SHEFFIELD Chess History

 

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When G. W. Moses won outright the T. W. Ward Trophy, a jeweller by the name of Bruce donated another trophy to replace it.  The new trophy took the form of a small silver cup, with lid, on a square base.

 

The inscriptions on the front of the cup read as follows:

 

Sheffield Chess Championship

 

Trophy

 

Presented by

 

J.H. BRUCE ESQ

 

1919

 

The cup bears the sterling silver mark, the London assay marks for 1901, and the maker’s mark “WK”.  Around the sloping base of the square plinth are twelve shields with the names of the winners from 1919 to 1930, three on each side, bearing the maker’s mark:

H Bs & Co

 

One of those twelve shields (the one with 1920 on it) bears the sterling silver mark and the Chester assay marks for 1916.

 

The fate of the T. W. Ward Trophy befell the Bruce Trophy, with W. H. Sparkes winning it outright in 1926 b y virtue of winning it a third time.  On the vertical face of the plinth, above the shield with the winners for 1925 to 1927, is a plate inscribed:

 

Won outright by

Mr. W. H. Sparkes 1926

AND GIVEN BACK TO THE ASSOCIATION

FOR PERPETUAL COMPETITION

 

The trophy was thus saved.  On the other three vertical faces of the plinth, above the twelve shields mentioned above, were added nine more shields, three on each of the three vertical faces apart from the one bearing the above-described plate.  Seven of the nine bear the maker’s mark “G.P” or “C.P”, the sterling silver mark, and the Chester assay marks for 1931, showing the shields to be secondary additions.  These new shields bear the names of the winners from 1931 to 1939.

 

After a break for World War II, engraving of the names of winners resumed on the lid, which carries the names of the winners in 1945 to 1959, the from 1960 engraving was done on the cup itself.

 

In time it became necessary to adopt the strategy of adding an extra plinth below the original plinth to carry winners’ names.

 

In recent years the trophy has experienced physical abuse.  Both handles have been broken off, one being held in place with tape, the other seemingly having been lost forever.  Its sad condition does not allow a photograph to been shown.

 

Successive winners of the trophy, as engraved thereon except items in italics, have been as follows:

 

1919

W. H. Sparkes

1920

H. H. Clarke

1921

H. H. Clarke

1922

H. D. Rockett

1923

H. D. Rockett

1924

W. J. Berryman

1925

W. H. Sparkes

1926

W. H. Sparkes

1927

H. D. Rockett

1928

C. R. Gurnhill

1929

W. Gregory

1930

E. Dale

1931

W. Batley

1932

A. Y. Green

1933

W. C. Evans

1934

W. Gregory

1935

A. Y. Green

1936

J. Moore

1937

A. Y. Green

1938

J. Ligate

1939

A. Y. Green

1940

no contest

1941

no contest

1942

no contest

1943

no contest

1944

no contest

1945

C. R. Gurnhill

1946

C. R. Gurnhill

1947

W. C. Evans

1948

W. Skipworth

1949

C. R. Gurnhill

1950

W. C. Evans

1951

J. E. Littlewood

1952

P. D. Littlewood

1953

D. G. Tranter

1954

H. M. Ewans

1955

J. E. Littlewood

1956

W. C. Evans

1957

D. G. Tranter

1958

W. C. Evans

1959

N. Littlewood

1960

N. Littlewood

1961

W. C. Evans

1962

N. Littlewood

1963

N. Littlewood

1964

J. D. Taylor

1965

W. C. Evans

1966

D. M. Howard

1967

J. E. Scholes

1968

W. C. Evans

1969

P. Jeal

1970

B. A. Jones

1971

B. A. Jones

1972

D. I. Lister

1973

B. A. Jones

1974

B. A. Jones

1975

Dr. P. W. Hempson

1976

P. G. Large

1977

C. C. W. Shephard

1978

M. P. Littlewood

1979

C. C. W. Shephard

1980

J. P. Ballard

1981

C. C. W.Shephard

1982

C. C. W.Shephard

1983

C. C. W.Shephard

1984

C. C. W.Shephard

1985

C. C. W.Shephard

1986

C. C. W.Shephard

1987

C. C. W.Shephard

1988

P. W. Hempson

1989

P. W. Hempson

1990

C. C. W.Shephard

1991

C. C. W.Shephard

1992

C. C. W.Shephard

1993

M Hankinson

1994

A. Potts & C. C. W. Shephard

1995

C. C. W. Shephard

1996

J. A. Hamm

1997

J. A. Hamm

1998

C. C. W. Shephard

1999

P. Blackman

2000

(not engraved)

2001

P. Blackman

2002

P. Cumbers

2003

C. C. W.Shephard

2004

C. C. W.Shephard

2005

C. C. W.Shephard

2006

C. C. W.Shephard

2007

C. C. W.Shephard

2008

K. M. O’Driscoll

2009

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Created

14/05/2012

Copyright © 2012 Stephen John Mann

Last Updated

14/05/2012