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1895: Yorkshire County Chess Club, 10th Annual Tournament

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This tournament, incorporating the first round of the 1895 Yorkshire Championship, was held on Saturday 27th January 1895, at West Ward Liberal Club, Hanson Lane, Halifax.  There were 48 entries as compared with 73 the previous year at Sheffield, divided into sections A, B, C and D, according to playing strength.

 

The Leeds Mercury Weekly Supplement of Saturday 19th January 1895 conveniently explained the format of the tournament as follows:

 

This tournament will be held at the West Ward Liberal Club, Halifax, this afternoon, play beginning at 7.30 p.m.  Players in Class A contest for the Championship of the County, and first and second prizes of the respective values of 5 guineas and 3 guineas.  This contest will be played in rounds.  In Classes B, C, D, the arrangements are similar to those made in the W. Y. C. A. Tournament, in which the competitors are arranged in sets of four players, and two prizes given in each set.  Class A will not be decided for some time; but the other classes will conclude their competitions to-day.  The tournament will probably arouse interest in Halifax chess circles.  From the report of the “West and Pellon Wards Liberal Club,” just to hand, we find Halifax chess alluded to in the following favourable terms: - “This season’s record of the chess club is the most notable since its formation.  In addition to the ordinary series of matches and tournaments, the chess section, with our co-operation, has invited the Yorkshire County Chess Club to hold its annual tournament in our rooms, which will be held on the 19th inst., when the most eminent players in the county will compete for the gold medal and championship.  Mr. H. H. Waight, our chess president, is the present holder, whilst another member, J. B. Allison, is secretary to the Yorkshire County Chess Club.

 

Class A, the competition for the county championship, contained sixteen players who would compete in a knock-out, the first two rounds of which would be held at this event, with subsequent rounds to be played at intervals thereafter.  In the other Classes, players were grouped into sets of four-player two-round knock-outs, with the winner of each set winning a prize.  The Leeds Mercury Weekly Supplement of Saturday 26th January 1895 contained the results of the day’s play:

 

Class A (Yorkshire Championship) First Round

T. A. Guy (Bradford)

1‑0

J. W. Allison (Halifax)

J. A. Woollard (Bradford)

0‑1

F. H. Wright (Wakefield)

G. E. Ward (Dewsbury)

0d1

A. W. Common (Halifax)

C. Croft (Burley‑in‑W’dale)

1t0

J. White (Leeds)

H. H. Waight (Halifax)

0‑1

F. Elson (Bradford)

I. M. Brown (Leeds)

0‑1

Seth Ward (Dewsbury)

J. B. Allison (Halifax)

0‑1

F. E. Foster (Sheffield)

J. E. Hall (Bradford)

1‑0

F. C. Howell (Leeds)

d = by default, one player being absent

t = on time

 

Class A (Yorkshire Championship) Second Round

T. A. Guy (Bradford)

*

F. H. Wright (Wakefield)

Seth Ward (Dewsbury)

½‑½

F. Elson (Bradford)

A. W. Common (Halifax)

1‑0

C. Croft (Burley‑in‑W’dale)

J. E. Hall (Bradford)

½‑½

F. E. Foster (Sheffield)

* = unfinished; position to be referred to an expert.

 

Final results from round 2 and from subsequent rounds are not currently to hand.

 

 

Created

21/10/2013

Stephen John Mann

Last Updated

21/10/2013