The Individual Rapidplay was held at the Masonic Guildhall, Stockport, on the 5th February 2012 as part of the 26th annual Rapidplay organised by Stockport Chess Club. The severe bad weather reduced the numbers, but there were still 130 hardy souls competing on the day, which was 30 less than last year.
The next Stockport Rapidplay will be on Sunday 27th January, 2013.
The Open was again very strong with 8 out of the 17 being graded over 190. A Beardsworth came first for the second year in a row with 5½. Second equal were Andy Reeve (Stockport) and Mike Surtees (Bolton) with 4½. The U180 prize was won by Phil Adams (3Cs) with 3½. The highest placed Stockport League players were Andy Reeve (Stockport) with 4½ and Robert Shaw (Buxton) with 3½.
In the Major there were 46 players including 18 Stockport League registered. First prize was shared by B Brown (Clitheroe) and M Burns (Stockport) with 5½. The U151 prize was shared by S Hewitt (Marple), G Laurence (Macclesfield) and D McCarthy (Padgate & Widnes) with 4. The highest placed Stockport League players were M Burns with 5½ and Mike Tunstall with 4½, both Stockport. M Burns won the Stockport League Trophy with 5½.
In the Intermediate there were 27 competitors (21 fewer than last year!) with 7 Stockport League registered. First prize was won by A Horton (3Cs) with 5½. The U120 prize was won by P May (Amber Valley) with 4. The best Stockport League players were Phythian G (Chorlton) with 4½ and J Kelly (Stockport) with 3½. The Stockport League Trophy was awarded to G Phythian (Chorlton) with 4½.
In the Minor there were 40 competitors with 7 Stockport League Registered. First prize was won by K Moorcroft (3Cs) with 5½. The U95 prize was won by B Kerton (3Cs) with 4½. T Green, S Hopkins (Urmston) and R McClean (3Cs) shared the UG prize with 4. T Green and D Manton (3Cs) shared the under 18 years prize with 4. J Power (3Cs) won the under 12 years prize with 4½. The Stockport League Trophy and Veterans prizes were won by G Lea (Stockport) with 5.
The Organisers would like to thank the Controllors:
- Rod Middleton and Fiona Green in the Open and Major
- Ray Bradney and Dave Biddulph in the Intermediate
- John Wain and Peter Taylor in the Minor
The Organisers also wish to thank the following for the donations that they made:
- Atkinson R A
- Alms E N
- Burns M J
- Desmedt R
- Glover G
- Hamilton S
- Kane B
- Kelly J
- May P
- Murphy R
- O’Rourke W
- Phythian G
- Pitchford A J
- Sime A
- Smith A A
- Stoker A