Norfolk Rapidplay

The Norfolk Rapidplay 2022 was held on the 30th January 2022. Bernie Ross, Sam Gaffney and, some time Woodbridge player, Ed Kirkham were playing.

Bernie finished on 3.5 out of 6 and upped his rapidplay rating to 1590 – far exceeding his standard rating which is somewhere in the 1200s. We include one of Bernie’s games below – a good win against Lowestoft player Barry Connor, rated in the 1700s at the time:

Following on from his disappointing showing at the Lowestoft Rapidplay in November, Sam once again underperformed achieving 3/6 with his rating climbing slightly to a 1566. He was cruelly flagged in a drawn game and drew a clearly won game so hope remains that one day his rating will top 1700 – Sam’s 2022 rapidplay goal. Perhaps his snazziest game was against Norwich Dons’ Biran Shah where a unlikely move mated. Can you find it in the position below?

Black to play

After losing to Sam in the first round, Ed Kirkham romped home to a tied first place. Congratulations to Ed Kirkham! Maybe we can lure him back from Felixstowe one day.

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