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1843: Leeds v Wakefield

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played at Leeds Chess Club’s premises in Park Row, Leeds

on 28/10/1843

over seven boards

with three games to be played per board

 

The idea of ranking the players of each team in order of strength, and pairing them off accordingly, seems not to have yet become the norm, as the players were paired off by lot.

 

The Wakefield team was reportedly at full strength, but Messrs (Joshua) Muff and (Frederick) Boscovitz were unavailable for the Leeds side, and Mr. Clarke played instead of Muff, while Mr. France (who had earlier been a Wakefield player) played not only his own opponent, but then that of Mr. Boscovitz, and so had 6 games to get through!  (He only played five of them.)

 

Since pairings were by lot, numbering the boards would be fairly meaningless, but the order in which results were reported, as below seems to follow an ordering by strength of the Leeds players.  Results below for a given board do not represent the order in which the games were played, as only summary totals of wins, draws and losses were given.  Results were as follows:

 

Leeds

8½‑11½

Wakefield

John Rhodes

1-0

1-0

1-0

J Bramley

Robert Cadman

1-0

1-0

0-1

Edward Shepherd

Robert Alexander Brown

1-0

1-0

0-1

Rev. Edwin Colman Tyson

Hamilton Richardson *

1-0

0-1

0-1

William Allison

Mr. Clarke

0‑1

0‑1

½‑½

Arthur Shepherd

John Morrell France

0-1

0-1

0-1

Charles Walker

John Morrell France

0-1

0-1

**

William Ledgar Robinson

* full name James William Hamilton Richardson

** The third game between France and Robinson was not played, as the match result had already been decided.

 

[Based on the Leeds Intelligencer of 04/11/1843, which gave only “Mr.” and surnames, except for “Mr. A. Shepherd”.]

 

 

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27/12/2020

Stephen John Mann

Last Updated

27/12/2020