Royston Shogi Congress - 1990 Results

An entry of just 12 players competed in a 3-round Swiss-McMahon tournament for the title of 4th Royston Open Shogi Champion at the Coombes Community Centre on September 1st 1990. As in previous years, the event attracted a strong field, averaging stronger than 2-kyu, from the South-East counties, ranging from Doug McGown, 7-kyu, from Shepperton, to David Murphy, 3-dan British Champion, from Orpington.

At the same time as the Shogi competition was being played, a parallel 5-round Tori-Shogi competition was run, attracting just 6 players, of whom 2 opted to play simultaneously in both tournaments! The last Tori-Shogi tournament to be staged in Britain was held in February 1985 in Oxford when Matthew MacFadyen beat 5 other players to claim the unofficial title of "British Tori Champion"! That tournament was also the 1st Tori-Shogi tournament to be staged in this country. The Royston event attracted entries from as far away as Ashford, Bristol and Oxford, as well as a "home" representative from Royston.

In the Shogi tournament 6 players won 2 out of 3 games and the title had to be decided on a tie-break. The reigning Royston Open Shogi Champion, Les Blackstock, retained his title by winning the last game to finish in the final round! In the Tori tournament the title was awarded to David Murphy, who was placed 2nd in the Shogi Tournament! David won all 5 Tori-Shogi games, but again the last game to finish in the final round, against Richard West of Royston, was the deciding match! David now claims to be the unofficial "British Tori Champion"! Both champions have been invited back to Royston in 1991 to defend their titles.

My thanks go to the Royston Chess Club for the loan of their chess clocks, and to everyone who brought Shogi and Tori sets and chess clocks to Royston. I would also like to thank Nick Wedd for suggesting that I run a Tori tournament. Maybe it will be the official "British Tori Championship" next year!

Phil Holland, Vice-President of the British Shogi Federation.

The prizes awarded were as follows:

1990 Royston Shogi Tournament
1st - Les Blackstock - 2 wins
2nd - David Murphy - 2 wins
1990 Royston Tori-Shogi Tournament
1st - David Murphy - 5 wins

1990 Royston Shogi Tournament

Round 1:
Les Blackstock vs David Murphy 1-0
Vince West vs Tony Hosking 1-0
Mike Coyne vs Anthony Denver-Fedder 0-1
Graham Denver-Fedder vs Kevin Wicker 0-1
Steve Campbell vs Mike Brewer 0-1
Doug McGown vs Tony Atkins (Lance) 1-0
Round 2:
Tony Hosking vs Les Blackstock 1-0
Vince West vs David Murphy 0-1
Kevin Wicker vs Anthony Denver-Fedder 1-0
Mike Coyne vs Graham Denver-Fedder 0-1
Doug McGown vs Steve Campbell (Bishop) 0-1
Tony Atkins vs Mike Brewer (Rook) 0-1
Round 3:
Tony Hosking vs David Murphy 0-1
Kevin Wicker vs Les Blackstock 0-1
Graham Denver-Fedder vs Vince West 0-1
Anthony Denver-Fedder vs Mike Brewer 1-0
Tony Atkins vs Steve Campbell (Bishop) 1-0
Doug McGown vs Mike Coyne (Rook+Lance) 0-1

Final Table

Pos. Player's name (Club) Grade Pl. W.
1. Les Blackstock (London) 2-dan 3 2
2. David Murphy (Orpington) 3-dan 3 2
3. Anthony Denver-Fedder (Ashford) 1-kyu 3 2
4=. Vince West (Reading) 1-kyu 3 2
4=. Kevin Wicker (London) 1-kyu 3 2
4=. Mike Brewer (London) 2-kyu 3 2
7. Tony Hosking (London) 2-dan 3 1
8=. Mike Coyne (Gillingham) 1-kyu 3 1
8=. Graham Denver-Fedder (Ashford) 1-kyu 3 1
8=. Steve Campbell (Hythe) 3-kyu 3 1
8=. Tony Atkins (Reading) 5-kyu 3 1
8=. Doug McGown (Shepperton) 7-kyu 3 1

1990 Royston Tori-Shogi Tournament

Round 1:
Nick Meade vs Francis Roads 0-1
Richard West vs Nick Wedd 1-0
David Murphy vs Anthony Denver-Fedder 1-0
Round 2:
Francis Roads vs Richard West 0-1
Anthony Denver-Fedder vs Nick Meade 0-1
Nick Wedd vs David Murphy 0-1
Round 3:
Nick Wedd vs Francis Roads 0-1
Richard West vs Anthony Denver-Fedder 0-1
David Murphy vs Nick Meade 1-0
Round 4:
David Murphy vs Francis Roads 1-0
Richard West vs Nick Meade 1-0
Nick Wedd vs Anthony Denver-Fedder 0-1
Round 5:
David Murphy vs Richard West 1-0
Francis Roads vs Anthony Denver-Fedder 1-0
Nick Wedd vs Nick Meade 0-1

Final Table

Pos. Player's name (Club) Pl. W.
1. David Murphy (London) 5 5
2=. Francis Roads (London) 5 3
2=. Richard West (Royston) 5 3
4=. Anthony Denver-Fedder (Ashford) 5 2
4=. Nick Meade (Bristol) 5 2
6. Nick Wedd (Oxford) 5 0

Email: Phil Holland <>