Saturday 12 December the 4th edition of the Discovery Bay Open Blitz took place in the North Plaza community center. The event was played over 9 qualifier rounds of 5 minutes per person after which the players were grouped in the final groups with a time control of 3 minutes and 2 seconds increment. The top 6 players played for the Champion title and prizes of the Champion Group, the next 6 players played in Group B for prizes in that group and so also with Group C and D.
Youth and adult players were mixed which is an excellent set-up for the younger players to experience the discipline and correct chess table manners of adult players and for the adult players it is always kind of a wake-up call to see the upcoming young talents steal away points here and there.
As always this event attracts players from nearby Shenzhen and Guangdong but this time we had a player coming all the way from Shanghai. Shunkai Peng, only 14 years old, made his mark by winninn all his games, qualifiers and finals - and that in one of the strongest field we have ever had with many former prize winners and champions participating. Congratulations!
See below a slideshow for an impression of the qualifier rounds.
After the qualifier rounds we continued with 3M/2S blitz in 4 groups of 6 players. The tie-breaks were decided by 1. personal encounter, 2. most wins, 3. most black and finally if still undecided, 4. highest ranking in the qualifiers.
Prize winners were:
Group D: 1. Aaditya 4 points, 2. Mahir 3.5 points
Group C: 1. Hannah 5 points, 2. Mahadevan 3 points
Group B: 1. Paul 4 points, 2. Miguel Angel 4 points
Champion Group: 1. Shunkai 5 points, 2. Long 3 points