BCA Chairman's Cup 2016

By Tanvi Muir, with Gary Wickett covering the chess angle.

Tanvi writes:

 

Mayor opens the tournament

 

The time had come once again for the BCA to travel to Bournemouth for the Chairman’s Cup tournament.  On this occasion it was in memory of a lovely member of our group and a special friend to many of us, Juliet Reeve, who sadly passed away last year.

We were given our usual homely welcome by the staff at the Whitehall Hotel.  The first evening was caught up in greeting friends, both before and after round one of the chess.   It was great to welcome some new folks attending for the first time as well as our faithful Irish contingent.  We had a wonderful dinner, after which the Mayor of Bournemouth came to launch the chess. 

There’s always plenty to do at Bournemouth and most places of interest are open every day, so on Sunday after the chess, some of us went to the gardens which are just beyond the hotel, sampled the delights of the food fair and enjoyed the various musicians busking there.  The sun was out with a hint of a sea breeze and all was well with the world! After forcing ourselves to eat yet more lovely food at dinner, there was a simultaneous chess display for those who were still hungry – for chess that is!

On Monday afternoon, we had some visitors.  An artist came and displayed a chess set he’d created from a variety of household objects.  Our other visitors came to show us a helpful and impressive reading gadget for visually impaired people.  On Monday evening we were treated once again to the wonderful warm sound of the Southern Union Barber Shop Singers, who sang their socks off and gladdened our hearts.

Unfortunately, the resident hot-air balloon, the Bournemouth Eye, was at the doctor’s being repaired, but it was lovely to walk up the hill to the high street in search of big shops, quaint small shops and everything in between.  The rain did its thing but the BCA were not to be stopped!

After dinner on Tuesday, a very nice man came and quizzed us till the only answer left to give was “Large G&T!”  It was a truly wonderful and varied quiz with something for everyone.  The chess continued on Wednesday morning, and in the evening we were entertained by a mother and son duo who played violin and guitar in the bar.

Thursday evening came; as usual, we’d eaten far too much and were ready to sleep, only to be told that there was a murder mystery to be solved!  No rest for the wicked!  We learned that the BCA harboured secrets:  Some amazing acting talent!  It was just brilliant to witness people from our number effortlessly turning into murderers, rogues and red herrings. It was an evening of fun, controversy and laughter.

 

Chairman's Cup winner

 

The BCA were not to be put off by the closing of our favourite tearoom in the hotel next-door, so the hunt for a


The BCA were not to be put off by the closing of our favourite tearoom in the hotel next-door, so the hunt for a half decent cake was on.  After a little research, we found at least two scrumptious cake shops.  The Danish pastries were irresistible! And then some!

The wonderful holiday was topped off with our usual soirée with more home-grown gifts of music and poetry.  It was all held together by Joan Shorrock, who also sealed it with her own essential and special summary of the holiday in verse.  On this occasion the highlight was our lovely Chairman, Norman Wragg, who after only a short time of learning the guitar, played and sang Eric Clapton’s ‘Wonderful Tonight’.  It was awesome!  Juliet would

have been proud, as the BCA soirées meant a lot to her.

It was as always a wonderful and happy week and we returned home the next day with happy memories.  John Jenkins did a sterling job as organiser. 

Well, that’s the main points covered, I’ll hand over now to Gary for the small matter of the chess!

Once again the chess proved to be an exciting tournament with almost as many twists and turns as you would see at a Bournemouth tea dance!  This was a seven round tournament with two sections: a top group and a Challenger group. May I say at this juncture what a delight it was to see three new participants playing in their first BCA tournament: Joe McAloon, Muzz Lakhani and George Foster.  May I also thank our arbiter, Gerry Walsh, and our steward, Norman Andrews, who both did an excellent job of keeping the tournament running smoothly. 

In the top section we had ten players: Philip Doyle, Sean Loftus, Stan Lovell, Phil Gordon, Joe McAloon, Eamonn Casey, John Jenkins, George Phillips, Dan Rugman and Gary Wickett.  (To save any confusion, I will refer to players by their surname.)

All quite tight and predictable at the beginning but after the first three rounds Lovell had forged a lead on a perfect score, hotly pursued by Doyle and Casey on 2.5 and Loftus on 2.  However, in round four Doyle beat Lovell and snatched the lead with a score of 3.5.  In round five Doyle went on to draw with Loftus and Lovell beat Casey.  New kid on the block, McAloon, also got a crucial win against Wickett.

As we entered the penultimate round, the four favourites were: Doyle and Lovell on 4, and McAloon and Loftus on 3.5.  Doyle won his game against Casey, who after a promising start now trailed on 2.5.  Lovell beat McAloon and Loftus beat Phillips.

So as we entered the final round it was a three horse race: Lovell and Doyle on 5 and Loftus on 4.5, their closest rivals being no threat on 3.5.  Lovell beat Phillips.  Loftus drew with McAloon.  Doyle lost against Wickett

Chairman’s Cup Final Scores: Stan Lovell 6 points (first prize and the Chairman’s Cup trophy), Philip Doyle and Sean Loftus 5 points (joint second prize), Joe McAloon and Phil Gordon 4 points, Eamonn Casey and Gary Wickett 3 points (Gary won the grading prize), John Jenkins, George Phillips and Dan Rugman 2 points.

The Challenger Group should have been an eight player all play all, but due to some unfortunate mix-up it started with seven players and went down to six.  For the first two rounds we had seven players Voldi Gailans, Jim Cuthbert, Denis Warren, Mike Lowery, Richard Harrington, Muzz Lakhani and George Foster.  Muzz had initially come along just for a couple of days to meet people and to play the odd friendly game as he had an important medical appointment to attend.  He therefore only played in the first two rounds, securing a nice draw against Richard in his debut game.

Gailans and Cuthbert led the fray for the first four rounds with a perfect score.  Cuthbert then beat Gailans in round five and gained a full point lead ahead of his two main rivals Gailans and Lowery who were both now on 4.

However, Cuthbert’s wings were clipped in round six by Warren who at last found his mojo and got a nice win.  Lowery hot on Cuthbert’s tail beat Harrington, and Gailans got a full point bye. 

So as we reached the final round the three leaders were Cuthbert, Gailans and Lowery all on 5 points.  Gailans beat Warren.  Cuthbert beat Lowery.  I think it is only right to mention at this juncture that Lowery had a commendable win against Warren back in round 2. 

Challengers Final Scores:  Jim Cuthbert and Voldi Gailans 6 points (joint first with Jim winning the trophy on tie-break), Mike Lowery 5 points (third prize), Denis Warren 4 points, George Foster 3 points (grading prize), Richard Harrington 2.5 points, Muzz Lakhani 0.5 point.

CHAIRMAN’S CUP 2016 ROUND 7

Wickett 84 v Doyle 129

1 e4 e6 2 d4 d5 3 exd5 exd5 4 Bd3 Qf6 5 Nf3 h6 6 0-0 Bd6 7 c3 Ne7

8 Qc2 (supporting c pawn as planning to play b3 to allow Ba3)

8 ... 0-0 9 b3 Bf5 10 Bxf5 Nxf5 11 Ba3 Re8 12 Bxd6 Nxd6 13 Na3 Nd7 14 Qd3 (to allow Nb5 or c4)

14 ... c6 15 c4 dxc4 16 Nxc4 Nxc4 17 bxc4 Rad8 18 Rfe1 Rxe1+ 19 Rxe1 Qd6 20 Qe2 Kf8 21 c5 Qf6 22 Rb1 b6 23 Ne5 Nxe5 24 dxe5 Qf5 25 Rd1 Ke8 26 Rxd8+ Kxd8 27 cxb6 axb6 28 g3 Qb1+ 29 Kg2 Kc7

30 e6 (Qa6 could be met with Qe4+) 30 ... fxe6 31 Qxe6 Kb7

32 Qe7+ (Qd7+ no doubt better but playing for a draw by repetition)

32 ... Kc8 33 Qe8+ (didn’t want to risk Qxg7 as down on time and black could respond Qxa2 followed by Qd5+) 33 ... Kb7 34 Qd7+ Ka6? (Hasty but black desperately needing the win)

35 Qxc6 Qxa2?? 36 Qa8+ Black resigns.

It just goes to show the best player doesn’t always win, and Stan you still owe me a drink!  Although to my mind it was a draw, as a draw was on the table and it was only Philip’s desperate need to win that caused him to lose.

 

From: Norman Wragg

Sent: Sunday, October 9, 2016 5:26 PM

To: joolesleonard@gmail.com

Subject: RE: Updating of BCA Website

 

Hi Julie,

 

Hope you have had a nice break.

 

Thank you very much for the account of the Chairman’s Cup.  It is fairly long but I don’t think this really matters for the website.  There will just be the simple headline “Stan Lovell Wins the Chairman's Cup 2016”  and then a link to read more.  The account of the European Team Championship in Poland has recently been put on the website and this too is a long account.

 

Just one point I wanted to mention regarding the presentation of results.  I think the normal convention is that, if for example three players share first place, then the next player is fourth, not second.  However, Chris Ross always seems to have his own way of doing it and so, for example, one could have the bizarre situation of someone finishing bottom of a group of 20 players and still being deemed to have finished say third.  This is how Chris presented the results for the Chairman’s Cup on our website and this is how he always presents results.

 

In my view, this is wrong and we need to correct it although Chris has not shown a great readiness to change.  I know that Stan Lovell also feels very strongly about it.

 

The reason I am explaining this is that, in Gary’s account of the Chairman’s Cup, I have made a small change to his presentation of the Challenger results.  Jim Cuthbert and Voldi finished joint first and Gary had indicated that Denis Warren and Mike Lowery had finished joint second.  I have changed this to joint third.  Hope you don’t mind.  I will explain to Gary some time.  Are you willing to make the same change in the Gazette please?

 

Best wishes,

 

Norman

 

From: joolesleonard@gmail.com [mailto:joolesleonard@gmail.com]
Sent: 06 October 2016 19:49
To: Norman Wragg <n.wragg@braillechess.org.uk>
Subject: Re: Updating of BCA Website

 

Hi Norman,

 

The report on the Chairman’s Cup is below.  It’s a bit too long for the website I think, but no doubt you’ll summarise it as appropriate. 

Two photos are attached.  One shows the Mayor playing the first move on Philip Doyle’s board.  The other shows you (right) presenting the trophy to Stan, who is accompanied by Casper. 

Hope that’s ok.  Must rush off to pack a bag for the weekend now!

 

Best wishes,

Julie

1.                  Chairman’s Cup 2016

By Tanvi Muir, with Gary Wickett covering the chess angle.

Tanvi writes:

The time had come once again for the BCA to travel to Bournemouth for the Chairman’s Cup tournament.  On this occasion it was in memory of a lovely member of our group and a special friend to many of us, Juliet Reeve, who sadly passed away last year.

We were given our usual homely welcome by the staff at the Whitehall Hotel.  The first evening was caught up in greeting friends, both before and after round 1 of the chess.   It was great to welcome some new folks attending for the first time as well as our faithful Irish contingent.  We had a wonderful dinner, after which the Mayor of Bournemouth came to launch the chess. 

There’s always plenty to do at Bournemouth and most places of interest are open every day, so on Sunday after the chess, some of us went to the gardens which are just beyond the hotel, sampled the delights of the food fair and enjoyed the various musicians busking there.  The sun was out with a hint of a sea breeze and all was well with the world! After forcing ourselves to eat yet more lovely food at dinner, there was a simultaneous chess display for those who were still hungry – for chess that is!

On Monday afternoon, we had some visitors.  An artist came and displayed a chess set he’d created from a variety of household objects.  Our other visitors came to show us a helpful and impressive reading gadget for visually impaired people.  On Monday evening we were treated once again to the wonderful warm sound of the Southern Union Barber Shop Singers, who sang their socks off and gladdened our hearts.

Unfortunately, the resident hot-air balloon, the Bournemouth Eye, was at the doctor’s being repaired, but it was lovely to walk up the hill to the high street in search of big shops, quaint small shops and everything in between.  The rain did its thing but the BCA were not to be stopped!

After dinner on Tuesday, a very nice man came and quizzed us till the only answer left to give was “Large G&T!”  It was a truly wonderful and varied quiz with something for everyone.  The chess continued on Wednesday morning, and in the evening we were entertained by a mother and son duo who played violin and guitar in the bar.

Thursday evening came; as usual, we’d eaten far too much and were ready to sleep, only to be told that there was a murder mystery to be solved!  No rest for the wicked!  We learned that the BCA harboured secrets! – Some amazing acting talent!  It was just brilliant to witness people from our number effortlessly turning into murderers, rogues and red herrings.  It was an evening of fun, controversy and laughter.

The BCA were not to be put off by the closing of our favourite tearoom in the hotel next-door, so the hunt for a half decent cake was on.  After a little research, we found at least two scrumptious cake shops.  The Danish pastries were irresistible! And then some!

The wonderful holiday was topped off with our usual soirée with more home-grown gifts of music and poetry.  It was all held together by Joan, who also sealed it with her own essential and special summary of the holiday in verse.  On this occasion the highlight was our lovely Chairman, Norman, who only after a short time of learning the guitar, played and sang Eric Clapton’s ‘Wonderful Tonight’.  It was awesome!  Juliet would have been proud, as the BCA soirées meant a lot to her.

It was as always a wonderful and happy week and we returned home the next day with happy memories.  John Jenkins did a sterling job as organiser. 

Well, that’s the main points covered, I’ll hand over now to Gary for the small matter of the chess!

Gary reports:

Once again the chess proved to be an exciting tournament with almost as many twists and turns as you would see at a Bournemouth tea dance!  This was a seven round tournament with two sections: a top group and a Challenger group. May I say at this juncture what a delight it was to see three new participants playing in their first BCA tournament: Joe McAloon, Muzz Lakhani and George Foster.  May I also thank our arbiter, Gerry Walsh, and our steward, Norman Andrews, who both did an excellent job of keeping the tournament running smoothly. 

In the top section we had ten players: Philip Doyle, Sean Loftus, Stan Lovell, Phil Gordon, Joe McAloon, Eamonn Casey, John Jenkins, George Phillips, Dan Rugman and Gary Wickett.  (To save any confusion, I will refer to players by their surname.)

All quite tight and predictable at the beginning but after the first three rounds Lovell had forged a lead on a perfect score, hotly pursued by Doyle and Casey on 2.5 and Loftus on 2.  However, in round 4 Doyle beat Lovell and snatched the lead with a score of 3.5.  In round five Doyle went on to draw with Loftus and Lovell beat Casey.  New kid on the block, McAloon, also got a crucial win against Wickett.

As we entered the penultimate round, the four favourites were: Doyle and Lovell on 4, and McAloon and Loftus on 3.5.    Doyle won his game against Casey, who after a promising start now trailed on 2.5.  Lovell beat McAloon; and Loftus beat Phillips. 

So as we entered the final round it was a three horse race: Lovell and Doyle on 5 and Loftus on 4.5, their closest rivals being no threat on 3.5.  Lovell beat Phillips.  Loftus drew with McAloon.  Doyle lost against Wickett

Final Scores

Stan Lovell 6 (first prize and trophy), Phillip Doyle and Sean Loftus 5 (joint second prize), Joe McAloon and Phil Gordon 4, Eamonn Casey and Gary Wickett 3 (Gary won the grading prize), John Jenkins, George Phillips and Dan Rugman 2.

The Challenger Group should have been an eight player all play all, but due to some unfortunate mix-up it started with seven players and went down to 6.  For the first two rounds we had seven players Voldi Gailans, Jim Cuthbert, Denis Warren, Mike Lowery, Richard Harrington, Muzz Lakhani and George Foster.  Muzz had initially come along just for a couple of days to meet people and to play the odd friendly game as he had an important medical appointment to attend.  He therefore only played in the first two rounds, securing a nice draw against Richard in his debut game.

Gailans and Cuthbert led the fray for the first four rounds with a perfect score.  Cuthbert then beat Gailans in round 5 and gained a full point lead ahead of his two main rivals Gailans and Lowery who were both now on 4. 

However, Cuthbert’s wings were clipped in round 6 by Warren who at last found his mojo and got a nice win.  Lowery hot on Cuthbert’s tail beat Harrington, and Gailans got a full point bye. 

So as we reached the final round the three leaders were Cuthbert, Gailans and Lowery all on 5 points.  Gailans beat Warren.  Cuthbert beat Lowery.  I think it is only right to mention at this juncture that Lowery had a commendable win against Warren back in round 2. 

Final Scores

Jim Cuthbert and Voldi Gailans 5 (joint first with Jim winning the trophy on tie-break), Denis Warren and Mike Lowery 4 (joint second), George Foster 3 (grading prize), Richard Harrington 2.5, Muzz Lakhani 0.5. 

CHAIRMAN’S CUP 2016 ROUND 7

Wickett 84 v Doyle 129

1 e4 e6 2 d4 d5 3 exd5 exd5 4 Bd3 Qf6 5 Nf3 h6 6 0-0 Bd6 7 c3 Ne7

8 Qc2 (supporting c pawn as  planning to play b3 to allow Ba3)

8 ... 0-0 9 b3 Bf5 10 Bxf5 Nxf5 11 Ba3 Re8 12 Bxd6 Nxd6 13 Na3 Nd7 14 Qd3 (to allow Nb5 or c4)

14 ... c6 15 c4 dxc4 16 Nxc4 Nxc4 17 bxc4 Rad8 18 Rfe1 Rxe1+ 19 Rxe1 Qd6 20 Qe2 Kf8 21 c5 Qf6 22 Rb1 b6 23 Ne5 Nxe5 24 dxe5 Qf5 25 Rd1 Ke8 26 Rxd8+ Kxd8 27 cxb6 axb6 28 g3 Qb1+ 29 Kg2 Kc7

30 e6 fxe6 31 Qxe6 Kb7

32 Qe7+ (Qd7+ no doubt better but playing for a draw by repetition)

32 ... Kc8 33 Qe8+ (didn’t want to risk Qxg7 as down on time and black could respond Qxa2 followed by Qd5+) 33 ... Kb7 34 Qd7+ Ka6? (Hasty but black desperately needing the win)

35 Qxc6 Qxa2?? 36 Qa8+ Black resigns.



 

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