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Tournament: 1st Northumbrian Masters • 99 games plus 1 simul gamelast edited Sunday, 27 September, 2020 12:57 PM
Venue: Chillingham Arms, Newcastle • Dates: 28 August - 1 September 1996 • Download PGN

1st Northumbrian Masters, Chillingham Arms, Newcastle, 28 August - 1 September 1996 (9 round Swiss)

Pos Player Nat
Titl
Elo
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
Total
Rtd
C
D
E
F
ID/DoB
1 PLIESTER,Leon NED
im
2350
w23=
b37+
w5+
b22+
w2=
b17+
w9+
b15+
w8=
8
2304
4.48
2.02
1000381
2 GORMALLY,Daniel ENG
2300
b6=
w30+
b10+
w3+
b1=
w9=
w8+
b16+
w7=
7
9
7
2311
4.32
2.68
406465
3 BRYSON,Douglas SCO
im
2380
w18=
b31+
w23+
b2-
w5-
b26+
w25+
w7=
b14+
6
7
4
2257
4.69
-0.69
2400073
4 BUCKLEY,Graeme ENG
im
2370
b9-
w39+
b14+
w20+
w17-
b21-
w18+
b13+
w15+
6
8
5
2278
5.04
-0.04
402265
5 MAH,Karl ENG
fm
2245
b34+
w6=
b1-
w40+
b3+
w10=
w15-
b17+
w23+
6
8
5
2333
3.04
1.96
404381
6 PEDERSEN,Steffen DEN
im
2415
w2=
b5=
w19+
b27=
w22+
b8-
w21+
b9=
w16+
6
9
6
2247
6.48
-0.48
1401491
7 SHAW,John SCO
fm
2335
b29=
w11+
b9=
w8+
b10-
w20+
w17+
b3=
b2=
6
9
6
2304
4.86
1.14
2400553
8 WALL,Gavin ENG
2305
w17=
b21+
w25+
b7-
w23+
w6+
b2-
w11+
b1=
6
9
6
2296
4.59
1.41
401942
9 COBB, James ENG
2260
w4+
b17=
w7=
b24+
w15+
b2=
b1-
w6=
b10=
9
2372
3.15
2.35
403563
10 ROWSON,Jonathan SCO
im
2425
w27+
b12=
w2-
b36+
w7+
b5=
w16-
b21+
w9=
8
2276
5.60
-1.10
2400561
11 DEARING,Eddie SCO
2185
w36=
b7-
w18=
b37+
w33+
b27=
w23+
b8-
w17=
5
6
2316
1.92
0.58
2400731
12 DUNWORTH,Chris ENG
fm
2335
w38+
w10=
b22=
b17-
w28+
w16-
b20+
w14-
b25+
5
9
5
2249
5.58
-0.58
402800
13 HOUSKA,Miroslav ENG
2265
bye=
bye=
w28+
b15-
w21-
b34+
b35+
w4-
w27+
5
6
3
2225
3.36
-0.36
403539
14 RAY,Chris ENG
2200
w35+
b15-
w4-
b33=
w36+
b24=
w27+
b12+
w3-
5
6
2357
1.74
0.76
403148
15 RIZOUK,Ryad ALG
fm
2385
b22-
w14+
b16+
w13+
b9-
w25+
b5+
w1-
b4-
5
9
5
2264
5.94
-0.94
7900279
16 STOREY,Charles ENG
2215
w31-
b35+
w15-
b19+
w24+
b12+
b10+
w2-
b6-
5
7
4
2332
2.38
1.62
406686
17 ANSELL,Simon ENG
2420
b8=
w9=
b29+
w12+
b4+
w1-
b7-
w5-
b11=
9
2291
6.03
-1.53
402141
18 COBB,Charles ENG
2260
b3=
w26-
b11=
w34+
b20-
w31+
b4-
w35+
b24=
6
2259
3.00
-0.50
403601
19 KING,Jonathan SCO
2115
b40=
w29=
b6-
w16-
b26-
w39+
b34+
w22=
b30+
6
3
2212
2.22
0.78
2401061
20 LEDGER,David ENG
fm
2235
w24-
b36+
w37+
b4-
w18+
b7-
w12-
b28+
w21=
7
2270
3.15
-0.65
401986
21 MCMICHAEL,Richard ENG
2200
b33=
w8-
b34=
w39+
b13+
w4+
b6-
w10-
b20=
7
3
2293
2.59
0.41
400963
22 NAYLOR,John ENG
2265
w15+
b24+
w12=
w1-
b6-
b23-
w28=
b19=
w32+
9
2256
4.59
-0.09
403172
23 WHITELEY,Andrew ENG
im
2255
b1=
w33+
b3-
w26+
b8-
w22+
b11-
w30+
b5-
7
2263
3.43
-0.93
400831
24 WILLIAMS,Simon ENG
fm
2350
b20+
w22-
b26+
w9-
b16-
w14=
b33+
b25=
w18=
7
2234
4.62
-2.12
404454
25 BISBY,Daniel ENG
2205
b26=
w40+
b8-
w31+
w27+
b15-
b3-
w24=
w12-
4
6
2346
1.86
-0.36
404586
26 BROOKE,John USA
w25=
b18+
w24-
b23-
w19+
w3-
b30-
b38+
w28=
4
9
4
2217
2174
27 WALL,Tim ENG
2320
b10-
w32+
b39+
w6=
b25-
w11=
b14-
w29+
b13-
4
8
3
2248
4.80
-1.80
401641
28 CAMPBELL,Eoin SCO
2040
b39-
w44+
b13-
w29+
b12-
w30=
b22=
w20-
b26=
6
2
2240
1.44
0.56
2400740
29 CLARKE,Tom IRL
2230
w7=
b19=
w17-
b28-
w34-
b36+
w37+
b27-
b35=
6
1
2211
3.18
-2.18
2500302
30 COATHUP,Roger ENG
2110
bye=
b2-
w36-
b35=
w37+
b28=
w26+
b23-
w19-
4
½
2178
1.64
-1.14
407062
31 JOSHI,Kishanchand IND
b16+
w3-
bye=
b25-
w35=
b18-
w38=
w32-
b43+
7
2226
2124
32 OKOSIEME,Iozeph ENG
2055
w37-
b27-
w35-
b38=
b44+
w33-
w36+
b31+
b22-
3
½
2273
0.66
-0.16
406317
33 SACHDEV,Tania IND
w
w21=
b23-
bye=
w14=
b11-
b32+
w24-
b37=
w34=
7
2183
2081
20/08/86
34 SHAH,Arpi IND
w
2035
w5-
b38=
w21=
b18-
b29+
w13-
w19-
b36+
b33=
7
2
2221
1.82
0.18
5004934
35 YOUNG,J Joseph SCO
b14-
w16-
b32+
w30=
b31=
b38+
w13-
b18-
w29=
8
3
2196
2109
36 BHATIA,Kanwal K ENG
w
b11=
w20-
b30+
w10-
b14-
w29-
b32-
w34-
w38+
9
2190
2024
22/04/81
37 BHATIA,Kulwant S ENG
b32+
w1-
b20-
w11-
b30-
w44+
b29-
w33=
b39-
6
1
2194
1921
19/12/79
38 WATERS,Clive ENG
2235
b12-
w34=
b40-
w32=
b39+
w35-
b31=
w26-
b36-
3
1
2142
1.89
-0.89
407330
39 JONES,Gawain ENG
w28+
b4-
w27-
b21-
w38-
b19-
w42-
b41-
w37+
2
7
1
2202
1893
11/12/87
40 JONES,Martyn ENG
w19=
b25-
w38+
b5-
4
2200
2113
41 HARTMAN,Stefan ENG
w39+
1
0
0
42 WALTON,Colin ENG
2135
           
b39+
   
1
0
0
43 GILLAM,Simon SCO
2235
               
w31-
0
0
0
44 HOULSBY,Mark ENG
b28-
   
w32-
b37-
     
0
2
0

Click here for original bulletin (PDF) with some annotated games, etc.

1st Northumbrian Masters International Open
Date of Congress 28/08/96 to 01/09/96 Organiser: Tim Wall - Chess Events Ltd

Arbiter : Simon Gillam

Pairing System: BCF accelerated for 2 rounds then BCF seeded

Venue: Chillingham Arms, Newcastle-upon Tyne.

Rated for FIDE and BCF graded by GMA Smith


1ST NORTHUMBRIAN MASTERS The Chillingham, Newcastle upon Tyne 28 August - 1 September 1996

After the successful all-play-alls and Scheveningen team events held in Newcastle over the past year, I felt it was time to hold a bigger Swiss event which aimed to give opportunities to a broader group of players. Not knowing quite what sort of response to expect, I was very pleased when we attracted 40 players from 8 different countries, including International Masters Leon Pliester (Netherlands), Steffen Pedersen (Denmark), Douglas Bryson and Jonathan Rowson (Scotland), Graeme Buckley and Andrew Whiteley (England) as well as English IM Elect Simon Ansell.

In the end, out of the various contenders, two players stood out by their consistency and professional approach: Leon Pliester, in contrast to some of the other faltering IMs, kept himself at the top of the table and didn't look back. From the moment he arrived at Newcastle Airport and took out his laptop, Leon was a picture of concentration throughout, clearly relishing the challenge and getting a well-deserved tournament victory.

In second place was young Londoner Danny Gormally (19), registering his first IM norm (with half a point to spare!), who demonstrated quick thinking and a level-headed approach that augurs well for the future.

Other notable performances were achieved by John Shaw (Scotland), Gavin Wall and James Cobb (both England) who all narrowly missed IM norms. I understand that John has come very close once or twice before, so like Robert the Bruce and his spider, I'm sure he’ll succeed in the end!

Juniors also did well, with FM Karl Mah finishing 3rd equal and some very young players making bold progress in the world of International chess:

Kanwal Bhatia (Newcastle) aged 15, completed a full International rating of 2024;

Martyn Jones (Durham) aged 11, made a part rating of 2100;

Tania Sachdev (New Delhi, India) aged 10, made a part rating of 2060; and Gawain Jones (York) aged 8 (!), scored 2/9 in his first ever International event.

Flying the flag for the North-East on 5/9 were Charlie Storey (Newcastle) and Chris Ray (Cramlington) with very good performances, Charlie defeating top seed Jonathan Rowson in an exciting battle. As for yours truly... ? Well, I must confess that I’m not really "Wonderwall" and I did find the pressure of trying to play and organise a bit too much this time, but I still enjoyed the chess and the friendly atmostphere as always.

A lot of good work by several people is always needed if any event is going to run smoothly and this tournament was no exception. In particular, the Arbiting team of Simon Gillam and Lara Barnes were exceptional, with Lara also putting in many hours at the computer, sending out invitations, preparing for the tournament, printing out results and inputting games. Simon even helped out by playing a game in the tournament, thereby making it possible for "KC" Joshi to complete his full rating. We were helped by the computer expertise of Mark Houlsby (Games Editor) and John Tumock (Computerised Pairings Mastermind) who enabled us to understand the workings of "Protos" and produce fast, accurate pairings in time for the next round. Working behind the scenes to make sure that things happened was our Treasurer, Nigel Johnson, helping me to stay on budget and guiding me through the maze of forecasting and cashflow problems.

I would also like to thank the following people for their support:

The British Chess Federation
The Friends of Chess
Chess Events Limited
Northumberland Chess Association
Durham County Chess Association
Tynebridge Office Equipment

Bill Penny, Clive Waters, Lara Barnes, Stefan Hartman, Mark Houlsby, Dave Ledger and Jonathan King for being such generous hosts to visiting players

-and- (last but not least!)

The staff at the Chillingham Arms for their warm welcome!

We hope to run the 2nd Northumbrian Masters at the same time next year (9 rounds in 6 days, in the last week of August) with maybe a new Tournament Director (if I am otherwise engaged!)

Till then, happy hacking and best wishes!

Tim Wall

Tournament Director September 1996

(Many apologies for the late appearance of the bulletin. This was due to technical problems with computer disks, but happily GM Julian Hodgson came to the rescue to supply a back-up copy when all else failed! Many thanks, Jules and Lizette ...!)


On the day after the tournament there was a special event where Leon Pliester gave a talk on "My twelve year struggle with the Nimzo-Indian". In this Leon described the difficulties the chess author faces trying to get his book published, referring to a motley collection of co-authors, translators and publishers tactfully only as "Messrs. X, Y, Z, A and B". Afterwards Steffen Pedersen gave a clock simul where he bravely took 1 hour to his opponents' one and a half. The result? Steffen won 10½-2½, with the other local heroes being Paul Edwards (win) and Steve Bartle (draw). The best game prize (a book called "Creative Chess") was awarded for this quite creative, game by John Tumock. [see game viewer/download]


[THE DAILY TELEGRAPH, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 1996] Masterful victory by Gormally

By Malcolm Peln

DANNY GORMALLY of Charlton Chess Club scored his first International Master result at the Northumbrian Masters organised by Tim Wall at the Chillingham Arms, Newcastle upon Tyne.

Gormally surpassed the required score of 6½/9 by half a point and scored a notable win over Scotland’s top young player, IM Jonathan Rowson, as well as defeating the Scottish champion IM Douglas Bryson.

The tournament was also a great success for the junior contingent. Gawain Jones, eight, of York, the reigning British Under-8 and under-10 champion, scored two points. Tania Sachdev, 10, of New Delhi, scored three and achieved a partial FIDE rating, as did local boy Martyn Jones, with 3½.

The tournament was won by IM Leon Pliester of Holland with an unbeaten 7½/9


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Date Notes
27 September 2020 99 games from a bulletin kindly supplied by Tim Wall. Also one game from a simul played at the congress.