London 1887 (3)




Results
 
Crosstable scores
Name   Edo    Dev.   Score  /  Games    Class 
Zukertort, Johannes    2501 (32) 13.5 / 15 
Hoffer, Leopold    2274 (69) 11 / 15 
Gunsberg, Isidor    2591 (29) 9.5 / 14 
Mills, Daniel    2327 (35) 9.5 / 14 
Lowe, H.F.    2212 (51) 9 / 14 
Wainwright, George    2321 (40) 9 / 14 
Trenchard, Herbert    2187 (43) 9 / 15 
Mundell, W.H.A.    2195 (56) 5.5 / 11 
Hewitt, Thomas    2139 (60) 7 / 15 
Ingoldsby, W.J.    2031 (52) 5.5 / 14 
Cathcart, P.H.    2120 (65) 4.5 / 14 
Rabson, R.    1867 (53) 4.5 / 14 
Bennett (2)    1732 (89) 3 / 14 
Ridpath, Edward    1900 (76) 3 / 14 
Mackeson, William    1887 (62) 2 / 10 
Marett, Charles    2162 (71) 2.5 /
 
  Odds for class difference of 1: two moves
  Odds for class difference of 2: pawn and move
  Odds for class difference of 3: pawn and two moves
  Odds for class difference of 4: a knight
  Odds for class difference of 5: a rook
 

Event table notes

Event data
Name: British Chess Club Handicap
Place: London
Start date: Mar. 1887
End date: May 1887
 
Notes:
The British Chess Magazine of April 1887 (p.170) gives the original 16 entrants with their odds classes, but Levinson seems to have been replaced by Ridpath as all later reports indicate. I have found no other source that gives Ridpath's odds class, but I am guessing that he would have been placed in the Knight class as he had been a member of the City of London's Knight class team for many years, including as recently as Dec. 1886 (British Chess Magazine, Jan. 1887, p.26), and was still on that team (as captain) in Feb. 1888 (British Chess Magazine, Mar. 1888, p.138). The Knight class was the 4th class of the City of London Club and the Knight class team was the Club's 'third team', while the Knight class in this handicap tournament was the fifth class, as the second class received odds of only the first two moves from the first class, so that the Pawn and Move class was the third, rather than the usual second, etc. Ridpath's classification as Knight class is not certain, as he was included in the City of London's 'second-class amateurs' team in playing against a combined Universities team in March 1887 (British Chess Magazine, Apr. 1887, pp.172-173), but this perhaps did not correspond exactly with the City Club's second class category of players. In Feb. 1890 he was again on the City 'Second Team' (British Chess Magazine, Apr. 1890, p.126) but he was at that point considered a third class player (British Chess Magazine, Dec. 1890, p.483). On balance, I consider it likely that he would have been placed in the fifth class of this handicap tournament (the Knight class) along with Ingoldsby and Rabson. The actual odds given between classes can mostly be gleaned from the sources, and the others can be inferred from usual practice. Thus, First Class players gave Second Class odds of the first two moves (British Chess Magazine, June 1887, p.263; Chess Monthly, May 1887, p.277, 279; June 1887, p.299). First Class gave Fourth Class odds of Pawn and Two Moves (British Chess Magazine, June 1887, p.263; Chess Monthly, May 1887, p.278). First Class gave Fifth Class odds of a Knight, either Queen's Knight or King's Knight (Chess Monthly, May 1887, p.274; June 1887, p.300). We can infer that First Class gave Third Class odds of Pawn and Move, as the usual odds class above Pawn and Two Moves, and that First Class gave Sixth Class odds of a Rook, as the usual odds class below Knight. The final crosstable is given in the Chess Monthly (June 1887, p.290), where all the defaulted games are also specified exactly.
 
References
Books
   Sergeant, Century of British Chess, page 204
Periodicals
   [BCM], vol. 7, Apr. 1887, page 170
   [BCM], vol. 7, June 1887, page 262
   [CML], vol. 8, Apr. 1887, page 229
   [CML], vol. 8, May 1887, page 274
   [CML], vol. 8, June 1887, page 290