Sheffield & District Chess Association

Established 1883







Crabb Shield 2023


After a COVID-induced break since 2019, the Crabb Shield rapidplay competition is returning in 2023.  This year it is being organised by Jonathan Arnott at the recently opened Sheffield Chess Centre on Saturday 15th July.  Phill Beckett is to be chief arbiter.  A flyer, at the foot of which is an entry form, is available here in either of two formats;

click here for pdf format, and click here for Word format.


The informational content of the flyer is as follows:


CRABB SHIELD 2023 – Saturday July 15th

at the Sheffield Chess Centre, 329A Coleford Road, Darnall, Sheffield S9 5NF


What is the Crabb Shield? One of the oldest traditions of the Sheffield & District Chess Association. This competition hasn’t been held since 2019. In its current form it was first contested in 1981, but its roots go back to a tournament first held in 1927-1928.


Time control and schedule: 6 rounds (byes excepted, all players play in all rounds), with 15 minutes each on the clock for the game plus a 10-second increment from move 1.

Round 1: 12pm

Round 2: 1pm

Round 3: 2pm

Round 4: 3pm (Break after Round 4)

Round 5: 4.30pm

Round 6: 5.30pm

Who is eligible to play? Anyone who is a member of a club in the Sheffield & District Chess Association, or who lives in Sheffield and the surrounding area, or who has played in the Sheffield league this season.

Prizes: The winner of the competition will hold the Crabb Shield for one year. Other/cash/rating prizes dependent on the number of entries, presented as soon as possible following the final round.

Refreshments will be available for purchase at the venue – tea, coffee, cold drinks and snacks. Hot food to be confirmed. There is a McDonalds 300 metres away.

ECF rating: Games will be submitted for ECF Rapidplay rating.

Entry fee: £10 (ECF bronze members and above). If you are not a current member of the ECF, you will need to pay an additional £9 for the ECF’s Pay to Play fee. If possible, please pay by bank transfer using your full name as a reference to South Yorkshire Chess, 08-92-99 67282861. Payments on the day can be accepted, provided we have your entry in advance. In this case please arrive at least 15 minutes early.

Additional rules: Any player whose mobile phone is found to be switched on during a game will lose the game. Players may request a half-point bye in any one of rounds 1-4 at the time of entry. Play will be governed by the FIDE Laws of Chess. The Chief Arbiter will be Phill Beckett. It is a condition of entry that the Arbiter’s decision is final in all matters.

Travel: Parking is available on-street or in the Furniture warehouse next door. The closest bus stop is Greenland Road / Coleford Road, which is a 5-minute walk from the venue, and served by route number 18.

Tiebreak: In the event of a tie, non-trophy prizes will be shared. The following means will be used to determine the trophy winner: a) Sum of progressive scores, b) Blitz playoff (if only 2 players tied), c) Sum of opponent’s scores.