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Anglo-American Cable Matches, 1896-1911
Compiled by Phony Benoni
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From 1896 to 1911 the Anglo-American Cable Match was a highlight on the chess calendars of Great Britain and the United States, attracting some of the best players from both nations. Thirteen matches in all were played, and to say the results were even is an understatement: each side won 6 matches (with one match drawn) and each side scored exactly 64 points in the 13 matches. This was a competitive and hard-fought series all the way, with very few short draws or quick victories.

The matches were played over two days at the relatively fast time limit of 20 moves per hour, though transmission times slowed this down a bit. Two four-hour sessions were played each day with an one-hour interval between, starting at 3:00 PM (London time) or 10:00 AM (New York time). Unfinished games after the fourth session were to be adjudicated, though this was rarely necessary as the two sides could usually agree as to the results. There were some minor changes to these conditions throughout the series, but they remained fairly consistent throughout.

In general, the players were required to be "native-born", though this requirement was relaxed for children born to citizens who were overseas at the time, such as Hermann G Voigt or George Alan Thomas .

The prize at stake was the Sir George Newnes Cup, which was to remain in the permanent possession of the first team to win three matches in a row. When Great Britain accomplished this feat in 1909-1911, the series ended. A picture of the Cup can be found at http://www.rookhouse.com/blog/index... (scroll down a bit; thanks to <The Focus> for pointing this out).

Match 1, March 13-14, 1896: USA 4, GBR 3 (USA White on the odd-numbered boards)

1 Pillsbury 0 Blackburne
2 Showalter 1 Burn
3 Burille 1 Bird
4 Barry 1 Tinsley
5 Hymes 1/2 Locock
6 Hodges 1/2 Mills
7 Delmar 1/2 Atkins
8 Baird 0 Jackson

The first match proved a pattern for what was to come, as the lead seesawed back and forth. Lawrence put the British up, but Bird evened things up by blundering his king. Showalter put the Americans ahead, Blackburne evened the match, then Barry clinched it with the last game to finish.

Match 2, February 12-13, 1897: GBR 5, USA 4 (GBR White on the odd-numbered boards)

1 Blackburne 1/2 Pillsbury
2 Locock 0 Showalter
3 Atkins 1 Burille
4 Lawrence 0 Barry
5 Mills 1/2 Hymes
6 Bellingham 1/2 Hodges
7 Blake 0 Delmar
8 Jackson 1 Helms
9 Cole, Henry 1 Teed
10 Jacobs 1 McCutcheon

The second match saw the rosters expand to ten players, which seemed to favor the British as their one-point victory was due in large part to a sweep on the bottom three boards.

Match 3, March 18-19, 1898: GBR 5, USA 4 (USA White on the odd-numbered boards)

1 Pillsbury 1/2 Blackburne
2 Showalter 1 Burn
3 Barry 1 Caro
4 Hymes 1/2 Atkins
5 Hodges 1 Bellingham
6 Delmar 0 Mills
7 Baird 1/2 Locock
8 Young 0 Jackson
9 Robinson 0 Jacobs
10 Galbreath 0 Trenchard

Once again, British depth told the story. The Americans scored 4-1 on the top five boards, but could only manage 1/2-point on the bottom five. Board 7 was possibly the least interesting game in the entire series, Baird producing nothing from his last 45 moves except a very long scoresheet.

Match 4, March 10-11, 1899: USA 6, GBR 4 (GBR White on the odd-numbered boards)

1 Blackburne 1 Pillsbury
2 Atkins 0 Showalter
3 Lawrence 0 Barry
4 Jackson 0 Hodges
5 Mills 1/2 Hymes
6 Jacobs 1/2 Voigt
7 Locock 1/2 Johnston
8 Wainwright 1/2 Marshall
9 Bellingham 1/2 Newman
10 Trenchard 1/2 Baird

Since Great Britain had won two matches in a row, a victory this year would give them permananet possession of the Newnes Cup--but the Americans put an emphatic stop to that with their usual good performance on the top boards and a solid job by the lower. Notable among the newcomers was a young Frank J. Marshall, who showed some promise.

Match 5, March 23-24, 1900: USA 6, GBR 4 (USA White on the odd-numbered boards)

1 Pillsbury 1/2 Blackburne
2 Showalter 1/2 Lee
3 Barry 1 Atkins
4 Hodges 1 Bellingham
5 Hymes 1/2 Mills
6 Voigt 1 Lawrence
7 Marshall 0 Jackson
8 Bampton 0 Jacobs
9 Newman 1/2 Ward
10 Delmar 1 Trenchard

The USA made it two victories in a row with another solid performance on the higher boards. Pillsbury remained winless in five cable games against Blackburne, and Showalter was finally slowed after four wins in a row. However, Barry kept his winning streak intact, Hodges contributed a second victory, and Hymes made in five draws in a row.

Match 6, April 19-20, 1901: USA 5, GBR 5 (USA White on the odd-numbered boards)

1 Pillsbury 1 Blackburne
2 Showalter 0 Mason
3 Barry 1/2 Lee
4 Hodges 1/2 Mills
5 Hymes 1 Atkins
6 Voigt 1/2 Bellingham
7 Marshall 0 Ward
8 Bampton 1/2 Jackson
9 Newman 1 Jacobs
10 Howell 0 Michell

It was now the USA's turn to be within one win of retaining the Newnes Cup permanently, but the British just hung on with a tie match that broke several streaks. Pillsbury finally collected a win on board 1 over Blackburne, but Showalter suffered his first loss and Barry his first draw. On the other hand, Hymes ended his run of draws with a victory, but it was not enough.

Match 7, March 14-15, 1902: USA 5, GBR 4 (USA White on the odd-numbered boards)

1 Pillsbury 1/2 Lawrence
2 Barry 1/2 Mason
3 Marshall 0 Atkins
4 Hodges 1 Lee
5 Hymes 1/2 Mills
6 Voigt 1/2 Bellingham
7 Delmar 0 Trenchard
8 Newman 1/2 Blake
9 Howell 1 Michell
10 Helms 1 Girdlestone

The United States started a new winning streak, in a year that saw regulars like Blackburne, Jackson, Jacobs and Showalter missing. Some new blood had to be found, and the USA replacements worked out better. An unusual feature saw Pillsbury and Marshall, who had just finished a tournament in Monte Carlo, hopping across the Channel and playing their games over-the-board in London.

Match 8, April 3-4, 1903: USA 5, GBR 4 (GBR White on the odd-numbered boards)

1 Lawrence 1/2 Pillsbury
2 Blackburne 0 Barry
3 Mills 1/2 Hodges
4 Atkins 0 Marshall
5 Bellingham 1 Hymes
6 Trenchard 0 Voigt
7 Michell 1 Newman
8 Jacobs 1/2 Delmar
9 Gunston 1 Howell
10 Hooke 0 Helms

The Americans fielded the same team as the previous year, and another narrow victory gave the Americans 4 wins in the previous 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.

Pillsbury and Marshall once again played their games in London, the latter pulling off a patented swindle to get his first cable match win.

With all the momentum on the American side, it looked like 1904 might see the end of the series. But then free enterprise intervened.

In both 1904 and 1905 the teams were ready to play, but at the last moment the cable companies refused to carry the moves in a dispute over compensation. For some time it seemed the series would come to an untimely end, but eventually matters were worked oout and the next match was held in 1907--by which time some things had happened.

Match 9, February 22-23, 1907: GBR 5, USA 4 (USA White on the odd-numbered boards)

1 Marshall 1/2 Burn
2 Barry 0 Atkins
3 Hodges 1/2 Lawrence
4 Voigt 1/2 Blackburne
5 Morgan 0 Richmond
6 Fox 1/2 Lee
7 Bampton 1 Ward
8 Wolbrecht 1/2 Holmes
9 Howell 1 Michell
10 Robinson 0 Wainwright

With the death of Pillsbury and the inactivity of several other familiar faces, fully half the American team changed. Burn got his pipe going in time to strengthen the British side, and the bottom game went their way when Robinson blundered a rook by falling for an elementary trap in the French Defense.

The British got another break on board 5 when Mordecai Morgan forfeited on time, under the misapprehension that the control was 40/2 rather than 20/1. The Americans did have some consolation in Howell's brilliant win (played live in London).

So how seriously did the players take this event? Marshall participated though he was in the middle of his world championship match with Lasker!

Match 10, March 13-14, 1908: USA 6, GBR 3 (GBR White on the odd-numbered boards)

1 Blackburne 1/2 Hodges
2 Atkins 1/2 Voigt
3 Lawrence 1/2 Helms
4 Richmond 1/2 Delmar
5 Wainwright 1/2 Stadelman
6 Ward 1/2 Howell
7 England 0 Schwietzer
8 Michell 0 Wolbrecht
9 Palmer 0 Libaire
10 Sergeant 1/2 Robinson

The 1908 meeting was probably the weakest of the series thus far, with many top players on both sides missing. In the end, it was the Americans who pushed the right buttons and scored the most lop-sided victory thus far.

Match 11, March 26-27, 1909: GBR 6, USA 4 (USA White on the odd-numbered boards)

1 Marshall 1 Blackburne
2 Barry 1/2 Lawrence
3 Hodges 1 Ward
4 Voigt 1 Wainwright
5 Howell 0 Blake
6 Helms 0 Michell
7 Schwietzer 0 Wahltuch
8 Stadelman 1/2 Holmes
9 Mlotkowski 0 Sergeant
10 Ruth 0 Jacobs

With the teams closer to full strength, Great Britain again showed their traditional depth: they scored only 1 draw on the top four boards, but collected 5 on the bottom six!

Marshall later related how he announced mate in five against Blackburne and received the reply, "Saw it; gone home."

Match 12, March 11-12, 1910: GBR 6, USA 3 (USA White on the odd-numbered boards)

1 Marshall 1 Blackburne
2 Barry 0 Atkins
3 Hodges 1/2 Lawrence
4 Voigt 0 Wahltuch
5 Wolbrecht 0 Yates
6 Stadelman 0 Wainwright
7 Schwietzer 1/2 Ward
8 Black 1 Blake
9 Rosenfeld 0 Thomas
10 Meyer 1/2 Michell

The British won their second match in a row, duplicating the Americans' record margin from 1908. They had some strong, upcoming players on their side with Yates and Thomas playing for the first time. Atkins' win was widely considered the best game of the match, and possibly of his career.

On a sad note, Sir George Newnes, whose Cup had helped kick off the nonsense, died in 1910. Perhaps it was appropriate that the next match would be the last.

Match 13, April 21-22, 1911: GBR 6, USA 4 (GBR White on the odd-numbered boards)

1 Burn 1 Marshall
2 Atkins 1/2 Hodges
3 Lawrence 0 Fox
4 Wahltuch 1 Barry
5 Yates 1 Voigt
6 Richmond 0 Black
7 Ward 1 Walcott
8 Thomas 1 Neill
9 Michell 1/2 Schwietzer
10 Cole 0 Meyer

Three times before, a team had been on the brink of gaining perpetual possession of the Newnes Cup. The fourth time was a charm.

It was the top half of the team which really let the Americans down this time, as Marshall, Barry and Voigt, heroes of many previous matches, all lost their games. First-time players Walcott and Neill also lost, killing any chance of a comeback. (By the way, Neill's name is usually given as <B Milnes>, but this was actually a pseudonym of Benjamin Milnes Neill.)

The 65 players who participated are listed below, with their records. The player's name is followed by his (country), year, (board number), result and opponent. By the way, <Albert Hodges> was the only player to come out for all 13 matches, and he was also able to remain undefeated the entire way (5 wins, 8 draws). Other players with at leat 10 appearances were Atkins and Barry (12), Blackburne (11), Lawrence and Voigt (10).

1. Henry Ernest Atkins (GBR): 1896 (7) D-Delmar; 1897 (3) W-Burille; 1898 (4) D-Hymes; 1899 (2) L-Showalter; 1900 (3) L-Barry; 1901 (5) L-Hymes; 1902 (3) W-Marshall; 1903 (4) L-Marshall; 1907 (2) W-Barry; 1908 (2) D-Voigt; 1910 (2) W-Barry; 1911 (2) D-Hodges. +4 -4 =4 .500

2. David Graham Baird (USA): 1896 (8) L-Jackson; 1898 (7) D-Locock; 1899 (10) D-Trenchard. +0 -1 =2 .333

3. Samuel Warren Bampton (USA): 1900 (8) L-Jacobs; 1901 (8) D-Jackson; 1907 (7) W-Ward. +1 -1 =1 .500

4. John Finan Barry (USA): 1896 (4) W-Tinsley; 1897 (4) W-Lawrence; 1898 (3) W-Caro; 1899 (3) W-Lawrence; 1900 (3) W-Atkins; 1901 (3) D-Lee; 1902 (2) D-Mason; 1903 (2) W-Blackburne; 1907 (2) L-Atkins; 1909 (2) D-Lawrence; 1910 (2) L-Atkins; 1911 (4) L-Wahltuch. +6 -3 =3 .625

5. George Edward H Bellingham (GBR): 1897 (6) D-Hodges; 1898 (5) L-Hodges; 1899 (9) D-Newman; 1900 (4) L-Hodges; 1901 (6) D-Voigt; 1902 (6) D-Voigt; 1903 (5) W-Hymes. +1 -2 =4 .429

6. Henry Edward Bird (GBR): 1896 (3) L-Burille. +0 -1 =0 .000

7. Roy Turnbull Black (USA): 1910 (8) W-Blake; 1911 (6) W-Richmond. +2 -0 =0 1.000

8. Joseph Henry Blackburne (GBR): 1896 (1) W-Pillsbury; 1897 (1) D-Pillsbury; 1898 (1) D-Pillsbury; 1899 (1) W-Pillsbury; 1900 (1) D-Pillsbury; 1901 (1) L-Pillsbury; 1903 (2) L-Barry; 1907 (4) D-Voigt; 1908 (1) D-Hodges; 1909 (1) L-Marshall; 1910 (1) L-Marshall. +2 -4 =5 .409

9. Joseph Henry Blake (GBR): 1897 (7) L-Delmar; 1902 (8) D-Newman; 1909 (5) W-Howell; 1910 (8) L-Black. +1 -2 =1 .375

10. Constant Ferdinand Burille (USA): 1896 (3) W-Bird; 1897 (3) L-Atkins. +1 -1 =0 .500

11. Amos Burn (GBR): 1896 (2) L-Showalter; 1898 (2) L-Showalter; 1907 (1) D-Marshall; 1911 (1) W-Marshall. +1 -2 =1 .375

12. Horatio Caro (GBR): 1898 (3) L-Barry. +0 -1 =0 .000

13. Harold Godfrey Cole (GBR): 1911 (10) L-Meyer. +0 -1 =0 .000

14. Henry Holwell Cole (GBR): 1897 (9) W-Teed. +1 -0 =0 1.000

15. Eugene Delmar (USA): 1896 (7) D-Atkins; 1897 (7) W-Blake; 1898 (6) L-Mills; 1900 (10) W-Trenchard; 1901 (7) L-Trenchard; 1903 (8) D-Jacobs; 1908 (4) D-Richmond. +2 -2 =3 .500

16. P R England (GBR): 1908 (7) L-Schwietzer. + 0 -1 =0 .000

17. Albert Whiting Fox (USA): 1907 (6) D-Lee; 1911 (3) W-Lawrence. +1 -0 =1 .750

18. John Albert Galbreath (USA): 1898 (10) L-Trenchard. +0 -1 =0 .000

19. T B Girdlestone (GBR): 1902 (10) L-Helms. +0 -1 =0 .000

20. William Hewison Gunston (GBR): 1903 (9) W-Howell. +1 -0 =0 1.000

21. Hermann Helms (USA): 1897 (8) L-Jackson; 1902 (10) W-Girdlestone; 1903 (10) W-Hooke; 1908 (3) D-Lawrence; 1909 (6) L-Michell. +2 -2 =1 .500

22. Albert Hodges (USA): 1896 (6) D-Mills; 1897 (6) D-Bellingham; 1898 (5) W-Bellingham; 1899 (4) W-Jackson; 1900 (4) W-Bellingham; 1901 (4) D-Mills; 1902 (4) W-Lee; 1903 (3) D-Mills; 1907 (3) D-Lawrence; 1908 (1) D-Blackburne; 1909 (3) W-Ward; 1910 (3) D-Lawrence; 1911 (2) D-Atkins. +5 -0 =8 .692

23. Harry Holmes (GBR): 1907 (8) D-Wolbrecht; 1909 (8) D-Stadelman. +0 -0 =2 .500

24. George Archer Hooke (GBR): 1903 (10) L-Helms. +0 -1 =0 .000

25. Clarence Seaman Howell (USA): 1901 (10) L-Michell; 1902 (9) W-Michell; 1903 (9) L-Gusnton; 1907 (9) W-Michell; 1908 (6) D-Ward; 1909 (5) L-Blake. +2 -3 =1 .417

26. Edward Hymes (USA): 1896 (5) D-Locock; 1897 (5) D-Mills; 1898 (4) D-Atkins; 1899 (5) D-Mills; 1900 (5) D-Mills; 1901 (5) W-Atkins; 1902 (5) D-Mills; 1903 (5) L-Bellingham. +1 -1 =6 .500

27. Edward Mackenzie Jackson (GBR): 1896 (8) W-Baird; 1897 (8) W-Helms; 1898 (8) W-Young; 1899 (4) L-Hodges; 1900 (7) W-Marshall; 1901 (8) D-Bampton. +4 -1 =1 .750

28. Herbert Levi Jacobs (GBR): 1897 (10) W-McCutcheon; 1898 (9) W-Robinson; 1899 (6) D-Voigt; 1900 (8) W-Bampton; 1901 (9) L-Newman; 1903 (8) D-Delmar; 1909 (10) W-Ruth. +4 -1 =2 .714

29. Sidney Johnston (USA): 1899 (7) D-Locock. +0 -0 =1 .500

30. Thomas Francis Lawrence (GBR): 1897 (4) L-Barry; 1899 (3) L-Barry; 1900 (6) L-Voigt; 1902 (1) D-Pillsbury; 1903 (1) D-Pillsbury; 1907 (3) D-Hodges; 1908 (3) D-Helms; 1909 (2) D-Barry; 1910 (3) D-Hodges; 1911 (3) L-Fox. +0 -4 =6 .300

31. Francis Joseph Lee (GBR): 1900 (2) D-Showalter; 1901 (3) D-Barry; 1902 (4) L-Hodges; 1907 (6) D-Fox. +0 -1 =3 .375

32. Edward William Libaire (USA): 1908 (9) W-Palmer. +1 -0 =0 1.000

33. Charles Dealtry Locock (GBR): 1896 (5) D-Hymes; 1897 (2) L-Showalter; 1898 (7) D-Baird; 1899 (7) D-Johnston. +0 -1 =3 .375

34. Frank James Marshall (USA): 1899 (8) D-Wainwright; 1900 (7) L-Jackson; 1901 (7) L-Ward; 1902 (3) L-Atkins; 1903 (4) W-Atkins; 1907 (1) D-Burn; 1909 (1) W-Blackburne; 1910 (1) W-Blackburne; 1911 (1) L-Burn. +3 -4 =2 .444

35. James Mason (GBR): 1901 (2) W-Showalter; 1902 (2) D-Barry. +1 -0 =1 .750

36. John Lindsay McCutcheon (USA): 1897 (10) L-Jacobs. +0 -1 =0 .000

37. Leonard B Meyer (USA): 1910 (10) D-Michell; 1911 (10) W-Cole, Harold. +1 -0 =1 .750

38. Reginald Price Michell (GBR): 1901 (10); W-Howell; 1902 (10) L-Howell; 1903 (7) W-Newman; 1907 (9) L-Howell; 1908 (8) L-Wolbrecht; 1909 (6) W-Helms; 1910 (10) D-Meyer; 1911 (9) D-Schwietzer. +3 -3 =2 .500

39. Daniel Yarnton Mills (GBR): 1896 (6) D-Hodges; 1897 (5) D-Hymes; 1898 (6) W-Delmar; 1899 (5) D-Hymes; 1900 (5) D-Hymes; 1901 (4) D-Hodges; 1902 (5) D-Hymes; 1903 (3) D-Hodges. +1 -0 =7 .563

40. Stasch Mlotkowski (USA): 1909 (9) L-Sergeant. +0 -1 =0 .000

41. Mordecai Morgan (USA): 1907 (5) L-Richmond. +0 -1 =0 .000

42. Benjamin Milnes Neill (USA): 1911 (8) L-Thomas. +0 -1 =0 .000

43. Charles John Newman (USA): 1899 (9) D-Bellingham; 1900 (9) D-Ward; 1901 (9) W-Jacobs; 1902 (8) D-Blake; 1903 (7) L-Michell. +1 -1 =3 .500

44. Wilfred Charles Palmer (GBR): 1908 (9) L-Libaire. +0 -1 =0 .000

45. Harry Nelson Pillsbury (USA): 1896 (1) L-Blackburne; 1897 (1) D-Blackburne; 1898 (1) D-Blackburne; 1899 (1) L-Blackburne; 1900 (1) D-Blackburne; 1901 (1) W-Blackburne; 1902 (1) D-Lawrence; 1903 (1) D-Lawrence. +1 -2 =5 .438

46. George W Richmond (GBR): 1907 (5) W-Morgan; 1908 (4) D-Delmar; 1911 (6) L-Black. +1 -1 =1 .500

47. Alfred K Robinson (USA): 1898 (9) L-Jacobs; 1907 (10) L-Wainwright; 1908 (10) D-Sergeant. +0 -2 =1 .167

48. Herbert Rosenfeld (USA): 1910 (9) L-Thomas. +0 -1 =0 .000

49. William Allen Ruth (USA): 1909 (10) L-Jacobs. +0 -1 =0 .000

50. George Schwietzer (USA): 1908 (7) W-England; 1909 (7) L-Wahltuch; 1910 (7) D-Ward; 1911 (9) D-Michell. +1 -1 =2 .500

51. Edward G Sergeant (GBR): 1908 (10) D-Robinson; 1909 (9) W-Mlotkowski. +1 -0 =1 .750

52. Jackson Whipps Showalter (USA): 1896 (2) W-Burn; 1897 (2) W-Locock; 1898 (2) W-Burn; 1899 (2) W-Atkins; 1900 (2) D-Lee; 1901 (2) L-Mason. +4 -1 =1 .750

53. Samuel Leigh Stadelman (USA): 1908 (5) D-Wainwirght; 1909 (8) D-Holmes; 1910 (6) L-Wainwirght. +0 -1 =2 .333

54. Frank Melville Teed (USA): 1897 (9) L-Cole, Henry. +0 -1 =0 .000

55. George Alan Thomas (GBR): 1910 (9) W-Rosenfeld; 1911 (8) W-Milnes. +2 -0 =0 1.000

56. Samuel Tinsley (GBR): 1896 (4) L-Barry. +0 -1 =0 .000

57. Herbert William Trenchard (GBR): 1898 (10) W-Galbreath; 1899 (10) D-Baird; 1900 (10) L-Delmar; 1902 (7) W-Delmar; 1903 (6) L-Voigt. +2 -2 =1 .500

58. Hermann G Voigt (USA): 1899 (6) D-Jacobs; 1900 (6) W-Lawrence; 1901 (6) D-Bellingham; 1902 (6) D-Bellingham; 1903 (6) W-Trenchard; 1907 (4) D-Blackburne; 1908 (2) D-Atkins; 1909 (4) W-Wainwright; 1910 (4) L-Wahltuch; 1911 (5) L-Yates. +3 -2 =5 .550

59. Victor Lionel Wahltuch (GBR): 1909 (7) W-Schwietzer; 1910 (4) W-Voigt; 1911 (4) W-Barry. +3 -0 =0 1.000

60. George Edward Wainwright (GBR): 1899 (8) D-Marshall; 1907 (10) W-Robinson; 1908 (5) D-Stadelman; 1909 (4) L-Voigt; 1910 (6) W-Stadelman. +2 -1 =2 .600

61. George H Walcott (USA): 1911 (7) L-Ward. +0 -1 =0 .000

62. William Ward (GBR): 1900 (9) D-Newman; 1901 (7) W-Marshall; 1907 (7) L-Bampton; 1908 (6) D-Howell; 1909 (3) L-Hodges; 1910 (7) D-Schwietzer; 1911 (7) W-Walcott. +2 -2 =3 .500

63. George H Wolbrecht (USA): 1907 (8) D-Holmes; 1908 (8) W-Michell; 1910 (5) L-Yates. +1 -1 =1 .500

64. Fred Dewhirst Yates (GBR): 1910 (5) W-Wolbrecht; 1911 (5) W-Voigt. +2 -0 =0 1.000

65. Franklin Knowles Young (USA): 1898 (8) L-Jackson. +0 -1 =0 .000

Sources:

http://www.365chess.com proved an excellent source for games, even compiling results by tournament. However, their player information must be appproached with caution, and sometimes the dates given are incorrect.

Chess Results, 1747-1900 and <Chess Results 1901-1920> compiled by Gino di Felice were a helpful source to verify players' names and results--though I do wish he wouldn't insist on using the term <Radiomatch>, which is both inaccurate and anachonistic.

If you want greater detail than the summary provided above, there are <Great Britain versus America : cable matches 1895-1901> and <Great Britain versus America : cable matches 1902-1911>, both edited by Terry Gillam and published by The Chess Player in 1997. Both are about 75 pages long. However, I did not consult them.

There are accounts from contemporary periodicals available online through Google Books. The <American Chess Magazine> (with which I was not acquainted previously) is chatty and profusely illustrated; the <British Chess Magazine> is both stately and lively, and feels a bit more objective; and the <American Chess Bulletin> is interesting reading as well. I think you'll enjoy the accounts from all three.

Archival copies of news reports from the <New York Times> and the <Brooklyn Daily Eagle> are also available, and I'll be popping in some links as I find them. Thanks to <Calli> and <TheFocus> for showing the way to these resources.

1896: British Chess Magazine, 1896, p.151: http://books.google.com/books?id=5Y...; New York Times: (2/24/96), http://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstra...; (3/14/96), http://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstra...; (3/15/96), http://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstra...; (3/15/96 editorial), http://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstra...

1897: British Chess Magazine, 1897, p.81: http://books.google.com/books?id=eR...

1898: American Chess Magazine, v.1, p.547 http://books.google.com/books?id=53...; British Chess Magazine, 1898, p.150 http://books.google.com/books?id=73...

1899: American Chess Magazine, v.2, p.419: http://books.google.com/books?id=02...; British Chess Magazine, 1899, p.146: http://books.google.com/books?id=ln...

1900: British Chess Magazine, 1900, p. 144: http://books.google.com/books?id=Gp...

1901: British Chess Magazine, 1901, p.202: http://books.google.com/books?id=1H...

1902: British Chess Magazine, 1902, p.166: http://books.google.com/books?id=S3...

1903: British Chess Magainze, 1903, p.202: http://books.google.com/books?id=0X...

1907: American Chess Bulletin, 1907, p.69: http://books.google.com/books?id=3C...

1908: American Chess Bulletin, 1908, p.84: http://books.google.com/books?id=uS...

If you discover some errors or unearth more online sources, please leave a note at my forum.

Match 1, Board 1 (March 13, 1896)
Pillsbury vs Blackburne, 1896 
(D26) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 66 moves, 0-1

Match 1, Board 2 (March 13, 1896)
Burn vs Showalter, 1896 
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 66 moves, 0-1

Match 1, Board 3 (March 13, 1896)
Burille vs Bird, 1896 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 48 moves, 1-0

Match 1, Board 4 (March 13, 1896)
Tinsley vs J F Barry, 1896
(D35) Queen's Gambit Declined, 67 moves, 0-1

Match 1, Board 5 (March 13, 1896)
E Hymes vs C D Locock, 1896
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Match 1, Board 6 (March 13, 1896)
D Mills vs A Hodges, 1896
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 40 moves, 1/2-1/2

Match 1. Board 7 (March 13, 1896)
E Delmar vs H E Atkins, 1896
(D05) Queen's Pawn Game, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Match 1, Board 8 (March 13, 1896)
E M Jackson vs D G Baird, 1896
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 33 moves, 1-0

Match 2, Board 1 (February 12, 1897)
Blackburne vs Pillsbury, 1897  
(C55) Two Knights Defense, 48 moves, 1/2-1/2

Match 2, Board 2 (February 12, 1897)
Showalter vs C D Locock, 1897
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 35 moves, 1-0

Match 2, Board 3 (February 12, 1897)
H E Atkins vs Burille, 1897
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 63 moves, 1-0

Match 2, Board 4 (February 12, 1897)
J F Barry vs T F Lawrence, 1897
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 34 moves, 1-0

Match 2, Board 5 (February 12, 1897)
D Mills vs E Hymes, 1897
(C13) French, 44 moves, 1/2-1/2

Match 2, Board 6 (February 12, 1897)
A Hodges vs G Bellingham, 1897
(C73) Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 69 moves, 1/2-1/2

Match 2, Board 7 (February 12, 1897)
J Blake vs E Delmar, 1897
(C10) French, 44 moves, 0-1

Match 2, Board 8 (February 12, 1897)
H Helms vs E M Jackson, 1897 
(C60) Ruy Lopez, 43 moves, 0-1

Match 2, Board 9 (February 12, 1897)
H H Cole vs F M Teed, 1897 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 64 moves, 1-0

Match 2, Board 10 (February 12, 1897)
McCutcheon vs H Jacobs, 1897 
(B01) Scandinavian, 27 moves, 0-1

Match 3, Board 1 (March 18, 1898)
Pillsbury vs Blackburne, 1898  
(D63) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 80 moves, 1/2-1/2

Match 3, Board 2 (March 18, 1898)
Burn vs Showalter, 1898
(D60) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 58 moves, 0-1

Match 3, Board 3 (March 18, 1898)
J F Barry vs H Caro, 1898
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 42 moves, 1-0

Match 3, Board 4 (March 18, 1898)
H E Atkins vs E Hymes, 1898
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 36 moves, 1/2-1/2

Match 3, Board 5 (March 18, 1898)
A Hodges vs G Bellingham, 1898
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 85 moves, 1-0

Match 3, Board 6 (March 18, 1898)
D Mills vs E Delmar, 1898
(C10) French, 47 moves, 1-0

Match 3, Board 7 (March 18, 1898)
D G Baird vs C D Locock, 1898 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 68 moves, 1/2-1/2

Match 3, Board 8 (March 18, 1898)
E M Jackson vs F Young, 1898
(C00) French Defense, 35 moves, 1-0

Match 3, Board 9 (March 18, 1898)
A K Robinson vs H Jacobs, 1898 
(A84) Dutch, 62 moves, 0-1

Match 3, Board 10 (March 18, 1898)
H W Trenchard vs J A Galbreath, 1898 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 60 moves, 1-0

Match 4, Board 1 (March 10, 1899)
Blackburne vs Pillsbury, 1899 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 71 moves, 1-0

Match 4, Board 2 (March 10, 1899)
Showalter vs H E Atkins, 1899
(C76) Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, Fianchetto Variation, 45 moves, 1-0

Match 4, Board 3 (March 10, 1899)
T F Lawrence vs J F Barry, 1899
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 50 moves, 0-1

Match 4, Board 4 (March 10, 1899)
A Hodges vs E M Jackson, 1899
(C60) Ruy Lopez, 50 moves, 1-0

Match 4, Board 5 (March 10, 1899)
D Mills vs E Hymes, 1899
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 62 moves, 1/2-1/2

Match 4, Board 6 (March 10, 1899)
H Voigt vs H Jacobs, 1899
(B01) Scandinavian, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Match 4, Board 7 (March 10, 1899)
C D Locock vs S Johnston, 1899
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 31 moves, 1/2-1/2

Match 4, Board 8 (March 10, 1899)
Marshall vs G Wainwright, 1899
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 60 moves, 1/2-1/2

Match 4, Board 9 (March 10, 1899)
G Bellingham vs C Newman, 1899
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 66 moves, 1/2-1/2

Match 4, Board 10 (March 10, 1899)
D G Baird vs H W Trenchard, 1899
(C63) Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense, 71 moves, 1/2-1/2

Match 5, Board 1 (March 23, 1900)
Pillsbury vs Blackburne, 1900 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 67 moves, 1/2-1/2

Match 5, Board 2 (March 23, 1900)
F J Lee vs Showalter, 1900
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 48 moves, 1/2-1/2

Match 5, Board 3 (March 23, 1900)
J F Barry vs H E Atkins, 1900
(B40) Sicilian, 33 moves, 1-0

Match 5, Board 4 (March 23, 1900)
G Bellingham vs A Hodges, 1900
(D51) Queen's Gambit Declined, 65 moves, 0-1

Match 5, Board 5 (March 23, 1900)
E Hymes vs D Mills, 1900
(B40) Sicilian, 46 moves, 1/2-1/2

Match 5, Board 6 (March 23, 1900)
T F Lawrence vs H Voigt, 1900
(B73) Sicilian, Dragon, Classical, 42 moves, 0-1

Match 5, Board 7 (March 23, 1900)
Marshall vs E M Jackson, 1900
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 41 moves, 0-1

Match 5, Board 8 (March 23, 1900)
H Jacobs vs S Bampton, 1900
(C31) King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit, 23 moves, 1-0

Match 5, Board 9 (March 23, 1900)
C Newman vs W Ward, 1900
(D60) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 23 moves, 1/2-1/2

Match 5, Board 10 (March 23, 1900)
H W Trenchard vs E Delmar, 1900
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 59 moves, 0-1

Match 6, Board 1 (April 19, 1901)
Pillsbury vs Blackburne, 1901 
(B45) Sicilian, Taimanov, 62 moves, 1-0

Match 6, Board 2 (April 19, 1901)
J Mason vs Showalter, 1901 
(B06) Robatsch, 43 moves, 1-0

Match 6, Board 3 (April 19, 1901)
J F Barry vs F J Lee, 1901
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 56 moves, 1/2-1/2

Match 6, Board 4 (April 19, 1901)
D Mills vs A Hodges, 1901
(C73) Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 61 moves, 1/2-1/2

Match 6, Board 5 (April 19, 1901)
E Hymes vs H E Atkins, 1901
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 61 moves, 1-0

Match 6, Board 6 (April 19, 1901)
G Bellingham vs H Voigt, 1901 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 51 moves, 1/2-1/2

Match 6, Board 7 (April 19, 1901)
Marshall vs W Ward, 1901
(D53) Queen's Gambit Declined, 61 moves, 0-1

Match 6, Board 8 (April 19, 1901)
E M Jackson vs S Bampton, 1901
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 56 moves, 1/2-1/2

Match 6, Board 9 (April 19, 1901)
C Newman vs H Jacobs, 1901
(A83) Dutch, Staunton Gambit, 52 moves, 1-0

Match 6, Board 10 (April 19, 1901)
R P Michell vs C S Howell, 1901
(D08) Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit, 64 moves, 1-0

Match 7, Board 1 (March 14, 1902)
Pillsbury vs T F Lawrence, 1902 
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 77 moves, 1/2-1/2

Match 7, Board 2 (March 14, 1902)
J Mason vs J F Barry, 1902
(A25) English, 55 moves, 1/2-1/2

Match 7, Board 3 (March 14, 1902)
Marshall vs H E Atkins, 1902 
(D53) Queen's Gambit Declined, 36 moves, 0-1

Match 7, Board 4 (March 14, 1902)
F J Lee vs A Hodges, 1902
(D60) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 56 moves, 0-1

Match 7, Board 5 (March 14, 1902)
E Hymes vs D Mills, 1902
(B40) Sicilian, 44 moves, 1/2-1/2

Match 7, Board 6 (March 14, 1902)
G Bellingham vs H Voigt, 1902
(D60) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 43 moves, 1/2-1/2

Match 7, Board 7 (March 14, 1902)
E Delmar vs H W Trenchard, 1902
(A85) Dutch, with c4 & Nc3, 47 moves, 0-1

Match 7, Board 8 (March 14, 1902)
J Blake vs C Newman, 1902
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 55 moves, 1/2-1/2

Match 7, Board 9 (March 14, 1902)
C S Howell vs R P Michell, 1902 
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 47 moves, 1-0

Match 7, Board 10 (March 14, 1902)
T B Girdlestone vs H Helms, 1902
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 35 moves, 0-1

Match 8, Board 1 (April 3, 1903)
T F Lawrence vs Pillsbury, 1903
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 38 moves, 1/2-1/2

Match 8, Board 2 (April 3, 1903)
J F Barry vs Blackburne, 1903
(B45) Sicilian, Taimanov, 53 moves, 1-0

Match 8, Board 3 (April 3, 1903)
D Mills vs A Hodges, 1903
(C54) Giuoco Piano, 37 moves, 1/2-1/2

Match 8, Board 4 (April 3, 1903)
Marshall vs H E Atkins, 1903 
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 31 moves, 1-0

Match 8, Board 5 (April 3, 1903)
G Bellingham vs E Hymes, 1903
(D60) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 56 moves, 1-0

Match 8, Board 6 (April 3, 1903)
H Voigt vs H W Trenchard, 1903 
(C63) Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense, 30 moves, 1-0

Match 8, Board 7 (April 3, 1903)
R P Michell vs C Newman, 1903
(D63) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 62 moves, 1-0

Match 8, Board 8 (April 3, 1903)
E Delmar vs H Jacobs, 1903
(B01) Scandinavian, 59 moves, 1/2-1/2

Match 8, Board 9 (April 3, 1903)
W Gunston vs C S Howell, 1903 
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 67 moves, 1-0

Match 8, Board 10 (April 3, 1903)
H Helms vs G A Hooke, 1903
(A84) Dutch, 61 moves, 1-0

Match 9, Board 1 (February 22, 1907)
Marshall vs Burn, 1907
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 29 moves, 1/2-1/2

Match 9, Board 2 (February 22, 1907)
H E Atkins vs J F Barry, 1907
(C14) French, Classical, 64 moves, 1-0

Match 9, Board 3 (February 22, 1907)
A Hodges vs T F Lawrence, 1907
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 52 moves, 1/2-1/2

Match 9, Board 4 (February 22, 1907)
Blackburne vs H Voigt, 1907
(B73) Sicilian, Dragon, Classical, 42 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 9, Board 5 (February 22, 1907)
M Morgan vs G W Richmond, 1907 
(B73) Sicilian, Dragon, Classical, 15 moves, 0-1

Match 9, Board 6 (February 22, 1907)
F J Lee vs A W Fox, 1907
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 66 moves, 1/2-1/2

Match 9, Board 7 (February 22, 1907)
S Bampton vs W Ward, 1907
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 44 moves, 1-0

Match 9, Board 8 (February 22, 1907)
H Holmes vs G H Wolbrecht, 1907 
(D53) Queen's Gambit Declined, 44 moves, 1/2-1/2

Match 9, Board 9 (February 22, 1907)
C S Howell vs R P Michell, 1907 
(C54) Giuoco Piano, 21 moves, 1-0

Match 9, Board 10 (February 22, 1907)
G Wainwright vs A K Robinson, 1907 
(C10) French, 31 moves, 1-0

Match 10, Board 1 (March 13, 1908)
Blackburne vs A Hodges, 1908 
(A17) English, 62 moves, 1/2-1/2

Match 10, Board 2 (March 13, 1908)
H Voigt vs H E Atkins, 1908
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 61 moves, 1/2-1/2

Match 10, Board 3 (March 13, 1908)
T F Lawrence vs H Helms, 1908
(C48) Four Knights, 60 moves, 1/2-1/2

Match 10, Board 4 (March 13, 1908)
E Delmar vs G W Richmond, 1908
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 60 moves, 1/2-1/2

Match 10, Board 5 (March 13, 1908)
G Wainwright vs S Stadelman, 1908
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 56 moves, 1/2-1/2

Match 10, Board 6 (March 13, 1908)
C S Howell vs W Ward, 1908
(B40) Sicilian, 64 moves, 1/2-1/2

Match 10, Board 7 (March 13, 1908)
P R England vs G Schwietzer, 1908
(D60) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 41 moves, 0-1

Match 10, Board 8 (March 13, 1908)
G H Wolbrecht vs R P Michell, 1908
(C38) King's Gambit Accepted, 41 moves, 1-0

Match 10, Board 9 (March 13, 1908)
W C Palmer vs E W Libaire, 1908
(A85) Dutch, with c4 & Nc3, 53 moves, 0-1

Match 10, Board 10 (March 13, 1908)
A K Robinson vs E G Sergeant, 1908
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 49 moves, 1/2-1/2

Match 11, Board 1 (March 26, 1909)
Marshall vs Blackburne, 1909 
(A43) Old Benoni, 61 moves, 1-0

Match 11, Board 2 (March 26, 1909)
T F Lawrence vs J F Barry, 1909
(C13) French, 33 moves, 1/2-1/2

Match 11, Board 3 (March 26, 1909)
A Hodges vs W Ward, 1909
(B32) Sicilian, 22 moves, 1-0

Match 11, Board 4 (March 26, 1909)
G Wainwright vs H Voigt, 1909
(A48) King's Indian, 27 moves, 0-1

Match 11, Board 5 (March 26, 1909)
C S Howell vs J Blake, 1909
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 46 moves, 0-1

Match 11, Board 6 (March 26, 1909)
R P Michell vs H Helms, 1909
(C83) Ruy Lopez, Open, 66 moves, 1-0

Match 11, Board 7 (March 26, 1909)
G Schwietzer vs V L Wahltuch, 1909
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 44 moves, 0-1

Match 11, Board 8 (March 26, 1909)
H Holmes vs S Stadelman, 1909
(D51) Queen's Gambit Declined, 56 moves, 1/2-1/2

Match 11, Board 9 (March 26, 1909)
S Mlotkowski vs E G Sergeant, 1909
(C44) King's Pawn Game, 62 moves, 0-1

Match 11, Board 10 (March 26, 1909)
H Jacobs vs W A Ruth, 1909
(A03) Bird's Opening, 40 moves, 1-0

Match 12, Board 1 (March 11, 1910)
Marshall vs Blackburne, 1910 
(E76) King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack, 61 moves, 1-0

Match 12, Board 2 (March 11, 1910)
H E Atkins vs J F Barry, 1910 
(C14) French, Classical, 30 moves, 1-0

Match 12, Board 3 (March 11, 1910)
A Hodges vs T F Lawrence, 1910 
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 29 moves, 1/2-1/2

Match 12, Board 4 (March 11, 1910)
V L Wahltuch vs H Voigt, 1910 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 51 moves, 1-0

Match 12, Board 5 (March 11, 1910)
G H Wolbrecht vs Yates, 1910 
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 56 moves, 0-1

Match 12, Board 6 (March 11, 1910)
G Wainwright vs S Stadelman, 1910 
(C49) Four Knights, 62 moves, 1-0

Match 12, Board 7 (March 11, 1910)
G Schwietzer vs W Ward, 1910 
(D05) Queen's Pawn Game, 31 moves, 1/2-1/2

Match 12, Board 8 (March 11, 1910)
J Blake vs R T Black, 1910 
(C26) Vienna, 59 moves, 0-1

Match 12, Board 9 (March 11, 1910)
H Rosenfeld vs G A Thomas, 1910 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 61 moves, 0-1

Match 12, Board 10 (March 11, 1910)
R P Michell vs L B Meyer, 1910 
(D53) Queen's Gambit Declined, 46 moves, 1/2-1/2

Match 13, Board 1 (April 21, 1911)
Burn vs Marshall, 1911 
(D34) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 37 moves, 1-0

Match 13, Board 2 (April 21, 1911)
A Hodges vs H E Atkins, 1911
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 22 moves, 1/2-1/2

Match 13, Board 3 (April 21, 1911)
T F Lawrence vs A W Fox, 1911 
(B56) Sicilian, 36 moves, 0-1

Match 13, Board 4 (April 21, 1911)
J F Barry vs V L Wahltuch, 1911
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 38 moves, 0-1

Match 13, Board 5 (April 21, 1911)
Yates vs H Voigt, 1911 
(B72) Sicilian, Dragon, 60 moves, 1-0

Match 13, Board 6 (April 21, 1911)
R T Black vs G W Richmond, 1911
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 38 moves, 1-0

Match 13, Board 7 (April 21, 1911)
W Ward vs G Walcott, 1911
(D05) Queen's Pawn Game, 56 moves, 1-0

Match 13, Board 8 (April 21, 1911)
B M Neill vs G A Thomas, 1911 
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 62 moves, 0-1

Match 13, Board 9 (April 21, 1911)
R P Michell vs G Schwietzer, 1911
(B72) Sicilian, Dragon, 67 moves, 1/2-1/2

Match 13, Board 10 (April 21, 1911)
L B Meyer vs H G Cole, 1911
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 62 moves, 1-0

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