Kenworthy from Bradford set up the competition for county teams of players
aged under 16 years. The Cup is for presentation each season. It was
first held in 2001-02 and thereafter each season to 2008-09 inclusive, but
then only four times in the next nine seasons, and so is in need of
revitalising. Northumberland won the trophy in 2018-19.
are traditionally invited from the following counties: Yorkshire,
Lancashire, Merseyside, Durham, Northumberland, Cumbria, Cheshire & N.
Wales, and Cleveland, but has been recently contested by only Yorkshire,
Lancashire, Northumberland and Cumbria.
has been held at different venues in the past, by people including Gary
Kenworthy who now lives in south Cumbria, Paul Bielby from Sunderland, Sid
Cassidy from Cumbria, Alan Coupe from Rotherham and Tim Wall of
was originally held around February to April, but became more usually held
around November to December, on either a Saturday or a Sunday. It is
played between teams of at least 6 girls and boys.
is an opportunity for some good coaching to be given and for organisers to
meet and exchange useful information. The aim of the event is to stimulate
junior chess in the North particularly for those over age 11.