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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World Chess Day


The international chess federation, FIDE (= Fédération International des Échecs), was established in 1924 on the 20th of July, which date thus became that of “International Chess Day”, as FIDE terms it.


95 years, 4 months and 19 days later, on 12th December 2019, the General Assembly of United Nations (a younger organisation dating back to 1945) similarly proclaimed 20th of July to be “World Chess Day”.  The main significance of this may be that chess has in a way been recognised by the UN as something akin to, if not actually a form of, “sport”, though of course nobody defines “sport” before arguing for or against whether chess should be recognised as a “sport”.


Both FIDE and the UN have webpages devoted to this anniversary:



as does the ECF:



The theme FIDE has identified for this year’s anniversary is “to make an appeal to the members of our chess community and ask you to teach someone how to play chess to mark this day.”  That, of course, is not easily done in the present circumstances, so maybe forging a way through to resurrecting over-the-board chess might be more pragmatic, and there are those actively engaged in attempting to do this.


Of necessity, such celebratory events as are outlined on the above webpages are being held on line, and so are not everyone’s cup of tea.