The Nottinghamshire County Championships were held this weekend at the High School, ably run as always by Robert Richmond who deserves a lot of credit for his unassuming hard work organising our 3 local events.
The Minor Section featured two Gambiteers, Graham Gibson & Ronnie Watson. Graham scored 3.5 / 5 but Ronnie managed a solitary win while losing the other 4. The winner was Robert Abrahart with 4 points.
The Major Section didn’t have anyone from our club. It was won by Janos Wagenbach on 4 points with Tim Lane coming 2nd on 3.5 points.
The Championship Section included 5 Gambiteers: Mike Barnes, Pete Mercs, Florian Biermann, Drag Sudar & Jose Pinto Vieira. Shabir Okhai became county champion with 4.5 points after beating Mike, Florian, Drag & Armaan Gogia who had produced a major shock in round 2 by beating Jon Tait who also only drew with Steve Burke.
Florian had a fantastic weekend; 2nd place on 3.5 points with a tournament rating of 203! He produced two shocks, beating Jon and drawing with Mike. He also beat Jose & Steve.
Mike came 3rd with 3 points. He escaped with a draw against Pete, who missed a win in the endgame, and beat Drag & Daniel. Drag finished joint 4th on 2.5 points with Jon, Pete & Jose. He defeated Pete & Armaan and drew with Steve. Jose lost an exciting game v Jon, drew with Daniel and beat Pete who managed just one win, v Daniel.