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TOURNAMENT STANDINGS
Vienna Tournament

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

Chessgames.com Chess Event Description
Vienna (1898)

In the summer of 1898, Albert 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 Emanuel Lasker declined his invitation on the grounds that too many players (over sixteen) had been invited to compete. Rudolf Rezso 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 Köln 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- -- -- -- -- ** ˝

Playoff match:

1 Tarrasch 1 0 1 ˝ 2˝ 2 Pillsbury 0 1 0 ˝ 1˝ 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) Wikipedia article: Vienna 1898 chess tournament , (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 YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Showalter vs Halprin  1-0401898ViennaC42 Petrov Defense
2. Janowski vs D G Baird 1-0301898ViennaC78 Ruy Lopez
3. Blackburne vs Lipke ½-½601898ViennaC50 Giuoco Piano
4. Schiffers vs H W Trenchard ½-½821898ViennaC63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
5. G Marco vs Maroczy ½-½351898ViennaC49 Four Knights
6. Pillsbury vs H Caro 1-0301898ViennaB15 Caro-Kann
7. Schlechter vs Halprin 0-1391898ViennaC24 Bishop's Opening
8. Steinitz vs Chigorin 1-0411898ViennaD07 Queen's Gambit Declined, Chigorin Defense
9. Tarrasch vs Burn ½-½291898ViennaD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
10. Showalter vs A Schwarz 1-0401898ViennaC10 French
11. H Caro vs Janowski  ½-½431898ViennaB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
12. H W Trenchard vs Tarrasch 0-1401898ViennaD00 Queen's Pawn Game
13. Chigorin vs K A Walbrodt 1-0311898ViennaC00 French Defense
14. Steinitz vs G Marco  1-0471898ViennaD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
15. Halprin vs Showalter  0-1541898ViennaD05 Queen's Pawn Game
16. D G Baird vs Schiffers  0-1731898ViennaC54 Giuoco Piano
17. Maroczy vs Schlechter ½-½351898ViennaA03 Bird's Opening
18. Lipke vs Pillsbury  0-1501898ViennaC49 Four Knights
19. Burn vs Alapin ½-½601898ViennaC70 Ruy Lopez
20. A Schwarz vs Blackburne  ½-½491898ViennaC42 Petrov Defense
21. G Marco vs Chigorin 1-0621898ViennaC70 Ruy Lopez
22. Pillsbury vs A Schwarz 1-0191898ViennaC10 French
23. Alapin vs H W Trenchard 1-0381898ViennaC63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
24. Showalter vs Maroczy  1-0301898ViennaC14 French, Classical
25. K A Walbrodt vs Burn 1-0271898ViennaC39 King's Gambit Accepted
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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  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  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!

Mar-23-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: Such a large tournament it boggles the mind! And against these high-class players Tarrasch lost only 3 games out of 41 games! No wonder he felt aggrieved that Lasker was World Champion, not him.
Mar-23-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  keypusher: <offramp: Such a large tournament it boggles the mind! And against these high-class players Tarrasch lost only 3 games out of 41 games! No wonder he felt aggrieved that Lasker was World Champion, not him.>

The following year Lasker lost once in 26 games at London, and he'd scored well ahead of Tarrasch at Hastings and Nuremberg. Tarrasch should have reflected on these things, and been comforted.

Mar-23-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: It does seem that whatever prodigious efforts Tarrasch could make, Lasker could do better. E.g., Tarrasch beat Marshall 8-1, so Lasker beat him 8-0. But this result at Vienna is outstanding. If Lasker had attended, could he have beaten Tarrasch's score?. I think he would have done. Lasker could do almost anything!
Apr-07-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  zanzibar: I transcribed the tournament report from <ACM v2 Aug 1898 No 2 p53-56>:

https://zanchess.wordpress.com/2015...

There are some nice illustrations, and a run down of each of the participants.

Jul-01-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  zanzibar: Illustrirte Zeitung v111 (Aug 11, 1898) p204 seems to be the source of the famous photograph of the players:

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

(scroll down 1/2 page past the Ludwig's, Berthold's and Otto's)

Jul-01-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  zanzibar: Batgirl has an article featuring the above photo:

https://www.chess.com/article/view/...

Too bad she omits identifying A. Burn in one of the captions.

Jul-01-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  dernier loup de T: I had a dream last night; just before the invitations for this GREAT tournament, it was Trenchard who felt sickly, instead of Charousek... But, hardheaded, Lasker still did not want to participate, LOL....
Jul-01-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  dernier loup de T: I agree with you, offramp, and I think Lasker would have beaten Tarrasch in a long match at any moment of his career since 1893; now, Tarrasch too is an object of love for me: so strong, balanced, and sound in his principles!! and NOT more "vain and arrogant" (Marshall dixit) than Nimzowitch for instance.. Now, this gorgeous tournament looks like his "master work"; and really it's a pity that only the games of the second part were seriously and deep annotated in the tournament book... The apologize for not have done the same for the beginning is ridiculous for me; like the tournament of Hasting in 1895, this one would deserve a new beautiful study... hey, Mister Crouch, can you hear me?.. LOL..!!
Mar-17-17  Mr. Blonde: From Pope's book:

When Pillsbury returned to America on August 10, he was interviewed by an Eagle reporter with the following article published the next day: "The standard of play, Pillsbury said, had, if anything, been raised above that of previous contests, especially in respect to soundness. His own games, he thought, compared with any he had played before and that the was at his best throughout the better part of the contest. His defeat of Halprin was about his best effort. Regarding the statement that he had written for the London newspapers during the contest, he said, that he did a little work of that nature, but not enough to hurt his play, and that he even dispensed with that when it came to the critical point and he found he required all his energies."

Mar-18-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  zanzibar: <Mr. Blonde>'s quote can be found in its entirety here:

<
GERMAN NOT HIS SUPERIOR
________

Pillsbury Thinks He Can Beat Tarrasch in a Set Match
________

HOME FROM VIENNA TOURNEY.
>

https://bklyn.newspapers.com/image/...

.

Mar-23-17  Mr. Blonde: Thank you so much, zanzibar.
May-29-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  zanzibar: From this tidbit while researching something else...

<

DIPLOMA FOR PILLSBURY.

Awarded to the American Champion as Second Prize Winner at Vienna. The Brooklyn Chess Club yesterday received a package from the committee of the Vienna Chess Club, which managed the international tournament in 1898, held in honor of the Austrian emperor's jubilee, containing a handsomely engraved diploma for H. N. Pillsbury, the American chess champion. This diploma, which is richly ornamented in gold and a fine specimen of the engraver's art. has been issued in recognition of Pillsbury winning the second prize in that memorable contest and bears the following inscription:

"Vienna Chess Club, Diploma for Mr. Harry Nelson Pillsbury,
Emperor's Jubilee International Chess Tournament, Vienna, 1898,
second prize, Vienna, July 31, 1898. For the tournament committee, Leopold Trebitsch"

The tournament, as will be remembered, was marked by one of the most exciting chess duals in the history of the game. Tarrasch and Pillsbury being the principals. The American was only beaten after they had met in a tie match. The diploma has been framed and will be placed on exhibition in the rooms of the club at 146 Montague street until the return of Pillsbury from the West.

>

BDE 1900.02.04 p11

May-30-17  JimNorCal: <Jul-01-16 dernier loup de T>: ... hey, Mister Crouch, can you hear me?

Sadly, no. No. He cannot.

http://www.englishchess.org.uk/obit...

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