"Of course, if the Olympic organisers had consulted me initially about the route for the flame, I could have told them I am currently on a cruise".
We even had a visit from the Olympic flame, which passed by the hotel on the Friday afternoon. I am afraid I also showed my advancing age: when the hotel manager told us the hotel had "a prom" on Friday evening, I was expecting some classical music, rather than the several hundred partying school leavers, who actually materialised...
All in all, a great event, which looks likely to become a regular part of the e2e4 circuit, although it could do with Sean arranging somewhat better weather next time round!
The Open was won by GM Keith Arkell, to whose play I shall return later this week. In the meantime, here is the board 2 game from the final round, one of several brilliancies played in the round. The black player needed to win to have a chance of shared first, but was beaten in fine style. The winner, a Singaporean now living in Stockport (!), is just 16, yet already an IM, and clearly a player of promise.