London 1872 (4)




Results
 
Match scores
Name   Edo    Dev.   Score  /  Games 
Ballard, William    2360 (70) 1 /
Minchin, James    2376 (53) 0 /
 
Gossip, George    2169 (53) 1 /
Heathcote, John    0 /
  Gossip, George gave odds of pawn and two moves
 
Wisker, John    2546 (38) 1 /
Martin, William    1980 (53) 0 /
  Wisker, John gave odds of pawn and move
 
Zukertort, Johannes    2600 (43) 1 /
Baxter, Crichton    2047 (108) 0 /
  Zukertort, Johannes gave odds of pawn and two moves
 
Thorold, Edmund    2428 (45) 1 /
Tennant, A.    1803 (140) 0 /
  Thorold, Edmund gave odds of pawn and move
 
Bussy, B.F.    2159 (91) 1 /
Minchin, Charles    2018 (82) 0 /
  Minchin, Charles gave odds of a knight
 
Steinitz, Wilhelm    2780 (43) 1 /
Fenton, Richard    2285 (63) 0 /
  Steinitz, Wilhelm gave odds of pawn and move
 
Eschwege, Herman    2206 (81) 1 /
Down, Henry    2047 (71) 0 /
 
Ballard, William    2360 (70) 1 /
Gossip, George    2169 (53) 0 /
 
Wisker, John    2546 (38) 1 /
Eschwege, Herman    2206 (81) 0 /
  Wisker, John gave odds of pawn and two moves
 
Zukertort, Johannes    2600 (43) 2 /
Steinitz, Wilhelm    2780 (43) 1 /
 
Thorold, Edmund    2428 (45) 1 /
Bussy, B.F.    2159 (91) 0 /
  Thorold, Edmund gave odds of a knight
 
Wisker, John    2546 (38) 1 /
Zukertort, Johannes    2600 (43) 0 /
 
Thorold, Edmund    2428 (45) 1 /
Ballard, William    2360 (70) 0 /
 
Thorold, Edmund    2428 (45) 2 /
Wisker, John    2546 (38) 0 /
  Wisker, John gave odds of pawn and move
 
Tennant, A.    1803 (140) 1 /
Martin, William    1980 (53) 0 /
  Martin, William gave odds of pawn and move
 
Baxter, Crichton    2047 (108) 1 /
Fenton, Richard    2285 (63) 0 /
  Fenton, Richard gave odds of pawn and move
 
Minchin, Charles    2018 (82) 1 /
Down, Henry    2047 (71) 0 /
  Minchin, Charles gave odds of pawn and move
 
Minchin, James    2376 (53) 1 /
Heathcote, John    0 /
  Minchin, James gave odds of pawn and two moves
 
Minchin, James    2376 (53) 1 /
Tennant, A.    1803 (140) 0 /
  Minchin, James gave odds of pawn and move
 
Baxter, Crichton    2047 (108) 1 /
Minchin, Charles    2018 (82) 0 /
  Minchin, Charles gave odds of pawn and move
 
Minchin, James    2376 (53) 1 /
Baxter, Crichton    2047 (108) 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
   Harding, Eminent Victorian Chess Players, page 231
   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: 16 Jul. 2017