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Tournament: 68th British Championship (won by Paul Littlewood) (all 286 games)
Venue: Morecambe High School • Dates: 3-14 August 1981 • Download PGN • Updated 6 September, 2020 1:01 PM

1981 British Chess Championship (Morecambe High School, Morecambe, Lancashire)

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Total
1 Littlewood,Paul E 2435 ◊ 1/27 ♦ 1/32 ◊ 1/39 ♦ ½/8 ◊ 1/3 ♦ 1/9 ♦ ½/4 ◊ 1/5 ♦ 1/25 ◊ ½/6 ♦ ½/2 9.0 / 11
2 Speelman,Jonathan S 2520 ♦ 1/48 ◊ ½/35 ♦ ½/17 ◊ ½/5 ♦ 1/32 ◊ ½/19 ♦ ½/3 ◊ 1/22 ◊ 1/8 ♦ 1/4 ◊ ½/1 8.0 / 11
3 Bellin,Robert 2390 ◊ 1/47 ♦ ½/37 ♦ 1/10 ◊ 1/7 ♦ 0/1 ◊ ½/5 ◊ ½/2 ♦ 1/15 ◊ ½/4 ♦ 1/8 ♦ ½/6 7.5 / 11
4 Pritchett,Craig William 2395 ♦ 1/50 ◊ 1/21 ♦ 0/7 ◊ 1/25 ♦ 1/16 ♦ 1/8 ◊ ½/1 ◊ 1/14 ♦ ½/3 ◊ 0/2 ♦ ½/5 7.5 / 11
5 Hartston,William Roland 2445 ◊ 1/20 ♦ 0/15 ◊ 1/46 ♦ ½/2 ◊ 1/17 ♦ ½/3 ◊ 1/9 ♦ 0/1 ◊ 1/16 ♦ 1/25 ◊ ½/4 7.5 / 11
6 Hall,John 2240 ◊ ½/18 ♦ 0/27 ◊ 0/33 ♦ 1/30 ◊ 1/45 ◊ 1/32 ♦ 1/26 ◊ 1/7 ♦ 1/14 ♦ ½/1 ◊ ½/3 7.5 / 11
7 Rumens,David Edward 2355 ◊ 1/46 ♦ 1/18 ◊ 1/4 ♦ 0/3 ◊ ½/15 ♦ 1/33 ◊ 0/25 ♦ 0/6 ◊ 1/32 ♦ 1/26 ◊ 1/10 7.5 / 11
8 Short,Nigel D 2440 ♦ 1/28 ◊ 1/34 ♦ 1/26 ◊ ½/1 ♦ ½/9 ◊ 0/4 ♦ 1/16 ◊ 1/10 ♦ 0/2 ◊ 0/3 ♦ 1/11 7.0 / 11
9 Chandler,Murray G 2530 ◊ 1/40 ♦ 1/36 ◊ ½/15 ♦ 1/14 ◊ ½/8 ◊ 0/1 ♦ 0/5 ◊ 1/34 ♦ 0/11 ♦ 1/28 ◊ 1/26 7.0 / 11
10 Mooney,David P 2215 ◊ ½/16 ♦ 1/30 ◊ 0/3 ♦ ½/36 ◊ 1/40 ◊ 1/35 ♦ 1/19 ♦ 0/8 ◊ 1/17 ◊ ½/11 ♦ 0/7 6.5 / 11
11 Ravikumar,Vaidyanathan 2325 ◊ ½/45 ♦ 0/39 ◊ 1/30 ♦ 1/37 ◊ 1/43 ♦ 0/15 ◊ ½/18 ♦ 1/21 ◊ 1/9 ♦ ½/10 ◊ 0/8 6.5 / 11
12 Law,Andrew P 2385 ♦ 0/14 ◊ 1/47 ♦ 1/27 ◊ ½/35 ♦ ½/39 ◊ 0/16 ♦ ½/29 ◊ ½/36 ♦ 1/34 ◊ 1/17 ♦ ½/13 6.5 / 11
13 Pushkedra,Frank 2370 ◊ ½/39 ♦ 1/45 ◊ 0/32 ♦ 0/43 ♦ 1/41 ◊ 1/34 ◊ 0/17 ♦ 1/27 ◊ 1/33 ♦ ½/14 ◊ ½/12 6.5 / 11
14 Condie,Mark L 2240 ◊ 1/12 ◊ 1/25 ♦ ½/19 ◊ 0/9 ♦ 1/23 ♦ ½/22 ◊ 1/15 ♦ 0/4 ◊ 0/6 ◊ ½/13 ♦ ½/24 6.0 / 11
15 Pigott,John C 2315 ◊ 1/49 ◊ 1/5 ♦ ½/9 ◊ ½/19 ♦ ½/7 ◊ 1/11 ♦ 0/14 ◊ 0/3 ♦ 0/26 ♦ 1/32 ◊ ½/20 6.0 / 11
16 Martin,Andrew D 2345 ♦ ½/10 ◊ 1/38 ♦ ½/35 ◊ 1/26 ◊ 0/4 ♦ 1/12 ◊ 0/8 ♦ 1/28 ♦ 0/5 ◊ ½/18 ♦ ½/22 6.0 / 11
17 Ady,Jonathan James   ♦ ½/37 ♦ 1/20 ◊ ½/2 ◊ ½/23 ♦ 0/5 ◊ 1/50 ♦ 1/13 ◊ ½/25 ♦ 0/10 ♦ 0/12 ◊ 1/36 6.0 / 11
18 Lee,Graham D 2360 ♦ ½/6 ◊ 0/7 ♦ ½/47 ◊ 1/38 ♦ 1/28 ◊ ½/26 ♦ ½/11 ◊ ½/19 ♦ ½/22 ♦ ½/16 ◊ ½/21 6.0 / 11
19 Taulbut,Shaun M 2420 ♦ 1/42 ◊ 1/29 ◊ ½/14 ♦ ½/15 ◊ ½/33 ♦ ½/2 ◊ 0/10 ♦ ½/18 ◊ 0/28 ♦ ½/20 ◊ 1/25 6.0 / 11
20 Teichmann,Erik OMC   ♦ 0/5 ◊ 0/17 ♦ ½/48 ◊ ½/24 ♦ 1/44 ◊ 0/29 ♦ 1/31 ◊ 1/23 ♦ 1/35 ◊ ½/19 ♦ ½/15 6.0 / 11
21 King,Daniel J 2320 ◊ 1/41 ♦ 0/4 ◊ 1/44 ♦ 0/33 ♦ 0/34 ◊ 1/23 ♦ 1/35 ◊ 0/11 ♦ 1/36 ◊ ½/22 ♦ ½/18 6.0 / 11
22 Hodgson,Julian M 2370 ♦ 0/34 ◊ ½/50 ♦ 1/49 ◊ 1/31 ♦ ½/35 ◊ ½/14 ◊ 1/33 ♦ 0/2 ◊ ½/18 ♦ ½/21 ◊ ½/16 6.0 / 11
23 Davies,Nigel R 2260 ◊ 0/32 ♦ 1/41 ◊ 1/51 ♦ ½/17 ◊ 0/14 ♦ 0/21 ◊ ½/42 ♦ 0/20 ◊ 1/39 ♦ 1/45 ♦ 1/37 6.0 / 11
24 Cafferty,Bernard 2295 ♦ 0/29 ◊ ½/49 ♦ 0/31 ♦ ½/20 ◊ 1/51 ♦ 1/40 ◊ 0/28 ♦ 1/43 ◊ ½/27 ♦ 1/33 ◊ ½/14 6.0 / 11
25 Horner,Jeff 2375 ◊ 1/44 ♦ 0/14 ◊ 1/40 ♦ 0/4 ◊ 1/46 ◊ 1/39 ♦ 1/7 ♦ ½/17 ◊ 0/1 ◊ 0/5 ♦ 0/19 5.5 / 11
26 Lewis,Andrew P 2200 ◊ 1/51 ♦ 1/33 ◊ 0/8 ♦ 0/16 ◊ 1/36 ♦ ½/18 ◊ 0/6 ♦ 1/39 ◊ 1/15 ◊ 0/7 ♦ 0/9 5.5 / 11
27 Lane,Gary William   ♦ 0/1 ◊ 1/6 ◊ 0/12 ♦ 0/40 ◊ ½/30 ♦ 1/51 ♦ 1/50 ◊ 0/13 ♦ ½/24 ◊ ½/37 ◊ 1/41 5.5 / 11
28 Watson,Ian R 2200 ◊ 0/8 ♦ 0/44 ◊ 1/42 ♦ 1/51 ◊ 0/18 ♦ 1/31 ♦ 1/24 ◊ 0/16 ♦ 1/19 ◊ 0/9 ♦ ½/29 5.5 / 11
29 Toothill,John   ◊ 1/24 ♦ 0/19 ◊ ½/36 ♦ 0/39 ◊ ½/31 ♦ 1/20 ◊ ½/12 ♦ 0/33 ◊ ½/41 ♦ 1/43 ◊ ½/28 5.5 / 11
30 Hebden,Mark 2315 ♦ ½/38 ◊ 0/10 ♦ 0/11 ◊ 0/6 ♦ ½/27 ◊ 1/44 ◊ ½/45 ♦ ½/47 ◊ ½/42 ♦ 1/39 ◊ 1/43 5.5 / 11
31 Alcock,Michael   ◊ 0/36 ♦ ½/43 ◊ 1/24 ♦ 0/22 ♦ ½/29 ◊ 0/28 ◊ 0/20 ♦ 1/46 ◊ ½/45 ♦ 1/47 ◊ 1/40 5.5 / 11
32 Wells,Peter K 2395 ♦ 1/23 ◊ 0/1 ♦ 1/13 ◊ ½/34 ◊ 0/2 ♦ 0/6 ♦ 1/48 ◊ 1/37 ♦ 0/7 ◊ 0/15 ♦ ½/38 5.0 / 11
33 Wells,Ian Duncan 2355 ♦ 1/52 ◊ 0/26 ♦ 1/6 ◊ 1/21 ♦ ½/19 ◊ 0/7 ♦ 0/22 ◊ 1/29 ♦ 0/13 ◊ 0/24 ♦ ½/34 5.0 / 11
34 Houston,David A   ◊ 1/22 ♦ 0/8 ◊ ½/37 ♦ ½/32 ◊ 1/21 ♦ 0/13 ◊ 1/43 ♦ 0/9 ◊ 0/12 ♦ ½/41 ◊ ½/33 5.0 / 11
35 Byway,Paul V   ◊ 1/43 ♦ ½/2 ◊ ½/16 ♦ ½/12 ◊ ½/22 ♦ 0/10 ◊ 0/21 ♦ 1/42 ◊ 0/20 ♦ 0/36 ◊ 1/46 5.0 / 11
36 Clarke,Peter Hugh 2320 ♦ 1/31 ◊ 0/9 ♦ ½/29 ◊ ½/10 ♦ 0/26 ♦ 1/46 ◊ ½/39 ♦ ½/12 ◊ 0/21 ◊ 1/35 ♦ 0/17 5.0 / 11
37 Nokes,Roger 2310 ◊ ½/17 ◊ ½/3 ♦ ½/34 ◊ 0/11 ♦ ½/50 ♦ ½/45 ◊ 1/46 ♦ 0/32 ◊ 1/40 ♦ ½/27 ◊ 0/23 5.0 / 11
38 Hawksworth,John 2220 ◊ ½/30 ♦ 0/16 ◊ ½/45 ♦ 0/18 ◊ 1/47 ♦ 0/43 ◊ ½/40 ♦ 0/41 ◊ 1/50 ♦ 1/42 ◊ ½/32 5.0 / 11
39 Norman,Kenneth I 2250 ♦ ½/13 ◊ 1/11 ♦ 0/1 ◊ 1/29 ◊ ½/12 ♦ 0/25 ♦ ½/36 ◊ 0/26 ♦ 0/23 ◊ 0/30 ◊ 1/47 4.5 / 11
40 Romilly,Peter J   ♦ 0/9 ◊ 1/52 ♦ 0/25 ◊ 1/27 ♦ 0/10 ◊ 0/24 ♦ ½/38 ◊ 1/50 ♦ 0/37 ◊ 1/48 ♦ 0/31 4.5 / 11
41 Ellison,D George 2210 ♦ 0/21 ◊ 0/23 ♦ 1/52 ♦ ½/45 ◊ 0/13 ♦ 0/42 ◊ 1/49 ◊ 1/38 ♦ ½/29 ◊ ½/34 ♦ 0/27 4.5 / 11
42 Jones,Brian A   ◊ 0/19 ♦ 0/46 ♦ 0/28 ◊ 1/52 ♦ ½/48 ◊ 1/41 ♦ ½/23 ◊ 0/35 ♦ ½/30 ◊ 0/38 ♦ 1/49 4.5 / 11
43 Littlewood,John E 2395 ♦ 0/35 ◊ ½/31 ♦ ½/50 ◊ 1/13 ♦ 0/11 ◊ 1/38 ♦ 0/34 ◊ 0/24 ♦ 1/48 ◊ 0/29 ♦ 0/30 4.0 / 11
44 Cunningham,Philip   ♦ 0/25 ◊ 1/28 ♦ 0/21 ♦ 0/46 ◊ 0/20 ♦ 0/30 ◊ 0/47 ◊ 1/52 ♦ 1/51 ◊ 0/49 ♦ 1/45 4.0 / 11
45 Newton,Rowley CS   ♦ ½/11 ◊ 0/13 ♦ ½/38 ◊ ½/41 ♦ 0/6 ◊ ½/37 ♦ ½/30 ◊ ½/48 ♦ ½/31 ◊ 0/23 ◊ 0/44 3.5 / 11
46 Jackson,Oliver A 2225 ♦ 0/7 ◊ 1/42 ♦ 0/5 ◊ 1/44 ♦ 0/25 ◊ 0/36 ♦ 0/37 ◊ 0/31 ♦ 1/52 ◊ ½/51 ♦ 0/35 3.5 / 11
47 Erdal-Smith,Adrian T   ♦ 0/3 ♦ 0/12 ◊ ½/18 ◊ ½/48 ♦ 0/38 ◊ 0/52 ♦ 1/44 ◊ ½/30 ♦ 1/49 ◊ 0/31 ♦ 0/39 3.5 / 11
48 James,David J   ◊ 0/2 ♦ 0/51 ◊ ½/20 ♦ ½/47 ◊ ½/42 ♦ 1/49 ◊ 0/32 ♦ ½/45 ◊ 0/43 ♦ 0/40 ♦ ½/52 3.5 / 11
49 Crombleholme,Alan K   ♦ 0/15 ♦ ½/24 ◊ 0/22 ◊ 0/50 ♦ 1/52 ◊ 0/48 ♦ 0/41 ♦ 1/51 ◊ 0/47 ♦ 1/44 ◊ 0/42 3.5 / 11
50 Thompson,Ian D   ◊ 0/4 ♦ ½/22 ◊ ½/43 ♦ 1/49 ◊ ½/37 ♦ 0/17 ◊ 0/27 ♦ 0/40 ♦ 0/38 ◊ ½/52 ♦ 0/51 3.0 / 11
51 McMichael,Richard J   ♦ 0/26 ◊ 1/48 ♦ 0/23 ◊ 0/28 ♦ 0/24 ◊ 0/27 ♦ ½/52 ◊ 0/49 ◊ 0/44 ♦ ½/46 ◊ 1/50 3.0 / 11
52 Bevan,Peter M   ◊ 0/33 ♦ 0/40 ◊ 0/41 ♦ 0/42 ◊ 0/49 ♦ 1/47 ◊ ½/51 ♦ 0/44 ◊ 0/46 ♦ ½/50 ◊ ½/48 2.5 / 11

Results below are as listed in the 1980/81 BCF Yearbook, pps 52-53, but with some corrections to clear errors

1981 British Championship

1981 British Ladies' Chess Championship

    1 2 3 4 5 6
Total
1 Sheila A. Jackson, Wimbledon xx ½1 11 ½1 7
2 Rowena M. Bruce, Plymouth xx ½½ ½1 11 ½½ 6
3 Suzzane J. Wood, Norwich ½½ xx ½0 5
4 Susan K. Walker, Cheam 00 ½1 xx 11
5 Jane F. Seymour, Portsmouth ½1 00 ½0 00 xx 11 4
6 Margaret E. E. Clarke, Bude ½½ ½0 ½1 00 xx

British Under-21 Championship (11 round-Swiss)

1 M Paul TOWNSEND (Chester); 2= Philip BROOKS (Preston), David R CARLESS (High Wycombe), Tom FARRAND (Norwich), Peter P Taylor (Cambridge) 7½; 6= Andrew Bryce, H. R. Hughes 7; 8= M. Johnstone, D Brett Lund 6½; 10= S. J. Burke, David J Tebb 6; 12= Graham Borrowdale, R. A. Coles, Harvey Duckers, T. G. Dunmore, N. M. Jones, A. C. Kearns, D. J. C. Mackle, R. J. Woodcraft 5½; 20= Jeremy F. S. Menadue, G. N. Strouts, A. J. Toll 5; 23= Gary W. Dormand, M. Baker, D. M. Cooper, M. J. Reid, D. J. Twitchell 4; 28 R. G. Walters 3: 29= M. A. Shaw, P. N, Thurston 2½.

British Under-18 Championship (11 -round Swiss)

1= Andrew C. L. DYSON (Leeds), Michael KERRIDGE (Rugby), John R RICHARDSON (London) 8½; 4= S. C. BROWN (Hull), Simon TRIGGS (Watford) 7½; 6 C. B. Baker 7; 7= C. J. Archer-Lock, Neil Bradbury, Simon G Dighton, Joseph G Gallagher, Stuart H Niman, T. E. Wiley 6½; 13= D. J. Edmonds, Laurence J Pinto, G. O. Roberts, Mark R Ruston, D. J. Walker, Ian A Welch 6; 19= Daniel R Feinstein, F. Khan, M. P. Sames 5½; 22= D. G. S. Artt, T. M. Broome, G. B. Dawson, D. B. Forson, D. P. Frost, W. T. Giblin, S. J. Roe, M. E. Williams 5; 30= N. Alldritt, R. M. Gadd, M. J. Hughes, C. A. J. Jones, J. R. Kennedy, G. A. Novik, J.R. Sharp 4½; 37= J. A. Brown, P. S. J. Jones, Lavinia A. M. Pereira 4; 40 M. Rogerson 3½; 41 R. B. Burgess 3; 42 M. S. Abraham 2.

British Under-16 Championship (11 -round Swiss)

1= Neil L CARR (London), Craig R DAWSON (Birmingham) 8½; 3= Neil I FOX (Borehamwood), Edward LEE (Ilford), Stephen R MANNION (Glasgow), I. L. THOMAS (Watford) 7½; 7 M. E. L. Griffiths 7; 8= G. K. Kendal, N. J. M. Pelling, M. L. Vincent, Graham A Waddingham 6½; 12= Karen A Cartmel, Neil E G Crickmore, N. P. J. Greer, J. B. Kirk, S. E. Lazarus, S, R. Mitchell, A. J. Savage, B. T. Sharp, Tim P Wall 6; 21= Cathy Forbes, M. Leahy, S. Lee, C. Lowe 5½; 25= C. J. Butt, E. L. Dove, A. G. M. Kluth, R. F. Murray 5; 29= K. R. Brotherton, R. D. Dobedoe, N. R. Hackers, M. Sampson, P. M. Sanders, S. G. Walker, F. Wilson 4½; 36= R. J. Carr, W. Gardner 4; 38= J. Baldwin, J. D. Lyth, S. N. Metcalf 2. T. C. Borland - withdrew ill with 2½/4.

British Under-14 Championship (11 -round Swiss)

1 David J WATTS (Harrow) 9½; 2 Don J MASON (Solihull) 9; 3 Keith FULLER (Winchester) 8; 4= John M EMMS (Norwich), Mark A WHEELER (Walsall) 7½; 6= A. D. Deighton, A. Dunn, R. E. Maullin, Philip J Rossiter, Andrew M Stone 7; 11= J. W. Clarke, P. Darmanin, J. E. Duggan, D. A. Keddie, R. J. Lee, N. Von Schlippe 6½; 17= J. D. Bakhshi, I. Galloway, D. Griffin, C. M. Hawthorne, G. A. Meitiner, R. J. Oates, D. A. Wood 6; 24= J. P. Baillie, P. J. Burton, J. D. Carlin, Niall P Carton, K. R. L. Greer, Caroline L Hallett, Michael T Hennigan, M. J. Worsfold 5½; 32= P. M. Brown, J. Clementi, J. W. Franklin, C. P. Sanders 5; 36= D. L. Burton, S. E. Clarke, S. Earl, P. J. Fitches, Mandy A Hepworth, K. A. Howe, P. G. Hughes, J. Vetta, K. P. Walker 4½; 45= L. Cunningham, C. P. Leyser, R. J. Nash, L. Simpson 4; 49= P. A. Clarke, F. M. A. MacLean 3; 51 N. Suckling 2.

British Under-11 Championship (7-round Swiss)

1 Darren P WHEELER (Walsall) 6; 2= Michael ADAMS (Falmouth), H. M. BAKHSHI (Chadwell Heath) 5½; 4= Chris DUNCAN (Harrow), S. MITCHELL (Chester-le-Street), Ali MORTAZAVI (London), Gary QUILLAN (Bootle) 5; 8 Stuart Clarke 4½; 9= A. L. Bell, D. G. Craggs, M. G. Gibson, Jason Glass, D. P. O'Farrell, O. R. Thomas 4; 15= M.W. Crouse, O. J. Duncan, D. A. Haughey 3½; 18= J. B. Bentley, A. J. Callan, D. C. Carton, P. F. Hennigan, J. B. Lawton, A. McIntosh, T. G. T. MacLean, W. R. Ogle, P. Whitworth 3; 27= R. Callan, I. C. Stone, T. Stone, M. I. Walker 2; 31 D. Armstrong 1.

British Girls Championships

These were awarded to the girl finishing highest in the appropriate age-group:

Under-18: Lavinia A. M. Pereira
Under-16: Karel Cartmel
Under-14: Caroline Hallett.

Major Open Tournament (11 -round Swiss)

1 Darryl JOHANSEN (Australia) 8½; 2= K. A. DAWSON (Ossett), Tim PARKES (Wood Green), Guy WEST (Australia) 8; 5 Ronald L Johannes (London) 7½; 6= Stephen D Bell, Angus J Dunnington, W. J. Jordan, J. E. Vickery, Baruch H Wood 7; 11= Keith C Arkell, R Alan Barton, Simon D Brown, Russell G Granat 6½; 15= R. G. W. Elwell, B. G. E. Halliwell, Adrian Jackson, G. J. Mason, I. J. Myall, Frank Parr, Suri J Rodericks, T. Sarwar, J. F. Tjadens 6; 24= Keith R Barnes, D. J. Barnett, J. D. Blore, Kevin Bowmer, D. M. Denison, Bosko Gvero, T. Hazdra, S. W. Small, Maurice J Staples, Clare E Whitehead, John Wilman 5½; 35= Percy B Cook, M. A. Lee 5; 37= John Burke, A. deBoer, Keith L Escott, T. A. I. Heikkila, N. J. Moyse, R. Newton, P. Robinson, M. Vincent, N. C. T. Wall 4½; 46= S. W. Dauber, S. Mulligan 4; 48= J. H. Hasselt, P. T. Scott 3½; 50= Glenn L House, H. Clkinuora 2½.

First Class Tournament (11 -round Swiss)

1 M. DAELS (Belgium) 9; 2 D. C. RANDALL (London) 8; 3 B. MARSHALL (Walsall) 7; 4= M. CAMBIER (Belgium), H Martin CATH (Purley), Charles A S DAMANT (Worthing), R. P. ROSS (Hull) 6½; 8= A. J. Aslett, S. M.Chivers, J. M. Haigh, R. W. Parsons, K. F. Shaw 6; 13= K. W. Clow, P. T. Seery 5½; 15= L. Bridges, A. M. Gregg, G. S. McCormick, J. D. H. Nicholas, A. Pinkerton 5; 20= A. E. Gentry, N. A. Howe, P. C. Stokes 4½; 23= J. B. Langstaffe, M. J. Morton 4; 25 W. T. Franklin 3; 26 F. K. Kneale 2½.

Second Class Tournament (11 -round Swiss)

1= T. CARR (London), D. G. WOODRUFF (Bristol) 7½; 3= J. ANSON (Denbigh), Martin J COWLEY (Streatham), H. J. DRAISEY (Bristol), R. H. SAUNDERS (Worthing), B. STANDEN (Lancaster) 7; 8= G Alec M Boswell, A. Flo, D. Everitt, M. J. Hooper, J. Johnson, F. R. J. Martin 6; 14= M. F. Leanse, D. Macindoe, James D Pratt 5½; 17= J. F. Dennis, A. Milner, A. J. Sage 5; 20= J. C. Calvert, M. L. Patrick 4½; 22 F. Richardson 3; 23 A. Galloway 2½; 24 G. O. J. Melitus 0. S. Burbank withdrew with 1/2.

Over-60 Tournament (double-round American)

1 John B HAWSON (Worcester Park) 8; 2 Harry I Woolverton (East Ham) 7; 3 Ronald M Bruce (Plymouth) 6½; 4 R. J. Cotterell 5½; 5 G. L. Pritchard 3; 6 H. Standring 0.

5-Day Week 1 Morning (5-round Swiss)

1 David G HACKETT (Oxford) 4½; 2= R. A. COLLINS (Lancaster), Peter W HEMPSON (Sheffield) 4; 4= D. BOYES (Ormskirk), J. M. ROSS (Glasgow) 3½; 6= P. A. Brown, Paul F Habershon, Philip J Hughes, D. G. Maclean, Lucien Mouillaux, E. Sauzedde 3; 12= P. Bekaert, M. Cooke, J. Fender, Philip C Hoad, J. Liddle, D. Reynolds, Jack A Speigel, J. H. Wall 2½; 20= J. S. Borrill, H. M. Brown, A. P. Davies, L. J. Tarbuck, A. J. L. Wade 2; 25= J. F. Gregson, J. T. Hennigan, Philip B Pinto 1½; 28= F. Lloyd, M. Lloyd [no score given]. G. C. May of Basingstoke failed to appear, no explanation.

5-Day Week 1 Afternoon (5-round Swiss)

1 D. FINNIE (Glasgow) 4½; 2= D. DOLL (W. Berlin), D. GRAHAM (Carlisle) 4; 4 J. HODGKINSON (Stoke) 3½; 5= G. V. Glover, M. L. Johnson, Simon Le Blancq, M. P. McLoughlin, D. R. Reid, M. E. Turner, S. J. Webster 3; 12= D. R. Dawson, J. E. Downey, M. Hanley 2½; 15= S. Burbank, J. R. M. Moore, P. Neve, J. E. C. Nokes, S. W. Wallace, P. P. White 2; 21= R. Chakrabarti, L. Nicholas, V. Tudisco 1; 24 A. Livesey ½. A. Graham withdrew ill with 0/2.

5-Day Week 2 Morning (5-round Swiss)

1= Mike J CONROY (Burnley), Anthony WHEATLEY (London) 4½; 3= D. W. CLARKE (Walsall), Lucien MOUILLAUX (France) 4; 5= Michael T Bolan, D. M. Davies, D. Glover, Richard J Haddrell, M. Horne, Andrew P H Kinsman, D. Shuttleworth, K. J. Verney, J. T. Ward 3½; 14= P. Bekaert, A. E. Fawcett, A. Foster, David G Hackett, P. V. Malbon, S. Ridgway, E. Sauzedde, L. J. Tarbuck, A. G. A. Willis 3; 23= R. G. Blake, S. R. Capsey, J. E. Crump, J. F. Gregson, Philip J Hughes, H Trevor Jones, R. G. Jones, Andrew Mack, D. G. MacLean, D. Reynolds, D. Sherwood, A. J. Stack 2½; 35= P. Barnett, P. Bell, R. J. H. Day, J. E. Downey, J. A. J. Francis, D. Innes, C. J. Lyne, T. Mezzo, Philip B Pinto, J. M. Ross, G. Stoke-Roberts, A. J. L. Wade 2; 47 D. C. Curtis 1½; 48= D. Dodd, Miss. S. M. Gorman, T. G. T. MacLean,S. Richardson, J. M. Sommer, V. Tudisco 1. J. T. Byrne withdrew with 0/2.

5-Day Week 2 Afternoon (5-round Swiss)

1 D. GRAHAM (Carlisle) 4½; 2= G. V. GLOVER (Carlisle), Raymond J GAMBLE (Derby) 4; 4= A. GRAHAM (Carlisle), S. SWIFT (Preston) 3½; 6= D. R. Dawson, Geoff W Naldrett, S. J. Webster, P. P. White, C. Wilson 3; 11= B. Burton, Anita Eagle, Maria Eagle, Richard W O'Brien 2½; 15= M. J. Armstrong, S. Burbank, R. Chakrabarti, B. D. A. Fraser, J. E. C. Nokes 2; 20 M. L. Johnson 1½; 21= J. C. Clement-Evans, L. Nicholas 1; 23= A. Liversey, Eric Wandless-Renton ½.

Evening Special Week 1 (5-round Swiss, 60 mins per player per game)

1= A. J. ASLETT, T. E. WILEY 4½; 3 S. M. CHIVERS 4; 4= A. M. Gregg, N. A. Howe, M. J. Morton, J. D. H. Nicholas, S. J. Roe, A. J. Savage, M. L. Vincent 3... 22 players.

Evening Special Week 2 (4-round Swiss, 60 mins per player per game)

1= C.J. ARCHER-LOCK, P. BEKAERT, D. C. RANDALL, K. VERNEY 3½; 5= I. Galloway, D. G. Hackett, D. Rutter 3... 34 players.


REPORT ON THE 68th ANNUAL BCF CONGRESS [BCF Yearbook 1981/2, page 52]

Held at Morecambe High School from 3-15 August 1981
Sponsored by Grieveson, Grant & Co.

This event was set in motion by my predecessor, Gerry Walsh, who unfortunately had to resign for personal reasons in January. This was the second time we had been to Morecambe, the first time in 1975 having attracted more entrants than any other year. A bumper entry was hoped for but this was not to be. Entries for congresses are down everywhere with reductions from 10-30% reported. At one time it seemed as if the reduction for Morcambe would be at the higher end but, in the end, over 425 people played, a loss of 8% relative to Brighton 1980.

Grieveson, Grant had again made more funds available for the prizes in the British Championship and also increased the expenses money offered to titled players. Unfortunately only one of the grandmasters could complete as the rest had other professional commitments. It is clear that a Swiss does not meet with their approval but turning to an all-play-all tournament would be greatly to the disadvantage of amateurs. The International Masters were rather more enthusiastic. Grieveson, Grant also offered financial aid to Commonwealth titled players with ratings high enough to compete but only one took up the offer. We can expect this to become more popular in future years.

Paul Littlewood led all the way and finished a very worthy winner indeed. He and John are probably the strongest father-son combination in the history of the game and John's performance fell off noticeably when it became clear that Paul was likely to be champion. Due to the new, exact rules for qualification for the Championship, more people are now eligible and 52 players competed. I personally do not think that the event is diminished by a larger entry provided the players are good enough. Most 'weaker' players get in through the British Championship Qualifying Tournament and I shall be turning my attention to that event in due course.

The British Ladies Championship was a great personal disappointment to me with only 6 participants. The numbers have fallen this low before but it is hard to justify the event with so few players. Sheila Jackson was a highly worthy winner but surely it would have been better for her chess if she had taken up her entitled place in the Championship?

The junior Championships are all diminished by the fact that the strongest youngsters in each age group played in higher events. Thus Stuart Conquest, eligible for the U-14 was busy winning the World U-16 Championship and Nigel Short, playing in the Championship, would possibly have been favourite to win the U-16! There is no solution to this problem, if problem it be.

The Major Open attracted a large entry but the Class Tournaments were well down. For a variety of reasons the percentage increase for these events had to be very high and the entry is obviously extremely fragile. £20 for a two week event under expert supervision in good playing conditions cannot be excessive.

We are fortunate indeed that Grieveson, Grant are to continue their sponsorship in 1982, although it is a considerable worry that no venue has been arranged yet [the 1981/2 Yearbook was susbequently published with a loose insert announcing that the venue would be the South Devon Technical College, Newton Road, Torquay, 2-14 August 1982 - JS]. They are much more than just a source of income, they are most welcome partners in a valuable event and I would be loath indeed to lose their sage counsel. It is extremely disturbing that certain of the chess correspondents do not emphasise the Grieveson, Grant name sufficiently when reporting the congress (although sometimes it is the fault of subeditors). It almost seems as if some of the chess journalists are wilfully obstructive in their failure to help sponsors receive value for the money that they put into chess. Unless they – or their friends – are competing, events commonly receive no mention. The public could also be more helpful in complaining when important events do not receive adequate coverage and also in expressing their gratitude to sponsors.

It is not for me to say how successful the congress was, but there are certain pointers. For the second successive year, the appeals committee did not have to meet, a sign that there was little friction. I sent out a questionnaire to the players and the general conclusion is that they are satisfied with the present arrangements. One must not be too sanguine about such an analysis as the questions were only asked of people who voted with their feet to come in the first place.

The control team was a tower of strength and it was clear that we had the correct balance between sufficient people, not too many to be getting in each others' way nor too few to be making the workload unbearable. A number of competitors commented that the atmosphere seemed to be friendlier than in previous years. I noticed that in previous Yearbooks the control team has not been listed and not to do so for people who have given so magnificently of their time is a serious blunder. Thus the staffing was Congress Director Stewart Reuben, Congress Secretary Paul Buswell, Chief Arbiter Harry Baines, Control Team Richard Boxall. Peter Cartman, Allan Gardner, Neil Graham, Bob Hanbridge, Mary Kerridge, Mary Kluth, Geoff Lawrence, Ron Powis, David Wallace.

There were two innovations. Jon Tisdall a young American International Master was guest celebrity for the whole fortnight and gave daily game commentaries during play which innovation was well-received by a fairly small group of people. He also gave a number of simultaneous displays which were clearly great fun. Evening specials were run of 4 or 5 day tournaments, all your moves in 1 hour. Only 20-30 people played in each but this is still a useful service. Perhaps we will also have more events lasting only one evening in future years. We lost at both cricket and football to superior opponents. Unfortunately neither Harry Baines nor I were asked to be Chief Arbiter at these matches – otherwise the result would have been very different!

Many people come to the congress every year and it is an awesome task to be responsible for their enjoying perhaps the most important two weeks of their yearly activity. Any help with constructive comments would be gratefully received.

Stewart Reuben Congress Director


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