British Rapidplay Chess 2013 – Second Day Report-B.Kitson (Secretary BRC)-24th November.


  The 2013 British Rapidplay Chess’s second day in Leeds, where the weather was fair, but cold and a bit damp. Arsenal were on top of the Premier League. England were casualties in The Ashes, and New Zealand were breaking hearts in the rugby. The chess got underway at 9.30 a.m... Live games were beaming out across the Internet, as well as on the big screen in the rest room. Others were chilling out in the beautiful L.M.U. library.

              Jordan Lewis (Poulton Le Fylde) won the main Sunday junior event with 4.5/5(Photo on webpage)

      David Jameson (Colwyn Bay) won   in The Major with 8.5/10 ; Nick Balmforth (Leeds Univ.) was joint winner with Joshua Fernandes (Hull c.c.) on 8.5/10  in the Intermediate ; Stephen Crockett (Redditch) won with 8.5/10                          in The Minor .

     Now in the Open   Jonathan Hawkins and   Mark Hebden were looking to have a good start, but   began the day with losses! Richard Bates beat Mark and eventually finished in a very good 4th place. Ameet Ghasi beat Jonathan .This threw the Open into a three horse race...It was a long day ….. but in the end Mark Hebden played solidly and won on 9.5/11, with Jonathan Hawkins and Ameet Ghasi joint second on 9/11.


        Marc Hebden  captures The Open outright for the fourth time (ahead of Adams and Howell ) in his British Rapidplay career (he’d also won the event  twice jointly) , again  proving his long-term strength in rapidplay .Special thanks to the  prize giving by  Bruce Holland of  The  E.C.F. (Home Congress Director). Reports, photos, cross-tables etc will follow in due course.

     The event is looking to take place on November 22nd and 23rd, 2014 at Leeds. where we are looking to go all digital with chess clocks.

     I would  like to thank the British Rapidplay Committee, controllers , arbiters , helpers , Internet , Bookstall , L.M.U. staff , Well Met conferencing ,  and anyone we have missed for all the effort put into the event.

       Above all we thank the 290 players who attended the event and made it a success. Chess itself is in good shape with its new world champion, and hopefully exposure on the television will follow we hope.







B Kitson.