The Individual Rapidplay was held at the Masonic Guildhall, Stockport, on the 5th February 2012 as part of the 26th annual Rapidplay organised by Stockport Chess Club. The severe bad weather reduced the numbers, but there were still 130 hardy souls competing on the day which was 30 less than last year.
The next Stockport Rapidplay will be on Sunday 3rd February, 2013.
The Open was again very strong with 8 out of the 17 being graded over 190. A Beardsworth came first for the second year in a row with 5Â½. Second equal were Andy Reeve (Stockport) and Mike Surtees (Bolton) with 4Â½. The U180 prize was won by Phil Adams (3Cs) with 3Â½. The highest placed Stockport League players were Andy Reeve (Stockport) with 4Â½ and Robert Shaw (Buxton) with 3Â½.
In the Major there were 46 players including 18 Stockport League registered. First prize was shared by B Brown (Clitheroe) and M Burns (Stockport) with 5Â½. The U151 prize was shared by G Laurence (Macclesfield) and D McCarthy (Padgate & Widnes) with 4. The highest placed Stockport League players were M Burns with 5Â½ and Mike Tunstall with 4Â½ both Stockport. M Burns won the Stockport League Trophy with 5Â½.
In the Intermediate there were 27 competitors (21 fewer than last year!) with 7 Stockport League registered. First prize was won by A Horton (3Cs) with 5Â½. The U120 prize was won by P May (Amber Valley) with 4. The highest placed Stockport League players were Phythian G (Chorlton) with 4Â½ and J Kelly (Stockport) with 3Â½. The Stockport League Trophy was awarded to G Phythian (Chorlton) with 4Â½.
In the Minor there were 40 competitors with 7 Stockport League Registered. First prize was won by K Moorcroft (3Cs) with 5Â½. The U95 prize was won by B Kerton (3Cs) with 4Â½. T Green, S Hopkins (Urmston) and R McClean (3Cs) shared the UG prize with 4. T Green and D Manton (3Cs) shared the U18 years prize with 4. J Power (3Cs) won the U12 years prize with 4Â½. The Stockport League Trophy was won by G Lea (Stockport) with 5 who also won the Veterans prize.
The Organisers would like to thank the Controllors:
Rod Middleton and Fiona Green in the Open and Major
Ray Bradney and Dave Biddulph in the Intermediate
John Wain and Peter Taylor in the Minor
The Organisers also wish to thank the following for the donations that they made:
Atkinson R A Alms E N Burns M J Desmedt R Glover G Hamilton S Kane B Kelly J May P Murphy R Oâ€™Rourke W Phythian G Pitchford A J Sime A Smith A A Stoker A
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