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Oldest Chess League?? - JMcNicoll - 09-05-2012

In yesterday's Scotsman John Henderson made the claim that the Glasgow Chess League was the strongest and oldest in Scotland.

Close but no cigar, John, while I leave strongest to be debated by others I can confirm that Glasgow is not the oldest chess league in Scotland. Glasgow started in 1908 but the Ayrshire chess league had already started the year before in 1907 with Kilmarnock winning that inaugural season.

You expect this sort of inaccurate reporting in the tabloids but the Scotsman surely aspires to a higher standard.

So, Ayrshire in 1907, oldest chess league in Scotland, unless you know better?


Re: Oldest Chess League?? - Alex McFarlane - 09-05-2012

Not sure when Edinburgh League started but it was certainly in existence in 1906-7 season with two divisions.


Re: Oldest Chess League?? - Patrick McGovern - 04-06-2012

Quote:Not sure when Edinburgh League started but it was certainly in existence in 1906-7 season with two divisions.

mmmmmmm, i think i know who some of the members were, Alex, Paul, Andy, Hamish, Robin,,,,,,,,, Big Grin


Re: Oldest Chess League?? - Alan McGowan - 06-06-2012

The first season of the Edinburgh Chess League was 1903/4. (BCM 1904, pp 243-4.)
Alan McGowan