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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On-Line Cheating Accusation Aimed at Anglia(n) Avengers Player


The absence of the Anglian Avengers 1 team from the On-Line 4NCL Division 1 Semi-Finals, as reported on this website here, turned out to be due to an allegation of one of their players cheating.  The captain has now published a detailed explanation of the circumstances in which his team decided to withdraw on the Suffolk Chess website (http://www.suffolkchess.org.uk/).  If you are interested in the problem of cheating in the OL 4NCL and its policing, then the article is worth a read.


An irrelevant but curious circumstance is that the club is listed on the 4NCL website as “Anglian Avengers”, whereas the Suffolk Chess website calls it “Anglia Avengers”.  The difference is rather like that between “a Scottish football team” and “a Scotland football team”.


Clubs which have withdrawn from the adult on-line 4NCL, due to accusations of cheating which the players and clubs concerned do not accept, include Northumbria Vikings, Surbiton and Anglian Avengers.  In the junior OL 4NCL Forest Hall withdrew, though having read thing written by organiser Tim Wall, I am unclear as to whether cheating was accepted by the club to have occurred, in which case withdrawal might be more a matter of honour than protest.


Chessmates were similarly accused of cheating, which they did not accept was true, but they bit the bullet, found a replacement player, and are still in the competition.  It seems other clubs/teams have similarly taken the hit and soldiered on.  Some accusations, usually based on computer analysis of style of play, will be right, but equally there seem to be incorrect accusations which may dampen some players’ enthusiasm.



The potential legal implications spring to mind.  Whilst an organisation like Lichess doubtless has the right to exclude any individual from using its facilities, to give as a reason the suspicion of cheating seems rather libellous!



Steve Mann,