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TOURNAMENT STANDINGS
Amsterdam Tournament

Henry Ernest Atkins15/15(+15 -0 =0)[view games]
Adolf Georg Olland11/15(+10 -3 =2)[view games]
Dirk Bleijkmans10/15(+9 -4 =2)[view games]
Rudolf Swiderski10/15(+9 -4 =2)[view games]
Nathan Mannheimer10/15(+9 -4 =2)[view games]
Jan Diderik Tresling10/15(+8 -3 =4)[view games]
Julius Dimer8.5/15(+6 -4 =5)[view games]
Arnold van Foreest8.5/15(+7 -5 =3)[view games]
Josef Partaj6.5/15(+5 -7 =3)[view games]
Friedrich Wilhelm Pelzer6.5/15(+4 -6 =5)[view games]
Julien Jean Rudolphe Moquette5.5/15(+4 -8 =3)[view games]
Wilhelm Schwan5/15(+4 -9 =2)[view games]
Willem Barend Hendrik Meiners5/15(+4 -9 =2)[view games]
Jan-Willem te Kolste4/15(+2 -9 =4)[view games]
Jan Frederik Heemskerk3/15(+2 -11 =2)[view games]
Cornelius Trimborn1.5/15(+1 -13 =1)[view games]

Chessgames.com Historical Chess Event
Amsterdam (1899)
International Amateur Tournament

The tournament consisted of sixteen players, mainly from the Netherlands and Germany with single representatives from England and Austria:

Henry Ernest Atkins; Dirk Bleijkmans; Julius Dimer; Arnold van Foreest; Jan Frederik Heemskerk; Jan-Willem te Kolste; Nathan Mannheimer; Willem Barend Hendrik Meiners; Julien Jean Rudolphe Moquette; Adolf Georg Olland; Josef Partaj; F W Pelzer; Wilhelm Schwan; Rudolf Swiderski; Jan Diderik Tresling; Cornelius Trimborn.

It turned out to be one of those tournaments where the final crosstable speaks louder than words:

Amsterdam 7-16 Aug

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 1 Atkins * 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 15.0 2 Olland 0 * 0 1 = = 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 11.0 3 Tresling 0 1 * 0 = 1 = = 1 = 1 0 1 1 1 1 10.0 4 Bleijkmans 0 0 1 * 1 0 = 1 1 1 = 1 1 0 1 1 10.0 5 Mannheimer 0 = = 0 * 1 1 1 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 10.0 6 Swiderski 0 = 0 1 0 * 0 = 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 10.0 7 Dimer 0 0 = = 0 1 * 0 = 1 = 1 1 = 1 1 8.5 8 Van Foreest 0 0 = 0 0 = 1 * 1 = 1 1 0 1 1 1 8.5 9 Partaj 0 1 0 0 1 0 = 0 * = 0 = 1 1 0 1 6.5 10 Pelzer 0 0 = 0 1 0 0 = = * = 1 1 0 = 1 6.5 11 Moquette 0 0 0 = 0 0 = 0 1 = * 0 0 1 1 1 5.5 12 Schwan 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 = 0 1 * 0 = 1 1 5.0 13 Meiners 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 * = = 1 5.0 14 te Kolste 0 0 0 1 0 0 = 0 0 1 0 = = * 0 = 4.0 15 Heemskerk 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 = 0 0 = 1 * 0 3.0 16 Trimborn 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 = 1 * 1.5

Perfect scores in international tournaments are rare and generally memorable, but Atkins' 15-0 is largely forgotten. Part of the reason is that there weren't any big names among his opponents. If you compare his achievement with perfect scores by Lasker (Game Collection: New York 1893, The Impromtu Tournament or Capablanca (Game Collection: New York 1913 (Rice Chess Club Summer Tournament), there seems no comparison between the strength of the opposition--at least, for those more familiar with US chess history than Dutch chess history.

In any event, if 15-0 were that easy everybody would do it. Most masters who visited the Netherlands for a tournament knew better than to take the locals lightly.

As it turned out, Atkins needed most of those points. Olland started out with two draws, then ran off nine wins in a row before a round 12 loss left him two points down. He made a gallant effort in their round 13 game, but Atkins ground away to clinch the tournament. By then he had two of the tailenders left to play, so why not go for it? Last place finisher Trimborn put up a grim resistance in the final round and may have even missed a draw, but Atkins was not to be denied.

Atkins played a number of attractive games in this tournament, particularly with White, but it was the round 8 game J D Tresling vs H E Atkins, 1899 which took away the brilliancy prize.

SCORING BY ROUNDS

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 1 Atkins 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 15.0 2 Olland = = 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 11.0 3 Bleijkmans 1 = 0 = 0 1 0 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 10.0 4 Mannheimer = 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 0 = 0 1 0 1 10.0 5 Swiderski 1 = 0 1 1 1 0 1 0 = 1 1 1 1 0 10.0 6 Tresling = = 1 1 = 0 1 0 1 1 = 1 0 1 1 10.0 7 Dimer = = 1 = = 0 1 = 0 0 1 1 1 0 1 8.5 8 Van Foreest = 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 = = 1 1 1 0 8.5 9 Partaj = 1 1 0 = 0 1 = 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 6.5 10 Pelzer 0 = 0 = = 1 0 1 1 1 = 0 = 0 0 6.5 11 Moquette = = 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 = 0 1 5.5 12 Meiners 0 = 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 = 0 0 0 5.5 13 Schwan = 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 = 0 0 1 0 1 5.0 14 te Kolste 0 = 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 = = = 0 1 0 4.0 15 Heemskerk 0 = 0 = 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3.0 16 Trimborn 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 = 0 0 0 0 1.5

<PROGRESSIVE SCORE>

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 1 Atkins 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 2 Olland 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 10 10 11 11 3 Bleijkmans 1 1 1 2 2 3 3 4 5 6 6 7 8 9 10 4 Mannheimer 1 2 3 4 4 5 6 7 7 8 8 9 9 10 5 Swiderski 1 1 1 2 3 4 4 5 5 6 7 8 9 10 10 6 Tresling 1 2 3 3 3 4 4 5 6 7 8 8 9 10 7 Dimer 1 2 2 3 3 4 4 4 4 5 6 7 7 8 8 Van Foreest 1 2 2 2 3 4 4 5 5 6 7 8 8 9 Partaj 1 2 2 3 3 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 5 6 10 Pelzer 0 1 1 2 2 3 4 5 6 6 6 6 6 11 Moquette 1 1 1 2 3 3 3 3 4 4 4 4 4 5 12 Meiners 0 1 2 2 3 3 4 5 5 5 5 13 Schwan 1 1 1 1 2 3 3 3 4 4 5 14 te Kolste 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 3 3 4 4 15 Heemskerk 0 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 3 3 3 3 16 Trimborn 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1

<Tournament book>: Amsterdam Internationale Schaakwedstrijd edited by H. D. B. Meijer. http://books.google.com/books?id=-b.... Thanks to <Calli> for spotting it.

Other sources

Many thanks to User: thomastonk for tracking down the dates of the individual rounds from contemporary newspapers, mostly the <Algemeen Handelsbad>. Also to User: Stonehenge for submitting many of the games.

British Chess Magazine, 1899, p. 373: http://books.google.com/books?id=Ro...

Deutsche Schachzeitung, September 1899, p. 284: http://books.google.com/books?id=9j...; November 1899, p. 331: http://books.google.com/books?id=9j...

Tijdschrift van den Nederlandschen Schaakbond, January 1900, p. 16-17: http://books.google.com/books?id=kh...

Wiener Schachzeitung, August/September 1899, p. 126: http://books.google.com/books?id=nR...

Original collection: Game Collection: Amsterdam 1899, by User: Phony Benoni

 page 1 of 5; games 1-25 of 120  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. F W Pelzer vs J D Tresling  ½-½21 1899 AmsterdamC01 French, Exchange
2. J Moquette vs D Bleijkmans  ½-½64 1899 AmsterdamA84 Dutch
3. N Mannheimer vs Olland  ½-½43 1899 AmsterdamD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
4. C Trimborn vs J Partaj 0-130 1899 AmsterdamA00 Uncommon Opening
5. J Partaj vs W Schwan  ½-½29 1899 AmsterdamC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
6. H E Atkins vs W Meiners 1-049 1899 AmsterdamD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
7. W Meiners vs J F Heemskerk  ½-½78 1899 AmsterdamC67 Ruy Lopez
8. J F Heemskerk vs C Trimborn 0-124 1899 AmsterdamC67 Ruy Lopez
9. J W te Kolste vs J Dimer  ½-½25 1899 AmsterdamC63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
10. J Dimer vs J Moquette  ½-½86 1899 AmsterdamC14 French, Classical
11. J W te Kolste vs Swiderski  0-128 1899 AmsterdamC14 French, Classical
12. J D Tresling vs A van Foreest  ½-½31 1899 AmsterdamC49 Four Knights
13. D Bleijkmans vs F W Pelzer  1-036 1899 AmsterdamC30 King's Gambit Declined
14. Swiderski vs Olland  ½-½66 1899 AmsterdamB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
15. W Schwan vs N Mannheimer  0-138 1899 AmsterdamC62 Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense
16. A van Foreest vs H E Atkins  0-143 1899 AmsterdamC50 Giuoco Piano
17. F W Pelzer vs J F Heemskerk  ½-½41 1899 AmsterdamC67 Ruy Lopez
18. J D Tresling vs J Moquette  1-038 1899 AmsterdamD60 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
19. Olland vs W Schwan  1-034 1899 AmsterdamC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
20. J Dimer vs Swiderski  1-030 1899 AmsterdamC54 Giuoco Piano
21. J F Heemskerk vs A van Foreest  0-152 1899 AmsterdamC41 Philidor Defense
22. J Moquette vs H E Atkins  0-126 1899 AmsterdamC53 Giuoco Piano
23. A van Foreest vs J Partaj  1-018 1899 AmsterdamC11 French
24. J Dimer vs D Bleijkmans  ½-½55 1899 AmsterdamC41 Philidor Defense
25. J Partaj vs W Meiners  1-020 1899 AmsterdamC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
 page 1 of 5; games 1-25 of 120  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Dec-23-12  Conrad93: Wow. A perfect 15/15.

No comments?

Dec-23-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  Jim Bartle: These tournament pages are brand new, conrad.
Apr-03-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  Stonehenge: The residences of the participants:

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