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Leek Rapidplay Congress 2007

(Organised by Cheddleton & Leek Chess Club)

4th Leek Rapidplay Congress - Played Sunday 10 June, 2007

Report by Gus Brain (Cheddleton & Leek Press Officer).

Leek Rapidplay Chess Congress proves as exciting as usual.

The 4th Leek Rapidplay Chess Congress proved as exciting as usual with the lead changing quickly at the end before top seed Mike Surtees, from Bolton, just came out as winner of the top Under-190 Grade ‘Cheddleton’ section with 7/9.

The Congress consisted of nine rounds with each player having just 15 minutes to make all their moves.  Held at St Edward’s Middle School, it attracted nearly 80 participants.

Second in the top section was Roger Williamson, from Aigburth, with 6½/9, while Dave Buxton, from Cheddleton, and David Stephenson, from Hull, were equal third with 6/9.

Dave Buxton retained the Alan Wilshaw Memorial Trophy as the highest placed North Staffordshire player, while Simon Edwards from the club also played in this section.

David Stephenson also won the Under-160 Grading Prize, Frank McCabe, from Widnes, won the Under-145 Grading Prize and Edward Taylor, from Wallasey, won the Under-130 Grading Prize.

The second Under-130 Grade ‘St Edward’s’ section was won by David Gothard, from Derby, with a very good 8/9 while Mitchell Burke, from 3Cs chess club, and Richard Desmedt, from Wombwell, came equal second with 7/9.

Andrew Stott, from Fenton, won the Under-110 Grading Prize, Nick McLean, from the club, won the Under-85 Grading Prize and Russell Edwards, from SASCA, won the Under-70 Grading Prize.

In this section, from the club, Carl Gartside shared equal 9th with Nick McLean on 5½/9, Matthew Wyza and David Hallen were equal 17th on 5/9 and Philip Hallen was equal 23rd on 4½/9.

Also playing, from the club, were Joseph Jackson, Roger Walker, Adam Arshad, James Nicol, William Foster, Alex Cimino and Ebrahim Arshad.

Other players came from as far afield as Bristol, Cheshire, Warwickshire, Oxfordshire, Shropshire, Worcestershire, Yorkshire and Lancashire for a Congress that is fast becoming a must-play fixture on the calendar.

Meanwhile club members, visitors and friends are playing friendly games and getting coaching every Friday at the club from 7.30 pm at Leek United Building Society’s Norbury House, Strangman Street, Leek. Details from Robert Milner on 01782 550112.

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