It’s King Richard the first!

Hackney 1 player IM Richard Bates crowned an excellent showing at the prestigious Kings Place Rapidplay with a 5.5/6 performance that earned him a share of first place with GMs Luke McShane and Stephen Gordon. With a spectacular performance rating of 2612, including a penultimate round win over tournament favourite David Howell, Bates secured a joint first-place finish with a win over IM Thomas Rendle.

Other Hackney performers included Chris Levy who scored 3.5/6 in the Major and Peter Burgoyne (3.5/6), Mark Rivlin (3/6), Gerard Reilly (2.5) and Omar Jassim (1.5) in the Minor.

Good company: Richard Bates (right) with Luke McShane (centre) and Stephen Gordon (left) at the Kings Place prize-giving. (Photo: John Saunders)