English Seniors Championships

The 2019 English Seniors Congress was very successful, with highly positive feedback from the players who took part over the four days.

The outright English 50+ section winner and English champion for 2019/2020 is IM Paul Littlewood, with 5.5 points out of 6. CM Rob Willmoth and Mark Josse came equal second with 4.5 points out of 6.

The outright English 65+ section winner and English champion for 2019/2020 is Kevin Bowmer with 5.5 points out of 6. Chris Shephard came second with 5 points and Mike Surtees and CM David Anderton came equal third with 4.5 points.

Carl Portman will be writing an article for Chess magazine, and we will include some pictures from the congress and one or two of the best games from an extremely competitive and hard fought event ..

— Ed Goodwin / Nigel Towers

Over 50

Over 65


When – Thursday April 4th to Sunday April 7th 2019
Where – St Johns Hotel, 651 Warwick Road, Solihull B91 1AT
Eligibility – Over 50 – Players must be aged 50 or over on 31st December 2019; Over 65 – Players must be aged 65 or over on 31st December 2019.
Players must be born in England or have lived in England for at least the preceding 12 months. In addition if they have a FIDE registration, it must be ENG.
Format – FIDE-rated Over 65; FIDE-rated Over 50
The congress will have a total of six rounds over 4 days, with playing schedule as follows –
Thursday R1 19.00 – 23.00
Friday R2 10.00 – 14:00; R3 15:00 – 19:00
Saturday R4 10:00 – 14:00; R5 15:00 – 19:00
Sunday R6 10:00 – 14:00
Players may take a single half point bye in any round apart from Round 6.
Time Control – All moves in 90 minutes plus 30 second increment per move from move 1
Entry fees – £45.00 (players must have Gold or Platinum ECF membership or pay a surcharge of £10.50)
Early Bird discount – entries received before 15th February will receive a £5 discount. No entries taken after Wednesday 3rd April.
Grading/Rating – both sections will be FIDE-rated and ECF graded
Prizes (in both sections) – 1st £200; 2nd £150; 3rd £100; Best Performance Prize* £50; Slow Starter Prize** £40 plus a Seniors Championship trophy for the winner of each section
Enquiries – Please email to edhgoodwin@gmail.com or contact Ed on 07528 611483
Chief Organiser – Ed Goodwin
Arbiters – Priscilla Morris (Chief Arbiter); Hok Chiu
Schedule – Thursday R1 19.00 – 23.00; Friday R2 10.00 – 14:00, R3 15:00 – 19:00
Saturday R4 10:00 – 14:00, R5 15:00 – 19:00; Sunday R6 10:00 – 14:00
Accommodation – bed and breakfast rooms are available at the St Johns Hotel – £65 for single occupancy, £75 for two people sharing. Entrants should contact Daniel and his team at Guaranteed Events for booking … https://www.guaranteedevents.com/ … or telephone 08000 346246 /  01656 747700

ENTRY IS NOW CLOSED …

Details
No player may win more than one prize. Ungraded players or players without a FIDE rating cannot win a performance prize. In the event of a tie for first place in either section, the award of the championship trophy and the title of over 50/ Over 65 champion will be decided by a tie break. The following methods will be applied in this order  —
Direct Encounter | The greater number of wins | The greater number of games with black (unplayed games shall be counted as played with white) | Buchholz Cut 1 | Buchholz | Sonneborn-Berger
For more details see the FIDE handbook – https://www.fide.com/fide/handbook.html?id=187&view=article
Note that the prize money will be divided equally amongst the players tied for first place. The organisers reserve the right to reduce the prize fund in the event of bad weather adversely affecting the number of entries. Prizes will be paid by BACS after the conclusion of the event.
* This prize will be awarded to the player with the best performance relative to FIDE rating (W—We), where W = points scored and We = expected number of points.
** This prize will be awarded to the player who, having lost their first game played, ends with the highest score.
The Organiser reserves the right to refuse an entry for any reason.
Players failing to arrive in the playing area within 30 minutes of the start for each round will be defaulted. Players whose opponents default will be offered a repairing if possible.
Pairings will be made using the Swiss Manager program. Players failing to arrive in the playing area within 30 minutes of the start for each round will be defaulted. Players whose opponents default will be offered a re-pairing if possible
FIDE ratings used will be from the 1st April FIDE rating list. ECF gradings used will be from the January 2019 list. Players who are ungraded must provide the organiser with details of their strength.
Only refreshments obtained at the hotel may  be consumed on the premises.
Personal data collected will be handled according to the GDPR details accessible here [PDF]

List of entries as at Wed 03 Apr 2019.

Over 50 25 entries
Name Club Fedn FIDE ECF TR Bye Req.
Littlewood, Paul E IM Wood Green ENG 2343 209 2343  
Moss, Robin BW FM Carlisle ENG 2269 184 2269  
Josse, Mark   Surbiton ENG 2188 204 2188  
Willmoth, Robert F CM Hendon ENG 2116 199 2116  
Mason, Donald J   Shirley ENG 2065 194 2065  
Simons, Martin J   Southbourne ENG 2005 189 2005  
Dilleigh, Stephen P   Horfield ENG 1989 182 1989  
Kay, Lee P   Atherton ENG 1953 185 1953 Round 1
Hubbard, Michael   none ENG 1952 175 1952 Round 1
Gibbs, Dominic V   4NCL Iceni ENG 1946 177 1946  
McNally, Richard J E   Stratford-upon-Avon ENG   163 1922 Round 1
Smith, Simon C   Warley Quinborne ENG 1912 166 1912 Round 1
Clancy, Martin J   Ringwood ENG 1808 154 1808  
Brodie, Iain   Solihull ENG   147 1802  
Deswarte, Ian   none ENG 1771 163 1771  
Tarbuck, Laurence JM   None ENG   142 1765 Round 5
Jones, Chris S   none ENG 1710   1710  
Talas, Sandor   Isle of Man ENG   126 1645 Round 3
Lawrence, Roy A   Sutton Coldfield ENG 1615 151 1615  
Pinto, Phil B   Emsworth ENG   120 1600  
Seymour, Paul   Staines ENG 1579 124 1579  
Fancourt, Leslie J   Derby ENG   112 1540  
Robinson, Steve   Morecambe ENG 1305 95 1305  
Dearnley, Andrew   Huddersfield ENG       Round 5
Wilson, Edgar   Chelmsford ENG       Round 1

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Over 65 40 entries
Name Club Fedn FIDE ECF TR Bye Req.
Shephard, Chris CW   Sheffield Nomads ENG 2190 196 2190  
Page, Mark E   Kenilworth ENG 2107 199 2107 Round 1
Surtees, Mike J   Great Lever ENG 2087 199 2087  
Bowmer, Kevin   Loughton ENG 2072 189 2072  
Townsend, Michael P   Gloucester ENG   183 2072 Round 1
Anderton, David W CM Walsall Kipping ENG 2070 179 2070 Round 1
Hutchinson, Norman A   Cambridge ENG 2041 180 2041  
Myall, Ivan J   Chelmsford ENG 2029 179 2029  
Wager, John D   Maidenhead ENG 2007 188 2007  
Tarbuck, David   none FRA 2001   2001 Round 5
Milnes, Anthony CP   Cavendish ENG 1997 166 1997  
Tucker, David S   Dartford ENG 1980 185 1980  
Willetts, Graham J   Wimborne ENG 1969 160 1969  
Moore, Geoffrey R   Norwich Dons ENG 1968 180 1968  
Downham, Alan F   Belper ENG 1967 157 1967  
Feavyour, John A   Iceni / Saxmundham ENG 1960 180 1960 Round 1
de Coverly, Roger D   Bourne End ENG 1953 179 1953  
Williams, Stephen M   Essex ENG 1943 163 1943  
Crombleholme, Alan K   Walsall Kipping ENG 1941 176 1941  
Mildenhall, John   Sutton Coldfield ENG 1933 151 1933  
Stimpson, Philip M   Guildford ENG 1933 168 1933  
Calvert, D Ian   Metropolitan ENG 1921 180 1921  
Charnley, Bernard J   Coventry & Kenilworth ENG 1873 159 1873 Round 5
Hardy, Roger   Bristol Grendel ENG 1871 135 1871  
Adaway, William   Dorchester ENG 1863 167 1863 Round 1
Slinger, AJ (Tony)   Undercliffe ENG 1859 166 1859  
Szymanski, Mark   Ely ENG 1823 151 1823  
Hughes, Peter   Calderdale ENG 1820 153 1820  
Donaghay, Richard H   Ely ENG 1803 140 1803  
Wiltshire, Michael R   Dartford ENG 1801 155 1801  
McGovern, Derek P   Transport for London ENG 1800 165 1800  
Graham, Neil   Ashfield ENG 1797 150 1797  
Leeson, Chris JP   Weymouth ENG   145 1787 Round 1
McDonald, Ian   Lincoln ENG 1779 153 1779  
Hibbitt, Arthur M   Banbury ENG 1771 151 1771  
Price, Andrew   Leamington ENG 1767 143 1767 Round 1
Jones, Timothy M   Bristol Cabot ENG   142 1765  
Cresswell, Mike J   Barking ENG 1695 137 1695  
Taylor, Robert P   Ashfield ENG 1659 141 1659  
Conway, John   Coventry ENG   120 1600  

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Total entries 65.

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