The 2006 Leek Chess Congress took place at Westwood College this weekend. There were three sections, with many, though not all, the usual suspects in evidence.
The 22 entry Marling section for players garded U210 was won by Robert Shaw of Cheddleton on 4/5, a half point clear of Lawrence Cooper (Stafford), David Hulmes (Stockport) and Alex Richardson (Newcastle). Robert also wins the Landon Memorial Trophy as the NSDCA's best player. Dave Risley of Macclesfield won the slow starter prize.
There were also 22 entries in the Alton section for players U133. Maurice Hill of Nottingham Nomads won with 4 points, a half point clear of Robbie Coats of Brown Jack (Swindon) and John Blackburn from Holmes Chapel. The slow starter prize is shared by Brian Ross of Abergavenny, Roger Walker from Belper and Newcastle's Nic Wright.
29 competed in the A H Brookes section (U100), though perhaps it should be renamed the Hallen Section as Philip won with a perfect five, one point clear of his father David. Slow starter prizes to Matthew Wyza and Calum Young (both Cheddleton), James Waddington (Bolton) and Ray Bradney (Stockport).
As usual there was a range of refreshments available and a bookstall for those needing to update their libraries. Excellent weather meant that many took advantage of the pleasant grounds in the lunch intervals.
A good authority tells me that there will be another such congress next year. Don't miss it, and bring a friend!