Lowe, E. – Staunton, H. 1848

Name   Edo    Dev.   Score  /  Games 
Löwe, Edward    2390 (57) 5/
Staunton, Howard    2610 (52) 2/
  Staunton, Howard gave odds of pawn and two moves
Status: formal

Event table notes

Event data
Place: London, England
Start date: Dec. 1847
End date: Jan. 1848
Le Palamède (1847, 2nd ser., v.7, p.565) gives +3-1=2 for Lowe. Beeby, Sergeant, Feenstra Kuiper, Di Felice, Spinrad, Alberti and Mark Weeks give +4-1=2 for Lowe. Murray (in the British Chess Magazine, 1908, quoted by Sarah's Chess Journal) says this match took place 'during the winter of 1847-8'; Feenstra Kuiper, Spinrad and Mark Weeks give date 1847; Di Felice gives Dec. 1847; Sergeant says it started in Dec. 1847. The Chess Player's Chronicle of 25 Dec. 1847 gives the first 2 games; games 3-5 are given in the Jan. 1848 issue and the last 2 games were not printed there. Le Palamède gives its result (+3-1=2) on pp.565-566 of the issue dated Dec. 1847 (though earlier issues mention being behind schedule), but perhaps before the last game was played. I will guess that the match began in Dec. 1847 and finished in Jan. 1848. Interestingly, Staunton says in the 14 Oct. 1848 issue of the Illustrated London News (p.234) that the games that were published in the Chess Player's Chronicle 'appeared, exactly in the proportion in which they were won and lost'. Either this is incorrect or the result we have from Beeby is incorrect, because the games published in the Chess Player's Chronicle amount to +2-1=2 for Lowe, and Beeby gives +4-1=2 overall.
   Beeby, Chess Match Between Staunton and Lowe, page 4
   Di Felice, Chess Results, 1747-1900, page 8
   Feenstra Kuiper, 100 Jahre Schachzweikämpfe, page 14
   Harding, Eminent Victorian Chess Players, page 52
   Sergeant, Century of British Chess, page 65
   Winter, Chess Facts and Fables, page 313
   [BLL], 1 Oct. 1848, page 5
   [BLL], 8 Oct. 1848, page 5
   [BLL], 19 Nov. 1848, page 7
   [BLL], 19 Oct. 1851, page 8
   [CPC], vol. 8, 25 Dec. 1847, page 407
   [CPC], vol. 9, Jan. 1848, page 1
   [Pal], vol. 7, 15 Dec. 1847, page 565
   [Reg], vol. 3, Nov. 1851, page 333
   Alberti, Marco A.  [Howard Staunton]
   Murray, H.J.R.  [Howard Staunton by H.J.R. Murray]
   Spinrad, Jeremy P.  [Collected results, 1836-1863]
   Weeks, Mark.  [Howard Staunton's Tournament, Match and Exhibition Record]

Match information updated: 16 Jul. 2017