Bird, H.E. – Wisker, J. 1873 (2)

Name   Edo    Dev.   Score  /  Games 
Bird, Henry    2519 (35) 7.5/13 
Wisker, John    2510 (36) 5.5/13 
Status: formal

Event table notes

Event data
Place: London, England
Start date: Apr. 1873
End date: May 1873
Sergeant, Feenstra Kuiper, Sunnucks, Golombek and Di Felice give result +6-4=2; Hooper and Whyld give +7-4=3; La Grande Storia degli Scacchi gives 7.5-5.5. The June 1873 issue of the Chess Player's Chronicle (unnumbered page) gives +6-4=2 and says that Wisker 'has resigned', i.e. has given up the match. The Illustrated London News of 14 June 1873 says the score was +7-4=3 for Bird, but one of Bird's wins was 'resigned', i.e., forfeited by Wisker, giving as result of actual games played +6-4=3, consistent with the score given by La Grande Storia degli Scacchi and by Tim Harding (pp.118,365). I take this latter result as correct. The dates of reports in the Illustrated London News indicate that the match started in Apr. 1873 and finished before 7 June, so probably in May 1873, though possibly the very beginning of June.
   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, 365
   Hooper and Whyld, Oxford Companion (1st ed.), page 379
   Sergeant, Century of British Chess, page 162
   Sunnucks, Encyclopaedia of Chess, page 569
   [CPC], vol. 3, June 1873
   [ILN], vol. 62, 26 Apr. 1873, page 403
   [ILN], vol. 62, 7 June 1873, page 547
   [ILN], vol. 62, 14 June 1873, page 571
   Mann, Steve.  [Yorkshire Chess History - John Wisker]
   Sericano, C.  [I matches 1865/79]

Match information updated: 16 Jul. 2017