Leeds Chess Congress 11-13 July 2014

Bob Clegg was the only Yorkshireman to emerge as outright winner of a 1st prize at this year’s ‘Leeds’. He won the Intermediate with 4½ points, a full point ahead of his nearest rivals.

Robert Clegg

Robert Clegg

The Open was won by Tyneside’s Charlie Storey with 4½ points but our own Matty Webb won a half-share in the 2nd prize with 4 points.

Matthew Webb

Matthew Webb

As everyone in Yorkshire should know by now, Matty had spent the Saturday putting Southerners to the sword in the Great Battle (or should it be the Great Pushover?) of Warwick. He sandwiched that between games at the ‘Leeds’ on the Friday and Sunday, winning them all. Not a bad weekend’s work.

97 players turned up to play at the congress and this enabled the Organisers to make good their promise of £250 to help sponsor Alwoodley’s 15-year-old Harry Li to take part in the World Youth Chess Championships in South Africa in September. Donations from players raised over £40 in addition.

Harry Li

Harry Li

The congress was notable for the scariest shirt we’ve ever seen at a chess event. How’d you like to have this facing you across the chess table?

Mark's scary shirt

Mark’s scary shirt

That’s sheer intimidation. Visual sledging. It was of course being worn by a Lancunian. After the County Finals, no Yorkshireman needs to use such tactics.

Peace and goodwill to all!

Peace and goodwill to all

There is more about the congress on its website: http://www.leedschesscongress.org.uk/congress2014.htm

Thank you to Alan Riddle for his congress summary and publishing all the details on the very well maintained official website, I’m sure the congress of year will soon announce it’s event for next year.  I can assure you this is one event in your calendar not to be missed – I look forward to seeing you all there next year!

Matt


 


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6 Responses to “Leeds Chess Congress 11-13 July 2014”

  1. Matt

    Jul 22. 2014

    If anyone would like to add their games from the congress to this report then please don’t hesitate to let me know, I’ll include them.

    … I’m about to add my own.

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  2. Martin Carpenter

    Jul 22. 2014

    I was wondering where on earth that picture on the front page came from :)

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    • Matt

      Jul 22. 2014

      I had the pleasure of seeing such unique t-shirts from Mark as I played in the same Bradford league team. :-)

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  3. Adrian Dawson

    Jul 22. 2014

    The hyperlink for the Congress is flawed Matty and it is impossible to connect.

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