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Northgate Hotel, Halifax

Wednesday, 2/11/1842

 

The third meeting of the original Yorkshire Chess Association was held at Northgate Hotel, Halifax, on Wednesday 2nd November 1842.

 

As Halifax was at the western extremity of the catchment area of these meeting, numbers attending may have been lower than at the previous two meetings.  The Halifax Guardian named only thirty-one attenders.  Nevertheless, the meeting was attended by two players from relatively distant parts of the county; there was the first (and significant) appearance of a Hull chess-player, Mr. H. R. Francis, principal of King’s College, Hull; another player from afar was Mr. Maw of Crowle.  Crowle is just over the border, in Lincolnshire, but this gentleman also had a foothold in Yorkshire, at Warmsworth Hall, on the periphery of Doncaster.  All but one of the others present were, as one might expect, from the Leeds, Wakefield, Huddersfield and Halifax clubs.  The remaining attender was G. B. Wagner of Hamburg, who appears in due course to have settled in Leeds.

 

There were no strong visitors from outside the county on this occasion.

 

The meeting was presided over by W. Briggs of Halifax, “supported” by the Rev. Edwin Colman Tyson, president of Wakefield Chess Club, and the Rev. Richard Garvey of Wakefield.  Henry Ralph Francis (Hull) and Frederick William Cronhelm (Halifax) were vice-presidents.

 

The main chess-playing session ran from just after ten o’clock in the morning to five o’clock in the afternoon.  Interestingly, this chess-playing was described as the “tournament”, with quotation marks in the report’s text, though it was not an organised attempt to determine a “winner”.

 

As was common in the early years of such meetings, reports omit any mention of who played whom, let alone what the results were.  Nevertheless, John Rhodes of Leeds appears to have dominated, as Edward Cronhelm proposed a toast during dinner to John Rhodes as “The Champion of Yorkshire”, a title which the recipient declined to accept when he replied to the toast.

 

The dinner commenced at five o’clock.  There were the usual speeches and toasts, to which the greater part of the press reports were devoted.  Some speakers contrasted chess with other games by pointing out the meritorious scientific and mathematical nature of chess.  Frederick William Cronhelm was his usual self, alluding as ever to classical warfare and the like.

 

After the end of the dinner, the assembly seems to have broken up, whereas on other occasion we are told that play was resumed and continued, for the hard core, to a late hour.  On this occasion the need to set off home probably was more urgent.

 

The following are the attenders listed by the Halifax Guardian, along with the writer’s opinion as to their identities.

 

M. [sic] R. Francis 

Hull

Henry Ralph Francis

- Mawe [sic]

Creole [sic]

Henry Lister Maw, of Crowle & Doncaster

G. B. Wagner

Hamburgh [sic]

George Bernhard Wagner

R. Cadman

Leeds

Robert Cadman

J. M. France

Leeds

John Morrell France

H. Richardson

Leeds

J. G. Heaps

Leeds

Joshua Garside Heaps

J. Hopkinson

Leeds

John Hopkinson (?)

J. Rhodes

Leeds

John Rhodes

Rev. E. C. Tyson, A. M.

Wakefield

Rev. Edwin Colman Tyson

C. Walker

Wakefield

Rev. R. Garvey, A. M.

Wakefield

Rev. Richard Garvey

E. Shepherd

Wakefield

Edward Shepherd

W. Allison

Wakefield

W. Robinson

Wakefield

William Ledgar Robinson

Thomas Parratt

Huddersfield

Thomas Parratt

A. [sic] Marsden

Huddersfield

David Marsden

W. Mann

Huddersfield

Josh. Brierley

Huddersfield

Joseph Brierley

J. H. Kilner

Huddersfield

John Hirst Kilner

G. Simpson

Huddersfield

George Simpson

W. H. Kaye

Huddersfield

T. Hill

Huddersfield

W. Briggs

Halifax

William Briggs

F. W. Cronhelm

Halifax

Frederick William Cronhelm

F. A. Leyland

Halifax

Francis Alexander Leyland

Holroyde

Halifax

 

W. Craven

Halifax

William Craven

M. H. Rankin

Halifax

Michael Henry Rankin

- Forbes

Halifax

 

F. A. Walsh

Halifax

 

 

See also:

Text of report in the Halifax Guardian of 5th November 1842

 

Text of a brief account given by Medley

 

 

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