London, England 1888 (3)

Crosstable scores
Name   Edo    Dev.   Score  /  Games    Class 
Gunsberg, Isidor    2618 (31) 14.5 / 15 
Mason, James    2534 (33) 13.5 / 15 
Bird, Henry    2461 (30) 12 / 16 
Gibbons, T.C.    2096 (52) 8.5 / 14 
Pollock, William    2395 (31) 8 / 14 
Sellon, E.L.    2051 (51) 8 / 14 
Mortimer, James    2289 (33) 7.5 / 14 
Zukertort, Johannes    2472 (43) 8.5 / 15 
Lee, Francis    2355 (37) 7 / 15 
Hicks (1)    1885 (78) 6 / 14 
Müller, Oscar    2294 (49) 5.5 / 14 
Kindermann, F.L.    1748 (88) 3.5 / 13 
Rolland, M.    1757 (86) 4 / 14 
Purchas, Francis    1634 (88) 2.5 / 13 
Gaitskill (1)    1482 (126) 1 / 14 
Evans, William J.    2095 (69) 0 /
Ball, W.F.    1 /
Jackson (2)    0 /
  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

Event table notes

Event data
Name: Simpson's Divan Handicap Tournament
Place: London, England
Start date: 22 Mar. 1888
End date: 3 May 1888
Feenstra Kuiper and Di Felice give only total scores for the top 10 and make no mention of odds. A full account is given in the Chess Monthly of 1888 (pp.230-231, 258-259, 291). Ball retired after playing only one game, a win over Jackson. Jackson retired after playing only two games, losses to Ball and Bird. Evans retired after playing five games, all losses, against Bird, Gunsberg, Lee, Mason and Zukertort. The remaining games of these players were scored as wins for their opponents, but are not, of course, counted here for rating purposes. The game between Purchas and Kindermann seems not to have been played. There are errors in the crosstable given on p.258 of the 1888 British Chess Magazine. The game Kindermann - Müller is given as a 0 for both players, though Kindermann's total is given as if he won that game, so I infer that he did. Rolland's entry against Jackson in the table is given as a 0, though Jackson is shown as having defaulted that game, so Rolland should have been credited with the point and his total on the right should have been 7, rather than 6. Of course, this game is not counted for rating purposes in any case. All games were finished by 28 Apr. 1888 except Mason-Pollock which was played on 3 May 1888. The identities of some of the players are unclear; the reports in the Chess Monthly give only surnames. All the first-class players are well known. It seems likely that the player named only as 'Ball' was W.F. Ball, especially since he was placed in the second class. I am tentatively identifying 'Evans' as W.J. Evans, a Birmingham player in 1886 (Chess Player's Chronicle, 1886, p.467), since he was reported to have moved to London in 1887 (British Chess Magazine, 1887, p.435). However, there was a T. Evans in the St. George's Club in London in 1880 (Chess Player's Chronicle, 1880, p.208) and others elsewhere in Britain. 'Sellon' was probably E.L. Sellon (British Chess Magazine, 1890, p.122). I am not sure which 'Jackson' played here. It might have been E.M. Jackson, but he was quite young, and even in 1891 was playing for the Oxford University team before returning to London and there a number of other players named Jackson in Britain in 1888. Gibbons was probably either T.C. Gibbons (British Chess Magazine, 1891, p.266,268) or T.E. Gibbons (British Chess Magazine, 1890, p.3,220,367,405), who I surmise are the same person. Hicks might possibly have been G. Hicks, a Manchester player (British Chess Magazine, 1886, p.438; 1890, p.221), but this is far from certain. 'Purchase' was almost certainly Francis Eastwood Purchas (from Gaige's Chess Personalia). 'Kindermann' was likely F.L. Kindermann (Chess Player's Chronicle, 9 Dec. 1885, p.5). Rolland might well have been 'M. Rolland' (British Chess Magazine, 1889, p.53), although there was a J.B. Rolland and an L. Rolland, who played at Simpson's Divan events in 1891 and 1894-1896, respectively. I have yet to find any other reference to a Gaitskill.
   Di Felice, Chess Results, 1747-1900, page 112
   Feenstra Kuiper, 100 Jahre Schachturniere, page 34
   Rowland, Pollock Memories, page 3
   Sergeant, Century of British Chess, page 209
   [BCM], vol. 8, Apr. 1888, page 185
   [BCM], vol. 8, June 1888, page 279
   [CML], vol. 9, Apr. 1888, page 230
   [CML], vol. 9, May 1888, page 258
   [CML], vol. 9, June 1888, page 291
   Sericano, C.  [London 1888]

Tournament information updated: 14 Nov. 2015