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Thanet Congress winners 2014

- from Clive le Baigue

1st equal Alan Merry 214 Bury St. Edmonds 4
Gordon Scott 188 Norfolk & Norwich 4
3rd equal Andrew Smith 193 Bourne End 3.5
Philip Bonafont 185 Hemel Hempstead 3.5
Jim Bayford 188 Folkestone 3.5 Kent Open Champion
Grading U180 Rhys Bennett 161 Newport 3

Read on — Thanet Congress winners 2014

A brand-new WCM

AkshayaKalaiyalahanCongratulations to Akshaya Kalaiyalahan of Nonsuch School in Surrey who has qualified for the WCM title at the 2014 Olympiad in Tromso by virtue of her 50% score for the England team. Ironically, she had also recently qualified for the title when her rating went over 2000 for the first time.
Akshaya was the 2013 joint British Womens Champion as well as the 2013 British Under 12 and 2011 British Under 10 Champion, not to mention winning British Girls titles in the U11, U12 and U14 age groups. She will be representing England at the European Youth Championship in Batumi, Georgia from 18th-29th October 2014 in the Under 14 girls section.

Tromso Olympiad Final Round

The final round of the Olympiad was overshadowed by the deaths on the final day of two players. I’m sure all chess players around the world will join in sending condolences to the families and friends of Kurt Meier (Seychelles) and Alisher Anarkulov (Uzbekistan).

Kurt Meier collapsed at the board late on in the round after most games had finished and died later. Alisher Anarkulov has found in the evening in his hotel room. Both were said by the organisers to have died from natural causes.

In the Open Section China continued to dominate beating Poland 3-1 to take the gold medal. They won 8 and drew 3 of their 11 matches to give them a final result of 19 match points. Of the 44 individual matches they played they lost only one- a remarkable record. 20 year old GM Yu Yangyi on board 3 had great performance with 9.5 out of 11 and a performance of 2912.

Hungary drew with second seeds Ukraine and that proved enough for them to take the silver medal on tie break with 17 match points. Judit Polgar who announced her retirement from professional chess scored 4.5 out of 6.

India (without Anand) were the surprise winners of the bronze medal. They beat Uzbekistan 3.5-0.5 in the final round.

Our win in round 10 against Sweden had put us in a good position for a high placing if we could beat Cuba in the last round. It proved a very close match which we narrowly lost 1.5 -2.5. We thus finished on 14 match points.

Read on — Tromso Olympiad Final Round

Arbiter Long Service Awards

Pictured below — Stewart Reuben receives his Award for Long Service as a FIDE Arbiter from FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov. Gerry Walsh also won the award, which was accepted on his behalf by GM Nigel Short …

County Championships 2014 – report, photos & games

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