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London 1883 Vizayanagaram Tournament
Compiled by Phony Benoni
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This was the minor event held the same time as London (1883). It was funded by a 200 donation by the Maharajah of Vizayanagaram (perhaps more accurately spelled Vizianagram, but it's too late to change now), 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 touranment 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 the minor tournament, so that draws counted the usual 1/2-point 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 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. B W 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 J 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 W 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 W A 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 W Vyse = 0 = 0 = 0 0 = 0 1 0 0 = = 0 X 0 = = 1 1 1 = 1 1 1 11.5 17 F S 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 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 R 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, 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.">

Which is probably a good cue to bring this introduction to an end.

B W Fisher vs Von Bardeleben, 1883 
(B45) Sicilian, Taimanov, 32 moves, 0-1

G MacDonnell vs Von Bardeleben, 1883
(B40) Sicilian, 38 moves, 0-1

Von Bardeleben vs C E Ranken, 1883 
(C28) Vienna Game, 38 moves, 1/2-1/2

W M Gattie vs Von Bardeleben, 1883 
(B45) Sicilian, Taimanov, 57 moves, 1-0

Von Bardeleben vs J Minchin, 1883
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 26 moves, 1-0

F S Ensor vs Von Bardeleben, 1883
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 46 moves, 0-1

Von Bardeleben vs L Benima, 1883
(A20) English, 57 moves, 1-0

B W Fisher vs G MacDonnell, 1883
(B23) Sicilian, Closed, 50 moves, 1-0

C E Ranken vs B W Fisher, 1883
(C11) French, 36 moves, 1-0

B W Fisher vs C J Lambert, 1883 
(C01) French, Exchange, 54 moves, 1-0

T H Piper vs B W Fisher, 1883
(A04) Reti Opening, 21 moves, 1-0

H Lee vs B W Fisher, 1883
(C14) French, Classical, 40 moves, 0-1

F S Ensor vs B W Fisher, 1883 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 78 moves, 0-1

G MacDonnell vs Gunsberg, 1883 
(C37) King's Gambit Accepted, 66 moves, 1-0

G MacDonnell vs Gossip, 1883
(A17) English, 27 moves, 0-1

C J Lambert vs G MacDonnell, 1883 
(D05) Queen's Pawn Game, 36 moves, 0-1

G MacDonnell vs T H Piper, 1883
(A02) Bird's Opening, 43 moves, 1-0

J Minchin vs G MacDonnell, 1883
(C48) Four Knights, 44 moves, 0-1

C E Ranken vs Gunsberg, 1883
(C49) Four Knights, 55 moves, 1/2-1/2

Gunsberg vs T H Piper, 1883
(D05) Queen's Pawn Game, 33 moves, 1-0

Gunsberg vs W M Gattie, 1883
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 51 moves, 0-1

Gunsberg vs F Hunter, 1883
(A84) Dutch, 27 moves, 1-0

J Minchin vs Gunsberg, 1883
(D05) Queen's Pawn Game, 41 moves, 1-0

F S Ensor vs Gunsberg, 1883
(C44) King's Pawn Game, 30 moves, 0-1

W L Newham vs Gunsberg, 1883 
(C48) Four Knights, 46 moves, 1-0

J S West vs Gunsberg, 1883 
(C49) Four Knights, 36 moves, 0-1

Gossip vs C E Ranken, 1883
(C48) Four Knights, 57 moves, 1-0

Gossip vs T H Piper, 1883
(C01) French, Exchange, 60 moves, 1/2-1/2

W M Gattie vs Gossip, 1883 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 82 moves, 1/2-1/2

L Febvret vs Gossip, 1883 
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 51 moves, 0-1

C E Ranken vs C J Lambert, 1883
(C11) French, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

T H Piper vs C E Ranken, 1883
(A04) Reti Opening, 34 moves, 0-1

H Lee vs C E Ranken, 1883
(C23) Bishop's Opening, 27 moves, 1-0

W M Gattie vs C E Ranken, 1883 
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 67 moves, 1-0

F Hunter vs C E Ranken, 1883
(C54) Giuoco Piano, 21 moves, 0-1

C E Ranken vs J Lord, 1883 
(C66) Ruy Lopez, 31 moves, 0-1

W Vyse vs C E Ranken, 1883
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 37 moves, 0-1

C E Ranken vs F S Ensor, 1883
(C45) Scotch Game, 39 moves, 1-0

C E Ranken vs L Benima, 1883 
(C45) Scotch Game, 31 moves, 0-1

H Lee vs C J Lambert, 1883
(C14) French, Classical, 49 moves, 1-0

F S Ensor vs C J Lambert, 1883
(C00) French Defense, 44 moves, 1-0

L Benima vs C J Lambert, 1883
(C11) French, 44 moves, 0-1

T H Piper vs W A Lindsay, 1883
(B30) Sicilian, 63 moves, 1/2-1/2

T H Piper vs J Minchin, 1883
(D05) Queen's Pawn Game, 27 moves, 1/2-1/2

T H Piper vs F S Ensor, 1883 
(A04) Reti Opening, 24 moves, 1-0

T H Piper vs L Benima, 1883 
(A04) Reti Opening, 38 moves, 1-0

C B Vansittart vs T H Piper, 1883 
(C11) French, 44 moves, 1-0

W Mundell vs H Lee, 1883
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 53 moves, 1-0

H Lee vs F S Ensor, 1883 
(C23) Bishop's Opening, 18 moves, 1-0

H Lee vs L Benima, 1883
(C23) Bishop's Opening, 28 moves, 0-1

R Rabson vs H Lee, 1883 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 53 moves, 0-1

J Lord vs W M Gattie, 1883
(C54) Giuoco Piano, 23 moves, 0-1

W M Gattie vs J S West, 1883
(C11) French, 54 moves, 1-0

J Minchin vs J Lord, 1883
(A04) Reti Opening, 54 moves, 0-1

J Lord vs F S Ensor, 1883
(C54) Giuoco Piano, 41 moves, 1-0

L Benima vs J Lord, 1883
(C62) Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense, 29 moves, 0-1

W Vyse vs W A Lindsay, 1883
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 35 moves, 1/2-1/2

J Minchin vs W Vyse, 1883
(C58) Two Knights, 39 moves, 1-0

J Minchin vs C B Vansittart, 1883 
(C27) Vienna Game, 18 moves, 1-0

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