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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Chess in Victorian Humberside


When “Humberside” was created under local government reorganisation in 1974, Hull & District CA was keen to ensure it was clear that Hull was still in Yorkshire!  (The late Dave Milton, when resident in Hull, like others, put “East Yorkshire” in his postal address), and now “Humberside” has been abolished.  Yet, historically, there were close links between Hull, as the “capital” of south-east Yorkshire, and Grimsby, as the “capital” of north Lincolnshire, so forming a sort of Victorian “Humberside”.  Thus, 145 years ago, if a Hull-based team wanted inter-town chess matches, then the nearest place to be able to provide an opposing team was Grimsby.


Grimsby’s top board was the Rev. Arthur Bolland Skipworth, who had been born at Laceby, the first village on the road westward out of Grimsby, and who, after being for 12 years vicar of Bilsdale, N. Yorkshire, was from 1872 to 1875 inspector of schools for the diocese of Lincoln, and was then from 1875 to his death in 1898 Rector of Tetford, Lincs.  It is evident from games reported as being played at Tetford Rectory, that the great Johann Jacob Löwenthal visited Skipworth at Tetford, and when on about 04/09/1875 Grimsby played away to Hull Church Institute, Lowenthal played on board 1 for Grimsby, with Skipworth on 2!

(Click here for details of this Hull Church Institute v Grimsby match.)


“Humberside” then had its own chess column, as Hull’s James Crake wrote such a column in the Bellman, whose distribution area was essentially Hull and Grimsby.  Had the Hull & DCA been around at the time then Grimsby would probably be an affiliate!


Crake was a published problem composer, and the Bellman obviously provided him with an outlet within his own control.  One of his problems, which is nothing special, and is easy to solve (perhaps specifically aimed at the local readership rather than the dedicated problem solver), appeared in the Bellman of 13/12/1879, and was as follows:


Click here to see how White mates in 2 moves.


The same issue of the Bellman carried the following game between Samuel Wharton Kirke, formerly of Hull but by then resident at Waltham, Lincolnshire, and a member of Grimsby chess club, and Robert James Parkinson Iles of Grimsby Chess Club.  The following position arose after Black played the ill-advised Re8;


How did White continue?  Click here to play through the whole game and see the finish.


The Bellman of 06/09/1879 carried a game between Samuel Wharton Kirke of Waltham and G Smith of Laceby (probably schoolmaster George Smith).  The game looks something of a lesson in how not to play the opening, and is hardly a “good” game, but is fun.  The following is the position after Black played 8. …Nf6-g4, which is not normal, and probably loses.


Click here to play through the game to see how Black’s position rapidly fell apart.


It was the practice of Lincolnshire-born Edmund Thorold, formerly of Sheffield, but then of Bath, to pay visits, roughly annually, to one or other Hull chess club, giving a simultaneous display.  This was very probably the result of making Hull a stop-off place on his way from Bath to visit relatives in Bridlington and possibly Scarborough as well.  The Bellman of 28/02/1880 carried the following game played in Hull, in which Thorold as White played and lost to Robert Harris Philip.  This was not stated to have been played in a simultaneous display, but by the standard of White’s play that seems likely.  In the following position Black has just played Bf5, sacrificing or losing the exchange, yet Thorold manages to go badly astray later on.


Click here to play through the game Thorold-Philip.



For biographical details on parties mentioned above click on the name below:

James Crake, Samuel Wharton Kirke, Robert James Parkinson Iles, Robert Harris Philip

Edmund Thorold, Rev. Arthur Bolland Skipworth, Johann Jacob Löwenthal, Dave Milton