The traditional end of season simultaneous took place on the 6th June at Worthing Chess Club but with a twist this year.
Alex Therrien, FIDE master, has moved to the area recently to take up the post of journalist at the Worthing Herald but, much more importantly, he has joined Worthing Chess Club. He was duly given the honour of kicking off the simultaneous against all comers and we had a terrific turnout – 23 players, 10 of them juniors – and the large number sent Chris Jones scrambling back to his car to grab some extra sets.
After 45 minutes, Dave Graham and Chris Jones stepped in to take on the juniors whilst Alex focussed on the seniors. There were no easy games and Matt Payne registered an early draw and this was soon followed by an excellent win from Colin Parker. After these early setbacks, the simul players wrestled back control and, despite some stiff resistance, Don Banks was the only other player to avoid defeat.
Alex 11-2 vs. the Seniors
Alex / Dave / Chris 10-0 vs. the Juniors
It was no surprise that Kevin Walsh was the last man to finish and he took one of the book prizes for a well played game along with Colin Parker, Matt Payne, Anesu Muzhanye, Sam Lennard and Jason Rose.
A really enjoyable evening – don’t forget the Bernard Bruno memorial quickplay on Saturday 18th June, 2pm start.
Read Alex's report on his website www.chesstutor.co.uk