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This event saw the best entry I’ve had since moving to the Old Grammar School a couple of years ago. 46 players entered, and 44 of them turned up!

Having recently given up the job of Congress Secretary for the Bristol league, I no longer have access to the league’s equipment, so was grateful to Alan Papier (my successor) for supplying extra sets, boards and clocks, so that we just had enough. It was a bit of a struggle running the tournament by myself as I had to put the Open section in a separate room, for the sake of space and comfort. This made it easier for those who tend to slip away at the end of a round without remembering to report their results.

The Open section (16 players) was a close run thing for the first half of the tournament until two players decided to go and find something to eat and missed round 3, thereby leaving James Cobb and Joey Stewart in joint lead at the half way stage, which was when they were supposed to go foraging! Sadly, Joey couldn’t keep up the pace, and James cruised through with two draws in the last two rounds to finish clear winner with 5/6, winning 80.  Chris Beaumont and Jerry Humphreys shared second (and in Jerry’s case, the grading prize) with 4, winning 40 each.

The Major section (15 players) remained close all the way through, and finished in a 3 way tie for first place, with Andrew Munn and Dave Tipper (both Downend) and David Dugdale of Thornbury all on 4, taking 35 each.

In the Minor section (13 players), the only female player in the entire tournament led from the start. Dorota Pacion from South Bristol only dropped half a point in round 5 on her way to victory and the 40 prize, beating University’s Jack Walpole in the last round. Jack, Richard Porter (also University) and the only ‘home’ player, Kevin Langmaid of Yate, finished joint second on 4 points, and got their entry fee back. All in all an enjoyable day for most, though I have to speak to the developers of the computer program I was using about a couple of glitches. Despite telling the system that top board in the Major was No. 21 and top in the Minor was 41, it stoically refused to play and insisted that the boards in all 3 sections were numbered from 1. I had to move somebody from the Major section out of the Minor at one point, and others kept asking me where their board was.  Also, halfway through, the pairing list turned the  Minor section into the “Wilts and West of England Junior Championships”! This should have been confusing, but oddly enough nobody seemed to notice. I have no idea how long it had been going on before I spotted it.



Graham Mill-Wilson - Controller


Open Section - Top Boards

Open Section - Lower boards


Open Section

Major Section - Top end


Bob Radford & Duncan Macarthur

Board One Round 6 - Major Section


Dorota - On her way to victory

Dorota Pacion - Winner in the Minor Section




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