Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th November 2016
Temple Moor High School
Field End Grove
Leeds LS15 0PT
British Rapidplay Chess –First Day Report..
The Chess World met in Leeds (At the Leeds Beckett University, Headingley)
for the main weekend rapidplay chess event in the UK. The weather was dry
and not too cold.
Whilst The All Blacks were winning their second consecutive
Union World Cup and Jose Moreno’s Chelsea were losing again , our chess players
gathered in Beckett University, Headingley, Leeds .Despite some air conditioning, lighting ,
vending machine, power supply and top table size issues, the set up went pretty well .
#On Halloween though I did see one of the juniors dressed in his skeleton onesy !
Must have scared some opponents I guess!!
In the one day event under 11 trial we saw a fine day’s chess .Joint winners were
Jacob David Yoon and Dhruv Easwar who both scored 4.5/5 points. EPSCA joint
Manager Balvinder Ahluwalia (ECF) presented the top prizes. Our thanks go to Jon
Hipshon and Cathy Bowler who ran the event. The best girl player was Leonara
Ives, whilst there were three players in joint second……Nakul Nataraj , Weiming
Xu,and Edward Gray .
In the main hall’s two day events the Open event welcomed back its all-time
record holding winner Mark Hebden G.M.. We also welcomed the faithful Ahmeet
Ghasi I.M. These two met during the day and ended up with a draw. Mark also drew
with Daniel Fernandez I.M. Daniel and Simon Ansell I.M. kept up the good play
and by the end of the day all the leading players were on 5/6 points. Jim Burnett was
also having a good day’s chess .
The event was using digital clocks throughout. It also was using a Fisher system
of 20 minutes plus 10 sec increments for each move. Overall this new time control
worked well. There was no clattering, banging of analogue clocks ,plus the format
gave a more relaxed environment with the last seconds of a game still offering
potential if any of the players were in a precarious position!
In the Major section the leader was Pawel Golomowski of Spalding on 5.5/6.
whilst in The Intermediate Kevin Winter was on 5/6 points and Seny Denisov was
on 5.5/6 In The Minor.
We must give a big thank you to all who helped get the event set up
as well as its running. The event will of course be 30 years old in 2016 !!!!We thank
all the chess players who have supported and continue to support this event. We look
forward to the second day for more exciting rapidplay chess. Note photos will
appear on the website in due course.