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
Pos Pts Name Grade
1st Len Laker 144
2nd 5 James Forster 176
3rd Christian Westrap 162
Steve Peirson 180
Mike Duggan 192
6th 4 Mark Squires 70
Paul Sandy 106
Adam Ursell 123
Peter Austin 120
Richard Ursell 142
11th Chas Best 95
Colin Grant 154
Kevin Goater 197
14th 3 Savanna Forster 40
Janet Lucas 75
Mark Spalding 90
Alan Reid 101
Derek Mount 116
Steve Pollyn 142
John Weatherlake 175
Allan Pleasants 190
22nd Daniel Ursell 40
Alan Dufall 61
John Harris 128
Graham White 160
26th 2 Gavin Sadler 50
Stuart Denyer 60
Larry Cox 110
Chris Lane 114
Nicholas Stout 133
31st Nigel Purry 89
32nd Hazel Austin 40
Colin Webb 90