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Tournament: 21st British Chess Championship • 37 of 66 games (plus 1 part-game + 18 others from subsidiary sections)
Venue: Tenby • Dates: 2-13 July 1928 Download PGN • Last Edited: Wednesday 9 March, 2022 10:12 AM

1928 British Chess Championship, Gate House Assembly Rooms, Tenby, 2-13 July • 1926« »1929

1928 British Chess Championship Draw No Resid. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12  Total 
1 Yates,Fred Dewhirst 5 Bradford
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0 ½ 1 ½ 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 8
2 Buerger,Victor 6 London 1
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1 ½ 1 0 0 1 1 1 0 1
3 Winter,William 12 London ½ 0
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½ 1 0 1 0 1 1 1 1 7
4 Thomas,George Alan 10 Godalming 0 ½ ½
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0 1 1 1 1 ½ 1 0
5 Fairhurst,William Albert 7 Manchester ½ 0 0 1
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1 ½ 0 1 1 1 ½
6 Spencer,Edmund 11 Liverpool 0 1 1 0 0
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½ ½ 0 1 1 1 6
7 Saunders,Harold 4 London 1 1 0 0 ½ ½
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0 ½ ½ ½ 1
8 Barlow,Henry Stephens 3 Cheam 0 0 1 0 1 ½ 1
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0 0 1 1
9 Drewitt,John Arthur James 2 Hastings 0 0 0 0 0 1 ½ 1
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0 1 1
10 Watts,William Henry 9 London 0 0 0 ½ 0 0 ½ 1 1
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0 ½
11 Morrison,John Harold 8 London 0 1 0 0 0 0 ½ 0 0 1
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1
12 Heath,Christopher Barclay 1 London 0 0 0 1 ½ 0 0 0 0 ½ 0
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2

For this congress, the BCF changed the time limit to 36 moves in 2 hours, then 18 in subsequent hours, from the previous 20 moves per hour. (Yorkshire Evening Post - Monday 18 June 1928)

[BCM, September 1928, p325] "F. D. Yates won his fifth championship—the other years in which he won being 1913, 1914, 1921 and 1925. He has been in for the championship ten times in the series, and therefore, has gained the title in fifty per cent, of his attempts. A wonderful record considering the opposition, and on the other five occasions he has invariably been close up. His practice in international tournaments gives him an advantage over many of the others, and he is always a dour fighter even when the position is against him."

1928 British Ladies' Chess Championship, Tenby • 1926« »1929

1928 British Ladies Chess Championship Draw No Resid. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12  Total 
1 Miss Edith Charlotte Price 12 London
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0 1 ½ 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
2 Mrs Agnes Bradley Stevenson (née Lawson) 5 London 1
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1 0 1 ½ 0 1 1 1 ½ 1 8
3 Miss Alice Elizabeth Hooke 8 London 0 0
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1 1 ½ 1 0 1 ½ 1d 1 7
4 Mrs Mary Mills Houlding (née Palmer) 11 Newport, Mon ½ 1 0
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0 1 1 1 0 0 1 1
5 Miss Emily Eliza Abraham 3 Herne Bay 0 0 0 1
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0 1 1 1 1 1 0 6
6 Miss M Andrews 6 London 0 ½ ½ 0 1
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0 0 1 ½ 1 ½ 5
7 Miss Charlotte Helena Minchin-Cotton 2 London 0 1 0 0 0 1
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1 ½ ½ 0 1 5
8 Mrs Grace Catherine Ewbank (née Davies) 7 Bath 0 0 1 0 0 1 0
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0 1 1d 1 5
9 Miss Minnie Musgrave 9 St Leonards 0 0 0 1 0 0 ½ 1
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½ 1d 1 5
10 Mrs Rosa Annie Banting (née Vines) 10 London 0 0 ½ 1 0 ½ ½ 0 ½
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0 1 4
11 Miss Florence Hutchison Stirling 4 Edinburgh 0 ½ 0d 0 0 0 1 0d 0d 1
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½ 3
12 Miss Mary Constance Forbes 1 Edinburgh 0 0 0 0 1 ½ 0 0 0 0 ½
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2

(Names and initials of women players were Miss E. E. Abraham, Miss M. Andrews, Miss H. Cotton*, Mrs. G. C. Ewbank, Miss M. C. Forbes, Miss A. E. Hooke, Mrs. M. M. Houlding, Miss F. Hutchison Stirling, Miss S. Malcolm, Miss M. Musgrave, Miss E. C. Price, and Mrs. A. Stevenson. Mrs Banting replaced Miss Malcolm at the last minute. As listed in Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Thursday 21 June 1928. (* full name Charlotte Helena Minchin-Cotton (1873-1929) - CN 11107, November 2018)

[BCM, September 1928, p325] "Miss Price won her fourth championship; her previous wins being in 1922, 1923 and 1924. Her first attempt was in 1912 when, except to those of her friends, who knew her strength, she caused a great surprise and very nearly attained her object at her first attempt. She was a good second to Mrs. Anderson. We are sorry, however, that in a conversation with her we learn that she does not intend to compete again. It seems a great pity to have to hold the Ladies’ Championship without such entrants as Miss Price and Mrs. Holloway. The same might be said of the absence of H. E. Atkins from the British Championship." [Mrs Price did play again, winning the title for a 5th time in 1948 - JS]

1928 BCF Major Open, Tenby

1928 BCF Major Open Draw No Resid. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12  Total 
1 George Koltanowski 7 Antwerp BEL
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½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 1 1 1 9
2 Dr Jakob Adolf Seitz 9 Augsburg GER ½
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½ ½ 1 1 1 1 1 ½ 1 1 9
3 Eugene Znosko-Borovsky 5 Paris FRA ½ ½
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1 0 1 ½ 1 1 1 1 1
4 Daniel Noteboom 10 Noordwijk NED ½ ½ 0
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½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 1 1
5 Philip Stuart Milner-Barry 4 Cambridge 0 0 1 ½
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1 0 ½ 1 1 1 1 7
6 Miss Vera Menchik 11 St Leonards ½ 0 0 ½ 0
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½ 1 1 1 1 1
7 Edward Mackenzie Jackson 2 Bexhill 0 0 ½ ½ 1 ½
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½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 6
8 Mrs Edith Martha Holloway (née Crittenden) 3 London 0 0 0 0 ½ 0 ½
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0 1 0 1 3
9 Rev. Arthur Percival Lacy-Hulbert 6 Ludlow 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
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0 1 1 3
10 Patrick Charles Littlejohn 1 Nuneaton 0 ½ 0 0 0 0 ½ 0 1
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0 1 3
11 George Wright 8 York 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
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½
12 Leslie Charles Gwyn Dewing 12 London 0 0 0 0 0 0 ½ 0 0 0 ½
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1

1928 BCF First-Class A, Tenby

1928 BCF First-Class A Resid. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11  Total 
1 P H J Stam Leiden NED
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0 1 0 1 ½ ½ 1 1 1 1 7
2 John Elliot(t) West Ashton under Lyne 1
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0 ½ ½ 1 1 0 1 1 1 7
3 E M Jellie London 0 1
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0 1 ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 1
4 Sydney Meymott § Ealing 1 ½ 1
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0 0 1 1 0 1 1
5 Alan Hamilton Crothers Oxford 0 ½ 0 1
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1 0 1 1 ½ 1 6
6 Rev. William Rawson Greenhalgh London ½ 0 ½ 1 0
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1 0 ½ 1 1
7 W Barker Wolverhampton ½ 0 ½ 0 1 0
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1 0 1 ½
8 Rev Alan Maurice Ewbank London 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
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1 0 1 4
9 Anthony Clifford Steadman Bristol 0 0 0 1 0 ½ 1 0
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½ 1 4
10 Samuel John Holloway London 0 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 0 1 ½
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1
11 Rev. Charles Fenton Bolland Eastbourne 0 0 0 0 0 0 ½ 0 0 0
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½

§ Sydney Meymott (1861-1933) was a bank manager, born in Sydney, Australia.

1928 BCF First-Class B

1928 BCF First-Class B Resid. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11  Total 
1 Richard Hilary Newman Oxford
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1 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1d 1 9
2 Lt. Leslie Edward Vine Bridgwater 0
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1 0 1 0 1 1 1 1d 1 7
3 Paul Ian Wyndham Hampstead CC 1 0
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1 1 0 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 7
4 R MacNair Glasgow 0 1 0
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0 ½ 1 1 1 1d 1
5 Frederick Winter Markwick Leigh-on-Sea 0 0 0 1
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1 ½ ½ 1 1 1 6
6 Charles Wreford-Brown Imperial CC 0 1 1 ½ 0
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0 ½ 1 ½ 1
7 H Loeffler London 0 0 0 0 ½ 1
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1 1 0 1
8 William Rowland Thomas Liverpool 0 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ 0
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1d 1d 1
9 John C Dore Cardiff 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0d
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1d 1 2
10 Willington Lucette Wakefield Coventry 0d 0d ½ 0d 0 ½ 1 0d 0d
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0 2
11 Austen Lacey Homer Stourbridge 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
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1

1928 BCF Second-Class

1928 BCF Second-Class Resid. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12  Total 
1 S J Osborn London
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½ ½ 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 9
2 Hon. Arthur James Beresford Lowther London ½
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½ ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 1 1 8
3 John Keeble Norwich ½ ½
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½ 0 1 1 ½ 1 0 1 1 7
4 John Baines Lewis Harrogate 0 ½ ½
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1 ½ 1 ½ 0 1 1 1 7
5 Rev. Wilfrid Benson Shrewsbury 0 0 1 0
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1 ½ 1 1 1 0 1
6 Rev. William Thomas Mackenzie Hooppell Stoke on Trent 0 ½ 0 ½ 0
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1 ½ 1 ½ 1 1 6
7 Henry Monmouth Basing Paulet § Scarborough 1 0 0 0 ½ 0
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½ 1 ½ 1 1
8 G W Bedford Sandown 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ ½
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½ 0 1 1 5
9 Stephen Poulson Lees Merton 0 ½ 0 1 0 0 0 ½
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½ 1 0
10 Miss Olga Menchik St Leonards 0 0 1 0 0 ½ ½ 1 ½
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0 0
11 John James Joseph Ellison Shrewsbury 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
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1 3
12 Miss Lillie Eveling Margate 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0
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2

§ Henry Monmouth Basing Paulet (1880?-1932) - BCM, July 1932, p362: "H. M. Paulet died in April last. He had been in indifferent health for some time, and the fatal accident to his sister a short time previously had been keenly felt by him. He was very fond of chess, though never a strong player, but will be remembered at various Congresses, where he played in Second Class Tournaments." Linlithgowshire Gazette - Friday 08 July 1932: "We regret to notice also the death of ... Mr H. M. Paulet. resident lately in the Channel Islands (Jersey), who was an old member of Glasgow Chess Club, where he played keenly in matches. and in various tourneys both here and in England. Of independent means, Mr Paulet was in the habit of visiting periodically various parts of the country, moving about as he felt inclined, but had lived in Jersey the last year or two. He frequented Glasgow C.C. during his often lengthy visits to the city, where he was much liked by the members. ... Mr Paulet was aged between 50 and 60. we think, and was a fine figure, tall and athletic in appearance, of erect and military bearing."

1928 BCF Third-Class A

1928 BCF Third-Class A Resid. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12  Total 
1 Walter Adolph Imboden § Imperial CC
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½ 1 1 1 1d 1 1 1 1 1 1 10½
2 C H Reid Imperial CC ½
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1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 10½
3 J Mallinson Shrewsbury 0 0
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0 1 ½ 1 1 1 1 1 1
4 J Martin Birmingham 0 0 1
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1 1 1 1 ½ ½ 1 ½
5 J H Brown Belvedere 0 0 0 0
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1 1 0 ½ ½ 1 1 5
6 C L Green Stafford 0d 0 ½ 0 0
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0 1 ½ ½ 1 1
7 W A Aston Wolverhampton 0 0 0 0 0 1
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½ 0 ½ 1 1 4
8 John E Coleman Grays 0 0 0 0 1 0 ½
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1 ½ 0 1 4
9 Rev. Frederick William Hamilton Guttridge Malvern 0 0 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 0
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½ 0 1 4
10 George Arthur Youngman Maidstone 0 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½
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½ ½ 4
11 Mrs Leeds   0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 ½
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0
12 Miss D C Gregson London 0 0 0 ½ 0 0 0 0 0 ½ 1
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2

§ a music teacher, originally from Switzerland

1928 BCF Third-Class B

1928 BCF Third-Class B Resid. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11  Total 
1 Miss F Brewster London
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0 1 1 1 0 1 1 1d 1 1 8
2 Rev. G R Parkinson Oxford 1
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1 1 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 8
3 Thomas Conniff Kidwelly 0 0
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1 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 7
4 Mrs Florence Jane Fish Worthing 0 0 0
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1 1 1 1 1 1 1 7
5 Mrs L James London 0 1 0 0
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1 1 1 1d 1 1 7
6 Mrs Pauline Peckar London 1 1 0 0 0
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1 1 1d 1 1 7
7 Mrs Clara Margaret MacVean Bournemouth 0 0 1 0 0 0
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1 ½ 1 1
8 Mrs [Nora Grogan] Ramsden § [Penally] 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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1 1 1 3
9 J G Tate Burford 0d 0 0 0 0d 0d ½ 0
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1 1
10 Mrs Ball   0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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1 1
11 Frederick Plumptre Ramsden § Penally 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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0

§ If Mrs Ramsden is the wife of Frederick Plumptre Ramsden (1863-1943; St John's College Oxford, 1883-1886, 4th in history), as seems a reasonable assumption, then she is Mrs Nora Grogan Ramsden (née White, 1879-1968).


Hastings and St Leonards Observer - Saturday 23 June 1928: "This is the first congress held under the auspices of the Welsh Chess Association. It has received very little local support, as only three competitors have entered from the whole of Wales, and these are playing in the lowest division of the third class. There are five foreign competitors, and five from Scotland. London sends 32 players, and is again the mainstay of the congress."


[BCM, August 1928, p302-303] In First Class, Section “A,” P. H. J. Stam, of Leyden, and J. E. West, of Ashton-under-Lyne, tied for first place, with a score of 7, the former losing to West and to S. Meymott. West lost to Rev. A. M. Ewbank and E. M. Jellie, who shared the third prize with Meymott, with a score of 6½. They were followed by A. Hamilton-Crothers, with 6; Rev. W. R. Greenhalgh, with 5½; W. Barker, 4½; Rev. A. M. Ewbank and A. C. Steadman, 4; S. J. Holloway, 3½, and Rev. F. C. Bolland, ½. There were only eleven competitors in this and Section “ B,” which was won by R. H. Newman, of Oxford, with a score of 9. P. I. Wyndham, of the Hampstead Club, and L. Vine tied for second and third prizes, with a score of 7. They were followed by R. McNair, 6½ ; F. W. Markwick, 6 ; C. Wreford-Brown, the well-known international footballer and member of the Imperial Chess Club (as were many others of the competitors), W. R. Thomas and H. Loeffler, 4½ ; D. J. Core and W. L. Wakefield, 2 ; A. L Homer, 1.

The Second Class Tournament ended in a victory for S. J. Osborne [sic] (who, despite his years, cycled down to Tenby from London and back), with a score of 9, losing only one game to Paulet. The Hon. A.J. [Arthur James Beresford] Lowther was second, with a score of 8, and there was a tie for third prize between J. Keeble, the well-known problemist, and J. Baines-Lewis, with a score of 7. They were followed by Rev. W. Benson, 6½; Rev. M. Hooppell, with 6; H. M. Paulet, 5½ ; G. W. Bedford, 5, Miss O. Menchik and S. P. Lees, 3½ ; J. J. Ellison, 3; Miss L. Eveling, 2.

The Third Class, Division 1, resulted in a tie between two members of the Imperial Chess Club, C. H. Reid and W. Imboden, who drew with one another, but won all their other games; with a score of 10½. There was also a tie for third prize between J. Mallinson and J. Martin, with 7½. The remaining scores were : J. H. Brown, C. L. Green, 4½ ; W. A. Ashton, J. E. Coleman, Rev. F. W. H. Gutteridge and G. A. Youngman, 4 ; Mrs. Leeds, 2½; Miss D. C. Gregson, 2.

Division 2 also resulted in a tie between Rev. G. K. Parkinson and Miss F. Brewster, with a score of 8 out of 10. There was a quadruple tie for third place between Mrs. F. Fish, Mrs. L. Jones, Mrs. P. Peckar and T. Conniff, with a score of 7; Mrs. MacVean, 4½; J. G. Tate, 3½; Mrs. Ramsden, 3; Mrs. Ball, 1; F. P. Ramsden, 0.

The prizes were distributed by the Mayoress, Miss Jenkins, and at the farewell gathering Mr. Stevenson mentioned how very readily the Mayor and Corporation, and officials of the South Wales Chess Association, had met all requests with regard to facilities for the Congress. The players in the championship expressed the opinion that they were better off at Tenby than at any other meeting that had been held. The lighting in their part of the room was excellent, and chairs were so placed that onlookers could not disturb them. The room held all the competitors with comfort, although in the other part of the hall artificial light was necessary.

The golf, tennis and bathing were all excellent and there were many very pretty walks and motor rides. Special presentations were made to the organizers, R. H. S. Stevenson and R. G. Kyte, from the competitors. The Mayor, Mrs. Jenkins, said that she hoped that even if it was not likely there would be another congress at Tenby for at least six years, many of the competitors would come to Tenby for their holidays, and it is more than likely that many will act on her suggestion. [end of BCM text]


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Date Notes
Early 2016 First posting of games and data. 37 of the 66 games played in the 1928 British Championship, played in Tenby, Pembrokeshire, Wales. Also, 9 games from the Major Open, 2 from the Women's Championship and 2 others from subsidiary events. The Tinsley notebooks were available for rounds 9-11 so the games from those rounds are complete. Many thanks to Tony Gillam and Gerard Killoran for their help with this.
21 April 2016 Added a game from the First-Class section, plus an updated score of Wright-Menchik (Major Open). Many thanks to Brian Denman.
28 November 2021 Some cosmetic changes to include proper crosstables and forenames for players where known.
11 January 2022 One game added: A.Lowther ½-½ J Baines Lewis, Second Class. My thanks to Ulrich Tamm for forwarding the game which he found in Stephen Wright's excellent British Columbia games database.
12 January 2022 Ulrich Tamm has sent me three more games from the Major Open: (1) G.Koltanowski ½-½ D.Noteboom, rd 4; (2) V.Menchik ½-½ G.Koltanowski, rd 5; (3) J.Seitz ½-½ D.Noteboom, rd 6. Thanks, Ulrich.