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Tournament: 9th British Championship (won by RC Griffith) (36 games of a possible 66, plus 23 from subsidiary events)
Venue: Richmond • Dates: 12-24 August 1912 • Download PGN • updated: Saturday 31 October, 2020 11:10 PM

1912 British Chess Championship, Richmond, 12-24 August

1912 British Chess Championship 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12  Total 
1 Griffith,Richard Clewin
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0 ½ 1 1 ½ 1 1 ½ ½ 1 1 8
2 Cole,Harold Godfrey 1
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½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 0 1 1
3 Yates,Fred Dewhirst ½ ½
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1 0 1 ½ 1 0 1 1 1
4 Gibson,William P 0 0 0
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½ 1 1 ½ ½ 1 1 1
5 Hamond,Francis Edward (Rev) 0 ½ 1 ½
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1 0 0 1 0 1 1 6
6 Michell,Reginald Pryce ½ ½ 0 0 0
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0 1 1 1 1 1 6
7 Jacobs,Herbert Levi 0 ½ ½ 0 1 1
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0 0 1 ½ 1
8 Crakanthorp,Spencer 0 0 0 ½ 1 0 1
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1 1 0 1
9 Wahltuch,Victor Leonard ½ ½ 1 ½ 0 0 1 0
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½ ½ ½ 5
10 Uber,Henry Bernard ½ 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 ½
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1 1 5
11 West,Arthur George 0 0 0 0 0 0 ½ 1 ½ 0
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1 3
12 Billings,Samuel Walter 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ½ 0 0
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½

1912 British Ladies Championship

1912 British Ladies Championship 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12  Total 
1 Mrs Gertrude Alison Anderson
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1 1 1 1 1 0 ½ 1 ½ ½ 1
2 Miss Edith Charlotte Price 0
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1 1 0 0 1 1 ½ 1 1 1
3 Mrs Mary Mills Houlding 0 0
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0 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 7
4 Miss Agnes Bradley Lawson 0 0 1
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1 ½ 0 1 1 ½ 1 ½
5 Miss Florence Hutchison Stirling 0 1 0 0
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1 1 0 ½ ½ 1 1 6
6 Miss Charlotte Helena Minchin-Cotton 0 1 0 ½ 0
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1 0 0 1 1 1
7 Miss D Campbell 1 0 0 1 0 0
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1 1 0 0 1 5
8 Mrs Edith Mary Ann Michell ½ 0 0 0 1 1 0
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0 0 1 1
9 Mrs Annie Sophia Roe 0 ½ 0 0 ½ 1 0 1
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0 ½ 1
10 Mrs Helena Eliza Sidney ½ 0 0 ½ ½ 0 1 1 1
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0 0
11 Miss Alice Taylor ½ 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 ½ 1
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½
12 Mrs Rosa Annie Banting 0 0 0 ½ 0 0 0 0 0 1 ½
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2

1912 BCF Major Open

1912 BCF Major Open 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12  Total 
1 William Hewison Gunston
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1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 10
2 Abraham Speyer/Speijer ‡ 0
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1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 10
3 James Chrismas Waterman 0 0
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1 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 8
4 Roland Henry Vaughan Scott 0 0 0
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0 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 6
5 Arthur John Mackenzie 0 0 0 1
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1 ½ 1 0 1 0 1
6 Arthur James Maas 0 0 0 0 0
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1 1 1 ½ 1 1
7 Georg Schories 0 0 1 0 ½ 0
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½ 1 ½ 1 1
8 Carrick Wardhaugh 0 0 0 0 0 0 ½
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½ 1 1 1 4
9 Allan William Edward Louis 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 ½
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0 1 ½ 4
10 Willem Andreas T Schelfhout 1 0 0 0 0 ½ ½ 0 1
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1 0 4
11 John James O'Hanlon 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
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1 2
12 Frank Brown 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ½ 1 0
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‡ The Dutch player Abraham Speijer played under the pseudonym "Mr A Green" and nearly all contemporary reports refer to him by this name, placed in quotation marks.
Note that the Major Open crosstable shown in the contemporary BCM issue contains a number of errors in individual scores (though the players' total scores were correct). I have compiled the above crosstable from the accurate one given in The Yearbook of Chess 1913 (ed. E A Michell), adding full names where known.

* On the second Monday (19 August 1912) a match was held between the 12 players in the British Championship proper and the 12 players of the Major Open (they were, in finishing order, WH Gunston, Abraham Speijer 10/11, JC Waterman 8, RHV Scott 6, AJ Mackenzie, AJ Maas 5½, A Louis, Willem Andreas Theodorus Schelfhout (NED), C Wardhaugh 4, JJ O'Hanlon 2, F Brown 1½). The match was won by the Major Open players by 6½-5½.

1912 British Championship photo

(From the Illustrated London News - my thanks to Gerard Killoran for the photo)

The room shown was the ballroom in the Castle Assembly Rooms, Richmond.
This building still exists and is now known as Whittaker House, Whittaker Avenue, Richmond, Surrey TW9 1EH


The 1912 British chess champion, Richard Clewin Griffith (1872-1955), reminisced about his success in BCM, April 1932, p151: "My success at Richmond was unexpected by myself and everybody else. Of course, I was particularly lucky. Atkins retired that year and several players who invariably used to beat me never entered; why they accepted my entry I do not know. I wrote to Rees and said it was the only chance I should ever have of playing for the Championship in the summer and perhaps my special pleading softened the hearts of the selection committee. The work on the M.C.O. [Modern Chess Openings] certainly bore fruit at Richmond and J. H. White backed me up all he could, but the only chess player I could get to bet that I should be in the first half was J. Schumer. I was fortunate to lead throughout, although I made an ass of myself against V. L. Wahltuch. The heading the next morning in The Standard was amusing, "Griffith’s brilliant stalemate." This was adding insult to injury! I found it very hard work and my wife said I looked a wreck at the end of it, but these Congresses are invariably well run and I wish I could afford the time to enter another."

1912 BCF 1st Class Amateurs A

1912 BCF 1st Class Amateurs A 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12  Total 
1 Dr Thomas Wilfrid Letchworth
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½ 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 0 1 1
2 John Crum ½
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1 ½ 0 1 0 1 ½ 1 1 1
3 Ronald George Dixon Addey ‡ 0 0
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½ 1 0 1 ½ 1 1 1 1 7
4 Arthur Compton Ellis 0 ½ ½
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0 1 ½ ½ 1 1 1 1 7
5 W J Berryman 1 1 0 1
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0 1 ½ 0 ½ ½ 1
6 A Beamish 0 0 1 0 1
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0 ½ 1 1 1 1
7 Frank Raven Adcock 0 1 0 ½ 0 1
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½ 1 ½ 1 1
8 Grace Moore Curling 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½
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1 1 ½ ½
9 C E Ford 0 ½ 0 0 1 0 0 0
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1 1 1
10 R Eastman 1 0 0 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 0
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1 1 4
11 Edward Davidson Palmer 0 0 0 0 ½ 0 0 ½ 0 0
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1 2
12 H Brigg 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ½ 0 0 0
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½

‡ minor error in the BCM-published crosstable corrected for this player. Letchworth's name given as Dr W T Letchworth in BCM but I'm 99% sure the name order should be as given here.

1912 BCF 1st Class Amateurs B

1912 BCF 1st Class Amateurs B 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12  Total 
1 Wilfred Hugh Miller Kirk
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½ 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
2 William Gooding ½
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0 1 1 1 1 ½ 1 1 ½ 1
3 Dr Jacob Schumer 0 1
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1 1 1 0 1 1 0 1 1 8
4 Harry Ford 1 0 0
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0 ½ 1 1 1 1 ½ 0 6
5 John Macalister 0 0 0 1
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0 1 0 1 1 1 ½
6 E B Osborn 0 0 0 ½ 1
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½ 1 ½ 0 1 ½ 5
7 Edmond Tom Jesty ‡ 0 0 1 0 0 ½
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1 0 1 ½ 1 5
8 Bertram Goulding Brown 0 ½ 0 0 1 0 0
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0 1 1 1
9 William Henry Watts 0 0 0 0 0 ½ 1 1
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1 0 1
10 Edward Algernon Michell * 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0
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1 1 4
11 H P Thompson 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 0 ½ 0 1 0
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½ 3
12 H Fisher 0 0 0 1 ½ ½ 0 0 0 0 ½
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‡ E T Jesty is spelt "E. T. Testy" in the BCM crosstable and credited with half a point fewer than he scored. There are a number of other errors in the BCM crosstable which I have endeavoured to correct. * E A Michell: as far as I can tell, not a relation of Reginald Pryce Michell. His dates were 1879-1952, born and lived (mostly) in London, a concert director/promoter by profession. Edited the series of chess yearbooks published prior to WW1.

1912 BCF 2nd Class Amateurs A

1912 BCF 2nd Class Amateurs A 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12  Total 
1 Alfred Lindsay Densham
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0 ½ 1 1 ½ 1 1 1 1 1 1 9
2 Major Francis Hooper Rawlins 1
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0 ½ 1 0 1 1 1 ½ 1 1 8
3 H B Williams ½ 1
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0 0 1 1 0 1 1 1 1
4 R Coman 0 ½ 1
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0 ½ 0 1 1 1 1 1 7
5 George Dickson Hutton 0 0 1 1
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½ 0 1 0 ½ 1 1 6
6 William Pemberthy ½ 1 0 ½ ½
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½ ½ 1 0 1 ½ 6
7 George Arthur Youngman 0 0 0 1 1 ½
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0 1 ½ 0 1 5
8 Rev. William Thomas Mackenzie Hooppell 0 0 1 0 0 ½ 1
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0 ½ 1 1 5
9 Miss Emily Eliza Abraham 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
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1 0 1 4
10 S G H Smith 0 ½ 0 0 ½ 1 ½ ½ 0
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½ ½ 4
11 Dr. W J Perry 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 ½
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½ 3
12 R L Le Fanu 0 0 0 0 0 ½ 0 0 0 ½ ½
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Once again, BCM made a mess of the above crosstable but it should now be correct.

1912 BCF 2nd Class Amateurs B

1912 BCF 2nd Class Amateurs B 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12  Total 
1 Wyndham Henry Gundry
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0 1 ½ 1 1 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 1
2 Arthur William Daniel 1
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0 1 0 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 8
3 Harry Bogdanor 0 1
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1 1 0 ½ 0 1 1 1 1
4 H Moss ½ 0 0
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0 1 1 1 1 1 ½ 1 7
5 F D Forrest * 0 1 0 1
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1 ½ 0 1 0 0 1
6 G M Broadbridge 0 0 1 0 0
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1 1 ½ ½ ½ 1
7 George F H Packer 0 0 ½ 0 ½ 0
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1 ½ 1 1 1
8 Rev. Charles Fenton Bolland ½ 1 1 0 1 0 0
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0 0 1 0
9 William Rawson Greenhalgh 0 0 0 0 0 ½ ½ 1
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1 1 ½
10 Miss G(eorgiana) Watson ½ 0 0 0 1 ½ 0 1 0
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0 1 4
11 W R Todd 0 0 0 ½ 1 ½ 0 0 0 1
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1 4
12 D Jones 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 ½ 0 0
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* possibly Frederick William Forrest?

1912 BCF 3rd Class Amateurs A

1912 BCF 3rd Class Amateurs A 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13  Total 
1 L Savage
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1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 12
2 Christian Vilhelm Loye 0
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0 1 0 1 1 ½ 1 1 1 1 1
3 H A Cadman 0 1
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1 0 ½ ½ 1 0 1 1 1 1 8
4 W Frost 0 0 0
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1 1 0 1 *1 1 1 ½ 1
5 W F Tudor 0 1 1 0
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0 1 0 0 1 1 1 1 7
6 F R Pickering 0 0 ½ 0 1
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1 0 *1 1 1 0 1
7 Dr. C F Knight 0 0 ½ 1 0 0
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1 *1 0 1 ½ 1 6
8 M W Stevens 0 ½ 0 0 1 1 0
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*1 0 0 1 1
9 Mrs Amabel Nevill Gwyn Moseley 0 0 1 *0 1 *0 *0 *0
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*0 1 1 1 5
10 Mrs Hannah Maria Joughin 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 *1
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½ 0 1
11 H J Mansfield 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 ½
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1 1
12 Miss M Hunt 0 0 0 ½ 0 1 ½ 0 0 1 0
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0 3
13 Miss Thomas 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
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1

* = won/lost by default

1912 BCF 3rd Class Amateurs B

1912 BCF 3rd Class Amateurs B 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14  Total 
1 R Henderson
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1 ½ 1 1 1 1 1 1 ½ 1 1 1 1 12
2 J Ough 0
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1 1 1 1 1 1 1 ½ ½ 1 1 1 11
3 Elfric Leofwin Kearney ½ 0
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1 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
4 G H Wheeler 0 0 0
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1 1 0 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 8
5 H A Honey 0 0 1 0
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1 0 0 1 1 ½ 1 1 1
6 Mrs Selina Charity Kershaw 0 0 1 0 0
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1 ½ 0 1 1 1 1 1
7 P L Jones 0 0 1 1 1 0
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0 ½ 0 1 ½ 1 1 7
8 Miss E Corser 0 0 0 0 1 ½ 1
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1 1 ½ 0 1 ½
9 Mrs James 0 0 0 0 0 1 ½ 0
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1 1 1 1 1
10 M C Barton ½ ½ 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
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1 0 0 1 4
11 C G Verey 0 ½ 0 1 ½ 0 0 ½ 0 0
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1 ½ 0 4
12 Mrs Collier 0 0 0 0 0 0 ½ 1 0 1 0
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1 0
13 Miss E Hunt 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 ½ 0
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1
14 Mrs Tudor 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ½ 0 0 1 1 0
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[BCM, October 1912, p432] "The following tabulated records show the full results of play in the First, Second and Third Class Amateur contests of the British Chess Federation Congress at Richmond. We also append a few brief notes on the respective first prize winners:
Dr. W. T. [Thomas Wilfrid] Letchworth (Surbiton) is a surgeon connected with the London Ophthalmic Hospital, a member of the City of London Chess Club, and a rising player. This victory is the best thing he has done.
Mr. W. H. M. Kirk (Putney) is a well-known fine player in the Civil Service League, but does not play much otherwise.
Mr. A. L. Densham is a Croydon (Surrey) player, and a frequent competitor in the Congresses. He has taken second prize before.
Mr. W. H. Gundry is a noted Devonshire player, and has been the runner up for the Devon Championship on more than one occasion. He is a member of the Exeter Chess Club, but lives at Exmouth; was secretary of Devon Association for a short time.
Mr. L. Savage is a young London player, a member of the Toynbee Chess Club. He showed fine ability and is likely to be heard more of in the future.
Mr. R. Henderson is a Richmond player, about 70 years old, but this is the best thing he has done."


File updated

Date Notes
19 August 2015 Two more Major Open games added, thanks to Brian Denman.
20 August 2015 Three more Major Open games added, thanks to Tim Harding.
23 February 2016 One more game added, Jacobs-Gibson (Rd 11), many thanks to Gerard Killoran.
25 March 2016 Added Scott-Speyer, Major Open. Thanks to Gerard Killoran.
10 April 2016 Additional championship game: Gibson-H.G.Cole, Rd 10.
16 May 2018 Additional championship game: Billings-Hamond (Rd 6) - many thanks to Gerard Killoran.
07 Dec 2018 Additional championship game: Michell-Wahltuch (Rd 10) - many thanks to Alan Smith
30 May 2019 Added RC Griffith's reminiscences.
29 October 2020 Added crosstables for all sections.
31 October 2020 Added a game, Ford-Kirk, from the First-Class B section, submitted by Brian Denman for which many thanks.
31 October 2020 Three more Major Open games contributed by Brian Denman: Waterman-Schelfhout (rd 1), Speyer-Mackenzie (rd 4) and Mackenzie-Gunston (rd 5). Thanks to Brian.