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On 12/02/1885, Johannes Hermann Zukertort visited Sheffield at the invitation of the Sheffield Athenaeum Chess Club.  The main attraction was perhaps the 22-board simultaneous display.  The report in Sheffield & Rotherham Independent of 21/02/1885 didn’t mention the date of the event, but the Sheffield Daily Telegraph of 13/02/1885 gave the date.  The venue was the dining hall Sheffield Athenaeum Club, 23 George Street, Sheffield.  The group of Athenaeum players opposing by the Polish master lacked a few of the club’s stronger players, yet it was felt the club played better than it had against Blackburne.  Both newspaper reports said Zukertort won 15 games, drew 3, and lost 4.  Those of his opponents who were listed by the with those opponents’ results, were as follows:

 

Opponent as Reported

Opponent’s Result

Fuller Name of Opponent

J. H. Hunter

win

John Henry Hunter

F. E. Foster

win

Frederick Edward Foster

T. Marshall*

win

Thomas Marshall

W. H. Camm

win

William Henry Camm

H. A. Rossell

draw

Henry Augustus Rossell

C. J. Leffler

draw

Carl Johan Laurentz Leffler

H. Mercer

draw

Henry Mercer

Barraclough

loss

Edwin Barraclough

* named more specifically as Thomas Marshall by the Telegraph

 

The Telegraph listed Mercer, Barraclough, Rossell and Leffler as drawing, making one more than the stated three.

 

On 13/02/1885, Zukertort gave a blindfold simultaneous display against 12 opponents, winning 9, losing 1 and leaving unfinished 2 games which were both reportedly in his favour:

 

Opponent as Reported

Opponent’s Result

Fuller Name of Opponent

W H Camm

win

William Henry Camm

J H Hunter (president)

loss

John Henry Hunter

Mr Chapman

loss

Thomas Coulson Chapman

Mr Leffler

loss

Carl Johan Laurentz Leffler

Mr Askham

loss

John Askham

Mr. Marshall

loss

Thomas Marshall

H A Rossell

loss

Henry Augustus Rossell

A Davy

loss

Arthur (Sheffield) Davy

Marriott Oakes

loss

Marriott Oakes

Mr Stacey

loss

William Holland Stacey

Mr Mercer

unfinished

Henry Mercer

F E Foster

unfinished

Frederick Edward Foster

 

Zukertort’s loss, to William Henry Camm, went as follows:

 

Zukertort Blindfold Simul, Sheffield, 13/02/1885

White: Zukertort, Johannes Hermann (Poland), Black: Camm, William Henry (Sheffield Athenaeum)

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 exd4 4. Nxd4 Qf6 5. Nb3 d6 6. Nc3 Qd8 7. Be3 Nf6 8. Be2 Be7 9. f3 O-O 10. Qd2 Be6 11. g4 d5 12. g5 d4 13. gxf6 dxe3 14. Qxd8 Bxd8 15. fxg7 Bh4+ 16. Kf1?? Bh3+ and White resigned (denying Black the pleasure of 17. Kg1 Bf7mate), 0-1

 

 

Created

20/05/2014

Stephen John Mann

Last Updated

22/01/2015