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Tournament: 48th British Chess Championship • 32 games out of 187, plus 13 part-games, plus 22+1 games from subsidiary events
Venue: Aberystwyth • Dates: 14-25 August 1961 • Download PGN • Last Edited: Monday 7 May, 2018 3:02 PM

1961 British Chess Championship

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1 Penrose,Jonathan ♦ 1/30 ◊ 1/31 ♦ 1/10 ◊ 1/29 ♦ ½/3 ◊ ½/2 ♦ 1/5 ◊ 1/7 ♦ 0/4 ♦ 1/8 ◊ ½/9 8.5 / 11
2 Clarke,Peter Hugh ♦ 1/22 ◊ ½/7 ♦ ½/4 ◊ 1/10 ◊ ½/8 ♦ ½/1 ◊ 1/11 ♦ ½/3 ◊ ½/5 ♦ ½/9 ◊ 1/14 7.5 / 11
3 Wade,Robert Graham ♦ ½/4 ◊ 1/19 ♦ 1/7 ♦ ½/16 ◊ ½/1 ◊ 1/17 ♦ ½/8 ◊ ½/2 ◊ 1/12 ♦ ½/14 ◊ ½/5 7.5 / 11
4 Barden,Leonard William ◊ ½/3 ♦ 1/33 ◊ ½/2 ♦ ½/11 ◊ 0/7 ♦ 1/23 ◊ 1/18 ♦ ½/8 ◊ 1/1 ♦ 0/5 ◊ 1/17 7.0 / 11
5 Kottnauer,Cenek ♦ 1/21 ◊ 0/10 ♦ ½/31 ◊ 1/14 ♦ 1/15 ♦ ½/16 ◊ 0/1 ◊ 1/17 ♦ ½/2 ◊ 1/4 ♦ ½/3 7.0 / 11
6 Golombek,Harry ◊ 1/9 ♦ 0/16 ◊ ½/32 ♦ ½/12 ◊ 1/26 ♦ ½/24 ♦ ½/17 ◊ ½/10 ♦ ½/13 ◊ 1/22 ♦ 1/7 7.0 / 11
7 Franklin,Michael J ◊ 1/23 ♦ ½/2 ◊ 0/3 ♦ 1/32 ♦ 1/4 ◊ ½/8 ◊ 1/9 ♦ 0/1 ◊ ½/14 ♦ 1/10 ◊ 0/6 6.5 / 11
8 Aitken,James Macrae ♦ ½/19 ◊ ½/15 ♦ 1/22 ◊ 1/13 ♦ ½/2 ♦ ½/7 ◊ ½/3 ◊ ½/4 ♦ 1/18 ◊ 0/1 ♦ ½/11 6.5 / 11
9 Hollis,Adrian Swayne ♦ 0/6 ◊ ½/21 ♦ ½/34 ◊ 1/20 ♦ 1/10 ◊ 1/29 ♦ 0/7 ◊ ½/13 ♦ 1/11 ◊ ½/2 ♦ ½/1 6.5 / 11
10 Springgay,David George ◊ 1/27 ♦ 1/5 ◊ 0/1 ♦ 0/2 ◊ 0/9 ♦ 1/26 ◊ 1/21 ♦ ½/6 ◊ 1/16 ◊ 0/7 ♦ ½/13 6.0 / 11
11 Haygarth,Michael John ♦ 1/25 ◊ ½/14 ♦ ½/13 ◊ ½/4 ♦ ½/29 ◊ 1/15 ♦ 0/2 ♦ ½/12 ◊ 0/9 ♦ 1/21 ◊ ½/8 6.0 / 11
12 Gibbs,Peter Campbell ♦ ½/13 ◊ ½/25 ♦ ½/14 ◊ ½/6 ♦ 1/21 ♦ ½/18 ◊ 1/16 ◊ ½/11 ♦ 0/3 ◊ ½/19 ♦ ½/15 6.0 / 11
13 Cafferty,Bernard ◊ ½/12 ♦ 1/26 ◊ ½/11 ♦ 0/8 ◊ ½/23 ♦ 1/27 ◊ ½/24 ♦ ½/9 ◊ ½/6 ♦ ½/15 ◊ ½/10 6.0 / 11
14 Hilton,Clifford George ◊ ½/32 ♦ ½/11 ◊ ½/12 ♦ 0/5 ◊ ½/27 ♦ 1/30 ♦ 1/29 ◊ 1/24 ♦ ½/7 ◊ ½/3 ♦ 0/2 6.0 / 11
15 Bennett,Patrick ◊ ½/26 ♦ ½/8 ◊ ½/23 ♦ 1/28 ◊ 0/5 ♦ 0/11 ◊ 1/32 ♦ ½/16 ♦ 1/24 ◊ ½/13 ◊ ½/12 6.0 / 11
16 Phillips,Alan ♦ 1/20 ◊ 1/6 ♦ ½/29 ◊ ½/3 ♦ 0/17 ◊ ½/5 ♦ 0/12 ◊ ½/15 ♦ 0/10 ◊ 1/30 ♦ ½/22 5.5 / 11
17 Parr,Frank ◊ ½/33 ♦ ½/32 ◊ 1/28 ♦ ½/24 ◊ 1/16 ♦ 0/3 ◊ ½/6 ♦ 0/5 ♦ ½/30 ◊ 1/18 ♦ 0/4 5.5 / 11
18 Lloyd,David Edward ♦ 0/31 ◊ ½/22 ♦ ½/21 ◊ 1/25 ♦ 1/19 ◊ ½/12 ♦ 0/4 ◊ 1/29 ◊ 0/8 ♦ 0/17 ◊ 1/27 5.5 / 11
19 Lawrence,John A ◊ ½/8 ♦ 0/3 ◊ ½/33 ♦ ½/27 ◊ 0/18 ◊ 1/34 ♦ ½/22 ♦ 1/26 ◊ ½/21 ♦ ½/12 ◊ ½/20 5.5 / 11
20 Cook,Percy Baldwin ◊ 0/16 ♦ ½/24 ◊ ½/27 ♦ 0/9 ◊ 1/33 ♦ ½/32 ◊ ½/23 ♦ 0/21 ◊ 1/34 ◊ 1/28 ♦ ½/19 5.5 / 11
21 Hindle,Owen Mark ◊ 0/5 ♦ ½/9 ◊ ½/18 ♦ 1/33 ◊ 0/12 ◊ 1/31 ♦ 0/10 ◊ 1/20 ♦ ½/19 ◊ 0/11 ♦ ½/25 5.0 / 11
22 Edwards,Raymond Brunton ◊ 0/2 ♦ ½/18 ◊ 0/8 ♦ 0/30 ◊ 1/28 ♦ 1/33 ◊ ½/19 ♦ ½/23 ◊ 1/26 ♦ 0/6 ◊ ½/16 5.0 / 11
23 Ansell,Jeffrey ♦ 0/7 ◊ 1/30 ♦ ½/15 ◊ ½/31 ♦ ½/13 ◊ 0/4 ♦ ½/20 ◊ ½/22 ♦ ½/25 ♦ ½/27 ◊ ½/24 5.0 / 11
24 Wood,Baruch Harold ♦ 0/29 ◊ ½/20 ♦ 1/30 ◊ ½/17 ♦ 1/31 ◊ ½/6 ♦ ½/13 ♦ 0/14 ◊ 0/15 ◊ ½/25 ♦ ½/23 5.0 / 11
25 Israel,Harold ◊ 0/11 ♦ ½/12 ◊ ½/26 ♦ 0/18 ◊ 0/30 ♦ 1/28 ◊ ½/27 ♦ 1/32 ◊ ½/23 ♦ ½/24 ◊ ½/21 5.0 / 11
26 Hawson,John B ♦ ½/15 ◊ 0/13 ♦ ½/25 ◊ 1/34 ♦ 0/6 ◊ 0/10 ♦ 1/31 ◊ 0/19 ♦ 0/22 ◊ 1/29 ♦ 1/33 5.0 / 11
27 Baxter,Raymond Wallace M ♦ 0/10 ◊ ½/34 ♦ ½/20 ◊ ½/19 ♦ ½/14 ◊ 0/13 ♦ ½/25 ◊ ½/30 ♦ 1/29 ◊ ½/23 ♦ 0/18 4.5 / 11
28 Green,Arnold Yorvath ♦ 1/34 ◊ 0/29 ♦ 0/17 ◊ 0/15 ♦ 0/22 ◊ 0/25 ♦ ½/33 ◊ 1/31 ◊ 1/32 ♦ 0/20 ♦ 1/30 4.5 / 11
29 Thomas,Andrew Rowland B ◊ 1/24 ♦ 1/28 ◊ ½/16 ♦ 0/1 ◊ ½/11 ♦ 0/9 ◊ 0/14 ♦ 0/18 ◊ 0/27 ♦ 0/26 ♦ 1/34 4.0 / 11
30 May,Alan K ◊ 0/1 ♦ 0/23 ◊ 0/24 ◊ 1/22 ♦ 1/25 ◊ 0/14 ♦ 1/34 ♦ ½/27 ◊ ½/17 ♦ 0/16 ◊ 0/28 4.0 / 11
31 Ellison,Derek George ◊ 1/18 ♦ 0/1 ◊ ½/5 ♦ ½/23 ◊ 0/24 ♦ 0/21 ◊ 0/26 ♦ 0/28 ♦ ½/33 ◊ 1/34 ◊ ½/32 4.0 / 11
32 Bonner,Gerald ♦ ½/14 ◊ ½/17 ♦ ½/6 ◊ 0/7 ♦ ½/34 ◊ ½/20 ♦ 0/15 ◊ 0/25 ♦ 0/28 ◊ ½/33 ♦ ½/31 3.5 / 11
33 Reuben,Stewart ♦ ½/17 ◊ 0/4 ♦ ½/19 ◊ 0/21 ♦ 0/20 ◊ 0/22 ◊ ½/28 ♦ ½/34 ◊ ½/31 ♦ ½/32 ◊ 0/26 3.0 / 11
34 Bernfield,Abram ◊ 0/28 ♦ ½/27 ◊ ½/9 ♦ 0/26 ◊ ½/32 ♦ 0/19 ◊ 0/30 ◊ ½/33 ♦ 0/20 ♦ 0/31 ◊ 0/29 2.0 / 11

"The Ladies’ Championship was also run on the Swiss System but with the players seeded into two groups within each of which there was an all-play-all [I have shown as an all-play-all - JS]. In the absence of Mrs. Pritchard, Miss Tranmer came out a comfortable winner, 1½ points ahead of the defending Champion, Mrs. Bruce. The most encouraging performance was Miss Peggy Wood’s in coming second." (BCM, October 1961, p287)

1961 British Ladies' Chess Championship

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14  
1 Tranmer,Eileen Betsy
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1 ½ 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1     9.5 / 11
2 Wood,Margaret Eileen Eli 0
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0   1 1 1 ½ 1 1 1   1 1 8.5 / 11
3 Bruce,Rowena Mary ½ 1
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0 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1   1   1 8.0 / 11
4 Murphy,Cicely Mary 0   1
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1   ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 8.0 / 11
5 Sunnucks,Patricia Anne 1 0 ½ 0
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0 1 1 1 1     1 1 7.5 / 11
6 Corbyn,Sheila A 0 0 ½   1
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  ½ ½ ½ 1 1 0 1 6.0 / 11
7 Colmer,Deirdre 0 0 0 ½ 0  
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1   ½ 1 ½ 1 1 5.5 / 11
8 Wood,Margaret 0 ½ ½ 0 0 ½ 0
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½   1 1 1   5.0 / 11
9 Henniker-Heaton,Mary Araluen EA 0 0 0 ½ 0 ½   ½
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  ½ 1 1 1 5.0 / 11
10 Steedman,Sarah Margaret 0 0 0 ½ 0 ½ ½    
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½ 1 1 ½ 4.5 / 11
11 Rees,JS (Mrs) 0 0   0   0 0 0 ½ ½
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1 1 1 4.0 / 11
12 Maclean,Maria (Dr) 0   0 ½   0 ½ 0 0 0 0
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1 1 3.0 / 11
13 Mann,ES (Miss)   0   0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
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½ 1.5 / 11
14 Feavyour,Evaline Emily   0 0 0 0 0 0   0 ½ 0 0 ½
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1.0 / 11

1 Miss E. Tranmer (London) 9½; 2 Miss M. E. E. Wood (Newbury) 8½; 3-4 Mrs. R. M. Bruce (Plymouth) and Miss C. M. Murphy (Manchester) 8; 5 Capt. P. A. Sunnucks (London) 7½; 6 Miss S. A. Corbyn (Birmingham) 6; 7 Miss D. Colmer (London) 5½; 8-9 Miss M. Henniker-Heaton (London) and Miss M. Wood (London) 5; 10 Mrs. S. M. Steedman (Bothwell) 4½; 11 Mrs. J. S. Rees (Littleover) 4; 12 Dr. M. Maclean (Abertillery) 3; 13 Miss S. E. [E. S.?] Mann (Warnham) 1½; 14 Mrs. E. Feavyour (Saxmundham) 1.

Other events:—

British Junior [U21] Championship.—The good entry for this tournament amply justified the B.C.F.’s decision to revive it and award the winner a place in next year’s championship. Scores: D. G. Wells (Bristol) 8½; K. B. Richardson (Nottingham) and C. B. Wood (Sutton Coldfield) 8; A. J. Sutton (Stafford) 7½; J. D. T. Boyers (Middlesbrough) and F. N. Stephenson (Middlesbrough) 7; V. H. Woodward (Leicester) 6½; D. W. Anderton (Wolverhampton), C. G. Burton (Birmingham), D. B. Pennycuick ((Liverpool), D. A. Smith (Leeds), P. E. Walker (Weston-super-Mare) 6; D. G. Macdonald (Wirral), S. J. Wallace (Hemel Hempstead), C. Waring (Manchester), and W. B. Wells (Dorking) 5½; C. J. Byrne (Liverpool), R. J. A. Cox (Shrewsbury), J. A. Feavyour (Saxmundham), and D. H. Long 5 (Ilford); C. M. Bloodworth (Pontypridd), P. C. Chatwin (Preston), R. A. Norton (Swindon), R. S. Scowen (Leicester), and G. Whitfield (Consett) 4½; G. V. Cadden (Newport, Mon) 4; M. J. Hill (Derby) 3.

British Boys’ [U18] Championship.—Scores: R. A. Beach (Liverpool) 10; K. P. Neat (Sunderland), J. E. Scholes (Sheffield), M. A. Stevenson (Wolverhampton), and A. J. Whiteley (Oxford) 9½; D. Hustler (Thornton Heath), V. W. Knox (Wallasey), K. B. McAlpine (Glasgow), G. M. Sheldrick (Huddersfield), and R. F. T. Wood (Sutton Coldfield) 8½; N. J. Argyris (London), G. H. Davies (Bristol), A. R. Fersht (London), R. Keely (Wolverhampton), D. I. W. Reynolds (Wallasey), I. Roebuck (Sheffield), and I. C. Smart (Leatherhead) 8; A. J. Booth (Manchester), G. M. Cohen (Leeds), K. R. Emerton (Leicester), S. J. Groak (London), J. E. Haynes (Cheam), B. Kooiman (West Hartlepool), C. C. Parsons (Yatton), S. Rowe (Stoke-on-Trent), C. Waites (Harold Wood), A. N. Walker (Nottingham), J. S. Walton (Haslington), and R. Wildig (Bristol) 7½; P. M. Collins (Southsea), M. J. Conroy (Burnley), D. W. Elwood (Stockport), R. G. Greaves (Derby), J. Hawkes (Leeds), J. D. H. Milnes (Bradford), A. B. Slomson (Leeds), A. G. Summers (York), and R. W. M. Thomas (Gloucester) 7; R. A. M. Allison (Prescott), V. Bogdanor (Uxbridge), A. I. N. Brodie (Forres), A. J. Gillam (Derby), R. E. Graf (Leicester), W. N. Gregory (Sidcup), R. G. Jones (Aberdare), D. N. L. Levy (Barnet), M. D. Moore (Sutton), R. A. E. Shaw (Grays), J. N. Walker (Oxford), G. A. Winbow (Wolverhampton), B. Wood (Keighley), and G. A. Wright (Wirral) 6½; A. F. Brameld (Gosport), A. Crombleholme (Malden), A. H. Fender (Sale), R. Gronau (London), R. L. Paige (Portsmouth), J. K. Robinson (Leicester), P. Ryley (Wirral), and D. W. Thomas (Manchester) 6; C. Boss (Pilgrims Hatch) , J. E. Crewe (Poole), P. J. M. Edwards (Bristol), B. N. Green (Altrincham), C. S. Lee (London), B. Marshall (Malton), D. Parr (Sutton), and A. L. Wernick (Wolverhampton) 5½; J. Dineen (London), R. Gamble (Derby), P. S. Gregory (Stockton-on-Tees), A. J. Griffiths (Stevenage), K. McN. Grigor (Glasgow), P. Jeal (Stockport), P. Nicholas (Rotherham), G. K. Sandiford (Banstead), and R. C. Vaughan (Hillingdon) 5; H. Dowsett (Bramford), J. V. Hodgson (Salford), R. G. Hunt (Chipstead), and D. Pearson (Sinfin) 4½; B. J. Burgess (Ilford), A. Huxley (Stockport), S. J. Stubbing (Portland), and D. H. Young (Hutton) 4; R. H. Jones (Aberystwyth) 3; R. D. Scammells (withdrew after eight rounds) 2½.

British Boys’ Under-fifteen Championship.—P. Murphy (Blackburn) 9; R. Moss (Nantwich) and J. N. Wingfield (Wolverhampton) 8½; P. Cartmel (Liverpool) 7½; P. Almond (Blackburn) 7; P. Parr (Sutton), P. A. Thomas (Newport), L. de Veauce (Englefield Green), M. Walsh (Leeds), and C. F. Woodcock (Liverpool) 6½; R. J. Butcher (Liverpool), J. T. Hearson (Mapperley), T. D. Hughes (Liverpool), H. Mueller (Merthyr Tydfil), A. R. Prince (Liverpool), and B. Whitehouse (Oldbury) 6; J. F. Brown (Blackburn), L. P. Burnett (Weston-super-Mare), D. Crook (Moreton), P. S. N. Kendall (Nantwich), S. S. Lee (London), T. S. Lee (London), D. Morgan (Aberdare), and R. W. Whiteside (Newcastle) 5½; D. C. Ellis (Newport), A. M. M. Hurman (Weston-super-Mare), B. R. Smith (Stockton-on-Tees), and W. J. U. Woolcock (Stockton-on-Tees) 5; A. Baldwin (Halifax), R. S. Johnson (Brentwood), D. J. Jukes (West Kirby), D. M. Moore (London), and B. Uttley (York) 4½; M. L. Hill (Malton) 4; C. N. Prince (Liverpool) 3; A. Davis (Halifax) 2½; M. J. Edwards (Wirral) and M. G. Lewis (Newport) 2.

British Girls’ [U18] Championship.—Verina Horsnell (London) 5; Gillian Moore (Southampton) 4½; Joycelyn McCartney (Liverpool) and Marie Tozer (Wellington) 3½; Ann Holmes (Liverpool) 2½; Marcia Syme (Wallasaey) 1½; Jean Pickles (Preston) ½.

Major Open.—R. H. Northage 9 (Quorn — earns right to play in next year’s Championship); M. P. Furmston (Birmingham) 8½; T. J. Beach (Liverpool) 7½; D. Lees (Oldham) 7; I. R. Bradley (Leeds), T. Guy (Brighton), P. W. Hempson (London), Dr. J. A. Seitz (West Germany), and J. I. P. Simpole (Hove) 6½; D. W. Bell (Solihull) and B. L. Wilkinson (Preston) 6; P. R. Bielby (Huddersfield), A. Hall (Hastings), R. Jessop (Hornchurch), and J. R. Nicolson (Manchester) 5½; M. P. Cook (Oxford), G. C. Franklin (Wilmslow), P. Markwell (Ipswich), and J. D. Mills 5 (Pontypridd); A. Buxbaum (Leeds), P. Coast (Glasgow), C. R. Gurnhill (Sheffield), and A. G. C. Paish (London) 4½; D. Baddeley (Leeds), J. R. Holland (Cwm), and C. M. Malcolm (Glasgow) 4; F. Jaeck (Altrincham) 3; R. H. K. Mann (Grange-over-Sands) 2½.

First Class.—A. A. Collyer (Weston-super-Mare) 9½; G. Chesters (Crewe) 8; B. J. Ellis (Luton), C. Hatch (Southport), B. E. Knowler (Scunthorpe), and R. H. Rushton (Luton) 7; T. V. Parrott (Barnstaple) and Rev. K. S. Procter (Northampton) 6½; Rev. H. M. Blackett (Hastings), B. P. Bourne (Hythe), A. Milner (Didsbury), L. Vine (Eastleigh), and W. H. Whicher (Talsarnau)6; T. O. Marsden (withdrew after six rounds), A. Archer (Stoke-on-Trent), C. R. Nicole (Guernsey), G. A. Peck (Rugby), and W. W. Tatum (Brighton) 5½; P. Griffiths (Warrington), H. F. Gook (South Croydon), J. Taynton Evans (Newport), and R. Williams (Doncaster) 5; B. N. Barnett (Aberystwyth), G. A. M. Boswell (Liverpool), and E. King (Sheffield) 4½; G. W. Holzmann (West Germany), G. O. J. Melitus, W. G. Oliver (Cheltenham), and A. T. Watson (Worthing) 4; R. Owen (Dorchester) 3; O. Serck (withdrew after ten rounds) 2½.

Second Class.—R. Julian (York) and M. J. McCabe (London) 6½; K. Attenborough (Kirkby) 6; G[C?]. C. Hales (Crewe), J. Salt (Chesterfield), and J. Uttley (York) 5; N. J. Davies (Merthyr Tydfil) and H. G. Smith (Cheltenham) 4½; W. H. Thomas (Newport) 2; M. H. Vine (Eastleigh) 0.


[Sunday Times, 13 August 1961 - by C. H. O'D. Alexander] "This year’s annual congress of the British Chess Federation which starts tomorrow at Aberystwyth has a record entry of almost 300 competitors and a new event—the junior (under twenty-one) championship in addition to. the usual events. The entry for the Men’s championship is exceptionally strong, only Littlewood, K. W. Lloyd, Milner-Barry and myself among the leading players being absent: an entry of special interest is that of Cenniak Kottnauer, the former Czech master, now a British subject. Either Kottnauer or the holder for the last three years, Jonathan Penrose, should win; if Kottnauer is in his best form, I should back him, but I think he is more likely to strike a really bad patch than Penrose. Golombek is a formidable championship competitor, but he has not been playing very much lately and is handicapped by a very bad recent record against Penrose (four losses in succession); Clarke is still rather too passive and Haygarth perhaps too limited. Barden can play extremely well in the championship but his nerves are still apt to betray him if he gets in the lead; I don't see Wade maintaining his best form throughout a tournament of this strength. Among the younger players Hollis is an imaginative player and the best of those in the early twenties, while Bennett did extremely well in the recent tour of Czechoslovakia by a London University side, winning against two international masters. My forecast (usually wrong, as readers know): 1, Kottnauer; 2, Penrose; 3= Golombek, Clarke. Best outsider, Hollis."


[Manchester Guardian, 14 August 1961] "300 CHESS COMPETITORS Record entry for British Congress By LEONARD BARDEN, our Chess Correspondent Aberystwyth, Sunday. The annual British Chess Federation Congress begins here tomorrow with the record entry of nearly three hundred competitors. There is a good entry for the main event, the British Championship; of the leading players, only Alexander, Littlewood, K. W. Lloyd, and Milner-Barry are absent. The tournament is of 11 rounds and is again held under the Swiss system, a halfway house between an all-play-all and a knock-out. In the first round, the 34 entrants are paired by lot, and thereafter players with equal or similar scores are matched together. The effect is that the leaders have to meet their nearest rivals, and the winning score is generally 8 or 8½ points. Last year the main pattern was the clear superiority of the established internationals. I expect this to be repeated this fortnight, with Penrose, the holder for the last three years, and the newly naturalised Kottnauer taking the top two places and Barden, Clarke, Golombek, Haygarth and Wade all scoring around 7 points. The title itself promises to be a close thing between Penrose’s steadiness and the former Czechoslovak master Kottnauer’s enterprise. But it could turn out dull at the top. The favourites may reason that if they draw with all their six main rivals and win the other games they will total eight points and be near to a winning score. A plethora of short draws among the leaders would be no surprise. These reflections suggest a party of cosy statisticians, which might be gatecrashed by young players ambitious for places in the national team. The gifted Oxford University captain, Hollis, has the best chance of those in the early twenties. Franklin’s excellent positional play is overdue for a good score in the championship, while the local hope, the Welsh champion Bennett, showed fine form in London University’s Czechoslovak tour and should at least become the first Welsh player to top 50 per cent."


ABERYSTWYTH : ODD NOTES [CHESS, 30 September 1961, p400 — probably by BH Wood — edited for relevance]

A player in the Major Open, observing that his opponent on adjourning had stopped his clock before writing down the sealed move, claimed and was awarded the game. On appeal, he agreed to play on, and won.

One player with bare king on his KB7 against a king and pawn on KR7 (nothing could stop it from queening next move) punctiliously sealed a move. His only real hope can have been that his opponent might drop dead during the adjournment. But it was in the under-fifteen championship, most of whose participants looked healthy enough.

Alan Phillips is one-sixteenth Russian. He is back schoolmastering in Derby. As S. Gibbins, an ex-Warwickshire champion has also moved to Duffield, Derbyshire chess should be strengthened this year.

Another little-known fact about a well-known British Championship contender. Dr. Maria Maclean served as a Major in the British Middle East Forces during the war — an excessively rare distinction for anybody foreign born. [JS note: Dr. Maclean's residence given as Abertillery in CHESS - from a search of genealogy websites, I think she was born 7 August 1912, died 7 May 1965 in Glamorgan and in the 1940s was listed as an anaesthetist. Listed as 'unmarried' as of 1955. Further googling reveals her maiden name was 'Haim' and she came from Prague, being smuggled out during the Holocaust with other Jewish doctors by Albert Göring. Reg'd as medical practitioner in UK, 1948, qualified M.D., University of Prague, 1937. Gazetted Lieutenant with the Royal Army Medical Corps, 28 June 1943, as Miss Maria Haim, married Donald James Andrew Maclean (also an army doctor - not the spy!) as Maria Haim/Bergman in Jerusalem between 1946 and 1950. Husband and wife both became GPs in Abertillery.]

T. J. Beach points out that, though J. E. Scholes met the five other leading players in the British Boys’ Championship, seven of his points were scored against players finishing lower than 17th. Though R. A. Beach did not meet two of the other prizewinners nine of his thirteen opponents finished in the top seventeen; “this was true also for K. P. Neat, M. A. Stevenson and D. I. Reynolds, with N. J. Argyris having ten such opponents.”

A. J. Whiteley and V. Knox, like Scholes, met all the prizewinners. Beach, Knox and Reynolds all had a higher “total of opponents’ scores” than Scholes.


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6 May 2018 Uploaded for the first time. 32 of the 187 games in the championship, plus 13 part-games, plus 22 games (and 1 part-game) from subsidiary events. My thanks to Brian Denman for his help in compiling this, and to Tom Guy for making his Major Open games available for publication.