Rick Janowski writes:
I have the greatest pleasure in announcing that Sebastian Wilkinson, of the UK, has been awarded the prestigious title of Grandmaster (Class 3), following his devastatingly brilliant performance at the recent BMAB Ranking Tournament at Long-Eaton, UK. He aggregated an astonishing PR score of 2.72 in the two-day event comprising six 11-point matches. This score is the greatest achieved over a 2-day event by a clear margin.
Sebastian now joins 37 other Grandmasters already installed within BMAB. He is the third British player to obtain this prestigious title, joining both Julian Fetterlein and Gaz Owen. Included below you will find his mini-biography, which covers his background and notable achievements.
Twenty-two players attended the recent BMAB Ranking Event held in Long Eaton, between Nottingham and Derby in England. The tournament was kindly sponsored by Ann Pocknell, who also participated in the event. The tournament followed the normal format adopted by BMAB (UK) comprising six 11-point matches over two days all recorded by webcams.
The adverse weather during the weekend had caused difficulties in travel, but all signed-up players managed to attend the tournament, apart from one travelling from far away Devon. Fortunately, Rinzing Kelsang, was able to act as substitute at short notice, which maintained the functionality of the 22-player truncated round-robin format adopted. This was the first BMAB tournament for six of the participants: Leo Waters (from Berlin), Neil Webb (from Glasgow), Richard Coles, Andy Darby, Charles Górnicky, and our super-substitute, Rinzing.
Quite amazingly, seven players topped the leader board at the end of the tournament, each with four wins: Peter Bennet,Tim Cross, Julian Fetterlein (Jooles), Julian Minwalla (Jules), Ann Pocknell, Emad Salib and Dale Taylor. These players shared the main prize-money, and then threw dice to determine the Winner and Runner-Up positions. Julian Minwalla proved the victor with an incredible 22 ( three sixes and a four) with Emad taking second place with 16. Congratulations to Julian (Jules) and Emad, and the other five players who topped the leader board. Many thanks and compliments to all the participants for making the tournament a great success, enjoyed by all.