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23/03/2024

ECF U-1850 County Championship Preliminary Round: Yorkshire v Staffordshire

 

This was played over 16 boards at the Sheffield Chess Centre, 329A Coleford Road, Sheffield, S9 5NF, by arrangement with Jonathan Arnott, on Saturday 27th April, starting at 13.30.  Results were as follows, where ratings shown are the 1st of April ratings used for board order.  (Eligibility is determined by pre-season 1st September ratings, and eligibility remains for the season even if a player’s current rating exceeds the competition upper limit - so Alex Burke was eligible!)

 

Bd

Col

Rtg

Yorkshire

12˝-

Staffordshire

Rtg

1

B

1960

Alex Burke

1-0

Steve R Hill

1846

2

W

1884

Dale H Cullum

˝-˝

Ray Sawyer

1763

3

B

1853

Paul May

˝-˝

Railton W Hyde

1736

4

W

1821

Peter F Mason

1-0

Kenneth J McNulty

1699

5

B

1813

Robert A Dean

1-0

Jon E W Blackburn

1695

6

W

1811

David A Patrick

1-0

Alberto Gissi

1656

7

B

1800

Krishnan Rishab Cammanchery

˝-˝

Michael W A Hoare

1653

8

W

1786

Climate Mupfiga

1-0

Stephen J Emmerton

1639

9

B

1783

David Booth

0-1

Glen Clouds

1638

10

W

1746

Geoffrey D Brown

1-0

Leslie J Fancourt

1576

11

B

1735

Nathaniel Holroyd-Doveton

˝-˝

Sandra G Blackburn

1549

12

W

1711

Stephen Firth

˝-˝

Andrew Phillips

1519

13

B

1692

Tom Key

1-0

Anthony R Meakin

1514

14

W

1689

Gary Corcoran

1-0

Joshua Sawyer

1505

15

B

1684

Isaac Fossey

1-0

David J Barker

1470

16

W

1674

Nigel Redmond

1-0

Mycle Scheuer

1441

av.

1778

av.

1619

 

The disparity in strength is evident from the fact that roughly half the Staffordshire team could play in the Under-1650 section.

 

Staffordshire captain Peter Evans put the following message on the LMS result page: “Thanks to Yorkshire for a good venue and some games that Staffs made Yorkshire fight to win.  Good luck in the next round and praise to Jonathan for the Chess Centre.”

 

Yorkshire is now due to play Hampshire on the weekend of May 11th and Hampshire have been in touch suggesting a Bedfordshire-based venue.

 

Yorkshire captain Rupert Jones has provided the following photographs.

 

A group of people playing chess

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Nearer row, left to right, boards 9 to 12; further row left to right, boards 13 to 16.

 

A group of men playing chess

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Boards 1 (back) and 3 (front)

Rupert, who is of course a cricket fan, says,

“Note young Alex Burke in blue Yorkshire cricket top on board 1.”

 

A group of men playing chess

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Boards 2 (back) and 3 (front)

 

As may be guessed from the cables emerging from the chessboards

eight (at least) of the boards were connected to digital display screens for spectators to watch.

A screens on a wall

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though cabling arrangements leave room for improvement, perhaps,

 

A table with food on it

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and there were refreshments available.