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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: Monday 11 January, 2021 2:57 PM

1920 British Chess Championship, Edinburgh, 9-20 August

1920 British Chess Championship Resid. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12  Total 
1 Scott,Roland Henry Vaughan  
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0 1 ½ 1 1 1 1 1 ½ 1 1 9
2 Thomas,George Alan   1
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½ 0 ½ 1 1 ½ ½ 1 1 1 8
3 Sergeant,Edward Guthlac   0 ½
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0 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 1
4 Michell,Reginald Pryce   ½ 1 1
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½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 7
5 Gibson,William P Glasgow 0 ½ 0 ½
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½ 1 1 1 0 1 1
6 Mackenzie,Arthur John   0 0 1 1 ½
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0 ½ 1 1 0 1 6
7 Smith,Stephen Francis (Dr) Bournemouth 0 0 0 ½ 0 1
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1 1 1 ½ 0 5
8 Wainwright,George Edward   0 ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ 0
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1 0 1 1
9 Jacobs,Herbert Levi London 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 0 0 0
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1 ½ 1
10 Middleton,Edward Empson jnr London ½ 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0
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1 0
11 Wenman,(Francis) Percival Edinburgh 0 0 0 ½ 0 1 ½ 0 ½ 0
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1
12 Blake,Joseph Henry   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 (« Lawson) §  
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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 (« Field)   1 0
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1 ½ 1 ½ 1 1 0 1 1 8
4 Mrs Edith Mary Ann Michell (« Tapsell)   0 1 0
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0 1 1 1 1 1 ½ 1
5 Miss Emily Eliza Abraham   1 0 ½ 1
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0 1 0 1 0 1 1
6 Mrs Annie Sophia Roe (« Verdon)   0 0 0 0 1
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1 1 ½ ½ ½ 1
7 Mrs Amabel Nevill Gwyn Sollas (« Jeffreys, « Moseley)   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   0 0 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½
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½ 3
12 Miss [E] Gibb Glasgow 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ½ ½ 1 ½
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§ Mrs Stevenson won the play-off

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   0 ½
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1 1 0 ½ 1 0 1 1 1d 7
4 Oskam,Gerard   0 0 0
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½ 1 ½ 1 1 ½ 1 1d
5 Dunstan,Robert (Dr)   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   0 0 0 0 0 ½ 1 0 ½ 1
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1d 4
12 Bigelow,Horace Ransom 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

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 flor 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 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].

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

First Class, Section A: Basil Heastie 9/11; F. J. Camm 8½; George Wyville Moses and H. C. Griffiths 8; Edmund Tom Jesty 7; William Rowland Thomas 6½; G. E. Smith 5; John Dibbin Chambers 4½; Guy Ralph Hardcastle 4; G. M. Stewart and Samuel John Holloway 2; Frederick John Hingley [name corrected - see below] 1½.

Second Class: Andrew Rowland Benedick Thomas and W. Penberthy 9/11; M. Maung 8½; Revd. William Ernest Evill and E. W. Carmichael 8; G. D. Hutton 5; W. H. Jones 4; George Arthur Youngman, A. D. Barlow, H. Ransom and H. T. Twomey 3½; Miss Sanders 1. [n.b. there is a mistake here, taken from Chess Devon, as the numbers don't tally - can anyone proof-read?]

1920 table 1


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.