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28/05/2024

English Seniors’ Championships 2024

(to be updated day by day during the event)

 

The English Seniors’ Championships were held over the long weekend running from Friday 24th of May to Tuesday 28th May 2024, at the Holiday Inn Kenilworth-Warwick, 212 Abbey End, Kenilworth CV8 1ED.

 

There were two 7-round competitions involved, the “50+” and “65+” for which the age qualifications were being aged 50 or over (for 50+) and being aged 65 or over (for 63+) on 31st December 2024.  Thus, participants in the 50+ could be only 49 at the time of the event, and participants in the 65+ could be only 64 at the time of the event.  This qualification date seems rather odd, and the alternative names used freely by the ECF for these events, namely “Over 50” and “Over 65”, are even more adrift.

 

There were 7 rounds in both events with the option of half-point byes in one or two rounds (except in the final round).  The time limit was 90 minutes plus a 30-second increment per move from move 1.

 

Of the 73 participants, 7 were from Yorkshire, and a further 5 were identifiably from other Northern counties:

 

Start
Ranking

Competition / Name

Club etc

 

50+

 

4

Andrew J Ledger (IM)

Sheffield

10

M Paul Townsend

York

12

Andrei Ciuravin

Hull

24

Barry Hymer

Ulverston

25

Eric D Gardiner

Hull

33

David Tuke

Preston

 

65+

 

11

Jim Burnett

Sheffield

15

Paul A Hutchinson

Scarborough

20

Mike R Stokes

Harrogate

24

James N Hawkins

Liverpool

33

Steve Clare

Wallasey

38

Steve Robinson

Morecambe

 

Round-by-Round Results:

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Round 1

White

Result

Black

24/05/24

50+

Alan M Byron

0-1

Andrew J Ledger

play

M Paul Townsend

1-0

Golam S Ali

play

Andrei Ciuravin

1-0

Martin J Faulkner

play

Eric D Gardiner

0-1

Robert F Willmoth

 

65+

A Philip Neatherway

˝‑˝

Jim Burnett

play

John Harvey

0-1

Paul A Hutchinson

play

Mike R Stokes

1-0

Nigel Collins

play

First-round result went largely as expected in a Swiss, with players in the top half of the rating-ranked list mostly beating those from the bottom half.  However, in the 50+, GM Nigel Davies only drew with Martin Burrows (2107)  who at the end was winning (according to the writer) but was short of time and seemingly offered/accepted a draw; (play)

 

 

 

 

 

Round 2

White

Result

Black

25/05/24

50+

Andrew J Ledger (1)

˝-˝

M Paul Townsend (1)

play

Robert F Willmoth (1)

˝-˝

Andrei Ciuravin (1)

play

Mark A Drugan (0)

˝-˝

Eric D Gardiner (0)

play

65+

Paul A Hutchinson (1)

0-1

Terry P D Chapman (1)

 

Chris W Baker (˝)

˝-˝

Mike R Stokes (1)

play

Jim Burnett (˝)

1-0

Stellio Jerome (˝)

play

There were no major upset among the leading players.

 

 

 

 

 

Round 3

White

Result

Black

25/05/24

50+

M Paul Townsend (1˝)

˝-˝

Nigel R Davies (1˝)

play

Andrei Ciuravin (1˝)

0-1

Andrew J Ledger (1˝)

play

Eric D Gardiner (˝)

˝-˝

David Henderson (0)

play

65+

Mike R Stokes (1˝)

0-1

Jim Burnett (1˝)

play

Chris J V Bellers (1)

0-1

Paul A Hutchinson (1)

play

In the 50+, Mark Hebden and Peter Wells were the only players with 100% after 3 rounds, while in the 65+ there were three still on 100%, namely Pete Large, Paul Littlewood and Terry Chapman.

 

 

 

 

 

Round 4

White

Result

Black

26/05/24

50+

Andrew J Ledger (2˝)

˝-˝

Robert F Willmoth (2)

play

Stephen Dishman (2)

1-0

M Paul Townsend (2)

play

Brett, Andrew R (2)

1-0

Andrei Ciuravin (1˝)

 

65+

Jim Burnett (2˝)

1-0

Terry P D Chapman (3)

play

Paul A Hutchinson (2)

˝-˝

Kenneth I Norman (1˝)

play

Susan A Selley (1˝)

0-1

Mike R Stokes (1˝)

play

Eric Gardiner had evidently given prior notice of withdrawal from the round but had been granted a ˝-point bye (not requested before the event and not originally recorded on chess‑results.com).  Brett v Ciuravin was recorded on Lichess and DGT consisting of the single move 1. D4, as in Spassky-Fischer 2nd match game 1971!  This seems to have been treated as a zero-point bye (zero as not pre-requested).

In the 50+, Wells and Hebden remained in the joint lead, on 3˝ out of 4 having just drawn with each other.

In the 65+, 4 players shared the lead on 3˝ out of 4: Messrs. Large, Littlewood, Burnett and Chandler.

 

 

 

 

 

Round 5

White

Result

Black

27/05/24

50+

Andrew J Ledger (3)

0-1

Peter K Wells (3˝)

play

M Paul Townsend (2)

1-0

Andrew I Paterson (2)

play

David Tuke (1˝)

0-1

Andrei Ciuravin (1˝)

play

Barry J Hymer (1˝)

0-1

Eric D Gardiner (1˝)

play

65+

Jim Burnett (3˝)

0-1

Paul E Littlewood (3˝)

play

Mike R Stokes (2˝)

˝-˝

Geoffrey R Moore (2˝)

play

John C Moore (2˝)

0-1

Paul A Hutchinson (2˝)

play

Andrei Ciuravin benefitted from a curious oversight in which his opponent seemed to overlook that a move threatened to win a piece.

In the 50+, at the end of round 5, Wells had moved into the sole lead with 4˝ out of 5 and had already played his nearest rivals, so that two wins would secure the 50+ title.

In the 65+, Pete Large and Paul Littlewood, who drew with each other in round 4, shared the lead on 5˝ out of 6.

 

 

 

 

 

Round 6

White

Result

Black

27/05/24

50+

John Pitcher (3)

0-1

Andrew J Ledger (3)

 

Robert F Willmoth (3)

˝-˝

M Paul Townsend (3)

 

Andrei Ciuravin (2˝)

0-1

Stephen J Homer (3)

 

Eric D Gardiner (2˝)

˝-˝

Martin P Burrows (2˝)

 

65+

Paul A Hutchinson (3˝)

1-0

Peter G Large (5˝)

play

Ian L Snape (3˝)

˝-˝

Jim Burnett (3˝)

play

Dave J Bray (2˝)

1-0

Mike R Stokes (3)

 

This time it was Andrei Ciuravin’s turn to blunder away a piece early on, resigning at move 23.  Meanwhile, Mike Stokes found a way to lose the exchange, also resigning at move 23.  Paul Townsend and Eric Gardiner swapped of pieces and agreed a draw in their respective games.  Andrew Ledger was gifted the exchange through a simple blunder by his opponent.  Jim Burnett’s game was more interesting, ending in a draw.  Last of the above round 6 games to finish (probably in the whole 65+ section) was that of Paul Hutchinson who for some time was a bishop down for the odd pawn or two, but kept conjuring up ways of harassing the opposing king, and while both players were under time pressure he pulled a win out of the bag.  Board 1 in the 50+ section, Stephen Dishman v Peter Wells, was a similarly messy game (see here).

At the end of the round, in the 50+, Peter Wells retained sole lead, on 5 out of 6, follower by Mark Hebden, Stephen Dishman and Andrew Brett 3rd-5th= on 4˝

Meanwhile, in the 65+, four players shared the lead on 4˝: Terry Chapman, Peter Large, Paul Littlewood and Paul Hutchinson.

 

 

 

 

 

Round 7

White

Result

Black

27/05/24

50+

Andrew J Ledger (4)

˝-˝

Nigel R Davies (4)

 

M Paul Townsend (3˝)

˝-˝

John Pitcher (3)

 

Andrew I Paterson (2˝)

 

Eric D Gardiner (3)

play

Andrew J Donnelly (2)

0-1

Andrei Ciuravin (2˝)

play

65+

Paul A Hutchinson (4˝)

0-1

Paul E Littlewood (4˝)

play

Jim Burnett (4)

˝-˝

Cliff R Chandler (4)

play

Mike R Stokes (3)

˝-˝

Chris J V Bellers (3)

play

Ledger (4) v Davies (4) was a 7-move draw, both so acquiescing to finishing 5th= or slightly better, while Regan (3) v Mason (3) was an 11-move draw, but those were the only final-round fast draws, and Townsend v Pitcher was a 30-move draw.  Peter Wells won in round 7, so ensuring sole 1st place.

 

In the 50+, final placings and point were

1st

Peter Wells

6

2nd-3rd=

Mark Hebden

Stephen Dishman   

4th-6th=

Andrew Ledger

Andrew Brett

Nigel Davies

7th-11th=

Paul Townsend

and 4 others

4

12th-19th=

Andrei Ciuravin

and 7 others

20th-25th=

Eric Gardiner

and 5 others

3

then 7 more players

 

In the 65+, final placings and point were

1st

Paul Littlewood

2nd-4th=

Peter Large

Terry Chapman

Ian Snape

5

5th-9th=

Jim Burnett

Paul Hutchinson

John Wager

Cliffe Chandler

Norman Hutchinson

10th-17th=

8 people

4

18th-25th=

Mike Stokes

and 7 others

then 15 more players