All was set for a fabulous day. I had arranged the players into two strong all-play-all groups, with the winners of each group scheduled to play in the big final.
However, the weather threw a considerable spanner in the works and a combination of 11 inches of snow, cancelled trains and ungritted roads frustrated the intentions of no fewer than five of our players. Yet others had a clearer passage from home and contacted me to say they were confident of getting through. It was a busy morning on the phone, emails and Facebook as messages pinged in and out with alarming regularity.
I decided to wait and see who turned up before altering the format and I took along some trusty Swiss pairing cards just in case.
Eventually it became clear we had seven players able to make it through the snow and ice and I added myself to make it an equal number, then changed the format to make it all-play-all with 25 minutes on each clock.
The original plan included a lunch break but I didn't want anyone venturing out so I cleaned out McColl's on my way to the venue.
And so, the players were:
|Sean Cassidy, Buffs and Stockton Library Supremo|
|Matt Jackman - the future Teesside No.1|
|Bernie Price - The Hartlepool Gamibteer|
|Peter Harker - former Hartlepool Junior and club stalwart|
|Mike 'Smiler' Creaney - one of the strongest |
1 d4 players around
|Paul Weightman - library chess tutor and all-round gent|
|Brian Whitaker - CCA Chairperson and |
Thornaby Library supremo
|Me - in a late switch from organiser to player|
6.5: Sean Marsh (a draw with Bernie)
5.5: Matt Jackman (defeat against me; a draw with Sean C)
5: Bernie Price
4: Sean Cassidy
2.5: Brian Whitaker
2: Peter Harker, Mike Creaney
0.5: Paul Weightman
Project 30 wasn't quite done for the day, as some of us headed directly to Borges for an excellent celebratory meal, where many a good laugh was had and, in one case, an authentic Teesside Parmo.
There is still plenty more Project 30 action to come.