Rotherham Chess Club

Welcome to the home of Rotherham's chess players. We're currently meeting at the Three Cranes Inn on most Wednesdays from 6:30–9:30pm. ➡ How to find us

We've also been running successful online events throughout the pandemic. ➡ Find out more


Back over the board

For the first time since March 2020, Rotherham will be meeting in person next Wednesday night! 🚀

📆 Wednesday 11th August, 6.30-9.30pm
📌 NEW VENUE - The Three Cranes Inn, 29 High Street, Rotherham, S60 1PT

🦠 COVID-19: We are all responsible for keeping each other safe.
• Get your jabs if you possibly can 💉
• Don't attend if you have any coronavirus symptoms
• If you aren't vaccinated, we ask that you wear a mask
• Even if you are fully jabbed, it would be a good idea to wear a mask while playing or in close proximity to others

Hope to see a good turnout! 👋

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S&DCA Online League season 2

The second season of the S&DCA online league has come to an end. Rotherham finished mid-table in Division 2, scoring 4 wins and a draw from our 8 matches, but some distance behind the eventual winners SASCA A who managed an unbeaten record of 6 wins and 2 draws. Thanks and well played to everyone who turned out for us this season 👏

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Peter Ballard (1943—2021)

We are very sorry to report the death of Peter Ballard on Sunday, 16th May 2021.

Peter first came onto the Sheffield chess scene in the 1970s when he started working for British Steel. He was a Rotherham player of very long standing, having represented the club from around 1972 to 2018, when health problems made it too difficult for him to continue over the board. He played at an exceptional standard, being graded over 190 at points during his career (probably well above 2100 today).

During the pandemic Peter made a return to chess online, even winning the rapidplay Congress on his comeback in May 2020. He also enjoyed watching the games, and his username was regularly seen in the 'spectator rooms', where he would sometimes offer a few comments. Although I (Oli) sadly never had the opportunity to meet Peter in person, online he was always encouraging, unfailingly courteous, and often very funny as well.

Peter made an enormous contribution to Rotherham over many years, and all of us at the club would like to extend our sincere condolences to Peter's family and friends. A full obituary by Steve Mann has been posted on the S&DCA website.

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