The Open section of the Hampshire Individual tournament was won jointly by Mike Waddington (Dorchester) and Peter Anderson (Ringwood) who finished with 5 points, 1 point ahead of Southampton University student Michael Fernandez who wins the silver rook for being the highest placed Hampshire player beating Matt Chapman (Fareham) on a tie break. Phil Stimpson won the under 175 grading prize.
Geoffrey Brown (Folkestone) won the major section with 6 points out of 5 Section, Geoffrey Brown swept away the opposition to win with a magnificent score of 6/6. Lukasz Piecha (Winchester) finished second with 4,5 points, while six players shared third place, with John Carter (Newbury) winning the under 140 grading prize. Eastleigh mayor Maureen Sollitt presented the prizes at this congress and photographs were taken of the presentation.
Dave Drew who died recently gave great service to the Ordnance Survey chess club and at his peak was a strong player with his club. His twin brother John was a long serving C tram captain and league treasurer, and spent a lot of time and energy driving his own players to matches.
Andover A 2 Southampton A 3
(S Knox 0.5 G Jones 0.5, T Gray 0 D Cordner 1, S Cartridge 0.5 T Chapman 9,5, K Steele 0.5 G Moore 0.5, G Hyams 0.5 J Wiseman 0.5)
Fareham A 2.5 Basingstoke A 2.5
(A Corkett 1 I Stipcevic 0, K Gregory 0.5 D Graham 0.5, R Marsh 0 L Blanc 1, J Coburn 1 E Smith 0, E Black 0 B Kocan 1)
Chandlers Ford A 2 University B 3
(D Holmes 0.5 S Gow 0.5, G Stuart 0.5 T Evans 0.5, Manoj Chandar 1 D Kasperski 0, S Murphy 0 D Lambton 1, R Sims 0 M Pugh 1)
Chandlers Ford C 0 Southampton D 4
(Mansa Chandar 0 D Nelson 1,R Strachan 0 M Childs 1, S Dunleavy 0 D Murchie 1, S Saunders 0 R Forbes 1) Game for grading purposes R Saunders 0 T Hutchins 1
Article kindly contributed by Malcolm Clarke for the Southern Daily Echo dated Saturday 18th November 2017