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Harrogate Youth Chess Club in Harrogate Advertiser

posted 23 Jan 2017, 04:54 by Andrew Zigmond
An article about the new club for secondary school students has been published on the Harrogate Advertiser website with the article and photo hopefully appearing in next Thursday's (26th Jan) paper.

To expand on the article, Harrogate has always had a good offer for primary school children wanting to learn chess with many primary schools running clubs and the Harrogate & District Primary Schools Chess Association co-ordinating activity and running an annual tournament. More recently Pat Sutcliffe founded the Harrogate Junior Chess Club which is setting the standard across Yorkshire.

What Harrogate does not have is any offer for Secondary School pupils who leave Primary school to find no chess club and no opportunity and encouragement to keep on playing. The HYCC was founded by Andrew Zigmond as part of the Harrogate Chess Club to address this situation.

Andrew has been a member of Harrogate Chess Club since he was 13 years old and is currently the Chairman having held several positions on the club committee over the years. Since 2015 he has been working with Pat Sutcliffe as a support coach at the HJCC. Andrew is supported in the running of the HYCC by Richard White, a HCC and HDPSCA committee member as well as a former secretary of the Yorkshire Chess Association. Both Andrew and Richard are fully DBS checked.