CLUB NIGHT REPORT: Thurs 5th April 2018
We had another good turnout with 31 players down for 5 minutes. Well a 5-Minute tournament that lasted 1½ to 2 hours! Yes it was the first of 5 5-Minute Grand Prix nights over 5 months. But first we had 3 Random Knockout matches and one Junior Club Championship match on.
1st Round Results
Daniel Coleman (1078) 1, Risharbh Akula J12 0
Anish Chaudhuri J11 0, Robert Jackson (1600) 1
Ed Walton (1195) 0., Roy Morris (1531) 1
I was reliably informed by Robert and Daniel that their junior opponents gave them a tough match and are very promising talents for our chess club! I know Rishabh and Anish enjoyed the matches and the analysis afterwards!
JUNIOR CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP
Final Section Result
Jake Proctor (J12) 1, Krish Akula (J10) 0
Jake moves into 3rd place after this result and is hot on the heels of the leaders, Ramit & Rishabh. Jake has only played two matches so far and is a big threat to the top two. Jake has yet to play Ramit & Rishabh so it`s still all to play for in this one!
5-MINUTE GRAND PRIX: Night 1
Now TAFCA is almost over we start our very popular 5-minute grand prix events where the player with the most points after 5 events becomes Castlehill 5-Minute Grand Prix Champion 2017-18. It was a tough start as a few players fell foul of the, “first illegal move (noticed!) loses the game”, but they soon got better at that one! We had 12 players entered which also included the defending champion Andy Rowe. Andy is favourite along side Subhayu Banerjee who just loves this format and it suits his attacking style!
Andy and Subhayu were leading after four rounds when out of the blue in round 5, Ray Noble, even after losing his Queen, managed somehow to upset the odds and beat Subhayu! That left Andy Rowe in top spot on his own. But Subhayu got right back into the tournament in round 8 when he won against Andy to draw level with him. Other players were having mixed fortunes apart from one player who was lurking beyond the radar. Yes Ray Noble after winning against Subhayu just kept on winning. He was in 3rd place after dropping 1½ points in the early rounds. Then in round 9 he did the unthinkable and beat defending champion Andy Rowe! That put Ray in 2nd place now, just behind Subhayu. But alas with two rounds only left all three players (Andy, Subhayu & Ray) won so Subhayu managed to stay ahead of Ray in 1st place on the night, with Ray finishing in 2nd place and Andy in 3rd place. Colin Young was in 4th place; while in equal 5th place was the two Graham’s! Yes Graham Atkins and new guy Graham Wardle.
1. Subahyu Banerjee (10pts): 6 GP points
2. Ray Noble (9½pts): 5 GP points
3. Andy Rowe (9pts): 4 GP points
4. Colin Young (7pts): 3 GP points
5=. Graham Atkins & Graham Wardle (6pts): 2 GP points
A good start for the players that finished in the points, but with 4 events still to come, it’s still wide open. Can’t wait for the next one, but wait we must!