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1924-25: Inter-County Matches

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Qualifiers from the three Union in 1924-25 were:

NCCU:

Yorkshire

MCCU:

Warwickshire

SCCU:

Middlesex

 

 

 

1)  1925: Yorkshire v Warwickshire

 

The following semi-final match in the English Counties’ Championship was played over 16 boards on Saturday 10th October 1925, at the Albany Hotel, Fargate, Sheffield.  Before the match the players were entertained to lunch by the Sheffield & District Chess Association on whose behalf they were welcomed by Edward Weston, thanks being then returned by I. M. Brown as YCA President, and A. J. MacKenzie of Birmingham.

 

 

Yorkshire

 

9½-6½

Warwickshire

 

1

H E Atkins

(Huddersfield)

½-½

A J Mackenzie

(Birmingham)

2

C R Gurnhill

(Sheffield)

1-0

F G Butcher

(Birmingham)

3

T A Staynes

(Bradford)

½-½

A F Kallaway

(Bourneville)

4

G W Moses

(Hemsworth)

1-0

A R Chamberlain

(Birmingham)

5

W Atkinson

(Hull)

1-0

E B M Conway

(Birmingham)

6

E Dale

(Sheffield)

0-1

J J Spence

(King's Norton)

7

P Wenman

(Leeds)

1-0

G H Edwards

(Birmingham)

8

F Schofield

(Leeds)

½-½

F V Dix

(Coventry)

9

H W Hodgkinson

(Bradford)

½-½

R Filkin

(Bourneville)

10

W H J Sparkes

(Sheffield)

½-½

P C Littlejohn

(Coventry)

11

M Jackson

(Hull)

½-½

J V Wilder

(Birmingham)

12

H H Clarke

(Sheffield)

1-0

P Allender

(Birmingham)

13

E J Griffith

(Rotherham)

½-½

T Bray

(Birmingham)

14

C G Wenyon

(Huddersfield)

½-½

H G T Mitchell

(Birmingham)

15

F A Amies

(Pontefract)

0-1

R H Bridgewater

(Birmingham)

16

S Leader

(Leeds)

½-½

R A V Tayar

(Birmingham)

 

F A Amies was Francis Alan Amies (born 02/02/1904, Pontefract; died 1978, NW Surrey).

 

This meant Yorkshire was due to meet Middlesex in the final.

 

[Sheffield Daily Telegraph 12/10/1925]

 

2)  1925: Yorkshire v Middlesex

 

The following final match in the English Counties’ Championship was played over 12 boards on Saturday 12th December 1925, at the Gambit Cafe, Leeds.  Yorkshire had White on the odd boards.

 

 

 

Yorkshire

 

5½-6½

Middlesex

 

British Champion

1

H E Atkins (W)

(Huddersfield)

1*0

B E Siegheim

former South African Champion

 

2

C R Gurnhill

(Sheffield)

0-1

E G Sergeant

 

 

3

T A Staynes

(Bradford)

½*½

H Saunders

 

 

4

P Wenman

(Leeds)

0*1

G W Richmond

 

 

5

G W Moses

(Hemsworth)

1-0

V Buerger

 

Leeds Champion

6

F Schofield

(Leeds)

0-1

M E Goldstein

Middlesex Champion

 

7

G Barron

(Hull)

1-0

J Birnberg

 

 

8

H W Hodgkinson

(Bradford)

0-1

A E Mercer

Hampstead Champion, ex Sheffield player

 

9

E Dale

(Sheffield)

½*½

R C Griffith

former British Champion

 

10

W H J Sparkes

(Sheffield)

0-1

J H Morrison

 

 

11

A Schofield

(Leeds)

1-0

Dr. F S Duncan

 

 

12

C G Wenyon

(Huddersfield)

½-½

R F Goldstein

 

(* denotes adjudicated game)

 

Results came in as follows:

board

result

progressive

match score

6

0-1

0-1

12

½-½

½-1½

7

1-0

1½-1½

11

1-0

2½-1½

At this stage the match had

been in progress for 3 hours.

8

0-1

2½-2½

6

0-1

2½-3½

10

0-1

2½-4½

5

1-0

3½-4½

 

Thus, when “time” was called, the match stood at 3½-4½ in favour of Middlesex, with 4 games for adjudication.  An estimate at the time of the probable outcome was that Middlesex would win by 1 game point, and this was in fact the final result.

 

[Sheffield Daily Telegraph 14/12/1925]

 

 

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09/11/2018

Stephen John Mann

Last Updated

09/11/2018