This, just in, from MikeW –
TThe Minor has finally finished after 28 games played by the remaining 8 participants after the withdrawal of John Anderson and David Graham (David’s due to the flooding of the Somerset Levels).
With the last game (SJS v KO) completed (won by K.Overshott), the winner is now confirmed as Matthew Haines after winning 2 games in a best of 3 rapid play-off v Vic McAndrew who takes clear second place.
As a result of the win by Ken. Overshott the other final places are now known as follows; Vic McAndrew (5)is runner up, Ken Overshott (4.5) is third, Stephen Downes (4) is fourth and Steve Smith (3) finishes in fifth place.
The other final scores are Mike Ward 2.5, Mike Watson and Ian Hardy both on 2.0.
All the games played in the Minor have been forwarded to Gerry Jepps (SCCA grading officer) for grading by the ECF.
There are a number of unexpected results in the tournament as will be seen from the cross table above.
One such is that of Stephen Downes (a new member this season) who is the only player to win both games against the winner and runner up! Another is that of Mike Ward who after being 2 minor pieces ahead against Steve Smith decided it would be cruel to win and conjured up a loss (much to Steves delight). In another game Vic McAndrew after being under the cosh against Ian Hardy was saved from an embarrassing loss after Ian allowed a back rank mate.
A straw poll of some of the players in the Minor has shown that they are happy to play in another similar tournament next season with maybe a few extra players to add more interest.