For the first three rounds of the tournament, played on the Saturday, we had had an odd number of players, meaning that one player had to have a bye every round, which is always frustrating. On the Sunday, a new player, James Cook, joined us, which gave us the brief illusory prospect of a bye-less last two rounds. Unfortunately, John Florence had withdrawn overnight, so we continued with an odd number. The two leaders, both on maximum points, met in this round, and Tony Haigh did well to hold Gerry Heap to a draw. Jamie Sen continued to do well, with a win against Scott Hammett, and Roland Spencer scored a considerable upset by beating Colin Denham. The last game to finish was a complex ending between Jan Sendall and Tony Geraghty. With all the other players watching (and, rightly, not saying anything) they continued to play for several moves after Tony’s flag had fallen. Eventually Jan noticed and claimed the win – but even then Tony, unfamiliar with the digital clock, thought for some time afterwards that he had won.

Tony – Haigh – Gerry Heap ½-½

Roland Spencer – Colin Denham 1-0

Rudy van Kemenade – Matthew Francis 1-0

Scott Hammett – Jamie Sen 0-1

Paul Orton – Julie van Kemenade ½-½

Jan Sendall – Tony Geraghty 1-0

Georgina Gray – Margaret Baron 1-0

James Cook – Ian Finlay ½-½



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