The 2011 event was the 25th annual Rapidplay organised by Stockport Chess Club. There were 160 players competing on the day which was 18 more than last year with increased numbers in the Major, Intermediate and Minor. To add a novelty to the anniversary a raffle was held for a glass chess set and board which was well supported.
The Open was very strong with 11 players out of the 21 being graded over 190. A. Beardsworth came first with 5½, second was Alan Walton (3Cs) 5pts. The highest placed Stockport League players were Alex Longson (3Cs/Marple), Andy Reeve (Stockport) & Robert Shaw (High Peak) 3½.
In the Major there were 48 players, including 14 Stockport League Registered. First prize was won outright by J Rita with 5½. The highest placed Stockport League players were Karl Lockett (Altrincham) 4½ and Mike Tunstall (Stockport) 4. Karl Lockett won the Stockport League Trophy for the second year running.
In the Intermediate there were 45 competitors with 17 Stockport League registered. First prize was shared by B Brown (Clitheroe) and Ben Scattergood (Holmes Chapel) with 5. The Stockport League Trophy was awarded to D Jones (Wilmslow) with 4½ after a tie-break from 3 others, D Preen (Stockport), M Renshaw (High Peak) and S Rush because he was firstly the equal lowest graded and secondly had the highest accumulated score.
In the Minor there were 46 competitors with 11 Stockport League registered. First prize was shared by J Boswell (Cheddleton & Leek) and G Jones with 5. The U95 prize was shared by D Fisher (Bury), B Slater (Bolton) and P Tunnah (East Cheshire) with 4½. S Broughton and S Hayman(3Cs) shared the UG prize with 4½ and S Hayman (3Cs) also won the U15 yrs prize. The Stockport League Trophy was won by P Tunnah (East Cheshire) with 4½ who also shared the Veterans prize with D Preen (Stockport).
The Organisers would like to thank those who donated and the Controllors, Rod Middleton in the Open and Major, Ray Bradney and Dave Biddulph in the Intermediate and John Wain and Peter Taylor in the Minor.