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SAE - Upton House Saturday, November 11

Closed Section controller, Chris Archer-Lock writes:

An exciting contest in the eight player Closed Section saw some excellent chess, with James Holland prevailing as winner after finding the optimum balance between quality chess and time management, while his rivals either ran into time trouble or did not find the same consistency whilst avoiding it. The tournament format worked well, with two groups in the first stage and then a final round head to head between players in the equivalent group positions. Four thirty minute games were played by each player, plus a limited number of decisive "armageddon" blitz playoffs where the 30 minute games had not produced a winner. In fact, Group B winner James Holland's skilled handling of the tournament was capped when he won the armageddon playoff for first place versus Ben Davey, who had himself scored a major success in defeating his rivals from Group A. Other decisive moments were James Holland's cool fightback under immense pressure as the seconds ticked away in a difficult position versus Tom McFaul, and Ben Davey's resourceful play in an inferior position versus James Adair. Congratulations to overall winner James Holland, runner up Ben Davey, and third placed James Adair, and it is hoped that a similar format event will be run again in the future.


Open Sections controller Peter Davey writes:

There was such a difference between the top 6 and the rest, that a separate Open Section all-play-all was required. Rachel Davey was on form and a draw with Ryan Chen in the last round gave her a good win. The other Open Section allowed a new winner in Michael Romanov, Tom Vandersluis winning the minor trophy. There was also a well-attended training session for the 5-6 year olds that were only beginners.


Under 11 Gilrs Section Section controller, Keith Tunstall writes:

The U11 girls section at Upton House was very nearly an exclusive affair. Of the 32 players there was only one player, Chloe Rogers, who didn't go to Upton House!

The enthusiasm throughout the afternoon was fantastic. Everyone tried their hardest right until the end.

Despite everyone's best efforts there was no keeping Chloe Rogers at bay. She was the winner of this huge section with a perfect 5 points from 5 rounds.

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Results:
 Closed Section
 Open Section A
 Open Section B
 Under 11 Girls Section
Upton House