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First session played on 12/11/1864, at Huddersfield,

second session played on 19/11/1864, at the Talbot Hotel, Bradford,

over 12 boards, 3 games per board.

 

The first session of the match was played on 12/11/1864, at Huddersfield, and only 12 games were completed then.  The second session was played on 19/11/1864, at Bradford, when a further 20 games were completed, and the outstanding 4 games were abandoned.  The board-by-board results seem to have been published only as the final combination of both sessions’ results.

 

The clearest reporting of the match is probably that given by the Bradford Observer, partly because the report contained more of the players’ initials, but mostly because it included dates and venues.  On Thursday 17/11/1864, that paper had published the following interim report, here split into paragraphs for clarity:

 

BRADFORD CHESS CLUB.- Some of our readers will probably recollect that this club played a home-and-home match with Huddersfield club in April last, on which occasion our townsmen were severely beaten.  That defeat did, however, not discourage the Bradford club; but on the contrary, they expressed immediately a desire to meet the Huddersfield club again, and scarcely had the latter opened their winter season when arrangements were made for another match, which is now in progress.

The present is a single match.  Twelve players represent each club, and contend three games each, and the aggregate score will decide the victory.  The prize is the same – a set of Staunton chess-men.

In accordance with the arrangements made, six members of the Bradford club went last Saturday to Huddersfield, to encounter their antagonists.  Twelve games, however, were only decided [sic – means  “However, only twelve games were decided,”] the result of which was about even.

The next meeting will take place, as will be seen from our advertising columns, on Saturday next, at the Talbot Hotel.  All lovers of the royal game are invited, and as the best players of both clubs will be engaged, the meeting will be highly interesting.  It is expected that the match will be brought to a conclusion.

 

The Bradford Observer of Thursday 24/11/1864 gave the following:

 

BRADFORD CHESS CLUB.- We last week alluded to a match played in April last with the Huddersfield Chess Club, on which occasion our townsmen suffered a severe defeat, and stated that, desirous of an opportunity for a further encounter with their then victorious opponents, arrangements had been entered into for another trial of strength in this royal game.  Each club on the present occasion was to be represented by twelve players, paired according to their supposed relative strength, who should contest three games each, and the victory to be decided by the greatest aggregate number of games on either side.  The contest was commenced at Huddersfield, on Saturday the 12th. Inst., by six members of the Bradford Club meeting a like number of their opponents, when twelve games only were decided without material advantage to either party; and according to arrangements, the friendly and interesting encounter was resumed at the Talbot Hotel in this town on Saturday last, terminating in favour of the Bradford Club by their winning 18 games against 12, 2 games having been drawn, and the remaining 4 not played.- From the fact of the Huddersfield Club having long enjoyed the reputation of being strongest in Yorkshire, the present contest has excited a lively interest in the neighbouring clubs as well as amongst the admirers generally of the royal game; and our townsmen have reason to congratulate themselves on the successful issue of their encounter, and on having been able by their persistent determination to achieve a decided victory over their formidable opponents, by whom they were so severely defeated on a previous occasion.  The following is a detailed statement of the result of the score, vsz [sic]:-

BRADFORD.

HUDDERSFIEL.

 

Drawn

 

 

Aband.

G. Tegeler

2

J. Watkinson

1

 

 

 

E. Werner

1

J. Brook, jun.

2

 

 

 

J. Petty

2

J. Eastwood

0

 

1

 

 

T. A. Knowles

2

J. R. Robinson

0

 

 

1

H. Ammelburg

1

D. Marsden

2

 

 

 

W. Fieldsend

2

Dr. Scott

1

 

 

 

A. Mensing

2

J. Schloesser

0

 

 

1

A. O. Shalders

1

J. H. Jonas

2

 

 

 

T. Fieldsend

2

W. J. Miller

0

 

1

 

 

A. Sussman

0

J. Finlinson

3

 

 

 

W. C. Ferrand

2

Senior

1

 

 

 

 

B. Broughton

1

D. A. Cooper

0

 

 

 

2

 

18

 

12

 

2

 

4

 

There followed the text of the game Tegeler-Watkinson, as given below, concluding with “Black resigned.”

 

The Huddersfield Chronicle of Saturday 26/11/1864 carried on page 6 the following article:

 

MATCH AT CHESS BETWEEN THE BRADFORD

AND

HUDDERSFIELD CHESS CLUBS.

Those of our readers who take an interest in the noble game of chess will probably recollect that a match between these clubs was played in April last, and that the Huddersfield club gained on that occasion a signal victory.  The Bradford gentlemen felt disappointed, but they were by no means discouraged; they felt convinced that the result of that match was no criterion of the relative strengths of the two clubs, and they were anxious to have an opportunity to prove that their club is at least equal to that of Huddersfield.  As soon as the later had opened their winter season, arrangement were made for another match, and the following conditions were agreed upon:- Twelve players to represent each club, and to contest three games each, and the aggregate score to decide the victory; the prize to be the same as last – a set of Staunton chessmen.  This match has now been played [when?! where?!], and has terminated in a decided victory for Bradford.  It will be seen from the subjoined score that Bradford won 18 and Huddersfield 12 games; two games were drawn.  Of the remaining four games only one was commenced, between Messrs. Broughton and Cooper, and when broken off it stood in favour of the Bradford gentleman; as, however, the result of these four games could not possibly alter the result of the match they have been abandoned, in order to save the gentlemen interested the inconvenience of meeting again.  All the players on this occasion were specially paired, according to their relative strength, and the result of this match is therefore a better criterion than that of the former, because on that occasion the players were paired by ballot.  We also give the moves of the concluding game between the secretaries, Messrs. G. Tegeler, of Bradford, and J. Watkinson, of Huddersfield, which will be found interesting:-

 

King’s gambit declined.

White (Mr. Tegeler), Black (Mr. Watkinson)

[game here rewritten in algebraic notation etc, to save space etc]

1. e4 e5 2. f4 Bc5 3. Nf3 d6 4. Nc3 Nf6 5. Bc4 O-O 6. f5 c6 7. d3 d5 8. Bb3 dxe4 9. Nxe4 Bxf5 10. Nxc5 Qa5+ 11. Bd2 Qxc5 12. Qe2 e4 13. dxe4 Nxe4 14. Be3 Qa5+ 15. Nd2 Rd8 16. O-O-O Nxd2 17. Bxd2 Qc7 18. g4 Bg6 19. h4 Na6 20. Rde1 Qd7 21. h5 Re8 (a) 22. Qf3 Bxc2 23. Bxc2 Nc5 24. h6 g6 25. Qf6 Ne6 26. Rxe6 fxe6 27. Bc3 [Black] resigned.

(a) This move costs black a piece and the game, but even with correct play we think that white ought to win, having a considerable advantage in position.

 

SCORE OF THE GAMES PLAYED.

Bradford

Huddersfield

 

Drawn

 

 

Aband.

G. Tegeler

2

J. Watkinson

1

 

 

 

E. Werner

1

J. Brook, jun.

2

 

 

 

J. Petty

2

Eastwood

0

 

1

 

 

T. A. Knowles

2

R. Robinson

0

 

 

1

H. Ammelburg

1

D. Marsden

2

 

 

 

W. Fieldsend

2

Dr. Scott

1

 

 

 

Mensing

2

Schloesser

0

 

 

1

A. O. Shalders

1

Jonas

2

 

 

 

T. Fieldsend

2

Miller

0

 

1

 

 

A. Sussman

0

Finlinson

3

 

 

 

Ferrand

2

Senior

1

 

 

 

 

B. Broughton

1

Cooper

0

 

 

 

2

 

18

 

12

 

2

 

4

 

 

This report was seemingly by a Bradford writer, as initials were supplied with most Bradford surnames, whereas much less knowledge of the Huddersfield players’ initials is shown by more omissions and some errors.  Then of course there is the general tone of the description of how Huddersfield’s previous victory was no true measure of the two clubs’ relative strength, and so on.  The writer might have been Gottfried Tegeler, the secretary of the Bradford club.  The same report was given by the Leeds Mercury of Tuesday 22/11/1864, on page 3.

 

The players name above are interpreted by the writer as being more specifically as follows:

 

Name above

Fuller name

H. Ammelburg

Hermann Ammelburg

J. Brook, jun.

George Brook, junior ?

B. Broughton

Benjamin Broughton

D. A. Cooper

Duncan Anderson Cooper

J. Eastwood

John Eastwood

W. C. Ferrand

William Cole Ferrand

T. Fieldsend

Thomas Fieldsend

W. Fieldsend

William Fieldsend

Finlinson

Joseph Henry Scott Finlinson

Jonas

JH Jonas

T. A. Knowles 

Thomas Atkinson Knowles

D. Marsden

David Marsden

A. Mensing

Gustavus Adolphus Menssing

W. J. Miller

William John Clarke Miller

J. Petty

Joshua Petty

J. R. Robinson

John Russell Robinson

J. Schloesser [sic]

F Schloesser

Dr. Scott

Dr William Scott

Senior

William Senior

A. O. Shalders

Alfred Owen Shalders

A. Sussman

Alfred Sussman

G. Tegeler

Gottfried Tegeler

J. Watkinson

John Watkinson

E. Werner

Maximilian Edward Werner

 

(Click here for the previous match, in April 1864Click here for a similar series in 1865.)

 

 

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