YP Article 19 – Gormally takes Hebden Bridge by storm

yorkshire-post-logoThis is an extended version of the column published in The Yorkshire Post on 20th of February 2016.

Following the devastating flood damage in the Calder Valley caused at the end of last year by storm Eva, Hebden Bridge Chess Club wanted to do something to contribute to the community effort being made to get the area back on its feet again. That’s why, on Sunday the 7th of February, the club held a simultaneous match to raise funds for Calderdale Flood Relief. The guest of honor was Grand Master Daniel Gormally who is currently England’s number 14 and finished runner up at last year’s British Chess Championship.

Twenty one players gathered from the Calder Valley, West Yorkshire and East Lancashire in the comfortable surroundings of Hebden Bridge Town Hall to pit their wits against the Grand Master from Alnwick. After a grueling 3-hour session against some tough opposition, Gormally finished with fourteen wins, six draws and just three defeats. The three players to defeat him were Andrew Clarkson (Burnley), Andrew Bak (Bradford) and Dave Shapland (Hebden Bridge). You can find all but two of the 23 games played (4 of them are annotated) on the Hebden Bridge Chess Club website along with more pictures and an extensive report from the event.

Undoubtedly this was the image of the day. GM Gormally takes a moments pause to pose for the photographer in the Waterfront Hall at Hebden Bridge Town Hall

Undoubtedly this was the image of the day. GM Gormally takes a moment’s pause to pose for the photographer in the Waterfront Hall at Hebden Bridge Town Hall

Best Game

Gormally vs. MorganAsked to select the best game of the day GM Gormally picked his interesting encounter with Halifax’s John Morgan. The puzzle in yesterday’s Yorkshire Post comes from that game as does the position on the right. Can you spot the winning line that Danny missed at the board?

Puzzle: Gormally vs. Morgan. See the diagram on the right. It’s White to play. Danny went for 28.Rb8 which actually gave his opponent an opportunity to get off the hook. What could White have played to seal victory more clinically? You can find the answer in the video below or in the annotations to this game on the Hebden Bridge Chess Club website.

This exciting and rich game earned John the best game prize of a 12-month premium membership to Chess24. Danny has even covered this game and the event in general on his ‘Daniel Gormally’ YouTube channel and you can check that out below.

Total raised and Thanks

In addition to the entry fees from the simul, the club also held a raffle with a number of wonderful chess-related prizes on offer. All-in-all they managed to raise £750 thanks to the generosity of the participants and corporate sponsors.

Hebden Bridge Chess Club would like to say a big ‘Thank You’ to all the participants and spectators who helped make the event so special.

The club would also like to thank Hebden Bridge Town Hall for hosting the event in such fantastic and comfortable surroundings. Additional financial support was gratefully received from Northern Rail who paid for GM Gormally’s travel expenses and donated £250 and Chess Magazine who made a donation and will feature a report on the event in the March edition of the publication. Thanks too to Chess24 for their prize donation as well as Howard Wood who generously provided a number of wonderful prizes for the raffle.

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One Response to “YP Article 19 – Gormally takes Hebden Bridge by storm”

  1. dave hirst

    Feb 23. 2016

    Brilliant effort, Dave. These things take some serious organising. As well as it being for a great cause, such an event helps to promote Yorkshire chess in the community. Well done!

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