Yorkshire League Round 1

Well the starting gun is fired, the teams are off and the race to the three trophies in the Yorkshire league has begun. The opening feint in the Woodhouse Cup belongs to Sheffield A who won biggest (6-2 vs Bradford Central) to go top, 1/2 a game point ahead of Hull DCA A and champions York RI A who defeated York RI C. The IM Brown is always the toughest league to call and after one round a newly promoted team (Doncaster) are locked in pole position with a newly relegated one (Harrogate A). Calderdale B and Sheffield D also hit the 6 point mark, suggesting that the IM Brown will be extremely competitive this year.

Alwoodley B go top of the Silver Rook after beating West Leeds 5 1/2-2 1/2 with Harrogate C edging out Wakefield B to join them in the nominal promotion zone.


The Woodhouse favourites have been granted a postponement to February due to a clash with the European Cup, giving any one of the clubs who also won in the first round a chance to establish themselves as the form team. In the IM Brown it’s equally hard to pinpoint any match but it will be interesting to see how much of a bearing Sheffield D’s match against Alwoodley A proves to have on the promotion battle.


As it’s quite a short round up this week I thought I’d provide a summary of what’s happening on the Yorkshire Chess scene.

Junior organisers have been contacted separately and it is my intention to send an email to secretaries shortly but I am pleased to announce a new JUNIOR LEAGUE FOR YORKSHIRE beginning with an event at Ackworth School on Saturday 18th November. The afternoon will begin at 13.30 with three rapidplay games played across the afternoon. It is also hoped to provide tuition and the only requirement to play is that they are under 18 on 1st September 2017.

I am also looking at a longplay league for more experienced juniors but am still in consultation as to how that would work.

If you have juniors at your club but not enough to make up a team of six they are not excluded. Please send them along and they will be accomodated; either in the form of a makeshift team or rounding up teams that may be a player short. I am passionate about not excluding young players and the more that are involved the better.


I think most players will have heard that the 2018 British Championships will be held in Hull. This marks the first time the championships have been held in the North since North Shields 2012 and the first in Yorkshire since 2011 (Sheffield). I know Hull chess club intend to be closely involved and hopefully the YCA will be as well. Having played in the last five championships I can speak from experience when I say that there is no event quite like the British and with sections for players of all standards there is plenty to get involved in. Hopefully I’ll be able to bring you more news when the countdown to Hull 2018 begins in earnest.


We are now in October which means three things; leaves everywhere, the clocks going back and no less than two exceptional congresses in successive weeks. Unbelievably it is now ten years since Lara Barnes took the helm of Scarborough Congress and made it the biggest congress in the country. Scarborough runs from 20-22nd October this year with Hull congress following a week later (27-29th). The days when Hull could win the Woodhouse Cup just by turning up may be gone but in the last few years they have established themselves once again as the chess capital of Yorkshire and this year the congress will present the Yorkshire Individual Championship to the highest eligible participant.

Scarborough http://www.scarboroughchesscongress.org.uk/

Hull http://www.hullchess.com/


Former Yorkshire Chess Association President and Secretary. I'm not the brains of the editorial team but I can live with being a glorified typist as well as the resident grammar pedant. I have captained Bradford A in the Woodhouse cup for over 30 years. I'm fairly easy going, sometimes diplomatic and I think my enthusiasm is infectious but not life threatening. The English chess world needs to wake up and smell the coffee before league chess collapses altogether.


5 Responses to “Yorkshire League Round 1”

  1. Andrew

    Oct 15. 2017

    Is there any word on when/if the website will be back up and running to allow for match reports and results?

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  2. Ihor Lewyk

    Oct 16. 2017

    Hi Andrew,

    I had hoped to get it online this week but it hasn’t proved possible to get it completed yet.


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  3. ihor lewyk

    Oct 16. 2017

    All the results are on Chessnuts apart from Bradford A v Leeds.
    Both teams were rather weak (absentees for both teams would be favourites in a match).
    I have just been given the final score and it was an incredible 8-0 victory for Bradford. There were so many games that could have gone either way and I’m so proud of the Bradford players showing such determination in winning all their games.

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  4. Andrew

    Oct 16. 2017

    No worries Ihor – I saw it was being worked on so was just wondering if we had a timescale.

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  5. Ihor

    Oct 16. 2017

    I’m confident it will be in place for the matches from November. It has now been drafted I just need one of our experts to test I’ve done it right. Or put it right.

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