The Rapidplay Championship table has been updated, please see here for full details. With exactly half the games played Amy Little is in the lead with 11/18. All games needs to be completed by the end of December.
The Rapidplay Championship table has been updated, please see here for full details. In the lead at the moment is Amy Little with 10/16.
From Peter Hodkinson…
On Sunday 8th July 2018, Amy Little (grade 118) won the Solihull (Birmingham) Gigafinal of the UK Chess Challenge to become Midlands girls u11 champion. Amy went clear of the field of 24 by winning her first 5 games and needed only to agree a draw in round 6 to be a clear winner.
The Southern Gigafinal in Twickenham a week earlier was a much closer affair with 4 girls finishing with 5 out of 6. Alisha Vyas (grade 117) won the title on a tie-break.
The Northern Gigafinal takes place on Sunday (15th July 2018) in Manchester.
This national schools event attracted over 40,000 entries of all school ages. It is the biggest chess tournament in the World.
The UK Grand Finals will be held in Peterborough.
Congratulations to Tony Larner for winning the 2016/17 Championship Reserve tournament with 7.5/10, closely followed by Amy Little with 7/10.
Congratulations to Darrell Pigott who won the Club Rapidplay Championship for 2017 with a score of 18/20. In second and third places were Alan Page and Peter Clough with 17/20 and 16/20 respectively. Full results can be seen here.
|Bond, Peter D||157||158|
|Clear, David E||167||161|
|Clough, Peter WL||134||132||135||130|
|Evans, Alex J||103||107||116||119|
|Evans, Jack A||99||99||74||80|
|Gallacher, Paul J||91||92||78||75|
|Hodkinson, Peter M||104||102||99||98|
|Larner, Emily M||109||106||82||74|
|Larner, Thomas O||76||75||87||83|
|Larner, Tony R||100||111||111||114|
|Page, Alan F||141||138||147||146|
|Pearl, John RF||45||51||62||61|
|Pigott, Darrell N||142||129|
|Sallon, Michael D||88||92||93||93|
|Savatov, Roman S||92||94||87||87|
|Thompson, Joseph M||67||66||59||59|
|Wells, Jonathan C||189||188||179||176|
A sparkling miniature win for Tony in the Club Championship against Alex.
|Bond, Peter D||158||160|
|Burnham, Martin K||96||96|
|Clear, David E||161||163|
|Clough, Peter WL||132||129||130|
|Evans, Alex J||107||106||119||118|
|Evans, Jack A||99||94||80||95|
|Gallacher, Paul J||92||75|
|Hodkinson, Peter M||102||105||98||107|
|Larner, Emily M||106||73||50|
|Larner, Thomas O||75||67||83||76|
|Larner, Tony R||111||107||114||96|
|Moreton, Richard C||78||88||94||94|
|Page, Alan F||138||136||146||138|
|Pearl, John RF||51||52||61||46|
|Sallon, Michael D||92||100||93|
|Savatov, Roman S||94||96||87|
|Thompson, Joseph M||66||70||59||45|
|Wells, Jonathan C||188||185||176||172|
Many thanks to Jonathan Wells who took on other club members in a very enjoyable simultaneous event on Friday 18th December. Playing seven adults and four juniors Jonathan was unbeaten with nine wins and two draws (well done to Edward Hackford and Jack Evans) .
At the first weekend of the British Championships at Warwick University the Rapidplay competitions were held. There were several sections and I had entered the U-150 tournament. The format was over two days, with 11 rounds and 20 minutes on each player’s clock, plus an additional 10 seconds added after each move. Hopefully this would help me practice playing faster after many time-troubled games last season!
The first day was quite tough, with three losses in a row after long, close finishes which left me on 1.5/5. However, I started better on Sunday morning, and ended with 6.5/11 including a quick draw in the last round with most players suffering mental exhaustion by then!
An enjoyable couple of days at an excellent venue and good luck to Alex, Jack and Jon in the rest of the Championships at a more leisurely pace!
I’ve included an interesting game from Saturday where I reached a winning position only to see this disappear over the horizon as the moves got faster and faster…