NICS have two speed settings for their rapid tournaments and this was the slower "Lackadaisical" - five games of 20 minutes, plus 5 second increment, each. The entrants were remarkably closely bunched together on rating - so there were likely to be plenty of close-fought games.
Controller Mark Newman played in Round one to avoid a bye, but when David Jackson arrived shortly after the start, he was allocated a half-point bye and from Round 2 Mark was able to fully concentrate on his administrative duties. These took an unusual turn in Round 3 when a loud voice at the door demanded entry. When Mark opened the door he was confronted by a young man wielding a cutlass. Mark defused the situation by firmly indicating the potential intruder could not come in because this was a chess tournament. The pirate then returned with his plastic sword to the children's party happening elsewhere in the Maynard Sinclair Pavilion.
|Woodfield (White) v Jackson|
|Gould (White) v Bradley, Rajan watching on|
|Troughton (White) v Kelly|
NICS Lackadaisical Rapidplay, 11 December 2016
Place Name Rtg Club Score Prize 1 Robert Lavery 1539 Ballynafeigh 4.5 First 2 David Jackson 1374 NICS 3.5 Second 3-5 John Bradley 1629 Ballynafeigh 3 Richard Gould 1517 Belfast South 3 Daniil Zelenchuk 1484 Ballynafeigh 3 Under 1500 6 Ian Woodfield 1502 QUB 2.5 7-9 Ram Rajan 1532 QUB 2 Martin Kelly 1456 Belfast South 2 David McAlister 1455 NICS 2 10-11 William Storey 1279 Belfast South 1.5 Dmitry Zelenchuk 1147 Ballynafeigh 1.5 12-13 Niall Troughton 1583 Ballynafeigh 1 Mark Newman 1522 NICS 1
|Prizewinners (l to r) Zelenchuk, Lavery & Jackson|