Somerset New Year Congress 2017

It was the first Somerset New Year Congress for many years, but there was plenty of representation from the Bristol league and from Downend & Fishponds too. Colin and Rebecca Gardiner had organised the event at The Waldon Park Hotel in Clevedon. Not only did we have several club players in attendance we had had representation in every section: U175:

• U175 - Robert Taylor
• U145 - Richard Livermore
• U120 - Grant Daly, Oliver Stubbs, Shaun Walsh

For a change it wasn't Grant or Oliver that won the U120 but the club still took home the title thanks to Shaun's great sharp play which earnt him 4/5, narrowly losing in the final round and finishing joint first. Given that Shaun was seeded 19th out of a field of 23 and finished with a performance nearly 50 points above his own grade it was a tremendous performance!

Below are the final standings for each of our players and some photos.


Robert Taylor2½/5


Richard Livermore2½/5


Shaun Walsh4/5
Oliver Stubbs3/5
Grant Daly2½/5

Clevedon Pier

Clevedon Pier.

Round 3

Round 3.


Richard securing a draw in round 4.


Four straight wins for Shaun!


Robert taking the draw in round 5.


While some people take quick draws in round 5, Grant's game lasted the longest!

A very friendly Congress, in large Victorian hotel, with lovely coffee and gorgeous leather sofas!

John Stubbs