Blackburne, J.H. – Lee, F.J. 1890

Name   Edo    Dev.   Score  /  Games 
Blackburne, Joseph    2544 (33) 8.5/14 
Lee, Francis    2426 (31) 5.5/14 
Status: formal

Event table notes

Event data
Place: Bradford and London, England
Start date: 14 July 1890
End date: 11 Aug. 1890
Feenstra Kuiper and Di Felice give result as +6-2=6 for Blackburne. The British Chess Magazine of Aug. 1891 (p.392) gives +6-3=5 for Blackburne, but this is a misreading of the original report in the Sept. 1890 issue (pp.362-363), which makes it clear that the result was actually +5-2=7. Feenstra Kuiper and Di Felice give the location as London. The reports in the British Chess Magazine say that the first 8 games were played in Bradford and the last 6 in London. Harding gives all 14 games, and found that the first 9 games were played in Bradford (some of the confusion arises because the first five draws did not count towards the score). Play was to move to London once either player had 3 wins. The result in Bradford was +3-1=5 for Blackburne, and in London was +2-1=2, for a total of +5-2=7 (although officially +5-2=2, which gave a score of 6-3 for Blackburne). As usual, I use games actually played for rating purposes.
   Di Felice, Chess Results, 1747-1900, page 126
   Feenstra Kuiper, 100 Jahre Schachzweikämpfe, page 24
   Harding, Eminent Victorian Chess Players, page 227
   Harding, Joseph Henry Blackburne, page 295, 509
   Sergeant, Century of British Chess, page 212
   [BCM], vol. 10, no. 8, Aug. 1890, page 332
   [BCM], vol. 10, no. 9, Sep. 1890, page 362
   [BCM], vol. 11, no. 8, Aug. 1891, page 392

Match information updated: 5 May 2020