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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Ian Mark Thackray

1971 –2020


The death has been reported of Ian Thackray of Leeds, at the age of 49.  Ian was born in Leeds on 25/08/1971, and was the son of lady chess-player Patricia (“Pat”) Thackray, who herself died fairly recently, a few years ago; the two formed that very rare phenomenon, a chess-playing mother-and-son pair.  Though best-known in West Yorkshire, Ian will be familiar enough to Yorkshire league players as well.


Ihor Lewyk reports, “Ian had been in hospital for an operation and returned home at the weekend.  Sadly he was found by his father I think on Monday.”  Ihor offers the following tribute:


It is with sad and heavy heart that I report that my good friend Ian Thackray passed away earlier this week.


Ian was the long-time captain of one of the Rose Forgrove teams based in Leeds, a club he joined as a young junior in the late eighties.


He also played for Bradford Chess Club and was a supporter of Civil Service Chess.


He loved playing team chess and the camaraderie and bonding this brought about.  Ian was one of the friendliest faces in the chess world and had a lovely dry sense of humour.  He was all about the social aspect of chess and made some great friends over the years.  Ian will leave a big void in the West Yorkshire chess scene and will be greatly missed by many that had the privilege to share some time, a pint and a laugh with him.


Ihor Lewyk