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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William James Pettigrew

8th Feb 1927 12th January 2020

(Kindly supplied by daughter Christine, with some added chess detail.)


Bill, as he was known to his family and friends, was born in Eckington and brought up in the Sheffield Boys Working Home.  He later joined the Army and served in the Royal Engineers.  He travelled the world, his specialism was building Bailey bridges.  He received several campaign medals including one for Korea.  He then joined the police force where he received the Distinguished Service Medal, retiring in 1982.


Married to Nora in 1949 (who sadly passed away in 2012) he has two daughters Christine and Janet.


Bill has always been a committed chess player and also performed as a magician after his retirement.  He also had an avid interest in Lawrence of Arabia.


As a chess player, he had been associated with police teams in the Sheffield Works League, and with Sheffield & DCA clubs The Limes (on Barnsley Road) and Southey (both now defunct), and latterly Sheffield Nomads.  He was also a member of the Combined Services Chess Association.  He used also to play correspondence chess, in some cases with overseas opponents.  Some of the trophies he won include

Chess Champion, International Police Association, 1966 - 67

a British Correspondence Chess Association trophy of 1968 ‑ 69

1st Prize RAFPC 2nd Division 2001-02

1st Prize RAFPC 2nd Division 2003-04


After living in Sheffield for most of this life Bill recently moved to Bridlington to be near his daughters.  Even after moving into the residential care home, Bill was still performing magic and teaching, playing (and winning!!) chess with the staff. He always had two chess sets set up in his room.


Bill sadly, but peacefully, passed away in Scarborough Hospital on 12th January after a short illness and was cremated at East Riding Crematorium on the 23rd January.  His daughters would like to thank everyone for the messages of condolences they have received.



Bill laying on an outdoor set.