1st Dorset Online Rapidplay 2021 – Report and Results

1st Dorset Online Rapidplay 2021 – Report and Results

Martin Simons has sent the following report on the 1st  Dorset Online Rapidplay Championships, held on Sunday 14th March.

On behalf of everyone who played in the event, many thanks to Martin for his significant effort in organising it.

Tournament Report

The 1st Dorset Online Rapidplay Championship proved to be a resounding success with a record 60 players taking part in a local online tournament. It also used a virtual face to face ‘chat room’ for the players which covered many interesting discussions throughout the tournament and it was pleasing to see 25 players attend the Opening Ceremony.

There were many exciting games and the tournament ran to schedule finishing at 1.15pm. In total, 22 players won cash prizes which was well over a third of all entrants.

In the Individual competition, Andrej Furjel (Weymouth) was playing well, beating everyone who stood in front of him in the first six rounds but just when it looked like he had the tournament wrapped up, Peter Anderson (Ringwood) played an outstanding game in the final round to defeat him. Both players were joined by Christian Westrap (Highcliffe) who played well throughout and defeated Paul Hampton (Seaton) in the last round. It is perhaps fitting that these Championships ended in a three way tie, such is the tradition to share prizes.

Other prize winners were as follows:

  • The 141 to 165 grading section was won jointly by Richard Smith (Poole) and Georgia Headlong (Wiltshire Juniors) on 5 points. As an individual can only win one prize, Georgia was awarded the Junior Under 18 cash prize.
  • The 126 to 140 grading section was won by Tim Jones (New Milton) on 5 points. Tim had an outstanding Lichess rating performance in excess of 2100.
  • The 111 to 125 grading section was won by Matthew Deacon (Hampshire Juniors / Fareham) with a score of 4.5 points. Matthew was also the Junior Under 12 winner but can only win one cash prize. The Junior Under 12 cash prize was therefore awarded jointly to its 2nd place winners Zander (Bournemouth Library Juniors) and Jack Baskett (Dorset Juniors) on 3 points.
  • The 100 to 110 grading section was won jointly by Philip Ware (Basingstoke) and Max Teverson (Dorset Juniors) on 3 points. Max was also a joint Junior Under 10 winner but can only win one cash prize. The Junior Under 10 cash prize was therefore awarded to Nicholas Deacon (Hampshire Juniors / Fareham), also with a score of 3 points.
  • The Under 100 grading section was won by David Williams (Isle of Wight) who scored a staggering 3.5 points and achieved almost a 1800 Lichess rating performance.
  • The Veteran’s prize was won jointly by Alan Dommett (Southbourne) and Michael Pope (Salisbury) who scored 4 points.
  • Two Controller’s prizes for the best performances to players who had not won a prize were awarded to James Barnett (Salisbury) who scored 4 points and achieved almost a 2100 Lichess rating performance and Christine Roberts (Poole) who scored 3 points.  Merlin Cork (Ringwood) a had great tournament.
  • A review of the individual results suggests that no-one had a disaster tournament, therefore the Player with Most Potential prize has not been awarded!

Well played all individual winners. The full individual results are given in the table below.

In the highly exciting and well supported Team competition, ‘Chess Cheetahs’ (Jamie Doyle, Jack Baskett, Larissa Cuthbert and Florence Spirling) were the early leaders, but were soon overtaken by ‘May the Forks Be With You’ (Robert Halse, Adam Ursell, Richard Ursell and Dan Ursell). Similar to the Individual competition, they looked favourites going into the final round as they had a two point lead but then disaster struck, they could only manage one point and were caught by the ‘Deacons Of Wimborne Minster’ (Ian Clark, Eddie Barker, Matthew Deacon and Nicholas Deacon) with The ‘Odds and Sods’ team (Allan Pleasants, Christian Westrap, Martin Clancy and Andy Baskett) also coming close only half a point behind. It would seem that the bonus / penalty system proved a great leveller as there was only 1 point separating the top 4 teams and only 4 points between all the teams.

The full team results are given in the table below.

I would like to thank Peter Anderson for maintaining an excellent, informative Dorset Rapidplay page on the website and Martin Clancy for helping me with some of the Lichess testing.

Finally, I would like to thank all players for the excellent chess, an enjoyable tournament and for making it very easy to run. We hope to be able to run it again soon.

Martin Simons
Tournament Controller
15th March 2021

Individual Results

Name July 20 Grade Score Prize Prize (£)
Christian Westrap 186 6 1st= 20
Peter Anderson 180 6 1st= 20
Andrej Furjel 173 6 1st= 20
Allan Pleasants 188 5.5
Richard Allis 180 5.5
Mike Duggan 180 5
Ian Clark 180 5 Team 2.5
Richard Smith 162 5 141 to 165 20
Georgia Headlong (J) U18 146 5 Junior U18 20
Tim Jones 133 5 126 to 140 20
Paul Hampton 182 4.5
Eddie Barker 173 4.5 Team 2.5
Martin O’Neill 173 4.5
Adam Ursell 146 4.5 Team 2.5
David Holmes 146 4.5
Merlin Cork (J) U18 135 4.5
Matthew Deacon (J) U12 121 4.5 111 to 125 22.5
Alan Dommett (V) 175 4 Veteran 10
Martin Clancy 156 4
Richard Ursell 145 4 Team 2.5
Tony Sanderson 138 4
Adam Jaggard 129 4
Colin Wilson 129 4
James Barnett 113 4 Controller’s 10
Michael Pope (V) 113 4 Veteran 10
David Fuller 161 3.5
Reenen Du Toit 161 3.5
Robert Halse 154 3.5 Team 2.5
Nicholas Stout 143 3.5
Peter Manning 137 3.5
Gillian Moore (V) 135 3.5
Amanda Jones 133 3.5
Jamie Doyle (J) U18 129 3.5
David Williams 89 3.5 Under 100 20
Zander (J) U12 135 3 Junior U12 5
John Belinger (V) 132 3
Rob Davenport 128 3
Paul Sandy (V) 123 3
Jack Baskett (J) U12 120 3 Junior U12 5
Paul Errington (V) 120 3
Philip Ware (V) 109 3 100 to 110 10
Max Teverson (J) U10 100 3 100 to 110 10
Nicholas Deacon (J) U10 96 3 Junior U10 12.5
Christine Roberts (V) 91 3 Controller’s 10
Dan Ursell 40 3 Team 2.5
Harry Mercer (J) U10 100 2.5
Florence Spirling (J) U12 100 2.5
Ron Salinger (V) 99 2.5
Larry Cox (V) 118 2
Barry Jolly (V) 111 2
Charles Charalambous 107 2
Martyn Maber 107 2
Larissa Cuthbert (J) U12 103 2
Alan Reid (V) 96 2
Phil Holden 72 2
Andy Baskett 68 2
Lohitaksh Jagadapi (J) U12 60 2
Kenny Harman (V) 185 1
Matthew Butcher (J) U12 100 1
Konstantinos Tsi (J) U12 50 1
Total £260

Team Results

Summary of Team Scores (including bonus/penalty)

Team Score Posn
May The Forks Be With You 17 1st
Deacons of Wimborne Minster 17 1st
Odds and Sods 16.5 3rd
Plumber’s Maits 16 4th
Drunken Knights 15 5th
Chess Cheetahs 14 6th
Old Chessnuts 13.5 7th
Ringwood Rodents 13 8th

Detailed Team Scores

Team: May The Forks Be With You
Name Grade Score
Robert Halse 154 3.5
Adam Ursell (Capt) 146 4.5
Richard Ursell 145 4
Dan Ursell 40 3
Average Grade 121
Bonus / Penalty 2
Total 17
Team: Deacons of Wimborne Minster
Name Grade Score
Ian Clark (Capt) 180 5
Eddie Barker 173 4.5
Matthew Deacon 121 4.5
Nicholas Deacon 96 3
Average Grade 143
Bonus / Penalty 0
Total 17
Team: Odds and Sods
Name Grade Score
Allan Pleasants 188 5.5
Christian Westrap 186 6
Martin Clancy (Capt) 156 4
Andy Baskett 68 2
Average Grade 150
Bonus / Penalty -1
Total 16.5
Team: Plumbers Maits
Name Grade Score
Richard Allis 180 5.5
David Fuller (Capt) 161 3.5
Tony Sanderson 138 4
Adam Jaggard 129 4
Average Grade 152
Bonus / Penalty -1
Total 16
Team: Drunken Knights
Name Grade Score
Reenen Du Toit 161 3.5
Peter Manning 137 3.5
Tim Jones 133 5
John Belinger 132 3
Average Grade 141
Bonus / Penalty 0
Total 15
Team: Chess Cheetahs
Name Grade Score
Jamie Doyle 129 3.5
Jack Baskett 120 3
Larissa Cuthbert 103 2
Florence Spirling (Capt) 100 2.5
Average Grade 113
Bonus / Penalty 3
Total 14
Team: Old Chessnuts
Name Grade Score
Martin O’Neill 173 4.5
Paul Sandy 123 3
Paul Errington (Capt) 120 3
Barry Jolly 111 2
Average Grade 132
Bonus / Penalty 1
Total 13.5
Team: Ringwood Rodents
Name Grade Score
Kenny Harman 186 1
Peter Anderson 180 6
Merlin Cork 135 4.5
Rob Davenport (Capt) 128 3
Average Grade 157
Bonus / Penalty -1.5
Total 13