Over-the-Board Chess in Sheffield
(report by Peter Catt)
Organised over-the-board chess returned to Sheffield last Sunday, 25/04/2021, for the first time in over a year.† The last game played under the auspices of the Sheffield and District Chess Association was a first division match between Chesterfield A and Darnall & Handsworth A on March 12th last year.† The Associationís general secretary and individual tournament controller, Geoff Brown, captained his Darnall & Handsworth side to victory on that occasion and was involved again in organising two Covid-controlled mini-events outside Sheffield public houses at Kelham Island.
SASCAís Jonathan Arnott won the Millowners Arms event with a maximum score, while Geoff Brown and Ian Barker, both of Darnall & Handsworth, were joint winners at Yellow Arch Studios.† Just four players took part at each open air venue with the participants wearing masks and ensuring boards and pieces were cleaned before and after each game.† The time limit for the two tournaments was set at 15 minutes, plus a five-seconds-per-move increment.
Also taking part at the Millowners Arms were Andrew Birtwhistle from Hillsborough, Dan Sturman from Woodseats, and Craig Chatterton from Darnall & Handsworth.† Rotherhamís Oliver Brennan and Nat Holroyd-Doveton were the other two players at the Yellow Arch event.
Geoff Brown is hoping to organise further outdoor events on a larger scale, involving more venues, with the next one provisionally scheduled for May 23rd.