Last night Gambit had its first 10 seconds per move ‘lightning’ Swiss (option 33 on the DGT 2010 digital clock). Amazingly there were no draws, and it was an extremely tight event, thoroughly enjoyed by everyone.
Round 1 saw two shock results as Tim Kendall beat Mike Barnes and Ronnie Watson beat Keith Roper. However, in round 2, both Tim and Ronnie were beaten, by Onos Kofi-Ofuafor and Derek Padvis respectively, and Tim failed to win another game.
In round 3 Brian Hayward beat Derek to share the lead with Onos, and Ronnie produced another giant killing by beating Richard Edwards. Brian beat Onos in round 4 to take a point lead over Onos, Drag Sudar and Mike Barnes. In the final round, Mike beat Brian and Drag beat Onos to set up a 3-way playoff. Meanwhile, Derek produced another surprise result, beating Keith Roper.
In the playoff, with the time reduced to 5 seconds per move (option 34, manual set), Mike first beat Drag and then Brian to claim the title. Final scores:
4: Barnes, Hayward, Sudar
3: Ensor, Huthwaite, Kofi-Ofuafor, Padvis
2: Edwards, Gretton, Hopkinson, Roper, Watson