Rob Perry Wins Liverpool Open 2017 The Liverpool Open is one of the longest running tournaments on the growing UK circuit. This year it was held in a new venue, the Grosvener Casino in central Liverpool, overlooking the Mersey, on the weekend of 15th and 16th July.
A strong field of over 70 entrants included contingents from Denmark, Ireland, Romania and Hungary - as well as very many strong and experienced Brits. Of the top 50 rated players on the UKBGF list there were no fewer than 9 playing in Liverpool, including Seb Wilkinson and Tim Cross, currently ranked 2nd and 3rd.
Saturday's play consisted of five 7-point matches, using a "Swiss" system to produce 16 players who would battle it out in the "Main" event on Sunday. The other 50 odd players competed for the "Liver Trophy".
The Birmingham Club was represented by Rob Perry and Dave Pritchard who both managed to win four matches on Saturday.
Dave unfortunately fell in the round of sixteen and had to be content with a decent run in the "Last Chance".
However Rob (pictured left) went from strength to strength and faced Tim Cross (pictured right) in the final. After a tough fight Rob managed to come through and pick up the title, a handsome trophy, a very respectable cash prize and enough rating points to see him rise even closer towards the upper heights of the UK ratings. Congratulations Rob. Next up is the UK Open itself near Coventry in September. It would be great to see a decent contingent from our Birmingham Club and the Midlands League. See you there.
Update for 2017
Each evening will follow a consistent format, as follows.
The Club will open from 7.00pm for informal chat, friendlies, registration for the knockouts. We will begin at 8.00pm sharp with eight-player 5-point knockouts. As the evening progresses and players are eliminated further knockouts will begin. 5-point knockouts will be succeeded by 3-pointers and finally 1-pointers as we draw on in the evening.
A record of all results will be kept and notified to the UKBGF for rating purposes. This will add another layer of relevance to all matches. The winners of each eight-player knockout will gain points as follows. Five for a 5-pointer, three for a 3-pointer and one for a 1-pointer. Winners of any four-player 5-pointer or 3-pointer knockout will gain 1 point. In order to encourage players to turn up regularly and support the Club, each player will gain one point each time they attend. At the end of the year points gained will determine who will become the Club Champion.