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November 28th, 2007

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Cape Town Blitz 2007 completed

Towards the end of every year, in keeping with the general festive air that begins to pervade Cape Town as the end of year festivities start occurring, the Cape Town Go Club holds a blitz tournament. 12 minutes are all you have on the clock, and winning often has more to do with ensuring your are ahead on the clock rather than being ahead on the board. Last night was no exception, with about half the games won on time. There were seven entrants, which had the happy side-effect of allowing each player to take a break during the seven rounds and four hours of frantic stone slapping and clock pounding. Naturally, with the need to play more on instinct and with reading going out of the window, many blunders occurred, and the lone spectator during each round must have smiled to himself as he saw horrendous misreads and gross misjudgements a-plenty.

Andrew Davies (1d) and Chris Welsh (4k) set the early pace, but Trevor Hill (15k) made use of his extra stones and with comfortable wins over the two dan players (Andrew and Konrad), kept himself in the running. However, this was to be Andrew’s only defeat of the night, and coming into the last round, Andrew (who had the bye) could relax, knowing that only Chris could catch him up (which would have forced a playoff). Chris, playing the recently joined Alex du Plessis (10k), got involved in a massive whole-board winner-takes-all fight, and eventually Alex’s obvious preference for fighting and extra handicap stones prevailed, forcing Chris to resign. This game had been played at a frantic pace, and the game was over before 4 (of the available 24) minutes had elapsed, even though at least 200 moves had been made. Clearly both players were determined to stay ahead on the clock!

Remarkably, even in all this frenzy, some games were in fact decided on points. Notably close was the game between Alex and Trevor, which Trevor won by 3.5 points.

Finally, congratulations to Andrew Davies, the winner this year, with 5 wins out of 6. Runners up were Chris Welsh and Trevor Hill with 4 wins each.

Posted by Chris Welsh in Cape Town, Tournaments

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