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1865: Huddersfield-Bradford Match (3 legs: April 8nd, 22nd and 29th)

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It seems that in April 1865 there was a similar series of matches between Huddersfield and Bradford as there had been in 1864.  The series consisted of three matches, the first played on Saturday 8th April 1865 at Bradford, the second on Saturday 22nd April at Huddersfield, and the third on Saturday April 29th at Huddersfield.

 

The aggregate score over the three matches was 63-44 in Huddersfield’s favour.

 

The Huddersfield Chronicle of Saturday 6th May 1865, page 5, recorded the result of the third match, a 10-board one with three games being played at each board.  It resulted in a 19-11 win to Huddersfield.  It also published a game between John Watkinson and Gottfried Tegeler, though which of the three matched this was played in was not made clear.

 

The text of the report in the Chronicle was as follows.  The game has been converted to algebraic notation.

 

MATCH AT CHESS BETWEEN HUDDERSFIELD AND BRADFORD. – The deciding match between these rival clubs, which has of late created some excitement amongst Yorkshire amateurs, was concluded on Saturday last, in favour of the Huddersfield Club, by a very decided majority.  Special interest attached to this contest from the fact that the championship of the county as well as the relative strengths of the two clubs was felt to be involved, each club having previously won a match.  The opinion of many was that the Huddersfield club could scarcely hold its own against the club of a town so much larger in population and possessing such an amount of chess talent.  The result, however, has proved otherwise; and the Huddersfield club may be congratulated on retaining its hard-earned laurels.  The match was commenced at Bradford, April 8th, and continued at Huddersfield April 22nd and 29th.  Ten players represented each club, each couple of competitors contesting three games.  The stakes were a £2 2s. set of Staunton chessmen.  We append the full score, by which it will be seen that Huddersfield won 19 games and Bradford won 11, with no drawn games.  We may also state that the total score of the three matches between the two clubs gives to Huddersfield 63 games, and to Bradford 44.  We also print one of the games between the leading players in each club, Messrs Watkinson and Tegeler.

 

HUDDERSFIELD

 

 

BRADFORD

 

Mr. John Watkinson

3

 

Mr. G. Tegeler

0

Mr. G. Brook, jun.

1

 

Mr. M. E. Werner

2

Dr. Scott

3

 

Mr. W. Fieldsend

0

Mr. D. Marsden

1

 

Mr. Petty

2

Mr. J. Eastwood

1

 

Mr. Ammelburg

2

Mr. W. J. Miller

3

 

Mr. Knowles

0

Mr. A. Campbell

2

 

Mr. Mensing

1

Mr. J. H. Finlinson

1

 

Mr. Fieldsend

2

Mr. J. H. Jonas

2

 

Mr. Shalders

1

Mr. F. Schloesser

2

 

Mr. Ferrand

1

Total

19

 

Total

11

 

KING’S BISHOP’S OPENING.

White, Mr. John Watkinson.  Black, Mr. G. Tegeler

1. e4 e5 2. Bc4 Nf6 3. Nf3 Nxe4 4. Nc3 (a.) d5 (b.) 5. Bxd5 Nf6 6. Bxf7+ Kxf7 7. Nxe5+ (c.) Ke8 (d.) 8. O-O Nbd7 9. d4 Be7 (e.) 10. Re1 Rf8 11. Bf4 Nb6 12. Ne4 Nbd5 13. Bg3 Bf5 14. Nc5 Qc8 15. c4 Nb6 16. Qe2 Ng8 (f.) 17. Qh5+ g6 18. Qxh7 Nf6 19. Nc6 (g.) Black resigned, 1-0

(a.)  This move was first recommended by Mr. Boden in his “Popular Introduction to Chess.”

(b.)  4 ... Nxc3, or 4 ... Nf6 is the best play at this point.

(c.)  This sacrifice secures a very attacking game, and was, perhaps, the best play under the circumstances.

(d.)  7 ... Kg8 would have been better play.

(e.)  If black had captured N, white would have replied with 10. Re1.

(f.)  We see no better move.  Black’s game is quite indefensible.

(g.)  This is very brilliant play, and forces mate in two moves.

 

Apparent identities of the players:

BRADFORD

 

Mr. G. Tegeler

Johann Gottfried Frederick Tegeler

Mr. M. E. Werner

Maximilian Edward Werner

Mr. W. Fieldsend

William Fieldsend

Mr. Petty

Joshua Petty

Mr. Ammelburg

Herman Ammelburg

Mr. Knowles

Thomas Atkinson Knowles

Mr. Mensing

Gustavus Adolphus Mensing

Mr. Fieldsend

Thomas Fieldsend

Mr. Shalders

Alfred Owen Shalders

Mr. Ferrand

William Cole Ferrand

HUDDERSFIELD

Mr. John Watkinson

John Watkinson

Mr. G. Brook, jun.

George Brook, jun.

Dr. Scott

Dr. William Scott

Mr. D. Marsden

David Marsden

Mr. J. Eastwood

John Eastwood

Mr. W. J. Miller

William John Clarke Miller

Mr. A. Campbell

Archibald Campbell

Mr. J. H. Finlinson

Joseph Henry Scott Finlinson

Mr. J. H. Jonas

Mr. F. Schloesser

 

 

Created

26/08/2012

Copyright © 2012 Stephen John Mann

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26/08/2012