Chess 2013 - First Day Report-B.Kitson(Secretary BRC)-23rd November.
The 2013 British Rapidplay
Chess returned to Leeds again at the Leeds Metropolitan University in Headingley.The event saw nearly 300 entries from all
over the UK to play in Britain’s main Rapidplay
Tournament. Many players had
just seen Magnus
Carlsen win the world championship two days before.
Well the weather was sunny and fine ,with no rain fortunately! There was
a smooth set up from Carlos Velosa and his team.
The event also held a small raffle ( a generous
prize from Chess Direct) which gained one hundred and ten pounds for the
Philippines Typhoon disaster fund.
Leeds United were battling against Middlesborough and won 2-1 whilst the Liverpool derby ended 3-3.
The chess got underway at midday.
Unfortunately a major glitch meant that live games were not
Possible on the internet . However we are assured this was finally
rectified by 9.00 p.m by our internet people.
Well in the Under 11 Junior trial
from Jesmond club was in sparkling form and
won the event with 5/5.In the
Minor , Gordon Glover and Douglas Barnett had excellent starts with 4/5
going into round 6.In The Major Guy
Batchelor was on 5/5 going into the 6th Round.
In the Intermediate Nick Balmforth of Leeds University was on a perfect 5/5
Now in the Open Jonathan Hawkins , Marc Hebden , and Keith Arkell were amongst the leading entrants.
Jonathan Hawkins was drawn against Marc Hebden in round 4
Now after 5 rounds
Marc Hebden was leading with
4.5/5,with Keith Arkell,James Cobb,Charles
Storey, Ameet Ghasi ,
and Richard Palliser all on 4/5.
So needless to say round 6 had
a lot of critical matches.Marc Hebden met Keith
Arkell and won in half an hour.Leaving Hebden on top
after day one with 5.5/6.The Jonathan
Hawkins v Richard
Palliser match went
to Jonathan with a fine win ,
so as to give him a chance if Marc Hebden slips up on Sunday . Ameet
Ghasi had a fine win against James Cobb , giving him 5/6 like
Sundays proceedings start at 9.30 a.m when live games will be (Computers permitting!) viewable online.
We’ll leave you with a picture of James Moreby the winner of the Junior Under 11.Thanks to all the players , arbiters
, organizers , etc.
Will Marc Hebden
gain his 4th
BRChess title or not…time will
PS Norwegian classes and male modelling classes are
apparently all the rage!