2022 Cotswold Chess Congress

The 52nd Cotswold Chess Congress was held at The Kings School, Gloucester Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th June. The organizers are grateful to Karen Gulley from the school who assisted in the use of the venue; also John & Chris Constable from Bude Chess who provided chess equipment. John Constable was arbiter for the Open & Major while Vince Southcott was in charge of the Minor section. Because of the number of entries we were able to increase the amount and number of prizes to include a 4th price in each section and extra rating and junior prizes.

Open Section prize winners
=1st – Timothy Kett, Alex Bullen & Michael Ashworth – 5 points
Michael Ashworth also wins the Gloucestershire Individual Championship, which has been included as part of the Open Section since 2019 (picture above, courtesy of Sarah Ashworth)
=4th – Tom Brown & Gareth Morris – 4.5 points
Rating Prize 1931 – 2010 – Andy Hill
Rating Prize 1851 – 1930 – Benjamin Lappin
Rating Prize below 1850 – Nigel Saunders
Best Junior – Jack Liu

Major Section
=1st – John Hickman, Tim Woodward, Matthew Hammond, Peter McCarron, Trevor Holt & Jai Kothari – 4.5 points
Rating Prize 1707 – 1765 – Matthew Holmes – 3.5 points
Rating Prize below 1700 – Sebastian Skalski – 3.5 points

Minor Section
=1st – Manel Fernando & Nigel Morris – 5 points
=3rd – Ray Hunt, Paul Foster & Ian Blencowe – 4.5 points
Rating Prize 1431 – 1570 – John Sleggs 4 points (lowest rated of 3 on 4 points)
Rating Prize below 1430 – Arnav Sud 3.5 points

We decided that as there were few juniors in the Major section we would combine the Major & Minor sections, so the best score by a junior across these two sections would win a prize. In the end their was a tie on 3 points shared by Ayan Pradhan, Jesse Campbell & Krish Keshari


— Kevin Markey