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
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
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.