Charis writes "
Once again this year I travelled to the UK Open in Bolton - better
at Horwich Parkway near Bolton. The weather was outstanding - warm, blue sky,
sunshine. I never had better weather here!
But the weather had a big disadvantage too - in the Reebok
stadium it was even warmer then usually, it was disagreeable warm and the hugh
number of spectators made it even warmer. It was crowded more crowded then the
last years I felt and it was almost impossible to really follow the matches.
Only the matches on the main stage could be seen from every where. It would
have been important to secure yourself a place in front on one of the boards
but I was too late for this and only was able to follow the Preliminary Round
matches of Bernd Roith and Maik Langendorf from row 5 or six. Both had no
problems at all and were cheered by several German fans. I fought my way
further on to watch Tomas Seyler who played not successful at all against
Jason Wilson. Beside I followed the close match between Conan Whitehead and
Roland Scholten on the main stage and saw how James Wade on one of the
neighbouring got an easy win against his first round opponent.