SHEFFIELD Chess History

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Narrative: 6) 1945 to 20nn: The Modern Era

Yorkshire Home

 

Sheffield Home

Narrative

Organisations

Events

Games

People

Graves

Competitions

Trophies

Made in Sheffield

Miscellaneous

 

After the Second World War, chess activities in Sheffield resumed, and continued much as they had done in the past.

 

The secretary had died in the war, and the S&DCA minutes books went astray as a result.

 

Bill Batley had died, though not directly as a result of the war.  That meant his chess column was not resumed.  Sheffield never again experienced the same level of chess-journalistic fervour which in many ways had carried on the spirit of James White’s column in the Leeds Mercury, and Joseph Algernon Woollard’s column in the Bradford Observer and perhaps excelling them.

 

For the S&DCA the main changes throughout this period have been ones of scale.  The “league” expanded to five divisions.  Since then it dropped back to four, but is currently back at five.  A secondary repêchage competition was introduced in the team-knockout.  The number of teams entered in Yorkshire Chess Association team competitions has increased.  Such volume measures of activity suggest that while in other associations activity has decreased in the last decade, in Sheffield no such reduction was been experienced.

 

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Created

25/04/2012

Copyright © 2012 Stephen John Mann

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25/04/2012