7th Rotherham Online Championship
(a report by Peter Catt)
Top seed Oskar Hackner won the recently ended 7th Rotherham Online Championship for the second time in five attempts.
Hackner, from the Sheffield-based SASCA club, clinched a narrow victory on tie-break from previous winner Peter Ackley (Chesterfield), after both had finished on 5½/6, having drawn their fourth round game.
Grantham’s Paul Cumbers, who lost a fluctuating and very entertaining game against Hackner in round five, finished third with five points.
Hackner v Cumbers from round five can be found here: https://lichess.org/xhVvqpt2.
Forty-nine players from all over Yorkshire, and beyond, took part in the event.
The rating-limited sections, which were run alongside the main tournament over five rounds, attracted a total of 41 entries and were played with a rapid time limit.
Peter Ackley won the Rapid Premier on tie-break from York RI’s Richard Allis, both on 4½/5, with SASCA’s Deji Jeje, 3/5, finishing third.
Sheffield Nomads stalwart Geoff Frost was a convincing winner of the Rapid Major with 4½/5, ahead of Rotherham’s John Baker and Hillsborough’s Ben Wood, both 3½.
Tie-breaks were needed to settle the highly competitive Rapid Intermediate which was won by Sheffield Deaf’s Steve Gibson, ahead of Aughton’s Joe Primrose and Michael Freund, from Worksop, all finishing on 3½/5.
Dale Daykin finished first in the Rapid Minor with 5/5, ahead of Huddersfield’s Craig Sharpe, 4, and Mark Lomas, 2½.
Full results of all the competitions can be found here: https://rotherhamonlinechess.azurewebsites.net/tournaments.