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13/12/2023

Keddie Cup 2023, Conclusion

 

Back in September, Steve Westmoreland reported on the first session of play in the newly instituted team rapidplay competition in memory of David Keddie who passed away from cancer last year.  He now reports on the final outcome following the final session.

 

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Wednesday 13th December saw the completion of the David Keddie Cup at Holmfirth Chess Club.  With teams of three and two rapidplay games during an evening, the Cup was held over four nights and finished as near to Davidís Birthday (15th December) as we could get it.

 

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The Cup is held in memory of David Keddie, one of the original players that helped us set up the Club in a small room in the Farmerís Arms in 2019.  As well as a massive chess enthusiast, David was a keen attender at the Holy Trinity Church at Holmfirth.  He sadly died from cancer in 2022.

 

The competition was incredibly busy, often running at 30 players at our home ground of The Stumble Inn.  41 players took part, including 11 juniors from the club.  Players from Huddersfield, Dewsbury, Belgrave (Halifax) and Honley joined in.

 

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Much to our delight and consternation (as we may have trained them too well), our all-junior team ĎThe Smothered Matesí won the competition.  The winning team was put together by Jacob Westmoreland, who with a degree of cunning realised just how strong at rapidplay Alex and Isaac are and immediately bagged them for the team before anyone else.  The boys were presented with a new Trophy, kindly provided by Davidís family.

 

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Isaac with the trophy, with Alex and a towering Jacob.  Mike and Sean Keddie at the back.

 

The event was an amazing tribute to David.  He would have been delighted to see all the people playing and especially the juniors.  He helped us start a tiny chess club, which grew into something truly special.

 

The Keddie Cup will return in 2024.

 

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