London (1872) – a first look

The following is a very brief introduction, the main purpose is to publicize the xtabs… The BCA held an international tournament in London during the summer of 1872, from June 21th to August 7th. The first game began on June 24th. The scheduling was informal, and the play was held in three clubs in the…

1st BCA Congress – Bristol (1861) – a first look

According to the following quote it was at this meeting, beginning on Tuesday Sept. 10, 1861, held in the Bristol Atheneaum that the Chess Association finally decided to prepend the qualifier British to its name: After meetings in Liverpool in 1854 and Leamington  in 1855 the N&MCCA (Northern and Midland Counties Chess Association) met in…

Cambridge Congress (1860) – a first look…

Chessbase view: SCID’s view: (Click on either image to enlarge) Really I’m lying in the title. My first look at a tournament wouldn’t be on this page, even if it existed at the time I needed a first look. My first look, and yours too, should be at Ron Edwards EDOchess site. It’s wonderfully informative,…

Fifty Tournaments by G. Reichhelm (1898 prespective)

Update: 2016.07.04 – Reichhelm’s Fifty Tournaments:   Z-base-v04  (53 tournaments, 1851-1898)   The following is a useful list of the fifty earliest important tournaments in  chess history, or at least the part that was recorded adequately enough that the tournaments can be usefully reconstructed, if not conveyed in their entirety. It comes an article published…

Manchester Congress (1857) – a first look…

I did this tournament a little while ago, typing the games in from the tournament book REPORT OF THE ANNUAL MEETING OF THE CHESS ASSOCIATION, HELD AT MANCHESTER, In AUGUST, 1857. President: SIR JOHN BLUNDEN, BART. Vice-President: C. A. DUVAL, ESQ., Manchester. Central Committee: HOWARD STAUNTON, Esq., London. JAMES FREEMAN, Esq., President of the Birmingham…

2nd BCA Congress – London (1886)

[ v00 – 2016/02/08; v01-02/09 (added Mason–Mortimer) ] [ Download tournament PGN (complete w BCM frags): PGN ] [ NOTE- everything on this page is provisional, despite attempts to be as accurate as possible. Please check back. ] Putting together an entire chess tournament from first sources is difficult work. Luckily, I’ve had a partner in…