It’s back – the Ashton Rapidplay

After a gap of 30 years, the Ashton Rapidplay is back on the North West chess scene! The event, held on Sunday 9th July at Broadoak and Smallshaw Community Centre, Broadoak Road, Ashton-under-Lyne, attracted 68 entries from all over the region, with half of the players being juniors.

Congress Director David Hardy said, “I am really pleased that players and parents supported the event as they did, and we hope that the success this year means it will become a firm fixture in the local chess calendar”.

The games were 25 minutes per side, and were played over 6 rounds, with the congress being split in to three graded sections. The top section of U150 was won by Paul Woodfinden (Northwich); second equal were David Wells (York) and Thomas Nyahwo (Wigan); the U130 grading prize went to Phil Colville (Macclesfield).

The U115 section as won by Michael Fisher (Oldham); second equal were Niamh Bridgeman from (Morecambe) and Steven Rush (Rhyl); the U95 grading prize went to Denzel Supatan (Ashton).

The U80 section was won by Sajjad Dehghan-Afifi (Sale); second equal were Tyrone Supatan (Ashton) and Les Hall (Crewe).

The best Tameside area junior prize went to Ross Evans (Ashton).

— David Hardy

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