The 52nd Dorset Open Congress will take place the weekend 13-15 Oct ’17 in Bournemouth

51st Dorset Open Chess Congress - Bournemouth (2-4 Dec '16)

Dorset Chess Open Michael Duggan

Above photo kindly provided by Brendan O’Gorman. Many more Congress photos from Brendan through this link to photos he has uploaded to the SmugMug website

51st Dorset Open Chess Congress 

The tournament was held at a new venue the Ocean View Hotel. This was a great success with all agreeing that was a great venue for this chess tournament. There were 101 entrants.

The Open was won by a new visitor to Bournemouth Gabor Horvath from Hungary. In equal 2nd were Martin Simons and Oscar Garcia with Martin winning the Dorset Championship trophy on tie break.

There were terrific performances from juniors in Major and Intermediate with Leif Hafstad and Oliver Stubbs jointly winning their respective tournaments and Benjamin Headlong coming 3rd.

In the Major Leif came equal first with Richard George with Yasser Tello in equal third with Benjamin. Subject to confirmation Len Laker will win the Dorset Trophy on tie break from 4 others on 2.5 points.

In the Intermediate Dave Agostinelli and Patrick Sartain were equal first with Oliver. William Curry won the grading prize. Paul Jackson won the Dorset Intermediate trophy with 3 points.

The Minor section was won by Colin Gardiner on 4 points. There was a 6 way tie for second including 88 year old James Wallman who wins the Dorset Minor Trophy ( what a terrific achievement ).

I would like to thank Geoff Gammon for his controlling of tournaments and dealing with a few last minute changes in a couple of rounds.

I would also like to thank John and Christine Constable for suppling the bookstall and chess equipment.

Finally thanks to Mike Jay for putting all information on the website before, during and after the tournament.

I will confirm venue (hopefully the same ) and dates as soon as possible.

Ian Clark

6 December 2016


Prize Winners


1st  G. Horvath  4.0

2nd  M. Simons &. O. Garcia  3.5

Under 180   W. Adaway, D. Butcher, I. Deswarte, T. Headlong  2.5


MAJOR (Under 160)

1st  R. George, L. Hafstad  4.0

3rd  Y. Tello  3.5

Grading  (Under 147) B. Headlong  (Also = 3rd) 3.5



1st  D. Agostinelli, P. Sartain, O. Stubbs  4.0

Grading  (Under 127) W. Curry 3.5


MINOR (Under 115)

1st  C. Gardiner 4.0

2nd  D. Cole, C. Hunt, M. Maber 3.5

Grading  (Under 104)  & equal 2nd  J. Carr, M. Davidson, J. Wallman 3.5

GRADING (Under 97) D. Creasey 3.0


Dorset Open Winner 2016

Winner of the Dorset Open was Gabor Horvath, originally from Hungary but now living in Bournemouth. Pictured above left with Congress Organiser Ian Clark. Gabor had 3 wins and 2 draws to finish on 4 points. Equal 2nd were Oscar Garcia and Martin Simons with 3.5/5. Martin retained the Dorset Championship on the sum of progressive scores

Martin Simons Dorset Champion

Martin Simons remains Dorset Champion

Oscar Garcia Dorset Open runner up

Oscar Garcia shared 2nd place

Oliver shared 1st Dorset Intermediate Chess 041216

Oliver Stubbs, 14, had an outstanding Congress

playing in the Intermediate. Graded 118, he

finished joint 1st with a grading performance

of 166.

Open Cross Table (pl click on table to enlarge)


Major Cross Table (pl click to enlarge)


Intermediate Cross Table (Pl click to enlarge)


Minor Cross Table (Pl click to enlarge)



Play at Dorset chess Open 3.12.16







Previous Updates and information about the congress

STOP PRESS 2.30pm Sat 3 Dec ’16 – 101 entered

At start of round 3, Sat 3 Dec ’16 leaders after 2 rounds:-

Open Gabor Horvath, Martin Simons – both 2/2

Major Leif Hafstad 2/2

Intermediate David Agostinelli, Tim Joyce, Paul Jackson – all 2/2
Minor  Colin Gardiner, John Carr, Paul Jackson – all 2/2

Play at Dorset Open 3.12.16


The number of entries for all 4 sections have been excellent and the Congress is now full with 101entered. Breakdown: Open 24, Major 24, Intermediate 22, Minor 31. 

There are the usual 4 sections:- Open, Major (under 160), Intermediate (under 135) & Minor (under 115).

Entry fee in the Open has been £30 and £27 in the other sections. These apply to silver ECF members. Junior players pay less. Entries received after 18 November incurred an extra £5 fee.

Play starts at 19.00 on the Friday and concludes at 18.30 on the Sunday

The top prize in the Open is £300 and £150 in the other sections

This is also a new venue – the Ocean View Hotel in Bournemouth.

Please click to view the entries as at Friday: dorset-open-entries-1-12-16

The parking for the chess tournament in “The Ocean View Hotel” is only available to residents staying at the hotel.  A reminder for paying guests that car parking at Ocean View is very restricted, but there is plenty of room in Cottonwood Boutique next door which is twinned with the Ocean View.

Parking in surrounding streets will be free on Friday evening but at the weekends will be up to £5 per day. There is free parking within half a mile.

The hotel provides a very good 3 course dinner on the Saturday evening which is included in the tariff for Saturday ( copy of typical menu at the very foot of this column). There will be bar snacks available Saturday and Sunday lunchtime. There will be no dinner available Friday evening.

The organiser is again Ian Clark.  There has been an extra £5 for entries received after 18 November.

The Ocean View Hotel – Sample Menu

51st DORSET OPEN CHESS CONGRESS ENTRY FORM (which has some important information such as times)