October 2016 Chipping Sodbury Rapidplay

Lewis's fantastic result at the Chipping Sodbury rapidplay was a joy to watch. He was so cool and calculated in all his games and never ruffled by time pressure. See photos to get an idea of his assured play.

However, Lewis' superb result was not the only success of the day... Oh no it was not...

Time Trouble

Look at the clock!

Javier - comfortably winning the grading prize in the Open Section


Javier launching a kingside attack as black.

Then on to the Minor section; Downend basically cleaned up. Six Downend players playing, and all taking points off each other right from round one through to round six. Nobody left unbeaten!

Downend's Minor entrants

Although Geoff didn't win a prize he was definitely the team captain, and tried to keep the Juniors in check (get it?).

1st Jack Tye with a very solid 4½/6 (and it should possibly have been even more!)

The only person to beat Jack was Grant:

2nd = Shaun Walsh and Grant Daly

With Shaun coming out on top against Grant in the most entertaining and tense final game.

Grant vs Shaun

Last round... Shaun wins! So he and Grant share 2nd place with 4 points.

Best Junior - Thomas Carter, early front runner who finished with a comfortable win to secure his prize.

Grading prize - Oliver Stubbs, a slow starter, but remained solid and unbeaten in the afternoon session.

It was a very relaxing and enjoyable day with lovely mild Autumn weather, a thoroughly recommended tournament. Excellent venue/location, well organised and all played in a great spirit... (very noisy juniors!).

Surprisingly no Downend player in the Major section. Also, free tea and biscuits and an excellent analysis room, with Jerry giving post game analysis to the juniors in the morning... It almost felt like a club night! The next Chipping Sodbury Rapidplay will be in Spring 2017.


Plenty of post-game analysis.

Please see all the photos in the gallery to get a better understanding of the "accomplished" over the board play, and fun had by all the Downend players.

John Stubbs