Harrogate (Noel Boustred) Congress 2019
at Apley Grange, 35 Oatlands Drive, Harrogate, HG2 8PU

Noel Boustred’s latest congress was held at Apley Grange, 35 Oatlands Drive, Harrogate, HG2 8PU, from 20th to 22nd September 2019. Harrogate has recently enjoyed three congresses per year, all run by “outsiders”, the other two organisers being Castle Chess (Tony Corfe) and 4NCL (Mike Truran).  Rumour has it, however, that Castle Chess is discontinuing its Harrogate event.

Noel’s event this year had its usual “stars barred” format, with a Major section for U-170 players, and a Minor section for U-140 players, each section having 12 participants, making for a much cosier type of event that the usual 100-plus type.

In the Major section there was a three-way tie for 1st place, between Steven Booth of Great Ayton (Cleveland league), Ben Strutt of Rose Forgrove, and George O’Brien of the Irish Republic, each on 3½ out of 5.  In the Minor there was an outright winner in the form of Jeremy Brockes of Hampstead on 4 out of 5.

Full tournament charts can be found on the YCA website at http://mannchess.org.uk/YEvents/2019-09-22Harrogate.htm.