1st / Sunday 2nd November 2014
Great Hall, James Graham Building,
Leeds Metropolitan University,
Beckett’s Park Campus,
Headingley LS6 3QS [map]
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First Day Report-British Rapidplay Chess , November 1st 2014.
The Premier British Rapidplay event was back in Leeds for the start of November this year.
Although half-term meant a few less juniors, plus one or two top G.M’s were away in Greece ,
the event saw 250 entrants (273 in 2013) gather at Beckett University , Leeds ,(formerly Leeds Metropolitan University) in seasonally mild weather.
The venue was well set up by the organizing team. The event welcomed some new arbiters/controllers and trainee arbiters this year.
Jonathan Hawkins ,who recently reached the Grandmaster level was looking to gain his second
British Rapidplay title (He won the event in 2012). Ameet Ghasi I.M. , Stephen Mannion I.M.,Richard Bates I.M. and others were looking to stop him.
Well ,Chelsea and Southampton were flying high in the Premiership , whilst Leeds United third manager saw them go down to Cardiff.
Anyway on with the chess……..in the first four rounds here are some of the key points.
Open …… James Adair of York University beats Richard Bates I.M. to move to 4/4 .
Jonathon Hawkins only gains a half point against Andy Horton in round 3 (Jonathan unfortunately dropped a pawn in error)
Major…… After 4 rounds there are 4 players all on 3.5/4 …G.Batchelor/Carl Heald/Shane McCabe/Pawel Golimowski
Intermediate…..Andy Ross is storming away on 4/4
Minor……………Chris Fraser leads on 4/4 ………………………….17.15 p.m
Well the evening session saw the under 11 trial come to a climax when George Harman met
Kevin Ye.The winner of this fifth and final round would take away the Under 11 trophy.
Indeed ….George Harman did win and achieved 5/5.In joint second with Armaan Gogia ,were
Cheuknam Wong and Adam Bennet ..All the runners up finished on 4 points.
Meanwhile back in the open….James Adair was paired against Jonathon Hawkins in the 5th round of The Open……and yes Jonathan wins ,despite being an exchange down , but with precise attacking black play
he mates James with a simple combination .This is where a G.M’s sharpness counts !…
In the sixth and final round Jonathan met Ameet Ghasi ……….and with white , pressured his opponent.
Well behind on the clock , and under The Hawks grip ….Ameet blundered under the pressure..
Joseph Mc Phillips finished the sixth round well by beating James Adair.
After the final 6th round the situation was as follows….
Winner of the England Under 11 Trial…………….George Harman (Worsley) 5/5…picture on web!
Leaders Open- Jonathan Hawkins 5.5/6 , Joseph McPhillips 5/6 Major Guy Batchelor 5.5/6 Intermediate - Oscar Pollack 5.5/6 Minor- P.Horman 5.5/6 …
After a long ,quite tiring day the players left for home/hotels/etc
to reflect on what they might do on Sunday………
Sunday’s report can be read in due course…thanks to all who took part on day one…………..