English Rapidplay Congress in Liverpool 23/24 September 2017 - Liverpool Chess Club

English Rapidplay Congress in Liverpool 23/24 September 2017

English Rapidplay Championships 2017 (Liverpool)

September 2017 saw Liverpool Chess Club host the first English Rapidplay Championship in the Fabulous Liverpool Cunard Building with over 260 participants challenging for the various titles available and a share of the £10,000 prize fund donated to the tournament by main sponsor “Signature Living

The glamorous 3 graces of Liverpool waterfront proved to be a fantastic location a major chess event which not only provided a fabulous venue but a city for all the weekends participants to explore with something for everybody to enjoy from the historic Albert Dock, Museums, galleries, bars and restaurants and of course the home of Beatlemania Matthew Street around the corner.

The event was opened by the Lord Mayor Liverpool Malcolm Kennedy attracting visitors from all over the world including many Grandmasters and International Masters to make it a tensely fought competition.


English Rapidplay Championship Open


GM Danny Gormally was took the top prize being crowned the English Rapidplay Champion title in the Open section. Danny can be seen being presented with his award by the Liverpool Chess Club President Jim Gallagher. Danny had many strong competitors for the title.

2nd Place: Ameet Ghasi

3rd Place: Lorin Ar D’Costa

4th Place: Nigel Davies

5th Place: Mark Hebden

Best Junior: Dominic Klinger
Winners of the English Rapidplay in 4 sections:

Major Tournament

English Champion: – Jonathan Pein

2nd Place: Tony Wells

3rd Place: Piotr Lipka

4th Place: Barry Hymer

5th Place: Noel McLaughlin

Best Junior: Kevin Ye

Intermediate Tournament

English Champion: Peter Garrett

2nd Place: Steve Lloyd

3rd Place: Kenny Quinn

4th Place: Geoffrey Burn

5th Place: Alan Ruffle

Best Junior: Sam Davies

Standard Tournament

English Champion: – Oliver Stubbs

2nd Place: Sanjoy Banerjee

3rd Place: Denis Dupuis

4th Place: Ian Mackay

5th Place: Viktor Nagy

Best Junior: Kyle Pelling

Sunday 1 Day Tournament

English Champion – Gerald Cohen

2nd Place: Mark Taylor

3rd Place: Joe Ormrod

4th Place: Chris Doran

Best Junior: Nikolas Korsinskij
The centre piece of the event the recently restored Liverpool Chess Club table (pictured) which bears the names of all the winners of the clubs internal tournament dating back to James Cairns in 1892, Amos Burn in 1896 through to last years winner James Friar who took part in the Congress this weekend


The event which is sponsored by Signature Living was opened today by the Lord Mayor of Liverpool Malcolm Kennedy (pictured) who once played chess in the Merseyside league for Aigburth Chess Club.

Juniors Section

Three juniors were crowned English Rapidplay Champions today in the fabulous Liverpool Cunard building.

Under 12s
Marek Korsinskij of Liverpool was crowned 2017 English Rapidplay Champion for the Under 12 section with Weston Levi of London in 2nd place and Samir Khan of Bath in joint 3rd place with Tarini Jayawarna of Tameside and Liverpools Nickolas Korsinskij, Joshua Roque, Bashar Rovezi and Luke Maher all close behind the leaders.

Under 10s
Tengwen Zhao from Sale was crowned 2017 English Rapidplay Champion for the Under 10 section with Rebecca Correa of 3Cs in 2nd place and Shivam Argrawal of Kings College in 3rd place.

Under 8s
Thisumi Jayawarna of Tameside was crowned 2017 English Rapidplay Champion for the Under 8 section with David Richards of Northampton in 2nd place and Edward Correa of 3Cs in 3rd Place, with Liverpools Sashar Korsinskij in 6th place

Friday Night Simultaneous event

To kick the congress off in style, on the Friday before the Congress GM Daniel Gormally took on 15 Chess players and was victorious in each game, this was obviously and excellent warm up for main event for him!

Gormally simul

The event was a major success and hopefully we will all be back again next year for an even bigger tournament.