Player of the month

Dave Adams

My player of the month for January is Dave Adams. Dave won the York Rapid play with 5.5 out of 6 and on the way defeated International Master James Adair. He scored two wins and a draw in Yorkshire league matches in the month but has remained unbeaten all season in Yorkshire league games. 14 matches in all.Dave Adams

Sorry it has taken so long to complete the article but as you can see below there are a lot of players in tremendous form this month. It’s as if some players start afresh from January which spurs them on to great feats.

I am particularly impressed with one player, Arron Barker, who played an incredible 10 matches for various league teams last month. He scored a magnificent 75% in achieving this too. There were lots of players who had higher percentages than Arron but 7.5 points is a tough act to beat.

Two players scored 4 in 4 matches. Thomas Webster of Todmorden added 25 points to his live rating for his performance while Phillip Sharp of Rotherham extended an unbeaten run to 11 games with his perfect score in January.

Peter Shaw of Wakefield, had 5 wins and a draw in a bumper January and Norman Andrews of York scored 4.5 in his 5 games over the month which included a fine scalp of a player over 35 points higher rated than him.

My fellow web editor Andy Bak scored 5 out of 6 last month to while Phil Watson got a highly satisfactory 4 out of 5.

Other players to catch the eye:

David Adam of Ilkley playing 8 games and scoring 75% while Richard Hardy also played 8 games but scored a shade under that with 69%.

Bradford Central team mates Peter Rooney 3.5 out of 5 and John Milnes 3.5 out of 4 also showed great form last month and former Yorkshire Correspondence captain, Dave Milton, showed some excellent over the board form by remaining unbeaten for his 4 out of 5 games. Another player who scored an unbeaten 4 out of 5 is Neil Cameron who increased his live rating by 10 points as a result. Kevin Plaxton of York University also scored 3.5 out of 4.

A lot of players achieved 3 out of 3 and I list those as follows:

John Allan, Hebden Bridge
Colm Barry, Ilkley
Martin Brown, York University
John Cooper, Hull
Randy Donahue, Leeds CCCC
John Foo, Lady Ann Middleton of York
Oliver Graham, Worksop
Derek Ludlam, Undercliffe
John Masiak, York
Frank Sheldrick, Alwoodley
Robert Sutcliffe, Huddersfield
Nick Whelton, The Willows in Hull.

Finally, I feel I have to give an honourable mention to Alan Walton who played out of his skin at Gibralter and nearly made an IM Norm.

Once again I apologise if I’ve missed a great performance off my list.





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.


6 Responses to “Player of the month”

  1. Martin Carpenter

    Feb 13. 2015

    Definitely a great result for Dave at the rapidplay :)

    It does read a bit like he’s managed to play 14 Yorkshire league matches already this season, which is beyond even Dave’s abilities!
    (I presume you mean Sheffield league etc included :)).

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  2. Andy Bak

    Feb 16. 2015

    Dave continued his Player of the Month form in the 4NCL, scoring 1.5/2 to contribute to another great weekend for White Rose 2!

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  3. Matt

    Feb 17. 2015

    1.5 / 2 with black, very impressive!

    Peter Shaw, also mentioned above scored a very useful 2/2, the second team are really coming into their own this year. Outside promotion chance? I’d not bet against it :-)

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    • Martin Carpenter

      Feb 17. 2015

      I’d be as impressed if he’d got 1.5/2 with white, not least for Ihor managing to give him two whites :)

      Aren’t White Rose 2 quite a reasonable promotion chance? They’re simply rather good nowadays.

      There’s only 3C’s 2 and Guildford 3 fielding stronger teams on average, and Guildford aren’t allowed to go up due to three teams in the same division being banned.

      Carry over might be a bit unhelpful if unless they beat Barbican youth.

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  4. Pete Willoughby

    Mar 03. 2015

    Congratulations Dave from all your clubmates at Ecclesall Chess Club where you have been in top form recently too with some sparkling wins.

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    Dec 04. 2015

    Tony Barnsley GM 2009

    Died at home on 26th November 2015

    Barbara Barnsley ( wife )

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