Yorkshire Chess Association Year Book






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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 Grading 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




Demise of the Sheffield Chess Congress


Earlier Sheffield Chess Congresses


Back in the 1970s, the peripatetic “Yorkshire Congress” was held in a church hall on the left-hand side, going up, of Burngreave Road, Sheffield. (Location detail for Jeremy Hamm’s interest.)


The first locally run “Sheffield Chess Congress” was that run by Brian England and his wife Christine, in 1983, at the university’s Ranmoor hall of residence.  A second congress was run by the Englands in 1984, this time at the University’s Octagon Centre.  These were probably Sheffield’s most successful chess congresses ever, but they then gave up running a congress.  (I beat a Sri Lankan Olympiad team member in 1983 – Jay Somasundrum – so that event was successful for me, at least.)


Later, vaguely in the 1990s, a series of Sheffield Chess Congresses was started and built up to two weekend congresses per year and two one-day rapidplays per year.  They were organised by a team including Steve Bessell, Geoff Brown, Steve Mann, Adrian Millward and Brian Stephenson.  When Steve Bessell returned to the London area, to look after his ailing father, that series ground to a halt as nobody wanted to take over as congress secretary.


The Recent Series of Congresses


When the 2011 British Championships were arranged to be held in Sheffield, the local Association had the option of running an ECF Championship Qualifying event.  As I happened to be Sheffield & District Chess Association’s Chairman of the Executive for 2010-11, I didn’t want that option to be missed “on my watch”, so I formed a committee which resulted in the 2011 Sheffield Congress.


I’d never wanted to be running congresses again, though it’s difficult not to be sucked into a vacuum.  After seven consecutive Sheffield Congresses (2011 to 2017) I signalled that I couldn’t face the stress of another congress.  As it happened, Brian Stephenson had been trying to screw up courage to say the same thing!  That left only Phil Beckett, apart from other at-event section controllers, so the job of running the event went into the metaphorical “situations vacant” column, but no candidates came forward in time to run Sheffield 2018.


At a time when other congresses are experiencing financial difficulties, or so I’m told, the Sheffield Chess Congress is modestly comfortable financially, as is Doncaster Chess Congress.  Will Sheffield Chess Congress be revived?


Steve Mann