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The Chess Player’s Magazine of 1865, page 251, gave details of the Sheffield Athenaeum Chess Club’s club tournament, as follows:

 

SHEFFIELD ATHENAEUM CHESS CLUB.-The tournament in connection with this society has recently terminated.  It was played upon the handicap principle.  Four-and-twenty competitors entered the lists.  A handsome prize, consisting of an ivory set of Staunton Chessmen, presented by the president of the club, George S. Taylor, Esq., was won by Mr. Moet, an amateur of considerable ability.  The following is the exact score of the various rounds:-

 

FIRST ROUND

Mr. Askham

2

Mr. J. W. Cockayne

0

Mr. E. Cockayne

2

Mr. Anderson

0

Mr. Fawcett

2

Mr. Edwards

1

Mr. Hutchinson

2

Mr. Shallcross

1

Mr. Herbert

2

Mr. Jackson

0

Mr. Davy

2

Mr. B. Cockayne

0

Mr. Cocking

2

Mr. S Smith

0

Mr. Shaw

2

Mr. Greening

0

Mr. W. Cockayne

2

Mr. Brownhill

0

Mr. Bennett

2

Mr. Siddall

0

Mr. Moet

2

Mr. J. Barlow

1

Mr. Champion

2

Mr. Roddwig

0

 

SECOND ROUND

Mr. Davy

2

-

Mr. Cocking

0

-

Mr. Bennett

2

-

Mr. Champion

1

-

Mr. Shaw

2

-

Mr. Herbert

1

1

Mr. W. Cockayne

1

-

Mr. Askham

0

-

Mr. Hutchinson

1

-

Mr. Fawcett

0

-

Mr. Moet

2

-

Mr. E. Cockayne

0

-

 

THIRD ROUND

Mr. Moet

2

-

Mr. Shaw

0

1

Mr. Bennett

2

-

Mr. Hutchinson

0

-

Mr. Davy

0

-

 

 

 

 

FOURTH ROUND

Mr. Moet

2

-

Mr. Davy

0

1

Mr. Moet

2

-

Mr. Bennett

-

3

Mr. Moet won 8 games, lost 2, drawn [sic] 4.

 

The CPM continued:

It is satisfactory to perceive the spirit and enthusiasm with which the members of this club conduct their affairs.  We are happy to know that this tournament, which has been in progress several months, has been the means of promoting far greater  attention to the game in the neighbourhood of Sheffield than has been manifested for many seasons past.

 

It would appear William Cockayne, junior, withdrew after two rounds.

 

The identities of the twenty-four players, in the opinion of the writer: are as follows:

Mr. Anderson

 

Mr. Askham

John Askham or John Unwin Askham

Mr. J. Barlow

(which J Barlow?)

Mr. Bennett

 

Mr. Brownhill

Henry John James Brownhill

Mr. Champion

John James Champion

Mr. B. Cockayne

Bagshaw Cockayne

Mr. E. Cockayne

Edward Shepherd Cockayne

Mr. J. W. Cockayne

John William Cockayne

Mr. W. Cockayne

William Cockayne, junior

Mr. Cocking

George Bailey Cocking

Mr. Davy

Henry Davy (rather than Arthur)

Mr. Edwards

W Edwards

Mr. Fawcett

 

Mr. Greening

Joseph Greening

Mr. Herbert

 

Mr. Hutchinson

 

Mr. Jackson

Arthur Jackson or EF Jackson

Mr. Moet

Joseph Louis Meöt de Monmusard

Mr. Roddwig

William Roddewig

Mr. Shallcross

Henry Stevens Shallcross

Mr. Shaw

William Shaw

Mr. Siddall

 

Mr. S Smith

Sydney Smith

Some surnames are so common, and initials so frequently omitted from records, that a number of Athenaeum club members are unidentifiable.  J. W. Cockayne paid a subscription to the club in 1864, and a cousin of the three brothers William, Edward and Bagshaw.

 

 

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