London, England 1872 (1)




Results
 
Match scores
Name   Edo    Dev.   Score  /  Games 
Steinitz, Wilhelm    2784 (41) 2 /
Lowson, H.    1820 (95) 0 /
  Steinitz, Wilhelm gave odds of a rook
 
Swyer, S.    2166 (126) 2 /
Coombe, E.A.    2174 (143) 1 /
  Coombe, E.A. gave odds of pawn and move
 
Potter, William    2585 (53) 1 /
Baxter, A.B.    1934 (98) 0 /
  Potter, William gave odds of pawn and two moves
 
Gossip, George    2223 (51) 2 /
Henderson (1)    1543 (145) 1 /
  Gossip, George gave odds of a rook
 
Mundell, William    2020 (116) 1 /
Mellison    0 /
  Mundell, William gave odds of a knight
 
Down, Henry    2043 (68) 2 /
Zappert    2000 (83) 1 /
  Down, Henry gave odds of pawn and move
 
Keates    2304 (69) 1 /
Manning, Julius    1624 (101) 0 /
 
Humphreys, E.E.    2107 (91) 1 /
McLeod, B.    1764 (91) 0 /
  Humphreys, E.E. gave odds of pawn and two moves
 
Hoon, Charles    2016 (134) 0 /
Clarke, John    1883 (114) 1 /
  Hoon, Charles gave odds of pawn and two moves
 
Gamman, E.    2022 (102) 1 /
Blunt, Robert    1955 (92) 0 /
  Gamman, E. gave odds of pawn and move
 
Sothers    2097 (81) 3 /
Shedlock, James    1537 (135) 1 /
  Sothers gave odds of pawn and move
 
Hooper (2)    0 /
Pannell, J.    1594 (143) 1 /
  Hooper (2) gave odds of pawn and two moves
 
Argall, Henry    2269 (74) 1 /
Swyer, J.    1880 (113) 0 /
  Argall, Henry gave odds of pawn and move
 
Thomson, R.    2413 (79) 2.5 /
Whomes    2145 (90) 0.5 /
  Thomson, R. gave odds of pawn and two moves
 
Frankenstein, Edward    2205 (78) 1 /
Watts, G.    0 /
  Frankenstein, Edward gave odds of a knight
 
Chappell, William    2256 (73) 2 /
Percival (1)    1913 (132) 1 /
  Chappell, William gave odds of pawn and two moves
 
de Vere, Cecil    2539 (43) 1 /
Marks, M.    2182 (135) 0 /
  de Vere, Cecil gave odds of pawn and move
 
Ormsby, H.M.    1991 (101) 1.5 /
Parr, G.    1963 (104) 0.5 /
 
Watts, John    2057 (68) 1.5 /
Mellor, W. (2)    1844 (103) 0.5 /
  Watts, John gave odds of pawn and move
 
Cole, Alfred    2239 (86) 1 /
Godfrey    1838 (100) 0 /
  Cole, Alfred gave odds of pawn and two moves
 
Mayow    2107 (88) 2.5 /
Vyse, W. Elliot    2144 (67) 1.5 /
  Mayow gave odds of pawn and move
 
Lord, John    2314 (65) 0.5 /
Knight, W.J.J.    2121 (135) 0.5 /
 
Nash, T.    1476 (148) 0 /
Pizzi, P.    1585 (115) 1 /
  Nash, T. gave odds of pawn and two moves
 
Fenton, Richard    2280 (57) 0.5 /
Watson (2)    2261 (93) 1.5 /
  Fenton, Richard gave odds of pawn and move
 
Steinitz, Wilhelm    2784 (41) 2 /
Swyer, S.    2166 (126) 0 /
  Steinitz, Wilhelm gave odds of a knight
 
Potter, William    2585 (53) 1 /
Gossip, George    2223 (51) 0 /
 
Mundell, William    2020 (116) 0 /
Down, Henry    2043 (68) 1 /
  Mundell, William gave odds of pawn and move
 
Humphreys, E.E.    2107 (91) 0 /
Keates    2304 (69) 1 /
  Humphreys, E.E. gave odds of pawn and move
 
Gamman, E.    2022 (102) 2 /
Clarke, John    1883 (114) 1 /
  Gamman, E. gave odds of pawn and two moves
 
Sothers    2097 (81) 2 /
Pannell, J.    1594 (143) 0 /
 
Thomson, R.    2413 (79) 2 /
Argall, Henry    2269 (74) 1 /
  Thomson, R. gave odds of pawn and move
 
Chappell, William    2256 (73) 2 /
Frankenstein, Edward    2205 (78) 1 /
 
de Vere, Cecil    2539 (43) 0 /
Ormsby, H.M.    1991 (101) 1 /
  de Vere, Cecil gave odds of a knight
 
Cole, Alfred    2239 (86) 1 /
Watts, John    2057 (68) 0 /
  Cole, Alfred gave odds of pawn and two moves
 
Watson (2)    2261 (93) 2 /
Pizzi, P.    1585 (115) 0 /
  Watson (2) gave odds of pawn and two moves
 
Steinitz, Wilhelm    2784 (41) 2 /
Watson (2)    2261 (93) 0 /
  Steinitz, Wilhelm gave odds of pawn and two moves
 
Potter, William    2585 (53) 1 /
Down, Henry    2043 (68) 0 /
  Potter, William gave odds of pawn and two moves
 
Gamman, E.    2022 (102) 0 /
Keates    2304 (69) 1 /
  Gamman, E. gave odds of pawn and move
 
Thomson, R.    2413 (79) 1 /
Chappell, William    2256 (73) 0 /
 
Cole, Alfred    2239 (86) 1 /
Ormsby, H.M.    1991 (101) 0 /
  Cole, Alfred gave odds of pawn and two moves
 
Steinitz, Wilhelm    2784 (41) 2 /
Potter, William    2585 (53) 0 /
 
Keates    2304 (69) 2 /
Sothers    2097 (81) 0 /
  Keates gave odds of pawn and move
 
Thomson, R.    2413 (79) 1 /
Cole, Alfred    2239 (86) 0 /
 
Steinitz, Wilhelm    2784 (41) 1 /
Thomson, R.    2413 (79) 0 /
  Steinitz, Wilhelm gave odds of pawn and move
 
Steinitz, Wilhelm    2784 (41) 2 /
Keates    2304 (69) 0 /
  Steinitz, Wilhelm gave odds of pawn and two moves
 
Thomson, R.    2413 (79) 0 /
Keates    2304 (69) 1 /
  Thomson, R. gave odds of pawn and move
 
Percival (1)    1913 (132) 1 /
McLeod, B.    1764 (91) 0 /
 
Marks, M.    2182 (135) 1 /
Vyse, W. Elliot    2144 (67) 0 /
  Marks, M. gave odds of pawn and two moves
 
Swyer, J.    1880 (113) 1 /
Mellor, W. (2)    1844 (103) 1 /
  Swyer, J. gave odds of pawn and move
 

Event table notes

Event data
Name: City of London Club Handicap
Place: London, England
Start date: Dec. 1871
End date: May 1872
 
Notes:
Only partial results available. This was a 48-player knockout handicap, in which the 24 losers in the first round competed in a separate sequence for third and fourth prizes. Many of the exact results have not yet been found, though in most cases we know who beat who, at least in the main knockout sequence for first and second prizes. I have information on the first and second rounds from the Westminster Papers of 1 Jan. 1872 (p.153); other information I have from Tim Harding. In each pairing, the first player to win two games was supposed to go on. Where the result of a pairing is not known exactly, I use the information I have, sometimes a partial result, but usually knowing who won the pairing in the end. So in some cases, draws have been counted where we knew they occurred. When we only know who beat who, I record the result as 1-0. The Era of 21 Jan. 1872 (p.14) has de Vere playing 'Thompson' in the second round, when this should be Ormsby. I am guessing that it was W.T. Chappell, rather than H. Chappell who participated in this event, and that the 'Clark' here was 'J. Clarke', who participated in the City of London handicap the year before (as did 'R. Clarke', but he was in a higher section, and this time round we are looking for a class 4 player). Harding, in Steinitz in London (p.198) has '(F.W.?) Lord' here, but I have guessed that it was J. Lord. Forster gives the year as 1871. The Field of 9 Dec. 1871 gives the initial pairings (information from Tim Harding) so the event apparently began in Dec. 1871. Steinitz' games against Potter were played in Feb. 1872, according to the Field of 9 Mar. 1872 (information from Tim Harding). The final pool was between Steinitz, Keates and Thompson, and we know that Steinitz beat Thomson (Harding gives a 2-0 result here, but we don't actually have the score, so I use 1-0), Steinitz beat Keates 2-0, and then Keates beat Thomson (by what score is not clear, so again I use 1-0). Fenton won 3rd prize and Baxter 4th from the secondary knockout sequence (Field 25 May 1872, p.476). From the Westminster Papers (1 Jan. 1872, p.153) we have 3 results (one partial) from the secondary sequence, listed last here.
 
References
Books
   Forster, Amos Burn, page 82
   Harding, Eminent Victorian Chess Players, page 170, 370
   Harding, Steinitz in London, page 198, 348
Periodicals
   [CPC], vol. 3, no. 2, Apr. 1872, page 58
   [CPC], vol. 3, no. 4, Aug. 1872, page 110
   [Era], vol. 34, no. 1730, 19 Nov. 1871, page 2
   [Era], vol. 34, no. 1734, 17 Dec. 1871, page 3
   [Era], vol. 34, no. 1738, 14 Jan. 1872, page 4
   [Era], vol. 34, no. 1739, 21 Jan. 1872, page 14
   [Era], vol. 34, no. 1756, 19 May 1872, page 5
   [ILN], vol. 60, no. 1687, 6 Jan. 1872, page 15
   [ILN], vol. 60, no. 1691, 3 Feb. 1872, page 115
   [WP], vol. 4, no. 8, 1 Dec. 1871, page 132
   [WP], vol. 4, no. 9, 1 Jan. 1872, page 153

Tournament information updated: 3 Apr. 2022