Yorkshire Chess Association





Latest Rotherham Online Classical Event

(A report by Peter Catt)




Britain's leading blind player Chris Ross emerged triumphant in a very hard fought Premier Division in the latest Rotherham Online classical (30mins+30secs per move increment) competition.


Each of the players in the 10-man top tournament suffered at least one loss before Ross clinched victory with a last-round win over Sheffield's Oskar Hackner to finish on 4/5.


Northampton-based Ross, who also plays for Darnall and Handsworth in the Sheffield League and York RI in the Woodhouse Cup, sustained his only defeat at the hands of Grantham's Paul Cumbers in round three.


Second on tie-break was SASCA's Deji Jeje with York's Richard Allis third, both three and a half.


The game Oskar Hackner 0-1 Chris Ross can be found on Lichess at https://lichess.org/G8hYK4Nf.

The game Deji Jeje 0-1 Chris Ross can be found on Lichess at https://lichess.org/4Zf7zR5o.


More details of the Premier can be found at https://rotherhamonlinechess.azurewebsites.net/s5-d1.




Rose Forgrove's Ben Strutt won the Major with 4/5 on tie-break from Duncan Chambers, with Geoff Frost (both Sheffield Nomads) third in the 15-man field.


More details of the Major can be found at https://rotherhamonlinechess.azurewebsites.net/s5-d2.




Thirteen players contested the Intermediate with Sheffield-based Dale Daykin and Steve Gibson finishing first and second respectively, ahead of Alwoodley's Robert Dennington.


More details of the Intermediate can be found at https://rotherhamonlinechess.azurewebsites.net/s5-d3.




The 18-strong Minor was won by Barnsley's Tony Perry, with Mark Lomas finishing second and Hull's Jason Clemmey in third place.


More details of the Minor can be found at https://rotherhamonlinechess.azurewebsites.net/s5-d4.



Peter Catt