In our look back at the history of Lancashire Chess, as we celebrate 125 years, we reach the year 1901.

1901 was pivotal for two reasons. It was the first NCCU County Championship, and also the year that a new President took over the helm of Lancashire Chess Association.

At the Annual General Meeting in October of 1901, having decided not to seek re-election, Amos Burn stood down as President. The newly elected President was Samuel Wright of Liverpool Chess Club.

However, the main story of 1901, was the opening matches for the 1st Northern Counties Chess Championship.

The opening match took place on 26th January 1901, and took place at the Dyson’s Restaurant in Manchester between Lancashire and Cheshire. A notable attendee at the match was the then World Chess Champion, Dr Emmanuel Lasker.

Lasker was resident in Manchester at the time, and kindly agreed to be chief adjudicator for games that had not finished and needing adjudication. Lasker was World Champion from 1894 to 1921.

At the start of the early 20th century, Lancashire was blessed to be supported by several prominent players who would attend the county matches and agree to adjudicate. In addition to Dr Lasker in 1901, Jaques Mieses was the adjudicator for the 1900 matched between Lancashire and Warwickshire. Mieses probably most know for his irregular opening that was named after him.

Jaques Mieses Opening

In 1903, the US player Frank Marshall adjudicated the Lancashire v Yorkshire match. Frank Marshall was another player contributing to opening theory, and is best known for the Marshall Attack in the Ruy Lopez.

Frank Marshall – Wikipedia

Frank Marshall was an inventive and combative player, take a look at some of his contributions to opening theory from the Lichess study below.

By Chess-Coach

A chess player for over 40 years, I have volunteered with Lancashire Chess Association for over 30 years. Have held several posts in that time, Treasurer, Junior Organiser, Junior Team Manager, Junior Team Coach, Web Author. I have managed the Lancashire Chess Association websites since 1997.