Richardson Cup 1932
The final was played at the Edinburgh Chess Club on Saturday, February 13.
This was the first appearance of Fairhurst in a Richardson Cup final. He had moved to Glasgow to take up a professional position earlier in 1931, and he would go on to dominate all areas of chess in Scotland.
Play started at 3:15pm, and the report suggests that the openings chosen were, with one exception, of the close, positional type, indicating the mood of the players to take no risks. After an hour's play, indications were that the match would live up to the traditions of these matches between the two strongest clubs in the country - close, hard affairs, with little between the teams until the last hour or so of play.
Just before the tea interval the first games were completed; a somewhat featureless draw by repetition of moves at board 7, and a win for Glasgow on board 1 where Fairhurst produced some sharp play. Meantime, McKee on board 2 had sacrificed a piece for two pawns in the expectation of a good attack, but by the tea interval it was clear that the Edinburgh player had good chances of surviving the attack. On board 3 the Edinburgh player's prospects looked good, while on the other boards there was little in it either way.
The next hour's play, however, brought out the usual after-tea surprise in a good win for Glasgow at board 5, where with only Q and B to work with, Mr Birch evolved a position whereby with a series of divergent checks he forced the win of three pawns, and the rest was easy. Another agreed draw, at board 6, left the score 3-2 in Glasgow's favour but, as anticipated, the Edinburgh win at board 3 soon followed to level up the score, and now the match hung on the game at board 4. The position there was, if anything, in the home team's favour. The Glasgow player, realising that merely defensive play would probably be fatal, offered a pawn (which Mr Foster had been working to capture) in order to improve his position. Unfortunately for Edinburgh's hopes, the Glasgow player's trappy play was successful, as in the tension of play Mr Foster did not take the best line, and though the game was unfinished at the call of time the result - a win for Glasgow - was agreed to by the captains.
W.A. Fairhurst - D. Simpson
Richardson Cup Final 1932, Board 1.
R.T.R. Serjeant - A. Murray
Richardson Cup Final 1932, Board 3.
Source: Based on the report in The Scotsman of Monday, February 15, 1932.