Deacon, F.H. – Michaels, P. 1852

Name   Edo    Dev.   Score  /  Games 
Deacon, Frederic    2414 (63) 7/10 
Michaëls, P.    2152 (97) 3/10 
Status: formal

Event table notes

Event data
Place: Brussels (?)
Start date: 1851
End date: Jan. 1852
The Sunday Times of 4 Jan. 1852 (p.7) says that the match was between 'the British champion, Sir John Deacon' and 'M. Michaels, the Belgian champion'. The term 'champion' probably just means 'representative of their country' here. It seems likely that it was actually 'Frederic Horace Deacon', who had ties with Belgium and frequently visited, and 'P. Michaels' (the initial 'M' probably stands for 'monsieur'). I know of no chess player named 'Sir John Deacon'. It is not stated where the match was played, but since F.H. Deacon was frequently in Belgium, and Michaels' previous matches had been in Brussels, it may have taken place there. Given the date of the report, I am guessing that the match was completed in the first few days of Jan. 1852, though it may have been finished in Dec. 1851.
   [ST], 4 Jan. 1852, page 7
   [SZ], vol. 8, May 1853, page 157
   [SZ], vol. 8, Aug. 1853, page 249

Match page created: 30 Oct. 2016