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Accuracy of club information &

Yearbook: further copies

Message from the President

Officers 2019-20

YCA Honorary Life Members

Annual Fees (as revised 2019)

County Match Fees (as revised 2019)

YCA League Fixtures 2019-2020

YCA League Match Venues

Match Correspondents ‑ Woodhouse Cup

Match Correspondents ‑ IM Brown

Match Correspondents ‑ Silver Rook

Secretaries of Competing Clubs

Junior Chess Contacts

Contact Details Index

Chess Clubs/Organisations in Yorkshire

ECF Aug 2019 Grading List Extract

Notes on Grading List Extract

List of Clubs in Yorkshire-based Leagues

League Tables & Match Results 2018-19

County Match Results 2018-2019

Correspondence Chess 2018-19

Yorkshire Junior Activity 2018-19

Recent Winners of YCA Events

YCA Constitution

YCA League Rules (as revised 2019)

Index to Rules

Individual Championship Rules

Event Calendar 2019-20

Yorkshire Individual Championship 2020

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25/04/2020

Chess On Line – a Century or so Ago

 

The “line” was, of course, the telephone or telegraph line.

 

Telephone

 

What was perhaps the first telephone match in Yorkshire took place on Monday, 29/09/1884, between Bradford and Wakefield.  The primary organiser was Herr Hartwig Cassel of Bradford Chess Club, but the prime technical facilitator was probably George Henry Swithenbank of Bradford Chess Club, who happened to work for the National Telephone Company.  A telephone line to the playing room of Bradford Chess Club, in the Exchange Café, had to be laid on specially.  From there the line was connected to Leeds, and thence to Wakefield, making the length of connection about 25 miles as opposed to the travelling distance of about 15 miles.  Play ran from 6.30 p.m. to 11.00 p.m.  The line reportedly served well, with no interference or interruption.  Results were as follows.

 

 

Bradford

 5‑2 

Wakefield

1

R. M. Macmaster (W)

˝-˝

J. W. Young

2

G. F. Onions

0-1

S. Day

3

C. D. Knapton

1-0

W. Ash

4

T. Spencer

˝-˝

W. Rea

5

S. Hudson (W)

@

W. Schofield

6

C. Müller

1-0

W. Powell

7

J. Woollard

1-0

G. H. Bays

8

G. Schott

1-0

J. Reyner

(@ denotes unfinished game sent for adjudication)

Click here for more about this match.

 

The Leeds Mercury Weekly Supplement of 04/101884 gave the moves of the games from boards 1 and 5.  The game on board 1 was a draw of little especial interest, but is included here.

Click here for the board 1 game, Robert McCheyne Macmaster v John William Young.

 

The board 5 game afforded some entertainment.  White seemingly had a lapse of concentration and lost a piece.  Then, in the endgame stage, Black arranged his pawns so that his knight was locked in, being limited to h8, f7, d8 and b7, with all potential points of egress either covered by white pawns or occupied by black pawns.  This game could not be completed in the time available, and was sent for adjudication, with Wakefield (W) claiming a draw, and Bradford (B) claiming a win.  The position in question was as follows, with Black to move.

 

Click here for the board 5 game S. Hudson v W Schofield.

A bold attempt at finding a win for Black might be 40. … g4.

 

Transatlantic Cable

 

The series of Anglo-American Cable matches ran from 1896 to 1911, the teams competing for the Newnes Cup.  By winning it three times in a row, Great Britain won the cup outright and the series terminated.  Henry Ernest Atkins played in all 13 matches except that of 1909, scoring +4, =4, -4.  (There were no matches in 1904, 1905 or 1906.)  Fred Dewhirst Yates played only in 1910 and 1911, winning in both.

 

The best-known of his opponents who Atkins defeated was Frank Marshall, whom he played in 1902.

Click here for the game Frank James Marshall v Henry Ernest Atkins.

 

Atkins’ game as White against James Finan Barry, in 1910, was not well played by his opponent, but yielded the following nice final position.

Black now resigned in view of the following possibilities:

(1)

30. … Kc8

31. Qd6 (threatening 32. Re7)

 

& now if 31. …

Kd8,

32. Ne6+

Ke8

33. Nc7+ and 34. Nxa8

 

 

 

 

or

Qxe6

33. Rxe6

 

 

 

 

or

Kc8

33. Qc7#

(2)

30. … Kd8

31. Nxb7+

Kc8

32. Nd6+ and 33. Nxf7

Click here for the game Henry Ernest Atkins v James Finan Barry.

 

Both of Yates’s wins looked effortless.

Click here for the game George H Wolbrecht v Fred Dewhirst Yates, 1910,

Click here for the game Fred Dewhirst Yates v Hermann G Voigt1911.

 

The following is a summary of the cable match results over its 16-year lifespan.

 

1896

United States

4˝‑3˝

Great Britain

1897

Great Britain

5˝‑4˝

United States

1898

Great Britain

5˝‑4˝

United States

1899

United States

6-4

Great Britain

1900

United States

6-4

Great Britain

1901

United States

5-5

Great Britain

1902

United States

5˝‑4˝

Great Britain

1903

United States

5˝‑4˝

Great Britain

1904‑6

no contest

1907

Great Britain

5˝‑4˝

United States

1908

United States

6˝-3˝

Great Britain

1909

Great Britain

6-4

United States

1910

Great Britain

6˝-3˝

United States

1911

Great Britain

6-4

United States

6 wins apiece, with one draw.

 

 

For biographical data on people named above click on the name below.

Hartwig Cassel, Robert McCheyne Macmaster, John William Young,

Henry Ernest Atkins, Fred Dewhirst Yates