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Northern Counties Chess Union

Established 1899

A constituent unit of the English Chess Federation

 

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14/02/2024

British Championships 2024 to be Held in Hull

25th July to 4th August

 

The ECF has announced that the 2024 British Championships are once again to be held in Hull, from Thursday 25th July to Sunday 4th August.  Hull lasted hosted the full British Championships in 2018, though it also hosted parts of the slim-line first post-Covid over-the-board championships in 2021.

 

Back in 2018, elements including the Championship proper were held in Hull City Hall, Queen Victoria Square, Carr Lane, Hull, HU1 3RQ, and as a visitor then the writer thought it rather cramped, though that was in comparison with championships experienced decades earlier when numbers of participants were perhaps smaller.  Some competitions were held at the Doubletree and the Royal Hotel (the latter now being full up with asylum seekers).

 

Perhaps to create more elbowroom, the 2024 championships are to be split across two sites, Hull City Hall as above and the “DoubleTree by Hilton” (the trendy way of naming hotels these days, it seems), 24 Ferensway, Hull, HU2 8NH.  Both sites are about 500 metres from the railway station.

 

Details of the event are to be found at https://www.britishchesschampionships.co.uk/.

 

The British Championships are held in the Northern Counties on average roughly once in 4 years, which seems a fair enough “share”.  Indeed, in the last 24 years (2000 to 2024 – excluding 2020) 9 venues have been in the NCCU (assuming Llandudno to be in Cheshire & N. Wales), which seems more than a fair share, perhaps influenced in part by considerations like cost.

 

 . . . also . . .

 

Glorney Cup, 2024

23rd to 25th July

 

The 2024 Glorney Cup has been scheduled by the ECF, whose turn it is to host this junior international team event, at the Canham Turner Building of Hull University from 23rd to 25th July, immediately before the British Championship.  This approach has been adopted before, enabling competitors in the Glorney Cup etc to stay on and play in the British Championships.

 

The Glorney Cup is an international junior team competition currently aimed at the four “home nations”, England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, though it has in the past, from time to time, included teams such as Belgium, France and the Netherlands.  This year, teams expected to participate are England (A), England B, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and an “International” team the nature of whose composition is not specified.

 

When the event for the Glorney Cup was initiated in 1949, it was for teams of under-18s (probably all boys).  In 1968 a Faber Cup for under-18 girls was first held alongside the Glorney Cup event.  In 2007 (in Dublin) the Robinson Cup and Stoke Cup competitions for under-14s and under-12s respectively were introduced.  The events seemingly being conducted under the umbrella term of Glorney Cup 2024 are thus:

 

Trophy

Glorney Cup

Robinson Cup

Stoke Cup

Faber* Cup

Players

U-18 Boys

Under-14s

Under-12s

U-18 Girls

Boards

5

6

6

3

* for a while renamed Gilbert-Faber Cup before it reverted to just Faber in unfortunate circumstances

 

 

British Championship Venues Since 2000

(N = in NCCU territory).

 

2024

Hull

N

2023

Leicester

 

2022

Torquay

 

2021

Hull (in part)

N

2020

(on line)

 

2019

Torquay

 

2018

Hull

N

2017

Llandudno

N

2016

Bournemouth

 

2015

Warwick

 

2014

Aberystwyth

 

2013

Torquay

 

2012

North Shields

N

2011

Sheffield

N

2010

Canterbury

 

2009

Torquay

 

2008

Liverpool

N

2007

Great Yarmouth

 

2006

Swansea

 

2005

IsIe of Man

 

2004

Scarborough

N

2003

Edinburgh

 

2002

Torquay

 

2001

Scarborough

N

2000

Street, Somerset

 

1999

Scarborough

N

1998

Torquay

 

1997

Hove

 

1996

Nottingham

 

1995

Swansea

 

1994

Norwich

 

1993

Dundee

 

1992

Plymouth

 

1991

Eastbourne

 

1990

Eastbourne

 

1989

Plymouth

 

1988

Blackpool

N