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1856: Huddersfield v Wakefield Match

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The 1856 annual general meeting of Huddersfield Chess Club was held on 29th March 1856 at the Imperial Hotel, 45 New Street, Huddersfield.  The meeting was of note partly because of a match between Huddersfield and Wakefield as part of the proceedings, and partly because it was there that action was initiated to resurrect the Yorkshire Chess Association which had since evolved into the Northern and Midland Counties Chess Association.

 

The Huddersfield Chronicle of Saturday 5th April 1856 carried a full report.  An abridged version of the report was carried by the Chess Player’s Chronicle, 1856, page 155, which concentrated on the match without referring to the idea of rekindling a Yorkshire Chess Association.

 

Club members present included the following:

Dr William Scott

President

David Marsden

Vice-President

John Watkinson

Hon. Sec.

E Barlow

 

A Bennett

 

George Brook, junior

 

Duncan Anderson Cooper

 

John Marsden

 

Overbury

 

GW Rhodes

 

John Russell Robinson

 

Henry Shaw, junior

 

Edward Wyndham Tarn

 

George Henry Taylor

(who later moved to the Durham area)

William Henry Bedford Tomlinson

 

M Webb

 

 

The main feature of interest was a match between a Huddersfield team and a visiting team from Wakefield, over four board, two games (inclusive of draws) being played on each board.

 

Match results were as follows:

Huddersfield

g1

g2

Wakefield

John Watkinson

1‑0,

½‑½

Edward Shepherd

David Marsden

½‑½,

½‑½

William Ledgar Robinson

Edward Wyndham Tarn

1‑0,

0‑1

William Wilks Hunter

George Henry Taylor

½‑½,

1‑0

Charles Smith Bennett

 

5

3

 

 

Presumably each player played one game as White and one as Black, but colours were not shown in the report, though we know Shepherd was White in the second game on board one, as we have the score of the game.

 

Huddersfield thus won with 3 wins to 1, and 4 draws.  At this point in time it was not customary to express this in the modern, less-detailed form of 5-3.

 

 

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25/04/2012

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