Yorkshire Chess Association


Year Book 2019-20 Contents

Thing of the Day


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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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Jacob Bronowski


In 1973, a 13-part television series called “The Ascent of Man” was broadcast.  It was written and presented by a mathematician whose first post-university chess club was in Hull.  In time he moved to London, where there is still in service a chess trophy bearing his name.


While in his first academic job, as a mathematics lecturer at University College, he played for Hull in the Woodhouse Cup.  Having won the Hull Championship in 1935, he went on to win the Yorkshire Championship in 1936.  In round 2 of that Yorkshire Championship he played C North of Sheffield, making a genuine exchange sacrifice in the middle game, and, after eventually recouping the exchange through positional pressure, executed a particularly aggressive endgame clean-up, from which his opponent may have taken days to recover!

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The final of the 1936 Yorkshire Championship was played at Goole, as a half-way house between Hull and Sheffield, between Jacob Bronowski and Arnold Yorwarth Green of Sheffield (later of London).  Green went for a rather dubious line in the Slav Defence to the Queen’s Gambit.  In time some complicated play developed, but Bronowski held on and emerged the victor.

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