Latest South Yorkshire Rapidplay Tournaments
Report by Peter Catt
2nd South Yorkshire Rapidplay Online Open
Sheffield's Oskar Hackner clinched victory by half a point in the second South Yorkshire Rapidplay Online Open, in which 40 players took part.
The tournament, organised by Rotherham Online, was played with a time limit of 15 mins + 10 secs-per-move increment.
Hackner, from the SASCA club, was unbeaten in the six-round tournament conceding a draw in round three against Sheffield University's James Luong when he briefly lost his internet connection.
Luong and Tom Carroll, also Sheffield University, finished second and third respectively on tie-break after both had scored 5/6.
Huddersfield's Greg Eagleton had an excellent tournament and led most of the way before losing to Hackner in the last round.
He finished fourth on tie-break ahead of Bm Sampathkumar who recently joined Rotherham Online from India and was making his debut in the competition.
The final result table can be found here: https://rotherhamonlinechess.azurewebsites.net/rapid-season-2
For the game Hackner v Luong.see..https://lichess.org/72Y4wVqZ
For the game Eagleton v Hackner.see..https://lichess.org/G9tLuVAT
The Classical Premier tournament, run alongside the Rapid Championship with a time limit of 30 mins + 30 secs-per-move increment, was won by Hoylake's Tom Carroll, whose latest standard ECF online rating is 2275.
Carroll, who is studying at Sheffield University, played all his main rivals - Chris Shephard, Richard Allis and Peter Ackley - dropping only half a point to Shephard in the five-round competition.
Shephard, from Sheffield Nomads, came second on tie-break ahead of York RI's Allis with Ackley (Chesterfield) finishing fourth.
For the game Carroll v Shephard see..https://lichess.org/SFFaLcAd#104
First place in the Major was taken by Andrew Birtwhistle (Hillsborough); runner up was Bryan Wood (Stannington) with Sheffield Deaf's Michael Freund finishing third.
Final placings: https://rotherhamonlinechess.azurewebsites.net/classical-s6-d2
Four players finished with 3 and a half out of five in the Intermediate section with Darnall and Handsworth's Craig Chatterton emerging victorious on tie-break.
Runner up was Koohyar Roshani (Sheffield Nomads), ahead of Rose Forgrove's Neil Griffiths and Barnsley's Richard Hall.
Aughton's Joe Primrose achieved a maximum 5/5 score in the Minor, with second placed John Swiers (Harrogate) scoring 4/5 and Ecclesall's Colin Reid was third on tie-break after four players had finished on three points.
Final placings: https://rotherhamonlinechess.azurewebsites.net/classical-s6-d4
Next Rotherham Online
The next Rotherham Online event will be the Summer Cup starting on Wednesday, August 4th - open to all comers.
It will be run over six rounds (one game a week) with a time limit of 30mins+20secs-per-move increment.
Players arrange the games on a day and time to suit themselves and their opponents, and byes are available on request.
There will also be a curtain raiser Blitz event held on Monday, August 2nd, starting at 8pm.
For further details and how to enter either or both competitions see the links below.