Yorkshire Chess History



Ronald Wilson Ives and Jacoba Ives











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Ronald Wilson Ives

Jacoba Ives (née Rosema)

Born: 10/07/1923, Pontefract

Born: 1922/23, Groningen, Netherlands

Died: 13/02/1964, Leeds

Died: 2020, Leeds


Non-Chess Life


Ronald Wilson (“Ronnie”) Ives was born on 10/07/1923, in Pontefract, to Joseph Percival Ives (born 12/01/1884, Dewsbury; died 1972, Pontefract) and Lucy Daphne Wilson (born 1892, Pontefract; died 1962, Pontefract), who had married in Pontefract in 1919.  There was a second child, Eric S Ives (born 1925, Pontefract; married 1955, Pontefract, Mary McNulty).


Ronnie served in the Second World War with the 7th Armoured Division, which, after its activities in the Western Desert, acquired the nickname “Desert Rats”.  He was later stationed in the Netherlands with the Army Educational Corps, and it was there that he met wife-to-be Groningen-born Jacoba (“Cobie”) Rosema.  After travelling back to Ronnie’s native Pontefract, where his parents still lived, the two got married at St Michael’s Church, Carleton, Pontefract, on 14/02/1948.


In 1954 Ronnie and Cobie moved to Sandway (the name of a Road), in the Crossgates district of Leeds, where were born their three daughters: Margaret P Ives (1956), Beatrix D Ives (1958), and Ingrid D D Ives (1960).




Unfortunately, Ronnie developed a brain tumour, and died in Leeds in 1964, at the age of only 40.


Cobie passed away after contracting Coronavirus in 2020, aged 97, leaving three daughters, eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.




Ronnie, a chess-player, came to write a chess column in the Yorkshire Evening Post.  Wife Cobie took up the game.


As “Mrs. J. Ives” Cobie played in the Yorkshire Chess Association’s Easter Congresses.  She was the only female competitor at the 1952 congress, held in Wakefield, according to the Yorkshire Evening Post of 12/04/1952.


Once again, at the 1954 congress, held in Leeds, were there were 56 entrants, “Mrs J. Ives, of Sandway, Cross Gates” was the only female competitor, according to the Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer of 19/04/1954.


It is suggested to have been the first woman to represent Yorkshire at adult chess, but details are not to hand to confirm that.






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