Organiser Alison Bexfield wished that all the 26 players at the first Letchworth Rapid Play had fun, and the thirty minute time limits saw most games ending in fun battles and not reaching their natural end. The venue was the Central Methodist Church in Letchworth Garden City which allowed the main group of players to be in the hall, but also a group of junior novices to be able to play 13x13 games in a side room.
Prizes were awarded by sections. The Open section winner was Tim Hunt (2d Milton Keynes) with six wins. Major Section (3k-9k) was won by Ben Ellis (3k Milton Keynes) randomly picked from the group on two wins by his daughter Sophie. Minor Section (10k-20k) winner was John Collins (10k St Albans).
The 45th Wessex Tournament was held at St Mark’s Community Centre once again, as usual taking place on the day the clocks go back. 34 players competed for trophies.
Tongzhou Cai, a 3-dan student from Glasgow, travelled furthest and took victory as overall winner. Other winners were Martin Harvey (5k) and Dick Norton (8k), both from Manchester. Saving face for the southerners was Peter Collins (2k, Bristol). All these four won three games.
Thanks go to the organisers, including Ian Sharpe and David King.
There were 12 players in this year's tournament, held in Robinson College in Cambridge. As usual there were some excellent cakes.
The overall winner was determined by even games with double elimination.
Jon Diamond seems to only win the East Midlands in even years, so having won in 2010 and 2012, he was back as champion in 2014. He was one of several BGA council members in the Leicester area for the weekend, as there was a council meeting on the Sunday.
The only other player on three wins was Edwina Lee (Maidenhead).
32 players took part.
As the main organiser fell ill, the full results were delayed.
Game 2 of the best of five title match for the British Championship was played on Sunday 12th October in Milton Keynes, the day after game 1.
Current champion Andrew Kay played white against Alex Ken
Game 1 of the best of five title match for the British Championship was played on Saturday 11th October in Milton Keynes.
The autumn edition of the London International Teams stayed at the Melton Mowbray pub and again on a Saturday, but this time the teams had five players.
Jitka Bartova (1d) was visiting the UK from Prague for a weekend with her friend Ngoc-Trang Cao who is a current member of Leamington Club.
The Shropshire Tournament took place in the countryside again. Numbers were somewhat down, with several cancellations on health grounds, but there was more competition this year at the top end. The overall winner was Bruno Poltronieri (3d) with Alistair Wall (2d) in second place.
The first of the three events during a very sunny weekend in Penzance was a teaching session on the Saturday morning.