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Jeremy Menadue and Theo Slade played in the British Championship at Warwick University with the following results.
|Jeremy Menadue (2042)|
|Final score: 5 / 11|
|Theo Slade (1962)|
|Score to date: 4 / 11|
The official competition website contains complete information on the whole event, including the final scores. There is an excellent set of videos (about 15 minutes long) in which IM Andrew Martin analyses a game from each of the rounds. This is on YouTube and all the links are on the official competition website.
Fourteen players supported this charity event. Andrew Greet IM, home for a week on holiday from work with Quality Chess in Glasgow, easily managed his substantial clock-time handicap against inexperienced players and won with 5/5. Runner-up was Simon Bartlett (North Cornwall) with 4/5; Robin Kneebone (Truro) was amongst the pack on 3/5 having blundered (he blames the time-handicap!) against his old pupil Ben Jago, now living in Penwith. Disappointingly, no local experienced chessplayers entered. Others who scored 3/5: Ben Jago, Ben Brown, Jackie Davis, Mark Pritchard, Peter Newing (junior, Camborne Science Academy).
The Cornwall Grand Prix concluded with the seventh and final event, the Kerrier Cup, counting for triple points.
Colin Sellwood and Gary Trudeau finished as joint winners of the 150+ section, with Theo Slade 3rd. Winners of the other sections were; David J Jenkins (125-149), Barry Childs (100-14) and Richard Stephens (Under 100).
Final standings and full list of prizewinners here
The final event in this year's Grand Prix was played at Truro High School on Saturday 6th June.
The stars-barred quickplay, for players with an ECF grade under 80 including newcomers, was won by the leading Cornish player of his age-group, Adam Hussain (Truro Prep) with a perfect score of 5/5. Second was Tim Taylor with 3½. There were seven players, five of whom stayed on to play in the last two rounds of the Kerrier Cup.
There were fifteen entries for the Kerrier Cup which counted for triple points towards the Cornwall Grand Prix. The winner was Theo Slade (Bude) with 4½/5. County champion James Hooker (Truro) finished 2nd on 4 and Robin Kneebone (Truro) 3rd on 3½.
Final scores here
Jeremy Menadue finished on 3/5 in the Open and qualifies for the British Championship which is taking place at Warwick University. He joins Theo Slade as one of Cornwall's two representatives.
Other scores of Cornish players as reported by Jeremy:
Open: Theo Slade 2, Simon Bartlett 1½
Intermediate: Martin Jones 2
Minor: Barry Childs 3½ (grading prize), Philip May 2½
This was held at the same venue as the previous events: Saint Augustine's Church, St Austell. There were 16 players with Robin Kneebone finishing 1st
Further information on the trust and its work among the homeless can be found here.
The list of winners is below. Each age group has a Supremo (boy) and a Suprema (girl).
Under 7 Charles Sexton (Truro Prep), Chloe Frankland (Truro High)
Under 8 Asher Michael (Marazion), Katie Strevens (Trythall)
Under 9 Adam Hussain (Truro Prep), Celeste Woodall (Truro High)
Under 10 Noah Raitt (Trythall), Lily Strevens (Trythall)
Under 11 Harvey Richings (Marazion), Sneha Shaju (St Mary's CE, Truro)
Under 12 Thomas Oates (Pool Academy)
Under 13 Jason Stephens (Penryn College)
Under 14 Cameron Murdoch (Truro School)
Under 15 Richard Stephens (Penryn College)
Under 16 Matthew Trathen (Camborne Academy)
Under 17 Kate Powell (Camborne Academy)
The following scored 4 or more points and also qualified for the national final, to be held in Reading in July:
Matthew Jilbert (Mounts Bay), Alec Sharbatian (Truro School), Aloysius Cota (Truro Prep), Sam Edwards (Truro Prep), Josh Patterson (Marazion), Oliver Sexton (Truro Prep), Spencer Richings (Marazion), Jonathan Taylor (Truro Prep),
There were 53 entries in total.
Full scores of all sections here.
Unfortunately it was journey's end for the county team at Weston-super-Mare Conservative Club on Saturday, 25th April where we lost to Bedfordshire by 5 - 11. This brought to a close a successful season for the team which finished with 3 wins and 2 losses. Full results and David's captain's report are here.
Back row: John Wilman (12), David Saqui (6), David Jenkins (15), Grant Healey (5), IM Andrew Greet (1), Jeremy Menadue (2), Colin Sellwood (10)
Front row: Andrew Slade, Richard Stephens (16), Simon Bartlett (8), Theo Slade (3), Richard Smith (14), Robin Kneebone (7), Jeff Nicholas (13)
Absent: Mark Hassall (3), Lloyd Retallick (9), Gary Trudeau (11)
We are grateful to Martin Slade for his kind permission to use this photograph.
2nd Bude Rapidplay Congress
The 2nd Bude Rapidplay Congress took place on Saturday 25th May 2015 at the Bude New Life Centre in the Strand. Unfortunately the date clashed with Cornwall's match against Bedfordshire in the national stages of the County Championship. As a result several players who had intended to enter were committed to the county match, which reduced the entry to 10.
The joint winners were Roy Shapland and Roger Hutchings (both Barnstaple) with 5/6. Final standings are here.
13 players contested this event held on April 13th at Truro High School. The winner was Jeremy Menadue with 4/5. Ian George, Simon Bartlett and Robin Kneebone finished equal 2nd on 3½ Full scores here.
This was the fifth event in the Cornwall Grand Prix. Colin Sellwood is the new leader, moving 40 points ahead of Gary Trudeau. Barry Childs is now third and leads the Under 125 section. Mick Hill leads the Under 150 and Richard Stephens the Under 100 sections.
Several Cornish players entered the WECU Easter Congress at Exmouth and for two of them it proved to be a successful weekend.
In the Open our top junior, Theo Slade (Bude), came 3rd equal with 4½/7, his two losses being against the winner and runner-up, GM Keith Arkell and IM Jack Rudd. This fine result gives Theo automatic qualification to this year's British Championship at Warwick University.
Colin Sellwood (Camborne) was joint winner of the Major with 5½. Coming into the last round he was a point ahead of the field but lost to Oliver Wensley, so had to be content to share the spoils with him.
Other results of Cornish players:
Open: Jeremy Menadue (Truro) 3; Simon Bartlett (Newquay) 1½
Minor: Barry Childs (Lerryn) 2½; Terry Dengler (Truro) 2
Cornwall Junior Championships (Penair School, Truro - 14/3/14)
1st: Jack Hatchalt, 5/6. Jack was slightly over-age, so he won the U7 and-a-bit prize
2nd: Charles Sexton (Truro Prep), 4/6. Winner of the best Under 7 prize.
3rd: Chloe Frankland (Truro High), 3½/6 Best girl
4th=: Ben Strevens (under 5!), Myla Hussain (Truro Prep), 2/6
6th: Gracie Dorrell (Nancledra), 1½/6
We added Jack to the Under 7s to make up an even number. The young children displayed excellent powers of concentration all day.
1st: Adam Hussain (Truro Prep), 6/6
2nd: Ollie Cameron (Truro Prep), 5/6
3rd=: Celeste Woodall (Truro High) (best girl), Sam Harris (Marazion), Ethan Redondo-Barter, Thomas Redondo-Barter (both Nancledra), Spencer Richings (Marazion), Jonathan Taylor (Truro Prep) 4/6 (Spencer and Jonathan were Best U8s)
Fresh from winning the SW England U9 championship, favourite Adam Hussain reached a perfect score. He has added more care to his attacking style and was scarcely in trouble throughout. The best game was the narrow victory by Ollie over Celeste, giving him 2nd place overall. Celeste, last year’s U9 winner, had the toughest draw and emerged with credit as usual.
1st: Harvey Richings (Marazion), 5½/6
2nd=: James Ackerley (Trewirgie), Josh Patterson (Marazion), Lily Strevens Trythall (Best U12) 4/5
5th=: Sam Edwards (TruroPrep), Corben Heath (Marazion) 3½/6
A comfortable victory by Harvey despite dropping a draw to his school friend and rival Josh. Errors by the others meant they could not keep up with him.
1st: Thomas Oates (Pool Academy), 3/5
2nd: Joel Needham (Helston), Josh Patterson (Marazion), Lily Strevens Trythall (Best Girl and Best U10) 2½/6
A fine performance by Thomas, who has played for several years now, improving all the time.
1st: Richard Stephens (Penryn College), 5/5
2nd=: Oliver Curtis (The Roseland), Jason Stephens (Penryn College), Alex Sharbatien, Samson Fisher (Truro School) 2½/6
Richard proved much the strongest player, demonstrating the value of having played in adult competitions. His rivals have lots of talent and, with practice, will surely soon play for club teams.
Full scores of U9 / U11 / U15 here.
There were 48 entries in total (U7: 6, U9: 21, U11: 11, U 13 and 15: 10)
Cornwall won this match, played on Saturday 7 March at Honiton Community College, by a score of 11 to 5. Hampshire conceded boards 13-16 in advance and therefore the score from games played was 7-5 in favour of Cornwall.
As a result of this excellent result we finished in second place, behind Somerset, with three wins and one loss and qualify for the National stages of the County Championships. Subject to confirmation, which will not be available until the end of March, our opponents are likely to be Norfolk who finished third in the East Anglia region.
The detailed results and captain's report are here.
At this annual event, held at Swindon on 21 and 22 February and featuring many strong juniors from outside the region, Adam Hussain (Truro Prep) was the top-scoring West of England player in the Under 9 section and is therefore the new West of England Under 9 Champion. Congratulations to Adam on this fine result from one of our most promising juniors.
In the county match played on 7th February Cornwall beat Devon by 8½-7½. This is the first victory over Devon in 23 years and only the third since 1972/73. We were outgraded on every board, so this must go down as one of our best ever performances in a county match.
Although the "B" team match was lost by 7-5, the team was also heavily outgraded throughout and so the final score greatly exceeded the expected result based on the grades.
A special mention is due to team captain David Jenkins who managed the impressive feat of assembling a total of 28 players and to all who took part in a memorable day for the county team.
Plamen Sivrev v Grant Healey. The final stages of the decisive game.
After several years at Stithians the congress returned to the Tresillian Hall at Truro College between 30th January and 1st February.
13 players contested the Emigrant Cup which was won with 4/5 by James Hooker (Truro), repeating his success of 2002. He is the new Cornwall Champion. Five players scored 3½: Simon Bartlett (Newquay), Lloyd Retallick (Newquay), David Saqui (Falmouth), Mark Watkins (Camborne).
There were 18 players in the Falmouth Cup for players graded 145 and under. It featured an impressive display by fifteen year old Richard Stephens (Penryn College and Falmouth), playing in his first tournament. He led from the outset and won the tournament outright with 4/5. Equal second on 3½ were Hamad Aljaber (Falmouth), Mick Hill (Truro), David Jenkins (Camborne), Ian Rescorla (Bude) and Jan Rodrigo (Falmouth)
The Penwith Cup for juniors and adults new to tournament chess was shared between one of our most promising juniors, Harvey Richings (Marazion School and Camborne), and the editor of Athletics Weekly, Jason Henderson. They finished on 5½/6. There 12 entries.
Final scores here. Some games and photos to follow.
On Monday 12th January the Cornwall Blitz Championship was revived after a gap of 15 years at Truro's new venue at the High School . It was played as a nine round Swiss with five minutes each on the clock. .
Having won the title and cup three times in a row between 1998 and 2000, Jeremy Menadue (Truro) resumed where he had left off finishing with 8/9. Equal 2nd on 6½ were Robin Kneebone (Truro) and Richard Stephens (Falmouth) who inflicted Jeremy's only defeat. There were 16 entries.
|13-14||Adam Hussain||Truro Prep||UG||3½|
|David R Jenkins||Liskeard||126|
Congratulations to our top junior, Theo Slade, who played in the Masters section of the annual Hastings congress, held over the new year, and produced a fine display, scoring 4½ in the nine-round Swiss.
Every game (including five blacks) was against someone rated more than 150 points higher. His performance rating for the tournament was 2137 against his own rating of 1869. His new rating will be 1992. Along the way he collected several prizes: best performance against rating for U2200 and for under 21s as well as the best game prize for round 8.
Seven times Cornwall champion IM Andrew Greet made a welcome return visit to Cornwall for Christmas and most generously gave up an afternoon to give a simultaneous display at Truro School's Sir Ben Ainslie Sports Centre. Andrew, who played top board for an all-conquering Truro School team in the 1990s is now based in Glasgow and plays for the Scotland Olympiad team.
He took on 17 opponents and finished with 15 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss. The draw was against Newquay's top board, Mate Csuri, in a tremendous struggle which will be featured as Game of the Week on New Year's Eve. The loss was against fifteen year old Richard Stephens from the Falmouth club.
We are very grateful to Andrew for providing a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon's chess for all who took part. We hope that we will have the pleasure of his company again (maybe trying for an eighth county championship title....?!)
I am sorry to have to report that Peter Clarke has died.
Originally from Essex, in the 1950s he became one of the two or three strongest players in England, representing the country many times at the Olympiads.
When he moved to Morwenstow in the North-East corner of the county in the late 1960s he became a familiar figure on the South-West and Cornwall scene both as a player and organiser. He was Cornwall champion five years in a row from 1977 to 1981 and was West of England champion four times in 1969, 1970, 1975 and 1981.
There is a brief obituary on the ECF website.
Camborne's annual Christmas rapidplay tournament took place on 19th December with 19 players taking part including several players from other clubs including a contingent from Liskeard.
The winner was Colin Sellwood with 4½/5 with David Saqui (Falmouth) runner-up on 4. There particularly fine performances from the two juniors present. Richard Stephens (Falmouth) scored 3½ and won the under 16 prize while Harvey Richings finished on 3, winning the under 11 prize.
Once again thanks to Debbie and Sonia for maintaining a constant supply of seasonal and other refreshments.
This new tournament took place on 7th December. It was won by Neil Crickmore (Plymouth) with 5/6. Simon Bartlett (Newquay) was on good form, finishing 2nd on 4½.
Results of other Cornish players: Colin Sellwood (Camborne) 4½, Martin Jones (Newquay) 3, David Jenkins (Camborne 2½)
Adam (Truro Prep) won the London Junior U10 qualifying event at St. Albans on 6th December, scoring 5/6. As he is not yet 9 this is a promising achievement. He faces a tough challenge next weekend, playing in the London Major U10.
At the London Chess Classic, which was held at Olympia from 6th to 14th December Theo was one of 405 players in the 10 round rapidplay open which featured many GMs (including the six elite players) and IMs. In round 1 the six elite players were each paired against a junior. Theo took on Hikaru Nakamura from the USA, the world no. 1 blitz player, putting up impressively stiff resistance against his powerful opponent. The game is here. He finished on 4½/10. In the strong FIDE Open which followed he scored 3½/9
Theo Slade with Hikaru Nakamura at the 2014 London Chess Classic
Cornwall v Gloucestershire (Topsham - 29 November 2014)
A good result for the county team with a 9½ - 6½ win. Full scores here.
Cornwall Grand Prix - Falmouth Quickplay
This was held at Falmouth's new venue on Wednesday, 26th November. It ended in a three-way tie between Robin Kneebone, Jeremy Menadue and Gary Trudeau on 4/5. Gary retains the lead in the Grand Prix. Results here.
Cornwall Junior Championships (Penair School, Truro - 22/11/14)
The inter-school team cup was won by Marazion School whose 4 highest-scoring players reached 20½ points out of a possible 24. Second place went to Trythall with 18, ahead of Truro Prep 15, Constantine 12 and Truro High10½
The winners of the Cornwall age-group championships were as follows:
Under 8 (12 entries) Winner: Spencer Ritchings (Marazion) 6/6, 2nd: Katie Strevens (Trythall) 5/6. Best Under 7: Otto Harman-Stevens 4/6
Under 10 (22 entries) Winners: Adam Hussain (Truro Prep) and Lily Strevens (Trythall) 5/6, 3rd Andrew Roberts (Constantine) 4½/6, 4th Ollie Cameron (Truro Prep), Thomas Redondo-Barter, and Celeste Woodall (Truro High) 4/6.
Under 12 (13 entries) Winner: Harvey Richings (Marazion) 6/6, 2nd Josh Patterson (Marazion) 5/6, 3rd Josh Hutchinson (Devoran) 4/6. Best Under 12 (since the Under 11s finished ahead of them): Thomas Oates (Pool Academy). Sneha Shaju (St Mary’s, Truro) was the leading girl.
Under 14: Winners: Jack Andrew (Truro School) and Jason Stephens (Penryn College)
Under 16: Winner: Richard Stephens (Penryn College)
Full scores of U8 / U10 / U12 here.
There were 54 entries in total (U8: 12, U10: 22, U12: 13, U14-16: 7)
St Petroc's Charity Chess Challenge (15/11/14)
Following the success of the quickplay tournament held last June, on Saturday 15th November the trust organised another event at St Augustine of Hippo Roman Catholic Church, St Austell. This time 14 players contested a four-round Swiss. The winner was Robin Kneebone with 4 with Hamad Aljaber (Falmouth) runner-up on 3½. ore than pound;100 was raised.
Torbay Congress (14 to 16/11/14)
15 players from Cornwall took part in this weekend event at the Toorak Hotel, Torquay. A number of them won prizes. Jeremy Menadue (Truro) who finished 2nd equal in the Open (U120) with 3½/5 and Richard Smith (Truro) who finished 4th equal in the Major (U170) with 3½/5 and won the under 157 grading prize. In the Minor (U120) Philip Spargo and Philip May (both Camborne) were 3rd equal on 3½/5. Truro (Jeremy Menadue, Richard Smith, Mick Hill and Terry Dengler won the team prize.
2½/5: Simon Bartlett (Newquay), David Saqui (Falmouth). 24 entries.
3/5: Colin Sellwood (Camborne). 37 entries.
2½/5: MIck Hill (Truro). 1½/5: Martin Jones (Newquay). 35 entries.
3/5: John Constable and Ian Rescorla (Bude), Bill Pope (Liskeard). 2/5: Barry Childs (Lerryn). 2/5: Terry Dengler Truro). 1½/5: Christine Constable (Bude). 51 entries.
It is pleasing to note that the total entry of 147 was an increase of 23 on last year
I am sorry to have to report that Mike Middleton of the Truro club has died after a long illness. The funeral took place on Wednesday 5th November.
He was a loyal and valued member of the club for over twenty five years. I remember when he first turned up at the club, I think it was 1987,it didn't seem long before he was helping to run the club, going on to captain one of the teams for many years and on several occasions acting as super sub in the first team when other players dropped out.
I always thought he was younger than he was with all his energy, good humour and enthusiasm. Together with everybody at the club we will all miss him greatly. For the last few years Mike travelled to most of the matches with Terry and Richard; there was never a dull moment in the car: they would discuss current affairs, the good old days and put the world to rights on numerous occasions!
We always try to win the League and the Cups but this year we'll try just a bit harder. A number of Mike's friends from the club came along to the funeral and met his relatives ; we hope in time the family recover from their loss.
Eightieth Birthday Simul at the Ship Inn, Lerryn
Although chess players tend to be an aging population, there is some convincing evidence that playing chess regularly has the effect of slowing the process of aging, particularly in the brain cell department. To prove the point, David Jenkins celebrated his eightieth birthday recently by giving a simultaneous display in a challenge match against players from the Lerryn and Liskeard Chess clubs at the Ship Inn Lerryn, winning comfortably with the loss of only four games.
David reports that he was expecting to lose and saw it as the first act in a Buddhist renunciation of further ambition in this transient world but natural competitiveness appears to have kicked in. So his process of learning to ‘let go’ has had to be postponed. For the party following the simul, David had brought along a poem to read on the theme of old age, Sailing to Byzantium by WB Yeats:
An aged man is but a paltry thing,
A tattered coat upon a stick, unless
Soul clap its hands and sing, and louder sing
For every tatter in its mortal dress…
And therefore I have sailed the seas and come
To the holy city of Byzantium.
His prepared theme was that chess had come to the West via Byzantium, first in a form of chess played on a round board called Byzantine Chess (Google it for details) but as he was about to read the poem and make the connection an amazing coincidence occurs. The management of the Ship Inn, our never less than wonderful hosts, had prepared a surprise birthday cake. And low and behold it was in the form of a Byzantine chess set, edible chess pieces and all.
David was able to use it as a visual aid in his speech, but everybody thought it was a stitch up rather than a piece of pure serendipity. Of those present, only Gary Trudeau expects such coincidences to occur routinely in real life.
Cornwall Grand Prix - Liskeard Rapidplay
The second event in the Cornwall Grand Prix was held on Saturday 1st November. There were 19 entries from all parts of the county. Joint winners were Robin Kneebone (Falmouth) and Colin Sellwood (Camborne) with 4½. Final standings here.
Gary Trudeau (Liskeard) leads the Grand Prix closely followed by Colin Sellwood.
European Youth Championship - Under 14 Open
Theo Slade was part of the English contingent (representing Cornwall of course!) at this prestigious junior event which was held in Batumi, Georgia from 19 to 28 October.
|Results (Theo 1880)|
|Rd.5||B||0||Inigo Lopez Mulet||ESP||2429|
|Rd.7||W||0||Efe Can Tepe||TUR||1990|
|Final score: 3 / 9|
Cornwall v Somerset (Exminster - 18 October 2014)
Thanks to the Herculean efforts of David Jenkins, the match captain, two teams of 16 and 11 players assembled at the Victory Hall, Exminster, the first time that Cornwall has fielded two teams for many years.
The result of the "A" team match was a win for Somerset by 11-5, the highlight from a Cornish standpoint being Jeremy Menadue's win against IM Jack Rudd. The "B" team match was an 8-3 win for Somerset. An encouraging feature of this match was the performance of juniors, Harvey Richings and Richard Stephens, who both drew against experienced and higher-graded opposition.
The full results and David's report are here.
1st Bude Rapidplay Congress
The 1st Bude Rapidplay Congress took place on Saturday 27th September 2014 at the Bude New Life Centre in the Strand. This was the first event in the Cornwall Grand Prix. John Constable's report and final standings are here.
This was played at Taunton on Sunday, 14th September. Cornwall entered a team after a 12 year break and scored a respectable 4½/12 against good opposition.
Detailed board scores here.
2014/15 ECF Grading List
This has been moved here.
The minutes of the Annual General Meeting held on Thursday 5 June are here.
The minutes of the Secretaries' Meeting held on Thursday 26 June are here.
Last updated 17/8/2015
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