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Wakefield v Huddersfield Correspondence Game, before 1844

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In Chess Studies, a collection of games produced by George Walker in 1844, there appears a game played by correspondence between the Wakefield and Huddersfield chess clubs.  No detail is given, not even the date; chess publications in those days were often severely short of details such as when and where games were played, and players’ names were often deemed too unimportant to record.

 

The present Huddersfield chess club dates back to 1852.  This Huddersfield Chess Club was a predecessor which fizzled out.  It predated the era of John Watkinson and Walter Parratt.

 

The Wakefield consulting team, or “committee”, is likely to have included one or more from Edward Shepherd, William Ledgar Robinson, Rev. Edwin Colman Tyson and John Morrell France.  The leading player on the Huddersfield team is likely to have been Thomas Parratt, father of Walter Parratt.  Walker offers no guidance on such matters.

 

Wakefield-Huddersfield, Correspondence, 18??

White: Wakefield, Black: Huddersfield;

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. b4 Bxb4 5. c3 Ba5 6. O-O d6 7. d4 exd4 8. cxd4 Bb6 9. Bb2 f6 10. e5 d5 11. exf6 Nxf6 12. Re1+ Ne7 13. Ba3 Nfg8 14. Ne5 Be6 15. Qh5+ g6 16. Nxg6 Bf7 17. Qe5 hxg6 18. Qxh8 Kd7 19. Bd3 c5 20. dxc5 Ba5 21. Nc3 Nc6 22. Qh3+ Kc7 23. Nb5+ Kb8 24. Rab1 Bc7 25. Nd6 Bxd6 26. Rxb7+, 1-0

 

 

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25/04/2012

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