Yorkshire Post Article 1 – Open County Championship 2015

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This is an extended version of the column published in the Yorkshire Post on 17th October 2015

Open County Championship Final 2015

Last year, Yorkshire impressively won the ECF Open County Championship and like the Yorkshire County Cricket team, they were looking to retain their title.

Captain Mark Birkin had guided Yorkshire to dominant wins against Lancashire in the regional stages and Surrey in the semi-finals of the national stages. A strong and confident Kent side were awaiting Yorkshire in the final which was played over 16 boards.

The match got off to a cagey start as the first five games to finish all ended in draws. After four hours of play, Yorkshire started to gain the ascendancy with several decisive results. They were led from the front by their top board, International Master James Adair (York). He found a neat trick to reach a winning endgame, see if you can work out what Adair played in our puzzle below.

While Adair is a young player having recently completed his university studies, the next three wins for Yorkshire came from even younger players; Jean-Luc Weller (studying at Cambridge University) and two England Junior internationals; Oskar Hackner (Sheffield) and Harry Li (Leeds).

Three more wins by International Master Andrew Ledger (Sheffield), Colm Barry (Leeds) and YCA President Jim Burnett (Doncaster) secured a dominating 11-5 win for Yorkshire. This is the first time in the 107-year history of the competition that Yorkshire have won back-to-back titles.

You can replay all the games from the final in our game viewer below.

The next column will appear in The Yorkshire Post on Saturday 24th October

(Back row) Jim Burnett, Jean-Luc Weller, James Adair, Matthias Gantner, Oskar Hackner, Peter Shaw, Kieran O'Driscoll, Colm Barry (Front row) Phil Watson, Jonathan Nelson, Andrew Ledger, Mark Birkin (capt), Richard Palliser, David Adams, Harry Li

(Back row) Jim Burnett, Jean-Luc Weller, James Adair, Matthias Gantner, Oskar Hackner, Peter Shaw, Kieran O’Driscoll, Colm Barry
(Front row) Phil Watson, Jonathan Nelson, Andrew Ledger, Mark Birkin (capt), Richard Palliser, David Adams, Harry Li


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12 Responses to “Yorkshire Post Article 1 – Open County Championship 2015”

  1. Phil Watson

    Oct 18. 2015

    Ah, happy days. Is there a larger version of the photo available anywhere?
    Phil

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  2. Chris Bak

    Oct 18. 2015

    Why doesn’t 24..Nh5 win material? I don’t see how white can keep hold of the knight on d6.

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    • Andy Bak

      Oct 18. 2015

      25.Rg1 looks quite strong with Be5 coming, that’s without an engine though.

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      • Chris Bak

        Oct 18. 2015

        I was looking for tempo moves for white but missed that one! I guess something like 24..Nh5 25. Rg1 Qh7 26. Qe3 is good enough.

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  3. David G. Mills

    Oct 19. 2015

    Hello,

    With some effort, I obtained a copy of last Saturday’s Yorkshire Post. Don’t normally buy it and am unlikely so to do in the future at £1.70 an issue. The size of the chess column was disappointing, although I am not particularly surprised. I produce a weekly chess column for the Beverley Guardian. It rarely appears as originally written, but at least it is usually published. I mention this because the Beverley Guardian is a subsidiary of the Yorkshire Post. It is clear from the Yorkshire Chess website that you sent more than the Yorkshire Post was prepared to publish. More people will see future chess articles if they are printed in the sports section rather than the magazine.

    Last year I tried to re-establish a chess column in the Hull Daily Mail. Under John Lawson’s and John Bycroft’s editorship it was successful for many years. The Hull Daily Mail was simply not interested. For sport read football, rugby, cricket and golf. No other sports matter to the Hull Daily Mail and I have now ceased to buy it. There is no other local newspaper and therefore no competition.

    Are there chess columns in any other local Yorkshire newspapers? If so, does the publisher make significant cuts to the copy submitted? If not, is it because no local player is willing to take the time to write a column or (more likely) is the newspaper not prepared to print chess copy?

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    • dave hirst

      Oct 20. 2015

      Once you have overcome your disappointment in newspapers, David, perhaps you would like to send in a puzzle from your own games to Yorkshire Chess and support their efforts.

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      • David G. Mills

        Oct 20. 2015

        Hello Dave,

        At my standard of play it is hard to come up with items that would be of interest to players in a county the size of Yorkshire, but I’ll try. I will be forwarding another book review for inclusion on this site in the near future. Following a few stressful years, I am attempting to produce some Yorkshire League match reports for the Hull & District site. In view of my chess commitments in both East Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire, they may be a few weeks in arrears.

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    • Andy Bak

      Oct 21. 2015

      Hi David,

      I think the size of the column in the Yorkshire Post is of a roughly equivalent size to most columns I’ve seen in the national papers. But we’re very grateful that they let us advertise this website in the column so they can come here to find out more information about the topic they’re reading if they so choose.

      The YP were upfront with how much space we have in the column and they didn’t edit down anything for the first column. We’re simply choosing to provide a more extensive version of the column on the website for those that want to find out more.

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  4. Adrian Dawson

    Oct 20. 2015

    Hi David, the Halifax Courier publish my article every Friday for £1.25 and they rarely edit it but they prefer purely local chess news to anything national or of a wider locality.

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    • David G. Mills

      Oct 20. 2015

      Hello Adrian,

      For items in the Beverley Guardian I emphasise the involvement of Beverley Chess Club players.- whether it be for Beverley Chess Club teams or representing Hull & District. It is very rare that chess league tables are featured when I send them in, yet cricket, football and rugby tables often appear.

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      • Andy Bak

        Oct 21. 2015

        I think we have definitely gone against the tide by managing to obtain a chess column in a paper with such a wide circulation as the YP.

        In addition to Adrian’s column, Lara Barnes informed me that they’ve recently managed to get a local column back in the Newcastle Evening Chronicle so maybe this trend is spreading a bit!

        We’re hoping that local players might be able to pitch a bid to their local papers to have a chess column in there now that the largest-circulation regional newspaper has chosen to run a chess column in it.

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