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On 20th January 1877 a 9-board friendly match was played between Leeds and Bradford at Wharton’s Hotel, Leeds.

 

As far as time permitted, three games were to be contested at each board.  Colours, and the order in which games occurred on each board, were not reported and are not implied in the following table of results below:

 

The Leeds Mercury of Monday 22/01/1877 introduced its report on the match with the following:

 

CHESS. – LEEDS v. BRADFORD. – The Leeds Chess Club, which is making a most praiseworthy effort to popularise the royal game, and to restore to the town some of the prestige which it formerly enjoyed in conjunction with other towns visited by the West Yorkshire Chess Association, played a friendly game with the Bradford Club on Saturday, at Wharton’s Hotel, Leeds, in the presence of a goodly number of visitors.  The Bradford players brought with them a well-won reputation.  If they failed to sustain iton this occasion, we must do them the justice to say they fought manfully for their good name, and that the pluck with which they strove to ward off their defeat received, as it deserved, the cordial recognition of their opponents.  The result shows that the Leeds Club has amongst its members some really strong amateur players, and that most who are fond of the game may be sure of meeting in its rooms with gentlemen worthy of their skill.  The match is to be followed by a tournament, and some good play is expected.  The following is the score of Saturday’s match: -

 

Leeds

13

5

Bradford

total

1.

Earnshaw

½-½

Whitaker

½-½

2.

White

1-0

Petty

1-0

3.

Gregson

½-½

0-1

Lewis

½-1½

4.

Stokoe

1-0

Wall

1-0

5.

Meredith

1-0

1-0

0-1

Onions

2-1

6.

Bennett

1-0

0-1

Knapton

1-1

7.

Hussey

1-0

1-0

1-0

Wait

3-0

8.

Gaunt

1-0

1-0

North

2-0

9.

Stringer

1-0

1-0

0-1

Child

2-1

 

The Leeds Mercury used simply surnames prefaced by “Mr.”  The following is the writer’s interpretation of those surnames:

 

Bennett

Charles George Bennett

Child

John Child

Earnshaw

Rev. Samuel Walter Earnshaw

Gaunt

Edwin Gaunt

Gregson

R Gregson

Hussey

Edward Bishop Hussey

Knapton

Charles Demain Knapton

Lewis

Martin Luther Lewis

Meredith

Samuel Redhead Meredith

North

Oliver North

Onions

George Frederick Onions

Petty

Joshua Petty

Stokoe

Thomas Young Stokoe

Stringer

John William Stringer

Wait

William Thomas Waite

Wall

Ernest Wall

Whitaker

Robert Whitaker

White

James White

 

 

Created

08/07/2013

Copyright © 2013 Stephen John Mann

Last Updated

08/07/2013