Yorkshire Chess Association Year Book

2017-2018

 

Contents

Calendar of Events – Results/Reports

 

 I<< Year Book Home

 

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

 

 

Castle Harrogate Congress 2018

 

The 2018 Castle Harrogate congress was held from Friday 11/05/2018 to Sunday 13/05/2018 at The Old Swan Hotel, Swan Road, Harrogate, HG1 2SR, which is the same venue as was used by the 4NCL event in February.  Like the Huddersfield Congress it has 6 rounds, with a number of people taking 2 half-point byes, mainly in rounds 1 and 4.

 

Although results have yet to appear on the congress website (as late as 01/07/2018), they have been partially retrieved from the ECF grading website which doesn’t show byes, these having been omitted by the grader.  Assuming missing results before round 6 were half-point byes, it appears the final table in the Open was as follows, showing the event to have been a significant success for local young player Mate Ther, who was clear winner ahead of some notable also-rans.

 

Name

Club

R1

R2

R3

R5

R6

R7

Total

1

Ther, Mate

Harrogate

10+

5=

3+

2=

4=

6+

1st

2

Whitehead, Mark A

Rochdale

3=

12=

5=

1=

10+

4=

2nd-4th

3

McQuillan, Stephen G

Scotland

2=

9+

1-

HPB

7=

5+

2nd-4th

4

Nicholson, Jim W R

York

HPB

7=

11+

HPB

1=

2=

2nd-4th

5

Livesey, R Nigel

Manchester

8+

1=

2=

HPB

6=

3-

3

5th-9th

6

Slinger, A J (Tony)

York

7=

11=

12+

HPB

5=

1-

3

5th-9th

7

Ellames, George J

Morpeth

6=

4=

10=

HPB

3=

9=

3

5th-9th

8

Benson, Paul J

Widnes

5-

10-

9+

HPB

11=

12+

3

5th-9th

9

Staples, Daniel J

York

HPB

3-

8-

11+

12+

7=

3

5th-9th

10

Yeomans, Kevin

Olton

1-

8+

7=

HPB

2-

 

2

10th

11

Simpson, Derek

The Buffs

HPB

6=

4-

9-

8=

 

11th‑12th

12

Sheppard, Derek A

Hull

HPB

2=

6-

HPB

9-

8-

11th-12th

 

York’s John Cawston won the Major with 5 out of 6.  Alan Riddle of Limewood was one of 4 who shared 1st place in the Minor.

 

 

The 2018 Castle Harrogate congress was held from Friday 11/05/2018 to Sunday 13/05/2018 at The Old Swan Hotel, Swan Road, Harrogate, HG1 2SR, which is the same venue as was used by the 4NCL event in February.  Like the Huddersfield Congress it has 6 rounds, with a number of people taking 2 half-point byes, mainly in rounds 1 and 4.

 

The venue is splendid, located near to the Valley Gardens (through which one can walk and then continue on to the RHS gardens at Harlow Carr).  Despite this, there were only 40 participants, significantly less than the 136 participants at the 4NCL event.

 

Co-organisers of Castle Chess are Tony and Barbara Corfe; the former was to be found behind a computer, the latter entering things on the wallcharts (which lay flat on a table – but the Old Swan is not the sort of place to encourage Blu tack!).

 

The Harrogate league is the smallest in Yorkshire, and it does not rise to running its own congress.  Gone are the days of the former Harrogate Congress held in the Baths, under the title “Yorkshire Chess Congress” as it was the former peripatetic Yorkshire Congress which had become fixed in Harrogate.  York Woodhouse player and former top Sheffield junior Jim Nicholson remembers playing at the Baths in his days as a junior (c. early 1980s).

 

Nevertheless, Harrogate currently hosts three congresses per year, all run by external organisers: 4NCL, Castle Chess, and Noel Boustred.

 

The financial viability of these congresses seems questionable.  However, the Castle Chess website mentioned anonymous sponsorship to keep it running in Harrogate for two years.  Whether that meant 2018 and 2019, or 2019 and 2020 wasn’t clear.

 

Results are expected to appear eventually on the Castle Chess website at http://www.castlechess.co.uk/Events/?ID=81.