British Championship 2013
- 01 June 2013, Morecambe.
Armstrong regains the British Title he previously
won 30 years ago.
There were plenty of results going against the grades in the BCA British open
championship held at the Auckland hotel, Morecambe from 25 May to 1 June 2013.
This time the Championship was an open event as it was known some of the
leading players would not compete due to the IBCA World Team championship
being scheduled to start just ten days after the Morecambe tournament.
Associate member, Norman Stephenson went through
the tournament undefeated with 6/7 being held to draws by Bill armstrong and Stan Lovell. Bill Armstrong, the highest
graded of the UK vi players, had shakey moments when in round 2 he had an inferior
position against Stan Lovell, when his opponent made a catastrophic mistake
which gave Bill the full point and in round 6 when he unexpectedly
lost to bottom seed, Voldi Gailans, who
was playing well above his grade. Phil Gordon, meanwhile, was
mounting a strong challenge and when he drew his 5th round game against
Bill and followed this up with a win against Stan he seemed destined to a
share of the title. This, however, did not reckon with another of the
lower seeds, guy Whitehouse, who had been making steady progress crowning
his very good tournament with a final win against Phil, which scuppered
Phil's chance of the top spot and gained Guy a share of the prizes. This allowed Bill to take a final round draw which ensured him of the
With this result Bill armstrong qualified to
represent UK in the IBCA World Individuals championship scheduled for Corfu
8 Players competed in the minor tournament which was won by steve Brown with 6.5/7 followed by Gary Wickett 6. Grading prizes were won by Dan
Rugman and Stan Lightowler.
The tournament was controlled by David Welch and Matthew Carr assisted by Norman Andrews.
1st – Norman Stephenson 6/7
2nd – Bill Armstrong 4½/7 (BCA Champion)
3th - Stan Lovell 4/7
4th - Philip Gorgon 4//7
5th - Guy Whitehouse 4/7 (Grading Prize)
- Eamonn casey 3.5/7
7th – sean Loftus 3.5/7
8th - Voldi gailans 3.5/7
- Steve Thacker 3/7
- George Phillips 0.5/7
1st - Stephen Brown 6½/7
2nd- Gary Wickett 6/7 (Coaching Prize)
3rd- Jim Cuthbert 4½/7 (grading prize)
4th - Daniel Rugman 4/7 (Slow starter Coaching & Grading
here for the results of the Major Tournament
here for the results of the Minor Tournament