Player of the Month

Player of the month – November

My player of the month for November is Henry Withington of Sheffield Nomads. He has played 7 games in November winning 5 and drawing the others to gain 7 points on his live rating as a result. That shows an outstanding contribution to his teams. It looks like Henry is one to watch as he has raised his rating in the last 3 years from 103 to 145.

John Mercy has also delivered for his club Phoenix, scoring 5.5 points in 7 games in November.

Matthew Parsons continues to show great form with 3 wins and 3 draws in November. Matthew has only lost once in the Yorkshire leagues this season and that was in September.

Yorkshire treasurer, Steve Burton, has won 3 out his 4 games in November to increase his live rating by 15 points.

Fraser Wilson of SASCA has the best ratings jump this month (18) and all of it came in one win over a player 44 points higher.

Paolo Monteiro of Minster Inn has remained unbeaten since the start of the season but won his last two in the York league to rise another 12 points.

Andrew Sugden of The Willows in Hull is also unbeaten since the start of the season and won both his games in November. Chris Kirkland has only played 4 games for Sheffield University this season but has won all 4.

Graeme Hall has a Correspondence Chess rating over 2200 but his over the board form should be pleasing him too as he won all three of his matches in November.

Simon Deighton of Leeds CCCC has also won all three matches in November as has Henri Pascal playing at Leeds Chess Club and Richard Atkinson of Victoria Dock in Hull. The list of 3 wins also includes Peter Ballard, Rotherham.

David vs Goliath

Jon Griffith, the Yorkshire grading officer, has written a couple of other search tools for Chessnuts for me to play with. The list below (David v Goliath) shows the biggest shock defeats last month.

Mac Randhawa (72) def Angel Gonzalez (135) – 63 pts
Richard Allen (122) def Richard Sneddon (174) – 52 pts
Ivan Basarab-Horwath (77) def Andreas Theocharos (128) – 51 pts
Les Johnson (137) def Phil Cook (186) – 50 pts
Fraser Wilson (104) def Dean Hartley (148) – 44 pts
Peter Morgan (75) def Rob Kemp (114) – 39 pts
Daniel Dufton (138) def Roger Jennigs (177) – 39 pts
John Jarmany (190) def James Adair (228) – 38 pts
David Copland (106) def Robert Pells (143) – 37 pts
Robert Moneagle (136) def Richard Jessop (171) – 35 pts
Malcolm Hara (130) def Andrew Bettley (163) – 33 pts
Warren Dennison (166) def Peter Rooney (199) – 33 pts
Peter Braham (148) def Richard Allis (179) – 31 pts
Mark McGinty (99) def David Smith (126) – 27 pts
Sidney Kirby (63) def Philip Mander (89) – 26 pts
Reg Atkinson (74) def Paul Jacobs (99) – 25 pts

Mac Randhawa produced the biggest shock of the month beating a good seasoned club player graded 63 points higher.

John Jarmany’s defeat of James Adair is worth a mention. James has only lost one other game in Yorkshire over the past two seasons. James last 31 games in Yorkshire shows 22 wins, 7 draws and only 2 defeats.

The list from the start of the year has Graham Allen beating someone graded 88 points higher. Graham of Chesterfield is very new to the list and his opponent is also fairly new so the result might not be as much a shock as it seems.

However, Simon Jones from my club in Bradford featured 3 times on the list. It can only mean he’s playing way above his lowly starting grade and it will be interesting to see how he develops over the year.

Graham Allen (59) def Effat Ahmed (147) – 88 pts
Mac Randhawa (72) def Angel Gonzalez (135) – 63 pts
Richard Allen (122) def Richard Sneddon (174) – 52 pts
Callum Deery (76) def Robert Porter – 51 pts
Ivan Basarab-Horwath (77) def Andreas Theocharos (128) – 51 pts
Sam Lightbody (82) def Graham Lee (132) – 50 pts
Les Johnson (137) def Phil Cook (186) – 50 pts
Simon Jones (45) def Dave Young (93) – 49 pts
Simon Jones (54) def Richard Jolley (99) – 45 pts
Fraser Wilson (104) def Dean Hartley (148) – 44 pts
Mike Hankinson (181) def Matthias Gantner (222) – 41 pts
Peter Morgan (75) def Rob Kemp (114) – 39 pts
Daniel Dufton (138) def Roger Jennigs (177) – 39 pts
Robert Shaw (87) def Steve Withington (126) – 39 pts
Simon Jones (49) def Joe Bell (87) – 38 pts
Peter O’Brien (60) def Kenneth Parkin (98) – 38 pts
Steve King (125) def Andrew Bettley (163) – 38 pts
John Jarmany (190) def James Adair (228) – 38 pts
Richard Quinn (87) def Pete Brennan (125) – 38 pts
David Copland (106) def Robert Pells (143) – 37 pts


Former Yorkshire Chess Association President and Secretary. I'm not the brains of the editorial team but I can live with being a glorified typist as well as the resident grammar pedant. I have captained Bradford A in the Woodhouse cup for over 30 years. I'm fairly easy going, sometimes diplomatic and I think my enthusiasm is infectious but not life threatening. The English chess world needs to wake up and smell the coffee before league chess collapses altogether.

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13 Responses to “Player of the Month”

  1. Jo

    Dec 04. 2014

    Well done to Henry – much deserved, now if he can just keep that run going on Monday night :-) #sheffieldnomads #cmonthedteam

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  2. Andy Bak

    Dec 04. 2014

    One of the great things about this column is that it introduces me to players from other parts of Yorkshire that I’ve never come across before – this is certainly the case with Henry, congratulations!

    Another honourable mention should go to Karim Khan. His form of late has been outstanding. He’s won 15 out of his last 16 games and added 8 points onto his rating despite having a weighting of over 50, this is very hard to do!

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    • dennis

      Dec 15. 2014

      Pleased to see my old team mate doing so well(15/16!!!) but who beat him?
      Answer-Bill Somerset, who’s record for November reads played seven won seven. If I play Bill in January I may offer a graw to improve his chances of winning player of the month.

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  3. Eric Gardiner

    Dec 05. 2014

    Well done Henry! (Hope he visits the site or someone tells him he’s been mentioned.)

    The giant killing results are interesting. I’ll have to ask Steve King how he beat Andrew Bettley. Another fun thing to do would be to set up ‘numbers’ linked to the strongest players, e..g see the discussion on Fischer numbers on the EC forum. Well done to John Jarmany for beating James Adair but as I beat John at Scarborough I can claim an ‘Adair number’ of 2 in the expectation that James will become even stronger and more prominent!
    Perhaps if I looked back at previous seasons, I’d have a ‘Webb number’ of 2 also ;-) ?

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    • Matt

      Dec 05. 2014

      I should think most will have a Webb (M) number of 1 :-)

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      • Martin Carpenter

        Dec 05. 2014

        Or at least 2. Different if you change it to the upgraded version ;)

        Probably even the same with Richard/Ledger too really – they hardly ever lose of course but they’ve both been around Yorkshire chess so long they’ve lost the odd game to a decent spread of people.

        Adair hasn’t so much, but even then, as well as Jarmany, he’s got recorded losses to Jean Luc, Paul Hopwood, Phil Watson, Paul Townsend and Richard so nearly everyone probably 3 at highest.

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  4. Phil Watson

    Dec 05. 2014

    ‘Monster Inn’? I’m glad I don’t play in the York League, some of their venues sound scary… Phil

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    • Martin Carpenter

      Dec 05. 2014

      :) I hadn’t really realised but the team names in the York league are actually genuinely colourful by normal standards. I think because there’s so little geography to use!

      Div 1 has Minster Inn 1/2, Terriers and Brigantes (after pub venues) and Kings/Cavaliers. Even Scarborough feel obliged to play as Scarborough castles. University rather dull ;)

      Division 2 has Apprentices, Super Knights, Terriers/Brigantes 2 and University Bishops/Knights.

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    • Andy Bak

      Dec 05. 2014

      I think Monster Inn might be an improvement!

      I see why you don’t play in the Bradford Clough then Phil, some of the team names in that are particularly scary!

      Keighley Killers
      Legion of the Damned
      Shipley Predators
      Shipley Raiders
      Khan’s Wrath

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      • Eric Gardiner

        Dec 05. 2014

        Mark Whitehead would feel at home!

        It also occurred to me I wasn’t too far from appearing on the giant killing list for the wrong reason (I was worse in Gardiner-Scotter, Hull Congress Round 1).

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  5. Mike Hankinson

    Dec 05. 2014

    Brigantes so wanted to play for them,such a great name. Nothing to do with it been one of my fave real ale pubs in York. Suggested to the wife that I could commute on the train from Cleckheaton to play for them. She wouldn’t let me. Good job really I’m sure my standard of play and grade would have suffered. Obviously from the commute and not the beer!

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  6. Peter Willoughby

    Dec 17. 2014

    Congratulations Henry, a well deserved accolade. I have watched Henry grow from a good club chess player to a potentially excellent chess player. Well done, I’m sure this won’t be the last time you get this award.
    Enjoy your Christmas break and good luck in 2015.
    Pete Willoughby

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