Louth Chess Club hosts quickfire tournament

Louth's Neil Milson (left) takes on Qais Karimi of Lincoln EMN-151206-144255002
Louth's Neil Milson (left) takes on Qais Karimi of Lincoln EMN-151206-144255002

Louth Chess Club hosted its annual Alf Newman Memorial quickplay tournament on Saturday June 7th, attracting 29 entries and dishing out more than £200 in prize money.

Players came from as far as Scunthorpe, Boston and Lincoln to tackle old adversaries in the six-round tournament. The quickplay time limit per game gave the players only 25 minutes each to complete all their moves with the rule that if a piece was touched it had to be moved.

First prize went to Lincoln’s very experienced Ayman Hammam with an undefeated five-and-a-half out of six total.

Grimsby’s tough and tenacious Joe Kilshaw was second, with Louth’s Harry Russell and Grimsby’s Nick Stead sharing third.

The Nottinghamshire Building Society Shield, for the highest-placed Louth player not to have previously won the trophy, went to John Grasham, and junior prizes were won by Ayra Parnian and Kishore Murugesh.

Lincoln stalwart Peter Sherlock won the under 150-grade prize.

* Louth Chess Club meets at 7pm on Tuesdays in Church House, off Upgate. Players of all ages and abilities are welcome.

For more details, call club secretary John Grasham on 07707 624975 or email jcgrasham@hotmail.co.uk