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Tournament: 17th British Championship (won by Atkins) (All 66 games, complete) Updated 29 March, 2021 7:03 PM
Venue: Art Galleries, Southport • Dates: 11-23 August 1924 • Download PGN (includes 49 games from subsidiary events)

1924 British Chess Championship, Southport, 11-23 August

1924 British Championship Resid. Draw No. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12  Total 
1 Atkins,Henry Ernest Huddersfield 7
&;
1 ½ 1 ½ 1 0 1 1 1 ½ 1
2 Yates,Fred Dewhirst Leeds 11 0
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1 ½ ½ 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 8
3 Thomas,George Alan London 5 ½ 0
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½ 1 1 ½ 1 0 1 1 1
4 Scott,Roland Henry Vaughan London 3 0 ½ ½
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½ ½ 1 0 1 1 1 ½
5 Saunders,Harold London 6 ½ ½ 0 ½
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1 0 1 1 0 ½ 1 6
6 Price,Hubert Ernest Birmingham 8 0 1 0 ½ 0
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1 1 1 0 0 1
7 Michell,Reginald Pryce Kingston-upon-Thames 1 1 0 ½ 0 1 0
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0 ½ ½ ½ 1 5
8 Khadilkar,Vinayak Kashinath Bombay, India 9 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
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½ 1 1 0
9 Spencer,Edmund Liverpool 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 ½ ½
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1 ½ 1
10 Blake,Joseph Henry London 12 0 0 0 0 1 1 ½ 0 0
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1 1
11 Fairhurst,William Albert Manchester 4 ½ 0 0 0 ½ 1 ½ 0 ½ 0
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1 4
12 Gibson,William P Glasgow 10 0 0 0 ½ 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
&;

1924 BCF Major Open

1924 BCF Major Open Resid. Draw No. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12  Total 
1 Akiba Rubinstein Poland 7
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1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 11
2 John Arthur James Drewitt Hastings 5 0
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0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 8
3 George Wyville Moses Pontefract 2 0 1
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1 0 ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 ½
4 Herbert Gibson Rhodes Southport 11 0 1 0
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½ 1 1 1 1 0 ½ 1 7
5 Oscar Conrad Müller London 1 0 0 1 ½
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1 ½ ½ 0 1 ½ 1 6
6 Christopher Barclay Heath Dundee 8 0 0 ½ 0 0
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1 1 0 1 1 1
7 Cyril Duffield Bristol 3 0 0 0 0 ½ 0
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1 1 1 ½ 1 5
8 Philip Walsingham Sergeant London 6 0 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 0
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1 0 1 1 4
9 Andrew Rowland Benedick Thomas Liverpool 9 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0
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1 0 1 4
10 William Henry Watts London 10 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
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1 1 4
11 Frank Schofield Leeds 4 0 0 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 1 0
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½ 3
12 George Wright York 12 0 0 ½ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ½
&;
1

1924 British Ladies' Chess Championship

1924 British Ladies' Championship Resid. Draw No. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12  Total 
1 Edith Charlotte Price London 10
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½ ½ 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 9
2 Agnes Bradley Stevenson London 3 ½
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½ ½ 1 1 1 ½ 1 0 1 1 8
3 Edith Martha Holloway London 5 ½ ½
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½ 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 1
4 Edith Mary Ann Michell (née Tapsell) Kingston-upon-Thames 9 0 ½ ½
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½ 1 1 0 ½ 1 1 ½
5 Mary Dinorah Gilchrist Glasgow 6 0 0 0 ½
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1 ½ 1 1 ½ 1 ½ 6
6 Amabel Nevill Gwyn Sollas Oxford 12 1 0 1 0 0
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½ 0 1 1 ½ 1 6
7 M(ary?) C(onstance?) Forbes Edinburgh 1 0 0 0 0 ½ ½
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1 1 1 ½ 1
8 Mary Mills Houlding (née Palmer) Wallingford 7 0 ½ 1 1 0 1 0
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0 ½ 0 1 5
9 Florence Hutchison Stirling Edinburgh 8 0 0 1 ½ 0 0 0 1
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0 1 ½ 4
10 Rosa Annie Banting London 2 0 1 0 0 ½ 0 0 ½ 1
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½ 0
11 Charlotte Helena Minchin-Cotton London 11 0 0 0 0 1 ½ ½ 1 0 ½
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1
12 Emily Eliza Abraham Herne Bay 4 0 0 0 ½ ½ 0 0 0 ½ 1 0
&;

1924 BCF First-Class A

1924 BCF First-Class A Resid. Draw No. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12  Total 
1 Charles Reuben Gurnhill Sheffield 8
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1 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 10
2 Richard Whieldon Barnett, MP London 6 0
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1 ½ 1 1 0 0 1 1 1 1
3 E W Davies London 12 0 0
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½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 1 1
4 Harold John Snowden London 7 1 ½ ½
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½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 1
5 Henry James MacThomas Thoms Dundee 9 0 0 ½ ½
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½ 1 1 1 1 1 1d
6 William Rowland Thomas Liverpool 1 0 0 0 ½ ½
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1 1 1 1 1 1 7
7 Geoffrey Kendall Nuttall London 11 0 1 ½ ½ 0 0
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0 1 0 1 1 5
8 F Wilkinson Kingston 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
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0 1 0 1 4
9 Gerald Abrahams Liverpool 4 0 0 0 ½ 0 0 0 1
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0 1 1
10 Edward Victor Strugnell London 2 0 0 0 ½ 0 0 1 0 1
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0 1
11 Rev. E Wells Bournemouth 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
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1d 3
12 L Burland Rotherham 3 0 0 0 0 0d 0 0 0 0 0 0d
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0

1924 BCF First-Class B

1924 BCF First-Class B Resid. Draw No. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12  Total 
1 John Harold Morrison Liverpool 4
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1 1 1 1 0 1 1 0 1 1 1 9
2 Walter (or Wm?) Atkinson Hull 3 0
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1 1 0 1 ½ 1 0 1 1 1
3 John Ellis Parry Market Drayton 12 0 0
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0 1 ½ 1 1 1 1 1 0
4 Frederick Charles Short Walsall 11 0 0 1
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1 0 ½ 1 1 1 0 1
5 J(oshua?) Jackson Dewsbury 5 0 1 0 0
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1 ½ 1 1 0 1 ½ 6
6 Rev. Arthur Percival Lacy Hulbert Birmingham 2 1 0 ½ 1 0
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1 0 ½ 0 1 1 6
7 John MacAlister London 9 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ 0
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½ ½ 1 ½ 1 5
8 Col. Charles Edward Stuart-Prince Nairobi 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 ½
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1 1 ½ 1 5
9 Sydney Gerard Howell-Smith Hythe 8 1 1 0 0 0 ½ ½ 0
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0 ½ ½ 4
10 Alfred Dudley Barlow London 10 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 1
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½ 0
11 George Edmund Hewson Sheffield 7 0 0 0 1 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½
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½
12 John Elliot(t) West Ashton-under-Lyne 6 0 0 1 0 ½ 0 0 0 ½ 1 ½
&;

1924 BCF Second-Class A

1924 BCF Second-Class A Resid. Draw No. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10  Total 
1 Henfrey Austin Turriff Arbroath 7
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1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 9
2 Alfred Clifford Falkner Wallington 2 0
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1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 7
3 S J Osborn London 1 0 0
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0 1 1 1 1 1 1 6
4 C H Taylor Lewisham 8 0 0 1
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0 0 1 1 1 1 5
5 Alfred Thomas Cannell Norwich 5 0 0 0 1
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1 0 1 ½ 1
6 Stephen Poulson Lees London 6 0 0 0 1 0
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0 1 1 1 4
7 Frederick Oswald Nelson York 3 0 0 0 0 1 1
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0 1 1 4
8 Laurence Small Liverpool 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
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½ 1
9 Mrs Jeanie Brockett Glasgow 10 0 0 0 0 ½ 0 0 ½
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1d 2
10 Willington Lucette Wakefield Coventry 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0d
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1

n.b. the table given in BCM showed the letter 'p' for Wakefield's game vs Mrs Brockett, and '1' for Mrs Brockett. I'm assuming some sort of default but might simply be a typo. I'm not quite sure how the BCF all-play-all pairings operated for a ten-player tournament.

1924 BCF Second-Class B

1924 BCF Second-Class B Resid. Draw No. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11  Total 
1 Newman Clissold New Brighton 2
&;
½ 1 1 1 1 ½ 1 1 1 1 9
2 Rev. Edwin John Evans Howlett Stoke-on-Trent 11 ½
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½ 1 1 1 ½ 1 1 1 1
3 Dr Vickerman Henzell Rutherford London 4 0 ½
&;
0 1 1 1 1 1 1 ½ 7
4 George Breese Wimbledon 6 0 0 1
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0 1 1 0 1 1 ½
5 Herbert Norman Saffery Heath London 10 0 0 0 1
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½ 1 ½ 0 1 1 5
6 George Arthur Youngman Maidstone 7 0 0 0 0 ½
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½ 1 1 1 1 5
7 W Barker Wolverhampton 5 ½ ½ 0 0 0 ½
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½ 1 1 ½
8 Henry David Osborn Gosport 3 0 0 0 1 ½ 0 ½
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1 0 ½
9 Miss M Andrews ¶ London 8 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
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1 1 3
10 Miss Hilda Florence Chater Penzance 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
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1 2
11 Henry Edward Doran Coventry 9 0 0 ½ ½ 0 0 ½ ½ 0 0
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2

¶ BCM, August 1923, p281-282, reported that Miss M Andrews was "sister to the well-known Sussex amateur" without giving his name. I think his name was W R Andrews, who played for Christ Church, Brighton, and won the Sussex championship, but I have yet to find his forenames or that of his sister. JS.

1924 BCF Third-Class Division 1

1924 BCF Third-Class Div 1 Resid. Draw No. 1 2 3 4 5 6  Total 
 1  E H Smith London 2
&;
01 11 11 11 11 9
2 Rev. William Thomas Mackenzie Hooppell Stoke-on-Trent 6 10
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11 11 11
3 G W Bedford Leyton 5 00 00
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½1 11 5
4 W Lyon Ashton-in-Makerfield 1 00
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01 11 4
5 John E Coleman Grays 4 00 00 ½0 10
&;
10
6 Mrs M Healey Manchester 3 00 00 00 00 01
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1

1924 BCF Third-Class Division 2

1924 BCF Third-Class Div 2 Resid. Draw No. 1 2 3 4 5 6  Total 
 1  W A Aston Wolverhampton 4
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10 ½0 11 11 7
2 Mrs A Chase London 6
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11 01 11 7
3 Miss Stella Violet Aline Malcolm Edinburgh 3 01
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10 11 11
4 A J Smith Malton 1 ½1 00 01
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11 11
5 Miss Louisa Gertrude Ogden Manchester 5 00 10 00 00
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11 3
6 Mrs Clara Margaret MacVean Bournemouth 2 00 00 00 00 00
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0

1924 HE Atkins, British Champion

1924 Edith Price, British Ladies' Chess Champion

The 1924 British Championship was held in the same art gallery, at the top of the library building in Southport, as the 1905 championship. Here is a picture of the same galleries as they are in 2015 (photos copyright © 2015 John Saunders):

2015: Southport art galleries

Exterior photo of Southport Library, 2015...

From the Manchester Guardian, 23 July 1924:

"British Championship: H. E. Atkins, Huddersfield; J. H. Blake, London; W. A. Fairhurst, Manchester; W. Gibson, Glasgow; V. K. Khadilkar, Bombay; R. P. Michell, Kingston; H. E. Price, Birmingham; H. Saunders, London; R. H. V. Scott, London; E. Spencer, Liverpool; Sir G. A. Thomas, London (holder); F. D. Yates, Leeds.
Major Open Tournament: J. A. J. Drewitt, Hastings; Cyril Duffield, Bristol; C. B. Heath. Dundee; G. W. Moses, Pontefract; O. C. Muller, London; H. G. Rhodes, Southport; A. Rubinstein, Poland; F. Schofield, Leeds; P. W. Sergeant, London; A. R. B. Thomas, Liverpool; W. H. Watts, London; G. Wright, York.
British Ladies’ Championship: Miss E. E. Abraham, Herne Bay; Mrs. R. A. Banting, London; Miss H. Cotton, London; Miss M. C. Forbes, Edinburgh; Miss M. D. Gilchrist, Glasgow; Mrs. E. M. Holloway, London; Mrs. M. Houlding, Wallingford; Miss F. Hutchison-Stirling, Edinburgh; Mrs. R. P. Michell, Kingston; Miss E. C. Price, London (holder); Mrs. A. Sollas, Oxford; Mrs. R. H. S. Stevenson, London.

"In the British championship Messrs. H. E. Atkins, a former champion. W. A. Fairhurst, Cheshire and Manchester champion, V. K. Khadilkar, Bombay, R. P. Michell and H. Saunders, London, and E. Spencer, Lancashire champion and winner four times in all, take the places of Messrs. Wainwright, Jacobs, Uber, Hamond, Steele, and Gooding, who played last year. It will be recalled that E. Spencer defeated Sir G. A. Thomas in the recent Weston-super-Mare tournament. A particularly interesting point will be to note the progress of Spencer and Fairhurst who make their debut in the championship.

"In the ladies’ championship. Mrs. R. A. Banting, and Miss M. C. Forbes, take the places of Miss Andrews and Mrs. Brockett. The Major Open has no less than nine new names. Alekhine, the victor last year, is absent, but A. Rubinstein is playing, and he, of course, is much the strongest player at the Congress. There is a good proportion of Northerners playing in the other events, and the outlook for the Congress generally is very favourable."


Results from the Manchester Guardian, 23 Aug 1924:

"Championship: H. E. Atkins 8½, F. D. Yates 8, Sir G. A. Thomas 7½, R. H. V. Scott 6½, H. Saunders 6, H. E. Price 5½, R. P. Michell 5, V. K. Khadilkar 4½, E. Spencer 4½, W. A. Fairhurst 4, W. Gibson 1½.
Major Open: A. Rubinstein 11/11, J. A. J. Drewitt 8, G. W. Moses 7½, H. J. Rhodes 7, O. C. Muller 6, C. B. Heath 5½, C. Duffield 5, A. R. B. Thomas 4, P. W. Sergeant 4, W. H. Watts 4, F. Schofield 3, G. Wright 1.
Ladies’ championship: Miss E. C. Price 9, Mrs. R. H. S. Stevenson 8, Mrs. E. M. Holloway 6½, Mrs. Michell 6½, Miss M. D. Gilchrist 6, Mrs. Sollas 6, Miss M. C. Forbes 5½, Mrs M. Houlding 5, Miss F. Hutchison-Stirling 4, Mrs. R. A. Banting 3½, Miss H. Cotton 3½, Miss E. E. Abrahams 2½.
First Class A: C. R. Gurnhill 10/11, E. W. Davies 7½, Major R. W. Barnett, M.P., 7½, H. J. Snowden 7½, H. J. M. Thoms 7½, W. R. Thomas 7, G. K. Nuttall 5, F. Wilkinson 4, G. Abrahams 3½, E. V. Strugnell 3½, Rev. E. Wells 3, L. Burland 0.
First Class B: J. H. Morrison 9/11, W. Atkinson 7½, F. C. Short 6½, J. E. Parry 6½, J. Cookson 6, Rev. A. P. Lacy Hulbert 6, J. Macallister 5, Col. C. Stuart Prince 5, S. G. Howell Smith 4, A. D. Barlow 3½, G. E. Hewson 3½, J. E. West 3½.
Second Class A: H. A. (Henfrey Austin) Turriff 9/9, A. C. Falkner 7, S. Osborne 6, C. H. Taylor 5, A. T. Cannell 4½, S. P. Lees 4, F. O. Nelson 4, L. Small 2½, Mrs. J. Brockett 2, W. L. Wakefield 1.
Second Class B: Newman Clissold 9/10, the Rev. E. J. E. Howlett 8½, Dr. V. H. Rutherford 7, G. Breese 5½, G. A. Youngman 5, H. N. S. Heath 5, W. Barker 4½, H. D. Osborn 3½, Miss M. Andrews 3, Miss H. F. Chater 2, H. E. Doran 2.
Third Class (1): E. H. Smith 9/11, the Rev. M. Hooppell 8½, G. W. Bedford 5, W. Lyon 4, J. E. Coleman 2½, Mrs. M. Healey 1.
Third Class (2): W. A. Aston 7/11, Mrs. A. Chase 7, Miss S. V. A. Malcolm 6½, A. J. Smith 6½, Miss L. G. Ogden 3, Mrs. MacVean 0."

Rubinstein Simultaneous Display, 22 August 1924: Akiba Rubinstein +19, =9, -4 (F.P. Wenman, A.C. Falkner, C.B. Heath, H.J.M. Thoms) (source of info: Manchester Guardian, 25 Aug 1924)

Lightning (10-seconds-a-move) Tournaments: (1) Date? - won by Rubinstein - possibly the one dated 13 August, reported in BCM, September 1924, p351 – Rubinstein beat Yates in the final [round?]; 2nd was Thomas, 3rd N Clissold, 4th Dr. Regan; (2) Played 16 August. 1 WA Fairhurst, 2 JH Morrison, 3 F Wilkinson, 4 Miss Andrews*. Rubinstein played but was knocked out at an earlier stage by Cyril Duffield; (3) ?? but must have been won by Rubinstein as the Guardian says he won three of these side events - JS; (4) 1 A Rubinstein, 2 JH Morrison, 3 JE West (Cambridge Univ captain), 4 Miss Andrews* (who won two prizes in the Lightning events); (5) 1 Edmund Spencer, 2 F Wilkinson, 3 Rev. AP Lacy-Hulbert, 4 ARB Thomas. (* presumably the same Miss M. Andrews who scored 3/11 in Second-Class B - JS)

Problem Solving Tourney (3-moves): 1 Brian Harley, 141 (max. points); 2 JW Dixon, 109; 3 John Keeble, 104; 4 FD Yates, 100.

Rubinstein received £16 for winning the Major Open.


Letter to the Editor, 7 September 1924: "BRITISH CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP - Sir, I wish to point out an unfortunate peculiarity of the British Chess Federation Meeting, which has caused a considerable discontent. The Championship entries are limited to twelve, chosen by a committee. The same players, more or less, are selected year after year, with the result that the numerous strong amateurs throughout the country are hopelessly kept out. In no other country is there this limitation.

"The old British Chess Association placed no restriction. Is the condition referred to right? Is the responsible British Chess Federation doing its duty by the public? Of course, the explanation is convenience. But difficulties are things to overcome. If larger and unrestricted tournaments can be held in other countries, why not in England? I suggest the formation of an organisation prepared to hold a tournament without this absurd and unfair restriction: a championship tournament rational and national. I am, etc, S.F. Smith, Emperor's Gate Hotel, S.W." [presumably Dr. Stephen Francis Smith, born c1860, Ontario, Canada, died 12 May 1928, London, aged 67, played in the 1910 British Championship, champion of British Columbia in 1915, had been champion of the City of London club in 1895 and 3rd in the West of England Open in Tenby in 1928.]


File Updates

Date Notes
2015 First uploaded in its current format.
3 Oct 2015 Two more Major Open games contributed by Brian Denman, many thanks.
4 Oct 2015 Three games (Khadilkar-Atkins, Khadilkar-Gibson and Yates-Khadilkar) supplied by Andy Ansel, many thanks.
7 Oct 2015 Another six Championship games, and 13 more subsidiary event games, thanks to some assiduous work from Gerard Killoran.
19 Feb 2016 One game added: Watts-Moses (Rd 10). Thanks to Gerard Killoran.
7 March 2016 We now have all 66 games from the 1924 British Championship, and all of them are complete (though some have move order issues), thanks to my receipt of the Tinsley notebooks. Fairhurst-Yates (Rd 2) was missed out in the photocopying process but an appeal to Scottish archivist Alan McGowan secured the first half of the game, and there was a photocopy of the second half.
12 Apr 2016 I have added two ARB Thomas games from the Major Open: his tenth round loss to C Duffield, and the final part of his fifth round loss to Sergeant. Both were in BCM.
5 March 2019 One game supplied by Brian Denman - Wakefield-Falkner, Second Class A - for which many thanks.
26 May 2019 Added three games from the Major Open and one game from the First Class A section. Three games by GW Moses (Rd 3 v Duffield, Rd 4 v F.Schofield and Rd 11 v HG Rhodes) and one by CR Gurnhill (v H.J.M.Thoms, round number unknown). I found these games on Steve Mann's excellent Yorkshire Chess History site, specifically on the pages devoted to George Wyville Moses and Charles Reuben Gurnhill. Steve quotes the original source for the games as the YT&S (Yorkshire Telegraph & Star).
23 July 2019 Added one game from the women's championship (Banting 0-1 Holloway, Rd 5), kindly sent by Alan Smith. I've taken the opportunity to add round numbers and dates to some of the other women's championship games, add crosstables and images.
29 March 2021 Some typos amended – my thanks to Philip Jurgens for drawing my attention to these – and some cosmetic changes made to crosstables and games (Schofield,F now rendered as Schofield, Frank, having consulted the Yorkshire Chess History website).