After the well-known chessplayer, author, columnist, problemist and correspondence Grandmaster, Peter Hugh Clarke, died last December, it was his family’s wish that a tournament should be held in his memory, in his home area and involving both friends and family. It was eventually agreed that the scheduled 3rd Bude Rapidplay, organised by local residents, John & Christine Constable, should be dedicated to Peter’s memory, and if successful should become an annual event.
The venue, the New Life Centre in Bude, proved an ideal place for the event; just the right amount of playing space for the numbers involved, plentiful nearby parking and a beautiful setting (see below). The Open Section was headed by Stephen Piper who learned his chess in his youth at the Holsworthy Chess Club, which was founded by Peter when he lived in that area. The only half point he dropped was to Peter’s brother-in-law, Philip Wood, one of B. H. Wood’s 3 chess-playing sons. (Once upon a time, Sutton Colfield 1st team in the Birmingham League consisted of all 4 Woods). It was, perhaps, appropriate that, at the end of the day, these two should come clear 1st and 2nd.
The rest of the Clarke players were in the U-140 section; daughters Salli and Pennie, and Grandson George. Detailed results were as follows:
|1st Peter Clarke Memorial RapidPlay – Bude – 3rd October 2015|
|10||Jenkins, David R||Liskeard||125||08||09||06||07||04||03||0||10th|
|1st Peter Clarke Memorial RapidPlay – Graded Section U-140|
|2||Jones, Robert H.||Exmouth||137||½bye||½9||18||11||13||04||4||2nd=|