We’ve learned with great sadness that Ken has died. We’re currently not sure of the circumstances, though we do know he died on 16th December. Ken had played continuously for Nomads since it was established in the 1980s – along with Chris Shephard and others, he was a founding member of the club. It’s hard to believe he won’t be around anymore.
We’re hoping to have a fuller obituary of Ken soon, which we’ll include on this and probably the Sheffield site. Please let us know if you have particular memories.
A good turnout for the first night matches in the Club League. We had 11 out of the 15 entered turn up giving us 5 games. one in Division 1 & two each in Divisions 2 & 3. Winners on the night were Geoff in Div 1. Eric in Div 2 & Reggie & Sam in Div 3. Steve & Keith drew in Div 2. All results have been entered on to the tables. Looking forward to our second Club League night on August 15th.
The Club League will be starting on Tuesday 11th July at Trades & Labour Club 7.45-8pm. The plan is to have have 2 more nights during the Summer season on the 15th August & 19th September, to kickstart the competition before the league starts in October. Depending on amount of players taking part, we will be making Divisions of between 4-6 players where there will be an all play all, playing each player twice one as white, other black. So each player will be playing a minimum of 6 games & a maximum of 10 in the year. The games will played over the normal League time control. Players can contact their opponent anytime throughout the year to arrange to play their games. I will be giving each player a list of the players in their Division with their phone number & email address on & which of these would be their prefered method of contact. There will be constant updates on the Nomads website of results & new League positions as results are sent through to me. We have had a great response so far with 8 players interested in playing, they are Jeremy Hamm,
I would really appreciate everyone getting in touch whether they want to play or not by the 30th June so we can get things finalised & ready to start on 11th July. You can do this by either email,phone or text my number is 07888745616. If all players can play on the 3 nights planned during the summer I would envisage players having to play on average 1 game every 5-8 weeks during the League from October – June, which should not interfere with players League games. We will during the course of the season set aside nights when there is no League or cup chess to play matches in our Club League. Thanks to everyone who has responded so far & look forward to everyone else replying A.S.A.P please. If you have any questions or want anymore information please don’t hesitate to ask.
I heard the sad news yesterday evening that Tony Goddard has been found dead in his flat. Tony played several games of chess for Nomads in 2013. He was a well-known Sheffield character, a highly intelligent man and a complex individual. Tony was an extremely strong Go (Wei Qi) player who had played many times at an international level. In 2008 he represented Great Britain at the Beijing World Mind Sports Games.
Although I’d known Tony well since 2003, it was upon his return from Beijing that he and I began to regularly play Xiang Qi (Chinese Chess). Tony even wrote a computer program that played Xiang Qi which he demonstrated to the public at Access Space, Sheffield.
Tony was a mathematician, something of an historian and a linguist. His view of the world was thoughtful and often nuanced. His dry wit was legendary, as was his inability to suffer fools gladly.
As a younger man he had worked as a computer programmer in many countries, including the USA, Saudi Arabia and Thailand. He had travelled in Iran and Afghanistan in the 1970s. He was something of a raconteur and had a wealth of stories with which he delighted audiences. To the dismay of his employers and other ex-pats Tony said he always seemed to prefer the company of the locals whilst abroad, often going native. The adventure he recalled to me of his time in a Washington ghetto was always my favourite.
Tony ate with chopsticks and loved cats. He enjoyed a good smoke and an occasional glass of wine. A man with a good heart, and a fine mind, he will be missed by those who knew him.
Sunday was a very enjoyable day of chess at Ecclesall’s venue – Dore and Totley Golf Club. The small Nomads contingent was made up of father and son duo, Steve and Henry Withington, both eager to win something.
The Championship was a six round rapid-play tournament, with each player having 30 minutes on the clock for all the moves.
The first round was less than an ideal start for Henry, who was drawn against his father. Despite Henry’s patricidal onslaught, Steve was able to mount a strong counter-attack and a draw was agreed. But this was to be the only game Henry didn’t win. He scored 5½ points from six rounds, putting him one point ahead of nearest rival, and club champion, Peter Hempson. With three points Steve also picked up a grading prize.
And here is Alan McIntosh’s report from the Ecclesall website:
The annual Ecclesall Club Championship took place at our home venue, the Dore and Totley Golf Club, on Sunday 20th November. It was a 6 round swiss tournament, with 30 minutes per player per game. The entry fee was £3.50, plus an optional £6.50 for the food that was available, and the event was open to all Ecclesall Club members and invited guests. The tournament was well represented by our guests. Regulars such as Mark Allison and Bill Ward from Woodseats, Paul Fletcher from Stannington, and ‘newcomers’ such as Steve and Henry Withington from Nomads, all turned up to support the event. 18 players took part in total and all the entry fee money was returned in prizes: £20 1st prize, £15 2nd prize, £10 3rd prize and 2 x £10 grading prizes (one for the middle third and one for the bottom third of ranked players).
Henry Withington was drawn against his lower graded father in the first round and only managed to draw. Thereafter he ‘saw off’ Francis Kay, Paul Fletcher, Stephen Lee, John Neely and Ken McIntosh, to win the tournament outright with 5½.
Our own Peter Hempson, despite a loss in the first round to Stephen Lee and a draw against Ken McIntosh in round 5, finished 2nd with a score of 4½and not for the first time became the Club Champion.
There was a three way tie on 4/6, between Mark Allison, Stephen Lee and John Neely, for 3rd place. The latter two also picking up a half share of the first grading prize.
Paul Fletcher and Ken McIntosh followed with 3½. Then came a clutch of Ecclesall players (Peter Hoare, Alan McIntosh, Elliott Spencer and Norman Wragg) plus two guests (Paul Cheshire and Steve Withington), all on 3/6. These two guests and Elliott, sharing the third grading prize.
Those that scored less than half marks, and indeed some with more than half marks, may have been disappointed with their performance but, all seemed to have a good day. The venue was comfortable, the atmosphere friendly, the food tasty and the chess – brought us together.
The above report is by Alan McIntosh, Ecclesall Chess Club Secretary who also ran the Club Championship.
Comprising the Bruce Trophy, Holroyd Trophy &
These will be played as six-round Swiss tournaments spread out over the coming season, with one game scheduled every four to six weeks. In the case of insufficient entries then sections may be combined or a different format may be use
Closing date for entries is Saturday 15th October 2016
Entry Fee: There is no entry fee !!!!
Please send your entry, including
date of birth (Juniors only)
To Geoff Brown:
O17O9 837596; O7931 563787