Keith Arkell v Javier Ruano Marco
( Round 5 )
1st Keith Arkell 4.5/5
2nd Carl Bicknell 3.5/6
3rd = Chris Beaumont, Tyson Mordue,
Joseph Turner, Steve Dilleigh, Javier Ruano Marco, John Waterfield
All 45 Games from the Open Section below
Once again, the top seed
in the Open was GM Keith Arkell. And not surprisingly, he finished
first. His second round draw vs Steve Dilleigh prevented him from
winning this year’s Grand Prix outright. His third round victory over
IM Chris Beaumont, the second seed, was compensation for Chris’ victory
2 weeks earlier at the Cotswold Congress. And Keith’s final round win
over Javier Ruano Marco attracted quite a crowd. There was a buzz of
anticipation in the crowd when Javier advanced his pawn to the 7th rank
and a major upset was on the cards. But Keith, the end game specialist,
proved it was not to be. All games in the Open can be viewed online
above - Keith’s last round game is here -
Carl Bicknell, finished
second, having previously qualified for this year’s British Championship
with 5/5 in a previous Bristol Congress.
John Waterfield, graded
only 1956, finished equal 3rd.
R Cherupalli from
Swindon, ungraded, finished with a respectable 50%.
And Luke Scott flew over from Dublin
for his weekend of chess.
Players in the Open Section
Tyson Mordue Joseph
Lynda Roberts v Will Robinson
Major Section (
U155 ) 35 players
1st 4.5/5 Vladimir Bovtramovics
The Major was won by
Vladimir Bovtramovics with a perfect score of 4½ (including his first
round bye). He recently won the St Albans Major with 5/5
Second prize was shared between R Wallman, Ian Bush and
Lynda Roberts. Lynda regularly plays at the Reykjavik Open in Iceland.
A number of juniors participated with
young Susanna Fraser from Cardiff finishing on 50%
Susanna Fraser showing off her endgame technique
(U125) 38 Players
Lance Carter 5/5
The Minor was won by
Lance Carter with 5/5. He is ungraded but his last grade was 113 in
Kevin Markey, one of the
Cotswold Congress arbiters, finished equal second.
A number of juniors
played in the minor, a reflection of the thriving Chess in School
programme in Bristol. Two of the juniors came from Millfield School,
under the direct supervision of GM Matthew Turner. We are hoping to
coax Matthew into the Open to make it even more competitive!