Club Champions Tournament
Manager: George Collin
George Collin and Duncan Hector
A dry but chilly day greeted the sixteen players. The greatest thanks must go to John Bevington, who mowed the lawns on the Saturday in the rain and sleet.
The Handicap event (eight players, a knock-out plus a plate event) started as 18 points 2½ hours for round one but all four games finished in good time, allowing rounds two and three to be full points 3 hours. Still none of the games went to time, finishing by 5 pm. Peter Brown (Hunstanton) won the trophy (having won the plate event last year) and a recommendation for a handicap reduction. The runner-up was David Frost (Enfield), who gained an automatic reduction. The 'plate' went to Robin Barry (Watford).
|George Collin||Wrest Park||0||-26||+12||+6||2||-8||4|
|Geoff Strutt||Wrest Park||9||-19||-12||+17||1||-14||5|
|Simon Conran||Bury St. Edmunds||5||-12||-17||+10||1||-19||7|
The B Class (four players, all play all, level advanced play, 2½ hours) had more trouble with the short time limits. Much defensive play, with mainly close finishes. Only one game finished within time (the relatively relaxed play-off for third place), well done Tim. Winners playing losers in round two allowed the possibility of a decisive final on lawn one, between two players with two wins. This turned out to be Arthur Reed (Watford) against Jonathan Toye (Downham). Arthur chalked up his third win at 6 pm.
|Tim Brewer||Wrest Park||2½||-7T||-11T||+8T||1||3|
The four players in the A Class started off well. Same format as the B Class. Both first round games finished in good time with wins by large margins but the games in rounds two and three all went to time, with closer finishes. With four players, winners playing losers in round two seems to produce a decisive final, as long as at least one player has two wins after two rounds (because of the 'who beat who' rule). Thus Rod Ashwell (Wrest Park) 'triumphed' +4 on time over Simon Hathrell (Watford) at 5:30. Duncan Hector (Bygrave) sneaked into second place by winning his third round game +1 on time.
|Rod Ashwell||Wrest Park||-½||+24||+4T||+4T||3||1|
In theory the event manages itself. In reality it requires close attention. Making me, as stand-in, grateful to Terrey Sparks for his organising and management in the past (and hopefully in the future).Report by George Collin, photos by John Bevington
'B' block winner Arthur Reed
L-R: the 'C', 'A' and 'B' trophies
'A' block winner Rod Ashwell