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West Riding v North Riding

Leeds, 18/12/1867

 

On Wednesday 18th December 1867, 4-player teams representing respectively the West and North Ridings of Yorkshire played a match in Leeds.  Two games were played at each board where time permitted.

 

 

West Riding

 

 

North Riding

1.

M E Werner (Halifax)

1‑0

½‑½

Rev. A B Skipworth (Bilsdale)

2.

John Watkinson (Huddersfield)

0‑1

0‑1

J Wisker (Hull)

3.

John Rhodes (Leeds)

1‑0

 

Walter Grimshaw (Whitby)

4.

J W Young (Wakefield)

1‑0

1‑0

W Park (West Hartlepool)

 

Board score:

3

1

 

 

Game score:

 

 

Colours in games are not clear, though presumably where two games were played, colours would be reversed for the second.

 

A number of onlookers were noted:

 

Named in report as:

Identified more specifically as:

Leeds:

Hon. and Rev. P Y Savile

Hon. and Rev. Philip Yorke Savile

 

W C Myers

William Collett Myers

 

W Winterbottom

 

 

D Parry

David Parry

Bradford:

J A Heselton

John Allison Heselton

 

W Fieldsend

William Fieldsend

 

Thos. Fieldsend

Thomas Fieldsend

 

B Broughton

Benjamin Broughton

 

W C Ferrand

William Cole Ferrand

 

R Reaney

Richard Reaney

Wakefield:

W H B Tomlinson

William Henry Bedford Tomlinson

 

S Day

Samuel Day

 

J C Marks

John Capner Marks

Huddersfield

H Finlinson

Joseph Henry Scott Finlinson

 

W J Miller

William John Clarke Miller

Sheffield

A Davy

Arthur Davy

Manchester

A Thompson

 

 

W Jones

 

 

The company took tea at 6 o’clock, and Hon. and Rev. P Y Savile, presiding, expressed the wish that the two Associations would long flourish, and often meet in similar friendly contests.  Little did he realise that the North Yorkshire and Durham Chess Association, which is presumably what the North Riding team represented, would no longer exist in a form limited, within Yorkshire, to the its North Riding, but was to metamorphose into the second “Yorkshire Chess Association”.

 

This match was reported in the Chess Players’ Quarterly Chronicle of 1868, page 27, wherein the West team was described as that of the “West Riding Chess Association” rather than the “West Yorkshire Chess Association”.

 

 

Created

21/04/2013

Copyright © 2013 Stephen John Mann

Last Updated

21/04/2013