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Tournament: 1st West of England Congress • 29 games, 16 part-games/stubs + 8 games from other sections
Venue: Weston-super-Mare Town Hall • Dates: 15-21 April 1922 • Download PGN updated: Wednesday March 27, 2024 2:59 AM

1922 West of England Congress, 15-21 April, Weston-super-Mare Town Hall

1922 West of England Major Open

1922 West of England
Major Open
Residence 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10  Total 
1 Joseph Henry Blake Tolworth, Surbiton
½ 1 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 7
2 Geza Maroczy Hastings / Hungary ½
0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1
3 Sir George Alan Thomas Hampstead 0 1
½ 0 ½ 1 1 1 1 6
4 Fred Dewhirst Yates Leeds 0 1 ½
0 ½ 1 1 1 1 6
5 Edmund Spencer Liverpool ½ 0 1 1
0 ½ 1 1 ½
6 Boris Kostic Yugoslavia ½ 0 ½ ½ 1
1 0 1 1
7 Allan William Edward Louis Lambeth 0 0 0 0 ½ 0
1 1 1
8 Arthur John Mackenzie Birmingham ½ 0 0 0 0 1 0
1 ½ 3
9 Hubert Ernest Price Birmingham 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1 1
10 George Tregaskis Bristol 0 0 0 0 ½ 0 0 ½ 0

1922 West of England First Class A

1922 West of England
First Class A
Residence 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10  Total 
1 John Arthur James Drewitt Hastings
1 0 ½ ½ 1 1 1 1 1 7
2 Cyril Duffield London 0
1 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 7
3 Capt. Percivale David Bolland Weston-super-Mare 1 0
½ 1 0 1 ½ 1 1 6
4 William John Berryman Yorkshire ½ 0 ½
½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1
5 Percival John Lawrence Reading ½ ½ 0 ½
1 1 1 0 1
6 Harold Dobson Wells Tiverton 0 0 1 ½ 0
½ 1 1 1 5
7 Samuel John Holloway Bromley 0 ½ 0 0 0 ½
½ 1 1
8 Alfred Dudley Barlow London 0 0 ½ ½ 0 0 ½
0 1
9 Agnes Bradley Stevenson London 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
0 2
10 Charles Henry Taylor London 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1

1922 West of England First Class B

1922 West of England
First Class B
Residence 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10  Total 
1 William Henry Watts London
1 1 ½ 1 1 ½ 1 1 1d 8
2 Ernest John Price London 0
½ ½ 1 1 1 1 ½ 1d
3 John James O'Hanlon Ireland 0 ½
½ 1 0 1 ½ 1 1d
4 Arthur George West Yeovil ½ ½ ½
0 1 1 ½ ½ 1
5 Harry William Hilliar Eltham 0 0 0 1
½ 0 1 ½ 1d 4
6 Edith Martha Holloway Bromley 0 0 1 0 ½
½ ½ ½ 1d 4
7 Sydney Gerard Howell-Smith London ½ 0 0 0 1 ½
½ ½ 1d 4
8 Henri Francois Julian Valentin Louis1 Lambeth 0 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½
1 1d 4
9 Harold John Francis Stephenson Hastings 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0
10 Arthur Francis Kallaway2 Birmingham 0d 0d 0d 0 0d 0d 0d 0d 0d

1 Henri Francois Julian Valentin Louis was listed as 'F. V. Louis' in the BCM crosstable (and in most chess references). Born in 1870 in India, he was the elder brother of Allan William Edward Louis who was playing in the Major Open.
2 A F Kallaway retired after losing to A. West in his first game.

Second Class A: (1) Hiram James Horace Cope (Ilfracombe) 9/9; (2) Henry Leighton Crawford (Bristol) 7½; (3) Ernest Fowler Fardon (Birmingham) 6½; (4) Samuel Waterman Viveash (Bristol) 6; (5) Alfred Edward Ruddock (Cheltenham) 3½; (6-7) Cyril Owen Welch (Bristol), Annie Mabel Gooding (Cheltenham) 3; (8) José Manuel Bermúdez y Quadreny (Oxford, Cuba) 2½; (9-10) Mrs Amabel Nevill Gwyn Sollas (Oxford), Edward Lupton May (Gloucester) 2.

Second Class B: (1) Edward Buddel Puckridge (Bromley) 7½; (2-3) Francis Frederick Finch (Bristol), C A Mann [pseudonym of Henry Ashwell Cadman] (Leeds) 5; (4) William Henry Greenhalgh (Dawley) 4½; (5) George Spence Candy (Surrey) 2. Other players: Benjamin Dagut (Weston-super-Mare), H Ward (Croydon), F D Nixon (Barry), Mrs Rosa Annie Banting (London), Alan Staverton Vosper (Bristol).

Third Class A: (1) Ernest George Rodway (Weston-super-Mare) 8½/9; (2) F G Stevens (Weston-super Mare) 7; (3) Ronald Oswald Platt (Gloucester) 5½; (4) Miss M Andrews (London) 5; (5) C R/H Richards (Monmouth) 4½; (6-7) F[rank?] Ogle (Gloucester), J S Milton (Bristol) 4; (8) Robert Henry Alexander Morton (Cheltenham) 2½; (9-10) George William Davies (Gloucester), Mrs Lizzie Vine (née Goring; Bridgwater) 2.

Third Class B: (1) William Edgar Gough (Shifnal) 8/9; (2) Ronald Melville Norman (Weston-super-Mare) 7½; (3) Leslie Edward Vine (Bridgwater) 6; (4-5) William Walter White (Hounslow), Herbert Shorney (Weston-super-Mare) 5; (6-7) Mansel Davies (Gloucester, born 1908), William Henry Eyles (Birmingham) 4; (8) Richard Candy Wickham (Bristol) 3; (9) Herbert John Salter (Bromley) 1½; (10) Miss C Pannall (London) ½. [only adds up to 44½ - a player is missing ½ point somewhere - JS]

BCM, May 1922, ppn 169ff


The West of England Chess Festival, held at Weston-super-Mare between April 15th and April 22nd, proved a most pleasant and satisfactory addition to the list of British chess congresses, and all who attended it will hope that this may not be the last time that they will play or watch chess at Weston.

Before the actual opening of the Festival, which took place on the Saturday morning, there was a very successful dinner on Thursday night, given by the local Advertising and Entertainments' Association to Press representatives, among the newspapers represented being The Times, The Daily Mail, The Morning Post, The Yorkshire Post, The Western Daily Press, The Falkirk Herald and the two local weeklies. The chair was taken by Mr. T. E. Macfarlane, chairman of the A. and E.A., who made the speech of welcome to the visitors, which was responded to by Messrs. E. S. Tinsley and A. Guest. The other speakers were Messrs. E. S. Stradling, H. Powell, R. S. Tyler and J. Hodge, all of Weston. A most enjoyable affair came to a close about 10-0 p.m.

On Saturday, at 9-15 a.m., the Congress was opened by Mr. F. J. Hurst, Chairman of the Urban District Council, and at 9-30 a.m., the first round in all the tournaments commenced. We do not propose to chronicle in detail the progress of play in every section, but must content ourselves with giving an account of the Major Open Tournament day by day, summarising the history of the remaining events.

A surprisingly good entry had been secured for the Major Open, including the two celebrated masters, Geza Maroczy and Boris Kostich, and such great English experts as the present champion, F. D. Yates, Sir George Thomas, and J. H. Blake, most youthful of veterans. Blake had the fortune to be drawn in the first round against Maroczy and made a fine show with the Morphy Defence to the Ruy Lopez. As we intend to publish this game later, we need say no more than that it resulted in a draw by perpetual check after 46 moves, in the course of which the Englishman won a Pawn, sacrificed a Bishop and found himself at the adjournment the Exchange down. In the other first-round games, Sir George Thomas beat A. J. Mackenzie, who defended a Lopez with less than his usual tenacity and lost in 28 moves. G. Tregaskis, West of England champion, who is somewhat new to big tournaments, likewise succumbed fairly soon, losing to H. E. Price. B. Kostich was rather lucky in finding A. Louis, with at least a draw in hand, bent on a winning combination which, however, lost. We give this game and Thomas v. Mackenzie below. The remaining game was E. Spencer v. F. D. Yates, in which the British champion, defending the Lopez, gave up material in a way the position hardly justified and was compelled to resign shortly before the adjournment.

In the second round, played on Saturday evening, Maroczy v. Yates and Thomas v. Kostich were the games looked forward to with the most interest. Thomas and Kostich, in a Sicilian, followed for 8 moves exactly the lines of a game Yates v. Alekhine at The Hague last year :—1 P—K 4, P—Q B 4 ; 2 Kt—K B 3, P—K 3 ; 3 P—Q 4, PxP; 4 KtxP, Kt—KB3; 5 Q Kt—B 3, B—Kt 5 ; 6 B—Q3, P—K4; 7 K Kt—K 2, P-Q4; 8 PxP, KtxP. Here Yates played 9 Castles, but Thomas preferred 9 B—Q 2. In the succeeding play the Englishman won a Pawn, against which there were Bishops of opposite colour, the question being whether the extra Pawn could prevail. Maroczy v. Yates was the first game to finish—and sensationally! After 2 hours 20 minutes, and 24 moves, the Hungarian resigned. We give the score below, from which it will be seen that his 24th move was a blunder. Very quickly afterwards Price fell to Blake, his 20th move having similarly been fatal. Nothing more occurred for some time, and then Louis and Spencer agreed to draw. Louis, as White in a Ponziani, had lost a Pawn, but managed to level up in an ending with Rooks and Pawns. Next, just on the 40th move, Thomas and Kostich agreed to a draw, Kostich having won back his lost Pawn and only a simple Bishops-of-opposite-colour ending being left, with three Pawns each. The last game, Mackenzie v. Tregaskis, was adjourned.

Monday.—The morning round did not bring together any of the four leaders. Sir George Thomas met Tregaskis and, having Black, immediately took his opponent out of the books, the opening moves running : 1 P—Q 4, Kt—K B 3; 2 Kt—K B 3, P—B 4 ; 3 P—Q5?, P—Q3; 4 P—B 4, P-K4; 5 PxP e.p., BxP; 6 Kt—B3, Kt—B 3 ; 7 P—K 4, B—K 2. Thus already Thomas had obtained the better development. This he converted into the win of a Pawn, and in the following complications in the centre, he stood to gain more substantially. Running short of time, however, he went astray on his 20th move and found himself reduced to two Rooks, two Knights and six Pawns, against two Rooks, two Bishops and six Pawns. On move 24, Tregaskis made an illusory offer of Rook for Knight, which in reality only led to an exchange of Rooks and one minor piece a side. The Bristolian did not see that the resulting end-game enabled his opponent to get a Pawn ahead again, which, after the remaining Rooks came oft', yielded Thomas an easy win. Spencer v. Mackenzie was an exciting game, which we give below. Mackenzie, it will be seen, offered a Bishop (prematurely, it would seem) on his 15th move and forced its sacrifice for two Pawns. He all but exceeded the time-limit on move 20, causing at least one spectator breathless suspense as he watched the flag. He pulled through, however, and continued his aggressive policy, but without effect, as Spencer delivered a crushing blow on the 33rd move, compelling speedy resignation. The other three games were adjourned. Kostich v. Price was a stubborn Queen’s Gambit Declined, in which Price had by no means the worst of it. Blake v. Yates was a Vienna, also of a stubborn nature, with no decided advantage yet. In Louis v. Maroczy, a Sicilian Defence, the Hungarian early won a Pawn and later gave up his Queen for two Rooks, ultimately getting another Pawn, which meant two passed Pawns on the Queen side. There was, however, considerable fight left.

In the afternoon, the second round game, Mackenzie v. Tregaskis was not concluded, in spite of over two more hours’ play.

The fourth round, in the evening, brought together the still undefeated Thomas and Blake, while Maroczy met Spencer, Tregaskis Kostich, Price Yates, and Louis Mackenzie. The openings were, respectively, Ruy Lopez, Queen's Pawn (Tchigorin Defence), Sicilian, Queen’s Pawn, and Ponziani. The Ruy Lopez, however, changed into a Four Knights, with P—Q R 3 for Black and his K B kept back. This game continued even, on the surface, until shortly after the completion of an hour’s play on each side, when Blake sacrificed a Bishop for Thomas’s K R Pawn, with a mating threat. Excitement ran high over the question whether Thomas could extricate himself or not. In the meantime, Kostich scored the first blood of the round, in a game in which both sides developed violent attacks. The Serbian master saw the further and caught his adversary in a mating net, Tregaskis resigning when mate was inevitable. The next to finish was Price v. Yates, the British champion playing better form than on the opening day and with a good combination forcing a dead-won end-game. Then came Louis v. Mackenzie, the former of whom scored a win by some strong play, which gained him two minor pieces for a Rook, in a position where the inferior forces had no chance.

Within 20 minutes of time, Thomas v. Blake and Maroczy v. Spencer were still unfinished, Thomas having a Bishop against two Pawns, but being still in a very dangerous fix and also short of time, while Maroczy had a Queen against Rook and Knight, with much more command of the board. Maroczy got home first, the two pieces totally failing to hold the Queen. Meanwhile Thomas, taking the bull by the horns, decided to return the piece, which left him two Pawns down. A few moves after, seeing that his position was hopeless, he resigned.

Tuesday.—The openings this morning were:—Yates v. Mackenzie and Spencer v. Blake, Ruy Lopez; Louis v. Tregaskis, Ponziani (a favourite with Louis) ; Kostich v. Maroczy, Q.P. ; Price v. Thomas (Q.P., Tchigorin Defence, in effect). Both the last two openings are somewhat unusual in form. Kostich-Maroczy ran :—1 P—Q 4, Kt—K B 3 ; 2 Kt—K B 3, P—K 3 ; 3 P—B 4, P—B 4 ; 4 P—Q 5, P—Q Kt 4 ; 5 BPxP, B—Kt 2 ; 6 PxP,BPxP; 7 P—K 3, P—Q4; 8 Kt—B 3, B-—Q3; 9 B-K 2, Castles ; 10 Castles, Q—K2 — Maroczy having given up his Q Kt P for a strong centre and a promising attack. Price-Thomas began :—1 Kt—K B 3, P—K Kt 3 ; 2 P—Q 4, P—Q 3 ; 3 P-K 4. B-Kt 2 ; 4 P-B 3, Kt-K B 3 : 5 B-Q 3, Q Kt-Q 2 ; 6 B—K 3, P—K 4—a position now which might also conceivably be reached through the Philidor.

It was just about the end of the third hour of play that any results were reached. First Yates carried his Ruy Lopez to a successful conclusion, Mackenzie being unable to escape a mate on the 29th move; and then Tregaskis, who had sacrificed a piece early for an attack, found the weight of material too much and resigned. Thirdly, Thomas already in‘a superior position and taking advantage of a weak move (26 P—K Kt 3) on the part of his opponent, set a trap, into which Price walked. The result was a mate (see below). The last game to finish was Kostich-Maroczy, which Maroczy brought to a successful conclusion at the close of the morning's play. We shall give this game in full later, as it is a fine example of Old School v. New—not that we agree with Maroczy’s description of himself as “ old " in years! In the game Spencer-Blake, Blake gained a P early, lost it again, but appeared to have some chances of success in the end-game, and at any rate a draw.

The adjourned games have been played off. Mackenzie-Tregaskis, from the second round was drawn. Price, on resumption with Kostich, blundered and lost a piece for a P. He resigned a few moves later. Maroczy gave Louis no chance in their end-game, and the same may be said of Blake against Yates. In fact, Blake played the ending in masterly style. He had another game to finish in the evening, against Spencer. Here he had R and B against R and Kt, and one of his P’s was passed ; but he was unable to do more than draw. This sufficed, however, to put him at the head of affairs, the list after the fifth round standing :—Blake, 4 ; Kostich, Maroczy and Thomas, 3½; Spencer and Yates, 3; Louis, 2½; Price, 1; Mackenzie and Tregaskis, ½.

Wednesday.—Chief interest this morning was directed to the game Blake-Kostich, which was an unusual form of the Sicilian :— i P—K 4, P—Q B 4 ; 2 Kt—K B 3, Kt—K B 3 : 3 P—K 5, Kt—Q 4 ; 4 Kt—B 3, P—K 3 ; 5 KtxKt, PxKt; 6 P—Q 4, P—Q 3 ; 7 KPx P.BxP; 8 B—K 2, Castles ; 9 Castles, Kt—B 3 ; 10 PxP, BxP; 11 P—B3. Soon the position simplified rapidly until, after only one hour’s play, it had come down to Q, R and B and six Ps each, with a drawish aspect. Play then proceeded on very cautious lines, but Kostich evolved a subtle scheme, ostensibly threatening mate, but with real intent to draw White’s forces away and then to attack a backward Q side P. Blake, however, was equal to the occasion, and his cast-iron defence produced its reward, for on the 74th move Kostich was obliged to agree to a draw, though claiming that he ought to have won earlier.

The games Yates-Louis (Ruy Lopez) and Tregaskis-Spencer (Q.P., Tchigorin Defence) rapidly assumed a one-sided character. Louis, with an ill-judged K side fianchetto, was in dreadful trouble three-quarters of an hour after the start and lost a piece without breaking the attack. Tregaskis ventured into his opponent's camp with his Q and gave her up, remaining with two Rs and a P plus against Q and B. Louis was the first to resign. Tregaskis, on the other hand, put up a great fight and at the adjournment was still keeping it going. Finally, though giving up a P and the Exchange, he got a P down to the 7th and a draw by perpetual check was the best Spencer could do. Mackenzie v. Price finished in the morning. Price, striving for an attack, first gave up a P, then lost a piece and finally resigned.

Thomas-Maroczy, a Ruy Lopez, was a fine game, in which Thomas gave up a P in order to obtain the greater freedom of position. He transposed two moves, however, somewhat lessening the force of his attack. Then, after the exchange of Qs, he got in among the Black Ps with a R and won first one and then another. After the adjournment the game gradually worked down to an ending in which White had B and two Ps against B and P. A P more on either side came off, and a draw seemed the proper result, when unexpectedly Maroczy made a slip, which let Thomas cut his B off from the path of the P—and Thomas had won.
Thursday.—To-day is another two-round day, and the morning (7th) round brought together the pair who at present tie for third and fourth places—Yates and Kostich. They started off at a quick pace with a Queen’s Gambit Declined, but the game soon slowed down into a solid position, with all the pieces on. Kostich developed a strong attack against the castled K. Yates met this gamely and opened a file on the K side, a display of fireworks resulting. Neither side could accept the other's offered sacrifice, and gradually the air cleared, leaving Yates a Pawn up against Kostich’s superior position. The game was adjourned until to-morrow, by permission of the committee.

Maroczy v. Mackenzie was a Ruy Lopez, Morphy Defence, in which the Hungarian played 4 P—B 3 and got a good open game. Mackenzie, after Castling (which was inferior to 10.., P—Kt 3), was compelled to bring his K back into the centre of the board again. After this Maroczy " sailed in," and on the 24th move Mackenzie resigned. We give the game below.

Louis, against Thomas, once more essayed the Ponziani; and Blake, against Tregaskis, the Vienna. Spencer v. Price was a Giuoco Piano. Of these, Blake developed a tremendous attack and at the end of only one hour's play had a mate in view ; in fact, on his 21st move he announced mate in two. We give this game also. Thomas surrendered a P in the opening, but broke up Louis’s K side, and after the exchange of Qs had very considerable assistance from his opponent, resulting in the gain of the Exchange and a P. He was then able to work up to a position where he either mated or came out a R ahead, Louis resigning. Spencer went in for an attack, in the course of which he gave up the Exchange. Price seemed to be getting out of it, when he left a R to be taken and had nothing but to resign.

In the 8th round none of the leaders were drawn together. Maroczy was the first to score, getting first one P and then two Ps ahead in a Ruy Lopez, and forcing his way to victory. Blake similarly, in a Vienna against Louis, early got material and positional advantage and gave his opponent no chance. The third result was the outcome of a curious incident. Mackenzie opened against Kostich with a Q P Game and a difficult position came about, in which Mackenzie threatened a draw by perpetual check. Kostich left his board and, coming back to it after Mackenzie had moved, assumed he had played Q—R 4, whereas in fact he had played Q—R 3. Replying to the imaginary Q—R 4, the Serbian master found himself. faced with a loss and a few moves later he resigned. He was unfortunate in thus losing a half-point; but, after all, in chess one has to watch one’s opponent's moves. Thomas v. Spencer, after a most critical game, stands adjourned. So does Yates v. Tregaskis but here Yates clearly stands to win.

Friday.—Two of the adjourned games were played off this morning. Kostich v. Yates was not long in reaching a draw by repetition of moves, Yates keeping his extra P, but being unable to do anything with it. Thomas v. Spencer, on the other hand, was a prolonged and obstinate struggle. Thomas seems to have missed his best continuation in the first session and could claim no more advantage in the ending than B v. Kt, against which Spencer had a dangerous advanced P. The morning’s play, indeed, developed gradually in Spencer’s favour, and at last, after the 7th hour, the forces came down to R and three Ps (two doubled) for Spencer against Thomas’s R and one P. The weight of material told, though the game lasted for 90 moves before Thomas resigned. Both players wrcre below their best form in this game.

In Yates v. Tregaskis, the latter resigned without continuing.

With one game still to go, therefore, the leading scores were Blake, 6½; Maroczy, Spencer, Thomas and Yates, 5½ each.
In the evening session (9th and last round) Maroczy soon beat Tregaskis, while Mackenzie and Blake, in a Queen's Gambit Declined, had an early exchange of pieces, leading to a draw—which secured the first prize for Blake. Price v. Louis, another Queen's Gambit Declined, went to Louis, who finished up with a mate in four. The other two games were more prolonged and obstinate, being finally adjourned— Yates v. Thomas (Ruy Lopez) being level in force, while in Spencer v. Kostich (Sicilian) Spencer had the Exchange against two Ps.

Saturday morning.—The two adjourned games were continued. Kostich went in for scientific reduction of forces, and bringing the ending down to B and two Ps against R won on the 60th move. Yates and Thomas fought extremely hard against a draw, which would cut both of them out of a share in the second prize ; but finally, after seven hours’ play, a draw by perpetual check was the very best they could do, which gave the second prize to Maroczy, while they divided the third.


In the First Class Tournament, Section A, Drewitt led, as expected, at the start, and after five rounds the leaders were : Drewitt, 4; Berryman, Capt. Bolland, Duffield and Lawrence, 3½ each. Next round Bolland beat Drewitt and took the lead in conjunction with Duffield, who was the only other leader to win. Bolland then, however, dropped back and Drewitt came up level with Duffield, both finishing with 7 points to Bolland’s 6.

In Section B, Watts (not for the first time in his career) started off by scoring win after win, and, aided by a lucky victory over Mrs. Holloway, was 6 points at the end of the 6th round, the next best scores being Price and West 4 each. Kallaway having retired and his games going by default. Watts was thus bound to be first, either alone or in a tie. In the 7th round he made sure of the prize by drawing with Howell Smith, and he wound up by drawing with West, thus having the fine score of 8 points. Price, who lost to no one but Watts (whom, by the way, he should have beaten), scored and took second prize. The third was divided between O’Hanlon and West, who had been expected to do better but were both somewhat out of practice.


In the Second Class, Cope ran away with Section A from the start and scored every game—an excellent performance. But for him, Crawford would have done nearly as well, for he only dropped a point and a half. Fardon was third, just ahead of Viveash. Section B was a little more open, but there, too, Puckridge went through without a loss, though he drew three games. Dagut, beating Ward on Saturday morning, made sure of second prize, while Ward took third, just half a point above two other competitors.


In the Third Class, Section A, Rodway, the local player, made a great start, scoring his first seven games. He finished with 8½, while Stevens, another local, after losing his first game won every other. Gough, of Shifnal, who only at the last moment filled a vacancy in Section B, won his first six games off the reel, but was then defeated by the 17-year-old Norman, of Weston, who had previously lost to W. W. White. Norman had also drawn one, so that Gough, by winning his remaining games, still came out first. An interesting player in this section was M. Davies, of Gloucester, who is only 13 and learnt the game two years ago, but plays in excellent style for his years and with the greatest sang-froid. He won his first two rounds, but then he had a bad run. He finished, however, with the respectable score of 4.

The presentation of prizes took place on Saturday [22 April 1922], at 12-30, after the adjourned games had been played off. Mr. H. Powell, president of the Weston-super-Mare Chess Club, presided, and Dr. Duncan Grey presented the prizes to the winners.

In the lightning tournament of 64 players, on Wednesday night, the prizes fell as follows : (1) W. H. Eyles; (2) L. Vine; and, after a tie between three players, (3) H. J. H. Cope; (4) S. Shipway; (5) L. Crawford. The entrance fees, amounting to £8, were given as a donation to the funds of the London Tournament.

A simultaneous exhibition was given by Kostich on Tuesday night, the single player winning 21 and drawing 6 out of 27 games, a feat which occupied him only two hours.

Mention must not be omitted of a very pleasant excursion to Cheddar, on Friday, to which some members of the Press (including your representative) were invited. The gorge and caves were seen under the best conditions, and the visitors were brought back in time for the final round. P.W.S. [Philip Walsingham Sergeant]

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