John McKenna wrote:Lost all five games in Thanet major some years ago. It all started with a loss in first round to one of the highest graded players (about160) when I played to win from a position that I could have forced a draw. Then it was downhill all the way.
Best tournament was winning Folkestone major many years ago, winning queen of junior England female. In final round, after being told by my male junior opponent, "I will not accept any draw offer" he offered me a draw when he began to lose, which I accepted.
A feat I have yet to achieve John, painful! 5 straight defeats, that puts you in a tie with Stewart.
Was Folkestone a six rounder? if so 6 without loss is the "Mere mortal" record.
Your last round game at Folkestone reminds me of a last round game I had back in the late 80s with White I was on 4.5 out of 5 lying in sole 2nd
behind my opponent on 5/5. I was told by the arbiter I must play for a win
he must have considered me a budding GM? I play every game to win
I faced a Petroff, a draw offer if ever there was, I was on top out of the opening then fell for a clever defensive exchange sac, faced with a queen fork capitulated and lost finishing in a tie for 4th, leapfogged out the money, my opponent later confided that he should've offered me the draw as he didn't need 6/6 to win sole 1st, needless to say I declined his "should've" offer
Ex-President of Liverpool Chess Club, now mere Tournament Controller and Chief bottle washer.