Imperial College Chess Congress Feb 2013 – Report by John Sargent

On a cool Friday February afternoon a rag-tag team of students (and alumni that can’t seem to get away) gathered in the shadow of the Royal Albert Hall to take a van-load of trestle tables into Imperial College’s Union Dining Hall in preparation for an event that has been a long time coming – the 2013 edition of the Imperial College Chess Congress.

For the last two weeks entries were flying in thick and fast, to the point where we were worried that we wouldn’t be able to accommodate all the players! For this congress we used the improved venue of the dining hall, which was opposite the space used at the last one (but had the gym above and bar below so potentially noisy). The downside of our new space is that we had a capacity of between 80 and 90 players compared to the old room’s 110-120 – luckily, the number of entries peaked on the day at a cosy 88 which meant that despite promising to potentially turn cash-on-the-day entries away, we didn’t have to in the end.

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The final list of our winners is below (links to full results underneath). Many thanks to all the players, arbiter Adam Raoof and those at Imperial College Chess Club who helped with the event!

OPEN SECTION
1st= IM Thomas Rendle – 4.5/5
1st= FM Miguel Navarro-Cia – 4.5/5
3rd= IM Augustin Madan - 4.0/5
3rd= Patryk Stanisz - 4.0/5

U2100 – Sue Maroroa – 3.5/5
U1950 – Sam Porter – 3.0/5

MAJOR SECTION
1st= Bob Kane – 4.0/5
1st= Michele Donati – 4.0/5
3rd= Tristan Clayton – 3.5/5
3rd= David Buttell – 3.5/5
3rd= Shane McCabe – 3.5/5
3rd= Brendan O’Gorman – 3.5/5

U1800 – Geoffrey Bishop – 3.5/5
U1700 – Marco Falasca – 3/5

MINOR SECTION
1st= Nikunj (Anup) Sinha - 4.0/5
1st= Pascoe Rapacchi - 4.0/5
3rd= Andrew Costeloe – 3.5/5
3rd= Michael Ngulube – 3.5/5

U125 – Gregory Barker – 3.5/5
U100/Ungraded – Leon Baroukh – 3.5/5

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