CLUB NIGHT REPORT: Thurs 18th April 19
31 players down with 13 of them juniors! Tonight saw the start of our new Quick-Play format Grand Prix (The old 5 minute format!). The time control was 3 minute & 2 seconds, plus 2 seconds increment each time you press the clock! There will be 5 separate nights and depending on numbers it will either be an all-play-all, or 6/7 round Swiss. The player with the most points after all 5 events will be the winner! Points are given for the top 5 places; i.e.;
1st 5 points; 2nd 4 points; 3rd 3 points; 4th 2 points & 5th 1 point.
You also get a bonus point for turning up! It’s a brutal format with the first illegal move made loses the game!
1st QUICK-PLAY TOURNAMENT
15 players took part in the 1st event of the 5. Andy Rowe is the defending champion and he got his defense off to a flyer finishing in 2nd place behind winner on the night Declan Shafi. Ed Walton, Colin Young and Andre Babin finished equal third. Jan Barron-Majerik got off to a great start, only to be pegged back in the last 3 rounds by Declan, Andre and Andy! Mind you he did get a draw against Andy Rowe but that was all!
As for the 2 juniors in the field, Rishi Vijayakumar J7 and Alexander Barron-Majerik J7. They acquitted themselves very well indeed. In the last round they played each other with Rishi getting the junior bragging rights and finishing on 3 points! Alexander also got a great score on 2 points!
The format was a lot of fun and everyone seemed to enjoy the night. Declan will be favorite but this time-control can be a great leveler!
The 2nd Quick-Play takes place on Thurs 6th June 19.
Round 4 late results
Alan Woodcock (1401) 0, Euan Dawson (1798) 1
considering the grading, this proved to be a lot tougher than it should have been on paper! Indeed at one point Alan looked to be gaining the upper hand in what turned out to be a time scramble which is nothing new for Euan! In the end Euan did win but it was a nerve jangler!
Sneha Sripada J14 (UG) 0, Josh Cargill J17 (902) 1
Sneha seemed to have the better of it for a while, but Josh somehow managed to turn it around and take the win!
Norrie Carroll (UG) 1, Anish Chaudhuri J12 (744) 0
Next week we have the 11th Ian McNab Memorial using the 360 Chess (Fisher-Random) format. It’s a fun night with a trophy at stake! Not only that, nobody can study for it!
For more info and rules please see our McNab page on our website!