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Joseph Henry Blackburne visited Leeds Chess club on 28/02/1892, and gave a simultaneous display against 15 opponents, who contested 16 games in all – so presumably one person played two games, perhaps having lost the first game soon after the start.

 

Play took place, uninterrupted, from 7.45 p.m. to 11.00 p.m.  At the end of play, “two or three” games remained unfinished, and the results were presumably agreed between Blackburne and his opponents.

 

Blackburne won 9 games, drew 7, and lost none.  The names of those who drew with Blackburne were:

 

as reported

identity inferred by writer

J. Craven

John Craven

S. Holden

Samuel Holden

E. B. Hussey

Edward Bishop Hussey

T. Y. Stokoe

Thomas Young Stokoe

J. S. West

James Samuel West

F. E. Spedding

Frederick Eglin Spedding

J. Jonas

Joseph Jonas

 

Of those who drew, Blackburne complimented F. E. Spedding and J. Jonas on their play, conceding that at no stage had he developed any advantage in those games.

 

The event was covered in the Leeds Mercury Weekly Supplement of 12/012/1892.

 

 

Created

31/10/2013

Stephen John Mann

Last Updated

31/10/2013