London, England 1872 (4)




Results
 
Match scores
Name   Edo    Dev.   Score  /  Games 
Ballard, William    2337 (66) 1 /
Minchin, James    2374 (52) 0 /
 
Gossip, George    2223 (51) 1 /
Heathcote, John    0 /
  Gossip, George gave odds of pawn and two moves
 
Wisker, John    2538 (38) 1 /
Martin, William    2002 (53) 0 /
  Wisker, John gave odds of pawn and move
 
Zukertort, Johannes    2607 (42) 1 /
Baxter, Crichton    2030 (108) 0 /
  Zukertort, Johannes gave odds of pawn and two moves
 
Thorold, Edmund    2441 (45) 1 /
Tennant, A.    1800 (135) 0 /
  Thorold, Edmund gave odds of pawn and move
 
Bussy, Bernard    2166 (84) 1 /
Minchin, Charles    2022 (81) 0 /
  Minchin, Charles gave odds of a knight
 
Steinitz, Wilhelm    2784 (41) 1 /
Fenton, Richard    2280 (57) 0 /
  Steinitz, Wilhelm gave odds of pawn and move
 
Eschwege, Herman    2202 (80) 1 /
Down, Henry    2043 (68) 0 /
 
Ballard, William    2337 (66) 1 /
Gossip, George    2223 (51) 0 /
 
Wisker, John    2538 (38) 1 /
Eschwege, Herman    2202 (80) 0 /
  Wisker, John gave odds of pawn and two moves
 
Zukertort, Johannes    2607 (42) 2 /
Steinitz, Wilhelm    2784 (41) 1 /
 
Thorold, Edmund    2441 (45) 1 /
Bussy, Bernard    2166 (84) 0 /
  Thorold, Edmund gave odds of a knight
 
Wisker, John    2538 (38) 1 /
Zukertort, Johannes    2607 (42) 0 /
 
Thorold, Edmund    2441 (45) 1 /
Ballard, William    2337 (66) 0 /
 
Thorold, Edmund    2441 (45) 2 /
Wisker, John    2538 (38) 0 /
  Wisker, John gave odds of pawn and move
 
Tennant, A.    1800 (135) 1 /
Martin, William    2002 (53) 0 /
  Martin, William gave odds of pawn and move
 
Baxter, Crichton    2030 (108) 1 /
Fenton, Richard    2280 (57) 0 /
  Fenton, Richard gave odds of pawn and move
 
Minchin, Charles    2022 (81) 1 /
Down, Henry    2043 (68) 0 /
  Minchin, Charles gave odds of pawn and move
 
Minchin, James    2374 (52) 1 /
Heathcote, John    0 /
  Minchin, James gave odds of pawn and two moves
 
Minchin, James    2374 (52) 1 /
Tennant, A.    1800 (135) 0 /
  Minchin, James gave odds of pawn and move
 
Baxter, Crichton    2030 (108) 1 /
Minchin, Charles    2022 (81) 0 /
  Minchin, Charles gave odds of pawn and move
 
Minchin, James    2374 (52) 1 /
Baxter, Crichton    2030 (108) 0 /
  Minchin, James gave odds of pawn and move
 

Event table notes

Event data
Name: British Chess Association Handicap Tournament
Place: London, England
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
   Harding, Steinitz in London, page 203, 207, 348
   Sergeant, Century of British Chess, page 158
Periodicals
   [CPC], vol. 3, no. 4, Aug. 1872, page 121
   [CPC], vol. 3, no. 5, Oct. 1872, page 160
   [Era], vol. 34, no. 1766, 28 July 1872, page 7
   [ILN], vol. 61, no. 1719, 17 Aug. 1872, page 168
   [MP], no. 30770, 22 July 1872, page 2
   [SoT], 3 Aug. 1872
   [WP], vol. 5, no. 3, 1 July 1872, page 34
   [WP], vol. 5, no. 4, 1 Aug. 1872, page 49
   [WP], vol. 5, no. 5, 1 Sep. 1872, page 65
Web
   Sericano, C.  [London handicap 1872]

Tournament information updated: 3 Apr. 2022