017

A exciting final round saw Alan Merry IM emerge as the sole winner of the Shropshire Open 2017 winning the £1,000 first prize. GM Keith Arkell was joined by Andrew Horton FM in second place. In the Major there was a four-way tie for first place - Athar Ansari, John Gorman, Peter Lovatt and Nigel Tow...
by Steve Rooney
Sun Jan 08, 2017 5:59 pm
Forum: Live Games
Topic: Shropshire Chess Congress 6-8 Jan 2017 Live Games
Replies: 24
Views: 2192

Re: Shropshire Chess Congress 6-8 Jan 2017 Live Games

Alan Merry has won on board one putting him on 4.5.

Arkell has R+4 against R+2 so looks like Alan may be sole winner. But it's not over till the ...
by Steve Rooney
Sun Jan 08, 2017 5:57 pm
Forum: Live Games
Topic: Shropshire Chess Congress 6-8 Jan 2017 Live Games
Replies: 24
Views: 2192

Re: Shropshire Chess Congress 6-8 Jan 2017 Live Games

John Moore wrote:Graeme missed an amazing forced draw against Keith with a double Rook sacrifice with 29 .. Rf2 followed by 30 .. Rf4. I saw the idea and couldn't believe it so had to stick Junior on. It does seem to work.
Interesting line John, well spotted.
by Steve Rooney
Sun Jan 08, 2017 12:43 pm
Forum: Live Games
Topic: Shropshire Chess Congress 6-8 Jan 2017 Live Games
Replies: 24
Views: 2192

Re: Shropshire Chess Congress 6-8 Jan 2017 Live Games

Arkell-Horton was drawn, so three on 3.5 going into last round - Bucknell, Cox and Merry.
by Steve Rooney
Sun Jan 08, 2017 12:23 pm
Forum: Live Games
Topic: Shropshire Chess Congress 6-8 Jan 2017 Live Games
Replies: 24
Views: 2192

Re: Shropshire Chess Congress 6-8 Jan 2017 Live Games

And now attention turns to board 2 Arkell-Horton. The clock times are correct by the way - Keith is 1 hour ahead.