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Yorkshire League 2017-18, Round 1


Report by Andrew Zigmond, 04/10/2017


Well the starting gun is fired, the teams are off and the race to the three trophies in the Yorkshire league has begun. The opening feint in the Woodhouse Cup belongs to Sheffield A who won biggest (6-2 vs Bradford Central) to go top, 1/2 a game point ahead of Hull DCA A and champions York RI A who defeated York RI C. The IM Brown is always the toughest league to call and after one round a newly promoted team (Doncaster) are locked in pole position with a newly relegated one (Harrogate A).  Calderdale B and Sheffield D also hit the 6 point mark, suggesting that the IM Brown will be extremely competitive this year.


Alwoodley B go top of the Silver Rook after beating West Leeds 5 1/2-2 1/2 with Harrogate C edging out Wakefield B to join them in the nominal promotion zone.


[Full results & cross-tables on this website see Division 1, Division 2 and Division 3, or see http://www.chessnuts.org.uk/ny5/.]




The Woodhouse favourites have been granted a postponement to February due to a clash with the European Cup, giving any one of the clubs who also won in the first round a chance to establish themselves as the form team. In the IM Brown it's equally hard to pinpoint any match but it will be interesting to see how much of a bearing Sheffield D's match against Alwoodley A proves to have on the promotion battle.





As it's quite a short round-up this week I thought I'd provide a summary of what's happening on the Yorkshire Chess scene.


Junior organisers have been contacted separately and it is my intention to send an email to secretaries shortly but I am pleased to announce a new JUNIOR LEAGUE FOR YORKSHIRE beginning with an event at Ackworth School on Saturday 18th November. The afternoon will begin at 13.30 with three rapidplay games played across the afternoon. It is also hoped to provide tuition and the only requirement to play is that they are under 18 on 1st September 2017.


I am also looking at a longplay league for more experienced juniors but am still in consultation as to how that would work.


If you have juniors at your club but not enough to make up a team of six they are not excluded. Please send them along and they will be accommodated; either in the form of a makeshift team or rounding up teams that may be a player short. I am passionate about not excluding young players and the more that are involved the better.





I think most players will have heard that the 2018 British Championships will be held in Hull. This marks the first time the championships have been held in the North since North Shields 2012 and the first in Yorkshire since 2011 (Sheffield). I know Hull chess club intend to be closely involved and hopefully the YCA will be as well. Having played in the last five championships I can speak from experience when I say that there is no event quite like the British and with sections for players of all standards there is plenty to get involved in. Hopefully I'll be able to bring you more news when the countdown to Hull 2018 begins in earnest.





We are now in October which means three things; leaves everywhere, the clocks going back and no less than two exceptional congresses in successive weeks. Unbelievably it is now ten years since Lara Barnes took the helm of Scarborough Congress and made it the biggest congress in the country. Scarborough runs from 20-22nd October this year with Hull congress following a week later (27-29th). The days when Hull could win the Woodhouse Cup just by turning up may be gone but in the last few years they have established themselves once again as the chess capital of Yorkshire and this year the congress will present the Yorkshire Individual Championship to the highest eligible participant.


Scarborough http://www.scarboroughchesscongress.org.uk/


Hull http://www.hullchess.com/