SHEFFIELD Chess History

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Narrative: 3)1883 to 1908: The Sheffield & District Chess Association Early Years

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The first president of the Sheffield & District Chess Association was Arthur Davy, to whose memory the Davy Trophy is dedicated.

 

At the time of the formation of the Sheffield & District Chess Association, there were a number clubs in existence.  They played matches against each other, but there were no formal inter-club team competitions, and no formal Sheffield individual championship.  These are matters which were addressed in time, though not as fast as one might expect.

 

When the West Yorkshire Chess Association opened its inter-town Woodhouse Cup competition to all Yorkshire clubs, not just those in membership the WYCA, Sheffield, in the guise of the S&DCA, jumped on board.

 

For some years the S&DCA plodded on quite happily and successfully, doing what it did, on behalf of chess clubs scattered among the Sheffield suburbs.  In time, however, some people came up with the idea that there ought to be a central Sheffield chess club.  The idea of the S&DCA as an association of clubs having its own “club” may have been mooted, but was not realised, so the promoters of the idea did in fact form a central “Sheffield Chess Club” in 1905.

 

What happened next was a little surprising.  The Sheffield & District Chess Association was unable to appoint officials to run itself.  This was despite the fact that people wanted the competitions it ran to continue as normal.

 

In the event, the Sheffield Chess Club assumed responsibility for running the affairs of the Sheffield & District Chess Association which went into a strange state of suspended animation.

 

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25/04/2012

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25/04/2012