The 2nd Barnsley Blitz - Monday 10th May 2010 at Birdwell Methodist Church

The 2nd Barnsley Blitz took place on Monday 10th May 2010 at Birdwell Methodist Church.

The event consisted of 16 teams.
Each team comprised of four players.
Each team player had 8 minutes to complete their game.

Players came from as far as Doncaster and Chesterfield to participate.
All the clubs who took part fielded most of their best players.

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

The team with the most board points from each group received a chess clock and a Bill Ward salver in recognition of Bill's outstanding service to the Sheffield League. These awards were presented by Bill himself!

Gold Group

The team winners of the gold group were Nomads A
(Jonathan Nelson, Kieran O'Driscoll, Chris Shephard, Mohammad Said) with 45 points out of a possible 56 points.

The gold group individual winner was Mohammad Said of Nomads A with seven wins out of seven and 14 points.

Below are the team scores and individual scores for the gold group, a win counting as two points, a draw as one point.

Gold Group - Team Scores
ID Club 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 Total
01 Nomads A X 4 7 4 7 8 7 8 45
02 Rotherham Juniors 4 X 4 4 6 4 6 8 36
03 Chesterfield 1 4 X 6 3 6 7 6 33
04 Wooodseats A 4 4 2 X 2 7 4 5 28
05 Nomads B 1 2 5 6 X 2 5 4 25
06 Barnsley A 0 4 2 1 6 X 3 7 23
07 Phoenix 1 2 1 4 3 5 X 6 22
08 SASCA 0 0 2 3 4 1 2 X 12

Gold Group - Individual Scores
Name Score Name Score Name Score Name Score
Nomads A 45 Rotherham Juniors 36 Chesterfield 33 Woodseats A 28
1 J Nelson11 P Shaw8 D Latham9 A Ledger11
2 K O'Driscoll11 D Molofej11 M Johnson11 A Potts5
3C Shephard9 T Whittaker9 A Mort6 J Trafford9
4 M Said14* A Littlewood8 S Bracey7 P Cannell3
Name Score Name Score Name Score Name Score
Nomads B 25 Barnsley A 23 Phoenix 22 SASCA 12
1 H Nomeq0 A Butterworth7 P Fletcher4 L Brijmohun 6
2 J Hamm8 M Sheard / C Willey5 G Fletcher3 E Hollingworth2
3U Kanike8 P Micklethwaite6 J Mercy7 L Mackay2
4 M Newett9 K Hunter5 P Cheshire8 S Gibbs2

Silver Group

The team winners of the silver group were Nomads C
(Andrew George, Stuart Crosthwaite, Andrew Hards, Phil Ford) with 44 points out of a possible 56 points.

The silver group individual winner was Richard Desmedt of Wombwell with six wins and a draw from seven games, 13 out of a possible 14 points.

Below are the team scores and individual scores for the silver group, a win counting as two points, a draw as one point.

Silver Group - Team Scores
ID Club 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 Total
01 Nomads C X 5 4 8 8 5 8 6 44
02 University 3 X 6 6 4 6 4 6 35
03 Wombwell 4 2 X 4 4 5 4 6 29
04 Bentley 0 2 4 X 4 7 4 6 27
05 Barnsley B 0 4 4 4 X 3 6 4 25
06 Netherton 3 2 3 1 5 X 6 4 24
07 Nomads D 0 4 4 4 2 2 X 4 24
08 Woodseats B 2 2 2 2 4 4 0 X 16
Silver Group - Individual Scores
Name Score Name Score Name Score Name Score
Nomads C 44 University 35 Wombwell 29 Bentley 27
1 A George10 N Carding8 M Lindley6 S McDonald10
2 S Crosthwaite10 Q Lip12 R Desmedt13* C Burt1
3A Hards12 J Schmidt11 D Hardman3 H Zziwa6
4 P Ford12 M Arifin4 D Hatfield7 G Boothman10
Name Score Name Score Name Score Name Score
Barnsley B 25 Netherton 24 Nomads D 24 Woodseats B 16
1 N Todd2 R Atkinson6 I Barwick 8 B Ward6
2 R Hall5 C Thompson4 K Marshall4 J Sparkes7
3B Holdsworth8 A Holloway7 P Bailey7 D Johnson2
4 J Stevens10 G Bailey7 P Pickering5 N Roscoe1

The Exodus Project

The event was run with the aim of making a donation to 'The Exodus Project' a local youth charity supported by the hosts Birdwell Methodist Church.

The Exodus Project aims to build supportive and caring relationships with children and their families.
The Exodus Project reach young people, many from disadvantaged communities, with positive messages about themselves and their value. They hope that children will be diverted from destructive future lifestyles, characterised by addiction and low self-expectations.

The event raised £232 for the charity including £100 donated by South Yorkshire Police to Martin Sawdon of the Exodus Project.

Thank You

Barnsley Chess Club would like to thank all who participated in the event. 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.