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Accuracy of club information &

Yearbook: further copies &

YCA Honorary Life Members &

Yorkshire Individual Championship 2018

Message from the President

Officers 2017-18

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 2017-2018

ECF Game Fee Changes &c

Joining the ECF

Standard-play Grading Trends 2002-17

Notes on the YCA Grading List

Results Graded July 2016 to June 2017

YCA Gra;ding List

Yorkshire Junior Reports

Correspondence Chess Report

U-160 Captain’s Message

2016-17 League Tables & Match Results

County Match Result Summary

English County Finals 2017

English County Championship 1921

Recent Winners of YCA Events

Constitution and Rules

YCA League Rules

Index to Rules

Individual Championship Rules

Contact Details Index

Event Calendar 2017-18



Outcomes of Meetings Discussing Future Grading


Following on from the previous item “Crunch Time Cometh”, three meetings have taken place, with broadly the same outcome.


On 15/05/2018, a meeting in York, apparently of the York RI club, decided broadly that “everyone should join the ECF”, which presumably constitutes that club’s endorsement of the idea of the York league joining the ECF’s grading system.  The York league meets on 26th June to discuss the matter.


On 16/05/2018, a meeting of the Doncaster league voted in favour of the principle of joining the ECF grading system, but with the provision that this could be changed at the later AGM!  It appears Doncaster would have liked first to have known what course the bigger neighbouring league in Sheffield would take.


On 21/05/2018, a Special General Meeting of the Sheffield & District Chess Association voted in favour of joining the ECF’s grading system as the least adverse of alternative options.  The inherent non-sustainability of system created and run by individuals was a factor in steering the decision, which was surprisingly nem. con.  Sheffield’s is the largest chess league in Yorkshire as regards number of games played, which amount to about 25% of league chess played in Yorkshire, whether at local or cross-county level.  (The Leeds-Bradford conglomerate is slightly larger, but the two overlapping leagues are individually smaller.)  Nevertheless, concerns were expressed regarding clubs represented in the fourth and fifth divisions, and the matter of whether or not a non-ECF-graded league needs to be created for those too uncomfortable with the cost of ECF grading will be looked into.


Sheffield & DCA engaged with the ECF grading system roughly 20 years or so ago, under the secretaryship of the present writer, but later dropped back out.



Some further meetings (to be) scheduled:

29/05/2018, Bradford & DCA AGM; will they extend ECF grading to all league divisions?

26/06/2018, York & DCA AGM; they look like going for ECF grading.

3rd week July 2018, Calderdale CL AGM; will the “you can play chess without a grade” principle win the day?

late July (?) 2018, Huddersfield & DCA AGM.

early September (?) 2018, Harrogate ECL AGM; the smallest league in Yorkshire is least likely to opt for ECF grading.