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Tournament: 13th British Chess Championship • 30 of 66 games (plus 5 part-games + 20 others from subsidiary sections)
Venue: McEwan Hall, Edinburgh • Dates: 9-20 August 1920 • Download PGN Last Edited: Tuesday 11 May, 2021 11:11 PM

1920 British Chess Championship, Edinburgh, 9-20 August 1919« »1921

1920 British Chess Championship Resid. Draw No. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12  Total 
1 Scott,Roland Henry Vaughan London 7
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0 1 ½ 1 1 1 1 1 ½ 1 1 9
2 Thomas,George Alan London 9 1
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½ 0 ½ 1 1 ½ ½ 1 1 1 8
3 Sergeant,Edward Guthlac London 6 0 ½
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0 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 1
4 Michell,Reginald Pryce London 4 ½ 1 1
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½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 7
5 Gibson,William P Glasgow 2 0 ½ 0 ½
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½ 1 1 1 0 1 1
6 Mackenzie,Arthur John Birmingham 10 0 0 1 1 ½
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0 ½ 1 1 0 1 6
7 Smith,Stephen Francis (Dr) Oxford / Bournemouth 3 0 0 0 ½ 0 1
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1 1 1 ½ 0 5
8 Wainwright,George Edward London 12 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ 0
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1 0 1 1
9 Jacobs,Herbert Levi London 11 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 0 0 0
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1 ½ 1
10 Middleton,Edward Empson jnr London 1 ½ 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0
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1 0
11 Wenman,(Francis) Percival Edinburgh 8 0 0 0 ½ 0 1 ½ 0 ½ 0
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1
12 Blake,Joseph Henry London 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0
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2

1920 British Ladies' Chess Championship, Edinburgh

1920 British Ladies Championship Resid. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12  Total 
1 Mrs Agnes Bradley Stevenson (née Lawson) § London
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1 0 1 0 1 1 ½ 1 1 1 1
2 Miss Edith Charlotte Price London 0
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1 0 1 1 1 ½ 1 1 1 1
3 Mrs Gertrude Alison Beatrice Anderson (née Field) Woldingham 1 0
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1 ½ 1 ½ 1 1 0 1 1 8
4 Mrs Edith Mary Ann Michell (née Tapsell) London 0 1 0
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0 1 1 1 1 1 ½ 1
5 Miss Emily Eliza Abraham Herne Bay 1 0 ½ 1
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0 1 0 1 0 1 1
6 Mrs Annie Sophia Roe (née Verdon) Putney 0 0 0 0 1
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1 1 ½ ½ ½ 1
7 Mrs Amabel Nevill Gwyn Sollas (née Jeffreys, « Moseley) Oxford 0 0 ½ 0 0 0
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1 ½ 1 1 1 5
8 Miss Mary Dinorah Gilchrist Edinburgh ½ ½ 0 0 1 0 0
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½ 1 ½ ½
9 Miss Florence Hutchison Stirling Edinburgh 0 0 0 0 0 ½ ½ ½
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1 ½ ½
10 Miss M(ary?) C(onstance?) Forbes Edinburgh 0 0 1 0 1 ½ 0 0 0
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½ 0 3
11 Mrs M M Ritchie Edinburgh 0 0 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½
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½ 3
12 Miss [Ellison Scotland] Gibb Glasgow 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ½ ½ 1 ½
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§ Mrs Stevenson won the play-off
¶ Or possibly Margaret Skirving Gibb - see the entry for the Gibb family, Scottish Chess History website


1920 BCF Major Open, Edinburgh

1920 BCF Major Open Resid. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12  Total 
1 Speyer,Abraham Netherlands
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1 1 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 1 1d
2 Price,Hubert Ernest Birmingham 0
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½ 1 1 ½ 1 1 1 1 1 1d 9
3 Gooding,William London 0 ½
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1 1 0 ½ 1 0 1 1 1d 7
4 Oskam,Gerard Netherlands 0 0 0
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½ 1 ½ 1 1 ½ 1 1d
5 Dunstan,Robert (Dr) Teignmouth ½ 0 0 ½
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1 ½ 0 1 ½ 1 1d 6
6 Wardhaugh,Carrick Glasgow ½ ½ 1 0 0
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0 1 0 ½ ½ 1d 5
7 Van't Veer,Paul Netherlands ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 1
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½ ½ 0 0 1d 5
8 O'Hanlon,John James Ireland 0 0 0 0 1 0 ½
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½ 1 1 1d 5
9 Heath,Christopher Barclay Dundee 0 0 1 0 0 1 ½ ½
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0 ½ 1d
10 Sparkes,William Henry John Sheffield 0 0 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 0 1
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0 1d
11 Macalister,John London 0 0 0 0 0 ½ 1 0 ½ 1
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1d 4
12 Bigelow,Horace Ransom Oxford/USA 0d 0d 0d 0d 0d 0d 0d 0d 0d 0d 0d
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0

Note on the above table - Bigelow did not play any games but the BCF, after first annulling the defaulted games, finally ruled that they should "count" towards the score.

1920 British Championship photos

1920 BCF First-Class A

1920 BCF First-Class A Resid. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12  Total 
1 Harold Alvin Burton Pontefract
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1 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 1 1
2 Rev. William Alban Cunningham Craig London 0
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1 ½ ½ 1 0 0 1 1 1 1 7
3 Leslie Charles Gwyn Dewing Maidstone 0 0
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1 1 0 ½ 1 1 1 1 ½ 7
4 Clemens Palme Dutt Bristol ½ ½ 0
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1 1 1 0 0 1 1 1 7
5 William John Berryman Barnsley ½ ½ 0 0
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1 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1
6 Edith Martha Holloway (née Crittenden) Bromley 0 0 1 0 0
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½ 1 1 1 1 1
7 Sydney Gerard Howell-Smith Hythe ½ 1 ½ 0 ½ ½
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0 0 1 0 1 5
8 Henry David Osborn Gosport 0 1 0 1 ½ 0 1
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0 ½ 0 1 5
9 Prof. John Cox Bromley 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 1
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0 ½ 1
10 Rev. Charles Fenton Bolland Huntingdon 0 0 0 0 ½ 0 0 ½ 1
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1 1 4
11 I G Thomson   0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 ½ 0
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0
12 I Crum   0 0 ½ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
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1920 BCF First-Class B

1920 BCF First-Class B Resid. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12  Total 
1 Basil Heastie Acton
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½ ½ 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 9
2 Frederick Jackson Camm London ½
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0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1d
3 George Wyville Moses Wakefield ½ 1
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½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 1 0 ½ 8
4 H C Griffiths   0 1 ½
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½ 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 8
5 Edmund Tom Jesty London 1 0 0 ½
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0 1 1 ½ 1 1 1d 7
6 William Rowland Thomas Liverpool 0 0 ½ 0 1
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½ ½ 1 1 1 1d
7 G E Smith   0 0 0 0 0 ½
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½ 1 1 1 1d 5
8 John Dibbin Chambers Cardiff 0 0 0 0 0 ½ ½
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½ 1 1 1
9 Guy Ralph Hardcastle Thornton Heath 0 0 0 0 ½ 0 0 ½
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1 1 1d 4
10 G M Stewart   0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
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1 0 2
11 Samuel John Holloway § Bromley 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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1 2
12 Frederick John Hingley Nottingham 0 0d ½ 0 0d 0d 0d 0 0d 1 0
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§ The crosstable for this tournament is a little unclear: Holloway's losses to Camm, Jesty, Thomas, Smith, Chambers and Hardcastle may also have been by default.

Second Class: 1-2 Andrew Rowland Benedick Thomas, William Penberthy 9/11; 3 M. Maung (Burma) 8½; 4-5 Rev. William Ernest Evill, E. W. Carmichael 8; 6 George Dickson Hutton 5; 7 W. H. Jones 4; 8-11 George Arthur Youngman (Maidstone), Alfred Dudley Barlow, H. Ransom and H. T. Twomey 3½; 12 Miss Gertrude Emma Sanders (Edinburgh) 1. [n.b. there is a mistake here, taken from Chess Devon, as the numbers don't tally - can anyone proof-read?]

This was ARB (Andrew Rowland Benedick) Thomas's debut at a BCF Congress. Click here to read more about him at Chess Devon.

Third Class: 1 A E Hopkins 12½; 2-3 C H Taylor, Dr E H Smith 12; 4-5 Charles George Spicer (Maidstone), John Macmillan 10½; 6 M H Clarke (Tonbridge) 8½; 7 Miss M Gibb 8; 8 William Henry Greenhalgh 7½; 9 Henry Edward Doran (Coventry) 7; 10 Mrs Jeanie Brockett (Glasgow) 6½; 11 Mrs McChiery 4; 12 Mrs Rose 3; 13 F Murray 2.

1st Special Lightning Tournament: 1 I Gunsberg; 2 W Gibson; 3 Sir George Thomas; 4 Edith Price; 5 Miss Ellison Scotland Gibb; 6 Miss Abraham

2nd Special Lightning Tournament: 1 G E Wainwright; 2 J H Blake; 3 E E Middleton; 4 H D Osborn; 5 Miss Stirling; 6 Miss Forbes.


BCM, September 1920, p266: "CONGRESS AT EDINBURGH.

The Lord Provost, whose name is, appropriately, Chesser, the Magistrates and Council of Edinburgh invited the participants at the Congress and their friends to a reception at the City Council Chambers on Monday, August 9, where Bailie Robertson, in the unavoidable absence of the Lord Provost, welcomed the visitors in an amusing speech, making them free of the various rooms of the buildings, which include a museum in which are many things of great historical interest. Truly Scottish hospitality was dispensed in the Banqueting Hall. Canon Gordon Ross, the Chairman of the Federation, returned thanks, and soon after 5 p.m. the chessplayers departed for the McEwan Hall, and precisely to time Canon Gordon Ross declared the Congress open. The McEwan Hall is a magnificent hall, with seats in three tiers round, and is used chiefly for such functions as conferring degrees, and occasionally for concerts. The floor of the hall easily accommodated the ninety chessplayers, and any number of spectators. The lighting arrangements left-something to be desired, but these were overcome by a rearrangement of the tables.

"It would, of course, be impossible to devote space to a concise record of each day’s play. But after half way it will probably interest our readers if we sum up the various impressions gathered so far. In the first place, the announcement that H. E. Atkins had withdrawn under doctor’s advice, as was the case at Hastings last year was a great disappointment (he was replaced by Dr. S. F. Smith – JS). In consequence, Sir George Thomas was generally expected to win the British Championship, and such expectation seems likely to be borne out, seeing that he is the only one who has not yet lost a game, and leads by half a point, with a score of five."

Yorkshire Post, 10 August 1920: "The Congress of the British Chess Federation opened at Edinburgh yesterday. This year's meeting will be particularly noteworthy, as, for the first time since 1914, there will be a competition for the Chess Championship of Great Britain. Prior to the commencement of play, the Edinburgh Corporation gave a reception to the players at the Council Chamber. The entries for the various tournaments were as follows: British Championship—E. E. Middleton (London), W. Gibson (Glasgow), Dr. S. F. Smith (Bournemouth), R. P. Michell. J. H. Blake, E. G. Sergeant, R. H. V. Scott, Sir George A. Thomas, Herbert Jacobs (London), A. J. Mackenzie (Birmingham), P. Wenman (Edinburgh), and G. E. Wainwright. British Ladies' Championship— Mrs. Sollas, Mrs. Ritchie, Mrs. Roe. Mrs. Anderson, Mrs. Stevenson, Mrs. Michell, Miss Gilchrist (Edinburgh), Miss [E.] Gibb (Glasgow), Miss Hutchison-Sterling (Edinburgh), Miss Abraham, and Miss Forbes (Edinburgh). Major Open Tournament— Messrs. O. A. Speyer, P. Van['t, T.] Veer (Holland), Wardhaugh (Glasgow), Sparkes (Sheffield), Price (Birmingham), Heath (Dundee), Gooding, Bigelow, Macalister, O'Hanlon, and Dr. Dunstan, [Dr. G.C.A./T.C. Oskam of Holland]. First-Class Players, Section A—Messrs. Dutt, Howell, Smith, Berryman, Crum, Bolland, Osborn, Thomson, Burton, L. C. G. Dewing (Maidstone), Professor John Cox (Bromley), Rev. Cunninghame Craig, and Mrs. S. J. Holloway (Bromley). First-Class, Section B—Messrs. W. R. Thomas, Edmund Tom Jesty, G. E. Smith, G. R. Hardcastle, F. J. Camm, J. D. Chambers, S. J. Holloway (Bromley), F. J. Hingley, G. W. Moses, Heastie, Steward, and Griffiths. Second-Class—Rev. W. E. Evill (late of Hythe), Messrs. E. W. Carmichael, G. A. Youngman (Maidstone), W. Penberthy, Miss [Gertrude Emma] Sanders, H. Ransom (Maidstone), W. H. Jones, A. D. Barlow, A. R. B. Thomas, G. D. Hutton, H. T. Twomey, and M. Maung, a Burmese gentleman. Third-Class Tourney—Mrs. Young, Mrs. Murray, Mrs. Brockett, Mrs. McChiery, Miss Gibb, Miss Heard, Messrs. Doran, Greenhalgh, C. G. Spicer (Maidstone), Smith, Murray, Macmillan, M. H. Clarke (Tonbridge), and Hopkins, [E. H. Taylor].


File updated

Date Notes
26 February 2016 First upload. 27 of the 66 games of the 1920 British Championship, held in Edinburgh. Also included are 5 games from the Major Open (won by Abraham Speyer), 6 from the Ladies' Championship (won after a play-off by Agnes Stevenson) and 9 more from subsidiary sections. Many thanks to Gerard Killoran for his help in assembling these.
9 March 2016 Updated with a few more games in each category.
25 March 2016 Another game from the subsidiary sections (Holloway-Osborn).
31 March 2016 Minor update to a player's name: Frederick John Hingley (not Frank as previously given), b abt Oct 1867 (Nottingham), d 19 Oct 1947 (Basford, Nottinghamshire) left a £50 bequest to the BCF (source: Nottingham Evening Post - Friday 03 September 1948, page 1) and also to the Nottinghamshire Chess Association.
4 April 2016 Added two championship games: Middleton-Gibson (Rd 1) and Blake-Mackenzie (Rd 2). Contributed by Brian Denman, for which many thanks.
5 April 2018 John D Chambers' middle name corrected to 'Dibbin' following an update to the biographical page at Chess Scotland.
27 February 2020 Now has 30 of 66 British Championship games. Three added: Mackenzie-Wenman (Rd 5), S.Smith-Wenman (Rd 9) and Wenman-Michell (Rd 10). Thanks to Brian Denman.