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1873: Leeds v Leeds Church Institute

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Played at Leeds Chess Club,

Victoria Hotel, Great George Street, Leeds,

on Monday, 13/12/1873

over 7 boards, 3 games per board (time permitting)

 

The Leeds Mercury of 18/12/1873, page 7, reported, “A fortnight ago the chess players of the Leeds Church Institute sent a challenge to the Leeds Chess Club to play a friendly match at chess, believing that play with strangers would greatly benefit them, and tend much to their improvement.”

 

Play started at 7.00 p.m. and concluded at 10 p.m. which implies an average of at most 30 minutes per player per game.  The Mercury reported the results as follows, stating that there were no draws:

 

 

Leeds Chess Club

18‑3

Leeds Church Institute

1

Mr. J White

3-0

*Mr. Scholes

2

Mr. T Stokoe

3-0

Mr. Gledhill

3

Mr. F Dunne

2-1

Mr. Wright (sec. pro tem.)

4

Mr. Potts

2-1

Mr. Bower

5

Mr. Stringer

2-1

Mr. Carter

6

Mr. Trickett (hon. sec.)

3-0

Mr. Bolton

7

Mr. Gaunt

3-0

Mr. Gibson

* lost by default

 

It would appear that Mr. Scholes was originally selected, but, in the event, was unable to play.

 

Sometimes, when a much stronger club played a friendly match with weaker club, the stronger club fielded a selection from its weaker players.  (Larger clubs typically operated a system of grouping players by strength into Class A, Class B etc, for the purposes of internal competitions, so in this case a team of the Leeds Chess Club Class B players might have been more appropriate.)

 

The Institute players are difficult to identify, especially without initials.  Where discernible, identities of players would appear to be as follows:

 

Bolton

 

Bower

 

Carter

William Carter

F Dunne

 

Gaunt

Edwin Gaunt

Gibson

 

Gledhill

possibly Walter Gledhill

Potts

 

Scholes

 

T Stokoe

Thomas Young Stokoe

Stringer

John William Stringer

Trickett

William Trickett

J White

James White

Wright

perhaps R H Wright, or Murrell Wright, jun.

 

 

Created

08/05/2014

Stephen John Mann

Last Updated

08/05/2014