British Small Board 2004: Results

Tournament Name: 
British Small Board
Tournament Date: 
7 November 2004

There were 23 players this year at the Small Board Championships in Cambridge. The tournament, played on 13×13 boards, was again hosted by Cambridge Junior Chess & Go Club and held as part of a Chess and Go event with around 80 competitors in total.

More than a quarter of the players were juniors, and more than a third were double figure kyus. The median grade was 6 kyu.

As usual, the tournament was played in a mixed format. The higher ranked players started off in an even game tournament for the championship; once they were eliminated by losing two games they joined the other players in the handicap section.

The defending champion was Simon Goss 2 dan. The favourite to win was David Ward 4 dan, this year’s challenger for the British Go Championship. However, David lost to Matthew Woodcraft 1 dan in round 4, so another defeat would have eliminated him from the championship.

By the end of round 5, the only player left undefeated was national junior champion William Brooks on 4½ points. David Ward, Tim Hunt and Matthew Woodcraft were just behind on 4. But in round 6 David beat William and Tim beat Matthew to leave David and Tim on 6 points, so that the game between them in round 7 would determine the winner.

David won this game to take the title. William finished in second place after winning his last game and Tim was third.

There were also prizes for two other players winning 5 games—Matthew Woodcraft 1 dan and Alistair Turnbull 13 kyu.

Here are the full results. Results of the games played on even to determine the winner of the championship are shown in red; other results (games played with handicaps) are shown in black.

No Name Club Grade Jun? 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Wins
5 David Ward Cambridge 4-dan   19+ 1+ 14+ 3- 13+ 6+ 2+ 6
2 Tim Hunt Milton Keynes 3-dan   1- 15+ 11+ 8+ 4+ 3+ 5- 5
1 Simon Goss Bracknell 2-dan   2+ 5- 3- 15- 14- 28- 17- 1
3 Matthew Woodcraft Cambridge 1-dan   16+ 11+ 1+ 5+ 6- 2- 13+ 5
4 Sung-Won Ko Camb Chess & Go 1-dan Junior 26- 10- 17+ 14+ 2- 11+ 25- 3
6 Will Brooks Cambridge 1-kyu Junior 15+ 14= 8+ 7+ 3+ 5- 22+ 5.5
8 Matthew Reid Cambridge 1-kyu   7+ 13+ 6- 2- 11+ 22- 23- 3
7 Mathieu Flinders Cambridge 1-kyu   8- 17+ 24- 6- 23- ... 11- 1.5
10 Brian Dackombe Bromley 2-kyu   3- 4+ 15- 11- ... 17+ 18+ 3.5
11 Steve Bailey West Surrey 3-kyu   18+ 3- 2- 10+ 8- 4- 7+ 3
13 Nick Krempel Cambridge 5-kyu   17+ 8- 18+ 22+ 5- 20+ 3- 4
14 Steve Burgess Cambridge 6-kyu   ... 6= 5- 4- 1+ 26+ 24- 3
15 Ukrit Mankong Cambridge 7-kyu   6- 2- 10+ 1+ 19- 18- 26+ 3
17 Benny Hsu Cambridge 8-kyu   13- 7- 4- ... 28+ 10- 1+ 2.5
18 Jonathan Englefield Unattached 9-kyu Junior 11- 19+ 13- 23+ 25- 15+ 10- 3
19 Nicola Hurden Bracknell 10-kyu   5- 18- 26+ 24- 15+ 23- 28+ 3
20 Steve Moratti Cambridge 11-kyu   24+ 23+ 22- 25= 26+ 13- ... 4
22 Alastair Turnbull Cambridge 13-kyu   25+ 26+ 13- 25= 24+ 8+ 6- 5
23 Pauline Bailey West Surrey 17-kyu   28+ 20- 25- 18- 7+ 19+ 8+ 4
24 Kay Dackombe Bromley 18-kyu Junior 20- ... 7+ 19+ 22- 25+ 14+ 4.5
25 Ken Dackombe Bromley 22-kyu Junior 22- 28+ 23+ 20= 18+ 24- 4+ 4.5
26 Matthew Harris Camb Chess & Go 22-kyu Junior 4+ 22- 19- 28+ 20- 14- 15- 2
28 Mark Richer Unattached 30-kyu   23- 25- ... 26- 17- 1+ 19- 1.5

After the main tournament was over, we had a special tournament (and some cakes!) to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Cambridge Junior Chess & Go Club, and also to raise some money for Children In Need. We played on 13×13 boards in pairs, in each pair a strong Go player (stronger than 15 kyu) teamed up with a junior.

The prizewinners were Simon Goss & Matthew Harris and Matthew Reid & Simon Matcham. Both these pairs scored two wins out of two.

The pairs also had a go at working together to solve some chess problems. Simon Goss & Matthew Harris got the best score, followed by Matthew Woodcraft & Ilya Altschuler.

Together with the entry fees for these special events, there were many generous donations from people taking part in the main Chess and Go tournaments, and the total amount raised for Children In Need was £153.05.

Here are the full results of the Go games:

No Go Expert Junior 1 2 Wins
1 David Ward Thomas Matcham 1- 10+ 1
2 Simon Goss Matthew Harris 2+ 3+ 2
3 Matthew Woodcraft Ilya Altschuler 4+ 2- 1
4 Nicola Hurden Jonathan Lau 3- 9- 0
5 Alastair Turnbull Ashley Stewart 6+ 8- 1
6 Nick Krempel Daniel Simons 5- 7+ 1
7 Steve Burgess Fred van Someren 8- 6- 0
8 Matthew Reid Simon Matcham 7+ 5+ 2
9 Jonathan Englefield David Lau 10- 4+ 1
10 Steve Bailey Jack Simons 9+ 1- 1

Throughout the day there was a Go teaching stall and around 30 children (and some parents!) learned to play Go.

There was a self-pairing 9×9 novices tournament for juniors. The clear winner was Daniel Simons from Rackham School near Ely, who scored 7 straight wins (although his game with Fred van Someren was very close). The other prizewinner was Thomas Matcham in second place with 4½.

No Name School/Club 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Wins
1 Harry Gapper King's College School 2- 12+ 10-         1
2 Oliver Adams   1+ 10+ 8- 15-       2
3 Dominic Roberts Chess & Go Club 4+ 6-           1
4 Jeremy Cochran   3- 6+           1
5 Daniel Simons Rackham, Witchford 6+ 7+ 11+ 16+ 18+ 19+ 13+ 7
6 Oliver Sellers Rackham, Witchford 5- 3+ 4- 7=       1.5
7 Simon Matcham Rackham, Witchford 5- 13+ 15= 6=       2
8 Jonathan Lau St Faith's School 9+ 2+ 17-         2
9 Henry Sandercock King's School Ely 8- 15-           0
10 Harry Lawes King's College School 2- 1+ 12-         1
11 Thomas Evans Newnham Croft 5- 14+ 22+         2
12 Fraser Roebuck King's College School 1- 10+           2
13 Jack Simons Rackham, Witchford 7- 15- 5-         0
14 David Moratti Chess & Go Club 11-             0
15 Thomas Matcham Rackham, Witchford 13+ 7= 2+ 9+ 22+     4.5
16 Henry Rogerson Rackham, Witchford 5-             0
17 David Lau   8+             1
18 Alexander Jackson   5-             0
19 Fred van Someren King's College School 5-             0
20 Anna Law Perse Girls School 21-             0
21 Stella Gordon Perse Girls School 20+             1

Many thanks are due to William Brooks and Mathieu Flinders who ran the main tournament, to Chris Stewart who ran the food and drinks stall throughout the day and to chess organisers Nick Jackson and Patrick Ribbands for their help and cooperation.





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