It’s been a very long road from when we started out, but we finally have a result! Last night a small group of spectators saw Gaz Owen beat Emad Salib 15-9 in the final to become our first Charity Challenge Champion.
We started out back in April 2016, with signups happening over the next three months and 8-player jackpots starting periodically, each winner going through to the final stage knockout. My not-so-brilliant idea was that the more one supported our good causes, the more re-entries one got – the flaw being some very generous players who ended up with nine lives to lose, and with me not wanting to overburden players with games it meant a very long process of getting finally knocked out! Nineteen players joined in, contributing a grand total of £219.50 for Cancer Research UK and £50 for Ashanti Development – plus one donor who despite several appeals never told us who they were; if this was you, please do get in touch and we’ll make it up to you!
The final stage posed an interesting problem in generating a draw – several people had won two qualifying jackpots and therefore were due a bye; Gaz and Emad had both won three and as a result needed a bye-and-a-half. Hardly surprising that Challonge doesn’t know how to do that! It was therefore highly appropriate that the two best performers in the initial phase should end up meeting in the final.
Gaz takes home our somewhat oversized trophy and gets to nominate a charity for 2017, and both our finalists end up with a BMAB lesson voucher… not the most useful prize for a grandmaster! Thankyou to everyone who took part, and we’d like to invite you back online for another Charity Challenge later in the year – I shall now go away and do some homework to come up with a more efficient format!