Mihailo has taken the lead in the club’s Blitz Grand Prix, with just the May tournament to come.
Mihailo came through an eventful journey through the rounds. He beat Gerry when a pawn down after Gerry didn’t push his clock fully after a move and lost his remaining few seconds. Then he turned down a draw offer from Ciarán, who hadn’t realised he was a rook down. In round 5, he had an unexpected top board tie against Aodhán, who had made a great start before falling to Mihailo and Gerry in the final two rounds. And in round 6, he hung a rook in the opening against me, which I completely missed it and instead launched an annoyingly nonsensical attack. All this meant he ended up 6/6, only the second player to pick up a 100% score.
Elsewhere, Cian, Des and Oisín made their debuts, bringing to 33 the number of participants over the four tournaments to date. Zdravko was rather surprised to be back-ranked by Ben, having already drawn with Liam in the first round, though he did win the final four. Daniel, like at the Irish Juniors, got a horrible enough draw, including Zdravko in round 3 and the late-arriving Brendan in round 4, while Liam finished just outside the top ten, meaning only Mihailo, me and Seán have now scored points in every round.
Mihailo takes over on top of the overall standings from the only other player to have recorded a 100% score, Dylan, who was an absentee this time around. The gap is just one point at the top, and myself, Ciarán and Zdravko can also all still win the tournament, but we need to win the May one and hope Mihailo and Dylan both finish outside the top 5. The final round is provisionally scheduled for 4th May – provided that doesn’t clash with the one more coaching session we want to get arranged as well.
In the event of any tie, the most number of wins will decide, followed by the most number of second places, etc – so Ciarán is currently in third ahead of Zdravko.
As mentioned before, we’ll probably tweak the scoring system for next year, to allow for more players to score points, and maybe to take away your worst score as well and allow for missing a tournament. We didn’t run any January tournament, and so maybe there’s room for a sixth round as well. So we could re-score the current tournament as follows –
The positions are fairly similar, except that Dylan is in the lead, and eight more players (Cal, Luke-Andrew, Richard, Daniel, Des, Andrew, Ben M and Seán K) have all scored points. It also rewards regular attendees (because there’s more chance of scoring points at each tournament), while also meaning missing one week for whatever reason isn’t a disaster.
Note this points format is not being used for the current event, however.