18 year old Harry Gardiner wrapped up his second trophy in successive weeks as he concluded the Summer “All-play-all” last night with a win in the final game of the whole competition.
The event started in mid-June and the trophy was only decided in the last game, after last night’s pairings saw the four contenders going head to head. Three of the four players were on 3.5/5 – Harry, Doug Barnett and Simon Layhe, with the other contender Dave Price on 3/5, and the games to be played were Harry vs Simon and Dave vs Doug.
Chairman Dave took the early advantage as he managed to overcome Doug, no doubt aided by the fairly noisy club room causing distractions to all involved. Temporarily this put Dave in top spot, finishing with 4 pts, and with the remaining game in the balance we had the prospect of a 3-way tie for the trophy if the final game was a draw, or if we had a positive result that would prove decisive for the winner. In the end, Harry would emerge with the win to become Summer Champion – again congratulations to Harry.
It is great to see Harry’s game going from strength to strength, as it is only four years ago that Harry’s first ever grade was a miserly 31 in old ECF money. Let’s hope he continues to improve his game and grade which is now 1848 in new money (= old 153 grade) and help the club compete at a higher level in future league events.
Full results can be seen from the following link