SHROPSHIRE CHESS HISTORY
- 154 YEARS AGO
Extract from Wellington Journal 1st December 1860
Great Chess Match
A chess-match of considerable interest was played on Friday evening week, at the rooms of the Shropshire Mechanics' and Literary Institution, Dogpole, Shrewsbury. Mr Lumbley, a blind gentleman from Manchester, who has attained considerable rank as a chess player, undertook to contest six different games at once against six of the best amateurs in Shrewsbury who were willing to take up the challenge. The boards were taken by Dr. Kennedy, Charles Phillips,Esq., W.D.Field,Esq., Mr.S.E.Smith, Mr.J.T.Rawlings, and Mr.Charles Dixon. The play commenced at eight o'clock, and did not terminate till nearly two the following morning, and resulted, after a very interesting struggle, in Dr.Kennedy, Mr.Phillips, and Mr.Smith, winning their respective games, and Mr.Lumbley gaining the remainder.
During the evening Captain Cholmondeley, Mr.F.Sandford, Mr.Foulkes, (surgeon), Mr.Cresswell, and many other admirers of the game were present, though as the boards were already full they did not take part in the contest. Mr. Lumbley is only 23 years of age, and has been totally blind since he was 13. He has, however, a thorough command of the board, and from his powers of combination and extraordinary memory, is a very formidable opponent. - courtesy Alan Brisbourne