The first Cross Gates International Invitational Blitz and Beer championships

Richard Archer and Ian Thackray arranged an invitational Blitz and Beer tournament.

A double round all play all event with a quality field which included the British Major Rapid Play champion, The Englsih National Civil Service Champion and the Cross Gates Yard of Cider record holder!


Archer – 7.5
Jennings and Webb – 6
Lewyk – 5.5
Bak – 4
Thackray – 2


Matty Webb courted disqualification by drinking fizzy water throughout. Gary Corcoran gatecrashed the event and all of his many losses were expunged from the records.


Roger Jennings takes on Andy Bak while Ian Thackray can be seen in the distance taking on Matty Webb.
Roger puts Ihor in deep thought
Jennings v Lewyk
Corcoran arrives to face Jennings
Corcoran arrives to face Jennings
Archer in his distinctive half mast pants faces Andy Bak
Ian agonisingly loses on time! [Clock times say 0.01 versus -0.00]
Loss on time
Ian Thackray our genial host
Mein host
Tournament controller and winner. Well nobody else could understand the format.
Celebration time complete with chess groupies!

Former Yorkshire Chess Association President and Secretary. I'm not the brains of the editorial team but I can live with being a glorified typist as well as the resident grammar pedant. I have captained Bradford A in the Woodhouse cup for over 30 years. I'm fairly easy going, sometimes diplomatic and I think my enthusiasm is infectious but not life threatening. The English chess world needs to wake up and smell the coffee before league chess collapses altogether.


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