Hampshire Congress report from John Wheeler

Played in Fareham 1st – 3rd November 2019

We have a new county champion – Rolandas Lukosius (Hamble) beat last year’s champion, Matt Chapman (Fareham), on tie-break to take the Silver Rook for a year; but 1st prize in the Open went to Cliff Chandler (Maidstone) who finished with 5 pts, one point ahead of the field.

The trophy for the grading prize went to Ben Aubury (Winchester College) on tie-break from David Heath (Maidstone).

In the Major Section, Matthew Wilson (Plymouth) took 1st place with 5 pts. 2nd= on 4½ pts  were Thomas Evans (Cosham) and David Holmes (Chandlers Ford). Also on 4½ pts was John Torrance (Bromley), who won the Under-140 grading prize. Thomas Evans won the Peter Marshall trophy for the highest-placed Hampshire player, on tie-break from David Holmes.

1st place in the Minor Section was shared by Chris Webb (Dorchester) and Charles Bird (Battersea) on 5 pts. 3rd prize went to William Taplin (Keynsham) on 4½ pts.

Alan Fraser (Beckenham & Bromley) took the Under-100 grading prize. The Parsons Cup for the highest placed Hampshire player was won by Edward Blanden (Emsworth) with 4 pts, on tie-break from John Davis (Southampton).

And finally, the Ladies prize was won by Melissa Hamilton (Cosham) with 3½ pts, ahead of Gillian Moore (Southampton (3 pts).

Here are the prize winners —

Open
1st (5 pts) Cliff Chandler (Maidstone); 2nd= (4 pts) Matt Chapman (Fareham) and Rolandas Lukosius (Hamble)
Under 175 Grading Prize (3 pts) David Heath (Maidstone) and Ben Aubury (Winchester College)
14 started, 11 finished

Major
1st (5 pts) Matthew Wilson (Plymouth); 2nd= (4½ pts) Thomas Evans (Cosham) and David Holmes (Chandlers Ford)
Under 140 Grading Prize (4½ pts) John Torrance (Bromley)
23 started, 20 finished.

Minor
1st= (5 pts) Chris Webb (Dorchester) and Charles Bird (Battersea); 3rd (4½ pts) William Taplin (Keynsham)
Under 100 Grading Prize (4½ pts) Alan Fraser (Beckenham & Bromley)
27 started, 22 finished.

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

John Wheeler, Secretary, Hampshire CA
4th November 2019