Paul Kemp reported on a very successful season for the six Linton teams, winning division 3 and the Roger Goldsmith tournament and also coming second in these competitions and divisions 1 and 2. The club also entered three teams in the East Anglian Club Championship and acquitted themselves well.
Paul presented the results of the club championship, which was won by Gavith Dharmasena on 6/6, followed by Julian Ray on 4.5 points. It was agreed to run next year’s championship as a five round Swiss, with an additional trophy (the John Dawson trophy) to be presented annually to the highest-scoring player in the lower half of the draw.
An 11-year-old chess player from Linton has walked away with the spoils after completing a clean sweep at the 35th Bury St Edmunds Congress.
Abigail Weersing was the only player among 169 to win all five of her rounds on her way to winning the minor section (fourth tier) of the competition at The Apex at the weekend.
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Linton Juniors Win UK Championship
A record 108 competitors contested the twelfth Cambridgeshire Rapidplay, held at Whittlesford on Sunday 25 September.
Kevin Clark finished equal third in the Open Tournament.
Giulio Sahinoz took the under 130 grading prize.
Linton won the Bury Jamboree on 8 September, retaining the trophy we won last year. Our two teams finished first and second out of twelve competing.
Linton Lions (Kevin Clark, Martin Pinner, Giulio Sahinoz and Aarnavh Trivedi) won with the massive score of 11.5/12. Linton Llamas (Paul Kemp, Paul McMahon, Patrick Ribbands and Lorenzo Sahinoz) were second with 9.5/12.
Kevin, Giulio, Aarnavh, Paul McMahon and Patrick all won all three of their games.
The Secretary said that Linton had had the most successful season ever!
The club had won the first, the second, the third division and the Roger Goldsmith 2 competition in the Bury League and also the Jamboree in the Cambridgeshire League. All members of the club were to be congratulated on this achievement.
The Secretary said that the winner this season of the Club Championship was not only the youngest on record, he had also won by the highest ever margin! The Secretary said that Giulio was a worthy winner of the shield. Giulio collected the shield to a long round of applause.
The new Club Champion is Giulio Sahinoz.
Giulio Sahinoz 6.5
David Barnicoat 4.5
David Dowson 4.0
Lionel Tun 3.5
Ciaran Ward 3.5
Simon Yates 3.5
John Dawson 2.5
Aarnavh Trivedi 0
Linton A, won Division 1 with nine wins and a draw from ten matches. Kevin Clark lead scorer on 8½/10.
In Division 2, Linton Blacks won all ten matches. The top scorer was Martin Pinner, on 6½/8.
Linton Whites won Division 3.
Only one match was lost in 30 matches.
Five Linton players played in the Cambridgeshire County Championship held in Peterborough over the weekend of 28/29 November.
Paul Kemp of Linton club shared the title and trophy with Chris Davison of the Cambridge club with a score of 4/5. Tying in third place were Ashley Stewart and Julian Ray on 3.5/5, and Patrick Ribbands and Mark Lim both scored 50% with 2.5/5.
For Paul it was the fifth time he has been County Champion, his most recent previous success being in 2010.
Linton players achieved a triple success at the eleventh Cambridgeshire Rapidplay on 11 October, where 94 players from as far away as Kent, Oxfordshire and north Lincolnshire competed in three tournaments.
David Coleman won the Open Tournament with 4.5/5 and also collected the Jack Taylor trophy, awarded to the highest-placed Cambridgeshire player. Also in the Open Ashley Stewart scored 4/5 to share second place. Finally in the Challengers Tournament Giulio Sahinoz won the Under 11 prize with a score of 3.5/5.
Congratulations to all three of them!