Paul Barclay wins Lightning Championship

Ian Hunnable reports

The 2014-15 Lightning Champion is Paul Barclay, 6/7, many congratulations to him. Paul is usually in contention but has only one previous win, in 2002-03.

Paul, in good form, won his first four games, but then lost to Larry Marden in R5. This allowed the chasing pack to close up with no fewer than four players sharing the lead on 4/5, Barclay, Rix, Marden and Spearman. Of these, only Paul and Steve could win in R6, Paul beating Terry Whitton and Steve beating David Spearman.

There was still a lot of mileage in the contest with the last round pairings:
Barclay (5) v Hunnable (4½)
Staniland (4) v Rix (5)
no-one else in contention.
Paul held the tie-break advantage over Steve, so had “only” to win, while Steve needed to win and Paul not to. I needed to beat Paul and hope Steve lost. In the event, Steve lost to Philip. I reached a K & P ending against Paul which I thought was winning, but this was deceptive and subsequent analysis shows the best I could expect was a draw, but in 10 seconds, I could only find a losing line, so Paul won by a clear point.
Prize list:
1st – Paul Barclay, 6/7;
=2nd – Steve Rix, Larry Marden, David Spearman, Philip Staniland, 5;
U110 Grading Prize – Andy Lu (RP 95e) 4/7.
21 entries.

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About johnu175
I am John Philpott, a keen chess player, belonging to Wanstead & Woodford and Insurance Chess Clubs, and a former long-standing match captain of the Essex U175/U180 team and the Wanstead National Club team. I also hold many administrative posts, including ECF Company Secretary and Financial Controller, although I am looking to wind these down following my retirement to Mersea Island.

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