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Bolton Easter 2019 Congress Report.

Posted by ian on April 29, 2019 at 4:30 AM

Bolton Easter 2019 Congress Report.

The 2019 Bolton ester congress was held at the Bolton Ukrainian Club from April 19th to 21st.

The event attracted 79 competitors.

The FIDE Open section was won with a maximum score of 5 pts by IM Joseph McPhillips. Joseph was a full point clear of the field entering the final round and was paired with white against Mike Surtees. This was an identical pairing to the 2018 final round. Joseph triumphed on this occasion so finished a full 1.5 points clear of the field.

There were outright winners in both other sections, Martin Burns with 5pts in the Major and Arpad Busznyak with 4.5pts in the Knights.

In the Busy Persons Blitz there was an on the day entry by IGM Stephen Gordon. Joseph beat Stephen with white in their encounter but dropped a point in an early round, so both finished joint winners on 7/8 pts.


Bolton Championship (FIDE rated)

1st Joseph McPhillips (Bolton) 5pts

2nd= Martin Goodger (Ely), Tim Hilton (Blue Club), Don Mason (Shirley & Wythall),

Joao Rita (Wallasey) & Simeon Sakic (Bolton) 3.5pts

24 competitors, £600 prize fund.


Bolton Major (u170)

1st Martin Burns (Stockport) 4.5pts

2nd= Michael Fisher (Blue Club, Oldham) & Dean Hartley (Amber Valley) 4pts

U150 Grading prize: Michael Barooah (Formby), Ian Lamb (Bolton), Anna Szasz (Yorkshire Juniors)

Bill Tait (East Cheshire) 2.5pts

23 competitors, £480 prize fund.


 Bolton Knights (u130)

1st Arpad Busznyak (Bolton) 4.5pts

2nd= Paul Gelder (Alwoodley), PD Patel (Bolton) & Andrew Swales (Burnley) 4pts

U100 Grading prize: Nethuli Saram (Chester) 3pts

34 competitors, £480 prize fund.


Busy Person Blitz

1st= IGM Stephen Gordon (Wood Green & 3Cs ), IM Joseph McPhillips (Bolton) 7pts/8

Grading prizes

165-185 Martyn Goodger (Ely) 6.5pts

146-165 Adam Scoular (Worsley) 5.5pts

126-145 Michael Barooah (Formby) & David Teague (Harrogate) 5pts

106-125 Michael Norris (Bury) 5.5pts

85-105 Lee Baron(Bury), Thisumi Jayawarna (Heywood)

& Charles Palmer (Manchester area) 3pts

U85 Brian Davies (Great Lever) & Nethuli Saram (Chester) 4pts

59 competitors, £300 prize fund.

Rod Middleton


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