Yorkshire Chess History



Alexander Schofield











Made in Yorkshire



Sheffield Sub-Site



30/10/1901, Pontefract


01/12/1901, All Saints, Pontefract


1976, Pontefract district


Identity of the Chess-Player


This is the player whose death was noted in the British Chess Magazine of 1977, p.120 (unseen), and is not to be confused with Allan Schofield (born 1883) who played for Dewsbury from about 1907, though later moved to live in Leeds.


Non-Chess Life


Alexander Schofield’s parents were Archibald Schofield (born 1878, Castleford) and Agnes Edith Schofield (née Goodair, 1877, Whitwood, a mile SW of Castleford) who married in 1900, at Pontefract, and went on to have at least the following children (probably more):


Harold Haydn Schofield

born 1900, Pontefract

Alexander Schofield

30/10/1901, Pontefract

Freda Schofield

born 1910, Pontefract


Alexander was baptised at All Saints, Pontefract, on 01/12/1901.


Father Archibald was described in 1901 as a yeast merchant and tripe-dresser, and in 1911 as a hide, skin and fat broker.


The 1911 census found the family living in Pontefract.


In 1930, in Pontefract, Alexander Schofield married Fanny Ball (born 08/06/1895, Pontefract).  The couple seem to have had one child, Donald Schofield, born 22/05/1934, presumably in Pontefract.


In 1939 the Schofield family lived at Sunnyside Hall, Hillcrest Avenue, Pontefract.  Alex was a driver and tripe-dresser.  Donald was at school.  Fanny’s widowed mother, Eliza Ball (born 23/09/1865) was living with them, as was widowed and incapacitated Elizabeth Clarke (born 21/05/1859) whose status is unclear.


Around 1948-49, an “A Schofield”, secretary of Wakefield Chess Club, lived at High Bank, Church Garth, Churchfields, Castleford.  This looks rather like the Pontefract-born chess-player.




Before the 1st World War, the “A. Schofield” mentioned in Yorkshire county matches and in Dewsbury Woodhouse Cup matches (even when resident in Leeds) was Allan Schofield.  After the 1st World War, the “A. Schofield” mentioned in Yorkshire county matches and in Leeds Woodhouse Cup matches was this Pontefract-resident Alexander (“Alex”) Schofield.


A Schofield played on the top one or two boards for Leeds in the Woodhouse Cup over a period including the range 1924-1937.


A Schofield, explicitly of Pontefract, played in the Minor Section in the 1925 Scarborough congress.  (Same as above?)


The secretary of Wakefield Chess Club in 1948-49 was A Schofield, 1948-9, High Bank, Church Garth, Churchfields, Castleford.




Alexander Schofield died in 1976, the death being registered in the Pontefract district, which included Castleford.





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