Eric wins 25th Welsh Open

Welsh Open
24 June 2017 - 25 June 2017

The 25th Welsh Open – held in its constant, coastal town of Barmouth since 1993 (when Matthew Macfadyen gained the first of his 16 consecutive wins) – was held on the weekend of 24-25 June 2017. Organised again by Helen & Martin Harvey, the event passed off smoothly and enjoyably, despite Martin's sun dance needing improvement, although the rainy periods meant it was a good time to be indoors. 31 played in at least 1 of the 6 rounds, including two 3-dans, two 2-dans, 4 shodans and down to a 13-kyu. Participants could take a bow for having travelled from across the UK – from as far away as the Isle of Man, Durham and Winchester. Numbers at the evening meals were further-swelled by non-playing partners.

The now-customary venue – the large Min y Mor hotel and restaurant – once more provided draught Abbot Ale, 2 quiet playing rooms and an analysis lounge for game reviews.

There was a new winner for the tournament – as has been the case for the 7th year in a row – 3-dan Yangran Zhang ('Eric' to his Manchester pals), who won all 6 games. The Brian Timmins Plaque was duly presented to Eric by Kathleen Timmins. On 5 wins was Gong Cheng 2d, from London City.

There being no drawn games, prizes were also awarded to all the 6 who won 4 games: Xinyi Liu ('Sugar') 3d Manchester, Ian Marsh 3k Bracknell, Rich Bentley 3k Durham, Geoff Kaniuk 6k Cambridge, Wayne Walters 6k Wanstead and Roger Daniel 7k Central London. A prize was also won by Peter Collins 5k Bristol, who won all his 3 games. Last but not least, the traditional Fighting Spirit award went to Kathleen 13k Shrewsbury (who skipped rounds 5+6).

Excellent weather on Monday rewarded the 18 who stayed over on the Sunday night. The Pitchfords and Harveys took the splendid walk out across the combined railway & pedestrian bridge, over the River Mawddach estuary, out to nearby Fairbourne, only to there bump into Messrs Roads & Leedham-Green. The 'small party of 4' took the train back, but the ticket for that was anything but 'small', measuring just over a staggering 1.5 metres, honest! (Just as well the trip didn't involve Llanfair­pwllgwyngyll­gogery­chwyrn­drobwll­llan­tysilio­gogo­goch.)

It was reported that accommodation was a bit hard to find this year, for those who hadn't booked early. Well, to avoid this for 2018, please may we suggest people book earlier. The weekend of 30th June & 1st July has been agreed with the venue.


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