78 competitors attended the Bolton Easter congress held at the Ukrainian Social club, Bolton, April 14th – 16th.
The FIDE open attracted 22 competitors. In the final round the two joint leaders, on 3.5/4 pts met. These were FM Joseph McPhillips (Bolton) and Bao Nghia Dong, a Vietnamese national at Loughborough University. Joseph won an interesting Queen verses two Rook ending to finish outright first.
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Last year’s winner Steve Jones (Widnes) and Scottish representative Martin Mitchell were second equal.
The Major section attracted 24 entrants and was won outright by Martin Burn (Stockport) on 4.5pts.
The only 100% scorer was Michael Fisher (Oldham) who won the knights section.
Andrew Horton (3Cs) won the Busy Persons Blitz for the second year running, on 7.5/8pts.
Bolton Easter FIDE Open
1st FM Joseph McPhillips (Bolton) 4.5pts
2nd= Steve Jones (Widnes) & Martin Mitchell (Spirit of Atticus) 4pts
u2000 Grading Prize Tim Hilton (Rochdale) 3.5pts
22 entrants, £600 prize fund
Bolton Major (under 170)
1st Martin Burns (Stockport) 4.5pts
2nd= Clive Davies (Rose Forgrove), Paul Colburn (Braunston) & Damien McCarthy (Widnes) 4pts
U150 Grading Prize Dean Hartley (Amber Valley) 3pts
24 entrants, £480 prize fund
Bolton Knights (under 135)
1st Michael Fisher (Oldham) 5pts
2nd= Steve Rush (Rhyl & Prestatyn) & Gareth Griffiths 4pts
Grading prizes; Kenneth Parkin (Shipley), Jeff Wilson (Oldham) & Les Hall (Crewe)
32 entrants, £480 prize fund
Busy Persons Blitz
1st Andrew Horton (3Cs) 7.5pts/8
2nd= IM Velislav Kukov (Stok area) & Ali Jaunooby (Denton) 6.5pts
Grading prize 166-185 Michael Tasker (Hackney) 6pts
Grading prize 146-165 Tim Hilton (Rochdale) 6.5pts
Grading prize 126-145 Mick Norris (Bury) 5.5pts
Grading prize 106-125 Andrew Crowther (Bolton area) & Radu Tatar (Hoylake) 4.5pts
Grading Prize 85-106 Tony Tatar (Hoylake) 4pts
Grading Prize <85 Aisha Benhamida (Tameside) & Les Hall (Crewe) 2.5pts
57 entrants, £200 prize fund
Results of competitions with tables, or as much detail as is possible.
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