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1872: Bradford v Halifax

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Played at the Masonic Hall, Bradford,

on Saturday, 13/04/1872,

over 10 boards, 3 games per board (time permitting).

 

From 1861 to 1867, Halifax chess-players were somewhat conspicuous by their absence from events such as the annual meetings of the West Yorkshire Chess Association, apart from the odd sighting of Thomas Wilson Field.  However, around 1867-68, Maximilian Edward Werner, formerly of Bradford, moved to Halifax.  Shortly after that, Halifax Chess Club apparently experienced a “revival” which one suspects was attributable primarily to Werner, and doubtless was supported by Thomas Field.  The most obvious manifestation of this revival was a series of matches between Werner’s new club, Halifax, and his old one, Bradford.

 

This particular match was described as a “return” match, suggesting a previous match, in 1871 or earlier in 1872.  Two previous matches seem to have been played, one in April 1869 (after what was described as the recent revival of the club), and a “return” match in April 1870.

 

The target of 3 games per board was achieved on 6 of the 10 boards; only 2 games were played on 3 boards, and on board 3 only one game was managed.

 

Former Bradford player Maximillian Edward Werner, who may well have had a hand in the “revival” of Halifax Chess Club, was playing on board two for Halifax, and, perhaps a little pretentiously, gave his opponent odds of pawn and move.

 

Play commenced at 4 p.m. and ended a little after 9 p.m.  That implies each player who played 3 games used on average 50 minutes or less per game.

 

Results, as reported in the Westminster Papers of 01/05/1872 (vol.5, page2), included no drawn games, and were as follows:

 

 

Bradford

12

-

13

Halifax

1

Patty [sic]

1-0

0-1

 

Francis

2

W Fieldsend

0-1

0-1

0-1

Werner

3

T Fieldsend

1-0

 

 

Parker

4

Mills

0-1

0-1

Walsh

5

Child

1-0

1-0

0-1

Walker

6

Braithwaite

1-0

1-0

1-0

Reid

7

Illingworth

1-0

0-1

0-1

Cooke

8

Stead

1-0

0-1

0-1

Filed

9

Pattison

1-0

0-1

0-1

Thrift

10

Barker

1-0

1-0

 

Spencer

 

The lack of initials leaves some doubt as to some players’ identities, and some players are not familiar.  Apparent identities are as follows:

 

As Reported

Club

Apparent Identity

Barker

Bradford

James Barker

Braithwaite

Bradford

Child

Bradford

John Child

Cooke

Halifax

 

Field

Halifax

Thomas Wilson Field

T Fieldsend

Bradford

Thomas Fieldsend

W Fieldsend

Bradford

William Fieldsend

Francis

Halifax

Edward Francis

Illingworth

Bradford

W B Illingworth

Mills

Bradford

D Mills

Parker

Halifax

George Lister Parker

Pattison

Bradford

(Robert Patterson?)

Patty [sic]

Bradford

Joshua Petty

Reid

Halifax

Spencer [sic]

Halifax

possibly Norcliffe Blakey Spenser [with an “s”]

Stead

Bradford

Edward Billingsley Stead

Thrift

Halifax

Henry George Thrift

Walker

Halifax

possibly E J Walker

Walsh

Halifax

Edwin Walsh

Werner

Halifax

Maximilian Edward Werner

 

 

Created

03/05/2014

Stephen John Mann

Last Updated

03/05/2014