took part between 21st-23rd March 2003 in Bedford.
A.G.M. was a weekend of contrasts between events at the board
and those away from it. The Moat House proved to be an excellent
venue with helpful and efficient staff who already knew everyone’s
names on the Friday evening. A high standard of food and service
was maintained all weekend. The B.C.A. party consisted of
39 players and over a dozen guides, friends and controllers.
The BCA was pleased to welcome a group from RNIB New College
Worcester, Rob van Aurich and Kim van Hoogenraad from the
Netherlands, and Jim and Mary Cuthbert returning after a long
break. New junior member Nathan Keen was attending his first
ever chess tournament. In contrast to the friendly spirit
outside the chess room, no quarter was asked or given over
the board. There were at most three drawn games in each round!
1 witnessed only one draw, and this was a fine result for
Steve Thacker against second seed Paul Cumbers in the Open.
Most other games went according to seeding, with Tyson Mordue
defeating David Hogkins and Chris Ross prevailing against
Mark Kirkham. In the Minor, top seed George Phillips overcame
Chrissie Brown while several of the New College Worcester
squad beat far more experienced players.
Round 2, Tyson Mordue, Chris Ross, Steve Burnell and Colin
Chambers maintained their 100% scores, with Rob van Aurich
and Steve Thacker close behind on 1.5. In the Minor, George
Phillips ‘did the double’ by beating Bob Brown
but the lads from Worcester kept up with the pace.
Round 2 came the A.G.M, expertly chaired by Jim Lidstone.
This will be reported elsewhere but mention must be made of
Wendy Holmes, who has stepped down as Treasurer because of
other commitments. The BCA owes her tremendous gratitude for
her contribution over the past 5 years. Sadly, Stan Lovell
confirmed that this will be his last year as Secretary. Supported
by Jan, he has truly been a lynchpin of the Association. On
a happier note, membership of Junior BCA has now passed 10,
and as provided in the Constitution they elected Yan Kit Chan
as their own representative to join the Committee.
Saturday evening the players returned to the fray for Round
3. This was a vital round in both sections. In the Open the
four players on 2 points clashed, with Chris Ross and Tyson
Mordue winning with White and moving ahead of the field, chased
by Rob van Aurich who defeated Steve Thacker to reach 2.5.
In the Minor George Phillips and Richard Allen moved into
joint first place on 3/3. Yan Kit Chan and Michael Sharkey
drew their game to stay half a point behind.
Round 4 Tyson made sure of at least a share of first place
in the Open with his fourth consecutive win, this time against
Chris Ross. Steve Burnell, Colin Chambers and Paul Cumbers
found their form with wins against Rob van Aurich, David Hodgkins
and John Gallagher respectively to join Chris on 3/4. In the
Minor George Phillips also maintained a 100% score with a
win against Richard Allen. Yan Kit Chan beat Geoff Patching
and Michael Sharkey overcame Shirley Watkins. On 3.5 points,
Yan Kit and Michael still had everything to play for in the
final round. Equally important, Nathan Keen won his first
ever game under tournament conditions, against our Chairman
weekend seemed to be drawing to a close almost as soon as
it began as we sat down for Round 5. The players maintained
their fighting spirit with only three draws. Tyson clinched
the Open, winning with White against Paul Cumbers. Steve Burnell
defeated Steve Thacker and made sure of second place on 4/5.
Colin and Chris drew their game to reach 3.5/5, joined by
Rob van Aurich who overcame Les Whittle. The Minor also saw
an outright victor as George Phillips maintained his winning
ways against Yan Kit Chan to score 5/5. Michael Sharkey took
second place with 4.5 and Jim Cuthbert won his final game
to come third with 4/5. Nathan Keen notched up a second win,
bringing him a grading prize.
Walsh and Julie Leonard formed a faultless control team. Sheila
Milsom once again worked tirelessly on the raffle. Special
thanks must go to Stan and Jan Lovell for organising another
successful and enjoyable A.G.M. Tournament.
Tyson Mordue 5.
Steve Burnell 4.
Colin Chambers, Chris Ross, Rob van Aurich 3.5.
Paul Cumbers, David Hodgkins 3
John Gallagher, George Plechaty, Steve Thacker, Guy Whitehouse,
Norman Wragg 2.5
Richard Murphy, Brian Perham, Les Whittle, Roger Waters 2
Kim van Hoogenraad, Mark Kirkham, Peter Price, Orlando Sobers
A: David Hodgkins
Group B: George Plechaty, Guy Whitehouse
George Phillips 5
Michael Sharkey 4.5
3 Jim Cuthbert 4
Yan Kit Chan 3.5
Richard Allen, Chrissie Brown, Bob Brown, Alastair Irving,
Darren Paskell, Robin Williams 3
John Busbridge, Richard Harrington, Nathan Keen, Geoff Patching,
John Osborne, Shirley Watkins 2
Francis Collisson, Dorothy Hodges, Jim Lidstone 1
Group A: Richard Allen, Bob Brown, Alastair Irving, Darren
Paskell, Robin Williams
Group B: Richard Harrington, Nathan Keen.
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