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George Hotel, Huddersfield,

Wednesday, 08/11/1843

 

The fourth meeting of the Yorkshire Chess Association was held at the George Hotel, Huddersfield, on Wednesday 8th November 1843, under the presidency of The Right Honourable John Savile, 3rd Earl of Mexborough.  His peerage was an Irish peerage, which meant it didn’t give him a seat in the House of Lords.  From 1807 to 1826, and from 1831 to 1832, the Earl had been MP for Pontefract, a seat later held by his son, John Charles George Savile, Viscount Pollington (later 4th Earl of Mexborough) from 1835 to 1837 and again from 1841 to 1847 (covering the time of this meeting).  The Earl had taken lessons from Sarratt, and appears to have been quite good as a player.

 

A notice of the impending meeting appeared in the Chess Players’ Chronicle, vol. IV, page 339, as follows:

 

YORKSHIRE CHESS ASSOCIATION.

 

Sir,

I beg most respectfully to inform you, that the 4th Meeting of the Yorkshire Chess Association will be held at the George Hotel, Huddersfield, on Wednesday, the 8th of Nov. next, at which Chess Players from all parts of the Kingdom are expected.

The Rooms will be opened for the commencement of Games and Matches, at Ten o’clock A.M., which will be continued (with the intermission of Lunch at One,) till Five P.M., when the party will adjourn to Dinner.  The Right Honourable the Earl of Mexborough in the Chair.

Tickets, including Lunch, Dinner, a pint of Wine, and Coffee, Half-a-Guinea each.

Should you or any of your Chess Friends intend to favour the Meeting with your Company, please to signify the same to me, on or before the 1st of November next.

I am, Sir,

Yours most respectfully,

T. Parratt,

Hon. Secretary.

Huddersfield, Oct. 18th, 1843.

 

 

At least 60 players attended, the numbers being “so great as to occupy three of the rooms in the second story [sic] of the hotel”.  Players from Halifax, Huddersfield, Leeds, Bingley, and Wakefield were present, besides visitors from outside the county.  Bradford and Sheffield players were conspicuous by their absence.  Those who’d previously travelled from Horbury, and Doncaster were absent, but there were players from Hull and Goodmanham (E. Yorkshire), places not previously represented.  Proceedings started at 10 o’clock.

 

Visitors this year were Samuel Newham, Neuberg, Dobson and Smith, all from Nottingham, and Maw (presumably Henry Lister Maw) from Crowle in Lincolnshire.  A significant feature of the presence of the Nottingham players was that the Yorkshire players were invited to a chess meeting planned by Nottingham Chess Club.  (See report in Wakefield Journal.)

 

For the first time in a local newspaper, the Wakefield Journal, there is a report on the results of some of the games played.

 

The Earl of Mexborough, giving odds of a knight, won three games from “a strong Wakefield player”.  Also:

Edward Cronhelm (Halifax)

+2 =1 ‑1

Marmaduke Wyvill

Marmaduke Wyvill

+2 =0 ‑0

F. W. Cronhelm (Halifax)

Marmaduke Wyvill

+2 =0 ‑0

H. E. Francis (Hull)

H. E. Francis (Hull)

+3 =0 ‑0

Dodson (Nottingham)

H. E. Francis (Hull)

+2 =0 ‑1

R. Cadman (Leeds)

Neuberg (Nottingham)

+1 =1 ‑0

E. Shepherd (Wakefield)

In none of the above were the colours or first player to move recorded.

 

The Wakefield Journal puts “Mr. Wyrill” with an “r” not a “v”, but the player referred to is Marmaduke Wyvill, one of the Wyvills of Constable Burton Hall, MP for Richmond from 1847 to 1865, and again from 1866 to 1868.  In his one chess tournament, London Exhibition 1851, he came second, behind Anderssen, but in 1843 he was still relatively unknown.

 

The following is a list of people listed as attending, along with some more-specific identities (in the view of the writer):

 

Reported Surname &c

Reported Club &c

Identity per Writer

Ainley

Bingley

Ainley, W

Allen

Halifax

Armitage, J.

Huddersfield

Atkinson, C.

Huddersfield

Atkinson, Charles

Barker

Huddersfield

Battye, Thomas

Huddersfield

Thomas Battye

Blow, Rev. W.

Goodmanham

Boscovitz

Huddersfield

Boscovitz,David

Boyd

Halifax

Brierley

Halifax

Brierley, John Henry

Brierley

Huddersfield

Brierley, Joseph

Brook, J.

Huddersfield

James or Joseph Brook

Brown

Leeds

Brown, Robert Alexander

Cadman

Leeds

Cadman, Robert

Clay, J.

Huddersfield

Clough

Huddersfield

Cronhelm, E.

Halifax

Cronhelm, Edward

Cronhelm, F. W.

Halifax

Cronhelm, Frederick William

Crossland, T. P.

Huddersfield

Dewhirst

Huddersfield

Dobson

Nottingham

Eddison

Huddersfield

William or Henry Eddison

Fenton, J. C.

Huddersfield

James Crossland Fenton

Floyd ,C. S.

Huddersfield

Forbes

Halifax

Forbes, Neil Macvicar

France

Leeds

France, John Morrell

Francis

Hull

Francis, Henry Ralph

Freeman

Huddersfield

John Freeman

Garvey, Rev R.

Wakefield

Garvey, Rev Richard

Hervey

Halifax

Hoffmeister 1

Hull

Hoffmeister, Charles

Hoffmeister 2

Hull

Hoffmeister, [another]

Horn

Huddersfield

Henry Horn

Kaye, W. H.

Huddersfield

Kilner

Huddersfield

Kilner, John Hirst

Kinnear, George

Huddersfield

Mann

Huddersfield

Mann, W

Marsden

Huddersfield

Marsden, David

Maw

Crowle, Lincs

Maw, Henry Lister

Mexborough, Earl of

 

Savile, John, 3rd Earl

Neuberg

Nottingham

Newham

Nottingham

Newham, Samuel

Oldham, Rev. J. R.

Huddersfield

Rev. John Roberts Oldham

Parratt

Huddersfield

Parratt, Thomas

Pritchett

Huddersfield

Pritchett, Charles

Rhodes

Leeds

Rhodes, John

Richardson

Leeds

Richardson, Hamilton

Robinson, W.

Wakefield

Robinson, William Ledgar

Shepherd, A.

Wakefield

Shepherd, Arthur

Shepherd, E.

Wakefield

Shepherd, Edward

Smith

Nottingham

Stables ,W.

Huddersfield

Walter/Williams Stables

Stanton, Capt.

Huddersfield

Starkey

Huddersfield

John/Joseph/Thomas Starkey

Swift, J.

Huddersfield

Joseph Swift

Walker

Wakefield

Walker, C

Welsh

Huddersfield

Welsh, R

Wilson

Wakefield

Wyrill

 

Wyvill, Marmaduke

 

 

 

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