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Cheddleton and Leek Chess Club held its 11th annual rapid play congress at St Edward's Academy, Leek

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: July 26, 2014

Rob Shaw. one of the five equal winners in the top section.

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The popular event is becoming one of the highlights of the year in the Staffordshire chess scene. It attracts entries from across the country, as well as a strong turn-out of local players.

The chief controller was again Roger Edwards of Chell, former president of the English Chess Federation, and the other arbiters were Matthew Carr and Andrew Davies.

The youngest player taking part was nine-year old Susie Wang from Nottingham and the oldest was 90-year old Patrick Curr of Macclesfield – demonstrating once again that chess is the only sport at which the old and the young can compete against each other on a level playing field.

The tournament was divided into two sections as usual – a top section called the Cheddleton tournament for players graded under 210 and a lower section, the St Edward's tournament, for players graded under 145.

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The competition in the Cheddleton section was more fiercely-fought than in any previous tournament and at the end of round five, there were still ten players in with a chance of winning.

One of the favourites, Ali Jaunooby of Denton, Manchester, had lost spectacularly in round two to Dave Buxton of Cheddleton.

Another, Oliver Jackson of Poynton, had lost in round two to Phil Cattermole of Macclesfield and again in round five to Simon Edwards of Cheddleton, thus putting himself out of the running.

In the crucial last round, only one of the 10 potential winners managed to win his game and this left five equal winners, with one lone sixth place behind them.

The joint winners were Jonathan Blackburn of Church Lawton, Pablo Padilla Cabero of Spain, Ali Jaunooby of Denton and Rob Shaw and Simon Edwards, both of Cheddleton, all with four and a half points.

The Alan Wilshaw Memorial Rosebowl for the highest-placed North Staffordshire player went on a tiebreak to Rob Shaw.

The slow starter's prize – awarded to the player with the highest finishing score after starting with one or less points after three rounds – went to Tom Darling of Leamington Spa with three and a half points.

The competition in the St Edward's section was also good, but there not so many players in contention.

At the end of round four, there were only five players who could have taken the first place.

In the end, the outright winner was Pawel Los from Poland, with five and a half points, with David Broadbent of Wilmslow and Geraint George of Wrexham sharing second place.

The slow starter's prize went to Jacob Cartlidge, of Cheddleton, with a perfect four points.

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