SHEFFIELD Chess History

 

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(Click here for a photo of the Weston Trophy.)

 

The Weston Trophy was presented by councillor Edward Weston as the trophy for what was in effect a minor-club team tournament, as a junior partner to the Davy Trophy Competition.  There was at this stage no question of promotion and relegation between the two competitions.  This happened at an unfortunate moment in world history; the first season the trophy was contested was 1914-15, at the start of the first World War.  Fortunately, one of the Davy’s cafes was made available for chess matches at a time when other premises were less readily available, and both the Davy Trophy and the Weston Trophy competitions were conducted without interruption throughout Word War I.

 

The Weston Trophy took the form of a silver knight sitting on a plinth.  As the knight is a “minor” piece, it neatly represented the new trophy’s junior status relative to the Davy Trophy which took the form of a rook, which is a “major” piece.  The knight is about 13.5 cm high, and its base is about 8.5 cm in diameter.  The plinth is about 8 high, and its base is about 15 cm in diameter.  The overall height of the knight on its plinth is thus about 21.5 cm.

 

The titular engraving is simply

The

Weston Chess Trophy

 

The trophy is of sterling silver, bearing the Sheffield assay mark for 1915.  The makers mark is “H.W”.

 

The plinth originally bore three shields for engraving the names of winners.  These bore the same hallmark as the trophy itself.  Winners in 1915 to 1936 were engraved on these original shields.  Three more shields were then added, seemingly not hallmarked, and these received the names of the winners from 1937 to 1962.  After that, plaques around the base were added to receive further winners’ names.

 

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

 

1914‑1915

Stocksbridge Works Institute

1915‑1916

Heeley Friends

1916‑1917

Hartshead

1917‑1918

Heeley

1918‑1919

Hartshead

1919‑1920

Y.M.C.A.

1920‑1921

St. Augustines II

1922

Walkley Reform

1923

Firth Park

1924

Wadsley Church

1925

Rotherham

1926

The Moor

1927

Rutland Hall

1928

Button Lane

1929

The Moor II

1930

Y.M.C.A.

1931-2

Woodseats Friends II [2 seasons]

1933

Sheffield University

1934

Woodseats Friends [actually II]

1935

English Steel Cpn.

1936

Handsworth W.M.C.

1937

West End

1938

U.A.B.

1939

Chesterfield

1940

no contest

1941

no contest

1942

no contest

1943

no contest

1944

no contest

1945

no contest

1946

Worksop

1947

Chesterfield

1948

Shrewsbury

1949

Shiregreen

1950

Rotherham

1951

Limes

1952

Ecclesfield

1953

University II

1954

Kimberworth

1955

Talbot

1956

Spa Club

1957

Limes W.M.C.

1958

YMCA II

1959

Thorncliffe

1960

YMCA Fargate

1961

Meersbrook

1962

University II

1963

Southey

1964

Kimberworth II

1965

Hillsborough ‘B’

1966

YMCA III

1967

YMCA ‘B’

1968

Barnsley

1969

Hillsborough Juniors

1970

YMCA ‘B’

1971

Hillsborough ‘B’

1972

Sheffield University ‘B’

1973

Southey

1974

Rotherham ‘B’

1975

Rockingham ‘A’

1976

University ‘C’

1977

University ‘C’

1978

Rotherham B

1979

Chesterfield A

1980

Worksop B

1981

SASCA A

1982

Aughton A

1983

Worksop A

1984

B & J B

1985

B & J B

1986

Barnsley A

1987

S.A.S.C.A. A

1988

D & H A

1989

Barnsley A

1990

Chesterfield B

1991

Barnsley A

1992

Hoyland

1993

Barnsley A

1994

Rotherham

1995

Rotherham

1996

SASCA

1997

Chesterfield A

1998

Worksop A

1999

University A

2000

Aughton A

2001

Barnsley A

2002

Nomads B

2003

Phoenix A

2004

SASCA A

2005

Barnsley A

2006

SASCA A

2007

Barnby Dun

2008

Worksop A

2009

Nomads B

2010

Woodseats

2011

Nomads B

2012

Phoenix A

2013

Phoenix B

 

 

Created

14/05/2012

Copyright © 2012 Stephen John Mann

Last Updated

14/05/2012