A tactical battle featuring two Emigrant Cup winners.
IR Napier, as well as being a strong player, was also a great benefactor to junior chess in Cornwall.
There is a detailed biography of FEA Kitto by Bob Jones here at his Keverel Chess website
The return match began with bad news for the Cornish players. Four of their team were stranded on the far side of he river, the Torpoint ferry having ceased operating at 2 p.m. In the top board game , I.R.Napier tried an unusual fifth move and F.E.A. Kitto replied in gambit style, sacrificing a pawn for an open file against the enemy king. However, for a long time, his attack seemed hardly sufficient, but the quick time limit did not allow his opponent to find the best defence, and the Devon player achieved the following neat finish. (J.E. Jones, cit. Dave Regis. From the Exeter Chess Club website.)
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