For many years, Paignton ended, as it has always opened, with a visit from the Mayor and his/her consort, and the distribution of prizes. However, the prizegiving was always associated with a number of logistical problems. Firstly, before the prizelist could be finalised, there were nearly always one or two key games going on for hours after the rest had finished and the room was being cleared of equipment and furniture. Also, the simple task of having to write out 40 or 50 cheques in a short time while everyone was gathered around, wondering about train times and asking whether they “could take their cheques now” all conspired to force an end to this grand finale.
The one small exception involves the 5 Rd. Morning tournament, which, with its tighter time-control essential to prevent it running into the start of the main events in the afternoon, ends at lunchtime on the Friday. A prizelist can be quickly drawn up, a small number of cheques written out, and an informal presentation ceremony arranged in the knowledge that the players are not rushing off to catch trains. The section Arbiter, Victor Cross, did the honours.
This year’s winners were as follows:
|1st=||D. Siddall||Austin Friars||4½||£50|
|3rd=||J. Wells||N. Norfolk||4||£17|
|GP U-155||R. J. Gamble||Spondon||£9|
|M. R. Stone||Petts Wood||“|
|Slow starter||P. Foley||Upminster||£20|