Sheffield & District Chess Association
e-Newsletter, May 2021
If following a link below, use your browsers “back” function to return to this page.
There is both good news and bad news. First the bad news . . .
Death of Peter Ballard of Rotherham
Peter Ballard of Rotherham died on Sunday, 16/05/2021. He had been admitted to hospital for a further operation connected with problems he had been having for a number of years, and seemed to be recovering okay, yet suffered a setback, and died. John Peter Ballard, to give him his full name, appears to have been aged 77. Peter had been on the Sheffield chess scene for nigh on 50 years.
An obituary, which includes some games played by Peter, has been put on the S&DCA website at mannchess.org.uk/SNotices/2021-05-20BallardJPeter.htm. This is currently “work in progress”, as it is likely to be expanded in due course.
Those with long-enough memories – apart from myself, I can think only of Geoff Frost – may recall Ernie Little of Harrogate. He died peacefully at his home in Pannal, Harrogate, on the 07/05/2021, aged 89. An obituary appears on the YCA website at mannchess.org.uk/YNotices/2021-05-20LittleErnestAlexander.htm.
And now the good news . . .
Chess at Kelham Island
Geoff Brown has announced details of the second session of “Chess at Kelham Island” outdoor individual over-the-board competitions, taking place on Sunday, 23/05/2021 at four venues. There are 6 participants at one venue, and 4 at each of the other three:
at the Millowners Arms, next to Kelham Island Museum, Alma Street, Sheffield S3 8RY,
Ian Barker, Mariana Ferriera, Samual Rathjen, Jamie Woodhouse, Geoff Brown, Geoff Frost;
at the Saw Grinders Union, Globe Works, Penistone Road, Sheffield S6 3AE,
Stuart Crosthwaite, Jonathan Arnott, Nathabiel Holroyd-Doveton, Tom Hails;
at the Yellow Arch Studio, 30-36 Burton Road, Neepsend, Sheffield S3 8BX,
Mattiangelo D'Agnese, Jeremy Hamm, Andrew Nettleship, Andrew Birtwhistle;
and at the Fat Cat, 23 Alma Street, Sheffield S3 8SA,
Oliver Brennan, Brian Stephenson, Craig Chatterton, Edouardos Ter Gevorkian.
The comprehensive guidance issued includes:
Results are expected to appear on ECF LMS, and on the S&DCA website, and with any luck there will be photographs.
Mini U-1650 rating (U-130 grade) Standardplay Chess Tournament
Jonathan Arnott advises that he is organising an over-the-board tournament for U-1650 rating (U-130 grade) or new/junior unrated players, with a connection to S&DCA member clubs (e.g. membership of a club, playing for a team in the league). It aims to give beginners and juniors the chance to play some proper over-the-board chess before in-person leagues resume, and (assuming there are enough players entering who already have grades) it should help to get some grading data in the system for those who don't already have any. There is also the aim to provide an introduction to over-the-board chess to new players who have taken up the game initially on line.
You can enter online - and to find the full competition details - at
(You can take a peek to read details without actually entering!)
You can also read more on the S&DCA website at
Forward Look to Sheffield League 2021-22
General Secretary Geoff Brown announces:
Clubs Emerge from Lock-Down
Things are of course still very tentative. Optimism is running riot among some chess organisers, while many players retain a more cautious lock-down mentality and wait to see what actually happens.
Darnall & Handsworth, had their first club night on Monday, 17th May.
Sheffield Nomads’ website surprisingly shows no announcement of impending club nights.
Further afield . . . .
The (Bradford) Chess Centre in Ilkley (not the same as Ilkley Chess Club) reopened on 20th May, and has announced a schedule of events for May and early June. This is a new enterprise, as yet largely untested by the locals.
Eagle & Child, in York, were to have a club night also on Thursday, 20/05/2021, one table booked inside, one outside, hoping no more than 12 turned up, due to the rule of 6! Hitherto they had had a couple of gatherings each week of six players in members' gardens and other pub gardens.
Holme Firth has acquired six new players during lockdown; people inspired through the Queen's Gambit series and is looking to resume activity, and aims to enter the YCA’s Silver Rook as Huddersfield & Holme Firth.
4NCL Finals, 18/05/2021
Although no Sheffield-based teams reached the final stages of the 4NCL, Chessable White Rose 3 was in the final of Division 5. As Jonathan Arnott had been playing for that team, the hope was that the team would win, and that a crucial win by Jonathan could be published here. Alas, this was not to be! The team lost “convincingly” 1-3 to Charlton Cobras A, and Jonathan lost “instructively” on board 2. For anyone interested, Jonathan’s game can be played through, on screen, on the Yorkshire CA website, at mannchess.org.uk/YGames/2021-05-18Clark1-0Arnott.htm.
Nevertheless, there was some success for Yorkshire, as Hull & Beverley Romans 1 won the Division 2 final. Details, and links to all games involved in both matches, can be found on the YCA website at mannchess.org.uk/YEvents/2021-05-184NCLOLFinal.htm.
This S&DCA e-Newsletter is being distributed to those whose e-mail addresses have been passed on by Brian Lever. If you do not wish to receive the e-Newsletter in future, then please advise me by e-mail (email@example.com) or otherwise.
Similarly, anyone wishing to be added to the distribution list should send me their e-mail address for inclusion.
E-mail addresses held in the S&DCA e-Newsletter distribution list will be used only for distributing the newsletter or for communication in connection with such distribution. They will not be passed on to third parties for any purpose.