The 1st Dorset Online Rapidplay Chess Championship

Sunday 14th March 2021 – 9:30 a.m. start on Lichess

7 round Dutch Swiss – 10 mins + 5 sec increments

£250 of Prizes! Free Entry

1st Prize: £30    2nd Prize: £20     3rd Prize:£10

5 Grading Prizes of £20 each in the following ECF grading bands:  Under 100, 100-110, 111-125, 126-140, 141-165

Best Veteran (over 65 on 01/09/20) – £20

Junior Prizes (ages on 31/08/20): Under 18 £20, Under 12 £10, Under 10 £10.

Controller’s Discretionary Prize – £10 for the best performance by a player who has not won another prize.

Team Prize – £20 – please see the team rules and enter by contacting Martin Simons by Saturday 13th March 2.00 pm at the latest.

July 2020 Standard ECF grades will be used for grading prizes.  The results will not affect your ECF grade.

The prizes are kindly being funded by the Dorset County Chess Association.

How to Enter

Step 1: If you are not already a Lichess member, set up your free Lichess account …

Step 2: Except for juniors, put your real name on your Lichess account…

Step 3: Join the ‘Dorset Rapidplay Events’ team on Lichess filling in your real name and club and stating if you are a veteran or junior
Please complete this step by Saturday 13th March 2:00 pm at the latest.  Entries after this point will not be accepted.

This group is administered by Martin Simons (Controller) and Martin Clancy. Our Lichess usernames are ‘Non-Gambiteer’ & ‘Wingwood’ and one of us will add you to the group. We reserve the right to refuse or rescind entry without explanation. If you are unknown to us we will need to confirm your identity to ensure that you are eligible to join the group. We will also confirm your ECF July 2020 standard ECF grade (for grading prizes) and may ask if you are a junior (under 18) or a veteran (over 65).

Step 4: Login and join the ‘Dorset Rapidplay 2021’ Tournament on Sunday 14th March well before 9:30 a.m.

Step 5: Be ready to play at 9:30 a.m. sharp on


Round 1:  9:30 a.m. sharp on Sunday 14th March.

Please note that if you have joined the tournament in advance but are not on logged in and on the tournament page at 9:30am you will still be paired and will lose on time once your 10 minutes has elapsed.   Please avoid this by either turning up on time or withdrawing from the tournament if you do not intend to play. This will also help to ensure all players have a proper game in the 1st round.

If you join the tournament after 9:30am, but before the other 1st round matches have all been completed, you will be awarded a half point bye for round 1.

Thereafter rounds will commence 2 minutes after the last game has finished in the previous round.

Each round should start roughly 30 to 35 mins after the start of the previous round, though may start sooner.  Please be ready!

The event should finish no later than 1.30pm.


The table below shows the entrants and can be sorted into Lichess Username Order so that you can easily look up players during the event.

Click on the column headings to sort the table into Name, Lichess Username or Grade order as you wish.


NameJuly 2020 Grade
Allan Pleasants188
Christian Westrap186
Kenny Harman (V)185
Paul Hampton182
Mike Duggan180
Peter Anderson180
Ian Clark180
Richard Allis180
Alan Dommett (V)175
Eddie Barker173
Andrej Furjel173
Martin O'Neill173
Richard Smith162
David Fuller161
Reenen Du Toit161
Ian Deswarte158
Martin Clancy156
Robert Halse154
Adam Ursell146
Georgia Headlong (J) U18146
David Holmes146
Richard Ursell145
Nicholas Stout143
Tony Sanderson138
Peter Manning137
Merlin Cork (J) U18135
Gillian Moore (V)135
Zander (J) U12135
Tim Jones133
Amanda Jones133
John Belinger (V)132
Jamie Doyle (J) U18129
Adam Jaggard129
Colin Wilson (V)129
Rob Davenport128
Paul Sandy (V)123
Matthew Deacon (J) U12121
Jack Baskett (J) U12120
Paul Errington (V)120
Larry Cox (V)118
James Barnett113
Michael Pope (V)113
Natashane McCook112
Barry Jolly (V)111
Philip Ware (V)109
Charles Charalambous107
Martyn Maber107
George Holden105
Larissa Cuthbert (J) U12103
Max Teverson (J) U10100
Harry Mercer (J) U10100
Florence Spirling (J) U12100
Matthew Butcher (J) U12100
Ron Salinger (V)99
Nicholas Deacon (J) U1096
Alan Reid (V)96
Christine Roberts (V)91
David Williams89
Phil Holden72
Andy Baskett68
Lohitaksh Jagadapi (J) U1260
Konstantinos Tsi (J) U1250
Dan Ursell40
Himali (J) U1030

Team Entrants

Team: Chess Cheetahs

Jamie Doyle129
Jack Baskett120
Larissa Cuthbert103
Florence Spirling (Capt)100
Average Grade113
Bonus / Penalty3

Team: May The Forks Be With You

Robert Halse154
Adam Ursell (Capt)146
Richard Ursell145
Dan Ursell40
Bonus / Penalty2

Team: Old Chessnuts

Martin O’Neill173
Paul Sandy123
Paul Errington (Capt)120
Barry Jolly111
Bonus / Penalty1

Team: Drunken Knights

Reenen Du Toit161
Peter Manning137
Tim Jones133
John Belinger132
Bonus / Penalty0

Team: Deacons of Wimborne Minster

Ian Clark (Capt)180
Eddie Barker173
Matthew Deacon121
Nicholas Deacon96
Bonus / Penalty0

Team: Odds and Sods

Allan Pleasants188
Christian Westrap186
Martin Clancy (Capt)156
Andy Baskett68
Bonus / Penalty-1

Team: Plumbers Maits

Richard Allis180
David Fuller (Capt)161
Tony Sanderson138
Adam Jaggard129
Bonus / Penalty-1

Team: Ringwood Rodents

Kenny Harman186
Peter Anderson180
Merlin Cork135
Rob Davenport (Capt)128
Bonus / Penalty-1.5

Previous Years

In past years there have been face-to-face Dorset Rapidplay events.   Reports on the previous three years can be found here

2020 Dorset Rapidplay

2019 Dorset Rapidplay

2018 Dorset Rapidplay

Entry will be restricted to players who have, in the past, either played in:

  • B&DCL, DCCA or Bacchus leagues
  • Dorset Rapidplay
  • Dorset Junior Championship
  • or belong to a recognised Dorset junior chess club (including Dorset Juniors, Castlepoint Library, Bournemouth Library, Ringwood Library and Wimborne Library junior clubs)

The number of entries will be limited, so please enter early to avoid disappointment.


If you have a question about the tournament then you can submit it to the tournament organiser, Martin Simons, using the form below.

Please note that you cannot enter the tournament using this form.   Please follow the 5 steps above to enter.