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The Shapero trophy was presented for winners of the existing Class C individual championship tournament of the Sheffield & District Chess Association, and bears the inscription:

 

SHAPERO

CHALLENGE CUP

PRESENTED TO THE

SHEFFIELD

CHESS ASSOCIATION

BY A SHAPERO ESQ

1938

 

The trophy consists of a thistle-shaped sterling silver cup, with integral stem and base, sitting on a circular wooden (oak?) plinth.  The cup has botanical motifs in strong relief, so precluding engraving of the cup itself.  The hallmark is that for sterling silver assayed at London in 1844, and has the “young” Victoria head.  Thus the trophy was clearly nearly a hundred years old when pressed into service as the Shapero Challenge Cup.

 

There are 14 silver shields on the vertical cylindrical face of the wooden plinth.  After these were all engraved, plates were added to the curved surface of the basal part of the plinth.  After this surface had been filled, metal strips were added to the narrow vertical surface at the very base of the plinth.

 

Winners of the Class C tournament before 1939 included:

 

1932

J R Clark

 

The runner-up in 1931 was H Clark.

 

Competition for the trophy was interrupted by World War II.  The absence of engraving from 1965 to 1977 and in the first half of the 1980s may perhaps relate to there being too few entrants to run the event.  Cessation of engraving after 1999 may be attributable to the trophy perhaps having been misplaced, though in a few years before 2016 it seems nobody to it upon themselves to determine any winner in a single Swiss event encompassing Classes A, B and C.

 

Winners engraved on the trophy were:

1939

W Pardoe

1945

T Wheen

1946

G Summerfield

1947

P Ingham

1948

H Holmes

1949

C C Bellamy

1950

S Crookes

1951

A E Bearcroft

1952

G Corker

1953

A Roe

1954

R Whittaker

1955

E F F Gillespie

1956

S K Jacksom

1957

I G Bronks

1958

B M A Hosty

1959

J G Hudson

1960

J E Scholes

1961

W Taylor

1962

(not engraved)

1963

R Boardman

1964

R Gay

1965

to

1977

 

(not engraved)

1978

M Alen

1979

T Bradley

1980

(not engraved)

1981

E Carnie

1982

(not engraved)

1983

(not engraved)

1984

(not engraved)

1985

(not engraved)

1986

A M Burrell

1987

M A Anderson

1988

M Hankinson

1989

M Burrell

1990

J Toscano

1991

A J Farrell

1992

P Beckett

1993

P Cheshire

1994

P Ellis

1995

R Kavanagh

1996

N Todd

1997

P Sharpe

1998

M Newton

1999

M Cunningham

2000

to

2015

 

(not engraved)

2016

W E Egan

 

 

 

 

Created

17/07/2014

Copyright © 2016 Stephen John Mann

Last Updated

07/09/2016

 


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