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WCPL and Welsh Cups - April 2015

Results of WCPL and Cup matches held in Briton Ferry on 12th April 2015 (The games are downloadable from here)

Read more: WCPL and Welsh Cups - April 2015

2015 Welsh Championships sponsored by Chessmaze International

I write this at the end of the 2015 Welsh Championships. This year, for the first time, the Championships were sponsored by "Chessmaze International" and we sincerely thank them for their continued help and support fo Welsh chess. The sponsorship allowed us to offer the £5 entry fee which I know was very attractive and much appreciated by many players. The sponsorship (and the reduced entry fee) also meant that the event attracted the lartgest entry for many years.

 

  • The 2015 Welsh Championship was won by James Cobb with 6.5 points. 2nd Tom Brown, 3rd Jonathan Blackburn 4th Sven Zeidler.   
  • The 2015 Tom Weston Open/Major Championship was won jointly by Steve Christmas, Gareth Yeo (who also qualify for the British Championship) and Ernest Gibiec all finishing with 5.5 points. Grading Prizes:  Simon Blackmore, Shayanna Sivarajasingam and Imogen Camp
  • The 2015 John Bishop Memorial Championship was won by Mohamed Binesmael with 6.5 points. 2nd Richard Livermore, 3rd: Timothy Allen, Mark Emblem and Anlan Qiu. Grading Prize winner Michael McLoughlin
  • The 2015 Welsh Ladies Championship was won by Lynda Roberts with 3.5 points.
  • The 2015 Welsh Under 21 Championship was won jointly by Alex Bullen, Nicholas Evans and Ben Thomas with 3 points.

I congratulate the prize winners. The complete list is given in the table below.

 

Prize List

 

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Finally I must thank John Thornton, Geoff Gammon and Ian Eustis for acting as arbiters at the Championships, and John for inputting the games. We also thank David Clayton for his work ensuring the games from the Championship are covered live on the web. We also thank the staff at the Park Inn Hotel for making us so welcome and being so helpful through the Championships.

 

The 2016 Championships will return to the Park Inn Hotel over the Easter weekend next year (25th - 28th March).

Read more: 2015 Welsh Championships sponsored by Chessmaze International

Welsh Premier League and Cup Competition

Results of the matches played on Sunday 15th March in Merthyr Tydfil

Games can be downloaded from here

 

Read more: Welsh Premier League and Cup Competition

Geof Tyrrell Best Game Prize 2014

Charles Morris wins Geof Tyrrell Best Game Prize 2014

 

In this the fifth year of the competition in memory of Geof, the judges, Stuart Hutchings (who did the donkey work of filtering qualifying games from on-line databases), Dave James and Howard Williams, looked at 23 games (about the same as for 2013) which met our basic criteria.  In short, these are wins or draws by Welsh players against foreign opposition rated both 2250 or over and 150 points or more above the Welsh player.  The 23 games consisted of eight wins (up from four last year) and 15 draws.

 

The drawn games were all hard-fought and interesting and in a number the Welsh player had chances to win towards the end of the game or could have played on rather than settle for half a point.  Among the draws were two remarkable escapes by Richard Dineley with Black against GMs Mark Hebden and Nigel Davies.

 

Of the 8 decisive games, the three which the panel unanimously favoured were played by Charles Morris last April in Croatia in the European Seniors Team Championship (for over 50s in this particular event), by Jane Richmond in August in the Women’s Olympiad in Tromso and by Bill Hewitt the following month in the European Club Cup in Bilbao.  All are good attacking games with White.  Jane triumphed in a tense and complex struggle In the French and Bill maintained an iron grip against his opponent’s Modern Defence  but in the end the panel were unanimous in awarding the prize to Charles for the most original of the three games.  Charles whips up an unexpectedly rapid and vicious attack from a quiet opening and his IM opponent is competely overwhelmed. This game was played for Wales – Gwent in the last round of the ESTC against the Turkish national team and enabled our team to hold their tenth-seeded opponents to a 2-2 draw, to finish several places above their own seeding. 

     

The three games with notes can be found in Chessbase format here and as a text file here.

We are already collecting games for the 2015 competition but there is no need to wait until the year end before sending to me those that meet the basic rules; see above. Annotated games are particularly welcome. Prize rules are here.

 

Geof Tyrrell Best Game Prize 2014

 

 

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