Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Richmond Rapidplay, report!

Three Streatham and Brixton Chess Club players took part in the 79th Richmond Rapidplay this Sunday, amidst a bumper field totaling 127 competitors. The present writer somehow managed to win half of the Under-180 grading prize, with 4/6 in an Open that was jointly won by GM Simon Williams and IM Gavin Wall with 5/6 - that's ahead of a strong field that also included GM John Nunn and IMs Graeme Buckley and James Sherwin. Full results will soon be able available on the tournament website.

I'd like to say I fully deserved my prize and that I'm proud of my 4/6 - but in fact, I didn't play anyone higher rated than me! I'm not even sure I deserve a grading prize on the back of such a lucky draw, but of course that didn't stop me taking it.

To the right is a position from one of my games - where it's black to play. "Nice tactic," my opponent said after the game. Kind of him, given the slew of blunders I followed it up with, going on only to draw this particular one. I wondered before the tournament how rusty I'd gotten over the summer - the answer being, very.


Here's a photograph - again thanks to Vad - of myself and co-winner Alex Galliano receiving our prize:



Now, has that put you in the mood for some pre-season rapid chess? In that case, this Monday evening (15th September) will see the Third Gerald Duncumb Memorial Open, taking place upstairs at The Crown & Greyhound in Dulwich Village. Prizes total £100 - first place taking home £70 - and games start at 7.45 sharp, with registration from 7.15 onwards. Entry is £2.50 or £1.25 for conecssions. More info is available here.


24 comments:

ejh said...

The Crown and Greyhound, by repute, is the most expensive pub in London, though I'm fairly confident that repute is wrong.

Anonymous said...

So what did you play, Tom - 1... Rxd3+?

What happens after 2. Kxd3 Ba6 3. Rb3 Rd8+ 4. Ke3 Bxc4 5. Rb7+

Angus

Tom Chivers said...

That's right, 1...Rxd3+. In your line, I think just 5...Rd7 and black is much better even after the rook exchange.

But my opponent played instead 3.Raa1.

Anonymous said...

In the photograph, did your applause wake up the old bloke in the middle?

Anonymous said...

After, 1... Rxd3+ 2. Kxd3 Ba6 3. Rb3 Rd8+ 4. Ke3 Bxc4 5. Rb7+ Rd7 I was thinking 6. Rhb1 intending Rxd7+ followed by Rb7 with some play for White (or have I missed something).

Angus

Tom Chivers said...

No, you're right that white retains some play in your line (as he did in the game as well.) If there were less pawns, white might even have been better. Crafty's evaluation changes from about -1 to about -3 after 1...Rxd3+, which in rapid chess it turns out is not decisive!

ejh said...

"Fewer", as Tesco would tell you.

Tom Chivers said...

Would it surprise you to learn ejh I may have had a few drinks last night . . . ? ? ?

*anonymous* if you click the photograph for a larger version it looks like said fellow is awake, but wisely choosing not to applaud Chivers and his undeserved bounty.

Anonymous said...

The old gentleman is Fred Coombes, one of the most active players on the chess circuit.

Angus

Morgan Daniels said...

Come on Tom, it was only four pints!

'It was darker now.'

Tom Chivers said...

Four pints was enough now!

Jonathan B said...

The Milky Bars are on T.C. ... or have I already missed out?

EJH:
as far as the expensiveness of the crown and greyhounds goes I doubt it very much. Many years ago, perhaps getting on for a decade, I paid more than £3 for a pint of lager on the King's Road.

Jonathan B said...

RE: details in the photograph.

I believe a peek at the larger picture also reveals regular visitor to the comments box Richard J loitering in the background.

ejh said...

There's a lot of loitering going on. Is that Neville Belinfante imitating Colombo by the door?

ejh said...

Breaking news....somebody has been careless enough to phone Nigel Short at Liverpool when he had his mobile switched on.

Since you ask

ejh said...

Ask Alice

Tom Chivers said...

Wow. So the live feed was right! There needs to be an Informator symbol for that, as I've said before...

ejh said...

How about a smiley?

Anonymous said...

Jonathan - just as long as you don't get Richard J confused with Richard... ;)

Richard

Anonymous said...

Someone's put a statue of Susan Lalic on the stage! Neville stop picking your nose.

Anonymous said...

Tom - many thanks for publicising the Duncomb memorial. I just put a link on your chessgames page, then noticed that you'd already blogged about it here.

Would Streatham members be able to bring a few clocks ? We don't know how successful our publicity will prove to be and just might run short. Don't worry if this isn't possible - we'll sort something out.

ejh - The Crown and Greyhound is not really all that expensive. It probably has that reputation because it's in Dulwich Village and is one of the nicest pubs in London.

Look forward to seeing Streatham membes on Monday

John Mackinnon

ejh said...

John - it probably is! In truth I drank there a few times when I was living in East Dulwich, though my preferred location (I could get a bus there) was normally that Youngs pub opposite Peckham Rye Common, forget the name.

Richard James said...

Hello

Yes, it is me in the background. And, yes, I am Richard J, a regular visitor but infrequent contributor to the comments box, not Richard, a much more frequent and intelligent contributor than me.

Tom Chivers said...

Fully-detailed results are now up on the Richmond Rapidplay site, the Open ones being here.

Curiously, Akash Jain (whom I drew against) and Julien Shepley (whom I beat) both finished with 3/6 - a point behind me . . . but each with a better grading performance than me!