2018 Bewdley Charity Chess Tournament

The Bewdley Charity Chess Tournament has gone from strength to strength in the five years since it started. This event always attracts a wide range of players – there were some strong county players, 11 juniors and 21 currently ungraded players in this years event! We had lots of prizes donated from local businesses.

4 players scored 5/6 so we had a 4-way tie for 1st place and a tie break system was needed (sum of opponents grades), which resulted in Michael Ashworth being overall winner. James Friar won the Bewdley Mayor’s Shield, runners up were Ian Clarke and John Varilone. Remi Harris and Mark Wrench won the highest ungraded players prizes. The only girl competitor, 11 year old Jaime Ashworth, finished 1st in the junior category with 4/6, winning the Jim Friar Trophy, £20 and a CSC Prize Bag. Well done to all juniors for playing well and behaving impeccably. Every junior received a prize bag made up with items generously supplied by CSC – https://www.chessinschools.co.uk/

With the entries, catering, raffle and donations, we raised over £500 for the Rory the Robot Prostate Cancer Appeal and over £90 for St Anne’s Church Bewdley (and still counting). 39 entries is our best ever and 11 juniors is also our highest!

Thanks to all those that were able to take part. We hope you enjoyed the event and can play again in August 2019 …

— John Wrench

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