4th Worcestershire Open raises Â£900 for hospice
129 players took part in this yearâ€™s event over the weekend of 21-22 July, an increase of nearly 20% on last year.
The congress raised funds for a local charity, the St Richardâ€™s Hospice in Worcester. Thanks to the record entry and the generosity of the players, many of whom added a donation with their entry, an amazing total of Â£900 was raised for the hospice. Four players also donated all or some of their prize money to the charity. The prizes were presented by Tricia Cavell, Fundraising Director, St Richardâ€™s Hospice.
Results (5 rounds):
1st Richard Jones (Nidum) 5 points
2nd = Pavel Besedin (Worcester City); Chris Briscoe (Surbiton); Martin Cutmore (Wood Green) 4 points
Grading prize (166-180): John Jarmany (Cockermouth) 3 points
Grading prize (165 or lower): Ian Ponter (Downend) 3Â½ points
1st Jerry Hendy 4Â½ points
2nd Andrew Price (Leamington) 4 points
3rd = Richard Desmedt (Wombwell); John Knee (Malvern); Nigel Towers (Redditch); Ian Truscott (Greenlands) 3Â½ points
Grading prize (141-150): John Knee
Grading prize (140 or lower): Ian Truscott
Junior prize: Shared by James and Joseph Friar (both Hagley/Kidderminster) 3 points
1st Stephen Katona (Hereford) 4 points
2nd= Rhys Bennett (Newport); Raymond Hunt (Bognor); Richard Leaper (Westminster, Birmingham); Roger Walker (Belper); Dan Waller; Brian Woodard (Isle of Man) 3Â½ points
Grading prize (125 or lower): Brian Woodard
Junior prize: James Evans (Upper Killay) 2Â½ points
1st Stephen Crockett (Redditch) 4Â½ points
2nd= Irina Amelkina (Redditch); Lee Bullock (Hackney/Coulsdon); Charlie McLaren (Musketeers); Rob Sutton (Worcester City) 4 points
Grading prize (93-105): Lee Bullock
Grading prize (140 or lower): Sam Beardmore (Cheddleton/Leek) 3 points
Junior prize: Felicity Parker (King Edwards School) 3Â½ points
Stephen Crockett, who very generously donated his Â£100 first prize to the St Richardâ€™s Hospice, was also presented with the trophy and prize money for winning the MCCU Rapidplay Grand Prix.
I would like to thank my co-organiser, Andrew Moore and the rest of the tournament control team, Alan and Ann Ruffle, Kevin Markey, Colin Reed and Katie Smith, plus webmaster Ray Collett. All of them volunteered their time and effort free of charge, and I am sure I speak for all of the players in passing on my sincere appreciation.