Yorkshire Chess Association


Year Book 2019-20 Contents



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Accuracy of club information &

Yearbook: further copies

Message from the President

Officers 2019-20

YCA Honorary Life Members

Annual Fees (as revised 2019)

County Match Fees (as revised 2019)

YCA League Fixtures 2019-2020

YCA League Match Venues

Match Correspondents ‑ Woodhouse Cup

Match Correspondents ‑ IM Brown

Match Correspondents ‑ Silver Rook

Secretaries of Competing Clubs

Junior Chess Contacts

Contact Details Index

Chess Clubs/Organisations in Yorkshire

ECF Aug 2019 Grading List Extract

Notes on Grading List Extract

List of Clubs in Yorkshire-based Leagues

League Tables & Match Results 2018-19

County Match Results 2018-2019

Correspondence Chess 2018-19

Yorkshire Junior Activity 2018-19

Recent Winners of YCA Events

YCA Constitution

YCA League Rules (as revised 2019)

Index to Rules

Individual Championship Rules

Event Calendar 2019-20

Yorkshire Individual Championship 2020

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Sam Scurfield


The death, in late December, of Sam Scurfield, at the age of 64, has been announced.


He played for Bradford, Bingley, and Halifax, and was currently President of the Bradford & District Chess Association.


Samuel J. Scurfield was born on 24/11/1955 in Staffordshire.  In 2000 he married Philippa (“Pippa”) with whom he had twins Chester and Ruby, born on 03/06/2004.


Dave Barlow has put out the following message:


Sam's funeral will be attended only by family and very close friends.


Everyone is invited to a celebration of Sam's life at Bradford City on Saturday 15 February

@ 3.00 (of course).


Further details and sharing of memories can be found at the Much Loved website:




If anyone has a Sam anecdote or memory please post on the website or let me know and I will pass it on to a friend of Sam.


Dan Staples, of Chess in Schools & Communities, has since (07/08/2020) forwarded the following, which had appeared earlier on the Much Loved website:


Sam taught chess for Chess and Schools and Communities (CSC).  He started with CSC in 2014.  He has taught in many schools across Leeds/Bradford.  He was a great teacher and passionate about teaching and chess. He made chess come alive for the children.


For those unfamiliar with CSC's work, Sam taught the 30 week curriculum over the school year.  Sam started teaching about the board and how the pawns move and capture.  Sam taught mini-games like Capture The Flag, so the children could enjoy and learn through play before knowing all the rules of chess.  He carried on through the school year so, at the end, all the children were able to play a reasonable game. 


Sam helped plan and run the first CSC Leeds Summer Tournament last year - the children had a wonderful day with schools across Leeds coming.


We also arranged a simul at Bramley St Peter's for the local MP Rachel Reeves - photo below with Sam in the background!


Sam loved teaching chess and we often said how fortunate we were to do what we do.  This academic year Sam was teaching in 7 schools.  When I told the schools about Sam, they said how much Sam would be missed by the children and adults alike.  They said what a lovely man he was and that he had touched a lot of lives at the schools.  I was asked to pass on their thoughts and best wishes to Sam's family.



Dan Staples - CSC Yorkshire Coordinator

Feb. 2020