1st: GM Mark Hebden 9.5/11 Â£400 (2013 British Blitz Champion)
2nd: IM Petro Golubka 9/11 Â£200
3rd: GM Keith Arkell, IM Thomas Rendle, IM Ameet Ghasi 8/11 Â£33.33
Junior: Marcus Harvey 8/11 Â£50
U1930 rating prize: Robert Kane 6/11 (+3.85) Â£50
U1610 rating prize: John Courouble 5/11 (+3.71) Â£50
As noticed in the other thread, Keith and Nick Arkell played one another in round 1, with Nick prevailing with black. Our other GM, Mark Hebden, lost to Marcus Harvey in round 3, so both GMs were back in the pack early on. Golubka and Ghasi led the way with 5/5 at the interval, but Ghasi lost two in a row against Golubka and Hebden. I'm not an expert on such matters, but Ghasi looked like he was a pawn up in a rook and pawn ending, but his K ended up on a back rank, with Hebden's K in opposition, and the only way to stop a mate meant Ghasi had to give up his R. I don't know if that arose because Mark forced it upon Ameet cleverly, or whether Ameet blundered. Nevertheless, it was a turning point of sorts, and it took Ghasi out of contention for the main prize. Meanwhile, Golubka marched serenely on to 7/7. Hebden then beat Golubka with white in round 8 to draw level, but after drawing again in round 9 against Keith Arkell, Golubka retook the lead after winning to move to 8/9. In the last two rounds, Golubka could only draw against Keith Arkell and Weaving, whereas Hebden beat Rendle and Maciol to take outright victory.
There were a few Law queries during the day, which I thought I'd share with you. Most of them were towards the end of the event, for some reason.
In round 10, on a high board, a player promoted to a pawn with 2 seconds on his clock. His opponent claimed the game because of the illegal move. Interestingly, I specifically mentioned non-promotion in my opening introduction as an example of an illegal move. The player who made the move would have heard that. The claimant was late arriving because he fell off his bike en route, so while he missed the salvo, he knew the Law anyway!
In the round before, a player made an illegal move, exposing his King to check. His opponent ignored this and moved. The player then blocked the check with his next move. His opponent then claimed the game, but of course, it was too late so the game continued.
Another player touched a piece that could legally move, before making a legal move with a different piece. We were asked after the game, could the game have claimed because of an illegal move? The Chief Arbiter and I agreed that the violation was of the touch move rule, not the illegal move rule, and so had an arbiter witnessed it happening (or otherwise had evidence that the piece had been deliberately touched), then they could have applied a touch move penalty, but not an illegal move penalty. Of course, the penalties might be the same in standardplay so the distinction isn't as important, but when the penalties are different, it does! This never happened, but it was an interesting question.
Of less interest, but nevertheless noteworthy, I was saving my tournament file to the Cloud during the early rounds. This was so that the backup laptop could access the files quickly in case my machine decided to blow up. However, with the general rush of rounds 1 and 2 (no shows etc.), I hadn't had chance to back up the files to the memory stick at the end of round 1 before round 2 was underway. I'd forgotten that I wasn't connected to the Internet, because of course, I'd switched my phone off! My computer had previously been tethered to the phone's Wi-Fi. So I wasn't actually saving the file at all. One of our admin team was carrying a Wi-Fi hotspot around with him. He'd forgotten both to turn it off from his last use of it, and to leave it at home before he set off. So it was switched on, and my laptop had automatically connected to it when it lost connection to my phone, meaning I was connected to the Internet, and so actually, I was saving things quite happily. This spared me from losing 2 rounds worth of results when I closed the software with a mouse-slip at the end of round 2. If the admin person had remembered to leave his Wi-Fi device at home, this report could have been a tale of woe...
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Ranking and Games after round 11 of 2013 British Blitz Championship No. PNo. Name R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 R11 CB Score ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1. 2 Hebden, Mark 39b1 27w1 14b0 31w1 20b1 25w1 6b1 3w1 1bÂ½ 4w1 15b1 -1 9.5 2. 3 Golubka, Petro 40w1 26b1 17w1 10b1 4w1 6b1 14w1 2b0 25w1 1bÂ½ 13wÂ½ 1 9.0 3. 1 Arkell, Keith 38w0 47b1 42w1 29b1 30w1 13bÂ½ 9w1 10b1 2wÂ½ 3wÂ½ 14bÂ½ 1 8.0 4 Rendle, Thomas 41b1 29w1 18b1 13w1 3b0 14w0 30w1 15b1 6w1 2b0 25w1 1 8.0 6 Ghasi, Ameet 44b1 31w1 20b1 14w1 9b1 3w0 2w0 13b1 4b0 27w1 16b1 -1 8.0 14 Harvey, Marcus 50w1 32b1 2w1 6b0 40w1 4b1 3b0 20w1 5bÂ½ 30w1 1wÂ½ 1 8.0 7. 10 Roberson, Peter 46b1 33w1 22b1 3w0 25b0 38w1 27b1 1w0 20bÂ½ 31w1 30b1 -1 7.5 20 Stepanyan, Henrik 57w1 38b1 6w0 36b1 2w0 40b1 32w1 14b0 10wÂ½ 9b1 17w1 1 7.5 9. 5 Cobb, James 42w1 28bÂ½ 24w1 30b0 26w1 15b1 13w0 34b1 14wÂ½ 25b0 38w1 1 7.0 13 Weaving, Richard 49b1 35w1 25b1 4b0 37w1 1wÂ½ 5b1 6w0 26b1 15w0 3bÂ½ -1 7.0 15 Maciol, Ryszard - 61b1 45w1 33w1 44b1 5w0 28b1 4w0 22b1 13b1 2w0 0 7.0 25 Sygnowski, Tomasz 61w1 58b1 13w0 73b1 10w1 2b0 36w1 9b1 3b0 5w1 4b0 -1 7.0 34 Kaatiala, Pekka 70b1 16wÂ½ 12b1 9w0 22b0 57w1 44b1 5w0 33bÂ½ 53w1 27b1 -1 7.0 14. 9 Carr, Neil 45w1 30bÂ½ 28w1 34b1 6w0 47b1 1b0 25w0 35b1 20w0 22b1 -1 6.5 12 Timmins, Chris 47w0 59b1 34w0 51b1 36w0 55b1 40w1 29b1 30w0 32bÂ½ 44w1 1 6.5 16 Edge, John 52w1 34bÂ½ 30w0 57b1 47w0 44wÂ½ 41b1 31wÂ½ 28b1 26b1 6w0 1 6.5 30 Fallowfield, Jeremy 66b1 9wÂ½ 16b1 5w1 1b0 22w1 4b0 47w1 12b1 14b0 10w0 -1 6.5 46 Friar, James P 10w0 69b1 36w0 63b1 32w0 73b1 17w0 55b1 29wÂ½ 24b1 18w1 1 6.5 19. 17 Woolley, Jos 53b1 37w1 3b0 44w0 38b0 60w1 46b1 33w1 27b0 47w1 20b0 -1 6.0 22 Bennett, Dominic 59w1 51b1 10w0 47bÂ½ 34w1 30b0 37wÂ½ 32b1 15w0 36b1 9w0 1 6.0 26 Martin, Nicholas E 62b1 3w0 41b1 49wÂ½ 5b0 39w1 35b1 37b1 13w0 16w0 33bÂ½ -1 6.0 27 Nixon, Rodney J 63w1 2b0 47w0 54b1 45w1 50b1 10w0 36b1 17w1 6b0 34w0 1 6.0 28 Ponter, Ian 64b1 5wÂ½ 9b0 35w1 49bÂ½ 33w1 15w0 53b1 16w0 38b0 42w1 1 6.0 29 Huq, Robin 65w1 4b0 50w1 1w0 41b1 36b0 45w1 12w0 46bÂ½ 40bÂ½ 73w1 1 6.0 31 Eilers, Arne 67w1 6b0 51w1 2b0 50w0 58b1 49w1 16bÂ½ 37w1 10b0 40wÂ½ 1 6.0 32 Emery, Ian 68b1 14w0 44b0 53w1 46b1 49w1 20b0 22w0 41b1 12wÂ½ 47bÂ½ -1 6.0 33 Ai, Farshad 69w1 10b0 54w1 15b0 73w1 28b0 50w1 17b0 34wÂ½ 37b1 26wÂ½ 1 6.0 36 Friar, Jim 72b1 18w0 46b1 20w0 12b1 29w1 25b0 27w0 48b1 22w0 66b1 -1 6.0 38 Arkell, Nicholas D 1b1 20w0 49b0 55w1 17w1 10b0 53b0 51w1 60b1 28w1 5b0 -1 6.0 40 Robinson, James 3b0 60w1 55b1 18w1 14b0 20w0 12b0 58w1 66b1 29wÂ½ 31bÂ½ -1 6.0 47 Kane, Robert 12b1 1w0 27b1 22wÂ½ 16b1 9w0 18b1 30b0 24w1 17b0 32wÂ½ -1 6.0 53 Graff, Ben 17w0 73b0 52w1 32b0 63w1 42b1 38w1 28w0 18b1 34b0 50w1 1 6.0 33. 24 Gostelow, David W 60b1 55w1 5b0 37w0 39bÂ½ 35w0 66b1 44w1 47b0 46w0 51w1 1 5.5 35 Goler, Gunes 71w1 13b0 57wÂ½ 28b0 59w1 24b1 26w0 39b1 9w0 44b0 68w1 1 5.5 37 Friar, Joseph 73w1 17b0 58w1 24b1 13b0 18w1 22bÂ½ 26w0 31b0 33w0 59w1 1 5.5 44 Child, Kieran 6w0 67b1 32w1 17b1 15w0 16bÂ½ 34w0 24b0 39w1 35w1 12b0 1 5.5 37. 18 Morris, Gareth 54w1 36b1 4w0 40b0 42w1 37b0 47w0 49b1 53w0 45b1 46b0 -1 5.0 41 Ali, Golam 4w0 65b1 26w0 69b1 29w0 72b1 16w0 50b1 32w0 73b0 56w1 1 5.0 42 Olaleye, Oladejo 5b0 62w1 1b0 60w1 18b0 53w0 59b1 66w0 58b1 55w1 28b0 -1 5.0 45 Moore, Andrew 9b0 64w1 15b0 66w1 27b0 62w1 29b0 60w0 57b1 18w0 67b1 -1 5.0 49 May, Julian 13w0 71b1 38w1 26bÂ½ 28wÂ½ 32b0 31b0 18w0 67b1 66w0 72b1 -1 5.0 50 Bull, Philip 14b0 66w1 29b0 68w1 31b1 27w0 33b0 41w0 69b1 60w1 53b0 -1 5.0 60 Gill, Martin 24w0 40b0 67w1 42b0 69w1 17b0 72w1 45b1 38w0 50b0 55b1 -1 5.0 66 Courouble, John 30w0 50b0 61w1 45b0 54w1 48b1 24w0 42b1 40w0 49b1 36w0 1 5.0 73 Price, Mark 37b0 53w1 39b1 25w0 33b0 46w0 62b1 48w0 52b1 41w1 29b0 -1 5.0 46. 39 Fergusson, Matthew 2w0 63b1 73w0 58b1 24wÂ½ 26b0 57w1 35w0 44b0 59b0 52w1 1 4.5 51 Giles, Alan + 22w0 31b0 12w0 62b0 65b1 67w1 38b0 68wÂ½ 69w1 24b0 0 4.5 57 Madden, Jason 20b0 72w1 35bÂ½ 16w0 52w1 34b0 39b0 59w1 45w0 68b0 70b1 -1 4.5 59 Barnett, Douglas 22b0 12w0 68bÂ½ 64w1 35b0 52b1 42w0 57b0 61w1 39w1 37b0 -1 4.5 68 Adams, Christopher 32w0 52bÂ½ 59wÂ½ 50b0 58w0 63b0 71b1 62w1 51bÂ½ 57w1 35b0 -1 4.5 51. 48 Hewitt, Sean - = = = = 66w0 63b1 73b1 36w0 - - 0 4.0 55 Reid, Conor + 24b0 40w0 38b0 65w1 12w0 69b1 46w0 72b1 42b0 60w0 0 4.0 56 Carr, Matthew - - - - - - + + + 70w1 41b0 0 4.0 58 Rivlin, Mark + 25w0 37b0 39w0 68b1 31w0 70b1 40b0 42w0 72w0 65b1 0 4.0 62 Hapeshi, Eleanor 26w0 42b0 69w0 67b1 51w1 45b0 73w0 68b0 65w0 71b1 61w1 1 4.0 67 Reid, Patrick 31b0 44w0 60b0 62w0 64b1 71w1 51b0 70w1 49w0 63b1 45w0 1 4.0 72 King, Angus 36w0 57b0 65w1 52b0 61b1 41w0 60b0 63w1 55w0 58b1 49w0 1 4.0 58. 52 Rosser, Geoffrey C 16b0 68wÂ½ 53b0 72w1 57b0 59w0 61w0 64b1 73w0 65b1 39b0 -1 3.5 59. 61 Pakenham, John H 25b0 15w0 66b0 71b1 72w0 70w0 52b1 69w0 59b0 64w1 62b0 -1 3.0 63 Draper, Martin J 27b0 39w0 70b1 46w0 53b0 68w1 48w0 72b0 71b1 67w0 64b0 -1 3.0 69 Fergusson, Andrew 33b0 46w0 62b1 41w0 60b0 64w1 55w0 61b1 50w0 51b0 71w0 1 3.0 70 Vernon, Colin 34w0 54b0 63w0 65b0 71w1 61b1 58w0 67b0 64w1 56b0 57w0 1 3.0 63. 65 Udathu, Nihaar 29b0 41w0 72b0 70w1 55b0 51w0 64bÂ½ 71w0 62b1 52w0 58w0 1 2.5 71 Draper, James O 35b0 49w0 64bÂ½ 61w0 70b0 67b0 68w0 65b1 63w0 62w0 69b1 -1 2.5 65. 64 Ricketts, Dave 28w0 45b0 71wÂ½ 59b0 67w0 69b0 65wÂ½ 52w0 70b0 61b0 63w1 1 2.0 66. 54 Uddin, Moin 18b0 70w1 33b0 27w0 66b0 - - - - - - -1 1.0