London 1872 (4)




Results
 
Match scores
Name   Edo    Dev.   Score  /  Games 
Ballard, William    2354 (70) 1 /
Minchin, James    2365 (54) 0 /
 
Gossip, George    2150 (54) 1 /
Heathcote, John    0 /
  Gossip, George gave odds of pawn and two moves
 
Wisker, John    2541 (38) 1 /
Martin, William    1973 (54) 0 /
  Wisker, John gave odds of pawn and move
 
Zukertort, Johannes    2586 (44) 1 /
Baxter, Crichton    1975 (110) 0 /
  Zukertort, Johannes gave odds of pawn and two moves
 
Thorold, Edmund    2421 (46) 1 /
Tennant, A.    1767 (143) 0 /
  Thorold, Edmund gave odds of pawn and move
 
Bussy, B.F.    2154 (91) 1 /
Minchin, Charles    1999 (82) 0 /
  Minchin, Charles gave odds of a knight
 
Steinitz, Wilhelm    2774 (44) 1 /
Fenton, Richard    2271 (64) 0 /
  Steinitz, Wilhelm gave odds of pawn and move
 
Eschwege, Herman    2202 (81) 1 /
Down, H.F.    2022 (73) 0 /
 
Ballard, William    2354 (70) 1 /
Gossip, George    2150 (54) 0 /
 
Wisker, John    2541 (38) 1 /
Eschwege, Herman    2202 (81) 0 /
  Wisker, John gave odds of pawn and two moves
 
Zukertort, Johannes    2586 (44) 2 /
Steinitz, Wilhelm    2774 (44) 1 /
 
Thorold, Edmund    2421 (46) 1 /
Bussy, B.F.    2154 (91) 0 /
  Thorold, Edmund gave odds of a knight
 
Wisker, John    2541 (38) 1 /
Zukertort, Johannes    2586 (44) 0 /
 
Thorold, Edmund    2421 (46) 1 /
Ballard, William    2354 (70) 0 /
 
Thorold, Edmund    2421 (46) 2 /
Wisker, John    2541 (38) 0 /
  Wisker, John gave odds of pawn and move
 
Tennant, A.    1767 (143) 1 /
Martin, William    1973 (54) 0 /
  Martin, William gave odds of pawn and move
 
Baxter, Crichton    1975 (110) 1 /
Fenton, Richard    2271 (64) 0 /
  Fenton, Richard gave odds of pawn and move
 
Minchin, Charles    1999 (82) 1 /
Down, H.F.    2022 (73) 0 /
  Minchin, Charles gave odds of pawn and move
 
Minchin, James    2365 (54) 1 /
Heathcote, John    0 /
  Minchin, James gave odds of pawn and two moves
 
Minchin, James    2365 (54) 1 /
Tennant, A.    1767 (143) 0 /
  Minchin, James gave odds of pawn and move
 
Baxter, Crichton    1975 (110) 1 /
Minchin, Charles    1999 (82) 0 /
  Minchin, Charles gave odds of pawn and move
 
Minchin, James    2365 (54) 1 /
Baxter, Crichton    1975 (110) 0 /
  Minchin, James gave odds of pawn and move
 

Event table notes

Event data
Name: British Chess Association Handicap Tournament
Place: London
Start date: 24 June 1872
End date: Aug. 1872
 
Notes:
This was a 16-player, handicap knockout tournament. Di Felice has Tennant in Class IV, but the Chess Player's Chronicle of Aug. 1872 (p.121) and the Westminster Papers of 1 July 1872 (p.35) have him in Class III. The Westminster Papers of 1 July 1872 (p.35) include among the early results in this event 'Blackburne beat Major Minchin, giving pawn and move', which is an error. Blackburne was not in this event. Aside from the final between Thorold and Wisker, the scores of each pairing are not given by my sources, only who won against who and at what odds. I will take the scores all to be 1-0, as a conservative estimate, with the excpetion of the Zukertort-Steinitz pairing, where Sergeant says that Zukertort won after 2 draws, and the Thorold-Wisker final, which Di Felice gives as +2-0=0 for Thorold. The Illustrated London News of 17 Aug. 1872 (p.168), the Westminster Papers of 1 Sept. 1872 (p.65) and the Chess Player's Chronicle of Oct. 1872 (p.160) state that Thorold won the event, and therefore beat Wisker in the final. Interstingly, Sergeant (p.158) and Forster (p.82) say that Wisker won. The Illustrated London News of 17 Aug. 1872 (p.168) also says that several other games still had to be played. I guess, therefore, that it finished later in Aug. 1872. Di Felice and La Grande Storia degli Scacchi give the results of the knockout for first and second prizes, but the Chess Player's Chronicle also gives the results amongst the losers of the first round for third and fourth prizes.
 
References
Books
   Di Felice, Chess Results, 1747-1900, page 55
   Forster, Amos Burn, page 82
   Sergeant, Century of British Chess, page 158
Periodicals
   [CPC], vol. 3, Aug. 1872, page 121
   [CPC], vol. 3, Oct. 1872, page 160
   [Era], vol. 34, 28 July 1872, page 7
   [ILN], vol. 61, 17 Aug. 1872, page 168
   [MP], 22 July 1872, page 2
   [WP], vol. 5, 1 July 1872, page 34
   [WP], vol. 5, 1 Aug. 1872, page 49
   [WP], vol. 5, 1 Sep. 1872, page 65
Web
   Sericano, C.  [London handicap 1872]

Tournament information updated: 7 Nov. 2014