Scottish Championship 1894

The eleventh annual Congress of the Scottish Chess Association was held in the rooms of Glasgow Chess Club, beginning on Friday, 23 March.

Sheriff Walter Cook Spens (1842-1900) was one of the group that founded the Scottish Chess Association in 1884. This was the only time that he won the championship.

The Best Game prize of £5, presented by Mr J.D. Chambers, was awarded to Sheriff Spens. He donated the money to the funds of the Scottish Chess Association.

 
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
Pts
1. Sheriff Spens
1
1
0
1
1
1
1
1
7
2. G.E. Barbier
0
0
0
1
1
1
1
1
5
3. J. Finlayson
0
1
1
0
1
0
1
1
5
4. W. Seligmann
1
1
0
0
½
½
1
1
5
5. A.B. Law
0
0
1
1
0
1
1
0
4
6. J. Gilchrist
0
0
0
½
1
0
½
1
3
7. J. McGrouther
0
0
1
½
0
1
0
0
8. D. Forsyth
0
0
0
0
0
½
1
1
9. G.A. Thomson
0
0
0
0
1
0
1
0
2

The crosstable from the BCM 1894, p 246 has been amended slightly as the score of McGrouther-Gilchrist was shown as a win for both players.

 

Minor Tournament

There were fourteen entrants, and the event was won by C.M. Jonas ahead of G.F. Krasser. A few games seem not to have been played, perhaps because they could not affect the final placings. Mr Jonas had already won 11 games and lost only one, and Mr Krasser had score 9 wins. The other competitors were:- A.C. Jonas, R.A. Boyd, W.N. Paton, P.C. Lyness, J. Muirhead, H.T. Mitchell,
J. Connor, W. McCombie, J. Macaulay, J. Phillips, W. Service and R. McCann

Sources:
The Chess Monthly, Vol. XV, September 1893-August 1894, pp 263, 264 and 294
British Chess Magazine 1894, pp 246-8.
The Scotsman, 1894, 24 March, page 5 and 28 March, page 5.

 

Alan McGowan
Historian, Chess Scotland