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1856: Leeds-Huddersfield Match

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This was played at the first meeting of the West Yorkshire Chess Association Meeting, at Leeds Chess Club, Greek Street, Leeds, on 21st June 1856.

 

The result given by the WYCA Minute Book was Leeds 6 wins, Huddersfield 6 wins, with 2 draws.

 

The Leeds Mercury of 28th June 1856 gave the results of the match in narrative form as follows:

Of the Leeds players Messrs. Andrews and Bishop succeeded in winning both their games of Messrs. Bennett and Tarn, against whom they played; Messrs. Cadman, Rhodes, and Simpson played even against the Huddersfield players, Messrs. Tomlinson, Watkinson, and Robinson; and Messrs. Millard and Myers, of Leeds, lost both their games against Messrs. Marsden and Taylor; thus the match was won by neither – Leeds winning six games and Huddersfield the same number.

 

Determining the exact individual game results isn’t easy.  The only possible conclusion seems to be that, in the pairs of opponents who “played even”, in two pairs the opponent scored a win each, while in one pair the opponents scored two draws.  Thus in the following, “even” appears to represent a win each in two cases, and two draws in one case, but the source data don’t identify which pair scored the draws:

 

 

It’s fairly safe to assume that in each pair colours were reversed for the second game.  The above results are not in any published board order, but are in the order the present writer guesses would have been the board order.

 

 

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25/04/2012

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