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Bristol Winter Congress 2017      November 24th - 26th    Bristol Grammar School



Fide Open Section   

Games from the Open Section updated below

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Round 1     Round 2     Round 3     Round 4     Round 5

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Keith Arkell notched up his third win against Max French  3/3

Congress Report

The Winter Congress was notable for its domination by juniors who made up a large proportion of all three sections. However this time the more experienced adults managed to hold their own for the top places despite the daunting opposition.


98 players competed in the three sections, our second highest entry. There were 23 juniors taking part and standout performances by Max French, Vorobyev Svyatoslav, Max Walker and Kandara Acharya.


The Minor section was particularly well supported and we will have some rearrangement of the grade boundaries next time to rebalance the Major, which was the smallest section.​

FIDE rated Open

Keith Arkell had a particularly tough game against Lewis Martin and though a pawn down in the rook ending he had the better winning chances, but in the end decided to steer it into a draw and try to win the final round. He then proved too tough for the Russian junior Vorobyev Svyatoslav and ended up clear winner with Lewis beating another junior, Chirag Hosdurga, for second. Max French drew his final game to end up in the third place group along with Svyatoslav and Horia Bogdan from Bath and Chris Smith of North Bristol.

Chirag Hosdurga - finished with an impressive score of  3/5


Major    under 155

Somerset junior Max Walker was on fire with four straight wins but Stephen Williams proved too canny in the final round and managed to dominate the game despite a tough fightback. Chris Strong proved his competitive ability with an unbeaten 4/5 to join Max in second place.

Stephen M Williams   1st  4.5/5


Max Walker  2nd =  4/5


Minor   under 125

This was a large section and a particularly fine performance by nine year old Kandara Acharya who was only able to play three of the rounds but won them all. Alistair Drummond managed to stay ahead with a final round draw to win the tournament, and after a long final game Caspian Fowler from Millfield joined Alistair Marston and Matthew Goatcher in second place.

Alistair Drummond   1st  4.5/5













Players in the Open Section

David Cordner v Keith Arkell  - Rd 2


Alice Lampard - wrapping up warm !

Adam Musson - Bath Chess Club

Lewis Martin - held Keith Arkell to a draw in Round Four       2nd   4/5

David Cordner

Max French   3rd =   3.5/5





Oliver Stubbs -  finished on 2.5/5 in his first Fide Open

David Kramaley


Horia Bogdan   3rd =  3.5/5
















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