Welcome to Year of the Rat

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Kung Hei Fat Choi!

22 January 2020

The Chinese community are celebrating their New Year and the dawning of the Year of the Rat, the first in the Chinese 12-year Zodiac cycle. In Chinese tradition the rat represents Wisdom. People born in the Year of the Rat are reputedly intelligent, quick-witted, practical, charming, stubborn, devious and able to size up a situation and act on it.

Sounds like your typical chess player.

Alas, these qualities didn’t help our various members much on the 2nd round of the Ellis and Appleby Trophies for individuals this evening.

Down at the Oakwood aircraft hangar our three Ellis particpants only managed a single halfpoint betwen them: Paul May drew with Peter Braham.

While out in the bosky suburbs of Alwoodley, wins for our team were in equally short supply. John Light and Steve Hodgson were drawn against each other in a fight to the death – well, to a draw, actually. Our other three entrants present all lost, though Philip May (94) did give John Hipshon (127) a difficult time.

Happy New Year to everyone!

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