25th Rapidplay (15 Mar); 24 Feb: although full with 73 (1 down), there is a reserve list
24 Feb ’20: To celebrate 25 years this is a very special Rapidplay event! There is a record £1000 in cash prizes. Please click on “Congresses”, main menu bar and then “Rapidplay 2020”. It is an open event.
Latest news is Tim McCullagh, grade 92, Poole has needed to withdraw. At the weekend reported that Steve Peirson, Purbeck, grade 174, has most generously decided not to take part in the competition in order to take on controlling duties and work with Martin Simons on the day.
We have to set a limit of a few over 70 entries to ensure good playing conditions. We will though, maintain a “reserve list” of players still interested in playing in case opportunities arise between now and 15 March. Regarding the “reserve list” please see a further mention at the end of this column.
Also, a reminder there is a £100 team prize for combined best scores. In the usual way, teams (4 players each) can be mixed, so do not have to be from any one club. Entries can be to Martin Simons in advance, or before play begins on the day. Please give your team a name.
|Stubbs||Oliver||Downend & Fishponds||180|
|Du Toit||Reenen||New Milton||161|
|Headlong||Fenella||4 NCL Check Inn||142|
|Headlong||Georgia||4NCL Check Inn||141|
Grades have been adjusted to reflect any changes from the ECF Jan ’20 listing
Picture above is Bruce Jenks (Highcliffe) who has won outright or shared the Rapidplay Championship a record 8 times. Bruce has entered again this year.
Mark is a very regular entrant in the Dorset Rapidplay, including this one coming up. Martin is the Congress Organiser and Controller. He started the Rapidplay 25 years ago at Southbourne – and has been involved running it every year. In earlier years, he also set everything up, played, controlled, prepared lunch, make tea and washed up. But pleased to advise not this year, although he still provides the legendary hot lunches – which are said to compete with the chess as a reason to enter this event.
24 Feb If you still keen to enter and would like to be placed on a reserve list please let me know by email: [email protected] or alternatively complete a hard copy entry form under “Congresses” on the Main Menu and then “Rapidplay 2020”. And then email to me as an attachment or put in the post.
Many thanks. Mike Jay, Rapidplay Administrator