The 2015 Hampshire Chess Congress took place at Eastleigh between 6th – 8th November 2015. The Congress was won by Rowan Brown (Sussex) with the excellent score of 5½ points. Tony Corkett was the highest placed Hampshire player and has retained the Hampshire Championship and the Silver Rook.
The Under-175 grading prize was won by Horia Bogdan with 4 points. Horia could have claimed a share of 2nd prize, but as sole winner of the grading prize, he received a bigger cheque.
In the Major Section Matthew Wilson again proved too strong for the opposition, scoring 5/6, although he did not have things all his own way. Raja Pentakota was runner-up, and took the Hampshire trophy, the Peter Marshall Cup, with 4½ points.
Third place was shared by Les Allen, Phil Foley and Gavin Fong, all with 4 points. And the Under-140 grading prize went to promising junior Frazer Graham.
The Minor Section was won convincingly by Stephen Gow, who won his last five games. Martin Baxter returned to chess after a long absence and achieved 2nd place with 5/6. Third place was shared by Ivor Kelly and James Wallman on 4 points.
The Under-100 grading prize went to Keven Lamb, and the Ladies prize was won by Maha Chandar, ahead of Gillian Moore.
Here are the full results:
1st (5½ pts) Rowan Brown (Hove)
2nd = (4 pts) Tony Corkett (Fareham) and Gavin Lock (Horsham)
Under-175 Grading Prize (4 pts) Horia Bogdan (Southampton University)
13 started, 12 finished.
1st (5 pts) Matthew Wilson (Paignton)
2nd (4½ pts) Raja Pentakota (Southampton) winning the Peter Marshall Trophy
3rd= (4 pts) Les Allen (Southampton), Phil Foley (Upminster) and Gavin Fong (Southampton University)
Under-140 Grading prize (3½ pts) Frazer Graham (Fareham)
23 started, 17 finished.
1st (5½ pts) Stephen Gow (Southampton University) holds the Parsons Trophy for one year
2nd (5 pts) Martin Baxter (Cowplain)
3rd = (4 pts) Ivor Kelly (Camberley) and James Wallman (Verwood)
Under-100 Grading Prize (3½ pts) Keven Lamb (Chandlers Ford).
20 started, 17 finished.
Ladies Prize (the Gillian Moore Cup)
1st (3 pts) Maha Chandar (Chandlers Ford)
Report by John Wheeler (Secretary, Hampshire CA)