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played in the Alexandra Hotel, Bradford

on Saturday 18/06/1887,

over 50 boards.

 

The 80-board matches Yorkshire-Lancashire in 1883 and Lancashire-Yorkshire in 1884 were not to be repeated, it seems (at least not at a single venue), as this, the next Yorkshire-Lancashire match, was arranged to be over “only” 50 boards.  The possibility of massive final totals, like Lancashire’s 93 in 1883, was further prevented by there being only one game to be played per board.  Thus the team totals would be out of 50, rather potentially out of anything from 80 to 160.

 

The date fixed for the match was the 72nd anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo.  It was hotter than usual for the time of year, to the extent that the playing conditions were less than perfect from that point of view.

 

Bradford’s Hartwig Cassel was the primary organiser of the arrangements in Bradford on the day.  An innovation in this match was the use of clocks, presumably furnished by Antonio Fattorini.  Two or three of the clocks apparently failed to work, either due to the heat or lack of experience of the operators.

 

There was initially a reception, attended by about 100 people, in the council room of the Town Hall, hosted by Bradford’s Mayor for 1886-87, Alderman Angus Holden.  After refreshments at the reception, the company removed to the Alexandra Hotel, where the play was to take place.

 

Play commenced at 3.15 p.m.  Isaac McIntyre Brown was the official score-keeper.  The first game to finish was Cohen-Cassell, which was drawn at 3.40 p.m.  The second result was Amos Burn defeating Edward Freeborough on board one.  At 5.00 p.m. the score was 7-6 in Lancashire’s favour.  By 5.30 p.m. the gap had widened to 11-8.  By the cessation of play, the gap was back to one, with a score of 14½-13½ in Lancashire’s favour, which 22 unfinished games left for adjudication.  In is write-up in the Leeds Mercury Weekly Supplement of 25/06/1887, James White expressed the view that the playing session was too short, resulting in too many games needing adjudication.

 

Adjudications, done there and then at the end of play, were carried out by Amos Burn, R. K. Leather and N. T. Miniati of Lancashire, and James Rayner, Edward Freeborough and Hartwig Cassel of Yorkshire.  The final score was a 26-24 win to Lancashire, which represented an acceptable score for Yorkshire as compared with the final scores in the match of 1883 and the match of 1884.

 

After the match, a dinner was given at the Alexandra Hotel for about 120 players, organisers and friends.  The chair was occupied by Alderman Priestman, who ascribed to radical improvement in Yorkshire’s performance to the formation of the Yorkshire County Chess Club.

 

As ever, there was no indication in the reported results of who moved first.  It may be that players tossed separately on each board for first move.

 

 

Lancashire

26‑24

Yorkshire (as reported)

Fuller Name

1

A Burn

1-0

E Freeborough

Edward Freeborough

2

R K Leather

½-½

Jas. Rayner

James Rayner

3

N T Miniati

0@1

Rev E J Huntsman

Rev Edmund John Huntsman

4

G W Wright

½@½

H Waight

Henry Hoyer Waight

5

S Wellington

½@½

F Toothill

Frank Toothill

6

J M Pollitt

½-½

G A Schott

George Adolphus Schott

7

W W Rutherford

0@1

F H Wright

Frederick Henry Wright

8

J C Cairns

0-1

R H Phillips [sic]

Robert Harris Philip

9

R B Hardman

½-½

J S West

James Samuel West

10

T B Wilson

1-0

P Whitley

11

R F Green

½@½

T Spencer

12

W McClelland

½@½

F E Foster

Frederick Edward Foster

13

I G Boulaye

1-0

T Y Stokoe

Thomas Young Stokoe

14

O H Labone

½@½

C G Bennett

Charles George Bennett

15

J Hodgson

½@½

Jas. White

James White

16

G Worrall

½@½

J E Hall

John Edmund Hall

17

G Imlach

1@0

W Grimshaw

Walter Grimshaw

18

F J Hamel

½-½

R M Macmaster

Robert McCheyne Macmaster

19

Dr. Blumberg

½-½

S Ward

Seth Ward

20

J Riddell

½@½

J A Woollard

Joseph Algernon Woollard

21

J J Lewis

1-0

A P Wilson

Arthur Percy Wilson

22

J S Edgar

½-½

H C Padgett

Henry Clarence Padgett

23

R Marriott jun.

0@1

S M Cockin

Samuel Moulding Cockin

24

T Higginbotham

½-½

J Needler

25

W H Rowe

1@0

F F Ayre

Frederick Fearnley Ayre

26

S Cohen

½-½

H Cassel

Hartwig Cassel

27

C A Dust

1-0

T Smith

28

W Sculthorpe

1@0

T Fieldsend

Thomas Fieldsend

29

J Thompson

1@0

J Walton

30

J H Symington

½@½

W Rea

William Rea

31

E Mitchell

0-1

E B Hussey

Edward Bishop Hussey

32

J Heap

0-1

G E Mallett

George Edmund Mallett

33

W J Pescall

0@1

C Ogden

Charles Ogden

34

W J McDonald

½@½

W R Scholefield

William Ryder Scholefield

35

J Bletcher

1@0

J W Barton

36

H Blanchard

0-1

J W Stringer

John William Stringer

37

R B Duff

½-½

W Gledhill

Walter Geldhill

38

A H Howard

1-0

F C Howell

Frederick Cecil Howell

39

H Turner

0-1

S Day

Samuel Day

40

Canon Dodd

0-1

W Jackson

William Ewart Jackson

41

R A Davidson

0@1

A G Cowling

Arthur Goodyear Cowling

42

A Grierson

1-0

T A Guy

Thomas Arnaud Guy

43

M Benfey

½@½

J A Guy

John Anthony Guy

44

J W Hart

1@0

E Dobson

45

J Leake

0-1

A Knight

46

W Jones

1-0

T Tate

Thomas William Tate

47

R Stockton

1-0

L H Browne

Lionel Henry Browne

48

S Wright

0-1

E Lait jun.

49

J T Palmer

½-½

E J Wacheux

Eugene Joseph Wacheux

50

J R Lown

½-½

W Ball

 

@ indicates result by adjudication of unfinished game.

 

“W. Gledhill, Leeds” playing on board 37 for Yorkshire may conceivably have been 33-year-old Walter Gledhill who was, however, resident at Burley-in-Wharfedale at the time and not noted as a Leeds player, and meritorious of a higher board, surely.  “W. Gledhill” was a common enough name.

 

 

Created

17/06/2013

Copyright © 2013 Stephen John Mann

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