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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) 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 Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Showalter vs Halprin  1-040 1898 ViennaC42 Petrov Defense
2. Janowski vs D G Baird 1-030 1898 ViennaC78 Ruy Lopez
3. Blackburne vs Lipke ½-½60 1898 ViennaC50 Giuoco Piano
4. Schiffers vs H W Trenchard  ½-½82 1898 ViennaC63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
5. G Marco vs Maroczy  ½-½35 1898 ViennaC49 Four Knights
6. Pillsbury vs H Caro 1-030 1898 ViennaB15 Caro-Kann
7. Schlechter vs Halprin 0-139 1898 ViennaC24 Bishop's Opening
8. Steinitz vs Chigorin 1-041 1898 ViennaD07 Queen's Gambit Declined, Chigorin Defense
9. Tarrasch vs Burn  ½-½29 1898 ViennaD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
10. Showalter vs A Schwarz  1-040 1898 ViennaC10 French
11. H Caro vs Janowski  ½-½43 1898 ViennaB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
12. H W Trenchard vs Tarrasch 0-140 1898 ViennaD00 Queen's Pawn Game
13. Chigorin vs K A Walbrodt 1-031 1898 ViennaC00 French Defense
14. Steinitz vs G Marco  1-047 1898 ViennaD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
15. Halprin vs Showalter  0-154 1898 ViennaD05 Queen's Pawn Game
16. D G Baird vs Schiffers  0-173 1898 ViennaC54 Giuoco Piano
17. Maroczy vs Schlechter  ½-½35 1898 ViennaA03 Bird's Opening
18. Lipke vs Pillsbury  0-150 1898 ViennaC49 Four Knights
19. Burn vs Alapin ½-½60 1898 ViennaC70 Ruy Lopez
20. A Schwarz vs Blackburne  ½-½49 1898 ViennaC42 Petrov Defense
21. G Marco vs Chigorin 1-062 1898 ViennaC70 Ruy Lopez
22. Pillsbury vs A Schwarz 1-019 1898 ViennaC10 French
23. Alapin vs H W Trenchard 1-038 1898 ViennaC63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
24. Showalter vs Maroczy  1-030 1898 ViennaC14 French, Classical
25. K A Walbrodt vs Burn 1-027 1898 ViennaC39 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
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!

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  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.

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