Yorkshire Chess History

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Narrative: 7) The YCA Becomes the Northern & Midlands Counties Chess Association











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The tenth YCA meeting commenced at Hull on Wednesday 20th October 1852.  Hull was next on the rota after Wakefield, whose turn it had been to host the 1851 meeting.


Again, activity extended into the next day.  On that second day, as reported by the Chess Player’s Chronicle, vol.13, 1852, page 348, “a committee consisting of some of the most influential members, was held, and it was unanimously decided to extend the association so as to include the Chess Clubs of Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham, Nottingham, Lincoln, Leicester, Derby, Durham, and Newcastle, under the title of THE NORTHERN AND MIDLAND COUNTIES CHESS ASSOCIATION.”  Meetings were held over two or even three days, rather than the traditional one day.


For the country as a whole, this changed was obviously a good thing.  Nevertheless, it would have been possible for a separate new organisation to be formed.  As things were actually done, the origina Yorkshire Chess Association, which had formed such an important part of the chess lives of chess-players in the heartland of Yorkshire chess, had effectively been destroyed.  So in four years’ time, those in the clothing district of the West Riding revived the original Yorkshire Chess Association in its original format, but under the name West Yorkshire Chess Association.


The first meeting of the N&MCCA was held at Manchester on 6th & 7th May 1853.


The second meeting of the N&MCCA was held at Liverpool on 23rd & 24th June 1854.


The third meeting of the N&MCCA was held at Leamington on 26th & 27th June 1855.  Lord Lyttleton was president at this meeting, and when proposing a toast to the Northern & Midlands Counties Chess Association, he remarked that he saw no reason why it should not extend over the whole of England.


Manchester and Liverpool were destinations which members of the member clubs of the former YCA could reasonably entertain, but the meeting being held in Leamington was too much for traditional Yorkshire Chess Association lovers to find acceptable.  Back in the  West Riding of Yorkshire, it was decided to re-form the original local association.  (See 09) Birth of the West Yorkshire Chess Association.)


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