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8th Meeting of the West Yorkshire Chess Association

Victoria Hotel, Sheffield

20th May 1863

 

Although West Yorkshire Chess Association meetings were normally held on Saturdays, this one was arranged to avoid a Saturday, as in Sheffield at this time Saturday was market-day.

 

The minute book contains a handwritten report.  A report in the Sheffield & Rotherham Independent of Saturday May 23rd 1863 appears to be based on the same source, but is restructured, with some additions appropriate to the newspaper article as such.  The text of the newspaper article was as follows.

WEST YORKSHIRE CHESS ASSOCIATION.

The annual meeting of this association was held on Wednesday last, at the Victoria Hotel, in this town.  The large dining-room was open for play at 11 o’clock, and numerous amateurs assembled during the afternoon.  [The handwritten report says, more reasonably, “during the forenoon and afternoon”.]  Herr Löwenthal, who had been engaged by the committee, arrived at Sheffield on Tuesday evening, and conducted a number of games simultaneously at the meeting.  In nearly all he came off the victor, though one or two of his opponents succeeded in drawing their games.  Unfortunately, Mr. Deacon and Mr. Hampton were prevented at the last moment from being able to attend.  Several skilful amateurs from the neighbouring towns were present, among whom we may mention Dr. Wilson, Messrs. Cadman and Myers, from Leeds, Mr. Marsden, from Huddersfield, Messrs. Tomlinson, Shepherd, Oswald, and Elliott, from Wakefield, &c.  The majority of the company consisted of Sheffield gentlemen, including J. Rimington Wilson, Esq., Henry Wilson, Esq., Dr. Aveling, Dr. Elam, Mr. Merryweather, Mr. Greening, Rev. C. T. Wilkinson, Messrs. Boss, Pearson, Latham, Cockayne, Short, Barlow, Ebert, Mort, Rowbotham, &c., &c.  At six o’clock the company adjourned to the coffee-room, where an elegant and excellent tea was served.  About fifty gentlemen sat down, the chair being taken by Edmund Thorold, Esq., the President of the Association for the year.  When ample justice had been done to the viands provided by Mr. Meyer, the President, on rising, observed that on these occasions any thing like a set speech was manifestly inexpedient, both because the brief space of one day was felt to be too short for the full development of their chess-playing, and as amateurs of this game were a rather reticent order of beings, it would be out of harmony with the spirit of the congress.  He would only assure them, in the name of the Sheffield players, of the hearty welcome accorded to the members of the association from this town, and congratulate them on being honoured with the presence of the illustrious visitor on his right (Herr Löwenthal), whose presence alone was everywhere sufficient to guarantee a successful chess gathering. . . . On the motion of Mr. Marsden, the next meeting of the association was fixed to be held at Huddersfield. . . . Mr. Shepherd then proposed a vote of thanks to the Sheffield committee for the handsome manner in which the arrangements had been carried out ; and on this being briefly acknowledged, by the President, the company resumed their play.  No. 4 [sic], the single game tournay, was ultimately won by Dr. Wilson, of Clay Cross.  The details were as follow :-

First Round.

Dr. Wilson

defeated

Mr. Mort

Mr. Marsden

,,

Mr. H. Wilson

Mr. Cadman

,,

Mr. Short

Mr. Barlow

,,

Mr. Boss

SECOND Round.

Dr. Wilson

defeated

Mr. Cadman

Mr. Barlow

,,

Mr.Marsden

THIRD Round.

Dr. Wilson

defeated

Mr. Barlow

 

The whole proceedings terminated about twelve, after a very pleasant meeting.  Great thanks are due to Mr. G. Cocking, the secretary, for all his exertions for the success of the meeting, and the whole appointments at the hotel reflected much credit on the management of Mr. Meyer.  We hope shortly to lay before our readers one or two of the best games contested by Mr. Löwenthal during his visit to Sheffield.  Mr. Rimington Wilson kindly sent over for inspection some extremely rare and valuable chess-books, among which was a fac-simile of Caxton’s work on the game.  Mr. Wilson’s Chess Library, including upwards of 700 volumes, is probably the largest collection in Europe.

 

George Bailey Cocking’s hand-written report read as follows.

Eigtht [sic] Annual Meeting

Held at Sheffield on Wednesday May 20th 1863

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President Mr. Ed. Thorold; Secretary Mr. Geo. B. Cocking

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The Annual Meeting of the Association was held as above at the Victoria Hotel.

 

The large Dining Room was opened for Play at Eleven o’Clock (a.m.) and numerous amateurs assembled during the forenoon and afternoon.

 

The following Members of associated Clubs were present on the occasion – viz.

Leeds

Mess

Cadman and Myers.

Huddersfield

,,

Mr. Marsden.

Wakefield

,,

Tomlinson, Shepherd, Oswald and Elliott.

 

The majority of the company consisted of gentlemen resident in Sheffield and its neighbourhood amongst which may be mentioned

Dr Wilson (Clay Cross) J. Rimington Wilson Esq., Hy Wilson Esq., Dr Aveling Dr Elam, Revds G. Sanford and Wilkinson, Mess Boss, Cockayne, Latham Greening, Short, Barlow, Ebert, Thorold, Cocking &c

 

The committee had engaged the services of the eminent continental player Herr Löwenthal who conducted several series of Simultaneous Games in most of which he proved victorious.

Mess Deacon and Hampton had promised to be present, but unfortunately t the last moment were prevented.

A single game tournay was conducted as follows

First Round

Dr. Wilson     defeated      Mr. Mort

Mr. Marsden        ,,            Mr. H. Wilson

Mr. Cadman         ,,            Mr. Short

Mr. Barlow            ,,            Mr. Boss

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Second Round

Dr. Wilson     defeated      Mr. Cadman

Mr. Barlow            ,,            Mr.Marsden

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Third Round

Dr. Wilson     defeated      Mr. Barlow

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At Six 0’Clock the company adjourned to the Coffee Room, where an elegant and excellent tea was served.  About Fifty Gentlemen sat down thereto, the chair being occupied by Edmund Thorold, Esq., the President of the Association (for the year) Edmund Thorold Esqr..  When ample justice had been done to the viands provided by Mr. Meyer, The President, on rising observed, “That on these occasions any thing like a set speech was manifestly inexpedient, both because the brief space of one day was felt to be too short for the full development of their Chess-playing, and as amateurs of this game were a rather reticent order of beings, it would be out of harmony with the spirit of the congress.  He would only assure them, in the name of the Sheffield Players, of the hearty welcome accorded to the members of the Association from this town, and congratulate them on being honoured with the presence of the illustrious Visitor on his right (Herr Löwenthal), whose presence alone was everywhere sufficient to guarantee a successful chess gathering. . . . On the motion of Mr. Marsden, the next meeting of the Association was fixed to be held at Huddersfield. . . . Mr. Shepherd then proposed a vote of thanks to the Sheffield Committee for the handsome manner in which the arrangements had been conducted, and on this being briefly acknowledged by the President, the company resumed their play.

The whole proceedings terminated about twelve o’Clock after a very pleasant meeting. 

Great thanks are due to the Secretary, for all his exertions for the success of the meeting, and the whole appointments at the hotel reflected much credit on the management of Mr. Meyer. 

Mr. Rimington Wilson (whose Chess Library which includes upwards of Seven Hundred Volumes and which is probably the largest and most valuable collection in existence) Kindly sent over for inspection some extremely rare and valuable chess-books, among which was a fac-simile of Caxton’s work on the game.

 

 

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