Last weekend saw the inaugural Four Nations Chess League (4NCL) Team Rapidplay tournament take place in Milton Keynes, with a prize fund of £1,000. Second seeds Barbican scored 18/20 to claim outright first prize, closely followed by Hilsmark Kingfisher on 17/20 for second, with 3Cs Oldham on 14/20 coming third.
Streatham & Brixton Chess Club first teamer Robin Haldane also played, his team Celtic Tigers finishing 12th from 15. The event was evidently rather strong. Robin's opponents ranged from 2260 up to 2490 FIDE Elo - against whom he scored 4/7, despite having two whites and five blacks. Here he is in action against Gary Kenworthy:
Now, has that got you in the mood to blitz out some chess violence? If so - you don't have to wait long, as Sunday week sees the Richmond Rapidplay return in its 72nd (!) reincarnation. The Surrey Rapid Chess website has all the details, plus results and photos from previous competitions.