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1872: Bradford v Halifax 1

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Played at Bradford,

on Saturday, 08/03/1872,

over 11 boards, 3 games per board (time permitting).

 

From 1861 to 1867, Halifax chess-players were somewhat conspicuous by their absence from events such as the annual meetings of the West Yorkshire Chess Association, apart from the odd sighting of Thomas Wilson Field.  However, around 1867-68, Maximilian Edward Werner, formerly of Bradford, moved to Halifax.  Shortly after that, Halifax Chess Club apparently experienced a “revival” which one suspects was attributable primarily to Werner, and doubtless was supported by Thomas Field.  The most obvious manifestation of this revival was a series of matches between Werner’s new club, Halifax, and his old one, Bradford.

 

This particular match looks like the one to which the one played on 13/04/1872 was the “return” match, though both were played at Bradford.

 

The target of 3 games per board was achieved on 8 of the 11 boards; only 2 games were played on 2 boards, and on board 3 only one game was managed.

 

Former Bradford player Maximillian Edward Werner, who is recorded as having had a hand in the “revival” of Halifax Chess Club, was playing on board one for Halifax, and, perhaps a little pretentiously, gave his opponent odds of pawn and move.

 

Results, as reported in the Huddersfield College Magazine Vol.1, no. 1, p. 135, included one drawn game, and were as follows:

 

 

Bradford

-

10½

Halifax

1

Mensing

1-0

0-1

 

Werner

2

Mills

0‑1

0‑1

0‑1

Francis

3

Petty

0-1

 

 

Parker

4

Pfau

1-0

0-1

0-1

Walsh

5

Muller

1-0

0-1

0-1

Common

6

Braithwaite

1-0

1-0

0-1

Spencer

7

Illingworth

1-0

0-1

Bracken

8

Child, BA

0-1

0-1

½‑½

E J Walker

9

T Fieldsend

1-0

1-0

1-0

Field

10

Stead

0‑1

0‑1

0‑1

Middleton

11

Fricke

1-0

0-1

0-1

Thrift

(The order of play of the games on a given board is not evident from the manner of reporting in HCM, e.g. 2-1).

 

The lack of initials leaves some doubt as to some players’ identities, and some players are not familiar.  Apparent identities are as follows:

 

As Reported

Club

Apparent Identity

Bracken

Halifax

Thomas Hirst Bracken

Braithwaite

Bradford

Child, BA

Bradford

John Child

Common

Halifax

Walter Common (rather than son A W Common)

Field

Halifax

Thomas Wilson Field

Fieldsend, T

Bradford

Thomas Fieldsend

Francis

Halifax

Edward Francis

Fricke

Bradford

Robert Fricke

Illingworth

Bradford

W B Illingworth

Mensing

Bradford

Gustavus Adolphus Menssing (often given only one "s")

Middleton

Halifax

 

Mills

Bradford

D Mills

Muller

Bradford

Charles Augustus Muller

Parker

Halifax

George Lister Parker

Petty

Bradford

Joshua Petty

Pfau

Bradford

possibly Julius Pfau (later of London)

Spencer

Halifax

possibly Norcliffe Blakey Spenser

Stead

Bradford

Edward Billingsley Stead

Thrift

Halifax

Henry George Thrift

Walker, E J

Halifax

Edward James Walker

Walsh

Halifax

Edwin Walsh

Werner

Halifax

Maximilian Edward Werner

 

 

Created

03/05/2014

Stephen John Mann

Last Updated

03/05/2014