Player of the month – February 2015

Player of the month – February 2015

My player of the month for February is Matthias Gantner of Leeds University.

Matthias has gained an outstanding 8 live rating points in February despite his already high rating. He scored 4 out of 4 in the Yorkshire league including the scalp of one of our top IMs and he weighed in with a crucial 1.5 points on top board for White Rose which helped to secure second division chess. Matthias also won against Lancashire to help Yorkshire to the NCCU open title and direct passage to the semi final of the national stages.

Sheffield Nomads players were in fine form in February and I think someone needs to check the water at their place!

Ray Trigg scored 5.5 out of 6 and increased his live rating by 19 points in the month. Keith Wicks scored 4 out of 4 to gain 13 points while Ken Dewhurst gained 7 points for his 4.5 in his 5 games.

Steve Eyre playing for Ravensfield in the Sheffield league can claim the biggest live rating gain in the month with an outstanding 20 points in only two games. His weighting is admittedly low but it is still an impressive gain. Aiden Curley played 4 matches in February and has risen 14 points to show his good form. Aiden is another new player to the league and it will be interesting to see where his rating settles after a number of games.

Nick Sykes of Hebden Bridge had an excellent month scoring a maximum 4 out of 4.

Paul Johnson of York RI had perhaps the biggest scalp of the month beating a player 47 points higher rated than himself. This capped an already impressive return giving him 4.5 in 6 games.

Peter Ward of Ilkley nearly matched the points difference when he beat a player 41 points higher than himself which could easily have turned a cup match in the Bradford league.

Other impressive scores were enjoyed by the following players:

Joel Wragg scored 4 out of 6 to gain 8 points on his live rating.

Gerrard Killoran returned to 180 by scoring 2.5 out of 3 in February.

Helmut Auer of Rose Forgrove had a perfect 3 out of 3 for February.

Chris Wright, Alwoodley A captain, scored 5 points in his 7 games while Mike Bramson of Pudsey and Phil Watson of Copperworks, scored 5.5 in 8.

Arron Barker once again impressed by playing 9 competitive games and scoring 6.5. I also played 9 league games in February and was happy to score 50% as it takes so much out of you with little time to look over your mistakes. Tony Slinger also played 9 and managed to score 5 points in those games.

Leo Keely played one more and scored 3 out of 5 in league games but also scored 4 out of 5 to finish joint first at the Doncaster Open.

Dave Barlow of South Bradford, hit a rich vein of form scoring an outstanding 6 out of 7.

Jim Burnett of Doncaster scored 5 out of 7 and also 1.5 out of 2 in the 4NCL.

James Adair also scored 1.5 out of 2 in the 4NCL and 2.5 out of 3 in Yorkshire league games.

Sean Culkin of Hull managed 3 out of 4 as Did Andrew Muir of Leeds CCCC.

Player of the month one year on

I thought it would be interesting to look back on my first few players of the month awards and see how they have fared over the last year.

Chris Bak was my first winner and his form has remained great while helping York University compete for the York & District title. His rating at the end of January 2014 was 142 but his live rating now is showing 162 after an excellent season. Superbly done Chris!

Simon Deighton won the award for February 2014 and his form has also been impressive over the past year helping Leeds City Centre Chess Club to a few titles on the way. His rating has also risen from 172 at February 2014 to his current rating showing 181.

Matty Webb was my March player of the month and his rise has been astounding. He has staked a good claim to become my first player of the month for a second time by winning the Blackpool congress. OK so Blackpool isn’t in Yorkshire but it is one of the premier weekenders and can’t go unnoticed.

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.


2 Responses to “Player of the month – February 2015”

  1. Martin Carpenter

    Mar 11. 2015

    I wonder if Blackpool is out of scope or gets counted double as gold plundered from the ‘enemy’?

    Mattias had some very impressive wins this month but his grade has ‘merely’ reverted to the level it was at early season. Which is of course hugely impressive!

    ps – You’ve got the York and Yorkshire leagues mixed up with Adair ;)

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  2. James Carpenter

    Mar 11. 2015

    Joel Wagg, I think, without the r. Well done to everyone mentioned though.

    I think Ihor’s tended to count performances by Yorkshire players even if they’ve travelled elsewhere hasn’t he? Certainly worth mentioning :)

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