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TOURNAMENT STANDINGS
Berlin Tournament

Joseph Henry Blackburne14/16(+13 -1 =2)[view games]
Johannes Zukertort11/16(+9 -3 =4)[view games]
Simon Winawer10.5/16(+9 -4 =3)[view games]
Mikhail Chigorin10.5/16(+10 -5 =1)[view games]
James Mason9.5/16(+7 -4 =5)[view games]
Alexander Wittek9.5/16(+7 -4 =5)[view games]
Johannes von Minckwitz8.5/16(+6 -5 =5)[view games]
Jacques Schwarz8.5/16(+6 -5 =5)[view games]
Johann Nepomuk Berger8/16(+5 -5 =6)[view games]
Louis Paulsen8/16(+6 -6 =4)[view games]
Wilfried Paulsen7.5/16(+5 -6 =5)[view games]
Emil Schallopp7/16(+7 -9 =0)[view games]
Fritz Riemann6.5/16(+4 -7 =5)[view games]
Carl Wemmers6.5/16(+5 -8 =3)[view games]
Josef Noa5.5/16(+4 -9 =3)[view games]
Carl Friedrich Schmid3.5/16(+1 -10 =5)[view games]
H von Schuetz1.5/16(+1 -14 =1)[view games]
Karl Pitschel0/3(+0 -3 =0)[view games]
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Chessgames.com Historical Chess Event
Berlin (1881)
The second meeting of the Deutschen Schachkongresse was organised by Hermann Zwanzig and Emil Schallopp, and took place in Berlin from August 29 to September 17, 1881. It was the second master's tournament (Deutschen Schachbund) organized in the two years since Berthold Englisch last won it at Leipzig (1879). Once again, a large field of German chess masters shared the board with many of the best that Europe had to offer. The brightest lights among the German participants were Louis Paulsen and his brother Wilifred, and Johannes Minckwitz. Great Britain was represented by the participation of Joseph Henry Blackburne and James Mason. Mikhail Chigorin travelled over from Russia, and two great masters from Poland, Simon Winawer and Johannes Zukertort, also participated. The eighteen collected masters constituted a field of strength that had not been seen since Baden Baden eleven years earlier. The games were fiercely fought, as few draws were recorded, and a formula from this event would serve as a template for all future chess congresses in Germany before the Great War.

This was the best tournament result of Blackburne's career. He dominated the field with an amazing final score of 14/16, losing only one game to his countryman Mason, and earning wins against some of the best and up and coming chess masters of the day.

The final standings and crosstable:

1st Blackburne 14 /16ą * 1 1 1 0 ˝ 1 1 ˝ 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2nd Zukertort 11 /16 0 * ˝ 1 ˝ 1 1 1 ˝ 1 0 0 1 1 ˝ 1 1 =3rd Winawer 10˝/16 0 ˝ * 0 1 0 1 ˝ 1 1 1 0 1 1 ˝ 1 1 =3rd Chigorin 10˝/16 0 0 1 * 0 0 0 ˝ 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 =5th Mason 9˝/16 1 ˝ 0 1 * ˝ ˝ 0 ˝ 1 0 1 0 1 1 ˝ 1 =5th Wittek 9˝/16 ˝ 0 1 1 ˝ * ˝ 1 ˝ 0 1 0 ˝ 1 0 1 1 =7th Von Minckwitz 8˝/16 0 0 0 1 ˝ ˝ * 1 ˝ 0 0 1 ˝ 1 1 1 ˝ =7th Schwarz 8˝/16 0 0 ˝ ˝ 1 0 0 * 1 1 ˝ 1 0 ˝ 1 ˝ 1 =9th Berger 8 /16 ˝ ˝ 0 0 ˝ ˝ ˝ 0 * 0 0 1 1 ˝ 1 1 1 =9th Paulsen, L 8 /16 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 * ˝ 1 ˝ 1 ˝ ˝ 1 11th Paulsen, W 7˝/16 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 ˝ 1 ˝ * 0 ˝ ˝ 0 ˝ 1 12th Schallopp 7 /16 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 * 1 0 1 0 1 =13th Riemann 6˝/16 0 0 0 0 1 ˝ ˝ 1 0 ˝ ˝ 0 * 0 1 ˝ 1 =13th Wemmers 6˝/16 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ˝ ˝ 0 ˝ 1 1 * 1 1 1 15th Noa 5˝/16 0 ˝ ˝ 0 0 1 0 0 0 ˝ 1 0 0 0 * 1 1 16th Schmid 3˝/16 0 0 0 0 ˝ 0 0 ˝ 0 ˝ ˝ 1 ˝ 0 0 * 0 17th Von Schuetz 1˝/16 0 0 0 0 0 0 ˝ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 * - Pitschel (expunged)˛ - - 0 0 - - - - 0 - - - - - - - -

The Nuremberg (1883) tournament was the next DSB Kongress.

References: (1) The last round game Blackburne-Noa was not played, the latter was sick and forfeited the game. Source: Tournament Book, page 34; (2) Karl Pitschel played in the first three rounds and withdrew from the tournament. His games did not count in the official tournament record, but are included in this collection. The summary at the top of the page includes the Pitschel games and thus does not match the crosstable; (3) Wikipedia article: Berlin 1881 chess tournament (4)

Original collection: Game Collection: Berlin 1881 by User: suenteus po 147

 page 1 of 6; games 1-25 of 138  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Chigorin vs Wittek 0-141 1881 BerlinC44 King's Pawn Game
2. Winawer vs Wemmers 1-028 1881 BerlinC30 King's Gambit Declined
3. C F Schmid vs E Schallopp  1-032 1881 BerlinC33 King's Gambit Accepted
4. Zukertort vs W Paulsen 0-124 1881 BerlinB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
5. H Von Schuetz vs F Riemann  0-128 1881 BerlinC63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
6. Paulsen vs J Minckwitz 1-040 1881 BerlinC47 Four Knights
7. Blackburne vs J Mason 0-178 1881 BerlinC11 French
8. J Schwarz vs J Noa  1-036 1881 BerlinC49 Four Knights
9. J N Berger vs K Pitschel  1-026 1881 BerlinC77 Ruy Lopez
10. Wittek vs E Schallopp 0-134 1881 BerlinC49 Four Knights
11. C F Schmid vs J Mason ½-½102 1881 BerlinC11 French
12. Winawer vs Zukertort  ½-½45 1881 BerlinC37 King's Gambit Accepted
13. W Paulsen vs F Riemann  ½-½38 1881 BerlinC22 Center Game
14. J Schwarz vs H Von Schuetz  1-039 1881 BerlinC49 Four Knights
15. Paulsen vs J Noa  ½-½64 1881 BerlinC02 French, Advance
16. Wemmers vs J Minckwitz  0-153 1881 BerlinC67 Ruy Lopez
17. Chigorin vs K Pitschel  1-031 1881 BerlinC34 King's Gambit Accepted
18. J N Berger vs Blackburne  ½-½27 1881 BerlinC11 French
19. F Riemann vs E Schallopp  0-141 1881 BerlinC25 Vienna
20. Paulsen vs J Mason 0-147 1881 BerlinC02 French, Advance
21. Winawer vs K Pitschel 1-039 1881 BerlinC34 King's Gambit Accepted
22. H Von Schuetz vs Blackburne 0-125 1881 BerlinC01 French, Exchange
23. Zukertort vs J Noa ½-½46 1881 BerlinA35 English, Symmetrical
24. J Schwarz vs J Minckwitz  0-162 1881 BerlinC49 Four Knights
25. J N Berger vs Wemmers  ½-½37 1881 BerlinC77 Ruy Lopez
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Nov-02-12
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  waustad: Thanks cg!
Nov-02-12
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  whiteshark: Dett ick dett noch erlebn tu...
Nov-02-12
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  Benzol: The "Austrio-Hungarian Empire"?
Nov-02-12  Troller: "Austro-Hungarian" is the English spelling.
Nov-02-12
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  whiteshark: Cross-table with earned prices: http://archiv.berlinerschachverband...
Nov-02-12
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  TheFocus: Looks great!
Nov-02-12
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  Shams: Does anyone know why 1879 winner Berthold Englisch did not participate?
Nov-02-12
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  waustad: <ws>I've been in Berlin, but dialect there is a stretch. I remember how hard it was to try to cut through the Viennese dialect pieces in Kurier (http://kurier.at/) and I even lived there for a while. There is no guarantee that they still have those little dialect poems. The media is probably evening out dialects now like everywhere. We don't talk the same but we all pretty much understand a TV standard.
Nov-02-12  MountainMatt: And where was Steinitz???
Nov-03-12
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  Shams: Are there not complete game scores for this tournament? The winner has only 15 games out of 16, while runners-up Winawer and Chigorin have apparently 17 out of 16 games each (?).
Nov-03-12
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  Benzol: <Shams> Chigorin, Winawer and Berger were the only ones who played Pitschel.
Nov-03-12
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  Shams: <Benzol> I see, thank you. But where is Blackburne's missing game? From the crosstable, he played 16 games, and there's no mention of a forfeit in the tournament summary.
Nov-03-12
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  Shams: 365chess.com has a link to the missing game Blackburne - Noa, but the PGN is empty.
Nov-03-12
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  Phony Benoni: <Shams> The empty PGN indicates the score is not available. It's just 365's way of filling out the tournament table.
Nov-03-12
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  twinlark: Shame about the missing game scores, but it's amazing so many actually survived through to the present day.
Nov-03-12
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  twinlark: Not literally, but long enough to be recorded for posterity.

Having been involved in the transcription of tournament scores for online publication, I know what an incredibly tedious job it to decipher hundreds of score sheets.

Nov-03-12
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  Calli: <twinlark> added a footnote to explain the missing game. I did the Rd/Dates for this one and dimly recalled something about. Editor Hermann Zwanzig wrote "Die Partie Blackburne - Dr Noa wurde nicht gespielt, the letzterer sich unwohl fühlte und deshalb auf das Spiel verzichtete."
Nov-04-12
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  Benzol: <waustad> <Thanks cg!> Whilst I want to thank <chessgames> too, I also want to thank <suenteus po 147> for creating the collection in the first place and <Calli> for the work he put in to make it possible for this "live" page to become a reality.

Cheers Guys!

:)

Feb-10-13
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  optimal play: Amazing to compare Blackburne’s superb performance at this tournament with his relatively poor showing just a month or so earlier in his match with Zukertort in London. In that match, Blackburne was roundly beaten by Zukertort by 7 wins to 2, yet in this tournament he scored 12 wins out of 15 (including Zukertort) only losing the one game (against Mason) and finishing a clear 1st.

Interesting to consider Wilhelm Steinitz’s assessment of Blackburne’s playing style and how it was more suitable to tournaments rather than a one-on-one match: <<Mr Blackburne’s anti-drawing inclination makes him one of the most dangerous rivals in tournaments where the draws count half ; but the same characteristic places him at great disadvantage in a single-handed match, more especially when he stands already behind in the score. In such a case it is most dangerous policy to try to force a win at some hazard, for this amounts actually to giving the large odds of the draw, which, in the opinion of some authorities, is equivalent to pawn and move, while it is clearly the wiser plan for the party who stands at a disadvantage in the score to take such odds for himself by keeping on the defensive, and watching for more positive opportunities of increasing his score.> The Field, London, 1881.07.16>

Steinitz wrote that comment during Blackburne’s match with Zukertort and before the Berlin tournament, so his rivals should have been well aware not to underestimate him.

Mar-28-13
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  suenteus po 147: Wow, just...wow. A guy disappears on walkabout for roughly a year and suddenly he comes back to find the whole world has gone crazy! When did this happen? And why are people reading my terrible tournament introductions???
Mar-28-13
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  Jim Bartle: He's like Moses returning from the Mountain.
Mar-28-13
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  suenteus po 147: <Jim Bartle> I do feel like I have horns growing out of my forehead.
Mar-28-13
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  Shams: <suenteus po 147> Welcome back! Any shamanic visions to share with us?
Mar-28-13
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  suenteus po 147: <Shams> Yes! Stop taking out student loans, don't go for that extra graduate degree! Work hard, but live well. Doing for others is doing for yourself. Etc.
Mar-28-13
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  Shams: I was hoping for mystical fireworks, but ça marche.
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