Report provided by Ernie Lazenby – Arbiter and chief controller for the event.
Thornaby Chess Club Rapidplay – 17th June 2017
The brainchild of club founder and tournament director Mr Brian Whitaker, the chess congress was conceived to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the club and to remember one of its founders and star player Michael Closs who tragically passed away in 2010 aged 43 years.
The facilities afforded to the event by the Pavilion management team can only be described as the very best and it was a privilege to run a chess event in the wonderful relaxing surroundings of the bowls club social area. The manager and his team could not have been more helpful. Rarely can chess have been played in such a splendid venue and been offered such wonderful facilities.
As to the chess, well the presence of an up and coming star player from Newcastle added to the interest. 14 year old James Moreby already one of the country’s top junior players is making rapid progress to becoming one of the UK’s best players currently ranked in the top 200. It has to be said he won the event with ease scoring 5½ from 6 points; one of the local players holding him to a draw in one game. Three local players shared second place; Kevin Wilson from Darlington club, Julian Allinson from Redcar club and Andy Corbyn from Great Ayton club.
Thirty three players from the local area and the North of England had a good day out playing quick play chess on what was one of the hottest days of the year.
The event was partially sponsored by Cleveland Chess Association’s special fund and a local chess enthusiast.
Thornaby Chess Club offers a big thank you to the Management of Thornaby Pavilion and all the staff, to the sponsors in particular Mr Julian Allinson manager of the special fund and of course all the players who turned up to make it a memorable event. Mike Closs would have been very proud.
Thornaby Chess Club meets every Tuesday evening at Thornaby Pavilion.