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1861: Wakefield v Huddersfield

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Played at the Royal Hotel, Wood Street, Wakefield,

on 14/12/1862,

over 9 boards, 2 games per board

 

The Leeds Mercury of 21/12/1861 reported on this match as follows:

 

CHESS PLAYING AT WAKEFIELD.-Last Saturday a friendly trial of skill between the Wakefield and Huddersfield Chess Clubs, took place at the Royal Hotel.  Play commenced at about half-past three o’clock, and was continued, with a pleasant interruption for refreshment, until eight, when the Huddersfield players had to leave by train.  The match was not concluded, but the following in the state of the score.  We understand the match will been terminated at Huddersfield early next year: -

(There followed the Mercury’s version of the results.)

 

The Chess Player’s Chronicle, 1862, p. 18, printed a fuller report based, seemingly, on that published in the Huddersfield press.  (The phrase “will be played out in this town” betrays the source of the text, addressed to a Huddersfield audience, possibly by John Watkinson.)

 

MATCH BETWEEN HUDDERSFIELD AND WAKEFIELD.

 

THIS important match came off, according to agreement, on Saturday Dec. 14, 1861, at the Royal Hotel, Wood Street, Wakefield.  The conditions of the match were that nine players should represent each club; that two games should be played by each couple of competitors, to be paired according to relative strength, so far as this could be ascertained; and that the stakes be a £2 2s. set of Staunton chess-men.

Play commenced at half-past three o’clock and proceeded with great spirit until six, when a truce was cried, and the opposing forces adjourned to a most substantial tea, provided, with their accustomed liberality, by the Wakefield club.  Immediately after this, hostilities were recommenced with renewed vigour, and continued until about eight, when the Huddersfield gentlemen were obliged to hasten to the train.  All this time the greatest excitement prevailed, as, one after another, the different players succumbed to the vigorous onslaughts of their opponents.  The cry of “check” was occasionally heard, and still more seldom, the ominous sound of “mate.”  At the termination of the day’s lay, the total score gave to Huddersfield, nine games, and t Wakefield four, five games being undecided.

Messrs. Parratt and Tomlinson were both unable to be present.  Mr. Watkinson’s second game, in which he had a decided advantage, was adjourned, and Messrs. Robinson and Oswald were unable to finish their first game.  These games will be played out in this town [Huddersfield] early next year, but there is little doubt as to the final result of the encounter, as the Wakefield club have to win the whole of the undecided games to enable them even to draw the match.  The following is the present aspect of the score:

(There followed the Chronicle’s version of the results.)

 

The results which follow reflect the names and scores as given in both the above reports, except for the omission of the Chronicle’s “Mr.” for all except the Lieutenant-Colonel.  The board order is that of the Chronicle; the Mercury had boards two and three the other way round.  Neither report analysed the unfinished games as either adjourned or unstarted.

 

 

Wakefield

4‑9

Huddersfield

Adjourned

Unstarted

1

W W Hunter

0-1

J. Watkinson

1

 

2

W H B Tomlinson

 

W Parratt

 

2

3

J W Young

1-1

G Brook, Jun

 

 

4

Lieut‑Col Holdsworth

2-0

D Marsden

 

 

5

C S Bennett

0-2

J Eastwood

 

 

6

R Oswald

 

J R Robinson

1

1

7

J Atter

1-1

E W Tarn

 

 

8

W Ash

0-2

A Campbell

 

 

9

A Fawcett

0-2

J P Roberton

 

 

 

The plan to finish the 2 adjourned games and to play the 3 unstarted games never came to fruition.  The Chess Player’s Chronicle, 1862, p. 102, reported that Wakefield had resigned the match, and that Huddersfield had consequently won the chess-set.

 

The identities of the players involved are for the most part clear enough, seemingly being as follows:

 

Huddersfield

 

J. Watkinson

John Watkinson

W Parratt

Walter Parratt

G Brook, Jun

George Brook, jun

D Marsden

David Marsden

J Eastwood

John Eastwood

J R Robinson

John Russell Robinson

E W Tarn

Edward Wyndham Tarn

A Campbell

Archibald Campbell

J P Robertson

James P Roberton

Wakefield

 

W W Hunter

William Wilks Hunter

W H B Tomlinson

William Henry Bedford Tomlinson

J W Young

John William Young

Lieut‑Col Holdsworth

Lieut‑Col Joseph Hulme Holdsworth

C S Bennett

Charles Smith Bennett

R Oswald

 

J Atter

 

W Ash

William Ash

A Fawcett

(Joseph Addey Fawcett ??)

 

At the time of this match, John Watkinson was engaged in a match with Edmund Thorold, then of Sheffield, and Watkinson’s opponent in the above match, William Wilks Hunter, had earlier expressed a desire the play the winner of the Watkinson-Thorold match for the effective (unofficial) championship of Yorkshire.  The following is the Watkinson-Hunter game from the above match was given by the Chess Player’s Chronicle, 1862, p. 18:

 

Wakefield v Huddersfield, 14/12/1861

White: Watkinson, John (Huddersfield), Black: Hunter, WW (Wakefield)

1. e4 c5 2. d4 cxd4 3. Nf3 Nc6 4. Nxd4 e6 5. Nb5 a6 6. Nd6+ Bxd6 7. Qxd6 Ne7 8. Bd3 O-O 9. O-O f5 10. Nc3 f4 11. Bxf4 Ng6 12. Be3 Qe7 13. Bc5 Qxd6 14. Bxd6 Rf7 15. Na4 Ne7 16. Nb6 Ra7 17. Bc5 and Black resigned, 1-0

 

 

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15/04/2014

Stephen John Mann

Last Updated

15/04/2014