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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ECF AGM, 17/10/2020


The 2020 ECF AGM is to be held via Zoom on 17th October.  As YCA delegate I have e-mailed all Yorkshire league team captains, YCA Constituent Member secretaries, and YCA officers and team captains inviting them to express any opinion they might have on how the YCA should vote on any of the issues arising.  Meeting papers, including agenda and election addresses, can be found at https://www.englishchess.org.uk/about/ecf-council-and-board/.


The only item I see as likely to interest people, albeit a minority, is the only contested election, that for Director of Home Chess (to replace Adrian Elwin).  Nominees are

Nigel Towers (Birmingham) and

Tim Wall (Newcastle-upon-Tyne).

Election addresses can be found at

https://www.englishchess.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/C33.9bi-Election-Address-Nigel-Towers.pdf and



When Tim Wall (new President of the Northern Counties Chess Union) expressed a desire to stand, he asked northern counties if they would nominate him (you cannot nominate yourself!), and YCA officers agreed to do that, partly to ensure at least one candidate was in place at the meeting.  (No other nominees were known at that time.)  Some officers were broadly “for” Tim and some were less sure due to a feeling he had shown problems with delivery of organisational things taken on, so they were reserving judgment of who they would ultimately support when the full set of nominees was known.


Nigel Towers, who some see as a candidate put forward by some ECF Board members specifically to oppose Tim Wall, has a proven track record in the area of promoting on-line chess under the auspices of the ECF, when Covid-19 effectively stopped over-the-board chess.  Some see Nigel as best placed in such a managerial post within the Directorate, with somebody else as Director.


As with all such elections, delegates can vote for one candidate, or “none of these” (i.e. neither – with can mean nobody is elected) – or abstain.


How should the YCA vote? -  Nigel Towers, Tim Wall, neither (so the Board would go on to seek to fill the post some other way), or abstain?


Other elections are uncontested, but if YCA member would like the YCA to vote against any candidate for any of these other posts then they should let me know.


If, having read the Agenda (https://www.englishchess.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/C33-Agenda.pdf), there is any other point on which they should like to direct the YCA delegate, then they should let me know.


Steve Mann

YCA delegate to the ECF