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TOURNAMENT STANDINGS
5th American Chess Congress Tournament

George Henry Mackenzie13.5/18(+11 -2 =5)[view games]
James Glover Grundy13.5/18(+11 -2 =5)[view games]
Charles Moehle13/18(+11 -3 =4)[view games]
Alexander G Sellman12.5/18(+10 -3 =5)[view games]
Max Judd11/18(+9 -5 =4)[view games]
Eugene Delmar9.5/18(+8 -7 =3)[view games]
Preston Ware5.5/18(+4 -11 =3)[view games]
John S Ryan5.5/18(+5 -12 =1)[view games]
James Adams Congdon3.5/18(+2 -13 =3)[view games]
Albert Cohnfeld2.5/18(+2 -15 =1)[view games]
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Chessgames.com Historical Chess Event
5th American Chess Congress (1880)
The 5th American Chess Congress was held at the Manhattan Chess Club in New York City, the United States from January 6th to the 31st, 1880. Ten American chess masters and players participated in the nine "double rounds" of the main event. The participants included two-time US Chess Congress winner George Henry Mackenzie, 4th US Chess Congress at Philadelphia (1876) runner-up Max Judd, previous Congress participants James Adams Congdon and Preston Ware, as well as Albert Cohnfeld, Eugene Delmar, James Grundy, Charles Moehle, John Ryan, and Alexander Sellman. Each of the players gained entrance to the masters tournament via a $20 entry fee. Games began promptly at 1 p.m. each day with a break for dinner between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. whereby the games resumed until 11 p.m. Games were adjourned if the players could not reach a conclusion by midnight. The time control for the tournament was fifteen moves an hour, with an increment of whatever time unspent being carried over to the next time control. Sundays were reserved for rest days.

The final of the event saw a tie for first between Mackenzie and Grundy. The Congress rules stipulated in the event of a tie that a playoff match would follow the congress with the grand prize going to the first player to win two games. Mackenzie defeated Grundy handily and claimed the grand prize of $500 and a gold medal to commemorate his victory. Grundy received $300 for second place, while Moehle received $200 for third, Sellman received $100 for fourth, and Judd received $50 for fifth. It was Mackenzie's third and final US Congress victory and cemented his legacy as one of the strongest chess players living and playing in the United States in the 19th century.

Charles Gillsburg's account of the Congress provides many more details.

=1st Mackenzie ** 0 10 1 11 11 11 1 11 13 =1st Grundy 1 ** 10 1 11 1 01 11 11 13 3rd Moehle 01 ** 0 1 10 11 11 11 11 13 4th Sellman 01 1 ** 10 1 11 0 11 11 12 5th Judd 0 0 0 01 ** 1 11 11 01 11 11 6th Delmar 00 00 01 0 0 ** 11 11 1 11 9 =7th Ryan 00 0 00 00 00 00 ** 11 01 11 5 =7th Ware 00 10 00 1 00 00 00 ** 1 1 5 9th Congdon 0 00 00 00 10 0 01 0 ** 00 3 10th Cohnfeld 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 0 11 ** 2

Playoff Match: 1st Mackenzie 1 1 2 2nd Grundy 0 0 0

Original collection: Game Collection: New York 1880, by User: suenteus po 147

 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 92  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. A Cohnfeld vs Mackenzie 0-129 1880 5th American Chess CongressD00 Queen's Pawn Game
2. P Ware vs J A Congdon ½-½79 1880 5th American Chess CongressA00 Uncommon Opening
3. Sellman vs E Delmar 1-049 1880 5th American Chess CongressC77 Ruy Lopez
4. J Grundy vs M Judd ½-½95 1880 5th American Chess CongressC77 Ruy Lopez
5. C Moehle vs J S Ryan 1-056 1880 5th American Chess CongressC01 French, Exchange
6. J S Ryan vs C Moehle  0-150 1880 5th American Chess CongressA84 Dutch
7. Mackenzie vs A Cohnfeld  1-045 1880 5th American Chess CongressC41 Philidor Defense
8. M Judd vs J Grundy 0-140 1880 5th American Chess CongressC45 Scotch Game
9. E Delmar vs Sellman  ½-½66 1880 5th American Chess CongressC13 French
10. J A Congdon vs P Ware 0-160 1880 5th American Chess CongressB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
11. P Ware vs M Judd 0-171 1880 5th American Chess CongressA80 Dutch
12. Sellman vs J A Congdon 1-067 1880 5th American Chess CongressB01 Scandinavian
13. J S Ryan vs E Delmar  0-145 1880 5th American Chess CongressC42 Petrov Defense
14. J Grundy vs Mackenzie  1-046 1880 5th American Chess CongressC77 Ruy Lopez
15. C Moehle vs A Cohnfeld  1-052 1880 5th American Chess CongressC29 Vienna Gambit
16. Mackenzie vs J Grundy  ½-½37 1880 5th American Chess CongressC01 French, Exchange
17. M Judd vs P Ware 1-057 1880 5th American Chess CongressB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
18. E Delmar vs J S Ryan  1-053 1880 5th American Chess CongressA02 Bird's Opening
19. J A Congdon vs Sellman  0-125 1880 5th American Chess CongressC01 French, Exchange
20. A Cohnfeld vs C Moehle  0-163 1880 5th American Chess CongressA80 Dutch
21. Sellman vs C Moehle  1-050 1880 5th American Chess CongressB40 Sicilian
22. Mackenzie vs P Ware  1-058 1880 5th American Chess CongressB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
23. M Judd vs A Cohnfeld  1-055 1880 5th American Chess CongressC44 King's Pawn Game
24. E Delmar vs J Grundy  0-170 1880 5th American Chess CongressC01 French, Exchange
25. J A Congdon vs J S Ryan  0-139 1880 5th American Chess CongressC77 Ruy Lopez
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