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Played on Saturday, 27th March 1886, at the Maunche Hotel, Sheffield.

 

The match was played over the maximum twenty boards.  The report in the Sheffield & Rotherham Independent Weekly Supplement of 03/04/1886, page 5, described how things had initially seemed to forecast an ultimate win for Leeds, but how events then gradually swung in Sheffield’s favour, with the result finally hinging on adjudications which turned out decisively in Sheffield’s favour, so that the Sheffield and District Chess Association won the Woodhouse Cup at its first attempt.

 

The Independent’s account of the match read as follows:

IMPORTANT CHESS CONTEST

An important match was played at Sheffield on Saturday, being the last of the year’s contests for the silver challenge cup presented by Ald. Woodhouse, ex-Mayor of Leeds, to the clubs connected with the West Yorkshire Chess Association.  The match was played at the Maunche Hotel, where admirable arrangements were made for the convenience of the competitors.  The results of the play for the first couple of hours or so were very much in favour of Bradford, for at five o’clock the visitors had secured four games to one for the home team.  An hour later Bradford had increased its lead, its score then being 8½ games to 4½ won by Sheffield.  the next hour, however, witnessed a change, for whilst Bradford had only won half a game, Sheffield had increased its score from four and a half to six.  Shortly after eight o’clock, Sheffield had made such advance that the score stood at 11 each.  Half an hour afterwards the games then remaining unfinished (six in number) were adjudicated upon by Mr. G. A. Askham and Herr Cassell; with the result that four of them were given in favour of Sheffield, one to Bradford, and one was declared a draw.  Sheffield thus became the winner of the match by two games, the score being – Sheffield, 6; Bradford, 14.  The Sheffield Association thus becomes the holder of the Challenge Cup for 12 months.  It was informally handed over to Mr. Snow [S&DCA secretary] by Herr Cassell, but the formal presentation will be made at a meeting of the West Yorkshire Chess Association next month. – The following is the score:-

 

Sheffield & DCA

16

14

Bradford

Rev. EJ Huntsman *

1‑0

1

0‑1

JE Hall

GA Askham

1‑0

2

0‑1

T Spencer

FE Foster

½‑½

3

0‑1

T Fieldsend

Henry Davy

½‑½

4

0‑1

RM Macmaster

J Crossland

0‑1

5

0‑1

PT Macaulay

J[ohn] Roe

0‑1

6

JH Tetley

F Lamb

½‑½

7

GA Schott

Arthur Davy

1‑0

8

½‑½

S Hudson

Harold Davy

0‑1

9

1‑0

HC Padgett

HA Rossell

1‑0

10

1‑0

SM Cockin

H[enry] Mercer

1‑0

11

1‑0

AP Wilson

WH Camm

1‑0

12

0‑1

CD Knapton

J Reoch

0‑1

13

½‑½

JA Woollard

SB Slack

0‑1

14

1‑0

TA Guy

J Barton

1‑0

15

½‑½

O North

W Tiptaft

1‑0

16

0‑1

GE Mallett

M[arriott] Oakes

0‑1

17

1‑0

C Quarkowsky

W Smith

1‑0

18

 

H Cassell

P Grove

1‑0

19

1‑0

E Hobson

A Huntsman

½‑½

20

 

JA Guy

* = captain

a = adjudicated unfinished game

 

From a Sheffield chess historian’s point of view this match interestingly sees the Sheffield Davy family’s chess-players all appearing in the same match, with brothers Henry and Arthur joined by Henry’s son Harold (all fully named in the reports).

 

[Sheffield & Rotherham Independent Weekly Supplement of 03/04/1886, page 5]

[Undated, unattributed newspaper cutting in WYCA Minute Book, clearly from the Leeds Mercury.]

 

 

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