Middlesbrough Reference Library
The venue of our latest chess tournament was the splendid Middlesbrough Reference Library. The event had three main aspects.
1) To celebrate 100 years of the Middlesbrough Library. Built the same year as the Titanic, it has lasted somewhat longer.
2) To continue our series of Mike Closs Memorial tournaments. This was the third such annual event.
3) To celebrate my 25 years in business (more events will follow over the course of the year).
The ubiquitous Sara Dennis was responsible for bringing the tournament to the library and her trademark touches were in evidence right from the start.
|Refreshments: 'Lyrics' and arrangement by Sara Dennis!|
The day started with a talk by me featuring a game played against Mike at a Hartlepool Rapidplay event (a French Defence, of course).
Then it was straight into tournament action, with a double-rounded '5-minute' contest. The action was fast, furious and wonderful (and occasionally blunderful).
|Julian Allinson v David Wise|
|Mike Creaney v David Baillie|
|Dave Edmunds v John Garnett|
|Julian, the 2010 Memorial Champion, knows how to concentrate|
|2011 Champion - Dave - in deep thought|
|David Wise v Brian Whitaker|
|A Knightmare of a checkmate|
|How is it that David Wise has an angelic glow?|
|There it is again!|
|Peter v Jay: former junior v current junior|
|Battle of the Redcar Daves|
|Junior Yash takes on Ian Elcoate|
|A Sicilian Defence - no surprise!|
|Julian helped with the demonstration|
|Yash v Jay: battle of the juniors|
|Elmwood club mates John Garnett and Yash|
After the tournament had finished, it was time for the quiz. This time it featured photos, names and puzzles all relevant to the year 1912, so we could keep in mind the library's anniversary year.
|Former juniors Beth Cochran and Peter Harker|
|Oi! Are you juniors really taking that quiz seriously...!?|
|Julian never stops concentrating|
|Some answers are going in there|
10.5/12: Julian Allinson
8.5/12: David Wise
8/12: Ian Elcoate, John Garnett
7/12: Dave Edmunds
6.5/12: Dave Baillie
5.5/12: Peter Harker, Mike Creaney
5/12: Yash Gulve, Brian Whitaker
2/12: Jay Singh
Congratulations to Julian, on winning the tournament!
|The worthy winner receives his trophy|
The quiz champion was Dave Baillie, with an excellent score of 21 out of 28.
Thank you to everyone who took part and to Sara plus everyone else who helped behind the scenes. We'll be back soon with more special events.
1st Memorial Tournament
2nd Memorial Tournament