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1882: J. G. Cunningham in Dewsbury

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On the evening of Thursday 28/02/1882 (not the 26th, as given in at least one source), James Gavin Cunningham, then of Leeds Chess Club, gave a simultaneous display at Dewsbury Chess Club, taking on, simultaneously, nine opponents.

 

Play started at 8.00 p.m.  At 10.45 p.m., when play presumably ceased, seven games remained unfinished.  The results of seven of those must have been agreed between the players, but those of Conyer and Woodhead were adjudicated by the umpires, Messrs Stokoe (T. Y. Stokoe) of Leeds and Yates (William Walsh Yates) of Dewsbury.

 

The results achieved by Cunningham’s opponents, with the writer’s interpretation of their fuller identities, were as follows:

 

Name as Reported

Result

Fuller Name

Crabtree

win

 

Fox

win

W Wilson Fox

Howgate

win

Luke Howgate

Fenton

draw

 

Woodhead

draw

J [Joseph?] Woodhead

Wilkinson

loss

M [Mark?] Wilkinson

Rhodes

loss

M Rhodes

Conyer [sic]

loss

Henry Conyers

Rev. Mr. Thorold

loss

Rev. Michael Edward Thorold

 

A vote of thanks was given to Mr. Cunningham, who responded that the best thanks he could get would be to see Dewsbury send as strong a contingent as possible to the proposed county match.  (In the event, the proposed 1882 Yorkshire-Lancashire match fell through.  Two Dewsbury players played in the 1883 Yorkshire-Lancashire match.)

 

The identities of “Crabtree” and “Fenton” are unclear, there being more than one person in Dewsbury of each name at the time.  The other names in the right-hand column come from contemporary lists of Dewsbury players, such as Dewsbury attenders of West Yorkshire Chess Association meetings.  The most likely identity of “J. Woodhead” is a Joseph Woodhead.  The most likely identity of “M. Wilkinson” is a Mark Wilkinson.  There is inconsistency in the spelling adopted for Conyer/Conyers.  (The was a Henry Conyers resident in Leeds in 1881.)

 

 

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30/08/2013

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30/08/2013