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Played in the dining room of the Sheffield Athenaeum Club

on Thursday, 22/01/1885,

over 19 boards,

2 games per board, time permitting.

 

The number of boards for this match had originally been fixed as 25, “but only 19 of the Association team put in an appearance, so the match was played over only 19 boards.

 

George A. Askham acted as captain for the Athenaeum side, and while E. Barraclough and H. C. Twist acted as joint captains for the Association team.

 

Play began at 7.30 p.m., and went on until 10.30 p.m. at which point unfinished games were adjudicated by Mr. A. Davy (Athenaeum) and the Rev. E. J. Huntsman (Association).  The result was a win for the Association.

 

Results as reported by the Sheffield Daily Telegraph of 24/01/1885 were as follows:

 

 

Athenaeum

15½

17½

Association

1

Arthur Davy

½‑½

½‑½

Rev. E. J. Huntsman

2

F. E. Foster

0-1

0-1

J. Lamb

3

H. W. Pearson

0-1

0-1

E. Barraclough

4

Hy. Davy

0-1

 

T. W. Fisher

5

G. A. Askham

1-0

0-1

J. Reoch

6

Wm. Shaw

1-0

 

Rev. - Clark

7

W.H.Camm

0-1

1-0

W. L. Shaw

8

John Chesman

1-0

1-0

- Rowley

9

John Chapman

0-1

 

W. H. Pickering

10

Hy. Mercer

1-0

1-0

S. Darwin

11

Wm. Allott

½‑½

 

- Goodyear

12

J. W. Barber

1-0

1-0

Harold Davy

13

J. G. Cocker

0-1

0-1

R. Snow

14

J. H. Zimmerman

1-0

1-0

H. C. Twist

15

G. B. Cocking

1-0

1-0

W. Wood

16

G Gidlaw

0-1

0-1

- Huntsman, jun.

17

E J Waterfall

1-0

0-1

- Hanlon

18

Thomas Marshall

0-1

0-1

J. Barton

19

J S Mawson

0-1

 

- Haigh

 

The report had clearly been submitted by an Athenaeum member, perhaps George Askham, as it was written in tones implying (reasonable) criticism of the S&DCA producing only 19 players for a 25-board match, and it lacked a number of initials of Association players (indicated in the report by dashes), though was laudably well supplied with forenames on the Athenaeum side.  The report seemingly suggested victory might have gone to the Athenaeum had 25 boards been contested, though in reality it was the Association which looked slightly stronger in depth.

 

That the Association won seems indicative that chess in Sheffield at grass-root level was strengthening significantly.  The first such match (that of 1883) had been won by the Athenaeum 35½-14½.

 

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

 

Name as Published

Full(er) Name

Wm. Allott (Athenaeum)

William Allott

G. A. Askham (Athenaeum)

George Albert Roberts Askham

J. W. Barber (Athenaeum)

Jarvis William Barber

E. Barraclough (Association)

Edwin Barraclough

J. Barton (Association)

J. W. Barton

W. H. Camm (Athenaeum)

William Henry Camm

John Chapman (Athenaeum)

John W. Chapman

John Chesman (Athenaeum)

John Chesman

Rev. - Clark (Association)

Rev. F. Clark

J. G. Cocker (Athenaeum)

John Goodwin Cocker

G. B. Cocking (Athenaeum)

George Bailey Cocking

S. Darwin (Association)

Sydney Darwin

Arthur Davy (Athenaeum)

Arthur Davy

Harold Davy (Association)

Harold Davy

Hy. Davy (Athenaeum)

Henry Davy

T. W. Fisher (Association)

Thomas Wormall Fisher

F. E. Foster (Athenaeum)

Frederick Edward Foster

G. Gidlaw (Athenaeum)

George Gidlaw

- Goodyear (Association)

J. Goodyear of Barnsley

- Haigh (Association)

J. Haigh of Barnsley

- Hanlon (Association)

J. Hanlon of Barnsley

Rev. E. J. Huntsman (Association)

Rev. E. J. Huntsman

- Huntsman, jun. (Association)

George Alexander Irvine Huntsman*

J. [sic] Lamb (Association)

F. Lamb

Thomas Marshall (Athenaeum)

Thomas Marshall

J. S. Mawson (Athenaeum)

Joseph Swan Mawson

Hy. Mercer (Athenaeum)

Henry Mercer

H. W. Pearson (Athenaeum)

Henry William Pearson

W. H. [sic] Pickering (Association)

Henry Wignall Pickering

J. Reoch (Association)

John Reoch

- Rowley (Association)

A. Rowley of Barnsley

W. L. Shaw (Association)

Walter Lewis Shaw

Wm. Shaw (Athenaeum)

William Shaw

R. Snow (Association)

Robert Snow

H. C. Twist (Association)

Henry Clement Twist

E. J. Waterfall (Athenaeum)

Edward Joshua Waterfall

W. Wood (Association)

William Wood

J. H. Zimmerman (Athenaeum)

Julius Hermann Zimmermann

* Huntsman junior will have been one of the Rev. E. J. Huntsman’s three chess-playing sons;

usually it was “G. A. Huntsman”, when only one son was playing and named explicitly,

but this could conceivably have been Alfred Edmund Francis Fonnereau Huntsman,

or Hugh De Cisspigny Huntsman.

 

 

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