There was also an excellent turn-out from our friends at Streatham Library Chess Club, more than one of whom demonstrated impressive, improving play - as Stan reports:
Thirteen players from the Streatham Library chess group took part in the event. Some acquitted themselves really well and all contributed to the general enjoyment of the event. In games where 'library' members met established club players the establishment almost always triumphed but the games were sometimes closer than might have been expected. Indeed, on a number of occasions the library member's defeat remained undecided until the last few ticks of clock.
The library did have it's moments however. Alexey Shumey scored a pair of draws against stronger opponents while Danny Hewitt & Mohsin Nasr ('Naz') went one better in registering wins against main club players. In fact Naz produced a great result by finishing joint third overall, with four points. According to the ratings relied upon for the event, Naz was seeded 14th so his result significantly exceeded his ranking. Well played sir!
Special mention too for Zornitza Chiderova, the only lady to take part. She ended with 3 points but might have done even better but for an error by the trainee administrator, who messed up her colour assignment for round 5. (The trainee in question is highly likely to be replaced by new technology sooner rather than later. Indeed, it probably wouldn't need to be all that new really!)
I can add to that by saying Danny Hewitt caused me a lot of trouble in our round 1 game, which I was lucky to win in the end. From my games, I was most pleased with my win in round 4 against Martin. The game was described as looking like a "grind" by Jonathan B afterwards, although one man's grind is another man's grin. Grind or otherwise, the game was remarkable for one particular moment: the 'spiral staircase' maneuver Be2-d3-e4-d5-e6-d7 that took place between moves 18 & 22, which I am not sure I have ever seen before.
Finally, special thanks should go to organizer & official Angus, as well as to Barry, who looked after the venue & performed a splendid job as barman.