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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The “Unknown” Yorkshire Chess Association


The originalYorkshire Chess Association” (1) started up in 1841, but fairly soon expanded to a much larger regional organisation (“The Northern & Midlands Chess Association”) and then became a national organisation (The “Chess Association”, soon to be renamed “British Chess Association”).  So, to replace the original Yorkshire Chess Association as a purely Yorkshire-based organisation, the “West Yorkshire Chess Association” was formed, intentionally limiting its scope to what was practical i.e. Yorkshire’s West Riding.  Eventually the “Yorkshire County Chess Club” was formed when a county-wide scope became practical, and in time the presentYorkshire Chess Association” was formed by the merger of WYCA and YCCC.  However, there was another “Yorkshire Chess Association” in existence, albeit briefly, between the two just referred to.


The Rev. Arthur Bolland Skipworth, who had organised two chess events at Caistor in his native Lincolnshire, continued pursuing his own ideas after moving to North Yorkshire.  Starting with Redcar as a venue for tournaments he adopted for his essentially one-man show the name “North Yorkshire & District Chess Association”, but on relocating to York as the  venue he adopted then name of (relatively unknown) “Yorkshire Chess Association”.  This change caused consternation in West Yorkshire, but that dissipated as Skipworth’s organisation, in turn, went national, becoming the “Counties Chess Association”, in parallel with the more elevated (overambitious?) British Chess Association.  Skipworth held meetings at York in 1867, 1868 and 1869.


At York in 1869, the Class I tournament, for the Challenge Cup, was contested by four players, who included Skipworth himself, who was the winner.  Making the games seem interesting is a bit difficult, but the game between Skipworth and Edmund Thorold was of some interest, with Thorold sacrificing Q for R + B in the hope of freeing his game.

Click here to play through the game Skipworth v Thorold.


The game between the Reverends Charles Edward Ranken (White) and A B Skipworth (Black) reached the following position after White had a little incautiously played 32. a4.


How should Black best continue in this position?

Click here to play through the game and find out.


In the Class II tournament, Huddersfield bank clerk Joseph Henry Scott Finlinson of Huddersfield had White against Whitby pawnbroker Walter Grimshaw who at that stage was probably not that good but would be “improving”.  Grimshaw played a speculative piece sacrifice in the opening, managed to get it back, developed an inferior position, but managed to pull off a “cheepo” in order to win.  After a certain amount of grovelling, the following position was reached, where Grimshaw (Black) had just played his queen from a dysfunctional station at c8 to d7.  White now blundered.


How did White, to move, now blunder?

Click here to play through the whole game and find out.


Finlinson came third in Class II, but won the Handicap event, beating Edmund Thorold (giving odds of P and 2 moves) en route, as follows.

Click here to play through the Finlinson v Thorold game.


A success for a local player came with a win by “Mr. Ball” over “Mr. Wayte” in the Handicap event.  “Mr. Ball” was clearly Alfred Ball, surgeon, of York, who was Skipworth’s assistant, or in effect the congress secretary.  The position after Black’s 13th move was as follows.  At his point White inexplicably blundered horribly, though equally inexplicably (if not more so) Black failed to exploit the blunder.



White played 14. Qf2, allowing 14. … Ng4, winning a knight.  The Chess Player’s Quarterly Chronicle said of White’s 14th, “This is not good; he ought now to lose a piece by his adversary playing Kt. to K. Kt. fifth, and it is strange indeed that Mr. Waite should have overlooked that simple move; but this is another proof that the best players are not infallible.  White might have played Q. R. to K. square, with full scope for attack.”  In the event, Black continued with 14. … Nxe3 15. Qxe3, and Arthur Ball went on eventually to win after that.

Click here to play through the whole Ball v Wayte game.