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Joseph Henry Blackburne paid a visit to Sheffield Athenaeum Chess Club in early February 1896.

 

On Friday, 05/02/1896, giving a simultaneous display (with sight of the boards) in which he took on 15 opponents, winning 11 games and drawing 3, with a final one being abandoned and effectively drawn.

 

On Saturday 06/02/1896 gave a blindfold simultaneous display in which he took on 8 opponents, winning 4 games, drawing three, with one unfinished game being left abandoned.  Play ran from 5.15 p.m. to midnight, with only a single 15-minute break.  Blackburne’s opponents, their results &c. were as follows:

 

Reported Name

Result

 

Fuller Name

G A Askham

loss

resigned at 9.30

George Albert Roberts Askham

R Snow

loss

resigned at 10.30

 

T C Chapman

draw

 

 

H F Hall

lost

mated at 11.00

Henry F Hall

S B Slack

loss

mate in 5 announced at 11.20

Samuel Benjamin Slack

S G Harrison

draw

 

Samuel G Harrison

H Mercer

draw

draw agreed at midnight

 

Col. T E Vickers

draw

abandoned after midnight

Col. Thomas Edward Vickers

 

S B Slack had seemed to be having somewhat the better of things in his game, but at 11.20 p.m. Blackburne announced mate in five.  Neither his opponent nor any of the spectators could see the mate, and when it had unfolded, it was greeted with loud applause.

 

 

Created

31/08/2013

Stephen John Mann

Last Updated

31/08/2013