Six Wellington Chess Club members travelled up to Palmerston North to take part in the competition, and all of us finished in the top half of the table. None of our top three players took part, so the rest of us had a decent chance of taking the title. Defending champion Ross Jackson once again put up an excellent showing, and tied with Palmerston North's Jack James and Wanganui's Chris Burns on 5 out of 6. However, since there was a trophy to play for, and this trophy had to find a mantelpiece to sit on, there was a super-blitz play-off with 1 minute each on the clock. Jack James' young brain (or nerves) triumphed over the old guard in this very stressful form of chess, although Chris should have won his game, as he was heaps of material up but then placed his queen next to Jack's bishop where it could be taken.
So congratulations to Jack James on his victory. Also to WCC member Bob List for taking the under 1650 prize.
Many thanks to Janeen Noble for taking the pictures below
|All the players plus Mark Noble (seated, 2nd from right)|
|Younger players, including the tournament winner Jack James (standing at left)|
|The analysis section|
|Holdaway v Sellen, Timergazi v Charles|
|Ross v McCartney|