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SIAS pool tournament racks up the points

With almost a 50% increase in turnout at the 20 October event, 
it was going to be harder than ever to seal victory.

As in previous years, the first round involved a group stage. The games were very competitive, and there was a high standard throughout. Happily, my team qualified from the group for the second year in a row, with my playing partner Kirstin Barker (PwC) sinking the crucial black. The defending champions, 
Daniel Hall (ACE) and Tom Chamberlain (Allianz) were not so fortunate, crashing out at this stage.

The next stage was the knockout. This meant that one mistake could end the tournament as it did in our case — however, there were many tight games to play for.

The field was whittled down until three teams were left in the final. This was played as a group, which meant RSA5 (Craig Fothergill and Tom Howell of RSA), Chalk ‘n’ Roll (Gregory Ip of PwC and Sohail Arif uz Zaman of RBS) and finally Chalk (James Williamson and Thomas Pickles of Barnett Waddingham) had to play each other to determine the winner. The game was tight, and ended on the final black. Chalk ‘n’ Roll were runners-up, but RSA5 ran out the winners.

This left the best team name prize to judge, which was won with the name 
‘Cue Sera Sera’, from Patrice Gluck and Akhil Kapur from L&G.

Thanks to all the entrants and the spectators for another enjoyable tournament, and to Rileys for hosting the event. This is my final social event as an organiser; however, I look forward to seeing many of you competing next year!

Review by Alvin Kissoon