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Yorkshire Junior Chess Association (YJCA)


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White Rose Junior Chess Academy (WRJCA)


Events which were held are as follows:


1   York Chess Day at Archbishop Junior School, Bishopthorpe.  Lord Mayor of York opened the event.  IM Andrew Ledger, and Lateefah Messam-Sparks, a full-time chess coach from London at Heathcote Primary School, were the main coaches on the day.  It was an excellent day with training and competition.  Good attendance from all over Yorkshire.


2   Problem Solving Day at Ackworth School, led by Brian Stephenson from the British Chess Problem Society.  Also held some tuition and a Swiss Competition under direction of Noel Stewart and Peter Cloudsdale.  Smaller attendance but certainly an interesting day.


3   Yorkshire Junior Rapidplay held at Wigginton Primary Schoool, York.  Opened by Rachel Maskell MP of York - a keen chess player.  3 sections were run on a Swiss System.  All players received a certificate.  It was an excellent day attended by 60 children from various parts of the county.  Helpers were Peter Cloudsdale, Noel Stewart, Dan Staples, Phill Beckett and others.


4   We have assisted at the 4 North Yorkshire Chess Association Grand Prix events run by John Hipshon: in Leeds, York, Hull and Sheffield.


5   Megafinals held in Sheffield and York, part of Delancey Chess Challenge: Phill ran the Sheffield one and we helped at York with good attendance of 120 children.


6   Noel Stewart and Peter Clodsdale went to Grantham in March 2018 for a 6-board county event, and Yorkshire finished runners up to Norfolk in the ECF Under-18 Championship.


7   We assisted Andrew Zigmond who ran his Yorkshire Junior League for first time with great success.  He had 3 rounds, on separate events held at Ackworth School, York and Harrogate.


Future planned events;-

Girls Chess Day in York.

Yorkshire Chess Day at Holmfirth.

Yorkshire Rapidplay in York.

Girls Under-11 EPSCA team in Birmingham, 23rd March 2019.

Plans to hold in York ECF Under-18 team event on 24th March 2019 being looked at.


Accounts audited by Chris Wright from Otley show a current credit balance of 607.04


We have no outstanding bills to pay.


Dated .8th June 2018


Peter Cloudsdale, Secretary White Rose Junior Chess Academy.

Tel: 01904-624958.  Email: cloudsdale_c@hotmail.co.uk