Yorkshire Chess History



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Historically, the only internal individual competitive event organised by the West Yorkshire Chess Association was its annual meeting, which lasted only (part of) one day.  Whilst there were usually a number of 8-player individual knock-out tournaments, no such event could reasonably be regarded as a “championship”.  (Additionally, there were committee meetings to deal with matters such as arrangements for the Woodhouse Cup competition.)


The Yorkshire County Chess Club, on the other hand, organised a longer “First Class” tournament.  The first two rounds took place beside other weaker tournaments, at its “annual meeting for tournament play” (as opposed to the annual meeting for business, or annual general meeting in modern parlance).  Subsequent rounds were played individually at participants’ clubs, or otherwise.  From 1888, this tournament became regarded as the Yorkshire Championship.


In 1892, a committee meeting of the West Yorkshire Chess Association decided on arrangements for the Association’s own (West Yorkshire) championship.  This was to be run in such a way that the earlier rounds were played individually at participants’ clubs etc, with a final stage played at the annual meeting for tournament play, which would last a number of days.


The event would be open to members of clubs affiliated to the Association and to individual members of the Association.  The entrants were to be divided into regional groups whose members would play each other member once.  The top two players from each section would then compete in the all-play-all final section to determine the champion.


The first such West Yorkshire Championship was that of the 1892-93 season.  There can have been at most only four such events, as in 1896 the West Yorkshire Chess Association and the Yorkshire County Chess Club had merged to form the current Yorkshire Chess Association.





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