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Tournament: 2nd Paignton Premier • 17 of the 28 games, plus 1 game from a subsidiary section • 1951«»1953
Venue: Oldway Mansion, Paignton • Dates: 15-20 September 1952 • Download PGN • Last Edited: Sunday 19 February, 2023 5:07 PM

1952 (2nd) Paignton Premier, 15-20 September, Oldway Mansion, Paignton

1952 Paignton Premier Nat'y Residence 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8  Total 
1 Leonard William Barden ENG Croydon
0 ½ 1 1 ½ 1 1 5
 2  Daniel Abraham Yanofsky CAN Canada 1
½ 0 ½ 1 ½ 1
3 William Albert Fairhurst SCO Glasgow ½ ½
½ 1 0 1 1
4 Peter James Oakley ENG Chesham 0 1 ½
½ 1 ½ ½ 4
5 Theodore Henry Tylor ENG Oxford 0 ½ 0 ½
1 1 1 4
6 Baruch Harold Wood ENG Sutton Coldfield ½ 0 1 0 0
1 1
7 Ronald Blow ENG London 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 0
1 2
8 Francis Ernest A Kitto ENG Exminster 0 0 0 ½ 0 0 0

BCM, November 1952, ppn 318-321

by D A Yanofsky

The Second Annual Chess Congress of the Devon County Chess Association was held at Oldway Mansion, Paignton, from September 15th to 20th, 1952, with no less than ninety-six participants. Of these, eight were ladies, including Mrs. Bruce, the British Lady Champion, and Mrs. J. [Dorothea, Dody] Bourdillon, a charming newcomer from Gloucester who won her section ahead of seven men! The playing room was ideal for chess competition, and it was made available for this purpose by courtesy of the Paignton Urban District Council. That this was also beneficial to the Council is evident from a remark of their Chairman, Alderman Hicks, who openly admitted that never before had such quiet reigned at their Council meetings, and he was in favour of holding a congress at Oldway Mansion every month to coincide with their meetings!

The tournaments were superbly run by Mr. H. Meek, who in his capacity as Congress Controller, seemed to be playing naughts and crosses on the scoreboards almost continuously. Due credit must go to Mr. F. E. Willett, the Hon. Treasurer, who kept the finances well under control, and especially to Mr. R. C. Fogwill, the Hon. Secretary, whose capable and diligent management certainly ensured the success of this Congress. The untiring efforts of Mr. and Mrs. R. M. Bruce in assisting the Congress Committee added the final touches to the smooth and efficient running of the twelve sections of the Congress.

Fairhurst and Yanofsky both started out strongly by beating, respectively, Tylor and Kitto, and Barden and Wood, in the first two rounds. In Round 3 Yanofsky lost on time to Oakley, while Barden and Fairhurst drew, so that Fairhurst, together with Oakley, led with 2y points each. In Round 4 Fairhurst was beaten in a pretty game by Wood; and Oakley drew with Kitto to assume the sole lead with 3 points, with Yanofsky, Fairhurst, and Barden in close pursuit with 2½ points each. In Round 5 Oakley drew with Blow, Fairhurst drew with Yanofsky, and Barden beat Kitto; Oakley and Barden now led with 3½ points each, followed by Fairhurst and Yanofsky with 3 points each. In Round 6 the two leaders met; Oakley embarked on a foolish piece sacrifice, losing in 21 moves, and handed over the lead to Barden, who easily retained it in the last round by a draw against Wood.

Barden’s play was sound and convincing; starting out with a loss against Yanofsky, he did extremely well to win first prize. It is obvious that the practice at Helsinki did much to improve his play, though his tendency to rely mainly on opening analysis is still quite evident. Fairhurst was off form during the tournament, and was lucky to draw his game with Barden, while against Kitto he was completely lost after the opening. Yanofsky played good chess but was extremely careless with his clock; thinking he still had several minutes on his clock for his last move, he delayed making his move sufficiently long for the flag to drop as he made his move and thereby threw away a superior ending which could well have made the difference between first and second prize. Oakley played solid but uninspiring chess; he surprised everyone by taking over and hanging on to the lead, but he well deserved it, his only lucky break in the tourney being his clock win against Yanofsky. But in the second last round he was unduly impressed by an opening innovation that Barden had acquired from Rabar at Helsinki, and instead of continuing his usual brand of solid chess, he ventured upon an unsound combination which lost him the game and first prize. Tylor started poorly, blundering away his games against both Fairhurst and Barden and escaping with a lucky draw against Oakley. He then pulled himself together and played some lovely chess to finish just behind the leaders. Wood had his ups and downs; some of his games were among the best in the tourney, while the rest were below his usual standard. Blow was a great disappointment; he threw away point after point without any apparent reason. From winning positions against Wood, Oakley, Barden, Fairhurst, and Tylor, he only salvaged half a point—very unusual for a player of his calibre. Kitto played by far the most interesting chess in the tourney and his score does not do justice to his fertile imagination. He had a clear win against Fairhurst, by far the better game against Barden and Oakley, and a powerful attack against Yanofsky, which almost succeeded—it was indeed a pity to see him blunder his games away.

All in all the standard of the games was fair; there were few outstanding games but all were hard fought. The competition was so close and keen that games tended more to the solid positional type and brilliancies were few. Still some of the games were good and a few of them are given here.

Other Sections

Premier Reserves A: (1) (Charles) Derek S Paffley (Wakefield) 6½/7; (2) Donald Melville Andrew (Sheffield) 5½; (3-4) Frederick Forrest L Alexander (Westcliffe), Dr. Kurt August Hirsch (London) 3½; (5) (Edwin) Neville Hawkins (Weymouth) 3; (6) James E Pattle (Guildford) 2½; (7) Mrs. Rowena M Bruce (Plymouth) 2; (8) Isaac Taylor Sifton (Bampton) 1½.

Premier Reserves B: (1-2) William James Fry (Southampton), Albert Walter William Tulip (Northampton) 5/7; (3) Anthony George Midgley (Huddersfield) 4; (4) C[harles?] Cordel (Leicester) 3½; (5) Jack Dennis Rosse (London) 3½; (6) Bertram Goulding Brown (Cambridge) 2½; (7) Ivan Robert Napier (Lelant) 2½; (8) Edgar Priestley (Huddersfield) 2.

Premier Reserves C: (1) J Neale (Northwood) 6/7; (2) J Walker (Pangbourne) 5; (3) G W Smith (Guildford) 4; (4) Harry Gethin Thorp Matchett (Birmingham) 3½; (5) Wolfgang Gerson Barb (Maidenhead) 3; (6) M/N. B. Harris (London) 3; (7) B A Potter (Croydon) 2; (8) (Sydney) Hugh Brocklesby (Bath) 1½.

Premier Reserves D: (1) Herbert Arthur Melvin (Southend) 7/7; (2) Dr. D Philpott (Northampton) 4½; (3) C J Ball (Bideford) 4; (4) E E Wright (Sidcup) 4; (5) Rev. Kenneth Stuart Procter (London) 3; (6-7) D J Collins (Harrow), R H King (London) 2½; (8) Keith Edward Charles Budge (Plymouth) ½.

Major A: (1) Richard Henry Tayler (Birmingham) 5/7; (2) E Douglas Fawcett (London) 4; (3) Albert James Kelm (Wembley) 4; (4) W G Matthews 4; (5) D R Leslie 3½; (6) C E Scutt 3½; (7) G W Booth 2½; (8) Ernest John Seymour (Flackwell Heath) 1½.

Major B: (1) Mrs. Dorothea (Dody) Bourdillon (Gloucester) 4½/7; (2-4) E A Hull (Kenton), Edmond Julien Leyns (Bishops Stortford), E H Milner (Bedford) 4; (5) G C Walker 3½; (6) Brian G Locke 3; (7) R F Rowe (Plymouth) 2½; (8) H R Tallis 2½.

First Class A: (1) Edwin Breckon Chapman (Leicester) 6/7; (2) John G Cockcroft (Bingley) 4½; (3) R M Morgan (Weston-super-Mare) 4½; (4) E F Fairbrother 3½; (5) R J Harrison 3½; (6) John Daniel Sayle 2½; (7) George Robert Cottew (Exeter) 2; (8) Stanley Sedgwick 1½.

First Class B: (1-2) Geoffrey H Redfern (Guildford), Howard Redvers Rowcliffe (Bristol) 4½/7; (3-4) Richard Cyril Fogwill (Paignton), J Hatherley (London) 4; (5) William John Clare Hart Burges 3½; (6) Derek Hurwitt 3½; (7) W G Lambert 2½; (8) Harry Evelyn Knope 1½.

Second Class: (1) F W Day (Ilford) 5½/7; (2) Marshall Thompson (Southampton) 5; (3) Mrs. Mary Dew (née Rowe, Plymouth, mother of Rowena Mary Bruce) 4½; (4) R W Berry 4; (5) H C Percy 3; (6) E W Wood (Teignmouth) 3; (7) Henry James Mapleton (Torquay) 2; (8) Mrs. Laura Ethel Amelia Start 1.

Third Class (Swiss System): (1) H G Huntingford (London) 7/7; (2) Lt.-Col. Frank (Francis) Moysey (Paignton) 5½; (3) Patrick Crotty (London) 4½; (4) K Hughes 4; (5) G A Thompson 4; (6) T Armon 3½; (7) Mrs. Eleanor Catherine Molyneux (née Annesley) 3½; (8) R F Scarlett (Teignmouth) 3; (9) Mrs. G Frost 2½; (10) Mrs. Frances Florence Bessie Tayler (née Redrup) 2½; (11) Miss Lucy Anness 1; (12) Ernest Henry Ladbury (Totnes) 1.

Juniors: (1-3) N Ashbee 2; D G Lucas 2; D B Mortimer 2.

CHESS, November 1952, Vol.18, no.206, ppn 25-26.


Paignton’s second Autumn Congress was (why shouldn’t we shout it!) a shattering success. A delightful mansion—if palace is not a better word—and delightful people in a delightful town! Last year Golombek made history by finishing ahead of Euwe. This year again, a fancied overseas contestant was worsted. Yanofsky, overstepping his time-limit, registered a loss to Oakley; rather unnecessarily, for he had three or four minutes in which to make his last move before the time-control, in a relatively harmless position. He went wrong in the opening against Blow, only drawing by means of a stubborn fight-back. When he conceded a draw to Tylor by repetition rather than run risks to win, Barden’s first place was assured.

Barden’s play showed rich dividends from the gruelling practice at Helsinki; on the basis of his always rather alarming opening knowledge he has erected a new confidence and depth and after an initial loss to Yanofsky, never looked back.

The lower sections were marked by the definite arrival of Mrs. Bourdillon whose unique combination of beauty, vivacity and sheer skill is going to affect chess congress atmospheres considerably.

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Date Notes
26 August 2022 First upload. 17 of the 28 games, including all of Yanosky's and Fairhurst's.
10 February 2023 Added a game from Premier Reserves B: J.Rosse 0-1 A.Midgley.