Latest Rotherham Online Winners
by Peter Catt
Sheffield University's James Luong, on 4½ points out of 5, won the Autumn Rapid competition on tie-break in the most closely contested tournament organised by the award-winning Rotherham Online website since its inception more than eighteen months ago.
No fewer than six players finished equal on four and a half points at the top of the leader-board at the end of the six-round event, but Luong edged into first place by half a tie-break point ahead of runner up Deji Jeje, 4½, from the Sheffield-based SASCA club, despite losing their individual encounter in the third round.
Jeje and third-placed Martin Sheard 4½ (Barnsley) both remained unbeaten throughout the tournament.
Also on 4½ were Geoff Frost and Chris Shephard (both Sheffield Nomads) and Rotherham's Nathaniel Holroyd-Doveton.
Twenty-nine players took part in the tournament which had a time limit of 15 minutes per game, plus a 10-seconds-per-move increment.
Final placings can be seen at https://rotherhamonlinechess.azurewebsites.net/autumn-rapid-2021.
You can play through the game Jeje 1-0 Luong at https://lichess.org/90cOAXmM.
Luong had to settle for second place in the Classical A tournament, won by Chris Shephard, held alongside the rapid competition.
Shephard came first on 4/5, with Luong second on tie-break ahead of Geoff Frost, both on three and a half points.
Final placings can be seen at https://rotherhamonlinechess.azurewebsites.net/s7-a.
Ilkley's David Adam was a clear winner of the Classical B tournament with four and a half out of five, a full point in front of Jamie Wright (Leeds).
Five players scored three points with Nathaniel Holroyd-Doveton clinching third place on tie-break.
Final placings can be seen at https://rotherhamonlinechess.azurewebsites.net/s7-b.