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Tournament: 3rd British Championship (won by Atkins) (32 games of a possible 66; includes 26 games from subsidiary events)
Venue: Shrewsbury • Dates: 6-18 August 1906 • Download PGN Last Edited: Thursday 27 February, 2020 12:16 PM

1906 British Chess Championship

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Pts
1 Atkins,Henry Ernest
1 1 ½ 0 1 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 1 8.5
2 Michell,Reginald Pryce 0
0 ½ 1 ½ 1 1 ½ 1 1 1 7.5
3 Palmer,Wilfred Charles 0 1
0 1 1 1 ½ ½ 0 1 1 7.0
4 Lee,Francis Joseph ½ ½ 1
1 ½ 0 ½ 1 0 1 1 7.0
5 Shoosmith,Hector William 1 0 0 0
1 0 1 1 1 1 1 7.0
6 Wainwright,George Edward 0 ½ 0 ½ 0
1 1 1 1 1 1 7.0
7 Blackburne,Joseph Henry 0 0 0 1 1 0
1 1 1 ½ 1 6.5
8 Wahltuch,Victor Leonard ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 0 0
0 1 1 1 4.5
9 Mercer,Arthur Emerson 0 ½ ½ 0 0 0 0 1
0 1 1 4.0
10 Hamond,Francis Edward (Rev) ½ 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1
0 0 3.5
11 Parry,John Ellis 0 0 0 0 0 0 ½ 0 0 1
½ 2.0
12 Brown,Frank 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 ½


British Championship 1906 Crosstable

From the Manchester Guardian of 18 August 1906:

"Atkins takes the first prize of £60 and the championship: Michell takes the second prize of £30 and Palmer, Lee, Wainwright, and Shoosmith divide the third and fourth prize, receiving £7. 10s. each.

"The Ladies’ Championship. In the ladies’ tournament Mrs. Herring, of Hove, with 9 points, takes the first prize and the British championship medal, the second prize going to Mrs. Anderson, London, 8½. Miss Ellis, London, and Mrs. Houlding, Newport, 7½ each, divide the third and fourth prizes.

Other Tourneys.
The following are the prize-winners in the other tournaments:—
First-class.—1, G. Shories, Sheffield; for the second and third places J. F. Allcock, P. W. Fairweather, J. Mortimer, and E. D. Palmer, all of London, tie.
Second-class.—Section A: N.[mistake for "P" - Percy] R. Gibbs. London, and L. H. Jones, Cardiff, tie. Section B: B. Heastie, London.
Third-class.—Section A.: E. Crockett, Blaina, and A. Owen, Birmingham, tie. Section B: C. Wardhaugh, Glasgow.
One Week Tourneys.—First-class: Herbert Jacobs. Second-class: F. Clayton. Third-class sectlon A: W. Veach [Veitch? JS];
section B, W. R. Todd."

From the Manchester Guardian, 7 August 1906:

The third Congress of the British Chess Federation was opened at Shrewsbury last night in the Music Rooms, placed at the disposal of the Federation by the Corporation of Shrewsbury. The Mayor (Mr. R. E. Hill), Mr. Alderman Southam, and other members of the Corporation welcomed the chess players to their historic town. Mr. L. P. Rees, honorary secretary of the Federation, started the various tournaments at 6 30.

The entries are as follows:—
British Championship Tournament (12 entries)..—J. H. Blackburne, London; H. E. Atkins, Leicester; F. J. Lee, London; V. Wahltuch, Manchester; G E. Wainwright, London [Surbiton given in some newspaper accounts]; Frank Brown, Dudley; the Rev. W. C. Palmer, Bolton; J. E. Parry, Shrewsbury; R. P. Michell, London; H. W. Shoosmith, London; F. E. Hamond, London ; and A. E. Mercer, London.
British Ladies’ Championship (12 entries).— Miss E. Tapsell Redhill: Mrs. Jaughin, London; Miss A. Lawson, West Hartlepool; Miss Watson, Hastings; Miss Ellis, London; Mrs. Houlding, Newport; Mrs. Anderson, London; Mrs. Herring, Hove; Miss A. E. Hooke, London; Mrs. Roe, London; Mrs. Rentoul, London; and Miss Crum, Helensburgh.
First Class Tournament.—G. Shories, Sheffield: P. W. Fairweather, London; E. J. Brooks, London; P. W. Sergeant, London; J. D. Chambers, Sale; J. Borthwick, Glasgow; J. J. O’Hanlon, Ireland; J. Mortimer, London; the Rev. E. Griffiths, Gowerton; J. F. Allcock, London ; E. D. Palmer, London; and A. W. Daniel, Bridgend.
Second Class Tournament.—Section A: G. A. Probert, Worcester; F. B. Adcock, Norwich; J. W. Dixon, Hanley; John Lewis, Blaina; N. R. ["Percy" forename/nickname acc. Manchester Courier] Gibbs, London; W. Collins, Hereford; L. H. Jones, Cardiff; F. U. Beamish, Bristol; F. W. Forrest. Shrewsbury; F. H. Crebbin, Liverpool; R. F. L. Burton, Shrewsbury; E. A. Michell, London. Section B: G. D. Hutton, Edinburgh; M. Dees, Sunderland; W. R. Thomas, Liverpool; B. F. Bussy, London; A. Axtell, Bristol; J. C[ampbell]. Douglas, Shrewsbury: W. Parry, Liverpool; B. Heastie, London; W. A. P. Hughes, Worcester; L. C. G. Dewing, London; G. H. Lock, Shrewsbury; G. A. Youngman, Maidstone; A. J. Smith, Malton; W. D. Barrow, High Lane; C. Wardhaugh, Glasgow; H. D. Drury, Marlborough.
Third Class Tournament.—Section A; W. G. Elsmore, Norwich; Mrs. Seymour, London; Miss M. Hunt, Barnstaple; G. Long, Blaina; Miss Gardiner, Weybridge; Mrs. Kershaw, London; W. H. Greenhalgh, Dawley; E. Crockett, Blaina; J. T. Eachus, Wellington; G. E. Panton, Manchester; A. H. Owen, Birmingham; M. O. C. Drury, Llandovery. Section B: Dr. F. H. Alderson, Bournemouth; R. G. Stark, Basingstoke; Mrs. Oakley, London; Miss E. Hunt, Barnstaple; C. H. Butlin, Camborne; D. Jones. Blaina; F. R. Pickering, London; Mrs. Crichton, London."

"G. Shories, the hero of the recently concluded Amateur Tourney at Ostend, was born in Berlin, 1874. He took to chess at the time of the great Walbrodt-Schallopp match [in all probability 1891 - JS]. Mr Shories then moved to Magdeburg; but did not play serious chess till he came to London in 1895, the year of the Hastings Congress. His first notable success was at the Kent Congress of 1903, at Canterbury, where he came out first. The following year he drew a match with R. Loman, of Amsterdam and London. In 1905 he took first prize in the B minor tourney of tho German Chess Union at Barmen. This year, as is well known, he came out first at a similar tourney at Ostend. Mr Shories resided in Brighton after leaving London, and now resides in Sheffield, where he plays top board. His business, which he still pursues, prevents him from devoting all his time to chess as a professional. He is disqualified by birth from taking part in the British Championship tourney at Shrewsbury, so has to content himsolf to Class 1 in the amateur tourney, as Leonhardt had to do at Hastings the year before last."—"W[estern]. D[aily]. Mercury." (Reprinted in the Falkirk Gazette, 15 Aug 1906)

"R. P. Michell, one of the leaders in the British Amateur [sic] Chess Championship at Shrewsbury Congress, was born in 1875. When he was fifteen years of age he joined the Penzance C.C., and four years later he went to London to reside. There the first club that he joined was the Metropolitan. Here after a year’s play, and winning a handicap tournament, he was promoted to Class I. Some years later he was champion of the Metropolitan C.C. Then he joined the West London C.C., at that time a comparatively new club. Mr Michell’s play has done much to give this club the prestige that it possesses at the present time. He is also a member of tbe City of London C.C. For six years he has held the championship of the West London Club; and has played top board during that time in the League matches, A Division; in these matches his wins have averaged nearly 70 per cent. In the Hastings Amateur Championship, 1895, he won a prize, and at Norwich in 1902, he won the Championship of the Southern Counties Union. He has played three times in Anglo-American Cable matches, winning twice. He was first in an open tourney at Brighton in 1904. At Hastings, in 1904, in the British Championship, he scored 6½, coming out 5th; in 1905, at Southport, he tied for 7th place, with a score of 5½."— "W[estern]. D[aily]. Mercury"" (Reprinted in the Falkirk Herald, 22 Aug 1906)

"THE LADIES’ CHAMPIONSHIP.- Mrs Henry Herring [Frances Dunn Herring, née Gwilliam, born 4 April 1857, died 22 July 1943], who won the British Ladies Championship at Shrewsbury this summer, began chess in 1897, joining the St Anne's Club, Brighton, since which time she has played in every competition that she possibly could. In the 2nd Class open tournament at Tunbridge Wells, 1902, she tied for second place. She has held the Ladies’ Championship for Sussex three years running. Last year she won the West Sussex Queen, entitling her to enter the first-class. This year Mrs Herring came out third in the Ladies' International Contest at Ostend. In the first year of the Federation Congress, Hastings, 1904, she tied with Mrs Anderson for second place; and last year, at Southport, she came out fourth. The deciding game, that gave her the first prize and the Ladies’ Trophy this year, was a very difficult win." "W[estern]. D[aily]. Mercury"" (Reprinted in the Falkirk Herald, 29 Aug 1906)

"Mrs Donald Anderson [Gertrude Alison Beatrice Anderson, née Field, born 4th qtr of 1875, died 6 September 1924], who was second at the Federation Congress at Shrewsbury, learned the moves at the age of ten; and, at the age of fourteen, when she went to reside in Switzerland for two years, she challenged every one she met at hotels, and so got plenty of practice. She joined the Ladies’ Chess Club soon after it was founded. Hastings, 1895, she won the second prize. Mrs Anderson has been successful in several club tourneys, having held the club championship two years in succession. Norwich, 1902, she won the third prize in Class II. (open); Hastings, 1904, she tied for second place in the Ladies’ Tourney; and last year at Southport she did the same. At Ostend this year she was 2nd in the Ladies’ International Tourney." — "Western Daily Mercury.” (Reprinted in the Falkirk Herald, 29 Aug 1906)

"G. E. Wainwright, the winner of the championship City of London C.C., was born in Yorkshire, 1861. He learned chess at Bradford Grammar School. 1881 to 1885 he played for his University, Oxford against Cambridge. In recent years he has played for Surrey, where he resides, as well as for his native county. He was a member of the British Club, King Street, Covent Garden, while it existed. At one time he held the Newnes Cup for the Amateur Championship. Mr Wainwright is in the employ of the Local Government Board. His son took part in the B.C.F. Congress at Shrewsbury last year." —"W[estern]. D[aily]. Mercury." (Reprinted in the Falkirk Gazette, 27 March 1907)

File Updated

Date Notes
10 Dec 2015 Added Mercer-Blackburne (Round 6).
19 Feb 2016 Extra moves appended to Brown-Lee (round 1). Thanks to Gerard Killoran.
10 Apr 2016 Finish to Atkins's first-round loss to Shoosmith included.
8 Feb 2018 Score of Griffiths-Allcock (First Class) corrected. Thanks to Brian Denman.
5 Apr 2018 The name of a player corrected in the PGN file - 'Chambers, John Dillon' corrected to 'Chambers, John Dibbin' - as a result of researches made by Alan McGowan at the Chess Scotland website.
19 Apr 2018 Added Palmer-Atkins (Rd 6) - thanks to Alan Smith.
27 Apr 2018 Added Lee-Wainwright (Rd 2) - thanks to Gerard Killoran.
27 Feb 2020 The full 60-move score of Shoosmith-Wahltuch (Rd 2) is now available, thanks to Brian Denman.