Yorkshire Chess Association


Year Book 2018-19 Contents



 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



FIDE Presidency


Arkady Dvorkovich of Russia is the new president if FIDE, along with the following officials on his original “ticket”:

Deputy President:

Bachar Kouatly

General Secretary:

Sewa Enyonam Fumey

Vice President:

Mahir Mammedov

Vice President:

Julio Granda Zuniga


Zhu Chen


Additionally, England’s Nigel Short was appointed a Vice-President.


The election for the presidency of the Fédération Internationale des Échecs (FIDE) took place on 03/10/2018 at the Olympiad in Batumi, Georgia.


This result is seen by some as meaning FIDE continues as an arm of Russian foreign policy, rather than becoming a politically neutral sporting body.  Bachar Kouatly and Julio Granda Zuniga sound vaguely familiar as chess-players from decades ago.


The English Chess Federation’s board meeting on 15/06/2018 had decided to nominate Nigel Short, who had presumably asked them to do so.  Another candidate to succeed Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, was Georgios Makropoulos (Greece), the then-current Deputy President.  The Deputy President listed on Georgios Makropoulos’s ticket was ECF International Director Malcom Paine.  It seems Nigel Short’s decision came after Malcolm Paine siding with the Greek candidate, and no friction between Short and Paine was to be inferred.


At an ECF Board meeting held on 20/09/2018, the ECF Board decided to support Georgios Makropoulos, as Nigel Short seemed not to have gained much following, and the current state of UK-Russian relations precluded support of Arkady Dvorkovich.


(The background to the call for the replacement of out-going president Kirsan Ilyumzhinov were given in an earlier notice.)