Yorkshire Chess History
I M Brown Shield
The IM Brown Shield was presented to the Yorkshire Chess Association by Isaac McIntyre Brown, in 1915, as a trophy for competition between second teams of clubs represented in the Woodhouse Cup.
The trophy consists of a wooden shield on which are mounted various metal decorations, and shields to bear winners’ names.
At the top is a scroll-like piece of metal bearing the shield’s title:
In the centre is the picture of two chess-players engaged in a game of chess.
At the bottom is a plaque-like piece of metal inscribed with the name of the donor:
I. M. BROWN
At either side are shields to carry the names of winners. Their number has had to be built up over the years.
A curious feature is the term “Yorkshire County Chess Association”. Strictly it ought to have said “Yorkshire Chess Association”. Perhaps “County” was added to even up the width of lettering on either side.
It is interesting, also, that the trophy is generally referred to these days as the IM Brown Shield, yet the title on it is simply “Brown Shield”.
Copyright © 2012 Stephen John Mann