London, England 1872 (1)




Results
 
Match scores
Name   Edo    Dev.   Score  /  Games 
Steinitz, Wilhelm    2771 (43) 2 /
Lawson, H.    1691 (119) 0 /
  Steinitz, Wilhelm gave odds of a rook
 
Swyer, S.    2147 (130) 2 /
Coombe, E.A.    2158 (145) 1 /
  Coombe, E.A. gave odds of pawn and move
 
Potter, William    2581 (53) 1 /
Baxter, A.B.    1928 (98) 0 /
  Potter, William gave odds of pawn and two moves
 
Gossip, George    2164 (53) 2 /
Henderson (1)    1507 (145) 1 /
  Gossip, George gave odds of a rook
 
Mundell, William    2015 (116) 1 /
Mellison    0 /
  Mundell, William gave odds of a knight
 
Down, Henry    2028 (71) 2 /
Zappert    1997 (84) 1 /
  Down, Henry gave odds of pawn and move
 
Keates    2274 (76) 1 /
Manning, Julius    1524 (119) 0 /
 
Humphreys, E.E.    2027 (99) 1 /
McLeod, B.    1611 (115) 0 /
  Humphreys, E.E. gave odds of pawn and two moves
 
Hoon, Charles    2005 (135) 0 /
Clarke, John    1872 (114) 1 /
  Hoon, Charles gave odds of pawn and two moves
 
Gamman, E.    2005 (102) 1 /
Blunt, Robert    1935 (94) 0 /
  Gamman, E. gave odds of pawn and move
 
Sothers    2090 (83) 3 /
Shedlock, James    1526 (136) 1 /
  Sothers gave odds of pawn and move
 
Hooper (2)    0 /
Pannell    1529 (158) 1 /
  Hooper (2) gave odds of pawn and two moves
 
Argall, Henry    2275 (85) 1 /
Swyer, J.    1878 (114) 0 /
  Argall, Henry gave odds of pawn and move
 
Thomson, R.    2397 (93) 2.5 /
Whomes    2003 (116) 0.5 /
  Thomson, R. gave odds of pawn and two moves
 
Frankenstein, Edward    2179 (80) 1 /
Watts, G.    0 /
  Frankenstein, Edward gave odds of a knight
 
Chappell, William    2231 (81) 2 /
Percival (1)    1871 (140) 1 /
  Chappell, William gave odds of pawn and two moves
 
de Vere, Cecil    2539 (44) 1 /
Marks, M.    2159 (136) 0 /
  de Vere, Cecil gave odds of pawn and move
 
Ormsby, H.M.    1959 (109) 1.5 /
Parr, G.    1947 (107) 0.5 /
 
Watts, John    2079 (70) 1.5 /
Mellor, W. (2)    1850 (103) 0.5 /
  Watts, John gave odds of pawn and move
 
Cole, Alfred    2239 (86) 1 /
Godfrey    1873 (119) 0 /
  Cole, Alfred gave odds of pawn and two moves
 
Mayow    2099 (88) 2.5 /
Vyse, W. Elliot    2115 (70) 1.5 /
  Mayow gave odds of pawn and move
 
Lord, John    2309 (66) 0.5 /
Knight, W.J.J.    2117 (134) 0.5 /
 
Nash, T.    1403 (169) 0 /
Pizzi, P.    1628 (111) 1 /
  Nash, T. gave odds of pawn and two moves
 
Fenton, Richard    2250 (59) 0.5 /
Watson (2)    2195 (109) 1.5 /
  Fenton, Richard gave odds of pawn and move
 
Steinitz, Wilhelm    2771 (43) 2 /
Swyer, S.    2147 (130) 0 /
  Steinitz, Wilhelm gave odds of a knight
 
Potter, William    2581 (53) 1 /
Gossip, George    2164 (53) 0 /
 
Mundell, William    2015 (116) 0 /
Down, Henry    2028 (71) 1 /
  Mundell, William gave odds of pawn and move
 
Humphreys, E.E.    2027 (99) 0 /
Keates    2274 (76) 1 /
  Humphreys, E.E. gave odds of pawn and move
 
Gamman, E.    2005 (102) 2 /
Clarke, John    1872 (114) 1 /
  Gamman, E. gave odds of pawn and two moves
 
Sothers    2090 (83) 2 /
Pannell    1529 (158) 0 /
 
Thomson, R.    2397 (93) 2 /
Argall, Henry    2275 (85) 1 /
  Thomson, R. gave odds of pawn and move
 
Chappell, William    2231 (81) 2 /
Frankenstein, Edward    2179 (80) 1 /
 
de Vere, Cecil    2539 (44) 0 /
Ormsby, H.M.    1959 (109) 1 /
  de Vere, Cecil gave odds of a knight
 
Cole, Alfred    2239 (86) 1 /
Watts, John    2079 (70) 0 /
  Cole, Alfred gave odds of pawn and two moves
 
Watson (2)    2195 (109) 2 /
Pizzi, P.    1628 (111) 0 /
  Watson (2) gave odds of pawn and two moves
 
Potter, William    2581 (53) 1 /
Down, Henry    2028 (71) 0 /
  Potter, William gave odds of pawn and two moves
 
Gamman, E.    2005 (102) 0 /
Keates    2274 (76) 1 /
  Gamman, E. gave odds of pawn and move
 
Thomson, R.    2397 (93) 1 /
Chappell, William    2231 (81) 0 /
 
Cole, Alfred    2239 (86) 1 /
Ormsby, H.M.    1959 (109) 0 /
  Cole, Alfred gave odds of pawn and two moves
 
Steinitz, Wilhelm    2771 (43) 2 /
Potter, William    2581 (53) 0 /
 
Keates    2274 (76) 2 /
Sothers    2090 (83) 0 /
  Keates gave odds of pawn and move
 
Thomson, R.    2397 (93) 1 /
Cole, Alfred    2239 (86) 0 /
 
Percival (1)    1871 (140) 1 /
McLeod, B.    1611 (115) 0 /
 
Marks, M.    2159 (136) 1 /
Vyse, W. Elliot    2115 (70) 0 /
  Marks, M. gave odds of pawn and two moves
 
Swyer, J.    1878 (114) 1 /
Mellor, W. (2)    1850 (103) 1 /
  Swyer, J. gave odds of pawn and move
 

Event table notes

Event data
Name: City of London Club Handicap
Place: London, England
Start date: Dec. 1871
End date: May 1872
 
Notes:
Only partial results available. This was a 48-player knockout handicap, in which the 24 losers in the first round competed in a separate sequence for third and fourth prizes. Many of the exact results have not yet been found, though in most cases we know who beat who, at least in the main knockout sequence for first and second prizes. I have information on the first and second rounds from the Westminster Papers of 1 Jan. 1872 (p.153); other information I have from Tim Harding. In each pairing, the first player to win two games was supposed to go on. Where the result of a pairing is not known exactly, I use the information I have, sometimes a partial result, but usually knowing who won the pairing in the end. So in some cases, draws have been counted where we knew they occurred. When we only know who beat who, I record the result as 1-0. The Era of 21 Jan. 1872 (p.14) has de Vere playing 'Thompson' in the second round, when this should be Ormsby. I am guessing that it was W.T. Chappell, rather than H. Chappell who participated in this event, and that the 'Clark' here was 'J. Clarke', who participated in the City of London handicap the year before (as did 'R. Clarke', but he was in a higher section, and this time round we are looking for a class 4 player). Forster gives the year as 1871. The Field of 9 Dec. 1871 gives the initial pairings (information from Tim Harding) so the event apparently began in Dec. 1871. Steinitz' games against Potter were played in Feb. 1872, according to the Field of 9 Mar. 1872 (information from Tim Harding). The final pool was between Steinitz, Keates and Thompson, and although we know that Steinitz won first prize with Keates 2nd, I don't have the scoring of the final pool games. Fenton won 3rd prize and Baxter 4th from the secondary knockout sequence (Field 25 May 1872, p.476, from personal communication with Tim Harding). From the Westminster Papers (1 Jan. 1872, p.153) we have 3 results (one partial) from the secondary sequence, listed last here.
 
References
Books
   Forster, Amos Burn, page 82
   Harding, Eminent Victorian Chess Players, page 170, 370
Periodicals
   [CPC], vol. 3, no. 2, Apr. 1872, page 58
   [CPC], vol. 3, no. 4, Aug. 1872, page 110
   [Era], vol. 34, no. 1730, 19 Nov. 1871, page 2
   [Era], vol. 34, no. 1734, 17 Dec. 1871, page 3
   [Era], vol. 34, no. 1738, 14 Jan. 1872, page 4
   [Era], vol. 34, no. 1739, 21 Jan. 1872, page 14
   [Era], vol. 34, no. 1756, 19 May 1872, page 5
   [ILN], vol. 60, no. 1687, 6 Jan. 1872, page 15
   [ILN], vol. 60, no. 1691, 3 Feb. 1872, page 115
   [WP], vol. 4, no. 8, 1 Dec. 1871, page 132
   [WP], vol. 4, no. 9, 1 Jan. 1872, page 153

Tournament information updated: 5 May 2020