West Of England Championships 2006
Tyson Mordue & Matthew Turner
WECU Congress came to a satisfactory and successful conclusion on
Easter Bank Holiday Monday afternoon.
The Open Section, which included the WECU Championship and had a
British Championship Qualifying Place available to the highest
eligible player, at 23 entrants was not particularly well-attended,
but it did have an excellent mix, including, as it did, a
grandmaster, a lady, a number of local players, some very promising
juniors, two brothers, a Swedish national, etc.
At the outset GM Matthew Turner was clearly the favourite to win the
title, as he was last year, but that didn't help him then, as he
rather carelessly dropped half points here and there, letting Jack
Rudd in. At one point it looked as if this pattern might be repeated
this year when he overlooked a tactic in his Round 3 game, allowing
Steve Dilleigh to force a perpetual check in a relatively well-known
line of the Nimzo-Indian, but he kept fully focussed after that to
run out winner by a clear half point from Bristol's Tyson Mordue.
Turner is the chess teacher at Millfield School in Street, Somerset,
and one of his pupils there, Sarah Hegarty, won the WECU Ladies
Championship, making it a double for the school.
Plymouth-born Steve Dilleigh's reward for his opportunistic draw
against Turner, was that it was a key factor in his winning the
British Championship QP on tie-break from Ian Ponter, whose own
consolation was that he won the Grading Prize.
Matthew Turner 6/7
Tyson Mordue 5/7
3rd = Steve Dilleigh, P Roberson, A
Grading prize (U165) Ian
British Championship Place -
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Matthew Turner wins the Open Section