The first tournament was played in 1891, at Skaneateles. N. Y., with five entries —- Major J. M. Hanham, repesenting the Manhattan Chess Club; Emil Kemeny, City Chess Club of New York; A. E. Blackmar, Brooklyn Chess Club; A. B. Hodges, Staten Island Chess Club, and H. J. Rogers, Albany Chess Club. Major Hanham won, with a score of 6 wins to 2 losses.
In 1892 the tournament was held at Skaneateles, with five entries -- Major Hanham, Manhattan Chess Club; Emil Kemeny, City Chess Club; W. F. Eno, Brooklyn Chess Club; M. L. Deyo, Albany Chess Club, and George H. Thornton, Buffalo Chess Club. Mr. Kemeny won with the good score of 6 1/2 to 1 1/2, Major Hanham being but half a game behind him.
The tournament of 1893 was played at St. George, S. I., and had five entries -- A. B. Hodges, representing the Staten Island Chess Club; E. N. Olly, Brooklyn Chess Club: J. M. Hanham, Manhattan Chess Club; W. H. K. Pollock, Albany Chess Club. and J. Iialpern, City Chess Club. Mr. Hodges was the winner, capturing seven of the eight games.
In 1894 one of the most interesting tournaments of the series was held at Buffalo. Harry N. Pillsbury represented the Brooklyn Chess Club, J. W. Showalter, Manhattan Chess Club; George C. Farnsworth, Buffalo Chess Club, and Ad. Albin, Metropolitan Chess Club. Mr. Showalter won with a score of 4 wins, 2 losses, Pillsbury being half a game behind.
The tournament of 1895 was held at Skaneateles, with four entries. Eugene Delmar represented the Metropolitan Chess Club; A. B. Hodges, Manhattan Chess Club; N. D. Luce, Rochester Chess Club; Philip Richardson, the Brooklyn Chess Club. Mr. Delmar won, with a score of 4 1/2; to 1 1/2, Mr. Richardson being second.
The tournament of 1896 was held at Rochester, and was won by S. Lipschuetz, for the Manhattan Chess Club. Last year's tournament was played at the Thousand Islands, with three entries —- S. Lipschuetz, Manhattan Chess Club; W. Steinitz, Staten Island Chess Club; W. E. Napier, Brooklyn Chess Club. There was a tie between Mr. Lipschuetz and Mr. Steinitz, which was declared no result, and the cup is now in possession of the association.
The Farnsworth Cup was presented to the association last year by Mrs. George C. Farnsworth, of Buffalo. as a memorial of her husband, who served the associatsion as an officer for several years. All who knew Mr. Farnsworth respected him for his worth as a man. and chess players owe him many debts for his faithful devotion to the. game. The cup is of silver and bears the name “Farnsworth Cup." It is for the winner of first prize in the first class of the general tournament. It was won last year by President Howard J. Rogers.
The Wright Cup was also presented last year. The donor, Mr. H. D. Wright, won a money prize at one of the meetings, and, with commendable generosity. devoted his winnings with an additional gift from his purse to the purchase of a cup for the third class in the general tournament. Mr. Wright won the first prize in that class last year, and so the prize at his request went to the winner of second prize, Mr. A. Pieczinka, of New York.