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Witney or bust! by Nick Martin



I hadn't been to a chess congress for several years and noted Witney was coming up so thought I'd give it a try. This congress is local to me and is organised by Mike "Mr 4NCL" Truran so was sure it would be well run. I would be accompanied by fellow Banbury player Dan Rowan who is a regular at these weekend events.


The congress was held at Cokethorpe School, a private school located just south of Witney. It's certainly a lovely location with plenty of parking and good signage to find the playing hall. The hall is very new and it provided excellent conditions to play chess. Hacketts provided a varied array of refreshments, which were frequently required given it's a 2-day affair. I managed to take a few photos while there as my words don't really do the venue justice.


And so on to the chess! There were 4 sections: Open, U180, U145 and U120. All were keenly contested although there could have been a few more entrants in the Open. In fact, there were so few that all entrants in this section got a cash prize much to Mike's embarrassment and very probably annoyance! The others sections I'm pleased to announce were well supported.


So to finish, thanks must be given to all the organisers and arbiters for providing such a great weekend's chess. Final thanks must go to my better half for allowing my attendance. I'm sure I will have to do many weekends of back-breaking DIY in recompense, especially as I want to attend the Kidlington congress in Feb.










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