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Amsterdam Tournament

Amos Burn7/8(+6 -0 =2)[view games]
Emanuel Lasker6/8(+5 -1 =2)[view games]
James Mason5.5/8(+3 -0 =5)[view games]
Louis van Vliet5/8(+3 -1 =4)[view games]
Isidor Gunsberg4/8(+2 -2 =4)[view games]
Johann Hermann Bauer3.5/8(+2 -3 =3)[view games]
Rudolf Johannes Loman3/8(+2 -4 =2)[view games]
Arnold van Foreest2/8(+1 -5 =2)[view games]
Robinson Kay Leather0/8(+0 -8 =0)[view games]
* Chess Event Description
Amsterdam (1889)

Preliminary arrangements appeared in the British Chess Magazine, August 1889, p. 318. Of course, they also appeared in the German tournament book cited below.

An International Chess Congress will be held at the Cafe Red Lion, Vygendam, Amsterdam, beginning on August 25th. There will be three classes, the first to consist only of acknowledged foreign masters, and some of the strongest Dutch players. Hours of play, 12 to 4 pm., and 6-30 to 10-30, each competitor to play one game with every other and two games each day, except on three evenings of the week, when unfinished games will be played out. If the entries do not exceed seven, it will be a two-round tourney. Time limit, 18 moves per hour. The committee will decide in which class each competitor will play.

These players impressed the Committee sufficiently to gain admittance to the top group: Johann Hermann Bauer Amos Burn Arnold van Foreest Isidor Gunsberg Emanuel Lasker Robinson Kay Leather Rudolf Johannes Loman James Mason Louis van Vliet. Of these, Burn, Gunsberg, and Mason were already veteran Masters. Bauer and Lasker were less experienced internationally, having qualified as Masters by winning Hauptturniers at the German National Congress. Lasker, indeed, had done so only a month earlier. Van Foreest was the current Dutch champion. Loman and van Vliet were native Dutch players, though they resided in London at the time. Finally, there's Mr. Leather, a professor at Liverpool University. There is a report that Joseph Henry Blackburne had entered and was expected to play, so Leather might have been promoted from a lower section to produce an even number of players. When Blackburne never showed up, Leather was allowed to remain in the Master section though he proved to be outclassed.

Amsterdam, 26 August - 1 September 1889

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Pts 1 Burn * = = 1 1 1 1 1 1 7.0 2 Lasker = * = 0 1 1 1 1 1 6.0 3 Mason = = * = = = 1 1 1 5.5 4 Van Vliet 0 1 = * = 1 = = 1 5.0 5 Gunsberg 0 0 = = * = = 1 1 4.0 6 Bauer 0 0 = 0 = * 1 = 1 3.5 7 Loman 0 0 0 = = 0 * 1 1 3.0 8 van Foreest 0 0 0 = 0 = 0 * + 2.0 9 Leather 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - * 0.0

Two games are missing. Mason and Bauer did not submit a score from their round two game, and Leather, having lost every game, departed before his last round game with van Foreest.

Lasker started well, winning his famous double-bishop sacrifice game against Bauer in Round 1 and sprinting to 3-0. A loss to Van Vliet in Round 4 dropped him into a three-way tie for first with Gunsberg and Mason, while Burn (who had scored a draw and a bye in the first two rounds) kept chugging along, making up ground. Lasker got his bye in Round 7, and Burn took the lead with his fifth straight win. The Englishman made it six straight in Round 8, clinching a tie for first as Lasker drew. The younger man did have a chance to catch up in the last round when he had White against Burn, but settled for second place with a quick draw.

Fuller details can be found in the original tournament collection.


British Chess Magazine, August 1889, p. 318.
Der Internationale Schachkongress zu Amsterdam im August 1889 / bearbeitet von Jur. Das. Dirk van Foreest und Cand.-Jur. Joan Diderik Tresling. Utrecht: J. E. Beijers, 1891.
Yenowine's News, September 29, 1889.

Original collection: Game Collection: Amsterdam 1889, by User: Phony Benoni.

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 34  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. L Van Vliet vs R Leather 1-053 1889 AmsterdamC53 Giuoco Piano
2. J Mason vs Burn ½-½23 1889 AmsterdamD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
3. Lasker vs A van Foreest 1-050 1889 AmsterdamA04 Reti Opening
4. A van Foreest vs Gunsberg  0-120 1889 AmsterdamC50 Giuoco Piano
5. Loman vs R Leather 1-016 1889 AmsterdamB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
6. Loman vs Gunsberg  ½-½25 1889 AmsterdamB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
7. Lasker vs J Bauer 1-038 1889 AmsterdamA03 Bird's Opening
8. J Mason vs A van Foreest  1-046 1889 AmsterdamC29 Vienna Gambit
9. Burn vs J Bauer 1-072 1889 AmsterdamD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
10. Loman vs Lasker 0-122 1889 AmsterdamC79 Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred
11. L Van Vliet vs Gunsberg  ½-½52 1889 AmsterdamC55 Two Knights Defense
12. J Mason vs Loman  1-044 1889 AmsterdamA20 English
13. L Van Vliet vs J Mason ½-½61 1889 AmsterdamC13 French
14. Burn vs Loman 1-023 1889 AmsterdamC50 Giuoco Piano
15. R Leather vs Gunsberg 0-183 1889 AmsterdamA07 King's Indian Attack
16. J Bauer vs A van Foreest ½-½43 1889 AmsterdamD00 Queen's Pawn Game
17. R Leather vs Lasker 0-156 1889 AmsterdamA07 King's Indian Attack
18. L Van Vliet vs Lasker 1-024 1889 AmsterdamC41 Philidor Defense
19. Burn vs A van Foreest 1-048 1889 AmsterdamD40 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
20. R Leather vs J Mason  0-134 1889 AmsterdamA07 King's Indian Attack
21. R Leather vs Burn  0-137 1889 AmsterdamC49 Four Knights
22. A van Foreest vs Loman  0-119 1889 AmsterdamC51 Evans Gambit
23. J Bauer vs Loman 1-028 1889 AmsterdamC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
24. J Bauer vs L Van Vliet 0-147 1889 AmsterdamC13 French
25. Gunsberg vs Lasker 0-135 1889 AmsterdamC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
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Kibitzer's Corner
Dec-13-13  shallowred: I asked Santa for the Amos Burn biography by Richard Forster.
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  Stonehenge: From the bio:

<so Leather might have been promoted from a lower section to produce an even number of players.>

I don't think he was in a lower section:

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  FSR: Burn, baby, Burn! Disco inferno!
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  zanzibar: In case one is wondering, like me, about
<Yellowine's News> reference:

Phony Benoni chessforum (kibitz #11710)

Apparently it didn't get fixed yet.

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  Phony Benoni: <zanzibar> I did fix the collection page, which is what was referred to. Didn't think to get the tournament t page as well.
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  zanzibar: All's well that ends well.
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