Southbourne Christmas Tournament – Friday 23rd December 2016 (with grateful thanks to Martin Simons who has owned up to being the organiser, including responsibility for the much discussed music choices! But several others helped bring about a great evening, especially Brian Curran).
On a very wet and windy Friday evening, 20 players braved the weather conditions to participate in this enjoyable annual event where, as always, there were free mince pies, yule log, bucks fizz, tea, coffee, biscuits, not to mention the awful Christmas music (to put players off) and there were also enough wrapped up prizes for everyone to win at least two each! There was also an opportunity to buy a chess book or two.
The tournament was in the form of a 7 round swiss with 20 minutes allocated to each game. That’s the easy bit! The hard bit was that those annoyingly higher graded players were time handicapped and often had to play with far less time than their lower graded opponents. In some cases this resulted in them only having 1.5 minutes to their opponent’s 18.5 minutes!
Matches were hard fought and often kings were taken when sneaky checks went unnoticed!
After 4 rounds, the two heavyweights, in grading terms, Michael Duggan and Steve Peirson were looking firm favourites, jointly leading with a score of 3.5pts, but they did not take account of the poison they were given during the break. So who did spike their drinks? Was Father Christmas being mischievous?
During the last 3 rounds, with apologies to Steve Pollyn, youth prevailed. Maybe these players had more stamina.
Congratulations therefore go to Thomas Trach, James Forster and Steve Pollyn who came equal 1st on 5.5pts out of 7 and who all walked away with 4 Christmas presents each.
The full result is given below and and it was pleasing that so many local clubs were represented. Mike Jay has kindly offered to publish the results on the Dorset Chess website.
My thanks must go to Brian Curran who kindly donated many of the more expensive presents but thanks also go to everyone else who donated prizes and food to the tournament to make it a very enjoyable evening.
I hope you all have a great Christmas and good chess games in 2017.
1st 5.5 Thomas Trach Highcliffe 80
Steve Pollyn Wimborne 151
James Forster Southbourne 170
4th 5 Michael Duggan Bournemouth 180
5th 4.5 John Harris Southbourne 122
Jon Catchpole Southbourne 153
7th 4 Adam Ursell Highcliffe 95
Paul Jackson Bournemouth 130
9th 3.5 Steve Peirson Purbeck 179
10th 3 Mike Tew Highcliffe 86
Peter Austin Unattached 125
Barry Jolly New Milton 137
David Bryant New Milton 142
Richard Ursell Highcliffe 150
Ian Clark Wimborne 176
16th 2.5 Brian Curran Southbourne 146
Colin Grant Purbeck 151
18th 2 Khristina Swain Southbourne 30
Anthony Pitcher Southbourne 137
20th 1.5 Terry Walsh Southbourne 86