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The Leeds Mercury Weekly Supplement of 18/02/1888 reported:

 

YORKSHIRE CHAMPIONSHIP.- Messrs. Fatttorini and Sons, jewellers, of Bradford, have informed Mr. I. M. Brown, the hon. sec. of the Y.C.C.C., that they will be pleased to present to the committee of that body a set of real ivory Staunton chessmen, and board equally good, to be called the “Fattorini and Sons’ Trophy,” and to be competed for annually under the supervision of the County Club Committee, victory to carry with it the distinction of “Champion of Yorkshire.”  First contest to begin, if possible, during the progress of the forthcoming International Tournament.  Further particulars will be given as progress is made with the arrangements and conditions, as doubtless this very liberal offer of Messrs. Fattorini and Sons will be cheerfully accepted.

 

Thus the Bradford firm of Fattorini and Sons presented the Fattorini Trophy (the somewhat simpler name which appears to have been adopted) for the winner of the Yorkshire Count Chess Club’s Class A individual knock-out tournament which thereafter was formally for the (amateur) chess championship of Yorkshire.

 

The trophy took the form, as stated above, of a set of ivory chessmen and board.

 

It was presented for annual competition, with the provision that it be won outright by a player winning it for a second time, not necessarily in consecutive competitions.

 

Successive winners of the trophy were:

 

Season

Winner

Club/Home

1887/88

J Rayner

Leeds

1888/89

CG Bennett

Leeds

1889/90

J Rayner

Leeds

 

 

 

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