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Hastings Tournament

Harry Nelson Pillsbury16.5/21(+15 -3 =3)[view games]
Mikhail Chigorin16/21(+14 -3 =4)[view games]
Emanuel Lasker15.5/21(+14 -4 =3)[view games]
Siegbert Tarrasch14/21(+12 -5 =4)[view games]
Wilhelm Steinitz13/21(+11 -6 =4)[view games]
Emmanuel Schiffers12/21(+9 -6 =6)[view games]
Richard Teichmann11.5/21(+8 -6 =7)[view games]
Curt von Bardeleben11.5/21(+8 -6 =7)[view games]
Carl Schlechter11/21(+5 -4 =12)[view games]
Joseph Henry Blackburne10.5/21(+9 -9 =3)[view games]
Karl August Walbrodt10/21(+6 -7 =8)[view games]
Amos Burn9.5/21(+8 -10 =3)[view games]
David Janowski9.5/21(+7 -9 =5)[view games]
James Mason9.5/21(+7 -9 =5)[view games]
Isidor Gunsberg9/21(+7 -10 =4)[view games]
Henry Edward Bird9/21(+4 -7 =10)[view games]
Adolf Albin8.5/21(+5 -9 =7)[view games]
Georg Marco8.5/21(+5 -9 =7)[view games]
William Henry Krause Pollock8/21(+6 -11 =4)[view games]
Jacques Mieses7.5/21(+4 -10 =7)[view games]
Samuel Tinsley7.5/21(+7 -13 =1)[view games]
Beniamino Vergani3/21(+2 -17 =2)[view games]

Chessgames.com Historical Chess Event
Hastings (1895)
The chess club in the English coastal town of Hastings was founded in 1882. In 1895 the club organized a tournament (1) that was the strongest ever held up to that time. Taking place over the month of August all the leading players of the day participated. Among the participants were the veterans Blackburne and Bird and the young masters Janowski, Schlechter, Teichmann and Walbrodt. The favourites were Lasker, Steinitz, Tarrasch and Chigorin. However, the winner turned out to be the then relatively unknown American Harry Nelson Pillsbury who was playing in his first major tournament. The tournament was memorable for a number of masterpieces created and a very exciting finish with the lead changing hands in the last three rounds.

Hastings 5 Aug - 2 Sept

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 Pts 1. Pillsbury * 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 16 2. Chigorin 1 * 1 1 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 16 3. Lasker 1 0 * 0 1 1 0 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 15 4. Tarrasch 0 0 1 * 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 0 1 1 14 5. Steinitz 0 1 0 0 * 1 1 1 1 0 1 0 1 1 1 0 1 1 13 6. Schiffers 0 1 0 0 0 * 0 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 12 7. von Bardeleben 0 0 1 0 * 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 11 8. Teichmann 0 0 0 1 * 0 0 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 11 9. Schlechter 1 0 0 1 * 1 0 1 1 0 11 10. Blackburne 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 * 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 1 10 11. Walbrodt 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 * 0 0 0 1 1 1 10 12. Burn 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 * 1 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 9 13. Janowski 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 * 0 0 1 1 0 1 9 14. Mason 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 * 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 9 15. Bird 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 * 1 1 0 1 9 16. Gunsberg 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 0 * 1 0 1 0 0 9 17. Albin 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 * 0 0 1 1 8 18. Marco 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 * 1 1 0 8 19. Pollock 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 * 0 0 1 8 20. Mieses 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 * 1 1 7 21. Tinsley 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 1 1 0 * 1 7 22. Vergani 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 * 3

Pillsbury, after his return home to the USA, said "The reception to me at Hastings was very cordial, especially on the part of Steinitz, Tarrasch, and Tschigorin. The English players, Blackburne and Bird, were also very courteous. Before the tournament began, we would sit for hours and discuss matters pertaining to chess, or analyze a game, or try to expand the theories of certain openings, and so on, and I shall not forget the many happy and pleasant hours I spent with these gentlemen at Hastings. The same feeling was shown to me after defeating Gunsberg in the final round. When it was known that I had won the game, Tschigorin, Steinitz and Tarrasch left their respective boards on which they were engaged to play and came over to congratulate me on my success, saying many nice things to me."(2)

At the closing banquet Chigorin announced that the top prize winners had been invited to the St. Petersburg (1895/96) tournament to begin later in December that year.

The main source for this collection was Hastings 1895 The Centenary Book by Colin Crouch & Kean Haines. ISBN 0 9524033 1 5.

References: (1) Wikipedia article: Hastings International Chess Congress, (2) https://picasaweb.google.com/Caissa..., (3) Blackburne / Pillsbury vs Chigorin / Schiffers, 1895 (exhibition game between rounds 8-9)

Original collection: Game Collection: Hastings 1895, by User: Benzol

 page 1 of 10; games 1-25 of 231  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Albin vs Bird 0-152 1895 HastingsA04 Reti Opening
2. Janowski vs Blackburne 0-163 1895 HastingsC10 French
3. Chigorin vs Pillsbury 1-051 1895 HastingsC30 King's Gambit Declined
4. Teichmann vs K A Walbrodt 0-148 1895 HastingsC25 Vienna
5. Lasker vs G Marco 1-029 1895 HastingsD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
6. Steinitz vs B Vergani 1-041 1895 HastingsC11 French
7. Schlechter vs W Pollock ½-½24 1895 HastingsC77 Ruy Lopez
8. Schiffers vs Gunsberg 1-036 1895 HastingsC46 Three Knights
9. Burn vs Von Bardeleben 0-140 1895 HastingsD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
10. J Mason vs Tarrasch 1-030 1895 HastingsC50 Giuoco Piano
11. Tinsley vs Mieses 0-133 1895 HastingsD05 Queen's Pawn Game
12. Gunsberg vs Burn 1-053 1895 HastingsC01 French, Exchange
13. Tinsley vs J Mason 1-051 1895 HastingsD05 Queen's Pawn Game
14. Mieses vs Blackburne 1-032 1895 HastingsC45 Scotch Game
15. B Vergani vs Janowski 0-129 1895 HastingsD05 Queen's Pawn Game
16. Schiffers vs Teichmann ½-½34 1895 HastingsC49 Four Knights
17. Lasker vs Chigorin 0-157 1895 HastingsD02 Queen's Pawn Game
18. Pillsbury vs Tarrasch 1-052 1895 HastingsD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
19. Steinitz vs Schlechter ½-½49 1895 HastingsC54 Giuoco Piano
20. Albin vs Von Bardeleben ½-½80 1895 HastingsC50 Giuoco Piano
21. G Marco vs W Pollock  1-026 1895 HastingsC62 Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense
22. Bird vs K A Walbrodt ½-½37 1895 HastingsA03 Bird's Opening
23. Burn vs Schiffers ½-½56 1895 HastingsD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
24. K A Walbrodt vs Gunsberg ½-½33 1895 HastingsC45 Scotch Game
25. Schlechter vs Lasker 0-151 1895 HastingsB34 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto
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Kibitzer's Corner
Nov-05-12  fref: Nowadays, super-tournaments don't have that much rounds anymore.
Nov-16-12  brankat: This is an absolutely fantastic collection of games from a legendary tournament!

<fref> Nowadays, people are always in a hurry. Only when they get near their deathbed do they reconsider. Too late.

From Pillsbury's interview after the event:

<Before the tournament began, we would sit for hours and discuss matters pertaining to chess, or analyze a game, or try to expand the theories of certain openings, and so on,>

You are not going to witness that kind of a thing again.

May-05-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  Phony Benoni: Nick Pope's "Chess Archaeology" site now has issues of the <Brooklyn Daily Eagle> covering Hastings 1895. Since Pillsbury was living in Brooklyn at the time, you can imagine they got somewhat more excited as the tournament went on. But, really, proclaiming him World Champion after the last round was going a bit far.

http://www.chessarch.com/excavation...

May-05-13  nok: Consistent with Hastings being perceived as a kind of unification tournament, as the first half of the 1890s had been very messy. But it didn't clear the dust just yet.
May-05-13  nok: Of course, as I said in another thread, we should also remember that <in the 19th century an international tournament was a rare event, and the winner often had moral rights to the title>.
May-05-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: The apparently interminable orgy of self-justification by one poster, in the face of facts, has migrated to another page. How lucky we are-as in not.

Most unfortunate that it should sully another fine tournament page, but that can be the curse of having certain anonymous random posters on the internet.

May-05-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  Phony Benoni: <perfidious> There's room for research about 19th century attitudes toward the world championship. <We> know what happened--history is 20-20, after all--but it may not have been as clear at the time. As a comparison, think of the confusion in the 1990s when it wasn't clear whether FIDE or Kasparov and his Friends would ultimately prevail.

I came across another tidbit today. When Lasker clinched first in the Paris 1900 tournament, the headline in the New York Times was <"LASKER STILL CHAMPION">, as if to imply he wouldn't have been had he not won the tournament.

Now these are little molehills against mountains of contrary evidence. But it's still a question that could use some research.

Feb-01-15  tessathedog: I am hoping to visit England next year and play in the Hastings tournament, partly to sense the "chess history" of the place (not to mention it's other historic connections). I wonder does anyone know exactly where the great 1895 tournament was played, and if the building is still standing?
Feb-01-15  Edeltalent: <tessathedog> I played there at the end of last year for exactly your reasons. Honestly speaking I couldn't sense much of the chess history during the tournament, which now takes place in a sports hall. Still a very well organized event with excellent playing conditions and a strong field.

The tournament 1895 was played in what is now the public library, right in the town center. You can go in there and walk around. https://www.google.de/maps/@50.8552...

http://www.edochess.ca/batgirl/Hast...

Feb-01-15  tessathedog: Thank you very much <Edeltalent> for your response and your most informative link. So, the building the tournament was played in still stands...that will be interesting to visit. Interesting too to see a photo of the Queens Hotel, which presumably still stands too, in which the players were accommodated. I am not quite sure, but seem to recall reading that Capablanca was treated differently...he was put up in the higher quality "King's Hotel". In any case, if these are still in operation, they will be the "must stay there" choice for accommodation if I do in fact visit Hastings this year! Many thanks again for responding to my post, I really appreciate it.
Feb-01-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  Chessical: <tessathedog> The Queen's Hotel still exists:

http://www.queenshotelbrighton.com/

Feb-02-15  tessathedog: Thanks <chessical>...although that link seems to be to the Queen's Hotel in Brighton? I am not sure if the Queen's Hotel Hastings still stands...a quick google produced unclear results.
Feb-02-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  Tabanus: Queen's Hotel in Hastings has now been converted into luxury apartments:

http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property...

Feb-02-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: Recall John Nunn writing of the former Hastings venue in his best games collection from 1994, and hardly in glowing terms, to put it mildly.
Feb-02-15  john barleycorn: <perfidious: Recall John Nunn writing of the former Hastings venue in his best games collection from 1994, and hardly in glowing terms, to put it mildly.>

That was about 100 years later and we all know how much the british invested into the maintainance of the british empire. Lol.

Feb-02-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  MissScarlett: Nunn's books are crusty - like his underpants.
Jun-29-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  Chessical: According to Raymond Keene in "The Spectator" of 27th June 2015: "In the first round of Hastings 1895, the German grandmaster Dr Siegbert Tarrasch lost on time with me move to go against Amos Burn."

In fact, Burn lost to Tarrasch in round 9, whilst Tarrasch lost on time to James Mason in round 1.

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