Countdown to the Rapidplay Champs

Yes, the countdown has begun to the Northumberland Rapidplay Championships, which are being held at Forest Hall Ex-Servicemen’s Institute (the Forest Hall Chess Club venue) on Sunday November 26, from 11:00am-5:30pm.

They promise to be a fantastic competition yet again, with everyone playing in the same section – and many prizes for different grading bands, for juniors, seniors and everyone in between!

The time limit is a fast ‘n’ furious 10 minutes plus 5 seconds per move, meaning there will be plenty of thrills and spills throughout the day. There’s a total of nine rounds, so you will easily be able to find opponents of similar strength as the Swiss tournament progresses.

There are various ways to enter the Rapidplay Champs:

a) Simply fill in the online payment form here;

b) Download the entry form from the ECF calendar here, and send a cheque (made payable to ‘Forest Hall Chess Club’) to: Tim Wall, 7 Nixon Terrace, Blyth, Northumberland NE24 3EE; or

c) Email timpeterwall [at] gmail [dot] com, and pay on the day in cash.

Whiichever you enter, to ensure your place, please be sure to enter by Friday November 24. (Late entries may be accepted on the day, space permitting.)

The player to beat this season could well be Charlie Storey, the current Northumberland Open Rapidplay Champion, who is something of a rapidplay and blitz specialist.

Here is Charlie in action in this year’s British Championships, in Llandudno:

White: Charlie Storey

Black: Jonah Willow

Round 5, 104th British Championship, August 2017

Opening: Sicilian Defence