Frodsham Weekend Chess Congress

A Short History

Frodsham Community Centre, Fluin Lane, Frodsham, Cheshire, WA6 7QN

Pre-History

The first weekend congresses at Frodsham took place in 1986 and 1987, organised by the Cheshire & North Wales Chess Association, as the C&NWCA Annual Congress, at which county titles were awarded. This congress moved to the MANWEB (Merseyside and North West Electricity Board, now absorbed into Scottish Power) offices in Chester. It continued there until 1991, moving to the Rolls Royce (subsequently Bentley) works canteen in Crewe and held there from 1992 to 2004. (There are details of C&NWCA congresses up to 1988 in The Cheshire Hundred (1888-1988) and the C&NWCA 1988 Review, compiled by Richard Furness.) There were also one-day Rapidplay Congresses at Frodsham from 1988 to 2006.

Crewe 2001

From 2001, thanks to the friendship between Roger Edwards (Chief Controller) and Tony Atkins, then Secretary of the British Go Association, a one-day Cheshire Go Tournament was held alongside the Crewe Congress.

In 2005, however, the Crewe Congress had to be cancelled because the Bentley works canteen, at short notice, was unavailable, though the Go found an emergency venue in Wilmslow.

Recent History

In 2006, the Congress (and Go Tournament) moved to the Community Centre in Frodsham, with the same organiser (Jim McPhillips) and control team (Roger Edwards, Robert Milner and Jim McPhillips), where it has been held ever since.

View of Frodsham Community Centre    View to the hill from the Centre

In 2009, Jim McPhillips stood down as Congress Organiser (but continued as a section controller), with Pat Ridley taking over.

In 2010, Ian Campbell joined the control team. Up to 2010, Maureen Edwards and helpers provided refreshments, raising funds for Tunstall Special Needs Club, as she had done while the congress was at Crewe.

Go reviewed in analysis room 2010      Chess room view 2017      Chess games 2017

In 2011, funds were raised for the Canal Boat Adventure Project. Since 2012 members of the Chess club and their families and also Go players have manned the refreshments.

Fischer time limits were introduced for the first time in 2011. After the 2014 event, Roger Edwards finished as arbiter after 35 years at the job. In 2016 Alex Holowczak took over as chief arbiter.

Winners

YearMajorIntermediateMinor
2006   
2007   
2008Richard Bryant
Chris Doran
Nathan TalbotHarry Brooks
2009Chris Doran
Simon Hughes
Steve EdwardsMatthew Wyza
2010Khalid KamaraJoe NemcekMatthew Fanning
2011Michael SurteesSteve LloydHuw Davies
Tim Hilton
Conrad Jowett
John Simmons
2012Andrej StancakCarl Gartside
Ian Stephens
Ray Williams
Brian Crompton
2013Michael SurteesMichael McDonaghJonathan Mahony
2014Jim BurnettMark A Cromwell
Richard E Desmedt
Roy G Watson
2015Michael SurteesColm BuckleyPhillip Shaughnessy
2016Michael Surtees
Oliver Jackson
Nugith Jayawarna
Robert FurnessAnthony Jinks
 OpenMajorMinor
2017Michael SurteesBarry GrovesKhalid Kokhar
Chess hall view  2017


View of Playing Room      

Reports

2009 
2010 
2011Results
2012Results
2013Results
2014Results
2015Results
2016Results
 Results 210
 Results 160
 Results 120
2017Results Open
 Results Major
 Results Minor


View of Frodsham Arbiters 2014    Top Board Action Frodsham 2014

View of Frodsham 2013    Winner of Frodsham 2013

Next Congress - 2018

Friday 2nd - Sunday 4th February 2018 entry info - contact Patrick Ridley patrick.ridley @ ntlworld.com

View of Playing Room 2016     View of Open Section 2017

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