British Championships 2023, Days 1 and 2
Day 1: Thursday 20th July
The Yorkshire player due to be first out of the blocks was Andrew Zigmond, who had entered the Open section of the first blitz event, but it seems he did not even get into the blocks! Thursday 20th July was the first day to be hit by RMT strike action on the railways, and Andrew does not drive, so it seems more than likely that he and the other player seemingly to have defaulted in round 1 and then not turned up were skittled by the RMT union.
Day 2: Friday 21st July
Friday saw the first Rapidplay, with Open (49 entrants), Under-1750 (28 entrants) and Under-1500 (18 entrants) sections.
In the Open section, Sheffield’s IM Andrew Ledger scored a “near miss” by coming second. He drew his game with ultimate winner FM Yichen Han, but while the latter won all his other games to finish on 6½ out of 7, Andrew drew his final-round game with third-placed FM Bao Nghia Dong so finishing with “only” 6 points, with Dong finishing on 5½. There followed the pack on 5. 9-year-old (pushing 10) Srivathsan Sasikumar of Leeds finished creditably 27th to 36th equal with 3 points.
In the Under-1750 section, Doncaster’s Zak Tomlinson finished 6th-8th= with 4½ points out of 7.
In the Under-1500 section came Yorkshire’s first 1st place (albeit equal 1st) as Gorge D Boothman of Doncaster, who now plays for Ravenfield in the Sheffield & DCA league - has he moved out of Doncaster? - finished 1st-4th= on 5 out of 7. Younger brother Jeffrey A Boothman finished 9th-12th= on 3 points.
Friday also saw the start of the Weekend sections, with the following results: