Staunton, H. – Taverner 1843

Name   Edo    Dev.   Score  /  Games 
Staunton, Howard    2637 (43) 5.5/
Taverner    2132 (112) 1.5/
  Staunton, Howard gave odds of pawn and move
Status: formal

Event table notes

Event data
Place: London, England (?)
Start date:
End date: Jan. 1843
Acccording to Taylor Kingston (see book review web page) R.N. Coles (in World Chess Champions, Edward Winter, ed.) gives a match result of +5-1 for Staunton, giving Pawn and two moves to Taverner. Staunton gives 7 games between himself and Taverner in the Chess Player's Chronicle (v.4, 1843, pp.18-25, 132-134), 5 in the Jan. issue, 2 in the May issue. Staunton gave Taverner Pawn and move odds in all these games with the result +5-1=1. While Staunton does not say that these games constituted a match and Coles could have got his information from another source, it is tempting to think that Coles got it wrong. I do not know whether or not this was considered a formal match, but it is listed as such by Coles. Judging by the dates of the games in the Chess Player's Chronicle, I guess that the match finished in Jan. 1843.
   [CPC], vol. 4, no. 1, Jan. 1843, page 18
   [CPC], vol. 4, no. 5, May 1843, page 132
   Kingston, Taylor.  [Don't Bet the Farm or Scholar's Concern Tempers Stat-Freak's Delight], page 11
   Spinrad, Jeremy P.  [Collected results, 1836-1863]
   Weeks, Mark.  [Howard Staunton's Tournament, Match and Exhibition Record]