Lloyd and Doran win prizes in English Rapid Championships

Steve Lloyd and Chris Doran both came second in their sections in the impressive surroundings of the Cunard Building in Liverpool. Steve finished on 7/9, up with the leaders from the start in the Intermediate section. Chris finished on 4/5 in the one-day Sunday Open, conceding just a couple of draws.

In the U12 tournament Jack Yang finished on 3/5.

The two-day Open was particularly strong with over a third of players being titled. Mike McDonagh started creditably with 2/5 but faded on the final day to finish on 3. Chester players seemed to have the wooden spoon in the bag until the critical round 5 match-up pitted Crocker (0/4) against Lee (0.5/4). Accumulation of some points was inevitable with James finishing on 2.5 and gaining some useful open experience. The chess gods smiled more favourably on your reporter with a 5/5 finish.

Dave Robertson attended the opening ceremony and was praised for his accurate memory and attention to detail by the entertaining chess-playing mayor. All-in-all an excellent new tournament which will hopefully be repeated in future years.

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