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Tournament: Derby Premier • all 24 games + 2 from the Under-18
Venue: Derby • Dates: 20-23 April 1962 • Download PGN • Last Edited: Tuesday 11 May, 2021 11:59 AM

1962 Derby Premier, 20-23 April

1962 Derby Premier Resid. Grade/BCF/Elo 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8  Total 
 1  Hindle,Owen Mark Sutton Coldfield 3b/201-208/2208-2264
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1 ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ - 4
2 Hilton,Clifford George Manchester 3a/209-216/2272-2328 0
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½ ½ - 1 1 1 4
3 Richardson,Keith Bevan Nottingham 4a/193-200/2144-2200 ½ ½
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½ ½ ½ - 1
4 Roe,Philip L Derby ? 0 ½ ½
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½ - ½ 1 3
5 Lawrence,John A Birmingham 4a/193-200/2144-2200 ½ - ½ ½
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½ ½ ½ 3
6 Phillips,Alan Wirksworth (2a/225-232/2400-2456) ½ 0 ½ - ½
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1 0
7 Stephenson,Frederick Norman Harrow 4a/193-200/2144-2200 ½ 0 - ½ ½ 0
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1
8 Scowen,Roger S Leicester 5b/169-176/1952-2008 - 0 0 0 ½ 1 0
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Played as a six-round Swiss. Alan Phillips was currently ungraded - his last published grade was 2a in 1956 - equivalent to 225-232 (2400-2456)
Grade equivalents: 3a = 209-216 (2272-2328); 3b = 201-208 (2208-2264); 4a = 193-200 (2144-2200); 5b = 169-176 (1952-2008)


CHESS Magazine, 18 May 1962 (Vol.27, no.408-9, p241) - Report by Owen Hindle

DERBY’S SECOND

Derbyshire Chess Association’s second congress (last year a small event without a Premier was held) attracted forty-five competitors and there is little doubt that this enthusiastically organised and controlled event will become a permanent fixture in the Easter Chess Calendar.

Eight invited players competed in the Premier, run on the Swiss System over six rounds. Unfortunately, insufficient time was available for a further round which would have made the event an all-play-all.

The two favourites were the “veterans” (all the others are in their early twenties) C. G. Hilton and A. Phillips, the 1954 co-British Champion. It soon became clear however, that Phillips was suffering from lack of recent tournament practice when in the first round he spoilt a good position against Hilton and lost. Apart from a neat victory over F. N. Stephenson, he could only draw three other games. In the last round he was opposed to R. S. Scowen, who until then had only mustered half a point. In a promising attacking position, Phillips cheerfully left a bishop en prise, in the knowledge that he was threatening mate. Scowen simply played PxB which simultaneously defended against the mate and despite frantic efforts by Phillips, he successfully hung on to his extra piece.

The comparative similarity in the strengths of the competitors, not unnaturally resulted in a fairly high percentage (58%) of draws. A few of these were of the “grand master” variety but most were hard fought, particularly Hilton v Richardson and Phillips v Hindle. J. A. Lawrence, who drew all his games, and P. L. Roe both played steadily. K. B. Richardson unluckily had the black pieces against Hilton, Hindle, Phillips and Roe and deserved an even higher placing. F. N. Stephenson also played better than his score suggests and the game on page 255 demonstrates he was rather unlucky against Hilton. O. M. H.


Open (five-round Swiss): 1-2 W. Slowik (Derby), C.C. Williams (Lincoln) 4; 3 D. A. Smedley (Derby) 3½; 4-8 S. Gothard (Burton), A. K. Hobson (Chesterfield), M. J. McCabe (London), J. O’Neill (Nottingham), J. M. Will (Nottingham) 3; 9-12 K. Eccles (Derby), C. Hatch (Southport), S. L. Marshall (Burton), T. Strangeways (Derby) 2½; 13-15 C. R. Broadley (Nottingham), G. Henderson (Derby), P. Wallace (Draycott) 2; 16-17 F. H. Bath (Coalville), A. Ferris (Derby) 1; 18 A. Lancaster (Derby) ½.

East Midlands’ Under-18 Championship (five-round Swiss): 1 I. W. Sharpe Nottingham 4½; 2 M. H. Miller (Leicester) 4; 3-6 B. H. Birchall (Nottingham), P. J. Chapman (Derby), D. Pearson (Derby), G. S. Royston (Wakefield) 3; 7-9 R. J. Gamble (Derby), C. Needham (Leicester), R. Tatlow (Eckington) 2½; 10-11 N. A. Gaspar (Nottingham), T. A. K. Thomson (Burton) 2; 12-13 J. Millichip (West Bromwich), R. F. Sills Nottingham 1.

Under fifteen (all-play-all): 1 C. Davy (Derby) 4½; 2 K. M. Ryan (Derby) 4; 3 D. Slattery (Derby) 2½; 4-5 D. F. Jones (Derby), J. L. Martin (Willingham) 2; 6 D. Jewell (Derby) 0.

Also see details of the tournament at the Derbyshire Chess Association site.


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Date Notes
3 May 2021 First uploaded. My thanks to Michael Alderson for drawing my attention to this tournament. All 24 games of the eight-player, six-round Premier tournament, plus two games from the Under-18 tournament.
11 May 2021 Added tournament report and details of subsidiary events from CHESS Magazine, 18 May 1962 (Vol.27, no.408-9, p241)