Spens, Walter




Ratings

Year       Rank    Edo    Dev.   Games 
1867  238  2039 (67) 18
1868  238  2048 (70) 0
1869  232  2058 (71) 0
1870  234  2067 (70) 0
1871  242  2077 (65) 3
1872  216  2113 (60) 3
1873  201  2129 (52) 27
1874  226  2112 (51) 8
1875  241  2096 (45) 21
1876  255  2087 (45) 30
1877  260  2071 (55) 0
1878  281  2056 (59) 0
1879  295  2040 (58) 0
1880  330  2024 (53) 16
1881  364  2025 (52) 6
1882  394  2018 (50) 9
1883  432  2028 (49) 7
1884  440  2039 (44) 26
1885  467  2027 (42) 28
1886  510  1993 (43) 28
1887  546  1970 (49) 7
1888  534  1973 (51) 6
1889  516  1986 (48) 11
1890  487  2018 (46) 20
1891  492  2024 (51) 6
1892  467  2058 (52) 10
1893  420  2100 (54) 6
1894  391  2116 (54) 8
1895  428  2101 (55) 7
1896  451  2080 (56) 5
1897  469  2066 (56) 10
1898  501  2051 (60) 4
1899  549  2029 (62) 7
1900  579  2008 (68) 7

Rating table notes

Biographical data
Name: Spens, Walter Cook  
   Also known as: Sheriff Walter Cook Spens
Born: 1 Feb. 1842
Died: 15 July 1900
 
References
Books
   Forster, Amos Burn, page 177, 969
   Gaige, Chess Personalia, page 401
   Harding, Joseph Henry Blackburne, page 54, 542, 580
   Harding, Steinitz in London, page 166
   Renette and Zavatarelli, Neumann, Hirschfeld and Suhle, page 288, 375
   Sergeant, Century of British Chess, page 149, 192, 238
Periodicals
   [CLCM], vol. 1, no. 11, Dec. 1874, page 271
   [CPM], vol. 3, no. 10, 1 Oct. 1867, page 307
   [ILN], vol. 58, no. 1653, 3 June 1871, page 555
   [TG], vol. 33, no. 6, 6 Jan. 1877, page 7
   [WP], vol. 4, no. 2, 1 June 1871, page 19
Web
   McGowan, Alan.  [Scottish Championship 1894]
   Sarah.  [The Denoument - Morphy Retires]
   Sericano, C.  [Dundee 1867]
   Winter, Edward.  [CN 4652. Chess by circulation]
   [Development of the Club]

Match data  (f=formal; c=casual; s=soft)

Spens, W.C. - Scott, W. (3) 1873         (f)     3   -   1
Spens, W.C. - Hunter, A. 1873         (f)     6   -   5
Spens, W.C. - Fraser, Ja.C. 1873         (f)     3   -   1
Spens, W.C. - Marshall (1) 1873         (f)     5   -   3
Hunter, A. - Spens, W.C. 1874 (1)         (f)     4   -   2
Hunter, A. - Spens, W.C. 1874 (2)         (f)     0   -   2
Spens, W.C. - Hunter, A. 1875         (f)     4   -   3
Hunter, A. - Spens, W.C. 1876         (f)     4   -   3
Spens, W.C. - Crum, J. 1876         (f)     4   -   1
Spens, W.C. - Murray, W.F. 1876         (f)     4   -   0
Mills, D.Y. - Spens, W.C. 1881         (f)     4   -   2
Spens, W.C. - Chambers, J.D. 1884         (f)     3   -   0
Whiteley, J.L. - Spens, W.C. 1884 (1)         (f)     5   -   3
Whiteley, J.L. - Spens, W.C. 1884 (2)         (f)     4   -   2
Spens, W.C. - Barbier, G.E. 1885         (f)     7   -   3
Chambers, J.D. - Spens, W.C. 1885         (f)     4   -   3
Gilchrist, Jo. - Spens, W.C. 1886 (1)         (f)     4   -   2
Gilchrist, Jo. - Spens, W.C. 1886 (2)         (f)     0   -   4
Marshall, J. (1) - Spens, W.C. 1886         (f)     4   -   3

Tournament data

Dundee 1867 (1)     Dundee Tournament     0.5  /  9
Dundee 1867 (2)     Scottish Tournament     3  /  7
Dundee 1867 (3)     Dundee Handicap Tournament    
  Spens, W.C. - Fraser, G.B.     1 - 0          Fraser, G.B. gave odds of pawn and two moves
  Spens, W.C. - Fraser, Ja.C.     0 - 1          Fraser, Ja.C. gave odds of pawn and move
Edinburgh 1871     East and West of Scotland Match    
  Spens, W.C. - Baxter, C.R.     0 - 3    
Edinburgh and Glasgow 1872     East and West of Scotland Match    
  Spens, W.C. - Baxter, C.R.     2 - 0    
Glasgow and London, England 1872     Crystal Palace Meeting: Glasgow-London Telegraph Match    
  Spens, W.C. - Minchin, J.I.     0 - 1    
Glasgow 1875 (1)     6th Counties Chess Association Meeting - Scotland - England Match    
  Spens, W.C. - Ranken, C.E.     0 - 1    
  Spens, W.C. - Minchin, J.I.     0 - 1    
Glasgow 1875 (2)     6th Counties Chess Association Meeting - Provincial Champion's Cup     3  /  11
Glasgow 1875 (3)     6th Counties Chess Association Meeting - Handicap Tournament    
  Spens, W.C. - Martin, Wi.     0 - 1          Martin, Wi. gave odds of a pawn for the move
Cheltenham 1876 (3)     7th Counties Chess Association Meeting - Provincial Champion's Cup     1  /  11
Edinburgh 1876     East and West of Scotland Match    
  Spens, W.C. - Meikle, C.     1 - 2    
Glasgow 1880     West of Scotland Challenge Cup Tournament     11  /  20
Manchester 1882 (1)     12th Counties Chess Association Meeting - Class I     1  /  9
Birmingham 1883 (2)     13th Counties Chess Association Meeting - Class I, Section B     1.5  /  7
Glasgow 1884     1st Scottish Championship     6  /  9
Edinburgh 1885     2nd Scottish Championship     5  /  11
Glasgow 1886     3rd Scottish Championship     3.5  /  11
Edinburgh 1887     4th Scottish Championship     2  /  7
Glasgow 1888 (1)     Glasgow - Liverpool Club Match    
  Spens, W.C. - Burn, A.     0 - 1    
Glasgow 1888 (2)     5th Scottish Championship     1  /  5
Edinburgh 1889     6th Scottish Championship     6  /  10
Liverpool 1889 (1)     Glasgow - Liverpool Club Match    
  Spens, W.C. - Leather, R.K.     0 - 1    
Dundee 1890     7th Scottish Championship     6.5  /  9
  Spens, W.C. - Walker, W.N.     0 - 1    
Manchester 1890 (3)     6th British Chess Association Tournament - Amateur Championship     4.5  /  11
Glasgow 1891 (1)     8th Scottish Championship     2  /  5
Glasgow 1891 (2)     Glasgow - Liverpool Club Match    
  Spens, W.C. - Burn, A.     0 - 1    
Edinburgh 1892     9th Scottish Championship     5.5  /  10
Dundee 1893 (1)     10th Scottish Chess Association Congress - Championship Tournament     4.5  /  6
Glasgow 1894     11th Scottish Championship     7  /  8
Edinburgh 1895 (1)     12th Scottish Championship     4.5  /  7
Dundee 1896     13th Scottish Championship     2  /  5
Glasgow 1897     14th Scottish Championship     6  /  10
Edinburgh 1898     15th Scottish Championship     3  /  4
Stirling 1899     16th Scottish Championship     3.5  /  7
Glasgow 1900     Glasgow - Liverpool Club Match    
  Spens, W.C. - Dod, W.     0 - 1    
Dundee 1900     17th Scottish Championship     2.5  /  6


Player information updated: 3 Apr. 2022