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1890
1/1 DEATH OF JAMES SMITH, SPENNYMOOR. ENGLISH CHAMPION.

SPRING  12TH LANARKSHIRE  TOURNAMENT, SCOTLAND.

JAMES FERRIE WINS TITLE.

6/1 ALFRED JORDAN VS. G. FREEMAN 2-0-7 DRAWS at LONDON.
JORDAN WINS LONDON CHAMPIONSHIP CUP.
9/1-17  NON-TITLE STAKE MATCH.
CLARENCE H. FREEMAN VS. CHARLES F. BARKER  2-1-27 DRAWS at PROVIDENCE, RI.  
THIS WAS FREEMAN'S SECOND MATCH VICTORY AGAINST BARKER.
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DATE???  FRANCIS TESCHELEIT VS. ALFRED JORDAN 2-1-7 DRAWS.
TESCHELEIT WINS LONDON CHAMPIONSHIP CUP. 
DATE???  3rd AUSTRALIAN TOURNAMENT at DUNEDIN, NZ.
W. WARNOCK WINS TITLE.
DATE???  MICHIGAN STATE TOURNAMENT at DETROIT.
JOHN MCGREVEY WINS TITLE.
11/29  A CHECKER, CHESS AND WHIST CLUB IS ORGANIZED  AT PROVIDENCE, R.I.
DATE???  THE INVINCIBLE CHECKER CLUB OF MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA IS FORMED. D.A. SCRIMGEOUR PRESIDENT.

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1891

1/23   LONDON DRAUGHTS CLUB FORMED. 

3/30-4/10   2nd ENGLISH CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT at LONDON.

HENRY CHRISTIE WINS TITLE. 

SPRING  13TH LANARKSHIRE  TOURNAMENT, SCOTLAND.

JAMES McCOURT WINS TITLE.

5/2-5/8   SCOTTISH MATCH CHAMPIONSHIP.

JAMES FERRIE VS. WILLIAM BRYDEN 6-2-19 DRAWS at GLASGOW.

FERRIE WINS TITLE

9/30   DEATH OF A.J. DUNLAP, FORMER EDITOR OF CHECKER COLUMN IN THE "TURF, FIELD AND FARM". 

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SEPT  JAMES LEES VS. D. L. MCCAUGHIE 1-1-10 DRAWS at DALMELLINGTON, SCOTLAND.

10/5   A CHESS AND CHECKER CLUB IS ORGANIZED at JERSEY CITY, N.J.

OCT.  NEW YORK CHECKER CLUB IS ORGANIZED.

12/14  OTTAWA CHESS AND CHECKER CLUB IS ORGANIZED at ONTARIO, CANADA.

DATE???   AUSTRALIAN CHAMPIONSHIPTOURNAMENT  at BRISBANE.

R.MAR  WINS TITLE.

DATE???   DAVID BRODIE VS. J.A. BOREHAM 3-1-2 DRAWS at NEW ZEALAND.

DATE???   DUNEDIN MATCH CHAMPIONSHIP.

DAVID BRODIE VS. G. FOREMAN 5-3-12 DRAWS at DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND.

BRODIE WINS TITLE.

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1892

DATE???   BIRMINGHAM AND DISTRICT CHAMPIONSHIP CUP.

C. H. EDWARDS WINS TITLE.

JAN???  RHODE ISLAND MATCH CHAMPIONSHIP at PROVIDENCE.

W. H. WALES VS H. L. EDDY 5-4-3 DRAWS.

WALES WINS TITLE.

JAN???  PENNSYLVANIA STATE CHAMPIONSHIP at PITTSBURGH.

JOSEPH MAIZE WINS TITLE.

JAN.   JAMES WYLLIE VS. J.C. BROWN 2-0-9 DRAWS at HAWICK.

3/19-  CHAMPIONSHIP OF GLASGOW MATCH. 

JAMES SEARIGHT VS. D.G. MCKELVIE 11-1-9 DRAWS at GLASGOW.

SPRING   14th LANARKSHIRE CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT.

WILLIAM ANDREWS WINS TITLE.

APRIL  DETROIT CHECKER CLUB IS FORMED.

4/18-26  3rd ENGLISH CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT at LONDON.

ALFRED  JORDAN  WINS TITLE.

AT A BANQUET FOR THE PLAYERS A BRITISH DRAUGHTS ASSOCIATION WAS FORMED, BUT NO FURTHER REFERENCE TO IT HAS BEEN FOUND.

5/3-   NON-TITLE MATCH.

RICHARD JORDAN VS. JAMES WYLLIE 2-1-17 DRAWS at EDINBURGH.

9/3  FIRST ISSUE  "THE DRAUGHTS WORLD". W. CAMPBELL, EDITOR. ALEXANDER BRYSON PUBLISHER

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9/14-28   AMERICAN MATCH CHAMPIONSHIP.

CHARLES BARKER VS. JAMES REED 5-0-23 DRAWS at CHICAGO, IL

BARKER WINS TITLE.

THEIR FIFTH MEETING.

OCT.  BIRMINGHAM MATCH CHAMPIONSHIP, ENGLAND.

J. A. WILCOX VS C. H. EDWARDS (HOLDER) 3-0-1 DRAW.

WILCOX WINS TITLE.

OCT.  TEAM MATCH at NOTTINGHAM.

NOTTINGHAM VS BIRMINGHAM 25-6-12 DRAWS.

11/14-16   RICHARD JORDAN (EDINBURGH CHAMPION) VS. ROBERT FRASER (DUNDEE CHAMPION) 6-2-9 DRAWS at DUNDEE, SCOTLAND.

11/19   AUCKLAND CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH.

G. GUNTHORP VS. H.HENDERSON 5-3-3 DRAWS at ???

GUNTHORP RETAINS  TITLE.

NOV.  DRAUGHTS WORLD REPORTS OF TWELVE LOCAL SCOTTISH PUBLICATIONS CARRYING DRAUGHTS COLUMNS.

NOV.  MICHIGAN STATE TOURNAMENT at DETROIT.

J McGREVY WINS TITLE.

12/24   AS REPORTED IN THE DRAUGHTS WORLD, AFTER MONTHS OF ATTEMPTS TO ORGANIZE, PLANS FOR A CHECKERS TOURNAMENT AT THE 1893 CHICAGO WORLD'S FAIR ARE SHELVED , OWING TO "LACK OF INTEREST".

DEC.  CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP OF LONDON.

LONDON DRAUGHTS CLUB VS LONDON WANDERERS  16-9-20 DRAWS. 19 PLAYERS PER SIDE.

DATE???   PUBLICATION OF "A COMPLETE GUIDE TO THE GAME OF DRAUGHTS" BY JAMES LEES. MANY SUBSEQUENT EDITIONS HAVE BEEN ISSUED, SOME ALSO IN THE USA, UP TO THE 1950s.

DATE???   PUBLICATION OF "100 SELECTED SITUATIONS" BY LYMAN. M. STEARNS.

DATE?  A CHESS AND DRAUGHTS CLUB IS FORMED AT GORE, NEW ZEALAND.

 

 

 

 

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1893

1/2-1/10 1ST SCOTTISH NATIONAL TOURNAMENT at GLASGOW. 

WILLIAM  BRYDEN  WINS  THE TITLE OF CHAMPION OF SCOTLAND. JAMES FERRIE, WHO HELD THE MATCH CHAMPIONSHIP OF SCOTLAND, RELINQUISHED HIS CLAIMS TO THE SCOTTISH CHAMPIONSHIP SO AS NOT TO CREATE A CONFLICT. 

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2/14-18  20 GAME STAKE MATCH $100 PER SIDE (EQUIVALENT TO $2,500 IN 2010).

DR. AUGUST SCHAEFFER VS. HERBERT Z. WRIGHT 3-3-14 DRAWS  at  N Y CITY. 

 

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2/22  TEAM MATCH. 

FIRST BOSTON VS. ALL NEW-ENGLAND TEAM MATCH 26-16-26 DRAWS at BOSTON, MASS. THIS WOULD BECOME AN ANNUAL EVENT FOR MANY YEARS , DRAWING AT TIMES SEVERAL HUNDRED PARTICIPANTS AND SPECTACTORS.

3/18  JOHN L. RICHMOND VS WILLIAM CAMPBELL 3-0-3 DRAWS at SOUTH SHIELDS, ENGLAND.

MAY   WILLIAM BEATTIE (LIVERPOOL CHAMPION)  VS. JAMES SEARIGHT (GLASGOW  CHAMPION) 2-1-4 DRAWS at GLASGOW, SCOTLAND. 

MAY  15th LANARKSHIRE CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT at HAMILTON, SCOTLAND.

W. ANDREWS RETAINS TITLE.

5/22    COUNTY MATCH at LEEDS.

YORKSHIRE VS LANCASHIRE 49-48-63 DRAWS. (57-A-SIDE).

MAY  WILLIAM BEATTIE SUGGESTED THAT A BRITISH CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT BE HELD. THE FIRST ONE WAS IN 1926.

JUNE   TWELVE GAME MATCH.

JAMES KEAR JR. VS. J. ENTWISLE 4-0-4 DRAWS at BRISTOL.

GAMES PUBLISHED IN DRAUGHTS PLAYERS WEEKLY JOURNAL.

6/5-   20 GAME STAKE MATCH 25 PER SIDE.

RICHARD JORDAN VS. ROBERT STEWART 4-0-13 DRAWS at DUNFERMLINE.

JULY  LONDON DRAUGHTS CHAMPIONSHIP.

ALF JORDAN VS. FRANCIS TESCHELEIT 1-0-5 DRAWS at LONDON. 

JORDAN WINS CHAMPIONSHIP.

9/1-   CANADIAN MATCH CHAMPIONSHIP.

WILLIAM FORSYTH VS. ED KELLY 8-2-14 DRAWS at TORONTO.

FORSYTH WINS TITLE. THIS IS THE LINEAR TITLE THAT WAS HELD BY WILLIAM FLEMING, ED KELLY HAVING CLAIMED IT UPON FLEMING'S RETIREMENT OF THE TITLE.

SEPT   JAMES P. REED VS. CLARENCE FREEMAN .

2-0-12 DRAWS at PITTSBURGH.

TWO WEEKS LATER, ANOTHER MATCH PLAYED AT CHICAGO, REED VS. FREEMAN 3-3-14 DRAWS.

11/11-15  RICHARD JORDAN(EDINBURGH CHAMPION) VS. J. C. BROWN(BORDER CHAMPION) 7-2-17 DRAWS at EDINBURGH.

AUTUMN  THE  FIRST CROSSBOARD MEETING OF TWO FUTURE WORLD CHAMPIONS, RICHARD JORDAN AND ALF JORDAN, DURING ALF JORDAN'S VISIT TO SCOTLAND, ALL GAMES DRAWN. at EDINBURGH

DATE???  BIRMINGHAM AND DISTRICT CHAMPIONSHIP CUP.

C. H. EDWARDS RETAINS TITLE.

DATE???  NEW ENGLAND CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH PLUS $300.

SAM GROVER VS. H.Z. WRIGHT 8-2-17 DRAWS at ???

GROVER WINS TITLE.

 

 

 

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1894
1/1-     2ND SCOTTISH NATIONAL TOURNAMENT at GLASGOW.
ROBERT STEWART WINS TITLE.
2/12-   LONDON MATCH CHAMPIONSHIP CUP.   
ALF  JORDAN VS.  A.H. GRANGER  2-0-3 DRAWS  at LONDON. 
JORDAN RETAINS TITLE.
2/22   TEAM MATCH. 
BOSTON VS. ALL NEW ENGLAND MATCH 10-7-13 DRAWS at BOSTON. (15-A-SIDE)
3/28  DEATH OF HERBERT Z. WRIGHT, BOSTON, AGED 35 (BORN SEPT 1858). ONE OF THE TOP US PLAYERS.
APR.  NEW HAMPSHIRE STATE CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH.
WILLIS HILL VS. ARLIE OLIVER 4-2-13 DRAWS at MANCHESTER.
HILL WINS TITLE. GAMES PUBLISHED IN STEARNS BOOK OF PORTRAITS, VOL. 1
4/7-  WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH.
JAMES  FERRIE VS. JAMES  WYLLIE 13-6-69 DRAWS at GLASGOW, SCOTLAND. 
FERRIE WINS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE.
5/14-5/16 2ND INTERNATIONAL MATCH . 
SCOTLAND VS. ENGLAND 29-15-130 DRAWS at LONDON. 
SUMMER  AMERICAN EDWIN DURGIN VISITS SCOTLAND/ENGLAND INTERNATIONAL MATCH AND INITIATES TALKS FOR A U.S./ G.B. MATCH.
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5/21-   LONDON MATCH CHAMPIONSHIP.
ALF JORDAN VS. J.G. LEWIS 1-0-11 DRAWS at LONDON.
JORDAN RETAINS TITLE.
MAY  16th LANARKSHIRE CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT at HAMILTON, SCOTLAND.
JAMES YOUNG WINS TITLE.

JULY  TEAM MATCH.

SOUTH BRISBANE VS. NORTH BRISBANE ( QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA) 171-167-39 DRAWS. 102 PLAYERS PER SIDE.

JULY   SOUTH DAKOTA MATCH CHAMPIONSHIP.
GEORGE PIERCE VS. THOMAS GILDAY 3-3-8 DRAWS at ???
AUG.  NEW ZEALAND MATCH CHAMPIONSHIP.
DAVID ALEXANDER BRODIE VS. JAMES A. BOREHAM 7-4-11 DRAWS at DUNEDIN, NZ.
BRODIE WINS TITLE.
10/15-17 LONDON MATCH CHAMPIONSHIP.
ALF JORDAN VS. HARRY JACOB 1-0-5 DRAWS at LONDON.
JORDAN RETAINS TITLE.
PUBLICATION OF VOLUME ONE OF "STEARNS' BOOK OF PORTRAITS" BY LYMAN M. STEARNS.
 
 
 
 
 

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1895
1/1   3RD SCOTTISH NATIONAL TOURNAMENT at GLASGOW. 
ROBERT STEWART RETAINS TITLE.
1/7  LONDON CHAMPIONSHIP.
ALF JORDAN BEAT A.C. BARTLETT.
JORDAN RETAINS TITLE
2/22 FORMATION OF THE NEW ENGLAND CHECKER ASSOCIATION at BOSTON CHECKER CLUB. DAVID KIRKWOOD ELECTED FIRST PRESIDENT. 
BOSTON VS ALL NEW ENGLAND 23-4-5 DRAWS at BOSTON, MA.
MARCH  WILLIE CAMPBELL -"THE BLINDFOLD CHAMPION"- FOR THE FIRST TIME TOOK ON  21 PLAYERS SIMULTANEOUSLY BLINDFOLD, 11-2-8 DRAWS at GLASGOW, SCOTLAND.
APRIL  WILLIE GARDNER  PLAYED 22 BOARDS SIMULTANEOUSLY BLINDFOLD, WINNING 11-4-7 DRAWS at HULL.
SPRING  PROVIDENCE, RI, MATCH CHAMPIONSHIP.
CHARLES LAWSON VS RICHARD LACY  12-4-4 DRAWS.
SPRING   RETURN MATCH, 20-A-SIDE.
EDINBURGH VS GLASGOW 23-10-17 DRAWS at EDINBURGH.
APRIL/MAY  17th LANARKSHIRE CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNEY at HAMILTON, SCOTLAND.
J. B. KIRKWOOD WINS TITLE.
MAY   1st LANCASHIRE CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNEY at MANCHESTER.
ELEY CLARK IS FIRST WINNER.
6/5  DEATH OF JAMES LABADIE, CANADA.
7/22   CHAMPIONSHIP OF NORTHERN SCOTLAND.
HENRY F.SHEARER VS. WILLIAM BRYDEN 5-3-14 DRAWS at DUNDEE.
SHEARER WINS TITLE.
7/27 JAMES P. REED LEAVES NEW YORK FOR A TOUR OF ENGLAND/SCOTLAND.
8/6  REED ARRIVES IN GLASGOW, SCOTLAND, AND STAYS FOR 2 MONTHS IN BRITAIN.
SEPT  JAMES P. REED VS. ALFRED JORDAN 5-1-11 DRAWS at LONDON.
9/20  JAMES P. REED VS. RICHARD JORDAN 0-0-4 DRAWS at EDINBURGH.
9/24  ALF JORDAN VS. W. BELCHER 2-0-18 DRAWS at LONDON.
PUBLICATION OF VOLUME 2 OF "STEARNS' BOOK OF PORTRAITS", BY LYMAN M. STEARNS.
 
 
 
 

"Men who have attained a high proficiency in billiards, chess or draughts, seldom utilise their skill in the direction of mere money-making. As a rule they exert it for the honour and glory of achieving a victory that is mentally gratifying, but materially unprofitable ".
DAILY TELEGRAPH, 1895
 
 
 
 

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1896
1/1-6  4TH SCOTTISH NATIONAL TOURNAMENT at GLASGOW.
RICHARD JORDAN WINS TITLE.
JAN.  A NEW CLUB OPENED  - SHEFFIELD DRAUGHTS CLUB.
2/22  TEAM MATCH.
ALL NEW ENGLAND VS. BOSTON 10-7-13 DRAWS at BOSTON.
3/2-6  LONDON MATCH CHAMPIONSHIP.
ALF JORDAN VS. J.H. BAILEY 1-0-6 DRAWS at WESTMINSTER.
JORDAN RETAINS TITLE.
 
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3/21   WILLIE GARDNER PLAYS 22 GAMES BLINDFOLD SIMULTANEOUSLY, WINNING BY 11-4-7 DRAWS (SAME SCORE AS HIS LAST MATCH) at LEEDS.
APRIL  1ST INDIANA CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT at INDIANAPOLIS.   
E. E. BLOOM WINS TITLE.
4/6   TEAM MATCH. 
5th LANCASHIRE VS YORKSHIRE COUNTY MATCH  46-37-47 DRAWS at MANCHESTER. 65-A-SIDE.
4/9   FIRST NEW ZEALAND CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT at WANGUNUI.
J.A. BOREHAM WINS TITLE.
D. A. BRODIE OBJECTED TO THE COMMITTEE AWARDING THE TITLE  AT THIS TOURNEY SINCE HE WAS THE RIGHTFUL NEW ZEALAND CHAMPION.
SPRING???  ONTARIO CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH.
WILEY VS. DUGGAN 9-6-4 DRAWS.
APR./MAY  18th LANARKSHIRE TOURNAMENT at HAMILTON, SCOTLAND.
J. B. KIRKWOOD RETAINS TITLE.
4/-10   30 GAME SUBSCRIPTION MATCH.
MELVIN POMEROY VS. MATTHEW PRIEST 0-0-30 DRAWS at PHILADELPHIA.
MAY  SEVERAL SCOTTISH PLAYERS SUGGESTED THAT A WORLD TOURNAMENT BE ARRANGED.
MAY???   WILLIAM FLEMING, FORMER CANADIAN CHAMPION, EMERGES FROM RETIREMENT TO DEFEAT ONTARIO CHAMPION (?) WILEY 2-0-2 DRAWS.
5/15  FIRST ISSUE OF THE "NORTH AMERICAN CHECKER BOARD".
EDITOR LYMAN STEARNS.
5/18-22  LONDON MATCH CHAMPIONSHIP.
ALF JORDAN VS. A.H. GRANGER 0-0-12 DRAWS at WESTMINSTER.
WITH THIS DEFENCE, JORDAN TAKES PERMANENT POSSESSION OF THE "LONDON CUP". 
5/25-29   2nd LANCASHIRE CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT at LIVERPOOL.
ALBERT CAIN WINS TITLE.
MAY  TEAM MATCH.
NORTH LONDON VS. SOUTH LONDON MATCH 76-62-57 DRAWS, WITH 136 COMPETITORS.
MAY  NORTH AMERICAN CHECKER BOARD LISTS HERMAN HAYES AS NEW HAMPSHIRE STATE CHAMPION. 
MAY   SAN FRANCISCO TOURNAMENT.
W.C. BOWE WINS TOURNEY.
5/30   NEW YORK CHECKER CLUB "KNOCKOUT TOURNAMENT".
DR. A. SCHAEFER, L.S. HEAD AND T.J. WASHINGTON DIVIDE PRIZES BETWEEN THEM. 
6/4   DEATH OF FISHER EDWARD "BOOTLE" BOUSTED OF BOOTLE, ENGLAND. KNOWN AS A VERY GENEROUS PATRON OF THE GAME, HE HAD ACCUMULATED ONE OF THE GREATEST LIBRARIES AND MANUSCRIPTS OF THE TIME, AND CONTRIBUTED TO THE PUBLICATIONS OF HIS DAY.
6/6-19  WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH.
RICHARD JORDAN VS. JAMES FERRIE 4-3-33 DRAWS at GLASGOW, SCOTLAND.
RICHARD JORDAN WINS TITLE OF WORLD CHAMPION. HE WOULD DEFEND THIS TITLE THREE TIMES, AND RETIRE UNDEFEATED.

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6/29-7/1  NEW ENGLAND MATCH CHAMPIONSHIP AND A STAKE OF $200. 
SAMUEL GROVER VS. CHARLES LAWSON 6-0-9 DRAWS at BOSTON.

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JULY   THE NORTH AMERICAN CHECKER BOARD LISTS JOHN A. MURDOCH AS STATE CHAMPION OF NORTH CAROLINA.
SEPT.   THE PROPOSED MATCH SCHEDULED FOR 9/2 BETWEEN JAMES P. REED AND RICHARD JORDAN AT EDINBURGH IS CANCELLED BY REED, OWING TO THE NON SUPPORT OF HIS BACKERS. REED CLAIMS RETIREMENT FROM MATCH PLAY.
OCT.   THE NORTH AMERICAN CHECKER BOARD LISTS PERCY BRADT AS THE STATE CHAMPION OF WISCONSIN.
10/22   LOWELL (MASSACHUSETTS) CHESS AND CHECKER CLUB FORMED. GEORGE DEARBORN PRESIDENT.
11/7   FIRST ISSUE DRAUGHTS PLAYERS WEEKLY BULLETIN J.A. KEAR & SON, PUBLISHERS.  CEASES PUBLICATION 3/20/1897.
FALL/WINTER  TEENAGER HARRY FREEDMAN, SCOTTISH EXPERT, TOURS NORTHEASTERN US PLAYING CENTERS..
NOV.  TWENTY GAME STAKE MATCH.
HARRY FREEDMAN VS. DR. AUGUST SCHAEFER 4-0-13 DRAWS AT NEW YORK.
NOV.  SCOTTISH DRAUGHTS ASSOCIATION FORMED; A. BRYSON ELECTED PRESIDENT.
11/9   HANDICAP MATCH.
HARRY FREEDMAN VS. C.C. VAN LOON 2-2-6 DRAWS at JERSEY CITY. VAN LOON WINS THE MATCH, AS FREEDMAN GAVE VAN LOON A TWO GAME START.
12/26   3RD LANCASHIRE TOURNAMENT at MANCHESTER.
ALLAN HYND VS FRANK DUNNE 1-0-7 DRAWS IN FINAL.
DEC???   L. S. HEAD VS. A. W. VALENTINE  8-5-19 DRAWS.
DEC???   W.S. LAMBERT VS. HARRY PILLSBURY 1-0-3 DRAWS at LONDON.
DEC???   LIVERPOOL CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT.
ALBERT CAIN WINS TITLE.
DATE???   HENRY SHEARER PLAYS 18 GAMES BLINDFOLD SIMULTANEOUSLY, WINNING BY 12-0-6 DRAWS at ABERDEEN.
 
 

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1897
1/1-8  5th SCOTTISH NATIONAL TOURNAMENT at GLASGOW.  
JAMES  FERRIE WINS TITLE.
2/8   STAKE MATCH $200 PER PLAYER.
SAMUEL GROVER VS. HARRY FREEDMAN 4-2-13 DRAWS at BOSTON, MASS. USA. ABOUT 100 SPECTATORS WERE PRESENT AT THE START. SELECT POSITIONS PUBLISHED IN DRAUGHTS PLAYERS WEEKLY BULLETIN VOL. 1, NO. 17, FEB 27, 1897.
2/22  TEAM MATCH.  
ANNUAL BOSTON VS ALL NEW ENGLAND MATCH 
17-11-??? DRAWS at BOSTON. 28-A-SIDE.
FEB.   RHODE ISLAND MATCH CHAMPIONSHIP.
JAMES SHEFFIELD VS. CHARLES LAWSON 3-1-3 DRAWS at ???  THE MATCH CONCLUDED WITH 5 GAMES YET TO BE PLAYED, AS LAWSON FAILED TO SHOW AND FINISH THE MATCH.
SHEFFIELD RETAINS TITLE.
FEB. JOHN A. MURDOCH OF ASHVILLE NORTH CAROLINA, STATE CHAMPION, RESIGNS THE TITLE, DUE TO THE LOSS OF AN EYE. MR. H.C. McNAIR, WHO WAS TO PLAY A MATCH WITH MURDOCH, REFUSES TO ACCEPT THE TITLE, STATING PUBLICLY THAT HE WOULD "PREFER PLAYING YOU TO HOLDING THE CHAMPIONSHIP".
FEB.  NEW JERSEY MATCH CHAMPIONSHIP. $50 PURSE.
J.P. MURRAY VS. C.C. VAN LOON 4-2-6 DRAWS at ???
MURRAY RETAINS TITLE.
FEB???  HARRY FREEDMAN VS. CHARLES F. BARKER 1-1-2 DRAWS at BOSTON. (THIS WHILE BARKER WAS OPERATING "CHANG", THE AUTOMATON)
MAR.   FORMATION OF LONDON DRAUGHTS ASSOCIATION, AS SUGGESTED BY W. BELCHER, WHO ALSO DONATED A SILVER CHAMPIONSHIP CUP.  W. BELCHER WAS ELECTED PRESIDENT AND ALF JORDAN VICE-PRESIDENT.
MAR.   THE NEW YORK CHECKER CLUB OFFICIALLY ADAPTS THE 20 MOVE PER HOUR RULE. 
3/25   DEATH OF DAVID KIRKWOOD ("DENNY"), PRESIDENT OF NEW ENGLAND CHECKER ASSOCIATION, AGED 55. SCOTTISH BY BIRTH, HE HAD BEEN AN IMPORTANT DRAUGHTS PLAYER AND OFFICIAL IN BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND, BEFORE GOING TO LIVE IN THE USA IN 1873.
3/28  TEAM MATCH at NOTTINGHAM.
LONDON WANDERERS VS HALIFAX (YORKSHIRE)  9-4-17 DRAWS.
THE MATCH WAS REGARDED AS THE UNOFFICIAL CLU B CHAMPIONSHIP OF ENGLAND.
SPRING   RHODE ISLAND MATCH CHAMPIONSHIP.
J. W. SHEFFIELD VS. CHARLES LAWSON 5-1-4 DRAWS at ???
SHEFFIELD RETAINS TITLE.
SPRING  F. HOPEWELL VS GIBSON  5-0-16 DRAWS at LA.
SPRING   4TH LANCASHIRE CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT.
ALLAN HYND RETAINS TITLE.
SPRING  19th LANARKSHIRE CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT at HAMILTON, SCOTLAND.
J. B. KIRKWOOD RETAINS TITLE - HIS THIRD WIN IN A ROW.
SPRING???  DEATH OF ISAAC CLUTE, AGE 75, OF SARATOGA, NY. HE WAS A FORMER AMERICAN MATCH CHAMPION DURING THE 1860'S.
4/13-15  2ND INDIANA CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT at INDIANAPOLIS, IN.
SAM SIEGEL WINS TITLE. THIS WOULD BE THE LAST STATE TOURNEY UNTIL 1910.   
4/24-  SUBSCRIPTION MATCH  "THE LAST BATTLE". 
JAMES WYLLIE VS. ROBERT MARTINS  10-4-38 DRAWS at GLASGOW AND MANCHESTER . THEIR 7TH MEETING.
THE LAST BATTLE. WYLLIE (LEFT) VS. MARTINS (RIGHT)
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4/17  FINAL ROUNDS OF THE LONDON CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT at LONDON.
J. BIRKINSHAW DEFEATS HARRY JACOB 3-1-4 DRAWS IN FINAL TO WIN THE TITLE.
HE WINS THE NEW CUP PRESENTED BY W. BELCHER.
APR???   PHILADELPHIA CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT at PHILADELPHIA. 
MELVIN POMEROY WINS TITLE, DEFEATING FORMER AMERICAN MATCH CHAMPION MATTY PRIEST IN THE FINALS 4-1-13 DRAWS. 
JUNE   EXHIBITION MATCH . 
HARRY PILLSBURY VS. R.P. OSTRANDER 3-0-1 DRAW at NEW YORK CITY
SUMMER   FORMATION OF SHEFFIELD AND DISTRICT DRAUGHTS ASSOCIATION IN ENGLAND.
SEPT.   J.H. BAILEY RECOMMENDED THE USE OF RED AND WHITE PIECES, WITH PLAY ON THE DARK SQUARES.
FALL???  ROBERT MARTINS VS L. S. BEBRO 6-5-19 DRAWS at LONDON.
10/2-  WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH.
RICHARD JORDAN VS. ROBERT STEWART 4-2-33 DRAWS at EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND.
JORDAN RETAINS TITLE.
11/23    CANADIAN MATCH CHAMPIONSHIP.
McLAUREN VS. DYKES  5-2-12 DRAWS at WINDSOR, ONTARIO.
McLAUREN CLAIMS TITLE, WHICH IS DISPUTED, AS THERE WAS ALREADY A RECOGNIZED CHAMPION IN WILLIAM FORSYTH, FROM HALIFAX, NS.
DATE???  2nd NEW ZEALAND CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT at OAMARU.
J.A.BOREHAM RETAINS TITLE.
DATE???  ENGLISH DRAUGHTS ASSOCIATION FOUNDED.

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1898
1/1   CHAMPIONSHIP OF WESTERN NEW YORK  at MEDINA, NY.
H.B. REYNOLDS CLAIMS TITLE, HAVING DEFEATED ALL COMERS IN AN OPEN INVITATION.
1/1-8   6th  SCOTTISH NATIONAL TOURNAMENT  at GLASGOW.
HARRY FREEDMAN, AGED 19, WINS TITLE.
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AN EXTREMELY RARE IMAGE OF HARRY FREEDMAN FROM THE DRAUGHTS WORLD, VOL XI NO. 15 MARCH 1898.
2/22    A REPORTED 500 + CHECKERS PLAYERS ATTEND THE 4TH ANNUAL ALL NEW ENGLAND VS. BOSTON TEAM MATCH at BOSTON. WON BY THE ANE TEAM 34-28-38 DRAWS.
2/22   TEAM MATCH. 
3rd NORTH LONDON VS. SOUTH LONDON MATCH 99-70-52 DRAWS. 74 PLAYERS PER SIDE.
4/9-   4th ENGLISH NATIONAL TOURNAMENT (1ST UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE ENGLISH DRAUGHTS ASSOCIATION) at LIVERPOOL.
WILIE GARDNER WINS TITLE. 
4/12-13   HENRY SPAYTH VISITS ROCHESTER, NEW YORK AND PLAYS TWO SEPARATE SITTINGS WITH WESTERN NEW YORK CHAMPION H.B. REYNOLDS.
4/12  SPAYTH 2 WINS, REYNOLDS 2 WINS, 6 DRAWN.
4/13  SPAYTH 2 WINS, REYNOLDS 0 WINS, 8 DRAWN.
MAY   PLANS FOR A "REMATCH" BETWEEN RICHARD JORDAN AND JAMES FERRIE ARE CANCELLED, OWING TO SCHEDULING CONFLICTS WITH JORDAN'S TOUR OF AUSTRALIA
SPRING   20th LANARKSHIRE CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT.
ROBERT SCOBBIE WINS TITLE.
SPRING   5TH LANCASHIRE CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT.
ALLAN HYND RETAINS TITLE.
5/21  INTER-CITY MATCH at EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND.
GLASGOW VS EDINBURGH  13-11-12 DRAWS.
THE LAST MEETING WAS IN 1873.
MAY   LONDON CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT. 
ALF JORDAN VS G. FREEMAN IN FINAL.
JORDAN WINS TITLE.
5/30  TEAM MATCH at LONDON.
LONDON WANDERERS VS MANCHESTER CENTRAL DRAUGHTS CLUB  18-4-??? DRAWS.
LONDON WANDERERS CLAIMED TO BE THE CHAMPION CLUB OF ENGLAND.
JUNE   AS PUBLISHED IN DRAUGHTS WORLD, WILLIE GARDNER CLAIMS BLINDFOLD WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP.
6/18-25  30 GAME MATCH STAKE MATCH 20 PER SIDE.
HARRY FREEDMAN VS. ALEX BATTERSBY 5-3-21 DRAWS at GLASGOW, SCOTLAND
3rd   NEW ZEALAND CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT at WELLINGTON.
JAMES A. BOREHAM RETAINS TITLE.

THE CITY OF GLASGOW PURCHASES THE DRAUGHTS BOOK LIBRARY OF JAMES HILLHOUSE (CALLED ONE OF THE FINEST IN GREAT BRITAIN AT THE TIME) FOR STORAGE AT THE MITCHELL LIBRARY, WHERE IT REMAINS TODAY. 

8/11   RICHARD JORDAN LEAVES LONDON FOR A TOUR OF AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND.

FALL   HARRY  PILLSBURY VS. MELVIN POMEROY 1-0-11 DRAWS at PHILADELPHIA. THIS WAS DURING AN EXTENSIVE CHESS/CHECKERS PLAYING EXHIBITION TOUR BY PILLSBURY, ONE OF THE FEW PEOPLE EVER TO BE CONSIDERED A MASTER IN BOTH GAMES.

 

 

HARRY N. PILLSBURY
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DATE???   NEBRASKA STATE CHECKER ASSOCIATION ORGANIZED.

DATE???   NEBRASKA STATE TOURNAMENT at LINCOLN.

M.J. WILCOX WINS TITLE.

DATE???  6th YORKSHIRE VS. LANCASHIRE COUNTY MATCH. 14-7-16 DRAWS at LEEDS.

 

 

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1899
JAN.   BIRMINGHAM AND DISTRICT CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT.
GEORGE VOAS VS T. HODSON  2-1-3 DRAWS IN FINAL.
VOAS WINS TITLE.
1/2-    7th SCOTTISH NATIONAL TOURNAMENT at GLASGOW.
HARRY FREEDMAN RETAINS TITLE. 
2/22   ANNUAL BOSTON VS. ALL NEW ENGLAND MATCH  69-62-??? DRAWS at BOSTON. 64-A-SIDE.
FEB.  DEATH OF FRED ALLEN OF LEEDS, ENGLAND, AGED 62. A NOTED PROBLEMIST AND ANALYST.
2/7    DEATH OF WILLIAM KIRKLAND OF STRATHAVEN, SCOTLAND.  HE WAS A NOTED CROSSBOARD PLAYER WHO COMPETED AGAINST THE LIKES OF WYLLIE, ANDERSON AND MARTINS IN HIS YOUNGER DAYS.
4/1-   3rd INTERNATIONAL MATCH.
SCOTLAND VS. ENGLAND 42-25-116 DRAWS at GLASGOW.
MAR.   H. JACOB VS. HARRY FREEDMAN 2-2-22 DRAWS at LONDON. JACOB WINS MATCH, AS HE WAS GIVEN A TWO GAME LEAD.
3/23   FINAL MEEETING OF THE LONDON WANDERERS DRAUGHTS CLUB AT THE WORLD FAMOUS CYPRUS CAFE IN LONDON,  WHICH IS SLATED FOR DEMOLITION.
MAR.   3RD LONDON CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT at LONDON.
ALFRED JORDAN WINS CHAMPIONSHIP.
SPRING???  21ST LANARKSHIRE CHAMPIONSHIP, SCOTLAND. 43 ENTRANTS.
ROBERT SCOBBIE RETAINS TITLE
SPRING   NEW HAMPSHIRE MATCH CHAMPIONSHIP.
HERMAN HAYES VS. J.W. HILL  7-4-7 DRAWS at ???
HAYES RETAINS TITLE.
4/5   DEATH OF "THE HERD LADDIE", FORMER WORLD CHAMPION,  JAMES WYLLIE.
  JAMES WYLLIE WAS ONE OF THE MOST TRAVELED CHECKERS/DRAUGHTS PLAYERS THAT EVER LIVED. HE WOULD GO ON TOUR AND PLAY ALL COMERS, EITHER IN INDIVIDUAL GAMES OR IN SET STAKE MATCHES. HE WAS PART OF A MAJOR RIVALRY DURING THE 1840'S WITH ANDREW ANDERSON, THEY HAVING CONTESTED  FIVE MATCHES AGAINST EACH OTHER. HE WOULD LATER HAVE A RIVALRY WITH ROBERT MARTINS THAT WOULD SPAN FOUR DECADES.
  AS A RESULT OF THESE TOURS AND MATCHES, THERE ARE HUNDREDS (PERHAPS THOUSANDS) OF HIS GAMES THAT WERE RECORDED AND PRESERVED.
  DURING MOST OF HIS DAYS AS A COMPETITOR, WYLLIE WAS THE RECOGNIZED "WORLD CHAMPION", ALTHOUGH AT SEVERAL TIMES THERE WAS CONTROVERSY REGARDING THIS TITLE.
  REGARDLESS OF HIS STATURE OF WORLD CHAMPION, HE WAS KNOWN AT THE TIME OF HIS PASSING, AND WILL ALWAYS BE KNOWN, AS "THE FATHER OF MODERN DRAUGHTS".
  JAMES WYLLIE, PASSED AWAY AT HIS RESIDENCE IN GLASGOW, SCOTLAND AT THE AGE OF 80. HIS DATE OF BIRTH HAS ONLY RECENTLY BEEN ESTABLISHED (BY CHRIS REEKIE) AS 8 JULY 1818.
 
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*Regarding the spelling of Wyllie, I give some correspondence from Mr. Chris Reekie.....
"You mention the spelling of Wylie with one L. This is an interesting point. James always signed himself with a double L and it is the spelling in the official records of himself and his children. As you say, his headstone where he is buried at Scoonie Cemetery at Leven in Fife bears the name James Wylie. This could have been a mistake by the sculptor, but I think it is understandable. James came from an old Scottish family and there are branches it of around the world both Wyllie and Wylie. I think the sculptor used the alternative spelling, as did Stearns. It is not unusual to see well-known people reported in newspapers by an alternative spelling of their name, such as Johnston for Johnson and Steele for Steel."
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4/9  4th NEW ZEALAND CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT at DUNEDIN.
DAVID A. BRODIE WINS TITLE. 
SPRING   HARRY FREEDMAN STARTS HIS ENGLISH TOUR.
5/6-11   SUBSCRIPTION MATCH.
HARRY FREEDMAN VS. JAMES A. KEAR JR. 2-0-9 DRAWS at BRISTOL. GAMES PUBLISHED IN AMERICAN CHECKER MONTHLY , VOL.X, NO.5 TO 6, MAY 1930.
SUMMER HARRY FREEDMAN VS. RICHARD ATWELL 17-3-7 DRAWS at LONDON.
SUMMER HARRY FREEDMAN VS. LAMBERT 8-1-6 DRAWS at ???
7/1  30 STAKE MATCH.
ALLAN HYND VS. HARRY FREEDMAN 1-0-7 DRAWS  at DEANSGATE, MANCHESTER .
SUMMER   CHAMPIONSHIP OF LONDON WANDERERS AND STEPHENS CUP.
HARRY JACOB VS L. BENSON  2-1-3 DRAWS.
SUMMER   RALPH T. WARD (HEREFORDSHIRE CHAMPION) VS F. F. SMITH (BIRMINGHAM)  15-13-29 at BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND.
SEPT.  MELVIN POMEROY VS. HARRY PILLSBURY 3-0-5 DRAWS .
WINNER OF SITTING THE FIRST TO SCORE THREE WINS, at PHILA. PA.
9/9   DEATH OF E. LORD, AGED 76. THE EARLIEST KNOWN BLINDFOLD PLAYER IN ENGLAND (1850s) AND "THE FATHER OF DRAUGHTS IN BIRMINGHAM".
9/11-    CHAMPIONSHIP OF LIVERPOOL  MATCH.
HERBERT MORRALL VS. ALBERT CAIN(HOLDER)  1-0-11 DRAWS at LIVERPOOL.
MORRALL WINS TITLE.
9/19   WISCONSIN ORGANIZES A STATE CHECKER ASSOCIATION , AND HOLDS A STATE TOURNAMENT at EAU CLAIRE ON. GEORGE PIERCE VS. PRESTON KETCHUM IN FINALS. 
??? WINS TITLE 
FALL    "MAZAM" THE DRAUGHTS PLAYING AUTOMATON ARRIVES IN LONDON.
10/19  DEATH OF JAMES LEES, DALMELLINGTON, SCOTLAND, AGED 35. KNOWN AT THE TIME AS ONE OF THE FINEST ANALYSTS THE WORLD HAD EVER KNOWN. AUTHOR OF THE FAMOUS "LEES' GUIDE", WHICH RAN TO DOZENS OF EDITIONS.
11/9   DEATH OF JULIAN "JD" JANVIER, OF NEW CASTLE, DELAWARE, USA, AGED 60. A WELL KNOWN AND RESPECTED PUBLISHER AND ANALYST, HE WAS ALSO A PUBLIC SERVANT, HAVING BEEN GOVERNOR OF NEWCASTLE, AND ALSO SERVING ON THE DELAWARE STATE LEGISLATURE FOR SEVERAL TERMS.
12/7   DEATH OF  JAMES P. REED, AGED 40, AT PITTSBURG, PA. HE WAS A FORMER AMERICAN CHAMPION, PUBLISHER, AND TOURING MATCH/EXHIBITION PLAYER. HE HAD ONE OF THE GAME'S GREATEST RIVALRIES WITH CHARLES BARKER, WITH WHOM HE CONTESTED FIVE MATCHES. HE WAS ALSO KNOWN FOR BLINDFOLD EXHIBITIONS.

DATE???  NEBRASKA STATE TOURNAMENT at LINCOLN.

I. O. WHITESIDES WINS TITLE.

WINTER  LIVERPOOL CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT.

ALBERT CAIN WINS TITLE.

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