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Darnall & Handsworth (Sheffield) FIDE-rated Rapidplay 2017

(Website http://www.dhchessclub.co.uk/rapidplay/index.shtml)


Open Cross-table, showing prizes

Major (Under 170) Cross-table, showing prizes

Intermediate (Under 145) Cross-table, showing prizes

Minor (Under 120) Cross-table, showing prizes


Report by Steve Mann, 17/09/2017


Darnall & Handsworth’s second 1-day 6-round FIDE rapidplay, organised primarily by Geoff Brown, with Adam Raouf as chief arbiter on the day, took place on Saturday 02/09/2017.


The venue was again the club’s meeting place and match venue, Stradbroke Community Centre, Richmond Road, Stradbroke, Sheffield, S13 8LT, which (from my own experience) is not very well placed for non-local players relying on public transport.


Entrants participating in 2016 had totalled 82, and this rose to 100 for the 2017 event.


The prize fund was structured as follows:



























Links above show results in the separate sections, gleaned primarily from the “Chess Results” website, but re-ordered by sum of progressive scores, with clubs and prizes added.  (The prizes listed on the club website shown above appeared to contain errors when I looked.)


One participant in the Open was former Darnall & Handsworth blind player Chris Ross.  Though Chris normally uses a standard “Braille” chess set, that would be an encumbrance in rapid play.  As it happens, Chris was sufficient special awareness and co-ordination to play by moving the pieces of a standard set and board, which is what he did on this occasion: sans voire et sans toucher so to speak.  Despite this, he lost only to joint-winner, Richard Britton, drew with the joint-winner Tim Wall, and drew jointly third-placed Peter Shaw.


In his fifth-round loss to Richard Britton (Hackney, with Hull history) the latter played with a customary solidity, aiming at grinding down the opponent slowly but surely. The game went as follows:


White: Richard L Britton, Black: Chris Neil Ross

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d3 d5 4. Nbd2 Nc6 5. g3 Nf6 6. Bg2 Be7 7. O-O b5 8. e5 Nd7 9. Re1 a5 10. h4 b4 11. Nf1 a4 12. a3 bxa3 13. bxa3 h6 14. h5 Nb6 15. N1h2 c4 16. d4 Bd7 17. c3 Na5 18. Bf4 Ra7 19. Ng4 Nb3 20. Ra2 Na8 21. Nd2 Nc7 22. Nb1 Bc6 23. Ne3 Ba8 24. Qg4 Bf8 25. Qf3 Kd7 26. g4 Be7 27. Qh3 Kc8 28. Bh2 Rg8 29. f4 Ra6 30. Rf2 Nb5 31. Nc2 Bc6 32. Ref1 Bh4 33. Bg3 Be7


Position after Black’s 33rd move.  White now starts his break-through, albeit ceding some control of black squares.


34. f5 Bg5 35. Bf4 Bh4 36. Bg3 Be7 37. fxe6 fxe6 38. g5 Bd7 39. g6 Bg5 40. Nb4 Rb6 41. Qg4 Kb8 42. Rf7 Be8 43. Rf8 Rxf8 44. Rxf8 Qe7 45. Rg8 Ka7 46. Qf3 Nc1 47. Kh2 Nd3 48. Nxd3 cxd3 49. Qxd3 Bc6 50. Qf3 Nxa3 51. Nxa3 Qxa3 52. Rxg7+ Bb7 53. Qf7 Qc1 54. Qe8 a3 55. Qa4+ Ra6 56. Qb5 Bf4 57. Qxb7 mate 1-0


(Game supplied by Geoff Brown.)



Last year’s event, summarised:

19 in the Open, jointly won by IM Andrew J Ledger, Jonathan P Nelson (both Sheffield) and Steven A Jones (Keswick),

16 in the Major (U-170), won by Jim Davis (Worksop)

15 in the Intermediate (U-145), won by Anita Somton (West Nottingham) and

32 in the Minor (U-120), won by Ian Barker (Aughton).