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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Ridings (Farthings?) Cup


As indicated earlier, Competitions Controller Andrew Zigmond has set out his plans regarding the next YCA team on-line team event.  The following is from an e-mail from Andrew:


A while ago I floated the idea of an internal competition between the four sections of the county; North, South, East and West - I'm loosely calling it the Ridings cup although I'm having to make a disclaimer every time that I know the South isn't a Riding (some people get quite passionate about that).  The interest was there so the event is going ahead over twelve boards on the following dates.


March 6th:

North vs South,

West vs East

March 27th:

East vs North,

West vs South

April 10th:

North vs West,

South vs East


I've given teams permission to move all matches for the first two rounds to the Sunday that follows by mutual agreement.  The event will be played on lichess, but I'm toying with the idea of making it an annual over-the-board if/when circumstances permit - matches will take place on three Sundays that follow Yorkshire league Saturdays.


The one problem I can foresee is a potential overlap with the NCCU stages of the county championship.  In some ways it might complement it, being a stepping stone for club players to gain a taste for inter-county chess but it takes away three potential fixtures for Lancashire (and other) matches which I know can be hard to get scheduled in at the best of times (although I can probably get the event out of the way earlier in the season).





Webmaster’s linguistic observations:


Quite apart from the fact that South Yorkshire was never a “Riding” outside fiction, the meaning of “riding” is “one of three parts”.  “Riding” comes, by loss of the “th”, from “thriding” which comes from “thrid”, which itself has changed a little, passing into modern English, through metathesis, as “third”.  The word for “one of four parts” is “farthing”, from “fourthing” with a vowel shift.


So, how about “Farthing Cup”!?


The Riding system of local government was introduced by the Danes, another such tripartite system in Danelaw being that governed from Lincoln, where the old “thridings” of Lincolnshire were known in modern times as Lindsey, Kesteven and Holland.