Yorkshire Chess History
The Hardcastle Shield was instituted in memory of David E. Hardcastle of York, who had for many years been involved in various aspects of chess administration in Yorkshire and his home town of York. The Shield is presented to an individual in recognition of their contribution to the administrative and organisational side of chess, or some other way of promoting or raising the profile of chess in Yorkshire. It is not presented for winning a chess competition.
The Shield consists of a light-coloured wooden shield on which, at centre top, is the white rose emblem of Yorkshire. On the left is the following text, as though handwritten on a scroll:
In memory of
A member of
York Chess Club
Involved with Chess
There were originally eleven metal shields affixed, to received engraving of details of winners, but with space for more. Successive winners have been:
Stuart Johnson, active for many years as a league controller both in Yorkshire and Leeds, had the distinction of being awarded the Shield a second time when finally stepping down as YCA Competitions Controller at the 2012 AGM.
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