The National Pairs are being hosted by our club this weekend on both Saturday and Sunday. There are 28 pairs of some of the countries top players including several Tauranga members: Rachelle Pelkman, Nick Jacob, Murray Wood, Bruce Inglis, Diana McAlister, Hugh McAlister, Sam Simpson, Jo Simpson and Ella Jacob. Good luck to all.
Format: Each pair will play 4 boards against every other pair for a total of 108 boards. Each of these 4 board mini matches is a "round".
Progress update 1: After 6 rounds (24 boards) our very own Rachelle Pelkman and Nick Jacob lead the field on 62.8% with Bruce Inglis and his Akarana partner Alan Currie a close 2nd on 60.9%. Keep it going guys! Jeremy Fraser-Hoskin (Akarana) and John Davidson (Wellington) round out the top three on 59.5%.
Progress update 2: After 12 rounds (48 boards) Rachelle and Nick continue to lead the field on 63.4%, now a full 7% ahead of Claire Miao (Akarana) and Wayne Burrows (Palmerston North) on 56.4%. Our own Ella Jacob and her partner Geo Tislevoll (Akarana) have moved into third just a fraction behind on 56.2%.
Progress update 3: After 17 rounds (68 boards) Rachelle and Nick still hold the lead on 61.5% but it has narrowed with Nick's wife Ella and her partner Geo now moving into 2nd on 58.7%. A further 3% back are Michael Ware and Malcolm Mayer (both Akarana) on 55.9%. Play is now complete for day 1 with a further 10 rounds or 40 boards to be played tomorrow.
Progress update 4: After 21 rounds (84 boards) the leaders remain the same with Rachelle and Nick on 61.0%. Ella and Geo are gaining ground, now just 1.2% behind on 59.8%. Rounding out the top three are Michael Ware and Malcolm Mayer on 56.04% just holding off Claire Miao and Wayne Burrows on 56.0%. There are now just 24 boards remaining to play.
Posted: Saturday 12 June 2021