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What constitutes a chess club is not as clear as might seem.  Some clubs are formed, then lapse and fade away, and sometimes new clubs of the same name are born at a later date.  The start of a new club is more often reported than the decease of an existing one.  The following list includes some of what has come to the writer’s notice so far.  There were obviously a number of other Yorkshire clubs not yet listed.  Start and end dates are given where to hand, but sometimes the best that can be done is to give dates when a club was known to exist, without the start and/or end date being known.  Details of sources for the dates given will be in the articles on said clubs, when written and uploaded.  Some local associations are included.  Some widely-quoted early dates are difficult to substantiate.  Some clubs etc outside Yorkshire are included.

 

Started

Existed

Existed

Ended

Club

 

1820

 

 

Leeds Chess Club (1)

1834

Leeds Chess Club (2)

1834

Doncaster Chess Club

1837

Wakefield Chess Club

1840

1847

Halifax Chess Club (1)

1841

????

Huddersfield Chess Club (1)

1842*

Bingley

1842*

Bradford (1)

1842*

Hull

1842*

Malton

1842*

Settle

1842*

Sheffield

<=1842*

York (1)

1842

????

Halifax Clarence Chess Club

1847

Sheffield Athenaeum Chess Club

1848

????

Halifax Chess Club (2)

1852

1854

Sheffield Lyceum Chess Club

1852

Halifax St. George’s Chess Club

1852

Huddersfield Chess Club (2)

1853

Bradford Chess Club (2)

1859

Holmfirth Chess Club

1859

Settle Chess Club

1859

Whitby Chess Club

1860

Beverley Chess Club

1868

Halifax Chess Club (3)

1869

1886

Rotherham Chess Club (1)

1873

1881

St. Peter's Chess Club (Sheffield)

1874

Hull Church Institute Chess Club

1874

York Chess Club (2)

1876

Penistone Chess Club

1877

Hull St. James Church Chess Club

1878

Doncaster YMCA Chess Club

1878

Scarborough Chess Club

1879

Dewsbury Chess Club

1881

Arundel Chess Club (Sheffield)

1883

Sheffield & District Chess Association

1883

Tees Side Chess Association

1884

 

 

 

Harrogate Chess Club

1885

Sheffield Reform Chess Club

1886

Burley-in-Wharfdale Chess Club

1886

Grosmont Chess Club

1886

Harrogate Chess Club

1886

Leeds Chess & Draughts Club

1886

Ripon Chess Club

1886

Windmill Chess Club (Shipley)

1886

Withernsea Chess Club

1886

Ilkley Chess Club

1887

1890

Heckmondwike Chess Club

1888

Otley

1890

Birstall

1900

Hutton's Chess Club (Sheffield)

1905

Sheffield Chess Club

1906

WW1

Chesterfield Chess Club

1924

Chesterfield and District Chess Club

 

* These seven locations, along with Leeds, Doncaster, Wakefield, Halifax and Huddersfield, were described as having (or having recently had, in the case of York) chess circles or clubs, in an article describing chess in England, appearing in Le Palamède of 1842 (issue no. 7).

 

 

Created

25/04/2012

Copyright © 2012, 2013 Stephen John Mann

Last Updated

09/10/2013