Mike's son, Elliot, had given the tournament his personal blessing and sent a lovely message of support.
‘‘I hope the tournament does go well and send thank you to all the players contending and congratulations to the winner. They are carrying on his passion for chess.’’
The scene was set and we awaited the arrival of the four specially invited participants.
|Kevin playing his pet Black Lion opening|
|Julian, looking to dominate the light squares|
|Five minutes is all they got for all of their moves!|
|The King's Indian Defence - an old favourite of Mike's. |
Kevin upheld the honour of the defence in excellent fashion.
The scores at the end of the first cycle were:
4.5: Julian and Kevin
3: Dave Edmunds
0: David Baillie
We then had a break for TV (an episode of The Master Game), nibbles and a chess quiz. The positions used for the quiz were based on an article Mike Closs wrote for Guisborough Knights, the old club bulletin we used to produce for Guisborough Chess Club back in the late 1980s.
|Four black pawns occupy the central squares!|
9.5: Julian Allinson
7: Kevin Winter
5.5: Dave Edmunds
2: David Baillie
Thank you, everyone, for a very enjoyable and memorable day.
|Julian is the champion again!|
|Mike Closs: Never Forgotten|
Photo © Elliot Closs
Reports on previous events:
5th Memorial Tournament
4th Memorial Tournament
3rd Memorial Tournament
2nd Memorial Tournament
1st Memorial Tournament