Nottingham Annual Tournament
Another full house for this year's Nottingham Week, with 38 players, though 2 of them did not enter all the possible events. Conditions were generally easy, a deluge on the previous weekend having softened the drought-stricken surfaces, but fortunately there was dry weather throughout the hours of play.
The big Handicap, the Robin Hood Cup, saw a range of handicaps from 1 to 18 in the quarter-finals, after 4 days of flexible Swiss competition to find the top 8. The final was between Alex McIntyre and Sophie McGlen, both from Nottingham. Alex won +8 to take the trophy and consign Sophie to the runner-up's Taylor Salver for the second successive year.
The A class had 15 competitors, played as a flexible Swiss until Friday lunchtime, followed by a knockout for the top four. In the semi-finals Ian Vincent beat John Davis and Omied Hallam beat Beatrice McGlen, then Omied beat Ian +13 +15 in the final.
The B Level singles was similarly played as a flexible Swiss followed by a knockout. The semi-finalists were Cliff Daniel, Rob Edlin-White , Ken Jones and Michael Finnigan. In the final Michael beat Cliff +15 +12 to retain the trophy.
The C class (Ordinary level singles) had 6 entries. The top 2 after playing an American block were Alex McIntyre and Andrew Beaumont. In the play-off Alex beat Andrew +14.
The D class (Full bisque base 10 handicap singles) had only 3 entries. The players met each other twice, with Diana Plant winning all her games.
15 pairs entered the Handicap Doubles knockout, and in the final Sanaa Hallam and Mary Ashworth (playing her first tournament) beat Charles Ostler and Sue Wileman +16t
Event 1: The Robin Hood cup, handicap singles.36 players. Played as a flexible Swiss until Thursday, then a knockout for the top 8.
Semi-finals: Sophie McGlen (8) beat Richard Forman (6) +12
Alex McIntyre (12) beat Neal Bacon (4.5) +14
Final McIntyre beat McGlen +8
Event 2: Open Singles, Advanced Play. 15 players. Played as flexible Swiss, then a knockout for the top 4.
Semi-finals: Omied Hallam beat Beatrice McGlen +5 +13tpo
Ian Vincent beat John Davis +7 +17
Final Hallam beat Vincent +13 +15
Event 3: B Level Singles, Advanced Play, handicaps 3 and over. 13 players Played as flexible Swiss, then a knockout for the top 4.
Semi-finals: Cliff Daniel beat Rob Edlin-White +10
Michael Finnigan beat Ken Jones +19
Final Finnigan beat Daniel +15 +12
Event 4: C Level Singles, Ordinary Level Singles, handicaps 8 and over. Played as a block of 6 followed by a play-off for the top 2
Final Alex McIntyre beat Andrew Beaumont +14
Event 5: D Handicap Singles, full bisque base 10. 3 players. Double American block
Diana Plant beat Mary Ashworth and Ferzana Shan twice each
Event 6: Handicap Doubles, 15 pairs, knockout.
Semi-finals: Charles Ostler and Sue Wileman beat Ian Vincent and Diana Plant +19
Sanaa Hallam and Mary Ashworth beat Heather Bennett and Charlie Martin +25
Final Hallam and Ashworth beat Ostler and Wileman +16t