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TOURNAMENT STANDINGS
Leipzig Tournament

Berthold Englisch9.5/11(+9 -1 =1)[view games]
Louis Paulsen8/10(+8 -2 =0)[view games]
Adolf Schwarz6/10(+5 -3 =2)[view games]
Arnold Schottlaender4.5/9(+3 -3 =3)[view games]
Martin Bier4.5/9(+4 -4 =1)[view games]
Ernst Flechsig4.5/11(+3 -5 =3)[view games]
Karl Pitschel4/10(+3 -5 =2)[view games]
Fritz Riemann4/9(+4 -5 =0)[view games]
Wilfried Paulsen3.5/10(+2 -5 =3)[view games]
Emil Schallopp3/8(+2 -4 =2)[view games]
Johannes von Minckwitz2.5/8(+2 -5 =1)[view games]
Carl Wemmers2/7(+2 -5 =0)[view games]

Chessgames.com Historical Chess Event
Leipzig (1879)
The Leipzig (1877) tournament was the birthplace of the Deutschen Schachbund on July 18th, 1877. Over the next two years sixty-two chess clubs would become members of the foundling chess federation. Hofrat von Gottschall became the chairman of the federation and Hermann Zwanzig was made the general secretary.

The Deutschen Schachbund reconvened at the Schützenhaus on July 15th, 1879. To commemorate the meeting, a Schachkongresse master's tournament was organized. This inaugural event was largely an internal affair. Three invitations went out to Austrian chess masters: Berthold Englisch, Karl Pitschel, and Adolf Schwarz. The remaining nine seats went to German chess masters: Louis and Wilfried Paulsen, Max Bier, Ernst Flechsig, Fritz Riemann, Emil Schallopp, Arnold Schottländer, Johannes Von Minckwitz, and Carl Wemmers. The field and format were extremely limited, with two rounds being played on most days of the tournament. Records have been such that ten of the sixty-six games have not survived to the present day, and therefore they have been omitted from this collection.

However, what began with the Deutschen Schachbund in Leipzig in 1879 would in the next two years evolve into one of the stronger and more widely recognized of international chess competitions the world would see over the course of the latter 19th century. Berthold Englisch won this event with 9 wins out of his eleven games, all of which have been preserved and can be found in the collection below.

The final standings and crosstable:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 1 Englisch * 1 1 = 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 9.5 2 Paulsen, L 0 * 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 9.0 3 Schwarz 0 0 * 0 1 1 1 = = 1 1 1 7.0 4 Bier = 0 1 * 0 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 6.5 5 Riemann 0 0 0 1 * 0 1 1 1 0 1 1 6.0 6 Pitschel 0 0 0 0 1 * = 1 1 = 1 0 5.0 7 Schallopp 0 0 0 0 0 = * 1 1 = 1 1 5.0 8 Schottländer 1 0 = 0 0 0 0 * = 1 = 1 4.5 9 Flechsig 0 1 = 0 0 0 0 = * = 1 1 4.5 10 Paulsen, W 0 0 0 0 1 = = 0 = * 0 1 3.5 11 Minckwitz 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 = 0 0 * 1 2.5 12 Wemmers 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 * 2.0

The game W Paulsen vs J Minckwitz, 1879 was scored as a loss by both players when Paulsen exceeded the time limit while checkmating Minckwitz.

The ten missing games are as follows:

Round 1: Bier 1 Schallopp; Weemers 0 Paulsen, W Round 4: Schallopp 1 Schottländer Round 9: Schottländer 0 Bier; Riemann 1 Minckwitz; Wemmers 0 Paulsen, L Round 10: Schwarz defeats Minckwitz; Schallopp defeats Wemmers Round 11: Minckwitz 0 Pitschel; Wemmers 0 Riemann

No games are recorded by Minckwitz and Wemmers in the last three rounds, so it is possible those games were forfeited.

The Berlin (1881) tournament was the next DSB Kongress.

*As usual, much of the historical content is credited to Jan van Reek.

Original collection: Game Collection: Leipzig 1879, by User: suenteus po 147

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 56  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. E Flechsig vs A Schottlaender  ½-½49 1879 LeipzigC11 French
2. E Flechsig vs Englisch  0-167 1879 LeipzigC77 Ruy Lopez
3. Wemmers vs M Bier  1-040 1879 LeipzigC50 Giuoco Piano
4. Paulsen vs E Schallopp  1-040 1879 LeipzigC48 Four Knights
5. Paulsen vs K Pitschel  1-036 1879 LeipzigA10 English
6. A Schottlaender vs J Minckwitz  ½-½56 1879 LeipzigC50 Giuoco Piano
7. Englisch vs J Minckwitz  1-062 1879 LeipzigB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
8. A Schwarz vs W Paulsen  1-044 1879 LeipzigB40 Sicilian
9. A Schwarz vs F Riemann 1-017 1879 LeipzigC49 Four Knights
10. F Riemann vs K Pitschel 0-135 1879 LeipzigC59 Two Knights
11. W Paulsen vs J Minckwitz 1-070 1879 LeipzigC49 Four Knights
12. A Schwarz vs Paulsen  0-143 1879 LeipzigB40 Sicilian
13. K Pitschel vs A Schottlaender  1-037 1879 LeipzigC25 Vienna
14. J Minckwitz vs Wemmers  1-035 1879 LeipzigC51 Evans Gambit
15. W Paulsen vs E Flechsig  ½-½29 1879 LeipzigA20 English
16. E Flechsig vs Wemmers  1-032 1879 LeipzigC77 Ruy Lopez
17. Englisch vs Paulsen  1-051 1879 LeipzigB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
18. Englisch vs F Riemann  1-070 1879 LeipzigC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
19. E Schallopp vs F Riemann 0-176 1879 LeipzigC45 Scotch Game
20. M Bier vs A Schwarz 1-052 1879 LeipzigC01 French, Exchange
21. M Bier vs K Pitschel  1-025 1879 LeipzigC67 Ruy Lopez
22. F Riemann vs Paulsen 0-121 1879 LeipzigB23 Sicilian, Closed
23. A Schottlaender vs W Paulsen 1-039 1879 LeipzigB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
24. E Schallopp vs A Schwarz  0-137 1879 LeipzigC01 French, Exchange
25. M Bier vs J Minckwitz  0-136 1879 LeipzigC49 Four Knights
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jan-22-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  FSR: <The game W Paulsen vs J Minckwitz, 1879 was scored as a loss by both players when Paulsen exceeded the time limit while checkmating Minckwitz.>

That is one of the stupidest things I've ever heard.

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