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

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