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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David Greensmith

December 1952 – 22 July 2020


It will be mainly the older generation of Sheffield chess-player (alright, that’s most of them) who will remember Dave Greensmith, who was a vigorous organiser in Sheffield “way back when”, before moving away from the area.


One memory of Dave of my own was an occasion when the government offices were he then worked, and where, by chance, I in turn was later to work, put on a lunchtime charity fundraising event in which two players, alternating, took on paying opponents at simultaneous 5-minute chess – about 10 games at a time.  That means, of course, that the player giving the simul could have all ten clocks ticking at once!


Dave was one of the two players, and I had been roped in as the second.  As I recall we scored 100%, though it is only fair to say that members of the chess club there were banned, lest the task for the simultaneous players be too difficult.  Club members had the job of roping in likely victims, mainly from the bar, and yes, Moorfoot was somewhat unusual in being a civil service building with its own bar.


Steve Mann




The following obituary was written by Dave’s brother-in-law, Mike Smith - the two married identical twin sisters - for the Sheffield & DCA website, and has been forwarded.



On holiday in Cyprus, he fell on the stairs of the hotel, was taken by ambulance to hospital but did not regain consciousness.  Autopsy results awaited.  [Not a covid statistic.]

He is survived by Sandra, his wife of more than 40 years.


David was a keen hiker so when I heard he had died of a fall that was my first thought, but fate is not like that.  I understand he has left a bequest in his will to provide a bench on Stanage Edge, something I hope to visit in due course.


David originated from Leeds, moved to Sheffield in 1971, and spent 3 years at Sheffield University reading History.  He played initially for the University C team, then later also for the A team.


Post University David’s chess improved and he played for the Sheffield Woodhouse Cup team for many years.  He suffered a traumatic experience in a match Sheffield v Wakefield; David was substantial material to the good when his opponent suddenly dropped dead at the board.   Of another occasion he oft related “I will never forget strolling along to a Sheffield Woodhouse Cup game, expecting to arrive ten minutes late as usual, when Roger Hoole spotted me and offered a lift, ruining my game plan!”


David leaves us the legacy of the Nomads Chess Club.  He was the prime motivator for setting up the Nomads.  He had identified that Sheffield no longer had a ‘central chess club’.  He personally visited a very large number of potential venues and his enthusiasm drew others to the project.  That led directly to the formation of the Nomads club which won Division 4 and the Richardson Cup in its first season, a unique achievement in the annals of Sheffield Chess.  The Richardson campaign included defeating the current league champions (Aughton) in the semi-final followed by defeating the champions elect in the Final.  Here are the details of that 4-2 Final victory against Ecclesall:


Sheffield Nomads











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David also leaves us the legacy of the current format of the Sheffield Championship.  Historically the Sheffield Championship (and its minor tournaments) were played as separate knock-out competitions.  David formulated and put to the AGM the proposal for the format we still use today.  He was the Tournament Controller for several years until work commitments took him away from Sheffield.


Initially he went to Derby where he captained the Derbyshire County first team for several years.  After that he moved to the North East and then to Scotland.  Many year later he returned to the Sheffield area and played for Barnsley.


His chess claims to fame include the Hope Valley tournament in which he was runner-up to frequent winner Chris Shephard, both Nomads at the time, with another Nomad one of the losing semi-finalists.  In tournament chess he achieved a long and hard fought draw with GM Mark Hebden, something few achieved in those days.


In a visit to the local area, David featured prominently (hijacked it) in the Sheffield Star review of an Indian Restaurant in Totley that alluded to ‘the tousle haired businessman belching and burping his way through his curry’.


In autumn 2018 I received a photo (below), taken at a crêperie in Lyon.  Unusually the photo does not show him with his signature pint of lager (Stella if available) but instead has the explanatory caption "Encore une bouteille de cidre, s'il vous plait !!"



David will be remembered for his flamboyant attire, those bright red or alternatively bright green trousers at a time when others were sombrely dressed.



Mike Smith