6 players entered from the IOW did very well. Here is their team who won the Team Prize in style

It was possibly the most challenging ever of 23 Dorset Rapidplays, with falling snow overnight and also on the Sunday  morning. 19 of 67 entrants were unable to travel due to the dangerous conditions in their locations. Although the overnight snow continued into the morning, it was decided to go ahead and everyone who came seemed glad about this. The Congress was very pleased to welcome 4 lady entrants, the highest yet. In true Rapidplay tradition, there were many prize winners – in fact, everyone on the day went home with a prize! This included 15 grading prize winners. The Rapidplay Cup was shared on 5 points between Mike Waddington (Dorchester), Peter Anderson (Ashley Heath), John Weatherlake (Poole) and Gregorz Sawicki (Southbourne). Best Veteran was won by Gillian Moore (Southampton), Best Lady winner Amanda Jones (Salisbury), Best Junior James Forster (Southbourne), Best First Round Loser Oscar Garcia (Poole), Best Last 3 Rounds Mike Waddington (Dorchester) and most improved player Andre Hopkins (Salisbury). 29 Main Prize Winners. Special thanks to Martin Simons Congress Controller and also Graham Morris who was Assistant Controller. Many thanks to Ian Clark who provided & managed the clocks. Southbourne, Wimborne & Ringwood kindly lent equipment; so did Mike Davidson & Colin Wilson. Greg Willett generously donated many chess books for prizes, as did Southbourne Chess Club & Martin Simons personally. Dee & Jon Catchpole provided very popular sandwiches & drizzle cake. Very well done to Pam who put in a huge  kitchen shift.

Feedback from many people was overwhelmingly….. “Great environment at Greyfriars, highly sociable and friendly, great entertainment, a day’s enjoyment playing chess, super prizes, everyone wins something, free refreshments and especially, Martin’s now famous hot lunch”.

Dorset Rapidplay 2018

Joint Rapidplay winners 2018 (l to r) Peter Anderson, John Weatherlake, Grzegorz Sawicki & Mike Waddington

In the end, an excellent 48 took part, which was actually the best Rapidplay total in all 23 years. Had the weather been Spring like we were on schedule for 67 entrants. Rural areas seem to suffer the most and some photos were sent by stranded entrants, like Mark Littleton in north Dorset, of snow drifts in drives and lanes many feet deep. Larkhill, just north of Salisbury had 9 inches of snow (23cms). And almost the first day of Spring!

Martin Simons pre RapidplayAnd finally the picture (left) was taken of Martin Simons in the snow at Greyfriars, complete with shorts, sun glasses, Hawaiian top, flip-flops and a scarf a couple of hours before the Rapidplay started. We are trying to find out who told him it would be warm and sunny.

Score details as below. Well done to everyone! Reminder the 24th Dorset Rapidplay is scheduled for Sun 17 Mar ’19. And we have checked the very long range weather forecast – and you won’t believe it….!

Name Club/Location Grade Grade Group Score Place Comments
Waddington, Mike Dorchester 196 5 1 Joint Rapidplay Champion
Anderson, Peter Ashley Heath 194 5 1 Joint Rapidplay Champion
Weatherlake, John Poole 191 5 1 Joint Rapidplay Champion
Sawicki, Grzegorz Southbourne 170 1 5 1 Joint Rapidplay Champion
Goater, Kevin Dorchester 197 4.5
García, Óscar Poole 194 4.5
Duggan, Michael Poole 184 4.5
Pleasants, Allan Weymouth 187 4
Du Toit, Reenen New Milton 167 2 4 Group 2 winner
Popovic, Dragi Poole 156 3 4 Group 3 winner =
Catchpole, Jon Southbourne 154 3 4 Group 3 winner =
Clark, Ian Wimborne 186 3.5
Peirson, Steve Purbeck 178 1 3.5 Group 1 winner
Forster, James (j) Southbourne 167 2 3.5
Deswarte, Ian Guildord 166 2 3.5
Jackson, Paul Bournemouth 146 4 3.5 Group 4 winner =
Ursell, Richard Highcliffe 144 4 3.5 Group 4 winner =
Jones, Amanda (l) Salisbury 119 7 3.5 Group 7 winner & Ladies Prize
Harihar, Girish Bournemouth 126 6 3 Group 6 winner =
Halse, Rob Highcliffe 130 5 3 Group 5 winner
Clancy, Martin Ringwood 161 2 3
Wilcock, Peter Wimborne 154 3 3
Moore, Gillian (l) (v) Southampton 145 4 3 Veterans Champion
Wilson, Colin Wimborne 140 4 3
Manning, Peter New Milton 134 5 3
Smith, Richard Poole 125 6 3 Group 6 winner =
Ursell, Adam (j) Highcliffe 123 6 3 Group 6 winner =
Williams, Dave (v) Isle of Wight 91 9 3 Group 9 winner
Brusati, Greta (j) (l) Weymouth 111 8 2.5 Group 8 winner =
Donaldson, Pete Ringwood 146 4 2.5
Agostinelli, Dave Southampton 131 5 2.5
Tyler, Alan (v) Wimborne 130 5 2.5
Errington, Paul (v) Bournemouth 124 6 2.5
McCook, Natashane Salisbury 120 7 2.5
Pope, Michael (v) Salisbury 118 7 2.5
Charalambous, Charles Isle of Wight 101 8 2.5 Group 8 winner =
Stevens, Phil Isle of Wight 86 10 2.5 Group 10 winner
Spooner, Keith (v) Purbeck 121 6 2
Davis, John (v) Southampton 113 7 2
Sheeran, Carl Isle of Wight 113 8 2
Huntley, Kevin Salisbury 93 9 2
Davidson, Mike (v) Wimborne 103 8 1.5
Roberts, Christine (l) Poole 95 9 1.5
Hopkins, Andre Salisbury 66 10 1.5
Grattage, Paul Southampton 90L 9 1
Grattage, Mike (v) Isle of Wight 82 10 1
Reid, Alan (v) Southbourne 101 8 0.5
Sturmey, Darrell Ringwood 99 9 0.5
48 took part
Gregory, Keith 4NCL Wessex 180 0 Did not take part – weather
Littleton, Mark Wimborne 176 1 0 Did not take part – weather
Harman, Kenny (v) Ringwood 175 1 0 Did not take part – weather
Jenks, Bruce Southbourne 172 1 0 Did not take part – weather
May, Julian Bridport 170L 1 0 Did not take part – weather
Matko, Thomas Bath 167 2 0 Did not take part – weather
Kemp, Paul Southbourne 163 2 0 Did not take part – weather
Matko, Andy Wimborne 159L 3 0 Did not take part – weather
Heard, Andy Beckenham 155 3 0 Did not take part – weather
Willett, Greg Guildord 141 4 0 Did not take part – weather
Jolly, Barry (v) New Milton 134 5 0 Did not take part – weather
Alderton, Andrew Bournemouth 132 5 0 Did not take part – weather
Barnett, Jim (v) Salisbury 124 6 0 Did not take part – weather
Maber, Martyn Taunton 117 7 0 Did not take part – weather
Day, Malcolm (v) Ringwood 113 7 0 Did not take part – weather
Kenward, Chris (v) Salisbury 101 8 0 Did not take part – weather
McCullagh, Tim Poole 91 9 0 Did not take part – weather
Tew, Mike (v) Highcliffe 82 10 0 Did not take part – weather
Barrett, Mark Salisbury 71 10 0 Did not take part – weather
19 unable to take part due to the snow
L against grade means “Local”, that is estimated grade. j = junior, v = Veterans Cup, l = Best Lady
  A grades reflect ECF changes 1.1.18
Total 67
Sincere thanks for donations from the following entrants towards Congress Expenses
Mike Tew
Peter Anderson
Mark Littleton
Michael Pope
Keith Gregory
Reenen du Toit
Martin Clancy
Ian Deswarte
Colin Wilson
Peter Wilcock
Andy Heard
Steve Peirson
Kevin Huntley
Barry Jolly
Greg Willett
Keith Spooner
Mike Davidson
Mark Barrett
Peter Manning
Richard Smith
Christine Roberts
Julian May
Jim Barnett
Martyn Maber
Jim Davis
Gillian Moore
Dave Agostinelli
Tony Roberts
Amanda Jones
Greg Willett Greg generously donated books