A couple of weeks ago, local IM Dagne Ciuksyte organised Suffolk's first Exchange Chess Tournament. It was held in Martlesham and was a fun and boisterous event. Dagne's report is below.
"It was a great fun at the Exchange Chess Tournament! And surely I will be getting rid of the rule to be quiet in similar format (team) events in the future as it is simply impossible to stay still when you can't wait to send a message to your opponent be it desperate for an extra piece or being one move away from getting checkmate...
Anyway, the tournament started with our arbiter Mark Weidman lining the players up according to their grades and asking them to choose a teammate from the other half of the tournament. It's not often you see it happening at the chess tournament so we did have a few jokes floating around even before the event started!
I was partnered with John Painter. Both of us were rather generous to other teams (I got checkmated rather quickly in my very first game by, apparently, experienced Exchange Chess Player Russell White) so most of the time we were having a laugh sitting there at the bottom boards. John improved considerably by not only shedding me some of these precious extra pieces but also checkmating his young opponents hungry for his jokes and mistakes!
Surprisingly, the tournament was won by our arbiter Mark and his teammate 5-year-old Daniel who had a slight helping hand from another player's Mum."
The image to the right shows a position from the event.
The full results can be found here.
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