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1)  Northern Counties Chess Union, First Round

 

Yorkshire was paired against Cumberland, the original pairing specification being that the match be played in Yorkshire, by the end of January 1906.  The match was arranged to be played on 20/01/1906, at Leeds.  In the event, Cumberland could not fulfil the fixture, it being reported that Cumberland was unable to raise a team and had conceded [Yorkshire Evening Post, 09/01/1906].  However, it seems the Cumberland players encountered “train difficulties” [Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser, 19/03/1906], i. e. circumstances beyond the players' control.

 

Either way, Yorkshire proceeded to the final round, against Lancashire, who had beaten Cheshire in the first round.

 

2)  Northern Counties Chess Union Final: played on 24/03/1906 at Manchester Chess Club, over 30 boards.

 

Lancashire usually won the annual “Roses” match, and had won the formal NCCU County Championship in its first four seasons.  Yorkshire, however, had won the 1904-05 championship, so Lancashire will have been determined to regain the title, while Yorkshire will having been eager to retain it.

 

Walter Atkinson of Hull and John Anthony Guy of Bradford had been named in Yorkshire’s line-up as advertised a few days earlier, but they must have withdrawn late on in proceedings.  Walter Atkinson was to have been on board two, so his absence moved virtually every other Yorkshire player up one board.  John Guy’s absence may have been related to the health of his older brother Thomas, who died about 9 weeks after this match.

 

Bradford’s George Howitt was the Yorkshire captain.

 

Play started at 3.00 p.m. and lasted four hours.  The first game to finish was that on board 25, where Edward Skirrow of Leeds lost rather rapidly, in 13 or 14 moves.  There soon followed a 17-move loss by Frank Preston Wildman on board 7.  Next, George Barron resigned after 22 moves.  After these initial setbacks for Yorkshire, results were fairly evenly balanced as they trickled in.  At the cessation of play, eight games remained unfinished.  Results, excluding the adjudication results for the eight unfinished games, were as follows:

 

 

Lancashire

17½‑12½

Yorkshire

1

V L Wahltuch (Manchester)

0-1

G E Wainwright (Redcar)

2

Rev W C Palmer (Manchester)

@

J E Hall (Bradford)

3

J Cairns (Liverpool)

0-1

A Denham (Huddersfield)

4

P R England (Liverpool)

½-½

J Spencer (Leeds)

5

C H Wallwork (Manchester)

1-0

G Howitt (Bradford)

6

Dr H Homes (Liverpool)

1-0

J B Oates (Dewsbury)

7

C Lobel (N Manchester)

1-0

F P Wildman (Leeds)

8

T Kelly (Manchester)

½-½

J A Woollard (Keighley)

9

S Keir (Lancaster)

@

H E Wright (Middlesbrough)

10

G Mills-Palmer (Manchester)

1-0

G Barron (Hull)

11

T A Farron (N Manchester)

½-½

I M Brown (Bradford)

12

W Skillicorn (Liverpool Central)

½-½

C F Lines (Huddersfield)

13

W B Shaw (Manchester Central)

@

G Pollard (Dewsbury)

14

D Powell (Liverpool)

@

G H Harrison (Sheffield)

15

A Briggs (Manchester)

0-1

F E Foster (Sheffield)

16

D C Earle (N Manchester)

@

L Denham (Huddersfield)

17

P F Blake (Liverpool)

@

F Schofield (Leeds)

18

E Midgley (Manchester)

1-0

M Jackson (Hull)

19

J T Stockwell (Southwell)

@

E Dale (Sheffield)

20

Dr J H Shaw (Liverpool)

@

F H Wright (Wakefield)

21

A Eva (Manchester)

0-1

E Waterhouse (Hull)

22

J Wahltuch (Manchester)

½-½

H Spencer (Dewsbury)

23

E W Ruttle (Manchester)

1-0

J Charlesworth (Huddersfield)

24

C A Askwith [sic] (Liverpool)

1-0

H D Rockett (Sheffield)

25

G H Midgley (Manchester)

1-0

E Skirrow (Leeds)

26

T H Lambert (N Manchester)

1-0

C W Roberts (Bradford)

27

Dr Marshall (Wigan)

½-½

W H J Sparkes (Sheffield)

28

T F Storey (Liverpool Central)

0-1

J J Shields (Hull)

29

W D Bailey (Manchester)

½-½

F Yates (Leeds)

30

C W Garrett (N Manchester)

½-½

W Shaw (Bradford)

 

Whilst adjudication results are elusive, the final score was 17½-12½ to Lancashire, who were certainly the winners.

 

After the match, the players were entertained to dinner by the Lancashire Chess Association, with its president, J. Burgess, in the chair.  The usual toasts were given:

“The King,”

“The Yorkshire Team,” proposed by J. Burgess, acknowledged by G. Howitt as captain,

“The Lancashire Team,” proposed by O. C. B. Brown of York, acknowledged by Rev. W. C. Palmer (as captain?), and

“The Northern Counties Chess Union,” proposed by J. Wild of Liverpool, acknowledged by I. M. Brown as secretary.

 

The match was reported in the Sheffield Daily Telegraph of Monday 26/03/1906.  .  This listed Lancashire’s board 24 as “C.A. Askwith”, but this player seems more likely to have been E. A. Askwith, as no C.A. Asquith seems to have existed at the right place and time.

 

 

Created

17/09/2013

Stephen John Mann

Last Updated

17/11/2013