Yorkshire Chess History

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Narrative: 3) Modus Operandi of the Original Yorkshire Chess Association











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The original YCA was an association of clubs designed to hold an annual one-day chess-playing event for members of the associated clubs.


The place of meeting was to be limited to the towns whose clubs were in the Association.  Limitations of the transport available placed a limit on the feasible catchment area of the Association.  The reason Yorkshire is were the first such organisation was born could be seen as due to its being the only area of the country, outside London, were there were a reasonable number of clubs clustered close enough together.


The initial member clubs were Wakefield, Leeds, Halifax and Huddersfield.  Bradford was near enough to be a member, but it had no club.  Sheffield, however, had there been a club in existence, would probably not have been admitted, because of distance.  Hull’s chances of gaining membership in the early years would have been very slim.  This all points to fact that the simple epithet “Yorkshire” was perhaps a little misleading.  The reality was that it was initially more in the nature of a “West Riding” chess association, and, even then, only the cloth manufacturing areas thereof.


However, the railway system was expanding very rapidly around this time, and the feasible catchment area of the YCA expanded along with it.


There were no officials of the YCA as such.  The venue for each meeting after the first was determined at the preceding meeting, in practice following a rota, except when a new member was granted the privilege of hosting the meeting.   The meetings were organised and funded by the host club, though money could of course be raised by the sale of tickets.  The president of the meeting appears to have been appointed o the day, but secretary and treasurer would normally be those of the host club.


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