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



ECF Consultation on Proposed Grading Changes


An initial analysis of responses to the recent ECF consultation on proposed changes to its grading system has been published on the ECF website, giving percentages for and against the two ideas of monthly grading lists and four-figure numbers, analysed by age‑group category and membership category.


Oddly, overall percentages for and against are not given, and cannot be deduced from the figures given.  Nevertheless, it is fairly clear that about 67% were in favour of monthly grading lists, and about 80% were in favour of 4-digit numbers, the latter being assumed to be probably linked to ELO-style calculation.


Over 900 responses were received, which was about 8% of the total membership, which is actually quite a high “turnout” compared will results achieved by Membership Category Representatives on ECF Council when they seek opinions from members prior to ECF meetings.


As with the Brexit vote, feasibility, method and impact have been largely left for later consideration, it seems, but it is likely this will raise its head at the ECF October meeting, when the Board may seek approval for next steps, unless, of course, the consultation results are to be taken as a mandate for action, without recourse to Council.


The summary of consultation results can be found here: https://www.englishchess.org.uk/grading-consultation-results/.



Steve Mann