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 2 of the 2011 Open
[Event "Torbay Open"] [Site "Torquay"] [Date "2011.11.19"] [Round "2"] [White "Bolt, Graham"] [Black "Mackle, Dominic"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "A00"] [PlyCount "138"] [EventDate "2011.11.??"] [EventType "swiss"] [EventRounds "5"] [EventCountry "ENG"] [SourceDate "2011.11.19"] 1. g3 c5 2. Bg2 Nc6 3. Nc3 g6 4. d3 Bg7 5. Bd2 d6 6. Nf3 Nf6 7. Rb1 O-O 8. a3 a5 9. a4 d5 10. O-O e5 11. Nb5 Ne8 12. c3 Nd6 13. Bg5 f6 14. Be3 d4 15. cxd4 cxd4 16. Qb3+ Kh8 17. Bd2 Re8 18. Nxd6 Qxd6 19. Rfc1 Re7 20. Ne1 Be6 21. Qb5 Rc7 22. Bxc6 bxc6 23. Qb6 Qd7 24. Rc5 Bf8 25. Bxa5 Rb7 26. Qxc6 Bxc5 27. Qxc5 Qd5 28. Bb6 Qxc5 29. Bxc5 Rxa4 30. b4 Ra2 31. Kf1 Bh3+ 32. Ng2 Bxg2+ 33. Kxg2 Rxe2 34. Ra1 Kg7 35. Ra3 Rc2 36. Kf3 h5 37. h4 Rc3 38. Rxc3 dxc3 39. Ke2 Rd7 40. b5 Rd5 41. Bb4 c2 42. Kd2 e4 43. b6 exd3 44. Ba3 Ra5 45. Bc1 Rb5 46. Kxd3 Rxb6 47. Kxc2 Rd6 48. Bd2 Kf7 49. Kd1 Ke6 50. Ke2 Kf5 51. Bf4 Ra6 52. Kf3 Ra3+ 53. Be3 g5 54. hxg5 fxg5 55. Kg2 Kg4 56. Bb6 Ra2 57. Bc5 h4 58. gxh4 gxh4 59. Bb6 h3+ 60. Kh2 Ra6 61. Be3 Ra8 62. Bb6 Kf3 63. Be3 Rg8 64. Bb6 Kg4 65. Be3 Kh4 66. Bb6 Rg2+ 67. Kh1 Kg4 68. Be3 Kf3 69. Bb6 Ke2 1/2-1/2