I’m not going to be able to keep up with articles to the level I’d like as I’m too busy setting up the Blitz League. But this Independent 3|2 blitz was a good one and something must be written!
Despite the winner of the last 4 Indys being unable to attend, we had a record turnout of 52 entries. This is in large part due to an influx of teams from France, Ireland, Netherlands, Spain, and Sweden.
The top ten players came from Malahide, Sutton, Halesowen, Liverpool, Warley, Cornella, and Wolverhampton. Another top performance from Finlay Bowcott-Terry, a 14-year-old England star, and Halesowen player, finishing in third.
On paper, with Keith Arkell away, it looked like it would be Henrik’s day. Maybe streamer nerves, technical issues, or just having a bad start and being outplayed, Henrik lost his first game to pirategav. Despite playing brilliantly from then onward, Henrik just couldn’t make it and the Sutton Coldfield player had to settle for second place.
The star of the show, Malahide’s Jacob Flynn, won his first game against Venezuelan FM Alexander Hernandez Jimenez and didn’t look back. He went on a rampage of 10 straight wins before suffering his first loss. He won his next game, but then lost the next. At this point, it looked as though Henrik or Finlay might catch him. But Jacob regained his composure and won the next four games, sealing a tremendous victory!