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Accuracy of club information &

Yearbook: further copies

Message from the President

Officers 2019-20

YCA Honorary Life Members

Annual Fees (as revised 2019)

County Match Fees (as revised 2019)

YCA League Fixtures 2019-2020

YCA League Match Venues

Match Correspondents ‑ Woodhouse Cup

Match Correspondents ‑ IM Brown

Match Correspondents ‑ Silver Rook

Secretaries of Competing Clubs

Junior Chess Contacts

Contact Details Index

Chess Clubs/Organisations in Yorkshire

ECF Aug 2019 Grading List Extract

Notes on Grading List Extract

List of Clubs in Yorkshire-based Leagues

League Tables & Match Results 2018-19

County Match Results 2018-2019

Correspondence Chess 2018-19

Yorkshire Junior Activity 2018-19

Recent Winners of YCA Events

YCA Constitution

YCA League Rules (as revised 2019)

Index to Rules

Individual Championship Rules

Event Calendar 2019-20

Yorkshire Individual Championship 2020

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20/04/2020

A Rose by Any Other Name . . .

 

There was a chess-playing member of the landed gentry, James Wilson Rimington of Broomhead Hall, Bradfield, near Sheffield (born 18/05/1822, Broomhead Hall; died 25/11/1877, Broomhead Hall).  His middle name was the surname of his mother who came from one of two branches of a Wilson family of landed gentry. The male line of his mother’s branch was dying out, so James Wilson Rimington was made heir to that branch on condition that he appended “Wilson” to his surname, which he did, thus becoming James Wilson Rimington Wilson, with “Rimington Wilson” being his new, unhyphenated, double-barrelled surname, which caused no end of confusion among directory compilers and others trying to list people correctly named and in alphabetical order of surname.  His mother’s maiden name thus appeared twice!

 

The following position was reached in his first game against S. Solomons in the second round of the Handicap tournament of the 1862 British Chess Association Congress.  Here Rimington Wilson was simply ceding first move to Solomons (i.e. Solomons always had White), that being the smallest “handicap” possible.  Solomons, as White, has just played 26. a5.

 

How did Black continue?

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The identity of S Solomons is uncertain, but he may well have been Samuel Solomons, solicitor, born 1829/30, London, who in 1861 lived in Blackawton, Devon (a village 5 miles inland from Dartmouth), and in 1871 was in Cardiff, but by 1881 had retired to Havant, Hants., where he still lived in 1891, and where he died in 1917.  (A “Solomons” is known to have been playing chess in Cardiff around 1869/70.)

 

Much later there was a chess-player from Sunderland called Harold Alexander Hunnam (born as Alexander Hunnam, 22/08/1904, Sunderland; died 23/01/1983, Sunderland), who seems to have spent a short time in Sheffield, even playing for Sheffield in the Woodhouse Cup.  There seemed no trace of the birth of Harold Alexander Hunnam, which was because he was actually born as “natural born” Harold Alexander.  “Natural born” here means illegitimate, presumably born to a mother of surname Alexander and a father of surname Hunnam, though it might have been the other way round.  Either way he had long used the unofficial name “Harold Alexander Hunnam”, perhaps because he had been taken into the bosom of the Hunnam family.  It was only at the age of 35 that he changed his name by deed poll (wherein the phrase “natural born” was used) to “Harold Alexander Hunnam”.

 

Alexander had something of an annus mirabilis in 1932, when he scored 5 out of 11 in the British Championship in London, taking some notable scalps en route, and drawing with the winner, Mir Sultan Khan.  In his 7th-round game, the following position was reached after opponent Harry Golombek (White) played 13. Be2:

 

What did Black play in this position.

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The 1928-29 Yorkshire Champion was Conrad Gallimore Wenyon (born 06/10/1891, Sanday, Orkney; died 20/09/1960, Bramall, Cheshire).  He was presumably the most-northerly born of all Yorkshire Champions.  Gallimore was his mother’s maiden name.  “Wenyon” is not a common surname.  In fact Conrad’s paternal grandfather had been one Samuel Onions.  However, six members of the Onions family, including Conrad’s father, Edwin James Onions, clubbed together to remedy their embarrassing surname, and in a joint declaration dated 21/05/1879 changed their surname to “Wenyon”.  There was seemingly a Welsh branch of the Onions family, and it appears “Wenyon” is in fact an anglicised pronunciation and spelling of the Welsh for onion, of which there are various forms, the one nearest to “Wenyon” perhaps being wynwyn.

 

Conrad played for Huddersfield and Yorkshire from about 1923, moving to Didsbury, Cheshire at some stage around the Second World War.  The nearest he came to recapturing the Yorkshire Championship was perhaps in 1937 when he met Thomas John Beach (known as “John”).  The two played four drawn games before John Beach managed to grind out a 73-move win.  The following position arose after the moves 17. N(c3)e4 Q(d6)f4.  Black’s last move puts White’s position under some pressure, and from here on White’s position went gradually further and further downhill.

 

Click here to play through the first 60 moves of C G Wenyon v T J Beach.

 

 

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James Wilson Rimington Wilson, Harold Alexander Hunnam, Conrad Gallimore Wenyon, Thomas John Beach