Michael Fernandez, Hampshire County Champion

Chess Match

We have a new Hampshire county champion. 18-year old Southampton University student Michael Fernandez is the new county champion and holder of the Silver Rook. Michael finished 1 point behind the joint winners of the Open Section, Mike Waddington and Peter Anderson, but he was the highest-placed qualified Hampshire player, beating Matt Chapman on tie-break. Phil Stimpson won the Under-175 grading prize.

In the Major Section, Geoffrey Brown swept away the opposition to win with a magnificent score of 6/6. Lukasz Piecha was in clear 2nd place with 4½, but there was a 6-way tie for 3rd place on 3½ pts. John Carter finished with 4 points, and wisely chose the Grading prize, which was better value than a 6th share of 3rd prize.

The Minor Section was almost a repeat of last year, in that 1st place was share by four players with 4½ pts – but they were a completely different four – Chris Priest, John Belinger, Ivor Kelly and Steven Kitley. Chris Priest won the Hampshire title and trophy on tie-break.
David Jerome won the Under-100 Grading prize with 3½ pts.

The Ladies prize found 4 ladies vying for the prize this year – a record for us, but still scope for improvement. Amanda Jones, Maha Chandar, Mansa Chandar and Gillian Moore all had 3 points, and have agreed to share the trophy between them.

Here are the full results:

Open
1st = (5 pts) Mike Waddington (Dorchester) and Peter Anderson (Ringwood)
2nd= (4 pts) Michael Fernandez (So’ton Uni) and Matt Chapman (Fareham)
Under-175 Grading Prize (3½ pts) Phil Stimpson (Emsworth)
14 started, 13 finished.

Major
1st (6 pts) Geoffrey Brown (Folkestone)
2nd (4½ pts) Lukasz Piecha (Winchester) winning the Peter Marshall trophy.
3rd= (3½ pts) Dave Agostinelli (Southampton), Tristan Dray-Pearce (Combined Services ),
Phil Foley (Upminster), Jeremy Hudson (Hastings), Chris Smith (Fareham), and
Simon Venables (Portsmouth).
Under-140 Grading Prize (4 pts) John Carter (Newbury)
23 started, 21 finished.

Minor
1st= (4½ pts) Chris Priest (Hamble),John Belinger (New Milton), Ivor Kelly (Camberley) and Steven Kitley (Winchester)
Under-100 Grading Prize (3½ pts) David Jerome (Emsworth)
28 started, 26 finished.

The John Dunleavy Memorial Prize for the best game in any section will be announced later,
on the Hampshire website – www.HampshireChess.co.uk

John Wheeler (Sec, Hampshire CA) 6/Nov/2017

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