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🏆 Hastings (1895) Chess Event Description
The chess club in the English town of Hastings was founded in 1882. In 1895 the club organized a tournament ... [more]

Player: Siegbert Tarrasch

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J Mason vs Tarrasch 1-0301895HastingsC50 Giuoco Piano
2. Pillsbury vs Tarrasch 1-0521895HastingsD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
3. Tarrasch vs J Mieses ½-½521895HastingsD26 Queen's Gambit Accepted
4. Tarrasch vs K A Walbrodt 1-0381895HastingsC77 Ruy Lopez
5. Tarrasch vs Chigorin 0-1361895HastingsD00 Queen's Pawn Game
6. Gunsberg vs Tarrasch ½-½481895HastingsD02 Queen's Pawn Game
7. Tarrasch vs Schiffers 1-0361895HastingsC29 Vienna Gambit
8. Tinsley vs Tarrasch 0-1461895HastingsD00 Queen's Pawn Game
9. Burn vs Tarrasch 0-1301895HastingsD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
10. Tarrasch vs Teichmann 0-1441895HastingsC77 Ruy Lopez
11. Schlechter vs Tarrasch ½-½441895HastingsC48 Four Knights
12. Albin vs Tarrasch 0-1231895HastingsC49 Four Knights
13. W Pollock vs Tarrasch 1-0251895HastingsC00 French Defense
14. G Marco vs Tarrasch 0-1451895HastingsC79 Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred
15. Von Bardeleben vs Tarrasch  ½-½401895HastingsC79 Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred
16. Tarrasch vs Blackburne 1-0281895HastingsC10 French
17. Tarrasch vs Bird 1-0281895HastingsB30 Sicilian
18. Tarrasch vs Janowski 1-0281895HastingsD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
19. Tarrasch vs Lasker 1-0491895HastingsC67 Ruy Lopez
20. Steinitz vs Tarrasch 0-1721895HastingsA84 Dutch
21. Tarrasch vs B Vergani  1-0541895HastingsA07 King's Indian Attack
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  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.

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  MissScarlett: Nunn's books are crusty - like his underpants.
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  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.

Sep-09-15  The Kings Domain: One of the most fabled tournaments, and the one that introduced Pillsbury to the world.
May-08-16  RookFile: Win, lose or draw, it's always interesting to play over a Pillsbury game.
Feb-06-17  solskytz: One should mention that Lasker was ill with Typhus at the time of the tournament, and almost died.

He still dragged himself to play - and it was incredible that he could finish in the top three, a healthy distance from the pack, in his condition - he could still play world-class chess.

In his state and despite winning the WCH on the preceding year, he couldn't be perceived as "a favorite" by any stretch. Immense will power and ability to fight!

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  MissScarlett: I've read that Blackburne played a vital role in Pillsbury's invitation to the event. Anyone know more?

The <Pall Mall Gazette> of July 13th 1895, p.9, reveals that 38 masters applied for places, from which the final 22 had been selected. Perhaps this is stage where Blackburne's apparent influence was felt.

The tournament intro claims that Pillsbury was 'relatively unknown', which is relatively inarguable, but I do note the <(London) Standard> of July 16th, p.7, states the line-up are all <well known, with the exception of Vergani>.

May-28-17  Paarhufer: <solskytz: One should mention that Lasker was ill with Typhus at the time of the tournament, and almost died.>

Lasker's illness begun at the end of October 1894 (newspapers reported on a cancelled appointment). The following text is from the <The Belfast News-Letter>, 1 November 1894:

"It is with regret that we learn that Herr Lasker, the eminent chess master, and Chess Champion of the world, is now lying in St. Thomas' Hospital, suffering from an attack of gastric fever with additional danger through the breaking of a bloodvessel. So critical was Lasker's condition at the end of last week that his brother Dr. Lasker was summoned from Berlin. Since that time the illness has taken a favourable course towards recovery, and it is hoped that the greatest part of the danger is now past. The patient is in good hands and nothing will be left undone that can either alleviate his sufferings or hasten his recovery. In any case many weeks must necessarily elapse before he can resume to play."

In Cheshire's tournament book (p.4) the following is said:

"... whilst Lasker, though scarcly yet robust, would probably be sufficiently recovered from his exhausting illness .."

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  zanzibar: I think Cheshire's tb (p347) has more to say on the matter:


On May 26, 1894, he won the championship of the world by scoring his tenth win against Steinitz's five (four drawn). On October 19, in the same year, he was taken suddenly ill with typhoid fever, when he was carefully attended by Dr. B. Lasker, his brother, who came over from Berlin for the purpose. This illness, after some delays, prevented him playing his promised return match with Steinitz. Doubtless he will, however, now soon give Steinitz an opportunity for revenge.


whereupon we learn the exact affliction, and the exact date it struck.

(Other sources agree with the above i.e. typhoid; others might have "fun" digging those refs out - I'll leave that to the "pros".)

Would some kind biographer editor change the bio above?

Typhus is certainly wrong, and gastic fever, although overlapping, is not specific enough.

<<Gastric fever>

Related to Gastric fever: Nervous fever, Gastric flu

(Med.) a fever attended with prominent gastric symptoms; - a name applied to certain forms of typhoid fever; also, to catarrhal inflammation of the stomach attended with fever.



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  zanzibar: <While "typhoid" means "typhus-like", typhus and typhoid fever are distinct diseases caused by different types of bacteria.>

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  MissScarlett: < On October 19, in the same year, he was taken suddenly ill with typhoid fever, when he was carefully attended by Dr. B. Lasker, his brother, who came over from Berlin for the purpose.>

Berthold even helped his brother OTB:

B Lasker vs F Brendel, 1894

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  zanzibar: <MissS> can you possibly spell out exactly how Berthold helped out his brother in that game?
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  MissScarlett: I believe Emanuel was scheduled to give that simul, but Berthold stepped into the breach. I'll look up the source tomorrow.
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  zanzibar: Ah, interesting...
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  zanzibar: You probably submitted the game too, given that it has a source tag(!):

<[Source "The (London) Standard, 1894.11.12, p.7"]>


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  MissScarlett: Something I hadn't noticed before was the lack of a systematic white-black alternation of rounds. Lasker, for instance, had the White pieces for rounds 11-14, followed by five consecutive games with Black. Anyone know more about the pairing methods used at the time?
Jun-09-18  Retireborn: <MissS> Crouch's tournament book implies that drawings for rounds took place every day and the players did not know until 30 minutes before the start who their opponent of the day would be. Except the last round, I suppose.

ISTR something similar at New York 1924.

Jun-09-18  Olavi: Schallopp's tournament book states the same.
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  MissScarlett: Pillsbury, Steinitz, Schlechter, Blackburne, Walbrodt, Burn, Mason, Gunsberg, Albin, Marco and Tinsley were the players who enjoyed an extra White.
Jun-10-18  Retireborn: One of Pillsbury's Whites was his walk-over against von Bardeleben; possibly he'd have preferred to use up a Black in that way.
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  Sally Simpson: As well as the pre-round drawing of lots in another effort to spice things up there was a special prize donated by Joseph Cooke of Knockgraffon (it's in Ireland) of a 'handsome' ring and four volumes of 'The Theory and Practise of Chess' by Salvioli to the player who won the most Evans Gambits Accepted with either colour.

There were 9 Evans Gambits but one was declined W Pollock vs Lasker, 1895 which prompted this wonderful caustic note from Tarrasch:

"It is noteworthy that Lasker usually declines the Evansí Gambit, although he has declared that he knows a winning defence."

Of the remaining 8 games,

Steinitz won 2, Pillsbury won 2 and Chigorin won 2. A tie breaker was in place, it was resolved by the player who was involved in the most Evans Gambits (with either colour) This was Chigorin with 4 games.

The tournament book by Horace Cheshire duly reports that Chigorin did indeed receive the Evans Gambit Joseph Cooke Prize.

We now need a benefactor in the shape of another Joseph Cooke to award a 'handsome' ring to players who do NOT play the Berlin Defence.

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  MissScarlett: <Steinitz won 2>

But neither with own winning defence: C.N. 4171

Jun-10-18  WorstPlayerEver: <MissScarlett>

Oh well, how many times did Ruy Lopez play the Ruy Lopez?

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