Thursday, May 10, 2007
Club Championship: Half Way Report
The first half of Streatham & Brixton Chess Club's 2007 Championship took place last night, consisting of three rounds of quick play chess, down at our venue in Woodfield Grove Tennis Club. Eighteen club members took part including myself - and boy were we all in a violent mood. Of the 27 games played, none were drawn. Take that, super tournaments.
At this half-way point, Robin Haldane and Martin Smith stand jointly in the lead with 3 out of 3 - the chasing pack a whole point behind consists of myself, Adams Woodruft & Fysh-Foskett, Carsten Pedersen, Barry Blackburn, Chris Morgan and Stan Rodriguez - from our neighbours Streatham Chess Club. We find out next Tuesday, with battle recommencing at 7.30pm, who will get their name on our fabulous Trophy. (Alright, alright, I admit it. It's somewhat less than sparkling. Still, if you click the image to enlarge, you should be able to make out some rather starry names from the club's past.)
But the winner gets more than that eternal engraving, of course. First prize features not only free membership of the club for next year as well - but far more importantly, bragging rights. That's included with second place too, which is a grading prize consisting also of free membership of the club for year. The grading prize will be awarded for the best performance by a player graded under 100 (actual or estimated).
By the way, for those reading from outside the club who might be strange enough to wonder what the present writer looks like in person, all is revealed in the final image of this report, to the right. I'm the chap in the blue t-shirt. (The one doing, if you look closely enough, something rather strange with his hands.) And on the subject of gruesome spectacles, here's my final round defeat at the hands of Robin for your amusement...
See you next week fellow competitors - for another fun, friendly, night of violent chess!