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TOURNAMENT STANDINGS
Vienna Tournament

Siegbert Tarrasch31/41(+24 -3 =14)[view games]
Harry Nelson Pillsbury30/41(+26 -7 =8)[view games]
David Janowski25.5/36(+22 -7 =7)[view games]
Wilhelm Steinitz23.5/36(+18 -7 =11)[view games]
Carl Schlechter21.5/36(+13 -6 =17)[view games]
Amos Burn20/36(+13 -9 =14)[view games]
Mikhail Chigorin20/36(+17 -13 =6)[view games]
Geza Maroczy19.5/36(+10 -7 =19)[view games]
Paul Lipke19.5/36(+10 -7 =19)[view games]
Emmanuel Schiffers18/37(+13 -14 =10)[view games]
Semion Alapin18/36(+11 -11 =14)[view games]
Joseph Henry Blackburne17.5/37(+7 -9 =21)[view games]
Georg Marco16.5/36(+11 -14 =11)[view games]
Jackson Whipps Showalter16/37(+13 -18 =6)[view games]
Karl August Walbrodt15.5/35(+12 -16 =7)[view games]
Alexander Halprin14/36(+8 -16 =12)[view games]
Horatio Caro12.5/36(+6 -17 =13)[view games]
David Graham Baird8/36(+5 -25 =6)[view games]
Herbert William Trenchard5/36(+1 -27 =8)[view games]
Adolf Schwarz0.5/8(+0 -7 =1)[view games]

Chessgames.com Historical Chess Event
Vienna (1898)
In the summer of 1898, Adolf Baron von Rothschild organized a double round robin tournament (1) to be held in Vienna, Austria to celebrate the jubilee of Kaiser Franz Josef. He sent invitations to the best chess masters in the world, eventually garnering twenty participants. Among the notable absentees, World Champion Emmanuel Lasker declined his invitation on the grounds that too many players (over sixteen) had been invited to compete. Charousek was also invited but declined due to poor health. The twenty players, including old masters like Chigorin and Steinitz, as well as new masters like Tarrasch and Pillsbury, assembled at Baron von Rothschild's Heugasse palace on May 31st. The tournament was conducted within the club hall of Wiener Schachklub at Schottengasse 7. Games started promptly each morning at 10am, with a time control of thirty moves every two hours. The adjournment bell was rung at 2pm, with play resuming at 5pm to be continued until 9pm at which point a minimum of fifteen moves per hour must be made. It was forbidden to analyze adjourned games. Among the highlights of the tournament, the elderly Adolf Schwarz was forced to resign during his eighth round game and then leave Vienna due to health reasons. His remaining games in the first half were forfeited and he was removed from the schedule of the second half. In addition to these forfeited games, two more games were decided by forfeit, all of these games have been omitted from this collection. On the 26th of July a large banquet was held in the tournament hall for all the players to celebrate the end of the tournament. Prizes were awarded and several players made haste after the feast to catch the train to Koln where another tournament was being held at the start of August. Tarrasch and Pillsbury had finished the tournament tied for first, so a playoff mini-match of four games was devised to be played on consecutive days following the prize banquet. The remaining players stayed to observe the play off match and cheered Tarrasch as the eventual winner. Tarrasch won 6000 Kronen for first; the Krone being equal in value to the Franc or Mark at the time. Pillsbury won 4000 Kronen as well as a 400 Kronen bonus for a brilliancy prize. The tournament stands as the largest international tournament ever played as well as Tarrasch's greatest tournament victory in his whole chess career.

The final standings and crosstable:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 1 Tarrasch ** 01 01 ˝1 ˝1 ˝1 1˝ ˝˝ ˝1 1˝ ˝˝ 11 11 11 1˝ ˝1 11 11 ˝1 1 28˝ 2 Pillsbury 10 ** 01 1˝ ˝1 10 ˝0 1˝ 10 ˝1 11 11 ˝1 ˝1 11 11 11 11 11 1 28˝ 3 Janowski 10 10 ** 11 1˝ 11 ˝1 00 ˝˝ 11 0˝ 11 ˝1 11 11 00 ˝1 11 11 1 26˝ 4 Steinitz ˝0 0˝ 00 ** ˝1 01 ˝˝ 11 1˝ 1˝ ˝˝ 10 11 11 10 ˝1 1˝ 11 11 1 24˝ 5 Schlechter ˝0 ˝0 0˝ ˝0 ** ˝˝ 11 ˝˝ ˝˝ 1˝ 0˝ ˝1 ˝1 1˝ 11 ˝0 ˝1 11 11 1 22˝ 6 Chigorin ˝0 01 00 10 ˝˝ ** 01 01 1˝ 1˝ ˝0 01 10 11 10 11 01 10 11 1 21 7 Burn 0˝ ˝1 ˝0 ˝˝ 00 10 ** ˝1 0˝ ˝˝ ˝˝ ˝0 ˝0 11 10 11 1˝ 11 11 1 21 8 Lipke ˝˝ 0˝ 11 00 ˝˝ 10 ˝0 ** ˝˝ ˝˝ ˝0 1˝ 11 1˝ ˝0 ˝1 ˝˝ 11 ˝˝ 1 20˝ 9 Maróczy ˝0 01 ˝˝ 0˝ ˝˝ 0˝ 1˝ ˝˝ ** ˝˝ ˝1 11 ˝˝ 10 0˝ 01 ˝1 ˝˝ 11 1 20˝ 10 Alapin 0˝ ˝0 00 0˝ 0˝ 0˝ ˝˝ ˝˝ ˝˝ ** 1˝ 1˝ 11 00 10 11 ˝1 01 11 1 19 11 Schiffers 00 00 00 01 ˝0 10 ˝1 0˝ 00 0˝ ˝˝ ** 10 1˝ 11 ˝1 1˝ 11 ˝1 1 18 12 Blackburne ˝˝ 00 1˝ ˝˝ 1˝ ˝1 ˝˝ ˝1 ˝0 0˝ ** ˝˝ 0˝ ˝0 0˝ ˝˝ 00 11 1˝ ˝ 17˝ 13 Marco 00 ˝0 ˝0 00 ˝0 01 ˝1 00 ˝˝ 00 1˝ 01 ** 11 ˝1 1˝ 1˝ ˝1 10 1 17˝ 14 Showalter 00 ˝0 00 00 0˝ 00 00 0˝ 01 11 ˝1 0˝ 00 ** ˝1 11 11 01 11 1 16 15 Walbrodt 0˝ 00 00 01 00 01 01 ˝1 1˝ 01 1˝ 00 ˝0 ˝0 ** 00 11 0˝ 11 1 15˝ 16 Halprin ˝0 00 11 ˝0 ˝1 00 00 ˝0 10 00 ˝˝ ˝0 0˝ 00 11 ** ˝˝ ˝1 1˝ 1 15 17 Caro 00 00 ˝0 0˝ ˝0 10 0˝ ˝˝ ˝0 ˝0 11 0˝ 0˝ 00 00 ˝˝ ** 11 ˝1 1 13˝ 18 Baird 00 00 00 00 00 01 00 00 ˝˝ 10 00 00 ˝0 10 1˝ ˝0 00 ** 1˝ 1 9 19 Trenchard ˝0 00 00 00 00 00 00 ˝˝ 00 00 0˝ ˝0 01 00 00 0˝ ˝0 0˝ ** 1 6 20 Schwarz 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ˝ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ** ˝

Playoff match:

1st Tarrasch 2˝/4 1 0 1 ˝ 2nd Pillsbury 1˝/4 0 1 0 ˝ 1st Brilliancy Prize (400 Kronen): Halprin vs Pillsbury, 1898 2nd Brilliancy Prize (300 Kronen): Lipke vs Janowski, 1898 3rd Brilliancy Prize (200 Kronen): G Marco vs Burn, 1898

*This collection could not have been possible without the efforts of <sneaky pete>. He has my special thanks as well as my eternal gratitude.

References: (1) http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vien... , (2) Original collection: Game Collection: Vienna 1898, by User: suenteus po 147

 page 1 of 15; games 1-25 of 352  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Showalter vs Halprin  1-040 1898 ViennaC42 Petrov Defense
2. Janowski vs H Caro 1-063 1898 ViennaC49 Four Knights
3. K A Walbrodt vs Chigorin  1-056 1898 ViennaD07 Queen's Gambit Declined, Chigorin Defense
4. Showalter vs Schlechter ½-½62 1898 ViennaC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
5. K A Walbrodt vs H Caro  1-042 1898 ViennaC49 Four Knights
6. H W Trenchard vs Chigorin 0-130 1898 ViennaC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
7. Blackburne vs G Marco  0-171 1898 ViennaA13 English
8. Schlechter vs Maroczy  ½-½24 1898 ViennaC01 French, Exchange
9. Schiffers vs D G Baird  1-031 1898 ViennaC30 King's Gambit Declined
10. Alapin vs Lipke  ½-½52 1898 ViennaC20 King's Pawn Game
11. Schiffers vs Chigorin  0-155 1898 ViennaD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
12. G Marco vs Steinitz  0-136 1898 ViennaC33 King's Gambit Accepted
13. Janowski vs Maroczy ½-½32 1898 ViennaC11 French
14. Alapin vs Burn  ½-½45 1898 ViennaC11 French
15. Tarrasch vs H W Trenchard ½-½53 1898 ViennaC26 Vienna
16. Schiffers vs Halprin  1-059 1898 ViennaC49 Four Knights
17. Burn vs D G Baird  1-046 1898 ViennaD53 Queen's Gambit Declined
18. Schlechter vs Halprin 0-139 1898 ViennaC24 Bishop's Opening
19. Blackburne vs Lipke ½-½60 1898 ViennaC50 Giuoco Piano
20. Janowski vs D G Baird 1-030 1898 ViennaC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
21. G Marco vs Maroczy  ½-½35 1898 ViennaC49 Four Knights
22. Showalter vs A Schwarz  1-040 1898 ViennaC10 French
23. Schiffers vs H W Trenchard  ½-½82 1898 ViennaC63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
24. Pillsbury vs H Caro 1-030 1898 ViennaB15 Caro-Kann
25. Steinitz vs Chigorin 1-041 1898 ViennaD07 Queen's Gambit Declined, Chigorin Defense
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jul-06-13  ughaibu: Which game won Pillsbury a brilliancy prize? And were any other such prizes awarded?
Jul-06-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  Karpova: 1st Brilliancy Prize (400 Kronen): Halprin vs Pillsbury, 1898

2nd Brilliancy Prize (300 Kronen): Lipke vs Janowski, 1898

3rd Brilliancy Prize (200 Kronen): G Marco vs Burn, 1898

Source: Page 189 of the 1898 'Wiener Schachzeitung'

Jul-06-13  AsosLight: Amazing how modern the 2nd and 3rd place games are looking. Typical modern day opening and middle-game piece-play. This openings are not only still playable but as of 2013 they are fashionable and highly thematic. Nothing like the typical Lasker or Tarrasch games that looking really old.
Jul-06-13  ughaibu: Thanks Karpova.
Dec-30-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  wordfunph: from Ken Whyld's Quotes & Queries, BCM 1979 March..

<To get to more modern times this quote is from an account of the Vienna 1898 tournament. 'A fellow sat next to Showalter and Schlechter, patiently following the game for two hours. When it was over he was asked which of the moves was the decisive one. He humbly replied that he knew nothing about chess but it interested him to watch how Mr Showalter's lace-shoes would ceaselessly swing from right to left, while Mr Schlechter's patent leather pumps would ceaselessly swing forwards and backwards'.>

:-)

Nov-21-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: From the intro:

<Among the highlights of the tournament, the elderly Adolf Schwarz was forced to resign during his eighth round game and then leave Vienna due to health reasons. His remaining games in the first half were forfeited... >

Not much of a highlight for poor Schwarz!

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