Tom Adams beat Mike Barnes in the final round to win the pre-Christmas Lightning event (10 seconds on the buzzer) with 5.5 / 6 after beating Pete Mercs in round 5, dropping just 1/2 point to Florian Biermann in round 4.
Mike Barnes came unstuck in round one when he lost to Onos Kofi-Ofuafor; he recovered to 4/5 but was unable to prevent Tom winning the event.
Four players finished joint 2nd on 4 points: Mike Barnes, Brian Hayward, Pete Mercs, plus guest Robert Richmond who suffered an unexpected loss to Drag Sudar in round 2.
The two other ‘shock’ results were in round 5: Gary Hopkinson beat Onos and Derek Padvis defeated John Huthwaite.
The final scores were:
5.5 Tom Adams
4.0 Mike Barnes, Brian Hayward, Pete Mercs, Robert Richmond
3.5 Florian Biermann
3.0 Gary Hopkinson, Derek Padvis, Drag Sudar
2.0 Peter Gorecka-Marshall, Onos Kofi-Ofuafor
1.0 John Huthwaite
0.0 Keith Roper
(In addition, the event controller John Swain scored 2/4 and Simon Scott took John’s place in the last two rounds to score 1/2)