Report from the Cowley Christmas chess blitz

A touching mark of respect for the cricketer Phillip Hughes who lost his life last month

A touching mark of respect for the cricketer Phillip Hughes who lost his life last month

The 2014 Cowley Christmas Blitz was held on Monday 1 December and attracted a total of 48 players.

A closely contested blitz chess tournament was eventually won by Mark Hannon of Witney Chess Club with 8.5 out of 10, half a point ahead of Phil Hayward (Oxford City), Graham McInnes (Didcot), and Cowley’s own Will Burt.

Cumnor Chess Club was well represented with 8 players, 5 of which got a prize! Some of the prize winners are below and a full list can be found on Cowley Chess Club’s website.

A list of some of the prizewinners and their scores is as follows:

1st: Mark Hannon (Witney) 8.5/10
2nd: Phil Hayward (Oxford City) 8
3rd=: Graham McInnes (Didcot), Will Burt (Cowley) 8
Best junior (U18): Daniel Varney (Cumnor) 6.5
Best U145: Mark Sayers (Cumnor) 6
Best very slow starter - 0/4: Alan Flockton (Cumnor) 3

The coincidence of having several entrants graded 147 (and with the UK Snooker Championships currently taking place) prompted Controller Tim Dickinson to award a special ‘Best 147’ prize!

Special 'Best 147': Andrew Varney (Cumnor) & Liam Glenn (Cumnor) 6/10

Liam has been coming to Cumnor Chess Club since he was wearing short trousers and now captains the first team. His interests include Chess, Oxford United, Chess and Chess. He shows you can be handsome and good at Chess.

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