Bird, H.E. – Wisker, J. 1873 (1)

Name   Edo    Dev.   Score  /  Games 
Bird, Henry    2519 (35) 7/14 
Wisker, John    2510 (36) 7/14 
Status: formal

Event table notes

Event data
Place: London, England
Start date: 5 Mar. 1873
End date: Apr. 1873
Feenstra Kuiper and Di Felice give result as +6-6=0; Sergeant, Sunnucks, Golombek and Hooper and Whyld give +6-6=1; La Grande Storia degli Scacchi gives 7-7. The Apr. 1873 issue of the Chess Player's Chronicle gives partial result +3-2=2 for Bird (unnumbered page); the Illustrated London News of 5 Apr. 1873 gives partial result +5-4=2 for Bird; the 26 Apr. 1873 issue of the Illustrated London News says the match was drawn; the June 1873 issue of the Chess Player's Chronicle (unnumbered page) says the match was given up when each player had scored 6 games. The information from the Illustrated London News and the Chess Player's Chronicle suggests that the result was +6-6=2, consistent with the score given by La Grande Storia degli Scacchi and by Tim Harding. The 8 Mar. 1873 issue of Land and Water gives the start date as 5 Mar. 1873 (information from Tim Harding).
   Di Felice, Chess Results, 1747-1900, page 58
   Elo, Rating of Chessplayers, page 90
   Feenstra Kuiper, 100 Jahre Schachzweikämpfe, page 20
   Golombek, Golombek's Encyclopedia, page 344
   Harding, Eminent Victorian Chess Players, page 118
   Hooper and Whyld, Oxford Companion (1st ed.), page 379
   Sergeant, Century of British Chess, page 161
   Sunnucks, Encyclopaedia of Chess, page 569
   [CPC], vol. 3, Apr. 1873
   [CPC], vol. 3, June 1873
   [ILN], vol. 62, 5 Apr. 1873, page 330
   [ILN], vol. 62, 26 Apr. 1873, page 403
   [LW], 8 Mar. 1873
   Mann, Steve.  [Yorkshire Chess History - John Wisker]
   Sericano, C.  [I matches 1865/79]

Match information updated: 16 Jul. 2017