Winner DANNY GORMALLY was presented his trophy and cheque by the President of the Liverpool chess club Jimmy Gallagher, the event is planned to return next year, Signature MD Lawerace Kenwright was keen to stress that Liverpool should be seen as keen to bring as much diverse events to the city, and the Raid play Chess championship is a growing sport, we look forward to being involved next year.
English Rapidplay Chess Championship 2017
Liverpool Chess Club and Signature Living will be hosting the English Rapidplay Chess Championship at the famous Cunard Building in Liverpool on Saturday/Sunday 23rd/24th September 2017.
The main sponsor of the event is Liverpool’s largest hotel and serviced accommodation provider Signature Living. They have provided the venue and a £10,000 prize fund making the event one of the most lucrative on the UK chess calendar.
The lavish Cunard Building pictured above, is one of the famous ‘Three Grace’ buildings of Liverpool’s waterfront. Sat in-between the Royal Liver Building and the Port of Liverpool Building the Cunard boasts incredible views of the waterfront and Mersey Estuary. The building is currently being transformed into a multi-purpose event and wedding venue which will make it the perfect space and location to host a major chess tournament.
The English Rapidplay Championship which is the first major chess event in the city for nearly a decade will run over two days and consist of nine rounds, five on the Saturday and four on the Sunday. There will be four sections in the two-day event, Open, Major, Intermediate and Standard.
300 players including six Grandmasters, seven International Masters and more than twenty FIDE Masters will be attending the event competing for the £10,000 prize fund. More than 20 nations will be represented at the event including, the home nations, Ireland, Spain, France, Germany, Poland, Lithuania, Hungary, Bulgaria and Czech Rep plus from further afield countries such as Iran, India, Vietnam and China. The 300 players includes nearly 100 juniors who are travelling from all over the UK competing for the title English Junior Rapidplay Champion.
Lawrence Kenwright says ‘It’s great to bring the Cunard building back into use and it’s also great to bring back a major chess tournament to the city. If Liverpool is to keep progressing we need to reach out to different markets. Bringing a chess tournament here is just that – hundreds of people who otherwise wouldn’t have come to the city are now going to see just how impressive Liverpool has become.’
The worldwide numbers of chess players is estimated at 605 million people
Over the weekend there will be two additional tournaments. A junior rapidplay on the Saturday organised by CSC (Chess in Schools & Communities) and a one day (open) rapidplay on the Sunday for people who can just make one day. Both tournaments will be five rounds in total.
The English Rapidplay Championship will be the first of several major chess events being hosted in Liverpool over the next couple of years.