Friday, May 18, 2007
Club Championship: Final Report. . .
Robin Haldane emerged as the winner of the 2007 Streatham & Brixton Chess Club Championship on Tuesday, after a tense second half of the competition that once again saw no draws, and which was ultimately decided in a blitz play-off. He won a first prize consisting of our spectacularly unspectacular Trophy, and free membership of the Club for next season. Congratulations also go to Chris Morgan, who won the second prize - again free membership for next season, again in a blitz play-off - from the under 100 grade section.
Robin was certainly a worthy winner. He'd had the toughest of the pairings in the competition, in which he faced the top four highest-rated players (excluding himself) - beating three of us but losing to Carsten Pedersen. Carsten, however, had previously lost to myself, whilst Adam Fysh-Foskett had lost only to Robin. This trio then were left on 5/6 at the end of this two-leg event, so battled on for outright first in three five-minute blitz games. And by beating both Adam and Carsten in his two, Robin was crowned Champion. There was a similar story for the second prize for players graded under 100, where Chris Morgan, Barry Blackburn, and Stan Rodrigues all finished with 3/6, and where Chris also won both of his blitz play-off games. A photo of the blitz games in action is to the left of this paragraph.
What else? The tournament was well-run and organised by our Club President, Angus French, whom we all owe a big thanks. A good-natured, friendly atmosphere pervaded both evenings - away from the violence on the chess board, that is. And the tournament proved an especially good opportunity for Streatham & Brixton Chess Club members such as myself to get to know more players from our neighbours at Streatham Chess Club.
Finally, I hope everyone who played in the event enjoyed it. And if you didn't play - how about next year?