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1883: Hull Church Institute v Manchester Athenaeum

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Hull Church Institute Chess Club seems to have been the most enterprising of the Hull chess clubs in the 1880s.

 

A match between the Hull Church Institute Chess Club and the Manchester Athenaeum Chess Club was played over 13 boards on 15/12/1883 at the Queen’s Hotel, Leeds, which is conveniently close to the railway station.  One or two games were played on each board, depending on what the available time permitted; two games were managed on 8 of the 13 boards.

 

Play started at 2.30 p.m., with a number of Leeds players looking on.  Play was over by 6.30, about when the players took tea, with Mr. Bateson Wood, of Manchester, presiding.

 

 

Hull Church Institute

4‑17

Manchester Athenaeum

1

F F Ayre

0‑1

 

T Von Zabern

2

G W Farrow

1‑0

0‑1

T B Wilson

3

C G Clarke (president)

0‑1

 

M. B Wood (president)

4

R H Philip

1‑0

0‑1

C Brevig

5

J Crake

0‑1

 

T Higginbottom

6

W Drury

0‑1

0‑1

J M Pollitt

7

J Downs

1‑0

0‑1

I G Boulaye

8

H Dixon

0‑1

0‑1

C A Dust

9

G J(or I) Gresham

0‑1

0‑1

E Mitchell

10

G W North

0‑1

 

G Worrall

11

W E Trumble (secretary)

0‑1

0‑1

F J Hamel

12

T G Hart

0‑1

 

W R Keyte

13

R Morris

½‑½

½‑½

E Armstrong

 

The match was reported in the Sheffield & Rotherham Independent of 22/12/1883, and in the Leeds Mercury Weekly Supplement of 29/12/1883.  The names in the two reports differed to some extent, and in the above results the “best” spelling and initials have been selected.  The identity of Hull’s board 10 is unclear.  Was he in fact later Yorkshire Champion William George North?

 

The team from Hull was taking on one of the strongest Lancashire clubs, most if not all of whose players in this match were county players.  Nevertheless, the Hull players managed three wins, one of which ran as follows.

 

Hull Church Institute v Manchester Athenaeum

Queen's Hotel, Leeds, 15/12/1883

Board 2

White: George William Farrow (Hull Church Institute),

Black: Thomas Bright Wilson (Manchester Athenaeum)

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. exd5 exd5 4. Bf4 Be6 5. Nc3 Nf6 6. Bd3 Nbd7 7. Nge2 c5 8. Nb5 Qa5+ 9. c3 Rc8 10. Nd6+ Bxd6 11. Bxd6 c4 12. Bc2 Qb6 13. Ba3 Qc7 14. h3 Nh5 15. Qd2 h6 16. g4 Nf6 17. f4 Ne4 18. Qe3 f5 19. Ng3 g6 20. gxf5 gxf5 21. Bxe4 dxe4 22. O-O-O Qb6 23. Qe2 Nf6 24. Nh5 Kf7 25. Nxf6 Kxf6 26. Qh5 Rcg8 27. Qh4+ Kg6 28. Rhg1+

Black resigned, 1-0

 

 

Created

11/09/2013

Stephen John Mann

Last Updated

11/09/2013