1st / Sunday 2nd November 2014
Great Hall, James Graham Building,
Leeds Metropolitan University,
Beckett’s Park Campus,
Headingley LS6 3QS [map]
An English Chess Federation supported Grand Prix event | Entries - Steve Burton (0113) 2568157
Tournament Secretary - Brent Kitson email@example.com
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Second Day Report-British Rapidplay Chess , November 2nd 2014.
Leaders After Day One
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
Well after a good night’s sleep and sorting out of some software glitches, the British Rapidplay Chess entered it’s second day.
It’s the first time that the event has had all digital clocks. On site printing has also helped. The weather was holding up too.
The big Manchester derby was the football event of the day(City won)
In the seventh round of the Open , Jonathan Hawkins met Joseph Mc Phillips
True to form “The Hawk” exploited a weakness on white’s kingside , after a weak opening .
The game was over by move 30.Ameet Ghasi had a good win over Peter Batchelor to stay a point behind the leader. Andrew Horton also had a good win over James Adair
The Sunday Junior Rapidplay was also underway with several strong under 16’s including Max Miller and George Harman .They both won their first two games.
Round eight saw Jonathan Hawkins beat Phil Olbison ,who’d tried for counterplay,
but Jonathon’s pawn majority saw the day through. The next three contenders all won as well. Unless Jonathan slips up , he’s well on the way to winning the event.
In the Major the brilliant young James Moreby (2013 u/11 trial champion) was leading with 6/7.In the Intermediate Dominic Miller was also on 6/7.Paul Horman was leading the Minor with 6.5/7 by midday .
The venue provided some great food at great prices…..thanks to Beckett University and WellMet Conferencing for hosting.
Although the 2014 event was a bit earlier in the calendar this year ,the tournament
has had a good turnout. Additional book prizes are being given for best juniors in main events thanks to Chess Direct..
Well the Open round 9 saw Richard Bates I.M. taking on Jonathan Hawkins G.M.
Ameet Ghasi is still one point behind the leader…………Richard played a very good game which saw attacks from both players……in the end though Jonathan’s knight
combined with his rook and queen and got through the kingside to eventually mate …..Meanwhile Ameet won again , keeping just one point behind.
Round 10 saw Jonathan playing Matthias Ganter (from Switzerland)..
Half a point would see him as the winner in the Open.
In other sections…the following players were leading the way ..George Harman 3/3 Junior Paul Horman 8.5/9 Minor Dominic Miller 8/9 Intermediate James Moreby 8/9 Major …..
Yes and at 3.15 pm…. Jonathan had beaten the Swiss player……
In the final eleventh round Jonathon Hawkins played and beat Peter Batchelor …finishing on 10.5/11 which is half a point behind Nigel Short’s all-time record of 11/11…..so becoming the 2014 British Rapidplay Champion.(For the second time)
Ameet Ghasi won his game too ..finishing on 9/11..thus becoming runner-up. Andrew Horton finished third (he was the only player to take half a point from Jonathon)
All the other main winners were as follows
Junior Sunday-George Harman / Anum Sheikh 4/5
Minor -Paul A Horman 9.5/11
Intermediate -Dominic Miller 9/11
Major -James Moreby 9.5 /11
Thanks to all the chess players/organizers/arbiters/helpers/officials etc for your support…B. Kitson . Tournament Secretary B.R.Chess 2014.