Spens, Walter




Ratings

Year       Rank    Edo    Dev.   Games 
1867  239  2045 (66) 18
1868  240  2055 (70) 0
1869  233  2065 (71) 0
1870  234  2075 (69) 0
1871  237  2085 (64) 3
1872  211  2123 (58) 3
1873  199  2140 (50) 27
1874  228  2116 (50) 8
1875  261  2092 (44) 29
1876  262  2086 (44) 30
1877  267  2073 (55) 0
1878  290  2060 (59) 0
1879  301  2048 (58) 0
1880  325  2035 (52) 16
1881  358  2039 (52) 6
1882  372  2037 (50) 9
1883  399  2054 (48) 7
1884  392  2077 (43) 29
1885  444  2053 (41) 28
1886  492  2014 (42) 28
1887  542  1984 (48) 7
1888  545  1981 (50) 7
1889  520  1996 (48) 11
1890  484  2028 (46) 20
1891  486  2035 (50) 6
1892  463  2069 (52) 10
1893  410  2111 (54) 6
1894  378  2127 (54) 8
1895  417  2112 (55) 7
1896  440  2090 (56) 5
1897  469  2077 (55) 10
1898  511  2061 (60) 4
1899  561  2039 (62) 7
1900  598  2017 (67) 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, P. 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. - Scott, W. (3) 1875         (f)     4.5   -   3.5
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 (1)     1st Scottish Championship     6  /  9
Glasgow 1884 (3)     1st Scottish Chess Association Congress - Handicap Tournament    
  Spens, W.C. - Phillips, J.     1 - 0          Spens, W.C. gave odds of pawn and two moves
  Spens, W.C. - Forsyth, D.     1 - 0          Spens, W.C. gave odds of pawn and move
  Spens, W.C. - Fraser, G.B.     1 - 0    
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
Glasgow 1888 (4)     5th Scottish Chess Association Congress - Handicap Tournament    
  Spens, W.C. - Sanderson, J.     0 - 1          Spens, W.C. gave odds of pawn and two moves
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 Championship     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: 19 Aug. 2022