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1884: Sheffield & District CA v Derbyshire Chess Club

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Played at the Maunche Hotel, 14 Corn Exchange Buildings, Sheffield,

on Saturday, 16/02/1884,

over 14 boards, 2 games per board (time permitting).

 

A full report on this match was carried by the Sheffield & Rotherham Independent of Saturday 23/02/1884.  A briefer report was carried on the same day by the Leeds Mercury.  There was significant difference in some of the players’ names as recorded by the two papers.

 

It was recorded that six of the constituent clubs of the Sheffield and District Chess Association were represented numerically as follows:

 

Sheffield Athenaeum (SA)

3

Rotherham (R)

3

Arundel (A)

2

St. George’s (SG)

2

Penistone (P)

1

Barnsley (B)

1

 

the other two Sheffield players being Individual Members of the Association (I).

 

Play started at 6.00 p.m. and ended at 10.30 p.m.  When “time” was called, several games were still in progress, and these were adjudicated on the spot, the team of adjudicators being G. A. Askham (Sheffield captain), E. Barraclough (Sheffield), and F. E. Phillips (Derbyshire).

 

Results were as follows, picking the seemingly-accurate names from one report or another.

 

 

Sheffield & DCA

10½‑13½

Derbyshire

1

Rev. J. Huntsman

0-1

F. E. Phillips

2

G. A. Askham

½-1½

C. W. Hives

3

F. E. Foster

1½-½

H. Balson

4

W. A. Williams

½-1½

W. R. Bland

5

H. A. Rossell

½-1½

H. T. Bland

6

E. Barraclough

2-0

G. Brown

7

J. Roe

1-0

G. H. Sale

8

Dr. Wilson

1-0

W. Hutchinson

9

J. Shearer

1-1

F. Knowles

10

J. Reoch

1-1

J. Fox

11

H. W. Lear

½-½

W. Cliff

12

J. R. Shepherd

½-1½

H. S. Waddams

13

Harold Davy

½-1½

J. Gill

14

H. Tiptaff

0-2

H. Chandler

 

For the return match see 1885 Derby County CC v Sheffield & District CA.

 

Variations in reported names:

1) S&RI gave “S. Wilson” for Dr. Wilson (mentioned as “Dr. Wilson” elsewhere in the S&RI report).  The record that a Penistone player was playing further demonstrates Dr. A. C. J. Wilson was the player.

2) S&RI gave “J. R. Shephard” for J. R. Shepherd.

3) S&RI gave “H. T. Blow” for H. T. Bland, but the latter name (given by LM) occurs in other Derbyshire match results.

4) S&RI gave “G. Hansondale” for G. H. Sale (given by LM), clearly a misreading of his full name, “George Hanson Sale” (b. 1857/58, d.1945).

5) S&RI gave “W. Hutchison” rather than LM’s “W. Hitchinson”.  “Walter Hutchinson” and “William Hutchinson” occur together in Derbyshire team lists.

6) LM gave “J. R. Sheppard” for J. R. Shepherd.

7) S&RI gave “H. Tiptstaff” rather than LM’s “H. Tiptaff”.  (This probably meant W. Tiptaft, grocer of Mexborough, near Rotherham.)

8) LM gave “J. Cliff” rather than the “W. Cliff” given by S&RI.  (Which is correct?)

 

The identities of the Sheffield & District players would appear to be as follows:

 

Name as Reported

Fuller Name

Club

Rev. J. Huntsman

Rev. Edmund John Huntsman

(unattached)

G. A. Askham

George Albert Roberts Askham

Sheffield Athenaeum

F. E. Foster

Frederick Edward Foster

Sheffield Athenaeum

W. A. Williams

William A Williams

St. George’s

H. A. Rossell

Henry Augustus Rossell

Sheffield Athenaeum

E. Barraclough

Edwin Barraclough

Arundel

J. Roe

John Roe

Barnsley

Dr. Wilson

Dr. Arthur Cobden Jordan Wilson

Penistone

J. Shearer

James Shearer

St. George’s

J. Reoch

John Reoch

Arundel

H. W. Lear

Henry William Lear

Rotherham

J. R. Shepherd

Joseph Richard Shephard

Rotherham

Harold Davy

 

(unattached)

H. Tiptaff

probably William Tibetot Tiptaft

Rotherham

 

The game on board 1 (published in the Sheffield & Rotherham Independent of Saturday 19/02/1884) went as follows:

Sheffield & DCA v Derbyshire CC, Maunche Hotel, Sheffield, 16/02/1884

White: Phillips, FE (Derbyshire), Black: Huntsman, Rev Edmund John (Sheffield)

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. c3 Nf6 5. d3 d6 6. O‑O Ne7 7. d4 exd4 8. cxd4 Bb6 9. Nc3 Ng6 10. Bg5 h6 11. Bxf6 gxf6 (11. … Qxf6 better) 12. Qb3 O‑O 13. e5 dxe5 14. dxe5 fxe5 15. Rad1 Qe7 16. Nd5 Qc5 17. Nf6+ Kh8 18. Nd7 Bxd7 19. Rxd7 e4 (“an ingenious move”) 20. Bxf7 Qc6 21. Bxg6 Qxg6 (21. … Qxd7 better) 22. Ne5 Qf6 23. Qg3 Re8 24. Ng6+ Kg8 25. Nxf8+ Kxf8 26. Rd1(?) e3 27. fxe3

 

Position after 27. fxe3

 

27. …Bxe3+ (Why not 27. … Rxe3, seizing the opportunity offered by the opponent?) 28. Kh1 Bf4 29. Rf1 Re4 30. Qd3 Qc6 31. Rd4 Rxd4 32. Qxd4 Ke7 33. Qxf4 White resigned, 1-0

(Notes essentially as in the S&RI.)

 

 

Created

16/05/2014

Stephen John Mann

Last Updated

16/05/2014