Yorkshire Chess Association Year Book

2017-2018

 

Contents

Calendar of Events – Results/Reports

 

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Accuracy of club information &

Yearbook: further copies &

YCA Honorary Life Members &

Yorkshire Individual Championship 2018

Message from the President

Officers 2017-18

Annual Fees

County Match Fees & Petrol Allowance

Junior Contacts

YCA League Match Venues

Secretaries of Competing Clubs

Match Correspondents ‑ Woodhouse Cup

Match Correspondents ‑ IM Brown

Match Correspondents ‑ Silver Rook

YCA League Fixtures 2017-2018

ECF Game Fee Changes &c

Joining the ECF

Standard-play Grading Trends 2002-17

Notes on the YCA Grading List

Results Graded July 2016 to June 2017

YCA Grading List

Yorkshire Junior Reports

Correspondence Chess Report

U-160 Captain’s Message

2016-17 League Tables & Match Results

County Match Result Summary

English County Finals 2017

English County Championship 1921

Recent Winners of YCA Events

Constitution and Rules

YCA League Rules

Index to Rules

Individual Championship Rules

Contact Details Index

Event Calendar 2017-18

 

 

41st Scarborough Chess Congress

 

The 41st Scarborough Chess Congress took place in the Ocean Room of the Spa Complex, South Bay, Scarborough, from Friday 20th October to Sunday 22nd October 2017.  All sections were housed in the large Ocean Room.

 

Section first-place winners:

 

Prizes:

Open:

Matthew Webb (Bradford)

4½ out of 5

 

1st

£500

Major:

Mark Whitehead (Rochdale)

4½ out of 5

 

2nd

£250

(1-2 equal)

Stephen McQuillan (Scotland)

 

3rd

£150

Intermediate:

Rob Tokeley (Lancashire)

4½ out of 5

 

4th

£100

Minor:

(1-5 equal)

Garry Hewitt (Darlington)

Steven Watson (Hull)

Neal Fisher (Peterborough)

Con Cary (Heywood)

Noel Boustred (Gosforth)

4 out of 5

 

 

Click here for a list of all prizes.

Foundation:

Sajjad Dehghan-Afifi (Sale)

5 out of 5

 

 

 

 

On other pages:

 

The number of participants was down very slightly compared with last year, distribution across the five(!) sections in the two years being as follows:

 

Open

Major

(<=170)

Intermediate

(<=150)

Minor

(<=135)

Foundation

(<=120)

Total

2016

69

67

72

64

77

349

2017

60

66

70

56

85

337

 

Besides there being more sections that the average weekend chess congress, there are 4 place prizes in each section, as compared with the commoner 3 place prizes.

 

Round-by-round results could be followed in the Chess Games website:

(http://chess-results.com/tnr300549.aspx?lan=1&art=0&wi=821).

 

First prize in each section was £500.  (First in the Open last year was Mark Hebden).  This compares with £400 in 2001.  It’s interesting to note that the Bank of England’s inflation calculator says that £400 in 2001 equalled £607 in 2016.  (The calculator doesn’t stretch to 2017 yet.)  So, should Mark Hebden be putting in for a 20% pay rise!?  (Doncaster Congress has increased its first prizes for 2018.)

 

A salient point, however, is the rise in the cost of the venue.  To quote the organisers:

“There was a time when the venue (first the Corner Cafe & then the Spa) was free, courtesy of Scarborough Council.  Later they charged about £1.50 per player.  Now the Spa is run by SIV Enterprises Ltd of Sheffield, and costs well over £2000.  Entry fees have increased, but not by much - 1998: £26, 2004: £28. 2017: £31.  Congress entries have also increased since 2004 but the venue is costing approx. £7 per player as opposed to £1.50.”

 

Change in the cost of the venue is always a nagging potential problem in the minds of congress organisers.

 

If you are interested, click here for the 2001 Scarborough Congress prize list.