The annual Bury Area Chess League Jamboree took place on Thursday evening at Moreton Hall Community Centre, the home of the Bury St Edmunds Chess Club. This event is a great way to start the season, with all the clubs coming together for three friendly Rapidplay games. Everyone gets to play members of other clubs, not their own.
A total of 14 teams entered, including six from Bury St Edmunds, three from Stowmarket and two each from Cambridge City and Linton. The other club to enter was Newmarket.
After two rounds, Cambridge City A and Linton Tigers were in equal first place, with seven points out of eight. In the third round, Cambridge won all their games, whilst Linton could only manage 3½. So the final placings were:
1 Cambridge City A 11
2 Linton Tigers 10½
3 Linton Lions 10
4 Cambridge City B 9
Bury St Edmunds teams filled the next five places.
The winning team consisted of three strong juniors – Akito Oyama, David Redman and Austin See, as well as Club Chairman John Daugman.
The following players won all three games:
Dave Cattermole (Cambridge)
John Daugman (Cambridge)
Patrick Heneghan (Linton)
Brian Judkins (Linton)
Paul Kemp (Linton)
Richard Newman (Cambridge)
Austin See (Cambridge)
Liam Varnam (Linton)
Those on 2½ points included Mike Harris (Bury St Edmunds), Akito Oyama (Cambridge), John Peters (Bury St Edmunds), Martin Pinner (Linton), David Redman (Cambridge), Patrick Ribbands (Linton) and Somton Ukken (Bury St Edmunds).
The Bury Area Chess League season commences on Monday 22 September, when Ely host Cambridge Examiners.