Player of the month

My player of the month for March is Matthew Webb.
Yes this is the very same Matty who is the technical editor of the Yorkshire website but I’m sure you will agree he is a great candidate for the honour. MatthewDWebb
Matthew has been in impressive form all season but work commitments have meant he hasn’t been able to play as much chess as he would have liked. He has played three matches in March but what important matches they were. His wins in the key Woodhouse Cup matches against York A and Sheffield A helped Bradford A secure top spot on their own. His other win was for his Bradford evening league side where he beat another in form player Phil Watson to extend his winning streak to 8 games. Matthew’s hard work from when he took a year out to play and study chess is finally beginning to reap rewards.
Another player with an impressive winning streak in the Yorkshire league is John Hall of Leeds CCCC. John also shows an impressive 8 wins in a row on the Chessnuts site but he did draw a match in the latest 4NCL weekend for Leeds University Old Boys.
Peter Shaw was the highest placed Yorkshire player in the Doncaster Open and I think becomes the Yorkshire champion. Well done!
The highest gain in grades with an incredible rise of 35 points comes from another player coming back after a long absence from the game. Keith Marshall, now with Bradford College, has been unbeaten in 7 games which started with winning the Doncaster Intermediate with a great 4½ our of 5. Since then he’s added two wins for his league team.
James Keighley has also made impressive strides this month gaining 31 points. Admittedly the huge gain is a result of James not having many games on the database but there is no denying he is fast improving. One to watch perhaps!
Sammy Benzaira has gained 17 points in March from 5 games against mainly higher rated opponents. His live rating went up to 107 which is excellent for an eleven year old.
Mick Henshaw is another who has had a great Doncaster congress which gave him confidence to carry on his good form to his league team and gain 12 points on his live rating this month.
Alan Walton and Adam Lang both won their vital top of the table Woodhouse matches to gain 11 and 5 points respectively.
Sam Swain and Jim Nicholson had live rating gains of 10 and 9 points respectively. Sam scored 3 out of 4 in March while Jim scored two out of two. Both of them inflicted defeat on your scribe this month.
Ken Norbury scored 3½ out of 4 to raise 9 points while another Sheffield league player, Adrian Millward matched his rise staying unbeaten in the Doncaster minor congress and keeping up his resilience throughout the month.
Keith Marsh continues his rise this year adding another 8 points after scoring 4 out of 5 in March.
Nathan Gittens of Sheffield University has risen 8 points after an unbeaten month with a score of 5 out of 6 while Carl Walker went slightly better with 5½ out of 6 to gain 8 points.
Other big gains were seen by:
Nigel Baxendale of Worksop scoring 3½/5 for a gain of 8.
Adrian Dawson of Calderdale scoring 3/3 and gaining 8 points.
Emmet Clarke of York RI scoring 3 out of 4 for a 7 points gain.
Richard Allis of York RI scoring 7 out of 9 for a gain of 7 but Richard also won a game in the 4NCL for Bradford DCA B.
If I have missed any likely candidate I do apologise but please give them a plug in the comments below.

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. Matt Webb

    Apr 04. 2014

    Wahoo!!! Thank you Ig.

    Let’s hope my form can continue, there are still quite a few important games still remaining!

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    • Martin Carpenter

      Apr 04. 2014

      Deserved :)

      I guess Ihor has to wait until this month. If you beat Central that is….

      In general I’m not sure if people gaining +10 grading pts in a month is that notable in and of itself with how chessnuts works. If your weight is low it can happen very easily.
      (The weight is shown as a small number after the grade and is basically how many game equivalents it includes.).

      Alan/Adam’s months are of course markedly notable for who they beat and when!

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  2. Adrian Dawson

    Apr 05. 2014

    Wow, I certainly didn’t expect a mention in such illustrious company. Thanks Ig!

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