This year's Pendle & Craven B-Level weekend was planned as a Swiss, with
all the games in the first four rounds defined in advance, but the plan
was disarranged when one of the 15 entrants had to withdraw.
The tournament therefore proceeded with only 14 players - the missing
player's opponent, David Barrett, having his first game against Peter
McDermott, who had had a bye in the original schedule and turned up for
There was a further slight hitch because the manager failed to spot the
most elegant solution to the rescheduling problem, namely to treat the
11am game as part of the first round. This meant that Peter and David
were left without opponents in the second round when they had finished
their game, and had to wait until another game finished. From that
point on, however, everything ran more smoothly, and the only disruption
came from the weather, which was windy with squally showers especially
on Sunday morning.
Through all this Peter Wilson sailed serenely winning game after game,
and he ended up with the trophy and an unbeaten record (6/6). Close
behind him was Phill Scarr, with 6/7, followed by Matt Holmes on 5/7.
Most of the others also got six or seven games, and everyone won at
Also worth mentioning are the catering, which was up to the usual high
standard, and the lawns, which have been improving steadily over the
past few years and were playing very nicely. As someone commented, John
Beech - in whose memory the lawns are named - would have been delighted
to see them.