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Number

Date

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Number

Date

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Number

Date

Mb

2002-01

Jan

2002

11.4

 

213

Sep

1982

10.3

 

190

Jul

1976

6.8

2001-10

Oct

2001

9.8

 

212

May

1982

19.3

 

189

Mar

1976

8.2

239

Jul

1990

24.9

 

211

Feb

1982

11.9

 

188

Jan

1976

7.8

238

Dec

1989

24.5

 

210

Dec

1981

13.9

 

187

Dec

1975

6.2

237

Jul

1989

10.2

 

209

Jun

1981

18.9

 

*186

Sep

1975

4.9

236

Mar

1989

21.8

 

208

Feb

1981

13.2

 

*185sup

Apr

1975

2.6

235

Dec

1988

19.3

 

207

Dec

1980

11.8

 

*185

Apr

1975

6.3

234

Nov

1988

3.1

 

206

Aug

1980

6.8

 

*184

Nov

1974

3.6

232‑233

May?

1988

13.3

 

205

May

1980

12.3

 

*183

May

1974

2.2

231

Jan?

1988

18.7

 

204

Feb

1980

11.2

 

*182

Mar

1974

4.5

229-230

Sep?

1987

13.7

 

203

Dec

1979

12.6

 

*181

Dec

1973

3.7

228

Apr

1987

23.8

 

202

Aug

1979

8.6

 

*180

May

1973

2.2

227

Dec

1986

19.7

 

201

May

1979

12.9

 

*179b

Mar

1973

4.6

226

Sep

1986

11.1

 

200

Feb

1979

15.1

 

*179a

Dec

1972

3.2

224-225

May

1986

15.9

 

199

Dec

1978

14.4

 

*178

Jun

1972

5.6

223

Dec

1985

9.6

 

198

Jul

1978

8.6

 

*177

Jan

1972

3.9

221-222

June

1985

11.3

 

197

Apr

1978

16.3

 

*176

Nov

1971

2.7

219-220

Feb

1985

22.8

 

196

Feb

1978

10.1

 

*175

Aug

1971

1.7

218

Mar

1984

13.1

 

195

Dec

1977

12.3

 

*174

May

1971

5.2

217

Dec

1983

11.5

 

194

Jul

1977

11.5

 

*173

Jan

1971

3.4

216

Sep

1983

15.1

 

193

Mar

1977

12.8

 

*172

Nov

1970

3.4

215

Feb

1983

12.3

 

192

Jan

1977

10.4

 

* not searchable

214

Dec

1982

14.7

 

191

Dec

1976

8.2

 

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To display, click on appropriate pink-background Bulletin Number on the left.  For the first two, from A5 booklets, right-click and select “Rotate Clockwise”, or click on the “rotate” icon at the top, if there is one, according to browser.

 

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The approximate size of each file is given in megabytes.  Files can take some moments to load.  You can, of course, save the files to your computer.

 

Nowadays, PDF files on a website tend to be viewed within a web browser, rather than Adobe Acrobat, and in such cases, to return to this index, you need to click on the browser’s “back” button since closing the document closes the browser!

 

Numbers 210 to 239 were lent for scanning by Malcolm Corbett.

Numbers 172 to 209 were then lent by David Firth.  Unfortunately, numbers 172 to 186 are foolscap size, which presents problems as they will not fit on an A4 scanner, necessitating somewhat laborious techniques, resulting in a file which is NOT word-searchable, such being marked with an asterisk.

There were 2 successive issues numbered “179”, here called “179a” and “179b”, and the numbering was never adjusted to compensate.

 

If anyone has copies of numbers before 172 or after 239, then I would welcome the opportunity to scan them and include them here.

 

See below for comments on the origins of the YCA Bulletin.

 

Origins of the Yorkshire Chess Association Bulletin

 

Given that number 172 was the first of season 1970-71, and that there were normally 4 issues per annum/season, number 1 might, a little simplistically, be inferred to have been produced in the season 1927-28.  However, that ignores any cessation during World War II, and adjusting accordingly suggests the Yorkshire Bulletin started around season 1921-22.

 

It was around that time that William (“Bill”) Batley of Sheffield started a long-running weekly chess column in the Yorkshire Telegraph & Star, which paper dwindled in time to the (Sheffield) Star.  He had written a chess column in the Sheffield Weekly News, from October 1899 to August 1922 when that paper ceased publication, with a period in the middle when the column was carried by Yorkshire Telegraph & Star.  The column ceased for a few weeks in August 1922, then resumed on a definitive basis in the Yorkshire Telegraph & Star on 9th September 1922.  The Yorkshire Telegraph and Star’s name over the years has lost its “Yorkshire” and then its “Telegraph”, and is now what Sheffielders know simply as the “Star”.

 

This column covered not only Sheffield area chess in as much detail as possible, but also Yorkshire county-level chess in detail, meaning especially the Yorkshire inter-town team competitions such as the Woodhouse Cup, and inter-county matches.  A significant point is that whilst like most other chess columns it would quote from other newspaper columns and the British Chess Magazine, it never quoted from the YCA Bulletin!  One possibility is that the YCA Bulletin did not exist at that time, but another possibility suggests itself.  My own suspicion, without anything other than circumstantial evidence at present, is that Bill Batley was producing a YCA Bulletin, on a roughly quarterly basis alongside his comprehensive column in the Yorkshire Telegraph & Star.

 

Results from YCA team competition, inter-county matches and the like were published in the Yorkshire Telegraph & Star normally in the next appearance of the column after the event, thus, far from needing to quote from the YCA bulletin, Batley was probably publishing in advance virtually everything which in due course would find its way into the YCA Bulletin, thus he would never quote from the YCA Bulletin!

 

Steve Mann

08/09/2020