Yorkshire Chess Association


Year Book 2018-19 Contents

Calendar of Events – Results/Reports


 Message from the President

Officers 2018-19

Annual Fees

County Match Fees & Petrol Allowance

Junior Contacts

YCA League Match Venues

Secretaries of Competing Clubs

Match Correspondents ‑ Woodhouse Cup

Match Correspondents ‑ IM Brown

Match Correspondents ‑ Silver Rook

YCA League Fixtures 2018-2019

ECF Game Fee Changes &c

Joining the ECF

Standard-play Grading Trends 2002-18

Notes on the YCA Grading List

Results Graded July 2017 to June 2018

YCA Grading List

Yorkshire Junior Reports

Correspondence Chess Report

U-160 Captain’s Message

2017-18 League Tables & Match Results

County Match Result Summary

English County Finals 2018

Recent Winners of YCA Events

Constitution and Rules

YCA League Rules

Index to Rules

Individual Championship Rules

Contact Details Index

Event Calendar 2018-19



World Chess Championship for the Blind 2019


The International Blind Chess Association's 14th World Championship for the Blind and Visually Impaired was held from 06/042/019 to 14/0/4/2019, in Cagliari, capital city of the Italian island of Sardinia, situated on the island's south coast.


Some-time York Woodhouse Cup player Chris N Ross, and William G Armstrong of Cheddleton & Leek, were England's two representatives at the event which included 86 players from 26 countries (though not Scotland, Wales or Ireland) competing in a 9‑round Swiss tournament.


Chris started out ranked, by FIDE rating, 12th, but managed to score only 50%, with 3 wins, 3 draws and 3 losses, finishing perhaps disappointingly 36th to 51st equal (44th on tie-break).  Bill managed 3 wins, 1 draw and 5 losses, so finishing 63rd to 72nd equal (66th on tie-break), which is a reasonable performance as he was initially ranked 62nd in the entry.


One game played by Chris involved an amusing attempt to sacrifice the exchange, which was thwarted for some time as his opponent refused to accept it!  However, the opponent eventually facilitated an alternative version of the exchange sacrifice, though by now it was more a forced sacrifice, and though Chris's game was beginning to look a little shaky, with some help from his opponent Chris managed to successfully exploit the potential of the bishop pair, and win.  (Click here to play through the game.)