Dave Pritchard writes:
The 6th annual Birmingham Open was held on Saturday 13th May in Moseley, Birmingham.
This year Mike Wood, the Tournament Director, expanded the Tournament from its traditional format of a 32 player knockout. After a high level of early demand for places Mike decided to go for a field of 48. Everyone played four 5-point matches in a “Swiss” system to produce 15 players with three or four wins. One lucky player with only two wins was drawn from a hat to produce a sixteen player Main knockout. The remaining players competed for a “Consolation” and a progressive “Last Chance”. Thus every single entrant was guaranteed a minimum of six matches.