In an exciting third and deciding game Matthew Macfadyen killed a group early on and held on against everything Nick Krempel could throw at him. Eventually Nick had to resign allowing Matthew to be champion for another year.
Richard Moulds won this year's Northern tournament. Although there were only 21 players, there were four other prize winners on maximum wins, namely: Ron Bell, Roger Huyshe, James Brownrigg and Brian Timmins. Also noteworthy is the fact that Adan Mordcovich from Wanstead, the youngest player to attend, was placed second overall.
Sue Paterson won the Cornish Rapid Handicap on the Saturday and Ian Marsh won the Cornish Open on the Sunday. 20 people took part in all over the weekend that included a teaching session as well as the two tournaments.
The British team for this year's team event, starting on 27th September, is (in Rating List order as of 8th September):
The following was posted to the Pandanet web site yesterday at 18:43.
Please contact Jon Diamond ASAP if you wish to be part of our team.
Dear All European Team Championship League Teams and Obser
Andrew Simons was unbeaten winner at this year's 22-player Belfast Tournament. Matthew Crosby was second with 4 wins, only losing to Andrew. Also winning 4 were Poland's Justyna Kleczar and Marek Gutkowski. Winning 3 to come third was local player James Hutchinson.
Vanessa Wong beat Svetlana Shikshina in the last round of the Sport Accord Qualifier in Prague to get the women's place on the European Union team for Beijing in December. She will play Pair Go with Catalin Taranu. The other team members will be Cornel Burzo, Christian Pop and Ilya Shikshin.
Matthew Cocke picked up his second MSO Gold in two days by winning the 16-player Open at the Mind Sports Olympiad in London. Silver went to Adam Pirani who lost to Matthew in the last round. Equal Bronzes were Francis Roads and Chu Lu from China.
Matthew Cocke proved the best of the 8 players to take the 13x13 title at the Mind Sports Olympiad in London. Silver place went to Francis Roads winning 6 but losing to Matthew. Bronze place went to Henry Manners with 4 wins on tie-break from Xinyi Lu and event arbiter Tony Atkins.
Russian 7 dan Ilya Shikshin retained the European Championship by beating Catalin Taranu in the final. This year the top 8 placed Europeans played knockout after round 7 which gave to an exciting final on the last day. Winning the play-off for third was Ukraine's Artem Kachanovskyi, who beat Alexandr Dinerchtein.