So Long James ... .. And Thanks For All The Wins !!

Sadly we have had to say bye-bye for now to our A-Team Captain and Board 2 James Gardner, whose work committments and life changes now make it vastly more sensible for him to be playing nearer to his Bedford home. Boo-hoo. James started playing chess as a young whippersnapper visiting Kettering CC with a small group of friends, all chess players at the time, and had his first taste of competitive chess at Kettering where he and his mateys formed their own team to play in the Silver King League. Following a break from Kettering he and his mateypeeps formed another team and played for one season out of Wellingborough under the name Kings Crushers. With the boys growing up into other things this team disintegrated as work and university came strolling along but James maintained an eager interest in chess and continued to play and learn where he could while studying in Nottingham, steadily improving all the time. He enjoys playing in tournaments and his grade has continued to improve with time. 3 years ago James strolled into Rushden CC and has been a super addition to our A-Team slotting in comfortably on Board 2 behind Hugh Murphy and collecting a laudable set of results as well as nabbing his share of Club Competition wins including the Krimbo Blitz. But nobody escapes RCC that easily and in line with modern club tradition James was forced at gunpoint (ok it was a banana, we didn't have a gun) to play a simul against the club members before he could grab his shiny booty and vanish into the Bedfordshire chess ether. Results and piccies below.

James played 22 games throughout the evening against 19 RCC members, winning all but for 1 loss and 1 draw:

James Gardner beat:
Lorraine Childs, Oscar Childs, Julita Biernacka, Sivandiyar Raagavan, Kavish Raagavan, Derrick Sims (twice),
Thomas Riseley (twice), Gordon Riseley(?) (twice), Peter Hann , Barbara Gray, Alan Stewart, Peter Hallifax,
Richard Ellis, Tom Murts, Nik Puryer, Lesley Hallifax, and James Wicks.

James Gardner lost to Piotr Biernacki and drew with Fortis Diksas, well played both!

James gardner's simul gallery

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