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1909: 6th BCF Congress, Scarborough

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Held from Saturday 07/08/1909 to Saturday 21/08/1909,

at Scarborough.

 

In the early years of the British Chess Federation’s existence, each of the four units of the Federation (Southern CCU, Northern CCU, Midland CCU, and the London Chess League) took turns to have the annual congress within its territory.  The Northern Counties Chess Union had its first turn in 1905, when the event was held in Southport, Lancashire.  The NCCU’s second turn came in 1909, and so the 6th annual congress of the British Chess Federation was held that year in Scarborough, Yorkshire.  (The NCCU’s next turn came not in 1913, but in 1914, when the congress was held at Chester, Cheshire, as the rota had been interrupted by a diversion to Glasgow in 1911.)

 

The defending British Champion was Henry Ernest Atkins, who had come second to William Ewart Napier in 1904, but had thereafter won the championship each year from 1905 to 1908 inclusive.  1909 was the year Atkins moved from Leicester to Huddersfield.  If he hadn’t already moved to Huddersfield by the time of the congress, then he was shortly to do so.

 

E G Sergeant withdrew after finishing seven games, conceding the remaining four by default.

 

For the first time in the British Championship, the prize fund (about £73 13s 9d) was distributed according to the Tietz system, which sets aside a certain amount (about £25) for place prizes for those scoring over 50%, and splits the remainder in proportion to the players’ respective final scores.  (Those on 50% or less won 90.8 pence per game point, with the total then rounded up to the next penny.)

 

Results in the British Championship tournament were as follows:

 

 

Name

Residence

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

12

Points

Place

Prize

1

Henry Ernest Atkins

Huddersfield *

X

1

0

1

1

½

½

½

1

1

1

1

1 **

£15 4s 5d

2

Joseph Henry Blake

 

0

X

1

0

1

1

1

1

½

1

1

1

2 **

£15 4s 5d

3

William Ward

 

1

0

X

0

½

1

½

1

1

1

½

1

3

£11 3s 4d

4

Joseph Henry Blackburne

 

0

1

1

X

0

0

1

0

1

1

1

1d

7

4-5

£8 15s 0d

5

Fred Dewhirst Yates

Birstall

0

0

½

1

X

1

1

1

0

1

1

½

7

4-5

£8 15s 0d

6

Reginald Pryce Michell

 

½

0

0

1

0

X

1

½

½

1

½

1

6

6-7

£4 7s 1d

7

George Edward Wainwright

Surrey

½

0

½

0

0

0

X

1

1

1

1

1d

6

6-7

£4 7s 1d

8

Francis Joseph Lee

 

½

0

0

1

0

½

0

X

0

1

1

1

5

8

£1 17s 10d

9

Dr. Harry Holmes

 

0

½

0

0

1

½

0

1

X

0

0

1d

4

9

£1 10s 4d

10

Herbert Jacobs

 

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

X

1

1

3

10

£1 2s 9d

11

Arthur John Mackenzie

 

0

0

½

0

0

½

0

0

1

0

X

½

11

18s 11d

12

Edward Guthlac Sergeant

 

0

0

0

0d

½

0

0d

0

0d

0d

½

X

1

12

7s 7d

1d/0d denote defaults by Sergeant

(* or he may conceivably have still been resident in Leicester for a week or so more.)

(** after play-off)

 

The tie for first place necessitated a play-off for the championship, which took place much later, in Bradford, from 03/01/1910 to 05/01/1910:

 

Henry Ernest Atkins

1-0

Joseph Henry Blake

Joseph Henry Blake

0-1

Henry Ernest Atkins

Henry Ernest Atkins

½‑½

Joseph Henry Blake

 

Atkins thus won the play-off for the British Championship by 2½-½.

 

This was the event in which native Yorkshireman Fred Dewhirst Yates came to the notice of the wider British chess public.

 

There was a “Continuous Handicap Tournament” alongside the Championship tournament, the final placings being as follows:

 

1

A Louis

2

Rev. E Griffiths

3

William R Todd

4

Rev. H F Hawkes

5

Joseph G Reeve

 

At the close of the event, in recognition of his services in connection with the event, the BCF’s hon. sec. Leonard Percy Rees was presented with a “purse of gold”, furnished from subscriptions from competitors and visitors.  Also, J. Burgess, as hon. sec. of the Northern Counties Chess Union, presented a silver flower stand, on behalf of the NCCU committee, to Edward Wallis, hon. sec. of the local (Scarborough) organising committee.

 

 

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Stephen John Mann

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