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TOURNAMENT STANDINGS
London Tournament

Emanuel Lasker21.5/26(+18 -1 =7)[view games]
Harry Nelson Pillsbury18/27(+14 -5 =8)[view games]
Geza Maroczy17/26(+12 -4 =10)[view games]
David Janowski17/26(+15 -7 =4)[view games]
Carl Schlechter16/26(+12 -6 =8)[view games]
Joseph Henry Blackburne15.5/27(+12 -8 =7)[view games]
Mikhail Chigorin15/27(+13 -10 =4)[view games]
Jackson Whipps Showalter11.5/26(+7 -10 =9)[view games]
James Mason11/26(+8 -12 =6)[view games]
Wilhelm Cohn10.5/26(+8 -13 =5)[view games]
Wilhelm Steinitz10.5/26(+7 -12 =7)[view games]
Francis Joseph Lee8.5/26(+5 -14 =7)[view games]
Samuel Tinsley6/27(+4 -19 =4)[view games]
Henry Edward Bird6/26(+4 -18 =4)[view games]
Richard Teichmann2/4(+1 -1 =2)[view games]

Chessgames.com Historical Chess Event
London (1899)
In the late spring of 1899, eighteen of the world's best chess masters were invited to participate in a double round robin tournament in London, England. Among those who attended were the World Champion, Emanuel Lasker, and the former world champion, Wilhelm Steinitz. Of the eighteen invited, Tarrasch declined his invitation, citing his medical practice as the higher priority. Charousek wished to attend but an illness at the time (which later proved fatal) prevented him. Amos Burn, who had agreed to come, left the first day when called away on business. The remaining fifteen players gathered in St. Stephen's Hall (1), found near the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Aquarium, where their play was dwarfed each day by the towering statues of historic statesmen. The time control for the tournament was set at fifteen moves every hour. Over the course of the tournament, the players were entertained and treated in a number of ways, including exhibitions by the London Chess Club at the Crystal Palace and gatherings at the Star and Garter Hotel in Richmond (a favorite stop over of Charles Dickens). Among the festivities, a banquet was held for the players at the Cafe Monaco on June 29th. The early rounds of the tournament proved surprising as Janowski took off with an early lead of 4 points after the first four rounds, while Lasker, who had dominated at Nuremberg in 1896, held only two points. It was at this point in the tournament that Richard Teichmann had to withdraw due to an eye infection (the same that later left him blind in one eye). His remaining games in the first half were considered lost by forfeit and those games have been excluded from this collection. The tide turned though, as Lasker's loss to Blackburne in the fourth round proved to be his only defeat. He went on to defeat Janowski in their first head-to-head game in the tenth round, and then never gave up the lead for the rest of the tournament. He finished four and a half points ahead of the shared seconds, once more asserting his dominance against the field of candidates vying for his crown. It was also to be an unfortunate landmark for Steinitz, who finished a tournament for the first time in his life without a prize. It was also to be his last for he died in poverty a year later.

London 30 May - 10 July

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 1st Lasker 22˝/27 ** 1˝ ˝1 ˝1 ˝1 01 11 11 1˝ 1˝ ˝1 11 11 11 1 =2nd Janowski 18 /27 0˝ ** 10 01 11 1˝ 11 ˝1 00 11 10 11 01 1˝ 1 =2nd Pillsbury 18 /27 ˝0 01 ** ˝˝ ˝1 00 10 ˝˝ 11 11 11 11 1˝ 11 ˝ =2nd Maróczy 18 /27 ˝0 10 ˝˝ ** ˝˝ ˝1 01 1˝ 10 11 ˝1 ˝1 1˝ 11 1 5th Schlechter 17 /27 ˝0 00 ˝0 ˝˝ ** 1˝ 10 ˝1 ˝1 0˝ 11 11 11 11 1 6th Blackburne 15˝/27 10 0˝ 11 ˝0 0˝ ** ˝0 01 1˝ 01 10 1˝ 11 11 ˝ 7th Chigorin 15 /27 00 00 01 10 01 ˝1 ** 1˝ 1˝ 01 ˝1 10 11 10 1 8th Showalter 12˝/27 00 ˝0 ˝˝ 0˝ ˝0 10 0˝ ** 0˝ 0˝ 1˝ 11 11 01 1 9th Mason 12 /27 0˝ 11 00 01 ˝0 0˝ 0˝ 1˝ ** 00 01 00 11 ˝1 1 =10th Cohn 11˝/27 0˝ 00 00 00 1˝ 10 10 1˝ 11 ** 0˝ 1˝ 10 00 1 =10th Steinitz 11˝/27 ˝0 01 00 ˝0 00 01 ˝0 0˝ 10 1˝ ** ˝0 ˝1 11 1 12th Lee 9˝/27 00 00 00 ˝0 00 0˝ 01 00 11 0˝ ˝1 ** ˝1 ˝˝ 1 13th Bird 7 /27 00 10 0˝ 0˝ 00 00 00 00 00 01 ˝0 ˝0 ** 11 1 14th Tinsley 6 /27 00 0˝ 00 00 00 00 01 10 ˝0 11 00 ˝˝ 00 ** 0 15th Teichmann 2 /14 0 0 ˝ 0 0 ˝ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 *

Reference: (1) http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_S...

Original collection: Game Collection: London 1899, by User: suenteus po 147

 page 1 of 8; games 1-25 of 186  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Tinsley vs Janowski  0-159 1899 LondonD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
2. J Mason vs Maroczy 0-152 1899 LondonB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
3. Chigorin vs Pillsbury 0-147 1899 LondonC52 Evans Gambit
4. Blackburne vs Teichmann  ½-½50 1899 LondonC50 Giuoco Piano
5. Lasker vs Steinitz ½-½25 1899 LondonC66 Ruy Lopez
6. W Cohn vs Schlechter 1-032 1899 LondonC44 King's Pawn Game
7. Bird vs Showalter 0-145 1899 LondonC11 French
8. Blackburne vs W Cohn 0-177 1899 LondonC26 Vienna
9. Maroczy vs F J Lee ½-½44 1899 LondonB12 Caro-Kann Defense
10. Steinitz vs Janowski 0-145 1899 LondonD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
11. Chigorin vs Tinsley 1-037 1899 LondonB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
12. Lasker vs Schlechter ½-½30 1899 LondonC68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
13. Teichmann vs Pillsbury  ½-½66 1899 LondonC49 Four Knights
14. J Mason vs Bird 1-064 1899 LondonC50 Giuoco Piano
15. Lasker vs F J Lee 1-039 1899 LondonB19 Caro-Kann, Classical
16. Tinsley vs Maroczy  0-162 1899 LondonD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
17. Bird vs Pillsbury 0-127 1899 LondonC31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
18. Schlechter vs Showalter  ½-½28 1899 LondonD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
19. Chigorin vs Teichmann 1-028 1899 LondonC55 Two Knights Defense
20. J Mason vs Steinitz 0-150 1899 LondonC62 Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense
21. W Cohn vs Janowski  0-122 1899 LondonB23 Sicilian, Closed
22. Pillsbury vs W Cohn  1-056 1899 LondonC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
23. Teichmann vs Tinsley 1-028 1899 LondonC10 French
24. Showalter vs F J Lee 1-055 1899 LondonB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
25. Lasker vs Blackburne 0-146 1899 LondonC62 Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense
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Kibitzer's Corner
Apr-13-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  keypusher: Reposting this curious fact:

London 1899 was a disaster for the White pieces overall. According to Hoffer's tourament book, White scored as follows: +59-81=46, or .31/.44/.25

I wonder if there has been another major tournament in which White scored so badly?

Some particularly bad openings for White:

Vienna Game +1-7=1 (Steinitz had a terrible system that accounted for a number of the losses)

Evans Gambit +0-2=0
Sicilian Defense +1-5=0
Philidor +0-4=0

But even stalwart openings fared poorly:

QP Game +12-20=10 (this includes a lot of games by bottom finishers against the leaders)

Ruy Lopez +10-11=4
Scotch +1-3=0

These openings did well:

Ponziani Opening +3-0=0 (the tournament book called it the "English Knight's Opening." Caro-Kann +3-0=3

White's score with the French and the QGD looks good only by comparison to the other mainstay openings:

French +10-8=5 (players were jumping at the chance to take on Chigorin's 2.Qe2)

QGD +7-6=11

Tournament winner Lasker was no exception to the general rule. He gave up five draws and a famous loss to Blackburne with White, and just two draws with Black. He also won the first brilliancy prize (against Steinitz) with Black.

I don't think this was normal for him. At St. Petersburg 1909 he was +9-0=0 with White, while giving up two losses and three draws with Black.

Apr-21-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: <<keypusher> White scored as follows: +59-81=46, or .31/.44/.25 > Additionally, I wonder if there also had been another 'great' tournament with 75% decisive games.

I'll keep that in mind. ;)

Apr-21-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  keypusher: <whiteshark: <<keypusher> White scored as follows: +59-81=46, or .31/.44/.25 > Additionally, I wonder if there also had been another 'great' tournament with 75% decisive games.>

I'm sure that was a normal result for the time. I checked Hastings 1895 and got a 74.8% decisive-game rate (not counting von Bardleben's forfeit to Pillsbury).

Hastings (1895)

Schlechter was the only player at Hastings to draw more than half his games -- 12 out of 21. No one at London 1899 drew half his games, it looks like.

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