"History of Surrey disputes: Surrey is used to controversy - before the Association was formed in 1883 the editor of 'the Chessplayer's Chronicle' attacked the proposed constitution (giving certain rights only to members of affiliated clubs) as "materially lessening the popularity of the movement, and, to our minds, will entirely rob it of the right to the designation of a County Association" "
"(giving certain rights only to members of affiliated clubs)" still applies, doesn't it?!
I looked in an old BCM and it was suggested to have a British Chess Federation, and a meeting to discuss this was announced, whereupon Yorkshire complained that they didn't see the point of a BCF and why was the meeting in London? That was in 1903...
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