Ridings (Farthings?) Cup
As indicated earlier, Competitions Controller Andrew Zigmond has
set out his plans regarding the next YCA team on-line team event. The
following is from an e-mail from Andrew:
while ago I floated the idea of an internal competition between the four
sections of the county; North, South, East and West - I'm loosely calling
it the Ridings cup although I'm having to make a disclaimer every time that
I know the South isn't a Riding (some people get quite passionate about
that). The interest was there so the event is going ahead over twelve
boards on the following dates.
North vs South,
West vs South
given teams permission to move all matches for the first two rounds to the
Sunday that follows by mutual agreement. The event will be played on
lichess, but I'm toying with the idea of making it an annual over-the-board
if/when circumstances permit - matches will take place on three Sundays
that follow Yorkshire league Saturdays.
one problem I can foresee is a potential overlap with the NCCU stages of
the county championship. In some ways it might complement it, being a
stepping stone for club players to gain a taste for inter-county chess but
it takes away three potential fixtures for Lancashire (and other) matches
which I know can be hard to get scheduled in at the best of times (although
I can probably get the event out of the way earlier in the season).
Webmaster’s linguistic observations:
from the fact that South Yorkshire was never a “Riding” outside fiction, the
meaning of “riding” is “one of three parts”. “Riding” comes, by loss of
the “th”, from “thriding” which comes from “thrid”, which itself has changed
a little, passing into modern English, through metathesis, as “third”.
The word for “one of four parts” is “farthing”, from “fourthing” with a vowel
So, how about “Farthing Cup”!?
system of local government was introduced by the Danes, another such
tripartite system in Danelaw being that governed from Lincoln, where the old
“thridings” of Lincolnshire were known in modern times as Lindsey, Kesteven