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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John G Bycroft

1958 – 29/12/2020


News has been received of the untimely death of John G Bycroft of Hull, at the age of 62.  It appears he died during, or as a result of, his customary cycle-ride home after work on Tuesday, 29/12/2020.


John was born in Hull in 1958, to Hull-born parents Jack and Muriel Bycroft, so he was “Hull”, born-and-bred.  He will obviously be best-remembered by chess-players in Hull and District, but many Yorkshire chess-players of comparable age will have agreeable memories of him dating back to the mid-1970s through encounters with Hull chess teams.


He seems not to have played in the Woodhouse Cup since 2005-06, but continued playing in the Hull league to at least 2017.


John Cooper (Hull chess’s other “J.G.”) has put his personal tribute on the Hull Chess Club website.  His references to cycling remind me (SJM) of once, some decades ago, approaching a location in Hull, believed to be the venue of an impending Woodhouse Cup match, and being told this must be the right venue on account of the figure rolling up on a bicycle; “He always arrives on a bike.”  This was perhaps the aptly named John Bycroft.  Strongly reminiscent of him is the photograph below (lifted from the HCC website), as it shows a characteristic, slightly-inquiring, welcoming smile.



John Cooper’s tribute, and such other comments as have been added, can be read on the Hull Chess Club website at https://www.hullchess.co.uk/copy-of-john-bycroft.  [That tribute explores various aspects of John Bycroft’s personality, and touches on Hull Chess Club's "falling out" with the YCA.  For the wider Yorkshire audience, John (Cooper), has asked that it be made clear that John (Bycroft) was not, in any general way, at all negative or hostile to the YCA or to chess in Yorkshire or outside of Hull.]