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🏆 London (Vizayanagaram) (1883)

  PARTICIPANTS (sorted by highest achieved rating; click on name to see player's games)
Charles Edward Ranken, Isidor Gunsberg, Levi Benima, James Innes Minchin, Curt von Bardeleben, George Alcock MacDonnell, George Hatfeild Gossip, Francis Sidney Ensor, William Leighton Newham, Henry Lee, James Samuel West, Bernard William Fisher, William Alexander Lindsay, William Elliott Vyse, Thomas Henry Piper, Leon Febvret, Charles James Lambert, Walter Montagu Gattie, Richard Roe Rabson, Cyril Bexley Vansittart, William Hugh Alexander Mundell, F Hunter, John Lord

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London (Vizayanagaram) (1883)

This was the minor event held at the same time as London (1883). It was funded by a 200 donation by the Maharajah of Vizayanagaram (perhaps more accurately spelled Vizianagram), which was split into five prizes of 60, 50, 40, 30, 20. Four additional prizes, totalling 40, were added later: 15 for 6th place, 10 for 7th, 8 for 8th, 7 for 9th. The qualifications for players to be admitted were reported in the British Chess Magazine, March 1883, p. 103:

This tournament shall be open to such players of all nations as shall not, in the opinion of the Managing Committee, be clearly marked out by their public performance as eligible only for the major tournament. The committee in deciding such eligibility will be guide principally by the following considerations: 1. Whether a player in any international tournament since 1869 has made a score equal to half the score of the winner. 2. Whether a player has in public match play achieved distinction equivalent to the preceding.

The experimental rule in the International tournament requiring that draws be replayed was not in force for this minor tournament, so that draws counted the usual 1/2 for each player. The time control was 20 moves in one hour, and hours of play were scheduled from 7:00 PM until midnight so as not to conflict with the morning sessions of the International tournament. However, players were given the option of playing in the morning as well, and many took advantage of this to finish their schedule sooner. Hence, any round-by-round summary would be misleading, even if such were available. Most of the players came from various regions of England, but one of the few foreigners carried off the honors.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 1 Curt von Bardeleben X 1 1 = 1 = = 1 1 1 0 1 = 1 1 = 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 21.5 2 Bernard William Fisher 0 X 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 = 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 20.5 3 George Alcock MacDonnell 0 0 X 1 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 = 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 19.5 4 Isidor Gunsberg = 1 0 X 1 = 1 1 0 1 0 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 19.0 5 George Hatfeild Gossip 0 0 1 0 X 1 0 = 1 1 = = 0 1 1 = = 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 17.5 6 Charles Edward Ranken = 1 1 = 0 X = 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 1 1 1 0 = 1 = 1 1 1 1 1 17.5 7 Charles James Lambert = 0 0 0 1 = X 0 0 1 1 1 0 = 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 16.5 8 Thomas Henry Piper 0 1 0 0 = 0 1 X 0 0 1 1 1 = = = 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 16.0 9 Henry Lee 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 X 0 = 0 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 15.5 10 William Hugh A. Mundell 0 = 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 X 1 1 1 0 = 0 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 15.0 11 Walter Montague Gattie 1 0 0 1 = 1 0 0 = 0 x 0 1 0 1 1 1 0 0 = 1 1 1 1 1 1 14.5 12 F Hunter 0 0 0 0 = 0 0 0 1 0 1 X 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 14.5 13 John Lord = 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 X 0 1 = 1 1 = 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 14.5 14 William Alexander Lindsay 0 0 0 0 0 0 = = 0 1 1 1 1 X 0 = = 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 1 1 12.0 15 James Innes Minchin 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 = 0 = 0 0 0 1 X 1 1 0 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 12.0 16 William Elliott Vyse = 0 = 0 = 0 0 = 0 1 0 0 = = 0 X 0 = = 1 1 1 = 1 1 1 11.5 17 Francis Sidney Ensor 0 0 0 0 = 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 = 0 1 X 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 11.0 18 Levi Benima 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 = 0 X 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 1 10.5 19 Cyril Vansittart 0 0 0 0 0 = 0 1 1 0 1 0 = 0 0 = 1 1 X 0 1 0 = 1 = 1 10.5 20 Leon Febvret 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 = 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 X = 1 1 1 1 0 8.0 21 William Leighton Newham 0 0 0 1 0 = 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 = X 0 1 1 1 1 7.0 22 James Samuel West 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 X 1 0 1 1 7.0 23 Richard Roe Rabson 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 = 0 1 = 0 0 0 X 1 1 1 6.0 24 Arthur Giles Puller 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 X 1 1 4.0 25 Richard Pilkington 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 = 0 0 0 0 0 X 1 1.5 26 F H Dudley 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 X 1.0

The game between Gunsberg and Lee was given as a loss for both players.

A report from the British Chess Magazine, June 1883, pp. 208-209:

"In the Vizayanagram Tournament the conditions of play imposed a much heavier strain upon those of the competitors (and these were the majority) who elected to do battle in the morning as well as the evening; in fact we may say that it was something like giving odds, and when we remember that players such as Bardeleben, Gossip, Gunsberg, Gattie, Lee, and Piper played only in the evening, it is obvious that the advantage they thus obtained must have contributed not a few additions to their score."

"The shorter time limit of 20 moves an hour in this tourney naturally pressed very severly upon the slower and more nervous competitors. Messrs. Lindsay, Minchin, and Ranken seem especially to have felt this, for none of them by any means did himself justice, and the latter, after winning or drawing with all the topmost players, threw away won games to Messrs. Gossip and Lord, and games that were easily drawn to Messrs. Gattie and Lee, simply for want of sufficient time to examine his moves in very difficult positions."

"Mr. Minchin was of course heavily handicapped also by his official duties as Hon. Secretary, and by the constant anxiety and interruption which such a post necessarily entails."

"Other players from whom more might naturally have been expected were Messrs. Ensor and MacDonnell, both, however, were very much out of form for want of practice, and consequently lost game after game to men whom they could at other times have probably beaten."

"Messrs. Bardeleben, Fischer, Gunsberg, Gossip, Lee, and Piper played very steadily, and on the whole very well. They all thoroughly deserve the high positions they have attained, but the greatest credit we think is due to Mr. Fisher, as he alone of them fought both morning and evening. He has upheld the credit of the C.C.A. in the Minor Tourney like Mr. Skipworth in the other, and for the first week he had not lost or drawn a single game."

"Another C.C.A. man who has greatly improved is Mr. Lambert, as may be seen by the very respectable total shown by his score. M. Benima is a Dutchman hailing from Groningen, who we think would have stood higher but for his nervousness, for some of his games he played exceedingly well. M. Febvret, though French, has long been resident in London; his style is rapid and impetuous, but somewhat wants ballast."

"Herr von Bardeleben is a quiet-mannered, unassuming young man who has won prizes at the Leipsic Augusten Club; he has shown a great talent for the game and rarely makes any mistakes."

"Mr. Vansittart is an English player living at Rome, and a very promising young player. Messrs. Lee and Gattie are strong and very improving amateurs trained in the University Club at Oxford; Mr. Gunsberg is well known as the Mentor of Mephisto, though one would not suppose that gentleman required an adviser, and his genius for the game makes him a most formidable antagonist; Mr. Piper is a rising young player of the City of London Club."

"Of the rest of the competitors it is hardly necessary to speak."

Original collection: Game Collection: London 1883 Vizayanagaram Tournament, by User: Phony Benoni.

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 59  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. T H Piper vs C E Ranken 0-1341883London (Vizayanagaram)A04 Reti Opening
2. T H Piper vs B W Fisher  1-0211883London (Vizayanagaram)A04 Reti Opening
3. T H Piper vs F S Ensor 1-0241883London (Vizayanagaram)A04 Reti Opening
4. T H Piper vs L Benima 1-0381883London (Vizayanagaram)A04 Reti Opening
5. W L Newham vs Gunsberg 1-0461883London (Vizayanagaram)C48 Four Knights
6. W Mundell vs H Lee  1-0531883London (Vizayanagaram)C65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
7. J Minchin vs W Vyse  1-0391883London (Vizayanagaram)C58 Two Knights
8. J Minchin vs G MacDonnell  0-1441883London (Vizayanagaram)C48 Four Knights
9. J Minchin vs J Lord  0-1541883London (Vizayanagaram)A04 Reti Opening
10. J Minchin vs Gunsberg  1-0411883London (Vizayanagaram)D05 Queen's Pawn Game
11. G MacDonnell vs Von Bardeleben  0-1381883London (Vizayanagaram)B40 Sicilian
12. G MacDonnell vs T H Piper  1-0431883London (Vizayanagaram)A02 Bird's Opening
13. G MacDonnell vs Gunsberg 1-0661883London (Vizayanagaram)C37 King's Gambit Accepted
14. T H Piper vs W A Lindsay  ½-½631883London (Vizayanagaram)B30 Sicilian
15. T H Piper vs J Minchin  ½-½271883London (Vizayanagaram)D05 Queen's Pawn Game
16. R Rabson vs H Lee 0-1531883London (Vizayanagaram)C40 King's Knight Opening
17. C E Ranken vs J Lord 0-1311883London (Vizayanagaram)C66 Ruy Lopez
18. C E Ranken vs F S Ensor  1-0391883London (Vizayanagaram)C45 Scotch Game
19. J S West vs Gunsberg 0-1361883London (Vizayanagaram)C49 Four Knights
20. W Vyse vs C E Ranken  0-1371883London (Vizayanagaram)C65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
21. W Vyse vs W A Lindsay  ½-½351883London (Vizayanagaram)C65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
22. Von Bardeleben vs J Minchin  1-0261883London (Vizayanagaram)D37 Queen's Gambit Declined
23. Von Bardeleben vs L Benima  1-0571883London (Vizayanagaram)A20 English
24. C B Vansittart vs T H Piper 1-0441883London (Vizayanagaram)C11 French
25. C E Ranken vs C J Lambert  ½-½301883London (Vizayanagaram)C11 French
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Jul-31-18
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  MissScarlett: <The game between Gunsberg and Lee was given as a loss for both players.>

The <Morning Post> of May 24th, p.3, reports: <The latter [Lee] was fortunate enough to obtain a winning game against Gunsberg, but, in consequence of his having infringed the rules by showing the position during adjournment, it was annulled and will have to be played again.>

This apparently didn't happen. If Gunsberg was denied the full point simply on the grounds that he had a losing position, that's a bit harsh!

Jul-31-18
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  zanzibar: Good job <MissS>, the Knowledge report only recorded both players forfeiting, with no other commentary.

Of course, we really still don't the full story... but likely both players decided not to do the replay, especially as the final standings would be unaffected as far as prizes go.

Aug-01-18
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  MissScarlett: What is the <Knowledge report>? For all my powers, I am not a mind reader. Am I to take it that the tournament book is available to you via Google Book?

< especially as the final standings would be unaffected as far as prizes go.>

How so? An extra point for either player would have earned them a higher placing.

Aug-01-18
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  zanzibar: <Knowledge> just had a brief notice with tournament xtab - worth mentioning because they explicitly noted both players with a forfeit (w/o mentioning it was the same game) - meaning the double forfeit wasn't just a typo - therefore implying further research was definitely merited.

* * * * *

As to the rest, suffice it to say I misread the xtab and confused Gunsberg/Gossip (*). Plus I didn't realize the prizes went down to 9th, or whatever, place.

(*) I like SCID's placement of totals after the name, over on the left, before the pairing results.

* * * * *

We still don't know the story though.

Aug-01-18
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  MissScarlett: Let me make it even clearer - what is this <Knowledge> whereof you speak?

I just discovered that our <Henry Lee> died about six months later.

Aug-01-18
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  zanzibar: <Missy> wiki has it.
Aug-01-18
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  zanzibar: And so should your British sources.
Aug-01-18
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  TheFocus: I am looking at the Tournament Book and in the games selection, they do not include the Lee - Gunsberg game, nor do I see an explanation on the double losses, but the cross-table does show both players with "0".

The TB has coverage of both <London 1883> and this tournament.

Aug-01-18
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  zanzibar: <Focus> right, but the tb could have been a typo. Wish Minchin notice/commented on the double forfeit.

I guess only <Missy> can dig out the true answer to what happened, but it's likely to remain a bit of a mystery.

Aug-01-18
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  TheFocus: <zanzibar: <Focus> right, but the tb could have been a typo. >

You were the pointing out the double forfeiture. The cross-table confirms you.

Aug-01-18
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  zanzibar: Right.

<Phony> originally pointed it out in the write-up above, but without reference. I guess it natural then to assume it was from the xtab in the tb.

The TB is normally authoritative, but like I said, without Minchin commenting on what happened (like he should have), the xtab could be wrong (ie. a typo somewhere along the line).

Having <MissS>'s find goes a long way to explaining what happened, except for why the game ultimately didn't get replayed.

Aug-01-18
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  TheFocus: For those who are able to search British newspapers (I am not), coverage was provided by <The Standard>, <Morning Post>, <Times>, <Morning Advertiser> and <The Field>. The first four newspapers reported daily, while <The Field> had weekly articles.

One of these may hold the real answer.

Aug-01-18
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  TheFocus: <zanzibar> <The TB is normally authoritative, but like I said, without Minchin commenting on what happened (like he should have)>

Agreed. It does seem very neglectful.

Aug-01-18
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  zanzibar: Helpful info about coverage...
Aug-01-18
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  TheFocus: The report of the <Knowledge>, June 15, 1883, says that both players were forfeited.

http://www.chessarch.com/excavation...

Aug-02-18
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  morfishine: <offramp> On your question: <Chessical>, what does "ride is adeled" mean?

I think the correct spelling is "rider is added" (requiring deposits from all the players)

But I may be wrong

Aug-02-18
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  offramp: <Morfishine> That make total sense! Another mystery solved!
Aug-02-18
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  Chessical: <Offramp>: "The same ride is adeled requiring 5 deposit..." should have read "The same rule is added requiring 5 deposit... "
Aug-02-18
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  morfishine: <Chessical> Thank you for clearing that up! :)

<offramp> Doesn't seem I'm correct, though I liked using the legal term 'rider', which also includes the additional fee which monetizes the amyrtzn abv 180VZGYRMI

Hope this helps!

Aug-02-18
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  zanzibar: Damn, looks like I'm too late to ask what does <"... the same ride is added ..."> mean?
Sep-22-18
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  MissScarlett: Would someone with access to the tournament book, check how the names of the players are presented?

I'm particularly interested in <F Hunter> and <Richard Roe Rabson>, as given above. A contemporary newspaper report has <A Hunter>, which, if correct, may be this A Hunter, who I've seen recorded as <Andrew Hunter>.

Regarding Rabson, I found a <Richard Roe Rabson>, but flourishing in Eastbourne in 1900, not dead since 1896.

Sep-22-18
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  TheFocus: <MissScarlett> In <London 1883>, which includes games from the <Vizayanagaram>, on pg. xxi, we are given the list of entrants as:

R. Rabson, Esq., of Woolrich

A. Hunter, Esq., of London

There is a small selection of games from this event, including these:

I. Gunsberg - F. Hunter, pg. 331

F. Hunter - Ranken, pg. 345.

R. Rabson - F. Lee, pg. 357

Players names are listed in the crosstable without first names or initials on pg. xxix.

So even the book has both A. and F. as first initial for Hunter.

Sep-23-18
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  MissScarlett: <R. Rabson, Esq., of Woolrich>

Woolwich, I assume. If even the tournament book is spotted with errors or typos, we're really in trouble.

As to <Richard Roe Rabson>, I sense the inky hands of <Tabanus>.

Sep-23-18
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  TheFocus: <MissScarlett> <Woolwich, I assume.>

You are correct.

Sep-23-18
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  MissScarlett: <F H Dudley>

And what of him? I feel sorry for the poor mucker - 59 ganes recovered for this event yet not one from him.

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