SHEFFIELD Chess History

 

Contents:

Sam Haystead Memorial Trophy

Yorkshire Home

 

Sheffield Home

Narrative

Organisations

Events

Games

People

Graves

Competitions

Trophies

Made in Sheffield

Miscellaneous

 

Sam Haystead was born in 1984.  By the age of 6 he had been diagnosed as having the wasting disease multiple schlerosis.  He took up chess at the age of 14.  In time he became confined to a wheelchair, but he nevertheless cheerfully made the most of life within the limitations imposed upon him.  Though his family home was in  Tickhill, he got involved in the Sheffield chess scene.  He was the winner in 2004-05 of the Sheffield & District Chess Association’s G. W. Moses Trophy.  He played for the Sheffield D team which won the Yorkshire Chess Association’s Silver Rook competition in 2004-05.

 

In January 2006, at the age of only 21, Sam contracted a chest infection from which he was unable to recover, and as a result he died.  At the time he was a regular member of the Rotherham Juniors A team in the S&DCA’s Davy Trophy, as well as playing some matches for the B team, and he had played in Sheffield D’s first two 2005-06 matches in the YCA’s I. M. Brown Shield competition.

 

The Sam Haystead Memorial Trophy was donated to the Sheffield & District Chess Association by the then treasurer of the Association, Mike Brumby, as a memorial to Sam Haystead.  The trophy is awarded to the winners of the tournament conducted among first-round losers in the Richardson Cup competition, commencing in 2006-07 season.

 

The trophy is an EPNS goblet with handles, on a metal-banded plinth.  The goblet itself is about 11 inches tall, and the plinth adds a further 3 inches to its height.

 

The inscription on the front reads:

 

SAM HAYSTEAD

 

MEMORIAL TROPHY

 

The inscription on the back reads:

 

DONATED BY

 

MIKE BRUMBY

 

(Click here for a photograph of the trophy.)

 

Winners’ names and dates from the start of the competition are inscribed on the plinth’s metal band.  Winners to date have been as follows:

 

2003

Barnby Dun

2004

Clay Cross

2005

Barnsley

2006

Nomads II

2007

Phoenix

2008

University I

2009

Rotherham Juniors

2010

Rotherham Juniors

2011

Phoenix I

2012

Worksop I

2013

Ecclesall I

(2003 denotes season 2002-03, and so on.)

 

 

Created

02/09/2013

Copyright © 2013 Stephen John Mann

Last Updated

02/09/2013