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The thirteenth annual Northern Counties Chess Union Congress was held

from Monday 06/01/1913 to Saturday 11/01/1913,

at Park House, Claremont Park, Blackpool.

 

There were three sections grouping players according to level of playing strength: the Championship section, the Major section and the Minor section.

 

The Championship had 7 participants.  The winner of the Championship section would be Northern Counties Chess Champion and hold for a year the Dr. Wahltuch trophy.  The Major had 6 participants.  W. Parry of Liverpool had been listed before the event as an entrant, but did not in fact participate.  The Minor had 8 entrants divided into two groups, with a play-off between winners of the two groups.

 

A 7-player all-play-all requires seven rounds.  The Championship games were fitted into 6 days by having three games starting together in a day’s morning session, with the player who was not involved in those three games starting a game in that day’s evening session.  Thus six players had one game in a given day, while the seventh had two.  Adjourned games were played out in afternoon sessions, and if necessary in the evening session subject to neither player being involved in the scheduled evening game.

 

Prizes were presented by Councillor J. Burgess of Manchester.

 

The tabular summary of Championship results (not indicating colour) was as follows [Yorkshire Post & Leeds Intellegencer, 13/01/1913].

 

Championship Section

Y

D

C

Bu

Ba

T

Be

Total

1

Fred Dewhirst Yates

Birstall

XX

1

1

½

1

1

1

2

Climenson  Yelverton Charles Dawbarn

Liverpool

0

XX

½

1

1

1

1

3

Robert Sayle Corlett

Liverpool

0

½

XX

½

1

1

1

4

4

Harold Alvin Burton

Pontefract

½

0

½

XX

½

1

1

5‑6

Rev Arthur William Baxter

Rochdale

0

0

0

½

XX

½

½

5‑6

William Rowland Thomas

Liverpool

0

0

0

0

½

XX

1

7

William John Berryman

Barnsley

0

0

0

0

½

0

XX

½

 

Yates was the winner in the previous year.  Burton was the reigning Yorkshire Champion.  Corlett was the oldest participant.

 

Final placings in the Major were as follows.  (Not all game results to hand at time of writing.)

 

Major Section

1

2

3

4

5

6

Total

1‑4

C A Mann *

Gomersal

XX

1

0

3

1-4

John Herbert Milton

Liverpool

0

XX

1

3

1-4

Rev James Legard Peach

Malton

1

XX

1

0

3

1-4

Julius Wahltuch

Manchester

0

XX

3

5

Rev James William Wilkinson

Rochdale

0

1

XX

1

6

J Hill

Altrincham

0

XX

½

* a pseudonym of Henry Ashwell Cadman

The first four shared the three place prizes.

 

Results in the Minor were as follows [final totals based on Sheffield Daily Telegraph, 13/01/1913]:

 

Minor Section A

1

2

3

4

Tot

 

1

Joshua Nield

Blackpool

XX

1

1

1

3

 

2-3

B Copley

0

XX

½

1

 

2-3

J W Watts

0

½

XX

1

 

4

J Brayshaw

Waterloo

0

0

0

XX

0

 

 

Minor Section B

1

2

3

4

5

Tot

1

Enoch Henry Whetstone *

Blackpool

XX

 

 

 

 

3

2

John Rostron Scarr

Liverpool

 

XX

 

 

 

2

3

F Newsome

Dewsbury

 

 

XX

 

1

4

W Curwen Barrett

Manchester

 

 

XX

 

0

* listed in some newspaper reports of the event, erroneously, as “C. H. Whetstone”.

 

Nield beat Whetstone in the play-off.

 

 

Created

15/11/2017

Stephen John Mann

Last Updated

09/11/2020