Yorkshire Chess History



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Made in Yorkshire



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The following is a catalogue of diverse things falling into the category of chess “firsts” or chess inventions, of one sort or another, to which Yorkshire or a Yorkshireman can reasonably lay claim:


Associations of clubs

The first association of chess clubs in Britain was the original Yorkshire Chess Association.

British Chess Champions

Click here for a list of “Yorkshire” British Chess Champions

British Chess Magazine

The British Chess Magazine developed out of the chess column run by John Watkinson in the Huddersfield College Magazine, John Watkinson becoming the BCM’s first editor.

Chess clocks, commercial manufacture of

The first commercial manufacture of chess clocks was undertaken by the Bradford firm of Fattorini. (See Antonio Fattorini.)

Chess magazine

The founding editor of Chess Magazine, Baruch H. Wood, was born in Sheffield.

Counties’ Chess Unions, concept of

Counties’ Chess Unions arose from the pioneering “North versus South” chess matches which were the brainchild of Isaac McIntyre Brown.

County Chess Associations

The first county chess association was the original Yorkshire Chess Association.

County match winners

Yorkshire won the first-ever inter-county chess match.

Fifty-move rule, proof of exception to

Alfred Crosskill was the first to publish a demonstration a “won” ending requiring more that 50 moves to force a win.

Gledhill Attack

The Gledhill Attack in the French Defence was named after Walter Gledhill.

Grimshaw theme in chess problems

The Grimshaw theme in chess problems was named after Walter Grimshaw.

Hall Variation

The Hall Variation in the Centre Game was named after John Edmund Hall.

International tournament in England, highest placed Briton in

Marmaduke Wyvill was the highest-placed Briton in the first-ever international chess tournament in Britain.

National Chess Organisations

1) The first national chess organisation in Britain was the British Chess Association which developed directly from the expansion of the original Yorkshire Chess Association.

2) The second was the Counties’ Chess Association which developed directly from the series of chess meetings run by Arthur Bolland Skipworth in Redcar and then York.

Oxford Univ. team captain in Oxford-Cambridge match

Walter Parratt was the captain of the Oxford team in the first Oxford-Cambridge chess match.





Steve Mann

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