This year’s championship was decided on June 27th, when Derek Blair and Steve Larkin played the final at Derek’s house. Derek had white and the opening play was very positional. For a considerable time there was nothing in it, until Derek launched a sacrificial attack which failed to pay off, leaving him a bishop down. A series of forced exchanges consolidated Steve’s lead and in the endgame Derek, up against a knight and three pawns to his own two pawns, resigned when it was clear that he could not prevent Steve queening a pawn. It had been a long, hard game – some 60 moves in about two hours and fifty minutes – decided largely by one miscalculation.