Graham Mill-Wilson received much praise for running so many Bristol tournaments over many years, and recently moved away from Bristol, leaving everyone wondering what would happen to the Bristol tournament scene. (Read Graham’s fitting report from his last ever ‘CS Rap’ here).
Thankfully Downend’s John Stubbs has volunteered to take this one on – and there are some welcome plans for the future:
- Firstly, the event will be catered for the first time! I think it’s fair to say that Chipping Sodbury is a quaint and charming town, but lacks the breadth of lunch options Bristolians may be accustomed to – or that a chess player needs to refuel after 3 intense rounds of rapidplay. There will be homemade sandwiches, cakes, and other snacks, as well as tea and coffee available.
- Secondly, following the league’s footsteps, the timing will include increments. 20 minutes for the whole game, plus 5 seconds per move – in an effort to avoid ‘time scrambles’. No doubt this may cause a bit of a headache for arbiter Geoff Gammon when that awkward 100+ move game arises, encroaching on the next round.
- Thirdly, there is a £100 top prize guaranteed in the open section, without any change to the other prizes (runners up, grading, and junior).
These 3 changes should make a big difference in participation – it is great to see more new players, including many juniors, entering tournaments and should ensure their continued presence on the calendar. The plan is that the rapidplay can be run consistently twice a year (as it was until a few years back) and will be FIDE rated pretty soon (n.b. on this October edition, it is ECF rated only).
For those partaking – points also count towards the Bristol Grand Prix (we should really explain what the Bristol Grand Prix is at some point – editors note) of which the current standings will be available on the day.
I will be official photographer for the day – as well as playing in the open section. I expect the competition to be very tough, and given that my rapid rating qualifies me for the major as well I will not be one of the favourites… possibly even the bottom seed! Nevertheless let’s hope for good weather and great games in all 3 sections.
You can find the download the entry form, or contact John (07876 326935 / email email@example.com) for any queries.
See you there!
Mike is a regular pretender in Bristol’s top division and can also be seen propping up local tournament ladders. He writes a regular column for the Bristol Chess Times and plays a solid 20 openings a season.