21 Dec: Southbourne Christmas Handicap has record entry for “fun & enjoyment” – Len Laker wins with 5.5/6 & is also ahead on mince pies

21 Dec: Southbourne Christmas Handicap has record entry for “fun & enjoyment” – Len Laker wins with 5.5/6 & is also ahead on mince pies

Summary:

There was a very pleasing record entry of 33 players at the Southbourne CC Christmas Handicap Tournament since the club has moved to its new premises.  As always, fun & enjoyment was the main theme with Christmas music being played throughout together with Bucks fizz & mince pies being offered during the tea break and, as is tradition, all players won at least one wrapped up Christmas present at the end of the evening.  There was also a £1 book sale.  Well played to Len Laker (144) who played brilliant attacking chess to win the tournament with 5½ points out of 6, also for eating most mince pies!  There were other notable great performances from James Forster (176) who came 2nd with 5 points, Mark Squires (70) who came 6th equal with 4 points, Chas Best (95) who came 11th equal with 3½ points and Savanna Forster (40), Janet Lucas (75) & Mark Spalding (90) who came 14th equal with a 50% score.

We hope to see you all again next year.

Southbourne Chess Club

(Special thanks to Controller Martin Simons & John Harris who. as always, both worked hard to make this event such a success)

Southbourne Christmas Handicap Chess Tournament
Friday, 21st December 2018
PosPtsNameGrade
1stLen Laker144
2nd5James Forster176
3rdChristian Westrap162
Steve Peirson180
Mike Duggan192
6th4Mark Squires70
Paul Sandy106
Adam Ursell123
Peter Austin120
Richard Ursell142
11thChas Best95
Colin Grant154
Kevin Goater197
14th3Savanna Forster40
Janet Lucas75
Mark Spalding90
Alan Reid101
Derek Mount116
Steve Pollyn142
John Weatherlake175
Allan Pleasants190
22ndDaniel Ursell40
Alan Dufall61
John Harris128
Graham White160
26th2Gavin Sadler50
Stuart Denyer60
Larry Cox110
Chris Lane114
Nicholas Stout133
31stNigel Purry89
32ndHazel Austin40
Colin Webb90