The 2nd Bearsden Christmas Lightning (Open) Tournament
(Held on Tuesday, December 20th, 2005)
by Trevor Davies
Results of the 5-round "Swiss" were as follows:
First (equal): Richard Wiltshire (Bearsden) & Ian Mclean (Hamilton)
4½/5 (£20 each)
Under 1900 - Paul MacDonald (Glasgow Montrose) 4/5,
Under 1700 - Alistair Ahmed (Glasgow Montrose) 3½/5
Under 1300 - Daniel Rocks (Bearsden) 2½/5
Each prize-winner also received one of Bearsden Chess Club's signed
certificates, which are sure to become collectors' items in the
Over a gallon of the finest mulled wine and three score mince-pies
were consumed before play began by the players who had journeyed from
far and wide (Cathcart, Dalmuir, Glasgow Montrose, Polytechnic, and
Edinburgh). As far as it was possible to tell, this seemed to have
had no significant detrimental effect on play.
Some players, unused to the peculiar time dilation, wherein the
opening few moves take an eternity, while tactical complexities flash
by like... (well, like lightning) took a while to adjust. Played in
good humour, such difficulties as did arise with the Special Rules
were quickly resolved. However, play had to be suspended momentarily
in the last round when, after only 50 seconds play, the "grandmaster"
draw offer overheard on Board 1 was greeted with universal mock
horror, drowning out the buzzer.
The tournament was appreciably stronger than last year, despite the
unavoidable (some might say fortunate) absence of one or two of the
stronger local players. Twenty-six players took part, mostly from
clubs outside the district. The top player had a rating of over 2100
and the average rating was 1650. Richard Wiltshire and Ian Mclean's
first-place performance approached 2100, while Paul MacDonald's
exceeded 2000. Alistair Ahmed scored over 1900, while Bearsden
junior, Daniel Rocks, also has an excellent tournament with a
performance rating of 1700+. Sadly, for these players at least, the
results will not be submitted for grading!
Many thanks to Douglas MacGregor for handling the (computer) draw; to
Eileen for the mince-pies (yum-yum) and to Angharad for the buzzer
back-up system. Next year, the tournament will be on Tuesday,
December 19th. Hope to see you there!