Ramsgate 1929 - Premier 'A' Tournament

The Kent County Chess Congress was held at Ramsgate, beginning on Saturday, March 30th. The main event was a 'Scheveningen' system tournament of seven foreign masters to play against each of seven British players.

In the Premier Tournament (Section A) the Scottish champion William Gibson had a notable victory, winning the tournament with a score of 5½ points from seven games. It was rare in those days to see a Scottish player venturing forth to do battle in such tournaments, never mind score such a success.

He drew with Rellstab (Germany), who would go on to have a long and distinguished career, and defeated Gibaud (France) and Noteboom (Holland). Daniel Noteboom would become an outstanding player, representing Holland at the Olympiads at Hamburg 1930 and Prague 1931. He died tragically young in 1932, just short of his 22nd birthday. Gibson's only loss was to the English player Drewitt in the final round. Rellstab, who began the last round with 4½ points could have tied Gibson for first place, had he won his encounter.

Ramsgate 1929

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Pts

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W. Gibson

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J.A.J. Drewitt

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½

1

½

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5

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L. Rellstab

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1

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1

5

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A. Gibaud

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0

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D. Noteboom

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½

½

1

0

½

½

3

6

A.G. Conde

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0

1

0

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J.H. Morrison

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0

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½

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8 H.H. Cole
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Gibaud - Gibson [A29]
Ramsgate-Premier 'A' Glasgow (1), 1929

1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.g3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.Bg2 Be6 6.Nf3 Nc6 7.d3 Be7 8.Bd2 h6 9.Rc1 0-0 10.0-0 Qd7 11.a3 Rad8 12.b4 a6 13.Ne4 Bh3 14.Rxc6!? Bxg2 15.Kxg2 Qxc6 16.Nxe5 Qe8 17.Nf3 f5 18.Nc3 Nxc3 19.Bxc3 Bf6 20.d4 Qe4 21.Qb3+ Kh8 22.Rd1 Qxe2 23.Re1 Qb5 24.Ne5 Bxe5 25.dxe5 Rd3 26.Kg1 Qc6 27.Rc1 Kh7 Giving consideration to the possibility of e6, with the threat of Bxg7+. However, stronger was simply 27...Rfd8. 28.e6 Re8 29.Qb2 Qxe6 30.Bxg7 Re7 31.Bc3 Red7 32.Re1 Rd1 33.Kf1 Qe4 0-1

Morrison - Gibson [C55]
Ramsgate-Premier 'A' Ramsgate (2), 1929

1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 Nf6 3.d4 Nc6 4.Nf3 Nxe4 5.dxe5 Nc5 6.0-0 Be7 7.Nc3 0-0 8.Nd5 Ne6 9.Nxe7+ Qxe7 10.Be3 b6 11.Qe2 Bb7 12.Rad1 Rad8 13.Rfe1 Kh8 14.c3 d6 15.exd6 Rxd6 16.Rxd6 Qxd6 17.Ng5 Nxg5 18.Bxg5 Qg6 19.h4 h6 20.Bd3 f5 21.Bf4 Nd4 0-1

Gibson - Conde [E11]
Ramsgate-Premier 'A' Ramsgate (4), 1929

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.c4 Bb4+ 4.Bd2 Qe7 5.Qc2 b6 6.a3 Bxd2+ 7.Nbxd2 Bb7 8.e4 d6 9.Bd3 e5 10.0-0 Nbd7 11.b4 0-0 12.Rfe1 Rfe8 13.d5 Nf8 14.Nf1 Nh5 15.Ne3 g6 16.g3 Bc8 17.Qd2 f6 18.Nh4 Bh3 19.Be2 Ng7 20.Bg4 Bxg4 21.Nxg4 h5 22.Ne3 Qf7 23.Rf1 Kh7 24.f3 a5 25.Rac1 axb4 26.axb4 Ra3 27.Ra1 Rea8 28.Qb2 Rxa1 29.Rxa1 Qe8 30.Ra3 Qc8 31.Kg2 Rxa3 32.Qxa3 f5 33.exf5 g5 34.Ng6 Nxg6 35.fxg6+ Kxg6 36.Qd3+ Kf6 37.g4 h4 38.Qh7 Qe8 39.Nf5 Qg6 40.Qh8 Kf7 41.Qc8 Ne8 42.Qd7+ Kf8 43.Qe7+ Kg8 44.Kh3 Kh8 45.Qd7 Qg8 46.Nh6 Qg6 47.Nf7+ Kh7 48.Qxe8 Qf6 49.Nxg5+ Qxg5 50.Qh5+ 1-0

Gibson - Noteboom [D61]
Ramsgate-Premier 'A' Ramsgate (6), 1929

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.c4 d5 4.Nc3 Nbd7 5.Bg5 c6 6.a3 Be7 7.e3 0-0 8.Qc2 a6 9.Rd1 Re8 10.Bd3 h6 11.Bh4 b5 12.c5 e5 13.dxe5 Ng4 14.Bg3 Bf8 15.0-0 Ngxe5 16.Nxe5 Nxe5 17.b4 Nxd3 18.Qxd3 f5 19.Ne2 g6 20.Nd4 Qf6 21.f3 Bg7 22.Bd6 Bd7 23.Kh1 a5 24.a4 axb4 25.axb5 Ra3 26.Qb1 cxb5 27.Qxb4 Rexe3 28.c6 Bc8 29.Bc5 Ra2 30.Qxb5 Qg5 31.Rg1 Be5 32.Bd6 Bxd4 33.Qxd5+ Be6 34.Qxd4 Ree2 35.Bg3 Ra8 36.c7 Rc8 37.Qd8+ Kf7 38.Rd7+ 1-0

Sources:
Various Glasgow Herald reports/chess columns.

Alan McGowan



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