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NICS Winter Lackadaisical

On the afternoon of Sunday 23rd March, NICS hosted their second lackadaisical rapidplay of the season, the 3rd in their grand prix series. A shortened field this time.

For the 3rd Rapidplay at NICS, there was a short but varied field. Another lackadaisical event with a 15+5 time control, now dubbed old man's blitz.

As usual, Round 1 matched the lower half of rated players against the upper half. and not surprisingly there were no surprises.

In round 2 some of the match-ups were much more interesting but the intense time control did not yield any unexpected result; all boards played out by rating. It looked as if everyone was playing more conservative than usual.

Top BoardsRound 3 had top seeds Mike Redman & Nick Pilkiewicz play off with the Ulster Champion winning out. Board 2 was a tense battle where Ian Woodfield bested Calum Leitch. On board 4 Gary Johnston managed to hold a good draw against Peter Wilson and Adrian Donford-Smith took a march on arch-rival Paul Anderson on board 6.

In round 4, most boards were one-sided with the stronger player winning out. On board 3 Mark Newman, rated down in rapidplays, bested Ian Woodfield while Drew Ferguson lost heavily to Peter Wilson on 4.

By round 5 the pairings were getting somewhat extreme due to the short field. The only close battle was between Drew Ferguson and Alan Burns where Drew demolished a speculative exchange from Alan.

Mike Redman presented with winners prize by UCU Chairman, Geoff HindleyBy the final round Mike Redman was well clear while his main challenger, Nick Pilkiewicz, brought off the turn-up of the day losing to a sharp Gary Johnston.

As the standings show, the field clearly split by rating though within that, points tallies being relatively even. However, a good showing from Robert Lavery justifying his rise into the ranks of senior players and boosts him into pole position in the Grand Prix

Prizes

  • Winner: Mike Redman
  • Grading prize: Peter Wilson

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