London, England 1872 (1)




Results
 
Match scores
Name   Edo    Dev.   Score  /  Games 
Steinitz, Wilhelm    2780 (41) 2 /
Lowson, H.    1816 (95) 0 /
  Steinitz, Wilhelm gave odds of a rook
 
Swyer, S.    2161 (126) 2 /
Coombe, E.A.    2169 (143) 1 /
  Coombe, E.A. gave odds of pawn and move
 
Potter, William    2580 (53) 1 /
Baxter, A.B.    1890 (96) 0 /
  Potter, William gave odds of pawn and two moves
 
Gossip, George    2219 (51) 2 /
Henderson (1)    1540 (145) 1 /
  Gossip, George gave odds of a rook
 
Mundell, William    2016 (116) 1 /
Mellison    0 /
  Mundell, William gave odds of a knight
 
Down, Henry    2039 (68) 2 /
Zappert    1996 (83) 1 /
  Down, Henry gave odds of pawn and move
 
Keates    2300 (69) 1 /
Manning, Julius    1619 (101) 0 /
 
Humphreys, E.E.    2103 (91) 1 /
McLeod, B.    1760 (91) 0 /
  Humphreys, E.E. gave odds of pawn and two moves
 
Hoon, Charles    2016 (134) 0 /
Clarke, John    1880 (114) 1 /
  Hoon, Charles gave odds of pawn and two moves
 
Gamman, E.    2018 (102) 1 /
Blunt, Robert    1951 (92) 0 /
  Gamman, E. gave odds of pawn and move
 
Sothers    2092 (81) 3 /
Shedlock, James    1533 (135) 1 /
  Sothers gave odds of pawn and move
 
Hooper (2)    0 /
Pannell, J.    1591 (143) 1 /
  Hooper (2) gave odds of pawn and two moves
 
Argall, Henry    2266 (74) 1 /
Swyer, J.    1877 (113) 0 /
  Argall, Henry gave odds of pawn and move
 
Thomson, R.    2409 (79) 2.5 /
Whomes    2141 (90) 0.5 /
  Thomson, R. gave odds of pawn and two moves
 
Frankenstein, Edward    2201 (78) 1 /
Watts, G.    0 /
  Frankenstein, Edward gave odds of a knight
 
Chappell, William    2251 (73) 2 /
Percival (1)    1910 (132) 1 /
  Chappell, William gave odds of pawn and two moves
 
de Vere, Cecil    2535 (43) 1 /
Marks, M.    2178 (135) 0 /
  de Vere, Cecil gave odds of pawn and move
 
Ormsby, H.M.    1988 (101) 1.5 /
Parr, G.    1959 (104) 0.5 /
 
Watts, John    2053 (68) 1.5 /
Mellor, W. (2)    1839 (103) 0.5 /
  Watts, John gave odds of pawn and move
 
Cole, Alfred    2235 (86) 1 /
Godfrey    1834 (100) 0 /
  Cole, Alfred gave odds of pawn and two moves
 
Mayow    2103 (88) 2.5 /
Vyse, W. Elliot    2140 (67) 1.5 /
  Mayow gave odds of pawn and move
 
Lord, John    2310 (65) 0.5 /
Knight, W.J.J.    2116 (135) 0.5 /
 
Nash, T.    1473 (148) 0 /
Pizzi, P.    1581 (115) 1 /
  Nash, T. gave odds of pawn and two moves
 
Fenton, Richard    2276 (57) 0.5 /
Watson (2)    2257 (93) 1.5 /
  Fenton, Richard gave odds of pawn and move
 
Steinitz, Wilhelm    2780 (41) 2 /
Swyer, S.    2161 (126) 0 /
  Steinitz, Wilhelm gave odds of a knight
 
Potter, William    2580 (53) 1 /
Gossip, George    2219 (51) 0 /
 
Mundell, William    2016 (116) 0 /
Down, Henry    2039 (68) 1 /
  Mundell, William gave odds of pawn and move
 
Humphreys, E.E.    2103 (91) 0 /
Keates    2300 (69) 1 /
  Humphreys, E.E. gave odds of pawn and move
 
Gamman, E.    2018 (102) 2 /
Clarke, John    1880 (114) 1 /
  Gamman, E. gave odds of pawn and two moves
 
Sothers    2092 (81) 2 /
Pannell, J.    1591 (143) 0 /
 
Thomson, R.    2409 (79) 2 /
Argall, Henry    2266 (74) 1 /
  Thomson, R. gave odds of pawn and move
 
Chappell, William    2251 (73) 2 /
Frankenstein, Edward    2201 (78) 1 /
 
de Vere, Cecil    2535 (43) 0 /
Ormsby, H.M.    1988 (101) 1 /
  de Vere, Cecil gave odds of a knight
 
Cole, Alfred    2235 (86) 1 /
Watts, John    2053 (68) 0 /
  Cole, Alfred gave odds of pawn and two moves
 
Watson (2)    2257 (93) 2 /
Pizzi, P.    1581 (115) 0 /
  Watson (2) gave odds of pawn and two moves
 
Steinitz, Wilhelm    2780 (41) 2 /
Watson (2)    2257 (93) 0 /
  Steinitz, Wilhelm gave odds of pawn and two moves
 
Potter, William    2580 (53) 1 /
Down, Henry    2039 (68) 0 /
  Potter, William gave odds of pawn and two moves
 
Gamman, E.    2018 (102) 0 /
Keates    2300 (69) 1 /
  Gamman, E. gave odds of pawn and move
 
Thomson, R.    2409 (79) 1 /
Chappell, William    2251 (73) 0 /
 
Cole, Alfred    2235 (86) 1 /
Ormsby, H.M.    1988 (101) 0 /
  Cole, Alfred gave odds of pawn and two moves
 
Steinitz, Wilhelm    2780 (41) 2 /
Potter, William    2580 (53) 0 /
 
Keates    2300 (69) 2 /
Sothers    2092 (81) 0 /
  Keates gave odds of pawn and move
 
Thomson, R.    2409 (79) 1 /
Cole, Alfred    2235 (86) 0 /
 
Steinitz, Wilhelm    2780 (41) 1 /
Thomson, R.    2409 (79) 0 /
  Steinitz, Wilhelm gave odds of pawn and move
 
Steinitz, Wilhelm    2780 (41) 2 /
Keates    2300 (69) 0 /
  Steinitz, Wilhelm gave odds of pawn and two moves
 
Thomson, R.    2409 (79) 0 /
Keates    2300 (69) 1 /
  Thomson, R. gave odds of pawn and move
 
Percival (1)    1910 (132) 1 /
McLeod, B.    1760 (91) 0 /
 
Marks, M.    2178 (135) 1 /
Vyse, W. Elliot    2140 (67) 0 /
  Marks, M. gave odds of pawn and two moves
 
Swyer, J.    1877 (113) 1 /
Mellor, W. (2)    1839 (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). Harding, in Steinitz in London (p.198) has '(F.W.?) Lord' here, but I have guessed that it was J. Lord. 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 we know that Steinitz beat Thomson (Harding gives a 2-0 result here, but we don't actually have the score, so I use 1-0), Steinitz beat Keates 2-0, and then Keates beat Thomson (by what score is not clear, so again I use 1-0). Fenton won 3rd prize and Baxter 4th from the secondary knockout sequence (Field 25 May 1872, p.476). 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
   Harding, Steinitz in London, page 198, 348
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: 3 Apr. 2022