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14/02/2024

British Championships 2024 to be Held in Hull

25th July to 4th August

 

The ECF has announced that the 2024 British Championships are once again to be held in Hull, from Thursday 25th July to Sunday 4th August.  Hull last hosted the full British Championships in 2018, though it also hosted parts of the slim-line first post-Covid over-the-board championships in 2021.

 

Back in 2018, elements including the Championship proper were held in Hull City Hall, Queen Victoria Square, Carr Lane, Hull, HU1 3RQ, and as a visitor then the writer thought it rather cramped, though that was in comparison with championships experienced decades earlier when numbers of participants were perhaps smaller.  Some competitions were held at the Doubletree and the Royal Hotel (the latter now being full up with asylum seekers)

 

The 2024 championships are to be split across two sites, Hull City Hall as above and the “DoubleTree by Hilton” (the trendy way of naming hotels these days, it seems), 24 Ferensway, Hull, HU2 8NH.  Both sites are about 500 metres from the railway station.

 

Details of the event are to be found at https://www.britishchesschampionships.co.uk/.

 

. . . also . . .

 

Glorney Cup, 2024

23rd to 25th July

 

The 2024 Glorney Cup has been scheduled by the ECF, whose turn it is to host this junior international team event, at the Canham Turner Building of Hull University from 23rd to 25th July, immediately before the British Championship.  This approach has been adopted before, enabling competitors in the Glorney Cup etc to stay on and play in the British Championships.

 

The Glorney Cup is an international junior team competition currently aimed at the four “home nations”, England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, though it has in the past, from time to time, included teams such as Belgium, France and the Netherlands.  This year, teams expected to participate are England (A), England B, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and an “International” team the nature of whose composition is not specified.

 

When the event for the Glorney Cup was initiated in 1949, it was for teams of under-18s (probably all boys).  In 1968 a Faber Cup for under-18 girls was first held alongside the Glorney Cup event.  In 2007 (in Dublin) the Robinson Cup and Stoke Cup competitions for under-14s and under-12s respectively were introduced.  The events seemingly being conducted under the umbrella term of Glorney Cup 2024 are thus:

 

Trophy

Glorney Cup

Robinson Cup

Stoke Cup

Faber* Cup

Players

U-18 Boys

Under-14s

Under-12s

U-18 Girls

Boards

5

6

6

3

* for a while renamed Gilbert-Faber Cup before it reverted to just Faber in unfortunate circumstances

 

The Glorney Cup was presented by Irish businessman Mr Cecil Parker Glorney of Dublin who arranged an under-18 team match between Ireland and England in 1948, leading the start of the broader-ranging international event.  The Faber Cup was donated by publisher Faber & Faber.  The Robinson Cup is also known as the John Robinson Cup, so presumably John Robinson (1931- 2006) of the John Robinson Youth Chess Trust (which still exists) donated that cup.  The origin of the Stoke Cup is not immediately evident.

 

There was originally a Glorney Chess Trust Fund which became the Glorney Bloodworth Chess Trust Fund after Ken Bloodworth (who the writer remembers from the early 1970s in Devon) got involved.  The Faber Cup had originally been supported by a registered charity, the Faber Trust Fund, but the residual funds of that charity were transferred on 25 April 2001 to the Glorney Bloodworth Chess Trust Fund, whose funds in turn were on 18th January 2020 transferred to the Chess Trust.

 

(The Glorney Cup has a website at https://www.glorneycupchess.org/.  More info is available in articles about Ken Bloodworth on the Keverel Chess website at https://www.keverelchess.com/tag/glorney-cup/ and https://www.keverelchess.com/tag/ken-bloodworth/.)