Poole Seniors Report and Results – Bill Adaway Joint First

Graham Hillman has sent the following report on the 2022 Poole Seniors tournament which ran from Monday 31st October to Friday 4th November at the very suitable pace of one game a day!


Twenty eight players took part in the inaugural Poole Seniors tournament organised primarily by Graham Hillman of Winborne and Ercis Sachs of Poole with able support from Graham Morris also of Poole. The event was run by ECF Arbiter Tony Tatum who did a brilliant job running the matches via Swiss Manager. I cannot thank him enough as he made it so easy.

Eventually there were 3 players who tied for 1st place on 4/5, winning £150 each:
  • Nigel Fleming (2045, King’s Head)
  • Bill Adaway (1976, Wimborne)
  • Simon D Arnold (1861, Eagle and Child).

One of the Bill’s games, annotated by Martin Simons, is given at the end of this report as an example of the high calibre of the entrants.  It was from Round 4 where he came across the congress’s only international entrant, Jean-Louis Marchand from Belgium, who himself had a good Tournament.

The winners were chased home by the pack of 4 others which included some familiar names like Mike Waddington, all with 3.5/5.

There were some stand out performances. Simon D Arnold’s 1861 rating was well over achieved with congress performance of 2066. Poole’s Andy Matko was in the leaders pack and shake out until the last game, where he came unstuck against one of the triple dead heaters Simon Arnold. Andy’s ranked performance was 2034 for the Congress, some 239 points higher than his current rating; well done Andy an excellent performance.

There were two grading prizes:

  • Under 1871, with 3.5/5, winning £75 – Jeremy Brockes (1795 – Hampstead)
  • Under 1650, with 2.5/5, winning £75 – David Orr (1616, Dartford).

The prize money totaled £600.

A critical last round game between Mark Potter (left) and Bill Adaway (right)

Results of Other Local Players

3.5 Points:

  • Mike Waddington (Dorchester)

3 Points:

  • Jean Louis Marchand (Bournemouth)
  • Mark Potter (Dorchester)
  • Graham Hillman (Wimborne)
  • Andy Matko (Poole)

2 Points:

  • Martin Clancy (Ringwood)
  • Andre La Bouchardiere (Weymouth)
  • John Bowley (Wimborne)
  • Ivan Willis (Unattached)

1.5 Points:

  • Eddie Barker (Wimborne)

1 Point:

  • John Torrance (from 3 rounds played)
  • David Burt (Poole).

More detail is available on Chess Results.


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