The Gazette - May 2020

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Edited by Julie Leonard
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Correspondence Chess Director’s Report

Critical results in the 45th Championship Premier came in this quarter. The fierce grips of Alec Crombie and Ernie McElroy on the title have been broken. Congratulations go to Guy Whitehouse for an excellent performance to become Premier Champion.

45th BCA CORRESPONDENCE TOURNAMENT 2019-20

Premier - Group Leader Paul Benson

McElroy 0.5 - 0.5 Crombie, Caro-Kann, 38.

Phillips 0.5 - 0.5 Whitehouse, Queen's Pawn, 22.

Whitehouse 1 - 0 McElroy, Sicilian, 37.

Final scores: Guy Whitehouse 3-4, Alec Crombie 3, Ernie McElroy 2.5, George Phillips 1.5, Denis Warren 0.

Tie-break: Guy 4.75, Alec 4.25.

Again congratulations to Guy on taking the title of Champion.

Challengers - Group Leader Gary Wickett

Greatrex 0 - 1 Mike Hague, King's Pawn, 10.

Scores: Mike Hague 4.5-5, Voldi Gailans 4-5, Eric Gallacher 3.5-5, Jim Cuthbert 1-4, Arthur Greatrex 1-4, Eleanor Tew 0-5.

Congratulations to Mike Hague on winning the Challengers group.

BCA LEAGUE 2020-21

Division 1 - Group Leader Guy Whitehouse

Mark Hague 0 - 1 Crombie, Queen's Pawn, 34.

Crombie 1 - 0 Gailans, French, 36.

Gailans 0 - 1 Mark Hague, Dutch, 29.

Scores: Alec Crombie 2-2, Mark Hague 1-2, Ernie McElroy 0-0, Voldi Gailans 0-2.

Division 2 - Group Leader Voldi Gailans

No results.

Scores: Jim Cuthbert, Eric Gallacher, George Phillips, Denis Warren, all 0-0.

Division 3 - Group Leader George Phillips

Tew 0 - 1 Flood, Chigorin, 32.

Jones 1 - 0 Tew, French, 31.

Flood 1 - 0 Jones, Philidor, 38.

Scores: Mike Flood 2-2, Malcolm Jones 1-2, Andrew Wood 0-0, Eleanor Tew 0-2.

FRIENDLY LADDER TABLE

Anyone wishing to play a friendly game on the Ladder should now contact myself, details as shown in list of Officers. Any friendly games played under correspondence conditions, such as by Braille, cassette, email, Skype, telephone, can qualify as a Friendly Ladder game. Please report such games and let your efforts be reflected in your accumulating score.

Jones 0 - 1 Benson, Dutch, 40.

T. Elbourn 1 - 0 Warren, English Opening, 24.

Jones 0 - 1 Flood, Giuoco Piano, 36.

Scores: 7 Jim Cuthbert; 6 Eleanor Tew; 5 Stan Lightowler; 4 Tony Elbourn, Mike Flood, Mark Hague, Dorothy Hodges, Stan Lovell, Denis Warren; 3 Ernie McElroy, Lea Ryan; 2 Paul Benson, Lionel Bryant, Derek Couchman, Jason Pearce, Gill Smith, Bill Tatum; 1 Christopher Huby.

In closing, to those about to start a game: Break a peg!

Paul Benson