Player of the Month – December 2014

Player of the month – December 2014

Some months there are so many great candidates for player of the month that I have to work hard to justify one player over another.

My player of the month is John Cooper of Hull. John has been in outstanding form recently winning 9 of his last 10 games. In December he beat all that faced him to string together an impressive 6 wins in a row against tough opposition.

The highest ratings increase was for T Armanath who won 4 games for Chesterfield in December.

There are a lot of players with great records in December.

Colm Barry won all 3 of his games as did Bill Somerset. Bill was high in the league percentages for all the teams he plays for at the year end. The wheels have buckled slightly since!

Matthew Parsons scored 3.5/4 and remains unbeaten in Yorkshire league chess since September last year.

Chris Kirkland at Sheffield University won all three of his matches and gained 9 rating points as a result. Sam Kerr of Rose Forgrove also gained 9 rating points in December.

Dave Stephenson of Hull scored 3 out of 3 while Graham Chesters is unbeaten from the start of the season.

Eddie Hurwitz of Rose Forgrove is also unbeaten from the start of the season a run that stretches to 12 games.

Karim Khan of South Bradford has strung a couple of great runs together. 7 wins in a row then 12 wins on the bounce. Paul Townsend had 3 out of 3 in December which makes 7 wins in a row in Yorkshire league matches.

Danny Ward has scored 4 out of 4 for Huddersfield while Lee Crawford of Ilkley scored 3 out of 3 in December.

Finally Jos Woolley and John Jarmany have both been in great form this season and scored maximum points in their games in December.


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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15 Responses to “Player of the Month – December 2014”

  1. Eric Gardiner

    Jan 25. 2015

    Congratulations to John! Very well deserved :D

    Hope he wins again on 7th Feb ;-)

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    • Martin Carpenter

      Jan 25. 2015

      Well he made a good start on retaining the title for January against us ;) Serious win that of course with breaking Paul’s 7 game winning streak and all.

      Jarmany’s two wins in December were good but not stunning. Either side? Adair in late Nov and Townsend in early January :)

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  2. Matt

    Jan 25. 2015

    Ha! I’m sure it will be a very interesting encounter :-)

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  3. Matt

    Jan 26. 2015

    Good to see Matthew Parsons continuing is run of superb form this season, although, a fairly high percentage would be expected against the majority of opposition he’s facing, around ~150 average I think.

    These players still need to be beaten, player of the season form, for sure:
    +16 =9 -1

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    • Martin Carpenter

      Jan 26. 2015

      Not bad, but it takes something really spectacular/significant for player of the season :)

      That large score for Matthew has only pushed his grade up 5 in the process, so the opposition can’t be averaging much. Big 80 per centish scores far from unknown for York/(now) Bradford A players etc.

      My brothers not so different – a rather handy looking +7,=4 thus far but only a modest grading gain deriving from that. so good rather than spectacular.

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      • Matt

        Jan 26. 2015

        On a pure point gain basis Mike Hankinson is doing rather well, 20+ since the beginning of the season +13 =4 -3

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        • Martin Carpenter

          Jan 26. 2015

          Well he did have ~10 pts of ‘free’ improvement from 170 :)

          He didn’t do that well at the Jorivk congress but that was formally before the ‘normal’ start of the season in September ish. Take it from there and he’s on +10,=3,-1 vs 185 average.

          Quite useful!

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  4. Matthew Parsons

    Jan 26. 2015

    I actually scored 5.5/6 in december, though how ihor is meant to know that if games arent putting be on site, who knows.

    I’m sure Jon and others do their best, but it does make player of the month things like this a bit hard to judge with any real accuracy.

    I have lost now though! Lost to peter shaw in final of hudds iko last week, in a rather dull line where i forgot all theory to keep whites advantage and just allowed black to get a better game.

    My record this season is Played 29,

    Won 18
    Drew 9
    Lost 2

    Results missing from grades are wins over leo keely and david patrick, and the loss to peter shaw.

    Those 3 games will at least push my opponent average up a bit.

    I’m not really playing high enough graded people to push much higher than current.

    I think i could push to 190 if i had a decent season playing congresses. Just need to start playing congresses again!

    Any improvement in my grade this season has come down to (so far) avoiding losses to lower rated opponents.

    Dropped a few draws to high 140’s, but its the losses that kill your grade!

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  5. John Cooper

    Jan 26. 2015

    Thanks all – you are very kind (apart from using that ‘photo! … although I can’t deny it’s me). A little lucky against Paul – as one needs to be…. but some interesting games in the run. Two pretty sad losses to Matty actually turned my season around – thanks :) (not). It might be interesting on the 7th … but we could have a guest Board one might spoil the fun. Or could we …?

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  6. Eric Gardiner

    Jan 27. 2015

    Indeed we could invite a couple of ‘guests’ to the match on the 7th … plenty of strong players to persuade to return to Hull or come out of retirement ;-)

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    • Matt

      Jan 27. 2015

      Okay, I’m getting a little nervous now…

      This would make things rather interesting if we lost (to anyone in fact), this is not to say the situation is not already very tense. If Bradford we to travel to York on the last match of the season needing a win, this would require a mammoth effort and some serious luck to retain the title.

      As last season has proved, anything is possible!

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      • Martin Carpenter

        Jan 27. 2015

        Well – not that I’d encourage ambushes of Bradford ;) – but I have to say that I really do *much* prefer it when the ‘weaker’ teams put up a consistent fight :) Its just much more interesting.

        There isn’t a single team this season who can’t put out a team with realistic chances of getting something vs the top three.

        Maybe about 70-30 to us if we somehow get draw odds before you have to play us? 50-50 if you’ve got them, and still murderously close if no one does.

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  7. Jo

    Jan 27. 2015

    One player I believe deserves some recognition is young Fraser Wilson of SASCA, after last season with 9 losses and 2 draws, he has made remarkable progress this season so far, climbing 61 points since June, with some fantastic results against much higher graded players.

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    • Martin Carpenter

      Jan 27. 2015

      Impressive going. Of course with a grade weight around 6/7 his grade really does have enormous error margins on it :)

      He seems to not be showing on Jon’s auto generated list of most improved players for some reason, which would probably explain his not being mentioned yet. Can’t really think why.

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  8. Ihor Lewyk

    Jan 27. 2015

    Nice one Jo,

    I’ll certainly keep an eye on Fraser’s progress.

    Anyone else I’ve missed? I’m hoping to make an earlier start for January’s player of the month.

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