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 -