Report – Bristol Summer Congress

— from Alan Papier
The Bristol Summer Congress was held at Bristol Grammar School June 9th-11th. We are delighted to say that this was our most successful tournament yet, with a total of 109 players.  The 3 sections were well-balanced with entrants of 40, 35 and 34 players respectively.  Looks like the reputation of our Bristol event is spreading more and more. Our next event-the Bristol Steve Boniface Memorial is August 25th-27th, followed by our winter congress from November 24th-26th — and many thanks go to our capable arbiter and treasurer, Geoff Gammon and Jerry Humphrey!

FIDE-rated OPEN
We had 40 players in the Open. This is an unusually high number and we are delighted with this. We had 7 players of 200+ grade (FIDE 2200) and the median ranking was 2050 (appr 180-185 ECF). We had players from far and wide. We had a Hungarian IM, two brothers from Ipswich, a Romanian AGM and a New Zealander who flew down from Scotland for the weekend … and so we thought that our regular GM Keith Arkell was to be tested, but it was not to be. Keith once again went through the field scoring a perfect 5/5, demonstrating his famous end game skills (his book on end games should be published next year)
Full results here — http://chess-results.com/tnr285768.aspx?lan=1&art=1&rd=5&wi=821
Full prize list here — https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#inbox/15c9b267b75bd122?compose=15ca21b503996cc9&projector=1

MAJOR
With 35 players, the Major was well contested.  It was very tight at the top with 5 players finishing tied for 1st with 4/5. Two players were virtually top seeds, Geoff M Brown and Bob Radford – and 2 were up-and-coming juniors, the Bristol Based C Hosdurga and a new player from Swindon, R Kachuma. Young Oliver Stubbs was also in contention up to the final round …
Full results here — http://chess-results.com/tnr285775.aspx?lan=1&art=1&rd=5&wi=821
Full prize list — see Open

MINOR
Again, the grades proved to be an accurate indicator of the eventual winners. Top seed Tomas Jankowski finished with 5/5. Tied for 2nd were John Green from Solihull and Congress regular Martyn Maber from Taunton. Juniors N Cunliffe and Y Kumar finished well placed …
Full results   http://chess-results.com/tnr285778.aspx?lan=1&art=1&rd=5&wi=821
Full prize list — see Open

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