Richardson Cup 1931

The final was played in the Edinburgh Chess Club on Saturday, February 28. The Bohemian CC from Glasgow, beaten finalists on several occasion, including the previous year, were once again to be disappointed. (It would not be until 1949 that Bohemians scored their only victory in a Richardson Cup final.)

Edinburgh scored a quick win in twenty moves on board 3. There was no change in the situation at the tea interval, but soon after the resumption Edinburgh registered another win on board 5 - an interesting ending of two rooks against knight and three pawns. On board 2 the players agreed to a draw after the game was reduced to an ending of knights and pawns each. After another hour and a half's play, there was no change in the situation and all the unfinished games were due for adjudication at the 50th move. Edinburgh had a pawn advantage on boards 1 and 7, and none the worse of the positions on the other two boards. After some examination of the positions, the captains of both teams agreed to draws on all these boards, deciding the match without recourse to official adjudication.

Bd
Edinburgh
Bohemians
1
D. Simpson
J. Borthwick
2
A.J.D. Lothian
½
½
J. Macdonald
3
R.T.R. Serjeant
1
0
J. Andrews
4
A.A. Foster
½
½
F.G. Harris
5
M.Y. Moussa
1
0
N. Singh
6
P. Nisbet
½
½
A.F. Cariss
7
G.J. Hagart**
½
½
P.B. Anderson
   
4
2
 

** I could not properly read the copy from The Scotsman. A player of this name represented the Edinburgh CC in the 1934 final, so I will go with this unless I find information suggesting that the name should be different. [AMcG]

Serjeant - Andrews Richardson Cup Final 1931, Board 3.
1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.d4 Nf6 4.Nc3 Qa5 5.Nf3 Bg4 6.Be2 e6 7.Be3 Bd6 8.Qd2 Bb4 9.0-0 Ne4 10.Qd3 Nxc3 11.bxc3 Bd6 12.c4 Qh5 13.h3 Bf5 14.Qd2 Be4? 15.Ng5 [Or 15.Ne5 ] 15...Qg6 16.Nxe4 Qxe4 17.Bf3 Qf5 18.Bxb7 Nd7 19.Bxa8 Nf6 20.Bc6+ 1-0

Source: The Scotsman of Monday, March 2 1931.

Alan McGowan