Hampshire Chess Association 2017 Congress

… at Eastleigh from the 3rd-5th November 2017

18-year old Southampton University student Michael Fernandez is the new county champion and holder of the Silver Rook. Michael finished 1 point behind the joint winners of the Open Section, Mike Waddington and Peter Anderson, but he was the highest-placed qualified Hampshire player, beating Matt Chapman on tie-break. Phil Stimpson won the Under-175 grading prize.

In the Major Section, Geoffrey Brown swept away the opposition to win with a magnificent score of 6/6. Lukasz Piecha was in clear 2nd place with 4½,  but there was a 6-way tie for 3rd place on 3½ pts. John Carter finished with 4 points, and wisely chose the Grading prize, which was better value than a 6th share of 3rd prize.

The Minor Section was almost a repeat of last year, in that 1st place was share by four players with 4½ pts – but they were a completely different four – Chris Priest, John Belinger, Ivor Kelly and Steven Kitley. Chris Priest won the Hampshire title and trophy on tie-break. David Jerome won the Under-100 Grading prize with 3½ pts.

The Ladies prize found four ladies vying for the prize this year – a record for us, but still scope for improvement. Amanda Jones, Maha Chandar, Mansa Chandar and Gillian Moore all had 3 points, and have agreed to share the trophy between them.

Here are the full results —

Open
1st= (5 pts) Mike Waddington (Dorchester) and Peter Anderson (Ringwood)
2nd= (4 pts) Michael Fernandez (So’ton Uni) and Matt Chapman (Fareham)
Under 175 Grading Prize (3½ pts) Phil Stimpson (Emsworth)
14 started, 13 finished.

Major
1st (6 pts) Geoffrey Brown (Folkestone)
2nd (4½ pts) Lukasz Piecha (Winchester) winning the Peter Marshall trophy.
3rd= (3½ pts) Dave Agostinelli (Southampton), Tristan Dray-Pearce (Combined Services), Phil Foley (Upminster), Jeremy Hudson (Hastings), Chris Smith (Fareham) and Simon Venables (Portsmouth)
Under 140 Grading Prize (4 pts) John Carter (Newbury)
23 started, 21 finished.

Minor
1st= (4½ pts) Chris Priest (Hamble), John Belinger (New Milton), Ivor Kelly (Camberley) and Steven Kitley (Winchester)
Under 100 Grading Prize (3½ pts) David Jerome (Emsworth)
28 started, 26 finished.

The John Dunleavy Memorial Prize for the best game in any section will be announced later, on the Hampshire website at www.HampshireChess.co.uk

— John Wheeler, Secretary, Hampshire Chess Association, 6th November 2017

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