A curtain-raiser – though given the fabled informal attire at online events, maybe that should be “undress rehearsal” – for the Limewood Blitz Championship was held tonight. It was 5 minutes on the clock per game and play as many games as you can inside the 2-hour limit. 11 or 12 games was the norm.
This was chess in the fast lane with thrills and spills, pieces parked en prise and other speed-induced blunders that may or may not have gone unpunished.
The winners were those who managed, more or less, to keep cool heads and wits intact in the madhouse:
First place: Tom Leah, winning 9 of his 11 games.
2nd place: Paul May
3rd place: Kevin Plaxton
The actual, genuine Blitz Championship takes place on Wed 7 October on the LiChess site.
Will Paul Smith retain his 2019 title? No-one has yet to win the Championship twice. There’s all to play for.
The next online events organised by Sylvan Clarke for ECF U100 players are:
Saturday 31 October at 12 noon
Saturday 28 November at 12 noon
Look for the U100 ECF – U1450 FIDE Rapidplay Tournament on the Lichess website.
If you are interested in playing , Sylvan is interested in hearing from you.