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Spens Cup 1922-23

Greenock Chess Club won the Spens Cup for the second time, defeating Glasgow Ladies' CC 4½-2½ in the final on March 17, 1923. (Greenock first won this cup in 1911 and would go on win it in 1930.)

Round 1 Semi Final Final
Greenock 5 Greenock
Greenock
Gourock 2
Kelty Kelty
Glasgow University
Glasgow Ladies 5 Glasgow Ladies
Glasgow Ladies
Edinburgh Ladies 2
Paisley 5 Paisley
Alloa 2

Kelty and Glasgow University had played on October 23, 1922, the match being tied 3½ each. A further match was played on January 13, 1923 with the result shown above.

Greenock
Glasgow Ladies
1. Rev. J. Young
½
½
Miss Gilchrist
2. H. Dobson
½
½
Miss E. Gibb
3. W. Sharp
0
1
Mrs Brockett
4. J. Currie
1
0
Miss Gibb
5. Dr A. Love
½
½
Miss Wardhaugh
6. J. Paton
1
0
Mrs Thompson
7. J.T. Graham
1
0
Mrs Watson Young
 

The BCM 1923, page 134, showed the result of the final as a 4-3 win for Greenock. However, on page 180 the detailed board results were shown as above.

The photo shows members of the Greenock CC. Three of those on the team were also in the team that won the Spens Cup in 1911: Rev Young is standing in the centre; W. Sharp is standing second from the right; J. Currie is standing second from the left. Standing third from the left is the treasurer from the 1911 photograph. I suspect that Dr Love, who defeated Alekhine in his simultaneous exhibition in Greenock in 1923, is in the photo (perhaps on right of board).

Any help in confirming the identity of others in the photo would be appreciated.
Contact Alan McGowan - amcgowan@golden.net

Photo courtesy of Bill Young, grandson of the Rev. Young, who was the team captain.