On Tuesday I travelled down to Kent to watch round 8 of the British Championships. In the finest Chessbase (hack, spit) tradition, I have produced a lazy 'photo report' of my day, below. (Note: this post was scheduled for yesterday, but I missed the last train back and was stranded in bloody Canterbury.)
"Where the right wing go to die"
On campus: bland shit.
From the balcony.
S&BCC President Angus French in his rightful place on board one in the Major Open...
...and at the other end of the table, just a few boards down, Stephen Ledger (right), another S&BCC member.
A closer look at that bowman visible in the background of the previous picture. Looming large over every single participant in this year's British Championships, I like to think of him as a sort of modern-day Caissa, and a more aggressive one, constantly threatening to shoot down the weak-willed. I call him 'Archie'.
Match of the day: British no. 1 versus the last-but-one British champion.
Danny Gormally versus Donald Mason. Insert your own 'fruit punch' gags.
Blog reader Simon Williams (left) on the Guinness.
IM Tom Rendle.
GM Aaron Summerscale.
Silver-haired epitome of cool: S&BCC's very own Alan Hayward.
Foreground: Felix Jose Ynojosa-Aponte (right) versus IM Andrew Greet. Background: FM Peter Constantinou (right) versus IM Richard Pert.
Mike Surtees shaping up to make one of his wacky moves.
A view from the back of the commentary room, where IMs Andrew Martin and Malcolm Pein were doing their thing. Foreground: the back of Chappers' head.
The chess player's lot.