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Tournament: 5th West of England Congress • 3 games • Last Edited: Wednesday 17 January, 2024 11:00 AM
Venue: Weymouth Grammar School • Dates: 6-10 April 1950 • Download PGN

1950 West of England Congress, Weymouth Grammar School, 6-10 April

1950 West of England
Championship
Residence 1 2 3 4 5 6 7  Total 
1 Henry Vickers White Trevenen Penzance 1/15 1/3 1/13 1/4 ½/2 1/7 1/6
2 Maximilian Ernst Poolake Gloucester 1/9 ½/7 ½/11 1/13 ½/1 1/4 ½/3 5
3 Ronald MacKay Bruce Plymouth 1/10 0/3 ½/7 ½/11 1/13 1/12 ½/2
4 Andrew Rowland Benedick Thomas Tiverton 1/6 1/5 1/14 0/1 1/9 0/2 ½/7
5 Arthur Pole Shorney Taunton 0/4 1/6 ½/10 0/9 ½/8 1/14 1/12 4
6 Isaac Taylor Sifton Exeter 0/5 0/4 1/16 1/10 1/14 1/9 0/1 4
7 Ronald Augustus Slade Bristol ½/16 ½/2 ½/3 1/14 1/11 0/1 ½/4 4
8 (Edwin) Neville Hawkins (aged 18) Weymouth ½/14 ½/10 0/9 ½/12 ½/5 1/13 ½/11
9 Christopher Sullivan Bristol 1/16 0/2 1/8 1/5 0/4 0/6 ½/10
10 Ronald William Hornbrook Plymouth 0/3 ½/8 ½/5 0/6 ½/15 1/16 ½/9 3
11 Archibald Frederick Thomas Weymouth 0/13 1/12 ½/2 ½/3 0/7 ½/15 ½/8 3
12 Douglas Harold Napper Weymouth 0/13 0/11 1/15 ½8 1/16 0/3 0/5
13 Francis Harry Senneck Yeovil 1/11 1/12 0/1 0/2 0/3 0/8 ½/15
14 Rowena Mary Bruce Plymouth ½/8 1/15 0/4 0/7 0/6 0/5 ½/16 2
15 Ivan Robert Napier Lelant 0/1 0/14 0/12 ½/16 ½/10 ½/11 ½/13 2
16 Max Robinson Bath 0/9 ½/7 0/6 ½/15 0/12 0/10 ½/14

n.b. the format of the Championship was unusual. The first two rounds were played ahead of the main event, grouped within areas, so round 3 was the first round to be played in Weymouth on 6 April. With the tournament ending on 10 April it seems probable that one game a day was played for the rest of the event.

BCM, May 1950, ppn 152-153

WEST OF ENGLAND CHESS ASSOCIATION EASTER CONGRESS, 1950

The West of England Easter Congress took place at Weymouth this year and attracted over fifty entrants from places as far apart as Penzance and London.

The Mayor of Weymouth invited all the delegates to afternoon tea on the opening day, Thursday, April 6th, and formally opened the Congress, which was held in delightful surroundings in the Grammar School. Next day there was a Civic reception extended to all the entrants and their wives and friends.

The West of England Championship was fought out between sixteen competitors over seven rounds on the Swiss system. H V Trevenen, of Cornwall, had a walk-over1 and only dropped half a point out of seven. Second was M E Poolake, of Bristol, and A R B Thomas shared third place with R M Bruce, two points behind the leader. 1 "walk-over" here seems to have the sense of "easy victory" rather than "win by default" - there is no evidence that Trevenen won any of his games by default - JS

In an all-play-all of eight rounds, fourteen-year-old Denis Gray of Exeter won the Junior Championship with a clean score, and was closely challenged by K[enneth] N[orman] Bascombe, of Poole, who only dropped one point.

The winners of the Open Tournaments were—

Section A: (1) James Ernest Pattle; (2) H J Collins; (3) T H Wallis.

Section B: (1) Robert Douglas Graham; (2) E Millward; (3) C E Scutt.

Section C: (1) H Hurrell; (2) F Normington; (3) F E Tanner

Section D: (1) G Nash; (2) Miss Jessie Passmore; (3) F Moore.


CHESS, May 1950, Vol.15/176, p155

WEYMOUTH

H V Trevenen of Penzance retained his West of England championship without losing a game. Only against M E Poolake of Bristol was he even in danger of defeat. D J Gray of Exeter won the Junior championship and Miss [Jessie] Passmore and Messrs. J G Pattle, R D Graham, C E Hurrell and D G Nash the "Major Open" sections. 49 participated in all, and all went smoothly—for C Welch of Bristol has a brother Adam Welch of Weymouth!

Here we see how Trevenen treats the Greco Counter Gambit when played by A R B Thomas. Black might better have chanced 28...BxR but was in severe time trouble: [see game viewer]


Other info gleaned from regional newspapers: Denis Gray's younger brother (Robert) Jonathan Pereira Gray also played in the junior all-play-all; at ten, he was the youngest competitor in the competition. Keith Edward Charles Budge was from Plympton. He needed a draw in the last round to get on the prize list but was defeated by Miss Kate Harris Passmore, sister of Jessie Passmore. Lt. Col. Charles Frederick Linnitt, headmaster of Weymouth Grammar School, closed the congress.


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Date Notes
17 January 2024 Initial upload. Two games from the Championship plus one from a lower section.