On Monday 25th June, at the last club night before the summer break, the annual Summer Handicap Cup rapidplay competition took place, with 24 club members participating. The format was a six-round time-handicapped competition, with the 16 minutes per game allocated as shown below.
|Grade Diff.||Time (mins)|
|0-9||8 : 8|
|10-19||9 : 7|
|20-29||10 : 6|
|30-39||11 : 5|
|40+||12 : 4|
Many congratulations to Aidan Elllis, who won with an impressive 5.5 points out of 6. David Bower and David Phillips tied for second on 5 points. In joint fourth place with 4 points, Andrew Smith impressively achieved parity with our esteemed President and Secretary. The full standings table was as follows.
|1||Aidan Ellis||150||5.5||2-3||David Bower||164||5.0||David Phillips||134||5.0||4-6||Andrew Smith||86||4.0||Jeremy Fraser-Mitchell||192||4.0||Ian Cross||143||4.0||7-8||Terry Douse||131||3.5||Keith Feldman||104||3.5||9-15||Neill Willmott||178||3.0||Paul Laskier||144||3.0||Phil McConnell||122||3.0||Chris Pines||116||3.0||Richard Walsh||126||3.0||Ray Claret||129||3.0||Paul Lawrence||151||3.0||16-17||John Copner||85||2.5||Mike Flatt||120||2.5||18-22||Matt James||137||2.0||Simon Narbeth||139||2.0||Peter Baker||95||2.0||Peter Hayward||108||2.0||James Palmer||144||2.0||23||Patrick Fitzgerald||133||1.5||24||David Pugh (*)||70||0.0|
(*) Withdrew after 2 rounds.
Afterwards a number of members went on to the Alban Tandoori for Curry-and-Cobras. It was half past midnight by the time the genial restaurant manager saw the back of us.