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1874: Match between Wakefield and Leeds

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What was regarded as the main attraction at the West Yorkshire Chess Association meeting on Saturday 16/05/1874, at the Queen Hotel, Huddersfield, was a six-board match between Wakefield and Leeds.  Up to three games were played at each board, as available time permitted.

 

Match details were provided both by the Huddersfield College Magazine, Volume II, page 178, and by the Huddersfield Examiner of 18/05/1874.  Reporting in the HCM, generally, is noticeably characterised by an effort to name players as distinctly as possible.  However, in this case it didn’t detail each game result on each board, but just gave board totals.  Thus the result on board 2 was “2-1”, which could have been two wins and a loss, or one win and two draws.  Fortunately the Examiner gave the desired detail.  Colours, and the order in which games occurred on each board, were as usual not indicated in either report.

 

The reports differed slightly.  One might think that, as the HCM chess-editor, John Watkinson,was present at the meeting as president, he’d get the details correct, but maybe he was relying on secretary Edwin Dyson, who was probably not so knowledgeable.  The Leeds player on board 5 was given by the HCM as “Grant, E”, whereas the Examiner gave “E. Gaunt”, the latter being presumably the correct version, as there was no E. Grant evident in Leeds chess at the time.  Also, the Wakefield player on board 2 was given by the HCM as “Day, Edward”, whereas the Examiner gave “S. Day”, posing the question of whether it was older brother Samuel or younger brother Edward who played.  The Examiner listed, of the two, only “S. Day” in the list of people attending the meeting.  On the basis of the Wakefield team in the 1872 Wakefield-Bradford match, it is here assumed that it was older brother Samuel who played here.  Edward doesn’t seem to have started attending West Yorkshire Chess Association meetings until 1885.

 

Subject to the above two changes, the names listed in the following table of results are as supplied by the Huddersfield Chess Magazine.  The individual games results are as supplied by the Huddersfield Examiner.  The board totals agree with those given in the HCM.

 

 

Wakefield

11½

-

Leeds

 

total

1.

Young, John William

1-0

 

 

White, James

 

1-0

2.

Day, S. *

1-0

1-0

0-1

Dunne, F

 

2-1

3.

Robinson, William Ledgar

1-0

0-1

0-1

Bilbrough, Alfred

 

1-2

4.

Marks, John Capner

1-0

½-½

 

Stringer, JW

 

1½-½

5.

Elliott, James

1-0

1-0

1-0

Gaunt, E. *

 

3-0

6.

Grace, Rev. Allen

1-0

1-0

1-0

Trickett, William

 

3-0

* player as named by the Huddersfield Examiner

 

The game on board one, which lasted five hours, was as follows:

 

White: Young, John William (Wakefield),

Black: White, James (Leeds)

1. e4 e5 2. f4 Bc5 3. Nf3 d6 4. Bc4 Nc6 5. c3 Bg4 6. b4 Bb6 7. Qb3 Qf6 8. d3 exf4 9. d4 Bxf3 10. gxf3 Nge7 11. Na3 O-O 12. Bb2 Qh4+ 13. Ke2 Rad8 14. Rag1 Ne5 15. Rg2 N5g6 16. Bc1 c6 17. Bd3 Rde8 18. Nc4 Bc7 19. Nd2 Nf5 20. Nf1 Qh3 21. Rf2 Nfh4 22. Rg1 d5 23. c4 dxe4 24. fxe4 Qd7 25. Qc3 f5 26. Nd2 fxe4 27. Bxe4 Nf5 28. Kd3 Ne5+ 29. Kc2 Nxd4+ 30. Kb1 Ng6 31. Bb2 Be5 32. Qd3 Bf6 33. Nf3 Rd8 34. Rd1 Qe7 35. Bxd4 Qxb4+ 36. Rb2 Qe7 37. Bxf6 Rxd3 38. Bxe7 Rxd1+ 39. Kc2 Rd7 40. Bxf8 Nxf8 41. Kc3 g6 42. Rg2 Rd6 43. h4 b6 44. h5 Kg7 45. hxg6 hxg6 46. Ne5 c5 47. Nd3 Rf6 48. Rg4 Ne6 49. Bd5 Nd4 50. Kd2 Kh6 51. Rxf4 Rd6 52. Ne5 Kg5 53. Rxd4 and white wins

 

The players in the winning Wakefield team all received prizes, as follows:

Young

a volume of Chess World

Day

a volume of Chess World

Robinson

Chess Problems by Pierce

Marks

Morphy’s Games

Elliott

London & Edinburgh Matches by Lewis

Grace

Chess Brilliants by Howard

One can’t help feeling Alfred Bilbrough deserved the board-three prize, as he was the only Leeds player to score more points than his opponent!

 

The identities of players would appear to be as follows:

 

Bilbrough, Alfred

Alfred Bilbrough

Day, S

Samuel Day

Dunne, F

Elliott, James

James Elliott

Gaunt, E.

Edwin Gaunt

Grace, Rev. Allen

Rev. Allen Zachariah Grace

Marks, JC

John Capner Marks

Robinson, WL

William Ledgar Robinson

Stringer, JW

John William Stringer

Trickett, William

William Trickett

White, James

James White

Young, JW

John William Young

 

 

Created

24/07/2013

Copyright © 2013 Stephen John Mann

Last Updated

24/07/2013