Sydney 1869 (1)




Results
 
Crosstable scores
Name   Edo    Dev.   Score  /  Games    Class 
Smith, Robert    2054 (93) 31 / 40 
Scoles    29 / 40 
Crane, William    2073 (128) 27 / 40 
McRae, John    1872 (137) 27 / 40 
 
  Odds for class difference of 1: pawn and move
  Odds for class difference of 2: pawn and two moves
  Odds for class difference of 3: a knight
  Odds for class difference of 4: a rook
 
Match scores
Name   Edo    Dev.   Score  /  Games 
Crane, William    2073 (128) 1 /
McRae, John    1872 (137) 0 /
  McRae, John gave odds of pawn and move
 

Event table notes

Event data
Name: School of Arts Club Handicap Tournament
Place: Sydney
Start date: 2 Aug. 1869
End date: Dec. 1869
 
Notes:
Only partial results available. This was a large all-play-all handicap tournament, with 22 players initially listed (Empire, 5 Aug. 1869, p.2), but in the end each player had to play 40 games, so I presume that there were 21 players and two games were played in each pairing. The total number of games finally played was 352, which is well short of the 420 games that should be played in a double-round all-play-all of 21 players, but the scores of the four prize-winners account for 40 games each, so I will guess that any unplayed games involved other players (though some against prize-winners might have been defaulted). The Empire of 5 Aug. 1869 (p.2) says 1st class gives 2nd Pawn and Two Move odds, gives 3rd Knight odds, and gives 4th Rook odds, while 2nd class gives third Pawn and Move and 4th Pawn and Two Moves, and 3rd gives 4th Pawn and Move odds. This is as if 1st class were two classes removed from 2nd, etc. The Sydney Mail of 25 Dec. 1869 (p.2) confirms that 1st class gave 4th Rook odds, but then says that Crane (who was 3rd class) received Pawn and Two Moves from 1st class and Pawn and Move from 2nd. Crane actually received Knight odds from 1st class, as the original description of the handicaps stated, which are confirmed by games given subsequently (Sydney Mail, January to March 1870 issues), including one between Smith and Crane (Sydney Mail, 12 Mar. 1870, p.2). For convenience in doing the calculations, I list 2nd to 4th class as 3rd to 5th, since the odds given by 1st class are equivalent to one greater class difference than among the other classes. The end date is not clear, though it had not finished by 12 Oct. 1869 (Maitland Mercury, 12 Oct. 1869, p.3), and was finished sometime before 25 Dec. 1869 (Sydney Mail, 25 Dec. 1869, p.2).
 
References
Periodicals
   [Emp], 5 Aug. 1869, page 2
   [MM], vol. 26, 3 Aug. 1869, page 3
   [MM], vol. 26, 12 Oct. 1869, page 3
   [SyM], vol. 10, 25 Dec. 1869, page 2
   [SyM], vol. 10, 1 Jan. 1870, page 2
   [SyM], vol. 10, 8 Jan. 1870, page 9
   [SyM], vol. 10, 15 Jan. 1870, page 2
   [SyM], vol. 10, 22 Jan. 1870, page 2
   [SyM], vol. 11, 5 Feb. 1870, page 3
   [SyM], vol. 11, 26 Feb. 1870, page 2
   [SyM], vol. 11, 5 Mar. 1870, page 9
   [SyM], vol. 11, 12 Mar. 1870, page 2

Tournament page created: 2 May 2017