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Tournament: 19th British Championship (won by FD Yates) (52 games of a possible 66) • Updated Monday 22 November, 2021 5:10 PM
Venue: Edinburgh • Dates: 2-13 August 1926 • Download PGN (includes 13 games from Major Open and 16 from other events)

1926 British Chess Championship, Edinburgh, 2-13 August 1925« »1928

1926 British Chess Championship Resid. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12  Total 
1 Yates,Fred Dewhirst Leeds
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1 0 1 ½ 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
2 Michell,Reginald Pryce Kingston-upon-Thames 0
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1 1 ½ 0 ½ 1 1 ½ 1 1
3 Goldstein,Maurice Edward London 1 0
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½ 1 ½ 1 0 0 1 ½ 1
4 Blake,Joseph Henry Surbiton 0 0 ½
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1 1 1 0 0 1 1 1
5 Saunders,Harold London ½ ½ 0 0
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0 1 1 1 1 0 1 6
6 Thomas,Andrew Rowland B Liverpool 0 1 ½ 0 1
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½ 0 1 0 0 1 5
7 Wheatcroft,George Shorrock A Oxford 0 ½ 0 0 0 ½
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1 ½ 1 1 ½ 5
8 Heath,Christopher Barclay London 0 0 1 1 0 1 0
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0 1 ½ 0
9 Gurnhill,Charles Reuben Sheffield 0 0 1 1 0 0 ½ 1
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0 1 0
10 Macdonald,Ronald Cadell (Dr) Inverness 0 ½ 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
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½ 1 4
11 Gooding,William London 0 0 ½ 0 1 1 0 ½ 0 ½
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0
12 Uber,Henry Bernard London 0 0 0 0 0 0 ½ 1 1 0 1
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1926 British Ladies' Chess Championship, Edinburgh, 2-13 August

1926 British Ladies Chess 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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½ 1 1 ½ 0 1 1 1 ½ 1 1
2 Miss Edith Charlotte Price London ½
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½ 0 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 8
3 Miss Mary Dinorah Gilchrist Edinburgh 0 ½
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1 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1
4 Miss Hilda Florence Chater Penzance 0 1 0
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½ ½ 1 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 7
5 Mrs Edith Mary Michell (née Tapsell) Kingston-upon-Thames ½ 0 0 ½
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1 ½ ½ 1 1 1 1 7
6 Mrs Amabel Nevill Gwyn Sollas (née Jeffreys) Oxford 1 0 ½ ½ 0
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0 1 1 ½ 1 1
7 Miss M(ary?) C(onstance?) Forbes Edinburgh 0 1 ½ 0 ½ 1
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0 0 1 1 1 6
8 Miss Emily Eliza Abraham Herne Bay 0 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 1
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1 0 1 1 5
9 Miss M Andrews London 0 0 0 ½ 0 0 1 0
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1 1 1
10 Mrs M M Ritchie Edinburgh ½ 0 ½ 0 0 ½ 0 1 0
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½ 1 4
11 Mrs Jeanie Brockett Glasgow 0 0 0 ½ 0 0 0 0 0 ½
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1 2
12 Mrs Millicent Louise Battrum (née White) Malvern 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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0

1926 BCF Major Open, Edinburgh

1926 BCF Major Open Resid. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12  Total 
1 John Arthur James Drewitt Hastings
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0 ½ 1 1 1 1 1 ½ 1 1 1 9
2 John Harold Morrison London 1
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½ 0 1 1 1 1 1 ½ 1 1 9
3 Eugene Znosko-Borovsky Paris ½ ½
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1 ½ 1 1 ½ 1 1 1 1 9
4 George Wyville Moses Hemsworth 0 1 0
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½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1
5 H G Wright Leicester 0 0 ½ ½
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1 1 1 ½ ½ ½ 1
6 Walter Atkinson Hull 0 0 0 0 0
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½ 1 1 ½ 1 1 5
7 Patrick Charles Littlejohn Nuneaton 0 0 0 ½ 0 ½
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1 ½ ½ 1 ½
8 Alfred Dudley Barlow London 0 0 ½ ½ 0 0 0
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½ 1 1 ½ 4
9 Sydney Gerard Howell-Smith London ½ 0 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½
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0 1 ½ 4
10 William Rowland Thomas * Liverpool 0 ½ 0 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 1
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0 0 3
11 Henfrey Austin Turriff Arbroath 0 0 0 ½ ½ 0 0 0 0 1
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1 3
12 Harold Horace Watts Middlesbrough 0 0 0 0 0 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 0
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* V Buerger was named as a Major Open competitor in the list given in BCM, August 1926, but must have been replaced by WR Thomas at a later date.
§ the player is given as H H Watts in BCM and as H H Watts (Musselburgh) in The Scotsman, 16 August 1926. Is this the Harold H Watts who played in the 1947 and 1949 BCF Congresses? Almost certainly: I'm fairly sure that 'Musselburgh' is a Scottish typesetter's error for 'Middlesbrough'. Harold Horace Watts was born in Stockton, Durham, and was listed as a student and resident with his parents in Middlesbrough in the 1911 census. He served as a seaman in WW1 when his occupation was listed as customs officer. He is a civil servant with HM Customs in Southport in 1939. He died in Southport in 1967. His son Theodore Watts played in the 1955 British Championship.


1926 BCF First Class

1926 BCF First Class Resid. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12  Total 
1 Rev Arthur Percival Lacy Hulbert Birmingham
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1 0 0 ½ 0 1 1 1 1 1 1
2 H Parsons Bristol 0
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1 ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 1
3 Francis Vaughan Dix Coventry 1 0
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½ ½ ½ 0 ½ 1 1 1 1 7
4 Mrs Edith Martha Holloway (née Crittenden)   1 ½ ½
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½ 0d 1 ½ 0 1 1 ½
5 Francis Albert Joyce   ½ 0 ½ ½
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½ 1 0 1 1 1d ½
6 Major Sir Richard Whieldon Barnett   1 ½ ½ 1d ½
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0 1 0 ½ 0 1 6
7 John MacAlister   0 ½ 1 0 0 1
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½ 1 ½ ½ 1 6
8 Frederick Wilkinson   0 ½ ½ ½ 1 0 ½
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½ ½ 0 1 5
9 H H Elliot   0 0 0 1 0 1 0 ½
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0 1 1
10 Geoffrey Kendall Nuttall   0 0 0 0 0 ½ ½ ½ 1
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1 1
11 Bernard John Barton-Eckett   0 ½ 0 0 0d 1 ½ 1 0 0
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½
12 George Dickson Hutton   0 0 0 ½ ½ 0 0 0 0 0 ½
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1926 BCF Second Class A

1926 BCF Second Class A Resid. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11  Total 
1 John Macdonald Paisley
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½ 1 1 1 1 1 ½ 1 1 1 9
2 W Barker Wolverhampton ½
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½ ½ 1 0 1 1 1 1 1
3 Anthony Clifford Steadman Bristol 0 ½
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½ 1 ½ 1 1 ½ 1 1 7
4 Patrick Humphrey Sullivan   0 ½ ½
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½ 0 1d 1 1 1 1
5 Henry Stanley Shelton? §   0 0 0 ½
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1 1 1 ½ ½ 1
6 Ernest Edward Shepherd   0 1 ½ 1 0
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0 ½ ½ 1 1
7 Leslie Burland   0 0 0 0d 0 1
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1 1 ½ 1
8 Stephen Poulson Lees   ½ 0 0 0 0 ½ 0
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1 1 1 4
9 Alexander Goldberg   0 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 0
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1 1
10 Miss A Heard   0 0 0 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 0
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1 2
11 Mrs B Reid   0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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0

§ BCM gives 'H H Shelton' but I'm inclined to think this is a typo for H S Shelton – Henry Stanley Shelton played in the 1925 BCF Congress.

1926 BCF Second Class B

1926 BCF Second Class B Resid. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12  Total 
1 Newman Clissold New Brighton
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½ 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 1
2 John Keeble Norwich ½
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1* ½ 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 9
3 C H Taylor London 0 0*
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1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 9
4 Alfred Lindsay Densham   0 ½ 0
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1 0 1 1 ½ 1 1 1 7
5 George Breese   0 1 0 0
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0 0 1 1 1 1 1 6
6 Robert Davidson Dykes §   0 0 0 1 1
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0 0 1 1 1 1 6
7 Willington Lucette Wakefield   0 0 0 0 1 1
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1 0 1 1 1 6
8 J E Riley   1 0 0 0 0 1 0
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½ ½ 1 1 5
9 G M Rowson   0 0 0 ½ 0 0 1 ½
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1 1 1 5
10 Miss Stella Violey Aline Malcolm   0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ½ 0
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0 1
11 George Arthur Youngman   0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
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½
12 Miss Lillie Eveling   0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ½
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½

* infraction of time limit. "In section B, Keeble won his first six games, and led Clissold and Taylor by a point. He could not keep this up in the second week, and Clissold emerged winner by 1 point." (BCM)
§ BCM gives 'RB Dykes' but I'm assuming this is a typo for the Edinburgh-based Robert Davidson Dykes (1908-61) whom the Chess Scotland website tells us "started serious chess in his teens with the Stockbridge Club."


1926 BCF Third Class A

1926 BCF Third Class A Resid. 1 2 3 4 5 6  Total 
1 G W Bedford Leyton
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1 ½ 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1d
2 Henry Edward Doran Coventry 0 ½
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1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1d
3 John E Coleman Grays 0 0 0 0
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½ 1 0 1 1 1d
4 Miss Jane Violet Kessen Edinburgh 0 0 0 0 ½ 0
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1 1 ½ 1d 4
5 Mrs M M Sim   0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
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1 1d 3
6 Mrs A Harrison   0 0d 0 0d 0 0d ½ 0d 0 0d
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½

"The old Hampstead player, G. W. Bedford, won Division I of the Third Class in superior style with 9½ out of 10. This is his first first-prize in an open tournament, and the youthful octogenarian is hoping for fresh worlds to conquer next year." (BCM) A George William Bedford was born in Shoreditch in 1841 - could be him.

1926 BCF Third Class B

1926 BCF Third Class B Resid. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11  Total 
1 Mrs M Healey Purley
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½ 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
2 William Patrick Pepper Liverpool ½
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1 0 1 1 1 1d 1 1 1
3 Miss E H Henderson Edinburgh 0 0
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1 1 ½ 1 1d 1 1 1
4 C W Marshall Greenock 1 1 0
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½ 1 1 1 0 1 1
5 Miss M Crookshanks   0 0 0 ½
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0 1 1 1 1 1
6 J M Harris   0 0 ½ 0 1
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1 0 1 1 1
7 Miss M R Watson   0 0 0 0 0 0
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1 1 1 1 4
8 Mrs M Barker   0 0d 0d 0 0 1 0
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1 0d 1 3
9 Mrs E Copland   0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
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0 1 2
10 Miss M Tweedie   0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1d 1
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0 2
11 Mrs A Fletcher   0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
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1

Lancashire Evening Post - Thursday 12 August 1926: "FATAL COLLAPSE AT A CHESS MATCH. A tragedy brought a sudden end to the British Chess Congress in Edinburgh, yesterday. Games in the lightning tourney were being contested when one of the onlookers, Mr. J[ames]. Marshall, collapsed. Two doctors went to his assistance, but their efforts were of no avail, and he died in a few minutes. Mr. Marshall was Scottish chess champion in 1889, and for many years he has taken an active part in the affairs of the Scottish Chess Association, being president in 1922."


File Updated

Date Notes
March 2016 Original upload. My thanks to Gerard Killoran for his help in sourcing the games, culled from BCM and newspapers.
9 March 2016 Seven more games from the Tinsley notebooks, which have a complete record of games from rounds 1, 10 and 11. Many thanks to Tony Gillam. I'm hoping that Tinsley records of games from other rounds will eventually turn up.
13 March 2016 Corrected one move in the Saunders-Wheatcroft game, rd 1 (37.h4, not 37.a4). My thanks to Andy Ansel.
15 March 2016 Included one more Championship game, between Gooding and Yates in Rd 3. No ordinary game - it went to a staggering 142 moves! It turned up in the chess column of the Glasgow Herald some two years after it was played.
16 March 2016 15 further games from Gerard Killoran, including three from the Championship proper.
4 April 2016 Removed a duplicate game - the game Watts-Drewitt was shown with the colours reversed in the Glasgow Herald. My thanks to Brian Denman for spotting the error.
11 April 2016 Games sourced from The Scotsman newspaper. Three championship games (Goldstein-Thomas, Rd 3, Wheatcroft-Heath, Rd 6, and Goldstein-Michell, Rd 5) have more moves at the finish (replacing the "and wins" comments in BCM); four more games from the women's championship, and one from 2nd Class B.
26 April 2016 Added one Major Open game, Barlow-Littlejohn (which The Scotsman newspaper gives with the wrong colours). Many thanks to Gerard Killoran for supplying.
15 April 2018 Minor change of move order in the game Goldstein-Thomas, Round 3, after checking against Thomas's book 'Chess for the Love of It'. The Scotsman also has this correct move order.
5 March 2019 Two games added: Youngman-Wakefield & Breese-Wakefield, both Second Class B. Many thanks to Brian Denman.
28 August 2020 One game added – Parsons 1-0 Elliot, in the First Class section. Found by JS.