5 Gambiteers entered the Darnall Rapidplay on 31 Aug. Pete Mercs managed just 2/6 in the Open in which Mansfield’s Jim Burnett came joint 1st on 4.5 points. In the Major Drag Sudar and Oliver Graham came joint 4th with 4/6 with 3 winners on 5/6. Mark Radford scored 3/6. Derek Padvis got 2.5 points in the Intermediate.
On the following Saturday Drag entered the Birmingham heat (one of 8 throughout the country) of the UK Open Blitz Championship Qualifiers. There were 15 rounds of 3′ + 2″ increments. Drag scored 7.5 points. West Nottingham’s Jonah Willow, 8th seed, played well to finish second on 12.5 points to take one of the two qualifying places for the final in November.