Rapidplay Congress

Last Sunday we held the club’s 3rd Rapidplay Congress at the impressive Ibis Styles Hotel. Thanks to the usual late rush of entries we managed to increase our numbers to 115, up from 91 in 2019 – so many thanks to all the competitors. The number was swelled by the mass ranks from our own club with 20 or so of our own members participating. From the many comments we received it seems the Congress was very popular, with superb management led by Chief Arbiter Matthew Carr and his assistant Lance Leslie-Smith. Prize winners are shown on our Congress Results section, but the highlight for us was seeing everyone having a good time and the return of congress chess back in Crewe after a 3 year break . We had a couple of prize winners from our own club including Martin Burns and Bart Fajfer taking a share of 2nd place in the Major and George Bulbeck taking a share of 3rd place in the Minor. We were delighted with our juniors who excelled as Joe Hignett racked up an impressive 4/7 and Oskar Jarzynki with 3.5/7. The juniors were playing in their first ever congress alongside others Jarek Czyz (Major) and Mark Randell (minor).