Yorkshire Chess Association


Year Book 2019-20 Contents

Calendar of Events – Results/Reports


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Accuracy of club information &

Yearbook: further copies

Message from the President

Officers 2019-20

YCA Honorary Life Members

Annual Fees (as revised 2019)

County Match Fees (as revised 2019)

YCA League Fixtures 2019-2020

YCA League Match Venues

Match Correspondents ‑ Woodhouse Cup

Match Correspondents ‑ IM Brown

Match Correspondents ‑ Silver Rook

Secretaries of Competing Clubs

Junior Chess Contacts

Contact Details Index

Chess Clubs/Organisations in Yorkshire

ECF Aug 2019 Grading List Extract

Notes on Grading List Extract

List of Clubs in Yorkshire-based Leagues

League Tables & Match Results 2018-19

County Match Results 2018-2019

Correspondence Chess 2018-19

Yorkshire Junior Activity 2018-19

Recent Winners of YCA Events

YCA Constitution

YCA League Rules (as revised 2019)

Index to Rules

Individual Championship Rules

Event Calendar 2019-20

Yorkshire Individual Championship 2020

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Rotherham Online Championship


Peter Catt has submitted a report on the Rotherham individual on-line events initiated by members of Rotherham Chess Club, which was first open to all Sheffield & District Chess Association players, but was then extended to the whole of Yorkshire with the acquiescence of the YCA Competitions Controller who is promoting on-line team chess among Yorkshire clubs.  It reads (after slight editing, mainly addition of subheadings and some bold letters) as follows.


Premier Section


Beverley’s Douglas Vleeshhouwer is the latest winner of the Rotherham Online CC Premier Section.


Vleeshhouwer scored 4/5 to finish ahead of Chesterfield’s Peter Ackley and Sheffield League side SASCA’s Tom Wills, who both scored 3½ in the 17-player competition.


After sharpening up in the Rotherham event, Vleeshhouwer, who plays for Hull DCA in the Woodhouse Cup, then went on to win the British Online Championship Major Open Rapidplay tournament.


Major Section


There was another Beverley success when Alec Grice won the Rotherham Online Major with 4/5, ahead of Duncan Chambers from Sheffield Nomads, and Michael Pollard of the St Andrews Hull club, both 3½.  Again, seventeen players took part.


Minor Section


In the Minor Section, Rose Forgrove’s Neil Griffiths was triumphant with 4½/5.  Barnsley’s Tony Perry came second in the 18-player event with 4, followed by third placed Jason Clemmey, from Hull, with 3½.




The main Rotherham competition – the 8-round Championship – is being led by former Moortown and York RI player Richard Allis, who is the only player with maximum points, 4/4, at the halfway mark.


Allis leads Harrogate’s Steve Wild, Sheffield’s Tom Wills and Barnsley’s Pete Micklethwaite, all on 3½.


The tournament, which attracted 58 players from all over Yorkshire and beyond, is due to resume this week following a fortnight’s break over the festive period.


Previous winners of the Championship include Sheffield League players Oskar Hackner, Miles Edwards-Wright and Wei Jie Peong.


Next Events


After initially limiting entries to South Yorkshire players, the Rotherham organisers decided to open up the tournament to all comers, and it was officially endorsed by the Yorkshire Chess Association.


The next events, which may include an individual KO tournament, will be announced shortly.


Anyone interested should check the Rotherham Online website over the next couple of weeks at https://lichess.org/team/rotherham-online-championship.



Peter Catt




Readers may be unaware that Peter was for very many years a sports reporter, having long been sports editor with the Doncaster Free Press.  This meant his chess-playing was for many years limited to weekday chess due to his Saturdays being taken up by reporting on, or commentating on, sporting events, especially Doncaster Rovers’ football matches.  Only in recent years did retirement enable him to play Saturday chess, and take on captaincy of Doncaster in the Yorkshire league.