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Tournament: Athenaeum Jubilee Tournament • 45 game entries (of which 1 is a part-game and 4 are stubs)
Venue: Royal Automobile Club • Dates: 5-7 & 12-14 July 1974 • Download PGN updated: Wednesday 17 February, 2016 11:03 AM

1974 Athenaeum Jubilee Tournament, 5-7 July and 12-14 July, Royal Automobile Club

1974 Athenaeum Jubilee Fed Elo 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10  Total 
1 Maxwell L Fuller AUS 2365
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½ 1 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 7
2 Robert Bellin ENG 2355 ½
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1 ½ 1 ½ 1 0 ½ 1 6
3 Robert G Wade NZL 2350m 0 0
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½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 ½
4 Leslie S F Blackstock SCO   0 ½ ½
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½ 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ 5
5 Seth Saverymuttu ENG 2250 ½ 0 0 ½
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1 ½ ½ 1 ½
6 Michael J Franklin ENG 2335 ½ ½ ½ 0 0
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½ 0 1 1 4
7 Colin S Crouch ENG   ½ 0 0 ½ ½ ½
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1 ½ ½ 4
8 Michael J Basman ENG 2400 0 1 0 0 ½ 1 0
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½ 1 4
9 Timothy D Harding ENG   0 ½ 0 ½ 0 0 ½ ½
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½
10 Kevin J O'Connell IRL   0 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 ½
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THE ATHENAEUM CHESS CLUB ‘101’ TOURNAMENT by W.G. Raines (BCM, October 1974, p359)

The Royal Automobile Club in Pall Mall provided a sumptuous and secluded setting for a strong 10-player invitation tournament sponsored by the Athenaeum Chess Club over the two week-ends July 5-7 and July 12 - 14. It was called simply the '101' tournament since July 1974 marked the end of the hundred and first playing season since the founding of the club.

Apart from its intrinsic interest the event was arranged in the hope of getting some new British names on the Elo ranking list. Foreign tournament organizers are somewhat reluctant to invite non-ranked players whatever their national credentials, while a reasonably high Elo rating is often a prelude to invitations abroad and consequent international experience. Accordingly the field was chosen to consist of six Elo-ranked players — Michael Basman (Elo 2400), Robert Bellin (2355), Michael Franklin (2335), Max Fuller (2365), Seth Saverymuttu (2250), and Bob Wade (2350) — and four players in search of a rating — Athenaeum members Les Blackstock, Tim Harding and Kevin O’Connell, and the talented 17-year old Middlesex Junior Colin Crouch, who stepped in to fill a last-minute vacancy. Thanks mainly to the generosity of former Athenaeum Club President C.D. Georgopoulos there was a prize fund of over £300 and so points scored counted triple in the Cutty Sark Grand Prix.

As the score-table shows the tournament ended in a convincing victory for the Australian Open Champion Max Fuller, visiting London after competing at Nice, who got off to a flying start by winning his first five games. Actually, though, the destination of first prize was in some doubt until the end, since Fuller and Bellin did not meet until the final round. Fuller’s best game was probably his victory over Basman.


File Updated

Date Notes
19 July 1998 First uploaded as a zipped file.
23 December 2023 Uploaded in current mode, with an extra part-game (Tim Harding has tried to recall part of his missing game vs Les Blackstock). Many thanks to Tim.