keypusher: Curiouser still: London 1899 was a disaster for the White pieces overall. According to Hoffer's tourament book, White scored as follows:
+59-81=46, or .31/.44./.25
I wonder if there has been another major tournament in which White has scored so badly?
Some particularly bad openings for White:
Vienna Game +1-7=1
Evans Gambit +0-2=0
Sicilian Defense +1-5=0
But even stalwart openings fared poorly:
QP Game +12-20=10 (this includes a lot of games by bottom finishers against the leaders)
Ruy Lopez +10-11=4
These openings did well:
Ponziani Opening +3-0=0 (the tournament book called it the "English Knight's Opening."
White's score with the French and the QGD looks good only by comparison to the other mainstay openings: