This will not be held this year due to closeness of British Championships in Bournemouth and finding hotel with suitable dates.
Dorset Open Congress
This will be held on 2nd to 4th December at The Ocean View Hotel. Details to follow on new website by mid May.
New Website for all Dorset Chess
I would like to thank Matthew Staniforth for his generous bid of £300 for the Drueke Chess Set and Board with proceeds going towards junior chess in Dorset.
Crosstables shown below.
The 50th Dorset Chess Congress was held over weekend of 30th Oct to 1st Nov and had a record 126 entrants.
The winner of the Open was GM Alexander Cherniaev with 5/5.
There was also clear cut winners in Major – R. Desmedt ( 4/5 ) and in the Intermediate A. Pitcher (4.5/5 ). In the Minor was a tie on 4.5 between M. Whitworth and W. Curry.
Results are shown below with crosstables to be added later.
I enclose list of entrants that have paid to 28.10.15. We now have 114 entrants.
We have our first GM playing – Alexander Cherniaev
Entries will not be accepted on the day so last day for entering is 29.9.15.
Entries received for Dorset Congress to 21.10.15. are as follows – ( 101 in total )
The Carrington House Hotel had 19 available rooms ( both single and twin ) up to yesterday. Please book hotel as soon as possible to avoid any disappointment.
The late entry fee of £5 kicks in for paid entries received after 16 October.
I shall not be able to confirm payments received for the period 10th to 17th October but will do so as soon as possible after 17th.
The following entries for those who have paid and have been received to 9 October. The total so far is 75.
An exquisite chess set and board made by Drueke in US has kindly been donated to Dorset Chess in order to be used for the benefit of junior chess.
It has been decided that the best way to facilitate this is to sell the set and board in a silent auction which will be completed over the weekend of the Dorset Open Chess Congress.
The chess set and board is approximately 26 inches square so is larger than normal boards. Drueke boards and sets were made in US but ceased production about 5 years ago. Photo’s below.
In order to make a bid you can either send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or put the bid in a sealed envelope at the Dorset Congress. The bids will be checked to see which is the highest by lunchtime on 1st November.
List of paid entries is shown below. 56 Entries received to date.
I enclose below the 36 entries received to date.
Entries for congress are shown below
The Best Game prize of £15 has been awarded to Paul Hackman who had an excellent tournament beating an IM in Round 2 and then stubbornly holding a rook and pawn ending a pawn down against a strong WGM in Round 3. Here is his win against the much higher rated IM with summary notes.
Round 2 Paul Hackman (188) v Gediminus Sarakauskas (233)
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 Nc6 6. Ndb5 d6 7. Bf4 e5 8.Bg5 a6 9. Na3 b5 10. Nd5 Be7 11. Bxf6 Bxf6 12. c3 O-O 13. Nc2 Bg5 14. a4 bxa4 15. Rxa4 a5 16. Bc4 Kh8 17. O-O Rb8 18. b3 g6 19. Qe2 f5 20. f3 fxe4 21. fxe4 Rxf1+ 22. Qxf1 Be6 23. b4 axb4 24. Ncxb4 Na5 25. Bd3 Bd7 26. Ra3 Nb7 27. Ra6!
Paul has been trading blow for blow with Gediminus and perhaps in frustation the IM now wrongly now sees an opportunity for more counterplay.
27… Ra8?? A big mistake which loses the game and Paul now finishes the game off in fine style. 28. Rxa8 Qxa8 29. Nb6!
This is probably the move that Gediminus missed when he played 27… Ra8. It looks as though Black can win the knight with 29… Be3+ 30.Kh1 Bxb6 but this loses to 31.Qf6+ Kg8 32. Bc4+ mating.
29… Qd8 30. Nxd7
The Black Queen has become overloaded as it cannot recapture the knight and defend Qf8 mate 30… Kg7 31. Bb5 Bd2 32. Nd5 1-0
Steve Peirson is also to be congratulated for taking the 2nd prize of a book by expertly dismantling Jake Holton’s Modern Defence.
The Online entry for 50th Dorset Congress is now live.
The Carrington House bookings must now be done through the Central Reservation system – please see website for details.
The 50th Dorset Open Congress will be held at Carrington House Hotel from 30th October 2015 to 1st November 2015.
As it’s a special anniversary all prizes have been increased.
We hope you enjoyed the congress. It once again attracted a record entry of 170 competitors. I am not sure we could fit many more people in the playing area.
As promised there will be a Best Game prize of £15 so please send us your games for consideration no later than Saturday 11th July 2105.
As mentioned at the tournament, there is a lot of hard work that goes on behind the scenes to make this a successful tournament and I feel we have a good team. I would personally like to thank:
Finally a big thank you to you all for making this a very enjoyable, easy and successful congress to organise and run!
Enjoy the rest of your summer and, on behalf of the Dorset County Chess Association and Bournemouth & District Chess League, we hope to see you all again soon!