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Berlin Tournament

Rudolf Rezso Charousek13.5/18(+11 -2 =5)[view games]
David Janowski11.5/18(+8 -3 =7)[view games]
Karl August Walbrodt11/16(+8 -2 =6)[view games]
Joseph Henry Blackburne11/17(+7 -2 =8)[view games]
Georg Marco10.5/18(+7 -4 =7)[view games]
Carl Schlechter10.5/18(+5 -2 =11)[view games]
Amos Burn10/17(+8 -5 =4)[view games]
Semion Alapin9.5/17(+6 -4 =7)[view games]
Mikhail Chigorin8.5/17(+6 -6 =5)[view games]
Emmanuel Schiffers8/17(+5 -6 =6)[view games]
Horatio Caro8/16(+4 -4 =8)[view games]
Simon Winawer7.5/18(+6 -9 =3)[view games]
Wilhelm Cohn7.5/18(+6 -9 =3)[view games]
Johannes Metger7/17(+4 -7 =6)[view games]
Hugo Suechting7/18(+4 -8 =6)[view games]
Richard Teichmann6.5/17(+4 -8 =5)[view games]
Berthold Englisch5.5/10(+2 -1 =7)[view games]
Adolf Julius Zinkl4.5/17(+3 -11 =3)[view games]
Adolf Albin2/15(+1 -12 =2)[view games]
Curt von Bardeleben0.5/1(+0 -0 =1)[view games]

Chessgames.com Historical Chess Event
Berlin (1897)
In 1897, during the 70th anniversary of the Berliner Schachgesellschaft, twenty chess masters were invited to particpate in an international round robin event to celebrate. Despite being the only international master tournament organized for the year, there were a few noticable absences among the participants, including the world champion Emanuel Lasker, former world champion Wilhelm Steinitz, Germany's strongest player Siegbert Tarrasch, and the strongest chess master of the Americas Harry Nelson Pillsbury. However, several notable chess masters were in attendance making it the one great event to follow for the year. Of note were Mikhail Chigorin, Joseph Henry Blackburne, Simon Winawer, David Janowski, and Carl Schlechter. Also included were Rudolf Charousek, who had tied Chigorin for first at Budapest the previous year, and Carl Walbrodt who was brought in as a last minute replacement for Arnold Schottlaender. Curt Von Bardeleben, although invited, was forced to withdraw after a short draw in the first round to Johannes Metger. His games were cancelled, including the draw. Berthold Englisch also withdrew after round eleven, thus forfeiting the rest of his games. All games decided by forfeit have been omitted from this collection. The participants played in the Architektenhaus from September 13th to October 4th. Though Blackburne lead for most of the event, the final rounds of the tournament belonged to Charousek and Walbrodt. Charousek finished with a nine game winning streak and clear first place. Walbrodt, though an alternate, had the best tournament performance of his life, achieving clear second in the strong field. Charousek won 2000 Marks for his victory and Walbrodt earned 1500 for the silver. Despite the young men's success in the exhausting event, both would die within just a few years of the completion of this tournament.

Berlin 13 Sept - 4 Oct

1st Charousek 13/18 * 0 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2nd Walbrodt 13 /18 1 * 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 3rd Blackburne 12 /18 0 * 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 4th Janowski 11/18 0 * 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 0 1 1 5th Burn 11 /18 1 0 0 * 1 1 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 1 1 =6th Schlechter 10/18 0 * 0 1 1 1 1 1 =6th Marco 10/18 0 0 1 * 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 =6th Alapin 10/18 0 0 1 * 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 9th Caro 10 /18 0 0 0 1 * 1 1 1 0 1 1 10th Chigorin 9/18 0 0 0 1 0 1 * 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 11th Schiffers 9 /18 0 1 0 0 1 0 * 1 0 1 0 1 1 12th Metger 8/18 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 * 1 0 1 1 1 0 =13th Cohn 7/18 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 * 0 0 1 1 1 =13th Winawer 7/18 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 * 1 0 1 1 15th Suechting 7 /18 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 * 1 0 1 16th Teichmann 6/18 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 * 0 =17th Englisch 5/18 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 * 0 1 =17th Zinkl 5/18 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 * 1 19th Albin 2 /18 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 *

Original collection: Game Collection: Berlin 1897, by User: suenteus po 147

 page 1 of 7; games 1-25 of 160  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Burn vs Albin  ½-½60 1897 BerlinC25 Vienna
2. Metger vs Von Bardeleben  ½-½14 1897 BerlinC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
3. A Zinkl vs Alapin  0-151 1897 BerlinD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
4. K A Walbrodt vs Charousek 1-042 1897 BerlinC49 Four Knights
5. Teichmann vs Blackburne 0-169 1897 BerlinC71 Ruy Lopez
6. H Suechting vs Schlechter ½-½46 1897 BerlinC51 Evans Gambit
7. G Marco vs W Cohn 1-041 1897 BerlinC83 Ruy Lopez, Open
8. Janowski vs Englisch  ½-½59 1897 BerlinC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
9. Chigorin vs Schiffers ½-½50 1897 BerlinC51 Evans Gambit
10. H Caro vs Winawer  ½-½69 1897 BerlinD02 Queen's Pawn Game
11. A Zinkl vs K A Walbrodt  0-143 1897 BerlinC11 French
12. Winawer vs Teichmann  ½-½58 1897 BerlinC67 Ruy Lopez
13. Schiffers vs Schlechter  ½-½22 1897 BerlinC77 Ruy Lopez
14. Charousek vs G Marco  ½-½46 1897 BerlinC50 Giuoco Piano
15. H Caro vs Chigorin  ½-½73 1897 BerlinD02 Queen's Pawn Game
16. Burn vs H Suechting  ½-½52 1897 BerlinD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
17. Blackburne vs W Cohn 1-030 1897 BerlinC10 French
18. Albin vs Metger  ½-½87 1897 BerlinC01 French, Exchange
19. Alapin vs Janowski  ½-½51 1897 BerlinC49 Four Knights
20. K A Walbrodt vs Burn 1-018 1897 BerlinC26 Vienna
21. Teichmann vs H Caro 1-030 1897 BerlinC61 Ruy Lopez, Bird's Defense
22. H Suechting vs Englisch ½-½66 1897 BerlinC91 Ruy Lopez, Closed
23. Schlechter vs Charousek  ½-½44 1897 BerlinC48 Four Knights
24. Metger vs Alapin  ½-½21 1897 BerlinC60 Ruy Lopez
25. G Marco vs Albin 1-052 1897 BerlinC11 French
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Kibitzer's Corner
Nov-29-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  MissScarlett: I understand there was another, smaller international tourney held in Berlin in January 1897, that also featured Charousek. Does anyone have more details?
Nov-29-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Stonehenge: Here they have some info:

http://www.edochess.ca/tournaments/...

Mar-06-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  MissScarlett: <Curt Von Bardeleben, although invited, was forced to withdraw after a short draw in the first round to Johannes Metger.>

Is it known why he withdrew? Seems he didn't play professionally again until 1900.

Jun-17-15  zanzibar: <MissScarlett> so far the best info I have is from <Knowledge v20 Nov 1, 1897 p272> where I found

<The other scores (not counting those of Herren Albin, Englisch, and V. Bardeleben, who retired though ill health at different stages of the tournament>

Since v Bardeleben retired after just one game, his ill-health was probably the most serious.

* * * * *

Other info from the same ref:

<Herr Schiffers obtained a special prize for best score against the prize winners>

And also,

<Immediately after the tournament M. Janowski challenged Herr Walbrodt to a match, but the challenge was not accepted.>

<The next international tournament will be held at Vienna next year, when very valuable prizes will be offered.>

And also this, slightly out of context(?) statement:

<The inventor of the Steinitz Gambit, as the result of a single defeat, has admitted the unsoundness of that interestingly eccentric debut. [...]>

Jun-17-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  Nosnibor: <Zanzibar> Bardeleben`s ill health was not as serious as that of Englisch who died within 16 days of the end of the tournament!Albin defaulted the last round to Walbrodt who was only half a point behind Charousek.However Charousek managed an extremely good last round win over Chigorin to secure first prize.Following Charousek`s success here Janowsky challenged him to a match but this never came about due the onset of Charousek`s fatal illness.
Jun-17-15  zanzibar: I see I forgot to post the link to the <Knowledge> article:

https://books.google.com/books?id=j...

The scoring is off by one (save for one game(?)), as it includes the nullified v Bardeleben games as forfeits.

Jun-17-15  zanzibar: <Nosnibor> Wow, I had no idea. Yes, that's an amazing fact about Englisch that I was completely unaware of. One that definitely should go in the tournament intro.

I have Albin also defaulting on the next-to-last round, R18 and maybe more. I'm in the middle of working it out.

As for Janowski, I think I remember the American press noting that he was somewhat famous for challenging any and all. (I should find the exact quote, maybe later I'll post an update).

Jun-17-15  zanzibar: If the R1 v Bardeleben game had been a win by him, I wouldn't be able to use the <Knowledge - Chess Intelligence> scores to determine who he was paired with in R1. Similarly, if he was paired against Albin or Englisch.

But, comparing Metger's score of 9.0 in the contemporaneous reportage, versus his score of 8.5 here, allows the conclusion that a R1 draw was played between the two.

The colors are uncertain of course.

Jun-17-15  zanzibar: (Of course, one could just look at the Swiss xtab and see Metger has a R1 bye. But that would be far too easy!)
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