Pimlico is one of the most vibrant chess clubs in Central London, catering for players of all standards. Amongst its many established features is the annual Summer Tournament, a five round Swiss with Open, Major and Minor sections.
This year the tournament ran on 5 consecutive Thursday evenings from 21 May to 19 June. With a maximum capacity of 60, the tournament was fully subscribed over a week before the start with entrants from nearly 30 different clubs. All 3 sections were closely fought.
In the Open, Mark Gray (Athenaeum) prevailed with 4.5/5. Mike Healey (Richmond) and Michael Brown (Cavendish) were joint second. The U165 grading prize was won by Tim Joslin (Ealing).
Despite losing in the first round, Samir Samadov (Pimlico) won the Major(U150) with 4/5. Stephen Pride (Cambridge) justified the long weekly commute by coming joint second with 3.5/5. He shared that spot with Igor Nepomniashchiy (Pimlico) who unfortunately had to miss the last round because of other commitments. Tim Crouch (Kings Head) won the U135 grading prize.
The Minor (U120) resulted in a 4 way tie with Bryan Gittens (Pimlico), Alan Fraser (Beckenham), Paul Haughton (Pimlico) and Terry Skippen (Wanstead) all scoring 3.5/5.
Pimlico Chess Club is also the organiser of the four years old Central London League, which has teams of different standards playing in three Divisions. For more information about this league or about the club please contact PimlicoChess@aol.com