43rd Torbay Chess Congress

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43rd Torbay Chess Congress

Post by benedgell » Wed Nov 25, 2009 12:06 pm

This report is by Ray Chubb:

43rd. Torbay League Congress
Held at the Riviera International Conference Center, Seafront, Torquay.
20th. to 22nd. November 2009.
ENGLISH CHESS FEDERATION 2009 GRAND PRIX EVENT


The Congress was held in the Rosetor Suite, which is very popular with the players. Trefor Thynne, President of the Torbay Chess League, opened the Congress by firstly welcoming the players and outlining how well the Torbay League was now prospering with much enthusiasm from its organizers and league players.

The results of the Open, Major (under 170), Intermediate (under 150) and Minor (under 120) are given below. The full Progress Charts can be also be viewed here on the ChessDevon web site.

Open
The Open was closely contested going into the last round, with Tyson Mordue poised in the lead on 4 points with six other players close behind on 3 points.
The following top score pairings for the final round:

Dominic Mackle (w) Grade 200 on 3 points against Tyson Mordue (b) Grade 205 on 4 points.
Dominic Bennett (w) Grade 181 on 3 points against Michael Franklin (b) Grade 193 on 3 points.
Alan Pleasant (w) Grade 180 on 3 points against Stephen Dilleigh (b) Grade 192 on 3 points.
David Ledger (w) Grade 195 on 3 points against Jerry Humphreys (b) Grade 175 on 3 points.

Equal First Place.
The final result ended in a 4-way tie for first place with 4 points of:
Tyson Mordue ( Keynsham/Downend & Fishponds).
Dominic Mackle (Newton Abbot)
Michael Franklin (Richmond)
David Ledger (Bedford)

Winning £100 each.

184 to 175 inclusive Grading Prize shared between Alan Pleasant (Weymouth, Dorset) grade 178 and Stephen Homer (Exeter) grade 178, on 3.5 points. Winning £15 each.
Under 175 Grading Prize shared between Joseph Coburn (Fareham) grade 151 and Nick Hawkins (Aigburth) grade 169, on 3 points. Winning £15 each.


Major (grade under 170)
The Major was closely contested into the last round, with the following top score pairings for the final round:

Stephen Schofield (w) Grade 162 on 3 points against Bill Ingham (b) Grade 166 on 3.5 points
Andrew Gilmour (w) Grade 168 on 3 points against Richard Webster (b) Grade 168 on 3 points
Graham Steer (w) Grade 160 on 3 points against Angelo Castruccio (b) Grade 164 on 3 points
Equal First Place.
The final result ended in a 2-way tie for first place with 4 points of:
Stephen Schofield (Newton Abbot)
Angelo Castruccio (Bristol & Clifton)

Winning £90 each.

Equal Third Place.
Five contestants all on 3.5 points:
William H. Ingham (Teignmouth)
Andrew Gilmour (Cheltenham)
Robin Kneebone (Camborne)
Richard Webster (Ashfield)
Each of the above winning £10.
Martyn Harris (Newcastle-U-Lyme) * *Winner of a grading prize.

162 to 156 inclusive Grading Prize won outright by Martyn Harris (Newcastle-U-Lyme) Grade 160,on 3.5 points. Winning £30.
Under 156 Grading Prize shared between John Gorodi (Teignmouth), Ronnie Burton (Weymouth), Peter wood (Lewisham), Colin Sellwood (Cambore), on 2.5 points. Winning £8 each.


Intermediate (grade under 150)
The Intermediate was closely contested into the last round with four players on 3.5 points, with the following top score pairings for the final round:
Robert Willoughby (w) Grade 138 against John Bashall (b) Grade 146.
Stanley Cranmer (w) Grade 143 against Greig Sweetland Grade 147.

Equal First Place.
The final result ended in a 2-way tie for first place with 4.5 points of:
John Bashall (Telepost)
Greig Sweetland (Bath)

Winning £90 each.

Equal Third Place.
Three contestants each on 4 points:
Oliver Demeger (Newton Abbot, Devon)
Alex Billings ( Newton abbot)
Martin Ashford (Wantage)
Winning £13.50 each.

130 to 139 inclusive Grading Prize shared between Robert Willoughby (West Nottingham) and Barry Sandercock (Buckinghamshire) on 3.5 points. Winning £15 each.
Under 130 Grading Prize shared between Oliver Demeger (Newton Abbot) and Alex Billings ( Newton abbot), on 4 points. Winning £15 each.


Minor (grade under 120)
The Minor was closely contested into the last round, with the following top score pairings for the final round:
Freddie Sugden (w) 114 on 4 points against John Clarke (b) 118 on 3.5 points.
James Wallman (w) 114 on 3.5 against Caroline Robson (b) 119 on 3.5 points.
Giles Body (w) estimated 115 on 3.5 points against Hazel Welch on 3 points.

Equal First Place.
The final result ended in a 3-way tie for first place with 4.5 points of:
Freddie Sugden (Newton Abbot) Grade 114 Winning £90
James Wallman (Dorset) Grade 114 Winning £90
Giles Body (Exeter) Ungraded Winning £40 (As an ungraded player only able to win 3rd. monitory prize)


111 to 101 inclusive Grading Prize won outright by Stephen Thorpe-Tracey (Tiverton), Chairman of the Devon County Chess Association, on 3.5 points. Winning £30.
Under 101 Grading Prize Shared between Brian Aldwin (Exeter) and Alan Brinkley (Tiverton), on 3 points. Winning £15 each.


Torbay Individual Championships (Incorporated in the Congress)

Winner of the Open Basil Wallis Cup Dominic Mackle (Newton Abbot)
Winner of the Challenge Shield in the Major Stephen Schofield (Newton Abbot).
Winner of the Intermediate Cup Jointly Oliver Demeger and Alex Billings.
Winner of the Minor Candidates Cup Freddie Sugden (Newton Abbot))

Best Score by a Devon Player in the Graded Sections
Winner of the Rulph Newman Cup:
Freddie Sugden (Newton Abbot), on 4.5 points.


Best Score by a Junior.

A new trophy to celebrate the life of John Whitfield, a very keen chess player who supported the Torbay Congress for many years, was awarded to the best junior score across all 4 sections. The winner was Freddie Sugden in the Minor Section scoring 4.5 from 5 at the age of 15 years. The Cup was presented by Mrs. Jill Whitefield.


A £2 discount WAS offered to all ECF members in ALL tournaments.


The Riviera International Conference Centre – a thank you.


The Torbay League wish to thank the Riviera International Conference Centre (RICC) for hosting the 43rd. Torbay Chess Congress.
The Rosetor Suite venue was highly suitable and very popular with all the players. The Congress is a Grand Prix event and its continuing success would be ensured if hosted at the RICC in future years.
The RICC management did an excellent job in providing excellent facilities and assistance thus ensuring this Congress’s success. The RICC staff, that were working during the Congress, were very helpful and pleasant and are to be congratulated.



Raymond W. Chubb
Organiser.
Torbay Congress
24 November 2009


A few footnotes to add:
http://chessdevon.co.uk/ has the games played in the open (up to round 4 when I looked a short while ago, but I imagine round 5 will be on there shortly)
http://www.chessdevon.co.uk/HTML/congre ... y/base.htm features this report + some photos of competitors and the venue.
http://www.tivertonpeople.co.uk/news/TI ... ticle.html features a short report by Ivor Annetts of Tiverton Chess Club, along with some more photos.

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Re: 43rd Torbay Chess Congress

Post by Richard James » Wed Nov 25, 2009 10:20 pm

Many thanks for posting this, Ben.

I note that my long-standing clubmate Michael Franklin shared first place in the Open at the age of 78. Does anyone know what the British record is for the oldest player to win an Open event?

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Re: 43rd Torbay Chess Congress

Post by Roger de Coverly » Thu Nov 26, 2009 1:33 am

Richard James wrote:I note that my long-standing clubmate Michael Franklin shared first place in the Open at the age of 78. Does anyone know what the British record is for the oldest player to win an Open event?
I think Frank Parr won the Torbay Open in 1995, but as Frank was born in December 1918 (according to wikipedia), he would have been a mere 76 at the time. I know I lost to him in round 4 when we both had 3/3. If my memory is correct, he drew with Franklin in the last round to reach 4.5.

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