Mason, Ja. – Bird, H.E. 1876 (1)




Results
 
Name   Edo    Dev.   Score  /  Games 
Mason, James    2534 (32) 13/19 
Bird, Henry    2538 (29) 6/19 
 
Status: formal

Event table notes

Event data
Place: New York
Start date: 28 Dec. 1875
End date: 5 Jan. 1876
 
Notes:
Sunnucks gives result as +11-5=4 for Mason; Sergeant, Feenstra Kuiper, Hooper and Whyld, Di Felice and van Winsen give +11-4=4 for Mason; Elo and La Grande Storia degli Scacchi give 13-6 for Mason, which is consistent with the latter result. The Illustrated London News of 22 Jan. 1876 also gives +11-4=4. Sunnucks gives date as 1875; Feenstra Kuiper, Elo, Hooper and Whyld, Di Felice and La Grande Storia degli Scacchi give 1876; van Winsen gives exact dates 28 Dec. 1875 to 5 Jan. 1876. The 1 Feb. 1876 issue of the Westminster Papers says that Bird arrived in New York on 8 Dec. 1875 and the 22 Jan. 1876 issue of the Illustrated London News gives the end date as 5 Jan. 1876. The 29 Apr. 1876 issue of the Illustrated London News (p.431) claims that Bird and Mason played a number of (presumably offhand) games subsequent to this match, in which Bird won most, to the point where he was 7 games ahead, including the match. However, no exact score is given.
 
References
Books
   Di Felice, Chess Results, 1747-1900, page 66
   Elo, Rating of Chessplayers, page 90
   Feenstra Kuiper, 100 Jahre Schachzweikämpfe, page 20
   Harding, Eminent Victorian Chess Players, page 119
   Hooper and Whyld, Oxford Companion (1st ed.), page 206
   Sergeant, Century of British Chess, page 173
   Sunnucks, Encyclopaedia of Chess, page 309
   van Winsen, James Mason in America, page 48, 150, 225, 280, 292
Periodicals
   [ILN], vol. 68, 15 Jan. 1876, page 70
   [ILN], vol. 68, 22 Jan. 1876, page 95
   [WP], vol. 8, 1 Feb. 1876, page 189
Web
   Hayes, Jim.  [James Mason 1849-1905]
   Sarah.  [James Mason]
   Sericano, C.  [I matches 1865/79]

Match information updated: 16 Jul. 2017