The Torbay Chess Congress
An annual congress held on the English Riviera
The Torbay Congress
Torbay Chess Congress
Torbay Chess Congress

53rd Torbay Chess Congress Report

8th - 10th November 2019 at the Livermead House Hotel, Torquay

Entrants

Open 26; Major 35; Intermediate 32; Foundation 44.

This makes a total of 137: 10 up on last year, and the largest total since 2014.

Prize Winners

Open

PrizeWinner(s)Club(s)ScoreRemarks
1stGerald Moore (197)Broadland4Winning £240
Joint 2ndKeith Arkell (242)Cheddleton 4NCLAll winning £37.50
Will Claridge-Hansen (227)Exeter University
Jonathan Underwood (188)Seaton
Tim Paulden (184)Exeter
John Edge (181)Halesowen
Richard Webster (178)Worksop
Grading Prize (186 - 181 inc)Alan Brusey (181)Newton Abbot3Winning £30
Grading Prize (180 - 173 inc)Paul Hutchinson (180)Scarborough3Each winning £15
OliverStubbs (177)Downend & Fishponds
Grading Prize (Under 173)Paul Aston (158)2Winning £30
Slow Starter Prize (0/2)Duncan Williams (164)Morriston, SwanseaEach winning £15
Martin Clancy (163)Ringwood

Major

PrizeWinner(s)Club(s)ScoreRemarks
1stDavid Archer (166)South HamsWinning £240
Joint 2ndMax Walker (159)Clevedon4All winning £75
Giles Body (158)Exeter
Meyrick Shaw (154) TelloExmouth
Grading Prize (159 – 157 inc)Andrew Waters (159)Rainham, KentWinning £30
Grading Prize (156 - 151 inc)Aditya Yanamandra (156)Exeter University3Each winning £15
Brendan O'Gorman (154)DHSS
Grading Prize (150 - 144 inc)Frank Pittman (144)WeymouthWinning £30
Grading Prize (Under 144)Jonathan Ayres (139)Scarborough3Winning £30
Slow Starter Prize (0/2)Paul Jackson (160)Coulsdon2Each winning £15
George Lekoudis (144)

Intermediate

PrizeWinner(s)Club(s)ScoreRemarks
1stDanilo Gouveia Wasques (U)1Newton AbbotWinning £85
2ndPhil Foley(139)Upminster4Winning £240
Joint 3rdAmanda Jones (133)SalisburyAll winning £35
Lynne Fursman (129)
Jacquie Barber-Lafon (125)Newton Abbot
Ian Abraham (U)Barry, Wales
Grading Prize (132 - 130 inc)Stephen Chadaway (132)OltonAll winning £10
Rob Wilby (132)Plymouth
Paul Foster (130)Medway
Grading Prize (129 - 126 inc)Paul O'Brien (128)Worthing3All winning £10
Peter Dimond (126)Bath
Eddie Fierek (126)Gloucester
Grading Prize (125 - 121 inc)Peter Land (125)2Each winning £15
Charles Doidge (125)Teignmouth
Grading Prize (Under 121)Clifford Peach (104)South Hams / Plymouth3Winning £30
Slow Starter Prize (0/2)Richard Brenton (129)Newron Abbot½Winning £30
 
Note 1: Under the Congress Rules, ungraded players can only win third prize in the graded sections. Therefore the player placed 2nd received the full 1st prize, and the players placed joint 3rd received a share of the 2nd prize.

Foundation

PrizeWinner(s)Club(s)ScoreRemarks
Joint 1stMichael Pope (112)SalisburyBoth winning £190
Ian Farrow (104)Dons
3rdJoy Fursman (106)4Winning £85
Grading Prize (111 – 104 inc)David Lovegrove (110)TelfordAll winning £7.50
John Jeremiah (109)Wellington
Maurice Richards (105)Liskeard
Roy Greenhalgh (104)South Hams
Grading Prize (103 - 97 inc)Edward (Ted) Paul (102)DorchesterWinning £30
Grading Prize (96 – 87 inc)Alan Fraser (94)Beckenham & Bromley3Winning £30
Grading Prize (86 - 69 inc)James Glasson (84)Teignmouth3Winning £30
Grading Prize (Under 69)Suhayl Abdalla (61)Newton Abbot3Winning £30
Slow Starter Prize (0/2)David Healey (76)Watford2Winning £30

Torbay Individual Championships (incorporated in the Congress)

Open: Basil Wallis CupAlan BruseyNewton Abbot
Major: Challenge CupDavid ArcherSouth Hams
Intermediate: Intermediate CupDanilo Gouveia WasquesNewton Abbot
Foundation: Candidates CupRoy GreenhalghSouth Hams

Best Score by a Devon Player in the Graded Sections

Ralph Newman CupDavid ArcherSouth Hams
Danilo Gouveia WasquesNewton Abbot

Best Score by a Devon Junior

John Whitfield CupSuhayl AbdallaNewton Abbot
James GlassonTeignmouth

Team Event

Teams of four players entered the competition. This year there were ten entries. New team on block, Wells, set a cracking pace and managed to keep and edge on the South Ham team (South Hammers) and in the end won the competition by half a point.

The winning Wells team consisted of
Keith Arkell
Max Walker
Chris Strong
Paul Humphries
 

The 53rd Congress

The Congress was opened by Christian Robertson, Partner of Kitsons, who are our very faithful long term sponsors. Christian recalled Mark Batten who worked as the Chief Cashier at Kitsons before his untimely demise - a keen chess player and participant at the Torbay Congress. We continue to be enormously grateful to Kitsons for their sponsorship.

The Torbay Chess Congress would not take place without the help and support of many people. We again had the expert support of Phil McConnell. He is an enormously resourceful chap who copes with whatever problems come his way without breaking into a sweat or looking the slightest bit stressed. We also had the expert arbiter team of Tony Tatam, John Arris and John Constable. They sorted out the pairings and controlled the Congress very efficiently indeed. We are indebted to all these people for their skill and expertise.

We are grateful to the Devon County Chess Association for the loan of their digital clocks. The Plymouth club also loaned us their clocks and as did individual members of the South Hams Club. Bob Jones provided the bookstall. We are very grateful to all of these.

Finally, Mr Tim Rew and his team at the Livermead House Hotel who went the extra mile to make the Congress a success.

Well done everyone!

Ken Alexander
Congress Organiser
November 2019

 

 

A Game from Round 3 of the 2012 Open
[Event "Torbay Open"] [Site "Torquay"] [Date "2012.11.10"] [Round "3"] [White "Wheeler, John Francis"] [Black "Menadue, Jeremy FS"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "D16"] [PlyCount "144"] [EventDate "2012.11.??"] [EventType "swiss"] [EventRounds "5"] [EventCountry "ENG"] [SourceDate "2012.11.11"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 dxc4 5. a4 a5 6. e3 Bg4 7. Bxc4 e6 8. O-O Bb4 9. h3 Bh5 10. Be2 Nbd7 11. Qc2 O-O 12. Rd1 Qc7 13. e4 e5 14. Bg5 Bxf3 15. Bxf3 exd4 16. Rxd4 Qe5 17. Bxf6 Nxf6 18. Rad1 h6 19. Qe2 Be7 20. R1d2 Rfd8 21. Rxd8+ Rxd8 22. Rxd8+ Bxd8 23. g3 Bb6 24. Kg2 Kf8 25. Qd3 Ke7 26. Kf1 h5 27. h4 g6 28. Nd1 Nd7 29. Qd2 Qd4 30. Qc2 Nc5 31. Nc3 Qd3+ 32. Qe2 Qxe2+ 33. Kxe2 Ne6 34. Bg2 Bd4 35. Nd1 Nc5 36. b3 Nxb3 37. Kd3 Bb6 38. Kc4 Nc5 39. Ne3 Nd7 40. Nd1 Ne5+ 41. Kc3 Bc5 42. f4 Bb4+ 43. Kd4 Nd7 44. Bf3 Be1 45. g4 hxg4 46. Bxg4 Bxh4 47. Nb2 Bf2+ 48. Kc4 Be3 49. Nd3 Nb6+ 50. Kb3 f6 51. f5 gxf5 52. Bxf5 Kd6 53. Nb2 Kc5 54. Bg6 Kd4 55. Bf5 Bc1 56. Nd1 c5 57. Nc3 c4+ 58. Kc2 Bf4 59. Ne2+ Ke5 60. Nc3 Be3 61. Bg6 Bd4 62. Bf5 Kd6 63. Nb5+ Kc5 64. Nc7 Kb4 65. Ne6 Be5 66. Nd8 Nxa4 67. Nxb7 Bc7 68. Bd7 Nb6 69. Be8 a4 70. Kb2 Nc8 71. Bd7 Nb6 72. Be8 c3+ 0-1