A TERENCE CHAPMAN GRAND PRIX EVENT
excellent facilities, comfortable accommodation, good food and friendly staff
the Olde Barn Hotel, Marston, provided an excellent venue for this event.
my votes of thanks, however, I acknowledged that the isolated situation with no
safe walks for those without a guide was something we need to bear in mind when
arranging future events. To some extent the problem was alleviated by two
interesting trips provided by courtesy of South Kesteven Council. One to a
steam brewery specializing in fruit beers and another to Belton House, a stately
home now run by the National Trust. There were also a couple of shopping trips
arranged for the non playing friends who were present.
tournament was the first running of the new system approved at the AGM earlier
this year, with a premier group of 12 playing in a seven round Swiss. The event
was weakened by the absence of our number 1 Graham Lilley owing to ill health,
Jack Horrocks and Matthew Hewitt, qualifiers who did not take their place, and
Chris Ross starting a teaching diploma.
spice was added to round 1 with top seed Colin Chambers losing to Norman Wragg.
Throughout the next rounds Mr. Reliable, Steve Burnell, seemed to be taking full
advantage of Colin's poor start although Colin was soon working his way up
through the field, and John Gallagher, David Hodgkins, Norman Wragg and Brian
Perham were all giving a good account of themselves. By the final round the two
top seeds had opened a gap ahead of the field and they went into the round with
Steve just half a point ahead of Colin. Colin scored a comfortable win against
Phil Gordon and Steve seemed to have built up an advantage against David
Hodgkins but he failed to capitalize and was forced to accept a draw.
challengers' event proved to be equally competitive with Chris Brown, Geoff
Patching and Mark Kirkham neck and neck throughout. This event also ended in a
tie with Chris, Mark and Geoff sharing first place. The trophy awarded to the
leading lady went to Chris Brown. Final scores: Premier: Burnell and Chambers
5.5 from 7, Gallagher 4.5, Lovell, Armstrong, Wragg, Hodgkins and Perham 4, Cohn
3.5, Gordon 3, Spink 1, Davey 0. Burnell and Chambers declined the offer of a
play-off for the title. They will reign as joint champions throughout the next
two years. This was accepted by he arbiters and the tournament sub-committee.
Chris Brown, Mark Kirkham and Geoff Patching 6 from 7, Watkins 4, Collisson 3,
Bob Brown 2, and Harrington 1.
acknowledge support from the Olde Barn Hotel, South Kesteven Council, the Sir
John Eastwood Charitable trust, Melton Mowbray Building Society and our
magnificent team of helpers.
Lovell, Secretary of B.C.A.