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David Graham Baird vs James Mason
6th American Chess Congress (1889), New York, NY USA, rd 3, Mar-27
French Defense: Exchange Variation (C01)  ·  1-0
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Oct-14-04  fgh: Hehe, white seems to have an decisive advantage in the end position.
Oct-15-04  sneaky pete: "Game lost by forfeit", says Steinitz. Does this mean Mason was to drunk to continue playing?
Oct-15-04  Kean: Mason was a fine player, though he had a fondness for drinking. In his obituary Lasker said: "Mr Mason's play as a player was very high, but he could have achieved the highest place of all, had he not possessed characteristics that unfit anyone for the attainment of success". He used to have a good performance in the first half of the tournaments but then..."the Celtic part of his brain heated up and he would leave the board at a critical stage and not return (Lasker)"
May-02-08  deadlysin: that guy probably cheated
Aug-19-08  ughaibu: So, the guess is that Mason pushed off to the pub?
Dec-13-09  WhiteRook48: how odd
Aug-11-14  TheBish: He had to leave for a performance at the local theater. Chess is a great game, but acting paid the bills for Mason.

Oh wait... wrong James Mason. The actor wasn't born until 20 years after this game. So he probably went to the pub. Damn alcohol.

Aug-11-14
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  jnpope: <<An unfortunate incident marred the beginning of yesterday's games. James Mason, who came from London, but who, twenty odds years ago, lived in New York, and played in the large billiard and chess room in the basement of the building at the corner of Fulton and Nassau streets, the resort of great players, was pitted against D. G. Baird. Mason had made a draw with the Australian champion, Gossip, on Monday, and won a game from Mr. Showalter on Tuesday, and stood a good chance to add another game to his score. But Mr. Mason was not himself. He had stimulated his brain to an extent that dazed him and rendered his language incoherent. In brief, he was unfit for chess company, so he was persuaded to leave the room. This gave the game to Mr. Baird.>

source: New York Sun, 1889.03.38>

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