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1893: Sheffield & District Chess Association Annual General Meeting

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This annual meeting was the one at which it was decided to start an inter-club team league in Sheffield and district.  The following report was carried in the Sheffield Daily Telegraph of 09/10/1893.  The continuously running text of the report is here split into paragraphs, for clarity.  Text enclosed in square brackets is comment inserted by the present writer.






The annual meeting of this association was held at the Clarence Hotel, [High Street, Sheffield,] on Saturday, when a large number of local players attended, the following clubs being represented:-


Arundel and Hallamshire

West End




St. Peter’s Liberals, and



[Barnsley and Penistone would be affiliated clubs at the time, but they apparently weren’t represented at the meeting.]


The chair was occupied by Mr. Robert Snow [West End], one of the vice-presidents.


The financial statement showed that the association began the year with a credit balance of £2 5s. 5d., and ended with a balance of £1 19s 11d.


The report of the work of the association for the past year showed that three matches had been played, viz. Hull, Leeds, and Derbyshire, the first-named being won and the others lost.


The Rev. E. J. Huntsman was re-elected president, with Messrs. E. Barraclough [Arundel & Athenaeum], T. E. Vickers [Arundel], F. E. Foster [West End & Athenaeum], W. H. Camm [Athenaeum], J. Wollman [Rotherham], and R. Snow [West End] as vice-presidents.  The committee consists of the secretary and one delegate from each affiliated club.  Mr. G. A. Askham [Arundel & Athenaeum] was re-elected treasurer, and Mr. A. E. Harrison [West End], secretary.


The secretary read a circular letter from Mr. I. M. Brown, asking if the association was in favour of a return match, under the title of North v. South, being played.  The meeting was unanimous that the match should be played, but expressed the opinion that it ought to take place in the Midlands, and not in London.


The question of entering for the Woodhouse competition was left for the committee to decide.


A letter was read from the secretary of the Yorkshire County Chess Club, asking if Sheffield would undertake the responsibility of the County Tournament, in January.  This was left to the committee.


The next business was the consideration of a proposal brought forward by the secretary that a Chess League be formed, the club having the best record at the end of the season to be declared the champion club.  This proposal was passed unanimously, and it was left to the committee to adopt rules.  It was also decided to form a second division for the weaker clubs.  (The first ever Sheffield League match was the 1893 YMCA v St Peter’s match.)


Challenges were issued to the Derbyshire Chess Club (see 1893: Sheffield v Derbyshire) and the Sheffield Athenaeum (see 1893: Sheffield Athenaeum v Rest of S&DCA).





Stephen John Mann

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