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!

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 —
Full prize list here —

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 —
Full prize list — see Open

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
Full prize list — see Open

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