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1866: General Challenge From Sheffield to Play a Match

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The November issue of the 1866 Chess Player’s Magazine, page 332, published the following challenge from the Sheffield Athenaeum Chess Club:

SHEFFIELD ATHENAEUM CHESS CLUB.

TO THE EDITOR OF “THE CHESS PLAYER’S MAGAZINE.”

Oct. 17th, 1866.

DEAR SIR, - By request of the Committee of the above-mentioned club, I write to ask you to be kind enough to make known in your esteemed Magazine that, having challenged the Huddersfield and the Bradford Chess Clubs, both of which have declined to play, this club is now prepared to play the club of any other town in the West Riding of Yorkshire a match for a prize of the value of £3 3s. or £5 5s.  We should prefer to play not fewer than ten members – of course Huddersfield and Bradford are not included in this challenge. – I am, dear sir, yours faithfully,

J. J. CHAMPION, Hon. Sec.

 

This shows that the earlier coolness that had developed between the Sheffield Athenaeum and Huddersfield Chess Clubs had not fully thawed, as the overt exclusion of Huddersfield and Bradford was, arguably, an undesirable reference.

 

 

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