News Archive - July 2008 to August 2009

August 2009

Events for Summer 2009

Results of the fifth and final 5 Minute Quickplay Grand Prix

Tony Pogson won the fifth and final quickplay event held on August 25th to finish top of the
5 Minute Quickplay Grand Prix. He was closely pursued by Ken Hunter who came second throughout the event.
Click here for the final standings.
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Events for Summer 2009

Results of the Second 20 Minute Handicap Tournament

John Stevens won the second 20 Minute Handicap event held on August 11th.
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Events for Summer 2009

Results of the fourth 5 Minute Quickplay Grand Prix

Andrew Drabble won the fourth quickplay event held on August 4th.
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Events for Summer 2009

Barnsley Black and Ethnic Minority Initiative Sports Day - 15th August 2009

Barnsley Chess Club invites the public and its members to the Barnsley Black and Ethnic Minority Initiative (BBEMI) Sports Day on Saturday, August 15th at the Shaw Lane, Rugby Club ground Barnsley.
The chess club is running a stall with chess boards, clocks and a demonstration board so that games can be played.
Vlad Shaposhnikov is making all the necessary arrangements for the day.
Please come for entertaining the public and yourselves from 11am onwards.

Events for Summer 2009

New 20 Minute Handicap Tournament

A new 20 Minute Handicap event will be held on 11th August.
This replaces the Ladder/Club Championship event due that date.
If anyone has any other ideas what events to include over the next few weeks can they please contact Richard.
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July 2009

Events for Summer 2009

Results of the third 5 Minute Quickplay Grand Prix now available

Tony Pogson won the third quickplay event held on July 21st.
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YCA 2009 Draft Gradings

Yorkshire Chess Association 2009 Draft Gradings now available

This also shows new ECF (English Chess Federation) grades.
Click here for the link.

Dates for your diary

Barnsley Chess Club - Annual General Meeting - 14th July 2009

The AGM of Barnsley Chess Club will take place at The Travellers Rest, Intake Lane, Pogmoor, Barnsley on Tuesday 14th July 2009 at 8:00 pm.
Click here for the agenda (word document).
Food will be available at the meeting.

June 2009

Barnsley Schools Chess

2009 Barnsley Primary School Chess Championship

Worsbrough Common Primary School are the 2009 Barnsley Primary School Chess Champions having beaten Barugh Green Primary in an exciting final played at Worsbrough Common on Friday 19th June.

Five teams took part in the knockout competition Burton Road , Oxspring, Barugh Green, Penistone St.Johns and Worsbrough Common.

Worsbrough's winning team included Lamal Arnold, Rohan Chitoriski, James Moore, Taylor Jackson, Jamie Goodliffe and Kledis Octovic.
Elisha Bates played in the semi final win against Burton Road.

Amazingly both semi finals and the final initially ended in 3-3 draws.

The Barnsley Chess Club Trophy was presented to the winners by John Stevens of Barnsley Chess Club at a special assembly on Friday 26th June.

Feedback from those taking part was very encouraging with everyone keen to continue to play chess.

Events for Summer 2009

Results of the 20 Minute Handicap Tournament now available

Tony Pogson won the 20 Minute Handicap event held on June 23rd.
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Events for Summer 2009

Results of the second 5 Minute Quickplay Grand Prix now available

Ken Hunter won the second quickplay event held on June 16th.
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Events for Summer 2009

Results of first 5 Minute Quickplay Grand Prix now available

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New Venue and Club Night

The Travellers Rest, Intake Lane, Pogmoor, Barnsley
Tuesdays from 9th June 2009

Barnsley Chess Club is on the move to the Travellers Rest, Pogmoor, on Tuesday nights beginning the 9th of June 2009.
Click here for directions or go to the About Us page.

Dates for your diary - Sheffield and District Chess Association

Executive Meeting , Annual General Meeting, Fixtures Meeting

Executive Meeting - Tuesday 2nd June at the Abbey.
AGM - Wednesday 2nd September at Nomads.
Fixtures Meeting - 16th September at Aughton.
Any plans for suggested alterations to rules or constitution to Dave Latham by 30th June.

May 2009

Barnsley Player Statistics

Barnsley player statistics for 2008/09 season now available

Now all the results are in for the past 2008/09 season
Click here to check out Barnsley player performances in this word document.

Events for Summer 2009

Provisional Events List for Summer 2009 now available

Click here for more details or go to the events page.

The Barnsley Blitz

Click here for full details of the Barnsley Blitz including team and individual results tables, reports and photos.

Summary of Results

Barnsley Chess Club organised a ten minute four player team event called the Barnsley Blitz on Wednesday 6th May 2009 at Birdwell Methodist Church.

The event consisted of 16 teams. Each team comprised of four players. Each team player had 10 minutes to complete their game.

The teams were split into two groups of eight called gold and silver according to the average team grade. Each team competed in six rounds against six other teams in their group.

The team winners of the gold group were Nomads I (Jonathan Nelson, Kieran O'Driscoll, Chris Shephard, Mohammad Said) with 36 points out of a possible 48 points.

The gold group individual top scorers were Chris Shephard (177), Mohammad Said (165) both Nomads I and Tony Pogson (153) Barnsley I with 10 points out of a possible 12 points.

Since tie-breaks went to the least graded player Tony Pogson collected the gold individual award.

The team winners of the silver group were Barnsley II (Gary Hinchcliffe, Ken Hunter, Dave Greensmith, Tony Farrell) with 35 points out of a possible 48 points.

The silver group individual top scorers were Thomas Pitcher (141) Wombwell and Tony Farrell (119) Barnsley II with 11 points out of a possible 12 points.

Since tie-breaks went to the least graded player Tony Farrell collected the silver individual award.

The event was run with the aim of making a donation to 'The Barnsley Builders' a local charity supported by the hosts Birdwell Methodist Church. The event raised over £250 for the charity including £100 donated by South Yorkshire Police to Jan and Barry Eldred of the Barnsley Builders whose next project is building homes in Comanesti, Romania.

Barnsley Chess Club would like to thank all who made the event a success - Tony Farrell for organising the event, Birdwell Methodist Church who provided the venue, hospitality and refreshments, Mary and Paul Horswill who kept the tournament scores up to date, Chess Direct for sponsoring the event, all the Barnsley Chess Club members who helped run the event and all the other players and teams who participated on the night.

Hopefully there will be another Barnsley Blitz next year. If you have any comments or suggestions can you please contact Richard Hall here.

April 2009

Sheffield League Division 2 - April 30th

Barnsley B 3 - 3 Aughton A

Barnsley B are relegated after drawing with Aughton B.
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The Last Chance Saloon - Ecclesall A 4-4 Barnsley A

by Martin Sheard.

The last chance saloon had arrived! Needing only two points from their last three games and gaining only one point from their last two games meant that your heroes had to draw this final match to ensure first division safety. Our opponents Ecclesall on the same number of points faced the same predicament.

Woodseats A who came equal first last year before losing a play off for the championship had done what was needed of them earlier in the week. A 6-2 win against Rotherham Juniors A meant a play-off waited either defeated team in this fixture.

Barnsley hoped to line-up with their strongest side fielded the previous week which drew with Chesterfield. Alas Andy Butterworth contracted a case of the trots. Although able captain John stepped in on bottom board all boards apart from the top board had to 'move up'.

All eyes were on Ecclesall - what team would they field? In the end they produced almost their strongest team so honours were about even, a close match was expected. With the stakes so high who would lose their nerve first?

Every player from both teams was aware of the situation. They kept one eye on their game and another on the remaining boards to try to evaluate the match score. It seemed the unsung order of the day was not to lose!

Having assessed the other games as two unclear, two better, one worse and two even, first to draw was yours truly on board three. With most of my pawns being on the same colour as my bishop I had a marginally worse position but no serious weaknesses and difficulties. With mass exchanges on the horizon hands were shaken.

Next to finish was board six in an unclear tactical complex position with chances for both sides. Neither player wanted to risk resigning.

On top board White had sacrificed a bishop for three connected passed pawns and some attacking chances. Black managed to manoeuvre his king to safety on the other side of the board and successfully blockade the pawns. Unfortunately this was all he could achieve and a draw was soon agreed.

Board two saw a bit of monkey business with Whites orang-utan (1.b4) opening winning a pawn with the better game. No sooner had white won the pawn he blundered it back ! Pieces were then exchanged and each team gained another half point from an equal ending.

Nearing the time control two other games on boards four and five were drawn. In both cases White had pressure on the Black position. However both Blacks defended carefully and whittled down Whites advantage in both instances before splitting the points.

Two games were left. Black had the advantage in both games. On bottom board blacks pressure led to the win of a pawn, extra material and the game despite being low on time. Ecclesall had taken the lead ! Barnsley needed to win the last game to draw the match!

The last game on board seven saw Barnsley had the advantage. Blacks pressure finally won him a pawn and then another. Going into the time scramble Black had three pawns against Whites one in a rook and pawn ending. Black after missing one clear win allowed White to counter with the chance of winning a pawn. This pawn was taken but allowed Black to set has own passed pawn in motion costing White his rook and the game.

The match had ended up a draw and both teams were safe!

Sheffield League Division 1 - April 29th

Ecclesall A 4 - 4 Barnsley A

Barnsley A and Ecclesall A draw ensuring first division status for both teams next season.
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Sheffield League Division 2 - April 22nd

Nomads C 5 - 1 Barnsley B

Nomads C field one of their strongest sides in this vital relegation battle.
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Sheffield League Division 1 - April 20th

Barnsley A 4 - 4 Chesterfield A

Barnsley A and Chesterfield A draw again in a topsy tervy match.
Barnsley A now need to draw their last match v Ecclesall
to ensure first division chess next season.
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Match Report - University A 5-3 Barnsley A

by David Greensmith.

We went into this match still seeking the precious two points needed to guarantee Divison One survival. Our chances were dealt a serious blow before the match even started, when poor Martin found that the lock to his house had seized up and he could not open his door !
Fireman John tried his best to rescue Martin but to no avail, so we began the match a board down and with everybody below board two moving up a board.

Both teams top boards, Andrew Drabble and Jonathan Arnott, were absent but otherwise all regular players were available. Fortunately the University did not see a need to field either of their IM.

We lined up Andy, Tony Pogson, Gary, Ken, myself, Tony Farrell and John against Prasun Chakravorty, Mithun Chakravorty, Youra Taroyan, Suzy Blackburn, Azmiddin Mohammad, Omar Veledar and Mark Atherton.
We were heavily outgraded on every board except boards 5 and 6.

I finished fairly early, playing a good active game with black against Mohammad's awkward Trompovsky (1 d4 d5 2 Nf3 Nf6 3 Bg5). He achieved a slight space advantage but dithered and dallied, allowing me to open the key g-file with advantage and threaten mate with a powerful Queen and Bishop combined attack. He failed to find a defence and lost on time.

The first time I saw John's game he was aleady two pieces down; not sure what had happened but it was obviously very bad.

The most unfortunate result occurred on Board 6, where Tony missed a clear and immediate win after playing a strong game.
Veledar somehow grovelled out of the attack and emerged a safe piece up.

There was some explosive chess on Board 3, where Taroyan brilliantly offered up an unacceptable rook sacrifice which blew Gary away. Taroyan's great tactical awareness looked hugely impressive to me as a casual spectator, but was it all sound?

Board 4 saw a major disappointment. Ken totally outplayed Blackburn in one of my own favourite openings, the King''s Indian Attack, leaving her in a hopeless position two pawns down in a single rook ending. Then things started to go badly awry. Ken seemed unable to develop a clear winning plan, and Blackburn raced well ahead on time in the blitz play-off. Finally, Ken raised the white flag and offered a draw, which his opponent of course immediately accepted.

On Board 1, Andy seemed under a lot of pressure from Prasun in a Two Knights, but he stuck doggedly to the defensive task and eventually held on for a draw, while on Board 2 Tony once again comfortably defeated Mithun positionally, to complete a notable double over his 181-rated opponent.

So the final result was a 5-3 defeat, in a game which we could certainly have drawn and maybe even won had we taken our chances.

Sheffield League Division 1 - April 16th

University A 5 - 3 Barnsley A

University A win this vital match.
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Doncaster League - April 14th

Barnsley 2½ - 2½ Latvians

Barnsley draw this double header with Latvians in their final Doncaster League fixture.
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Sheffield League Division 1 - April 9th

Phoenix A 3½ - 4½ Barnsley A

Barnsley A win this vital relegation tussel.
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Sheffield League Division 2 - April 6th

Stannington A 4½ - 1½ Barnsley B

Barnsley B are defeated by promotion chasing Stannington.
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The Barnsley Blitz

Barnsley Chess Club is organizing a ten minute four player team event
called the Barnsley Blitz.

The event will take place on Wednesday 6th May 2009
at Birdwell Methodist Church.

The event will be an all play all team event.
Depending on team entries there will be one or two groups
split according to strength using the average team grade.

Each team must consist of four players from the same club.
Each team player will have 10 minutes to complete their game

Team Entries are invited from local chess clubs.
Initially each club can enter two teams.

There is a limit of 16 teams.
Entries will be accepted on a first come first served basis
- so get your entries in early to reserve your place !!

There is an entry fee of £10 per team.

In each section the winning team will recieve a chess clock
and the player with the most points will receive a cash prize.

The closing date for entries is Monday the 4th May 2009.

You can enter by email or by post.

If you are interested in taking part in the first Barnsley Blitz
more details are given in the entry form here
alternatively you can email the event secretary here.

Remember to get your entry in early to avoid disappointment !

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March 2009

Doncaster League - March 31st

Barnsley 1½ - 3½ Catholic Club

Catholic Club take the points in this double header.
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SAVE OF THE SEASON: CHESTERFIELD A V BARNSLEY A

Report by David Greensmith

Move over Van der Sar, Reina and Cech !! The best save of the (chess) season, clearly occurred on Monday March 30th when your heroes travelled to Chesterfield. We were without top board Andrew Drabble, but this was balanced by the absence of Chesterfeld's new, very powerful, top board Hubert Mossong (rated over 200) so honours more then even. We lined up Andy, Tony Pogson, Martin, Ken, Gary, myself, Tony Farrell and John against Dave Latham, Mike Alcock, Mike Johnson, Steve Housley, Andrew Mort, Martin Howard, Steve Bracey and that well known regular campaigner, A.N. Other. Chesterfield outgraded us by around 10 points or more, on every board.

Your scribe achieved a "goal-less draw" fairly rapidly against Howard, and I make no apologies for stodging around as I remember Howard being rated 188 at his best. Surely he must retain some of that great ability - at least enough to see me off ?

Finishing early allowed me to view the remaining games at length, and it became apparent that Andy, both Tonys, Gary (maybe still mentally on holiday ?) and Ken were all getting pasted, with only Martin and John holding equality. In the event Tony Pogson manged to somehow salvage a draw from what looked like a hopeless position with Alcock crashing through in the centre, and then Andy Mort remarkably dropped a piece to Ken in clearly won position from his usual d4 bore. With Mort still two connected pawns up for the piece, Ken got the three white feathers out and agreed a draw. Bracey duly finished off Tony Farrell in good style - a fine attack in typical Bracey "take no prisoners" style - and Housleys relentless pressure defeated Gary comfortably. John then agreed a draw in a very even position on bottom board.

So at this stage we stood 2-4 down, with Andy under massive tactical mating pressure on Board One where Latham had chucked the kitchen sink at Andy's K-side castled king in a hairy Sicilian. Running away seemed an eminently sensible option, and Andy somehow got his King clean away to safety on the Queenside, after which a ferocious Queen and Bishop threat along the a8 to h1 diagonal rapidly finished Latham off. A fascinating game worthy of publishing on the website.

Still 3-4 down, we now needed Martin to somehow win his apparently dead drawn game in the time scramble (Martin was a pawn up, but a doubled pawn and very limited chances). However, in a classic "Portillo moment" (see **) Martin managed to checkmate Johnson with 20 seconds left on his clock, to complete a remarkable recovery to draw 4-4 and further enhance our chances of Division One survival.

In summary, a great save against much stronger opposition !

(** A Portillo moment describes a situation when, when you think things surely cannot get any better, they suddenly do. Named after the Tory MP Michael Portillo. In the 1997 General Election when the Tories were trounced and, for centre-left voters at least, things could surely get no better, Portillo lost his seat at 3 AM).

Sheffield League Division 1 - March 30th

Chesterfield A 4 - 4 Barnsley A

Barnsley A draw a close encounter against Chesterfield A.
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Sheffield League Division 2 - March 30th

SASCA A 5 - 1 Barnsley B

In this match SASCA A proove too strong against Barnsley B.
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Doncaster League - March 24th

Barnsley 3½ - 1½ Lodge

Barnsley beat Lodge to take the points.
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Sheffield League Division 2 - March 19th

Barnsley B 3 - 3 Nomads C

Barnsley B continue their climb up the table with a point against Nomads C.
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Doncaster League - March 17th

Barnsley 5 - 0 Barnby Dun

Barnby Dun default this double header match.

Sheffield League Division 2 - March 12th

Barnsley B 3½ - 2½ Ecclesall B

Wins on the three bottom boards gain Barnsley B the victory.
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Doncaster League - March 10th

Barnsley 0 - 5 Bentley

Bentley whitewash a weakened Barnsley in this double header encounter.
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Sheffield League Division 1 - March 9th

Barnsley A 4 - 4 University A

Barnsley A draw a tense match against University A.
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Sheffield League Division 2 - March 5th

Barnsley B 1 - 5 Nomads B

Nomads B take the top four boards to win this match.
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Sheffield League Division 1 - March 2nd

Barnsley A 2½ - 5½ Rotherham Juniors A

Wins on the top three boards secured Rotherham Juniors A the victory.
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February 2009

Sheffield League Division 2 - February 26th

Barnsley B 3 - 3 Clay Cross A

Barnsley B draw against one of the sides fighting for promotion.
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Doncaster League - February 24th

Barnsley 2 - 3 Wombwell

Wombwell gain victory in a closely contested match.
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Sheffield League Division 2 - February 19th

Phoenix B 4 - 2 Barnsley B

Phoenix B win this relegation battle.
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Sheffield League Division 1 - February 16th

Barnsley A 2 - 6 Woodseats A

Woodseats A win by proving too strong on the middle boards.
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Doncaster League - February 11th

Barnby Dun 2½ - 2½ Barnsley

Barnsley draw despite being a board short
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Sheffield League Division 1 - February 5th

Phoenix A - Barnsley A
Match postponed due to snow.

The fixture is re-arranged for Thursday 9th April.

January 2009

Sheffield League Division 2 - January 28th

Ecclesall B 3 - 3 Barnsley B

Barnsley B earn a draw away to Ecclesall B.
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Sheffield League Division 1 - January 26th

Barnsley A 4 - 4 Nomads A

Barnsley A draw for the second time this season against defending champions Nomads.
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Sheffield League Division 2 - January 22nd

Barnsley B 3½ - 2½ Stannington A

Barnsley B win their first match of 2009.
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Doncaster League - Sam Haystead Memorial Trophy - January 19th

Catholic Club 3½ - 1½ Barnsley

The Catholic Club progess to the final of the Sam Haystead Memorial Trophy.
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Doncaster League - January 12th

Catholic Club 5-0 Barnsley

The Catholic Club gain a clean sweep.
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Sheffield League Division 2 - January 7th

Aughton A 3½ - 2½ Barnsley B

Barnsley B narrowly lost their first match of 2009.
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Sheffield League Division 1 - January 5th

Barnsley A 6 - 2 Worksop A

Barnsley A began the new year with a 6-2 defeat of Worksop A.
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Click here for the game Jim Davis - Andrew Butterworth.
Click here for the game John Smith - Martin Sheard.
Click here for the game Tony Farrell - Michael Clarke.

December 2008

Doncaster League - December 17th

Bentley 2½ - 2½ Barnsley

Barnsley and Bentley share the points in this encounter.
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Sheffield League Division 1 - December 5th

Rotherham Juniors A 5½ - 2½ Barnsley A

Barnsley A lost this match fielding a very weak team with only six players.
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Sheffield League Division 2 - December 4th

Barnsley B 2½ - 3½ SASCA A

Barnsley B lost this narrowly contested match on the bottom boards.
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Doncaster League - December 1st

Wombwell 4 - 1 Barnsley

Wombwell comprehensively beat Barnsley in this double header match
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November 2008

Doncaster League - November 26th

Latvians 2 - 3 Barnsley

Barnsley edged out Latvians in this closely contested match.
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Sheffield League Division 2 - November 25th

Clay Cross A 5 - 1 Barnsley B

Clay Cross A registered a comfortable win proving too strong for Barnsley B in this match.
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Doncaster League - November 18th

Lodge 4½ - ½ Barnsley

Barnsley were soundly beaten by the Lodge in this double header match.
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Sheffield League Division 1 - November 17th

Woodseats A 5 - 3 Barnsley A

Barnsley A lost a close match against last seasons runners up Woodseats A.
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Doncaster League - Sam Haystead Memorial Trophy - November 11th

Barnsley 3½ - 1½ Wombwell

Barnsley were victorious against local rivals Wombwell in this cup match.
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Sheffield League Division 2 - November 5th

Nomads B 4 - 2 Barnsley B

Nomads B were too strong on the bottom boards to gain victory in this match.
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Sheffield League Division 1 - November 3rd

Barnsley A 5 - 3 Phoenix A

Barnsley A won a close tense match against Phoenix A.
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October 2008

Sheffield League Division 1 - October 29th

Nomads A 4 - 4 Barnsley A

Barnsley drew their away match against the defending Sheffield League champions Nomads A.
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Doncaster League - October 28th

Barnsley 4½ - ½ Doncaster Juniors

Barnsley had a convincing win over Doncaster Juniors earning their first points of the season.
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Sheffield League Division 1 - October 20th

Barnsley A 7 - 1 Ecclesall A

Barnsley A thumped Ecclesall A to gain their first points of the season with both clubs fielding weakened teams.
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Doncaster League Fixtures now online

The Doncaster League Fixtures for Barnsley can be seen using the link to the left.
Now that all the fixtures are known from the leagues there maybe some re-arrangements regarding fixture dates.

Sheffield League Richardson Cup - October 13th

Barnsley 1½- 4½ Wombwell

Barnsley crashed out of the Richardson Cup to local rivals Wombwell.
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Click here for the game Andrew Butterworth - Thomas Pitcher.

Sheffield League Division 1 - October 8th

Worksop A 6 - 2 Barnsley A

In their opening match of the season Barnsley A slumped to a 6-2 defeat at newly promoted Worksop.
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Click here for the game Jim Burnett - Andrew Butterworth with notes by Black.

Sheffield League Division 2 - October 2nd

Barnsley B 4½- 1½ Phoenix B

Barnsley B opened their first ever season in division 2 beating Phoenix B 4½ - 1½
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September 2008

Sheffield League Fixtures now online

The Sheffield League Fixtures for Barnsley A and Barnsley B can be seen using the links to the left.
Will players and team captains please note that the home night for Barnsley B is Thursday not Monday which was stated on the original Barnsley B fixtures given out at the Sheffield DCA fixtures meeting.
The Doncaster League fixtures will be added as soon as they are available.

New Doncaster League Captain

Tony Leon has taken over the Doncaster League captaincy from Arnold who has resigned from the post.

Sheffield AGM - 2nd September - A summary from notes by Neil Limbert

Unfulfilled Vacancies. The proposal to compel promotion (where nobody applies for the vacancy) was defeated. The vote actually went 12-11 in favour of the new change but required a two-thirds majority so the motion was defeated.

The rule to change Division 1 to 6 players caused considerable intense debate. The motion was eventually defeated by 14 votes to 12 so Division 1 stays at 8 players.

Nomads A did not accept promotion to the 1st division - the casual vacancy went to Rotherham Juniors A (uncontested). Division 1 will therefore comprise :- Nomads A, Woodseats A, University A, Chesterfield A, Ecclesall A, Phoenix A, Barnsley A, Worksop A, Rotherham Juniors A.

Worksop had declined promotion the previous year but, having secured the services of Jim Burnett, they have now accepted.

Barnby Dun have left the League altogether!

Nomads C accepted promotion to Division 2.
The Division 2 line-up is:- Ecclesall B, Nomads B, Nomads C, SASCA A, Phoenix B, Stannington A, Clay Cross A, Aughton A, Barnsley B.

All Fees and subscriptions stayed the same.

Resignations.

Bill Ward, who has been very ill, tendered his resignation as General Secretary but nobody volunteered to take his place. Bill eventually said he would carry on.

Mike Brumby stated he was also resigning as Treasurer at the end of the season - again nobody volunteered to take his place.

Final Five Minute Quickplay Grand Prix Standings - 1st September

Over the past few months a series of five minute quickplay events have taken place at the chess club. Here are the final standings after five events, the best three results counting.

Final Five Minute Quickplay Grand Prix Table
after results of 1st September
Event 07 Apr 12 May 02 Jun 04 Aug 01 Sep Points
Richard Hall 14 13 12 131340
Vlad Shaposhnikov 15 10.5 111238
John Stevens 128.5 1232.5
Tony Leon 118.5 81130.5
Andy Butterworth 15 15 30
Robbie Merc 910.5 91029.5
Tony Pogson 15 14 29
Tony Farrell 14.51428.5
Richard Desmedt 1413 27
Gerry Thickett 107 1027
Ken Hunter 14.514.5

Click here for the previous results of the five minute quickplay grand prix.

Five Minute Quickplay - 1st September

Six players contested the last quickplay of the series in a double round all-play-all. Andrew Butterworth started slowly losing his first round game to Tony Farrell and drawing his second round game to Robbie Merc before winning his second event. Tony Farrell was leader at the halfway point and pushed Andrew close to become second.

Note: The points totals do not match the progressive round scores.

Five Minute Quickplay Results - 1st September
Round 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 Points
Andrew Butterworth 0 0.5 1.5 2.5 3.5 4.5 5.5 6.5 7.5 8 15
Tony Farrell 1 1.5 2.5 3.5 4.5 4.5 4.5 5.5 6.5 7.5 14
Richard Hall 0 0.5 0.5 1.5 1.5 2.5 3.5 4.5 5.5 6 13
Vlad Shaposhnikov 1 2 2 2 3 3 3 3 3 4 12
Tony Leon 1 1 1 1 1 2 3 3 3 3 11
Robbie Merc 0 0.5 1.5 1.5 1.5 1.5 1.5 1.5 1.5 1.5 10

Click here for the previous results of the five minute quickplay grand prix.

August 2008

Barnsley Black and Ethnic Minorities Initiative Sports Day - August 24th

Barnsley Black and Ethnic Minorities Initiative is holding its annual Sport Day on Sunday, August 24, 2008 at the Shaw Lane Rugby Club, Barnsley from 12.00 to 5.30pm.
Vlad is looking for volunteers to help man a stand. Depending on replies this could mean demonstrating chess games, organising a short chess tournament or a having a simultaneous display.

Tony Pogson Clock Simul - August 11th

Tony challenged five players from the second team in a clock simul.
Tony had 65 minutes to his opponents 55 minutes and out played all five with plenty of time to spare. He graciously allowed his opponents to choose his first move and all games commenced with either 1.e4 or 1.d4. Thanks once again from his defeated opponents Robbie Merc, Richard Hall, John Stevens, Vlad Shaposhnikov and Gerry Thickett (Wombwell).

Five Minute Quickplay Grand Prix

Over the past few months a series of five minute quickplay events have taken place at the chess club. Here are the current standings after four events, the best three results counting. The last five minute quickplay is on the 1st September.

Five Minute Quickplay Grand Prix Table
after results of 4th August
Event 07 Apr 12 May 02 Jun 04 Aug Points
Richard Hall 14 13 12 1340
Vlad Shaposhnikov 15 10.5 1136.5
John Stevens 128.5 1232.5
Tony Pogson 15 14 29
Robbie Merc 910.5 928.5
Tony Leon 118.5 827.5
Richard Desmedt 1413 27
Gerry Thickett 107 1027
Andy Butterworth 15 15
Tony Farrell 14.514.5
Ken Hunter 14.514.5

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Five Minute Quickplay - 4th August

Eight players contested a double round all-play-all. Four players were in contention halfway through the event although Tony Farrell and Ken Hunter pulled away to share the honours.
Tony won the individual games 2-0.

Note: The points totals do not match the progressive round scores.

Five Minute Quickplay Results - 4th August
Round 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 Points
Tony Farrell 1 2 3 4 4 5 6 7 8 8 9 10 11 12 14.5
Ken Hunter 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 14.5
Richard Hall 1 2 2 3 4 4 4.5 5 6 7 8 8 8 9 13
John Stevens 1 1 2 3 4 5 5 5 5 5 6 7 8 8 12
Vlad Shaposhnikov 0 1 1 1 1 1 2 2.5 3.5 4.5 4.5 5.5 5.5 6.5 11
Gerry Thickett0 0 1 1 1 2 2 3 3 4 4 4 4 4 10
Robbie Merc 1 1 1 1 2 2 2.5 2.5 2.5 2.5 2.5 2.5 3.5 3.5 9
Tony Leon 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 8

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July 2008

Barnsley Chess Club Website Launched

Send any comments on the web site to the Webmaster.

Consultation Game

A consultation game took place on 21 July at Barnsley Chess Club
between A Butterworth, G Thickett and R Merc vs M Sheard, R Hall and T Leon.
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YCA Draft Gradings Available

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Sheffield Chess Association Dates

AGM Tuesday 2nd September

Fixture Meeting Tuesday 16th September

Both Meetings to be held at the Abbey Woodseats at 7.30pm.