Monday, January 09, 2023

Shropshire Congress

4 Fenton players took part in this weekend's Shropshire Chess Congress. 

The most successful was Chris Hankey, playing in the Major Section. He was joint leader after 4 rounds, with 3.5/4 Unfortunately he slipped up in the final round to finish joint 4th. However, this was enough to win him a grading prize. It is also worth mentioning that he was ranked 33 out of 40 entrants, every one of hs opponents was rated higher than him and his performance rating for the tournament was 2029, so very well done to him on a brilliant performance.

Lea Podmore also had an excellent tournament, finishing joint 6th out of 40 entrants in the Minor Section, with a score of 3.5/5, just a point behind the winner. However, his 3 wins and a draw were just not enough to get him amongst the prizes.

Jay Baddeley had a shaky start in the Intermediate Section, losing his opening 2 games. However, he recovered to draw one and win two of his next 3 games to finish on 2.5/5 and lifting him to joint 13th out of 43 entrants. His starting ranking was 31 and his performance rating was slightly higher than his actual ECF rating so, all-in-all, a pretty good performance.

Dylan Whitney was slightly less successful in the Intermediate Section, with a score of 2/5 and finishing 29th. However, his two wins were against much higher rated opponents, so his performance rating exceeded his actual ECF rating by 80 points so, once again, not a bad performance.

You can view all of the results on and searching for Shropshire Congress.