Yorkshire Chess History



Edmund Spencer Trophy











Made in Yorkshire



Sheffield Sub-Site


After the death on 07/01/1936 of Edmund Spencer, while in office as secretary of the Northern Counties Chess Union, it was decided to institute a Northern Counties Boy’s Championship competition bearing his name, in recognition and commemoration of his work for the NCCU.


Initial Plan


The competition was to be open to boys who were under 18 years of age on the 31st of March at or near the end of the season concerned.  Thus for the first season the competition was held, 1936-37, entrants had to be under 18 on 31/03/1937.


Each constituent county of the NCCU was to nominate one participant for a season’s competition.  The winner would then be the NCCU’s nominee for the British Boys’ Championship competition, and would also be “the guest of the Union at a British Chess Congress”.


A special fund was to be set up, maintained with annual contributions from the constituent counties, to pay travelling expenses in connection with the Northern championship, the British Boys’ championship, and the British congress.


Revised Plan


People must have had second thoughts, as the idea of a Northern Counties Boys’ Championship as such was dropped.


The new idea was that each county would organise its own boys’ under-18 championship, and that the NCCU would provide a trophy which would be awarded to each county in rotation for tenure for a season by that county’s Boys’ Champion.  All counties’ boy champions, each season, would receive a small replica of the trophy to keep.


The NCCU’s nominee for the British Boys’ Championship would, under the revised plan, be selected from the various counties’ boy champions.


The age qualification was revised to not being over 18 on the 30th of April at the end of the season of the competition.





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