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The Chess Player’s Chronicle of 1853 gave on page 110 a recently concluded game between York Literary and Scientific Institute and the Dublin Mechanics’ Institute.  As its conclusion was reported early in 1853 and lasted 29 moves, it seems reasonable to assume it started in 1852.

 

A York Chess Club, as such, started up in 1874, and Arthur Bolland Skipworth was organising his chess tournaments in York in 1867, 1868 and 1869.  This game shows that there was, in effect, a chess club or group of chess-players in York around 1852-53, albeit in the guise of a broader learned or philosophical society.  White doesn’t seem to mention the York Literary and Scientific Institute in his General Directory of Kingston-upon-Hull, and York, 1851.

 

Correspondence Game, 1852-53

White: Dublin Mechanics Institute, Black: York Literary and Scientific Institute, 1852-53

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. b4 Bxb4 5. c3 Ba5 6. O-O Nf6 7. Ng5 O-O 8. f4 d5 9. exd5 Nxd5 10. fxe5 Qxg5 11. Bxd5 Bb6+ 12. Kh1 Qxe5 13. Qf3 Bg4 14. Qxg4 Qxd5 15. d4 f5 16. Qf3 Qxf3 17. Rxf3 Rae8 18. Nd2 Re1+ 19. Nf1 f4 20. g3 g5 21. Kg2 Ba5 22. Bb2 Re2+ 23. Rf2 Rxb2 24. Rxb2 Bxc3 25. Rb1 Bxb2 26. Rxb2 Nxd4 27. gxf4 c5 28. Nd2 a5 29. Nb3 Nxb3 York resigned; 1-0.

 

 

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