|8th Anglo-American Cable Match (1903)|
<Match 8, April 3-4, 1903: United States 5½, Great Britain 4½>|
(GBR White on the odd-numbered boards)
The Americans fielded the same team as the previous year, and another narrow victory gave them 4 wins in the last 5 matches. They were still one win short of the three-in-a-row clause, but the aged and ill Blackburne was no longer the same force and the British seemed to have nobody coming forward to take up the slack.
GBR 4.5 USA 5.5
1 Lawrence ½ Pillsbury ½
2 Blackburne 0 Barry 1
3 Mills ½ Hodges ½
4 Atkins 0 Marshall 1
5 Bellingham 1 Hymes 0
6 Trenchard 0 Voigt 1
7 Michell 1 Newman 0
8 Jacobs ½ Delmar ½
9 Gunston 1 Howell 0
10 Hooke 0 Helms 1
Pillsbury and Marshall once again played their games in London, the latter pulling off a patented swindle to get his first cable match win.
The 7th Anglo-American Cable Match (1902) was the previous match in this series. With all the momentum on the American side, it looked like the match in 1904 might be the last. But then free enterprise intervened. For both of the years 1904 and 1905, the teams readied for another chance to try for the Newnes Cup, but the sponsoring cable organizations requested a modified rate of compensation for the usage of their lines. The series eventually did continue a couple of years later in the form of the 9th Anglo-American Cable Match (1907) event.
Original collection: Game Collection: Anglo-American Cable Matches, 1896-1911, by User: Phony Benoni.
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