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|Dec-25-17|| ||Penguincw: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you, <Phony Benoni>. Wish you good health for the upcoming year.|
|Jan-01-18|| ||Annie K.: Happy New Year, <PB>! :)|
|Jan-26-18|| ||MissScarlett: See you have some new Western championship games; what's the story behind the Brasket notebook?|
|Jan-26-18|| ||Phony Benoni: <MissScarlett> I have no firsthand information. A collector in New York has access to game notebooks from players like Brasket, and shared the US Open games with me.|
|Feb-17-18|| ||zborris8: <Phony Benoni> Hello. I'm organizing a CG Tournament on Gameknot. Details are at my forum if you're interested. Thanks!|
|Feb-18-18|| ||Phony Benoni: <zburris8> Thanks for the invite, but I've made a conscious decision to give up playing chess. The world has enough troubles as it is.|
|Feb-24-18|| ||MissScarlett: Re. Game Collection: US Open 1905, Excelsior = 6th Western Champ., the <Minneapolis Journal> of August 26th, p.23, reported: <The committee decided yesterday to drop the Rosen games from the score, as he has played less than half his games. This will make the total number 16 instead of 17.>|
It would also affect the top of the table because Blake drew his game with Rosen, whilst Schrader scored the full point (I don't know if this was a forfeit, though). Seen any other reference to the matter?
|Feb-24-18|| ||Phony Benoni: It appears they changed their minds at the last moment. The "Minneapolis Journal" for August 28, 1905, reported on page 4:|
<"The executive committee decided in the evening business session that his [Blake's] draw with Rosen would have to stand, notwithstanding the withdrawal of Rosen for a time from the tournament. This cost Blake another half-point.">
This occurred just before the last round, and left Blake and Schrader tied for first at the time. In the final round Schrader defeated Fitzgerald while Bake could only draw against Stacy.
Thanks for bringing this up. I've added the information to the collection.
|Mar-10-18|| ||MissScarlett: Error in the score of Ed. Lasker vs S H Shapiro, 1919|
You omitted <22.Qxf6 Rxb5>
As penance, I'll let you do the honours.
|Mar-10-18|| ||Phony Benoni: Correction submitted. And thanks. I'm lucky to have people willing to check up on me.|
|Mar-24-18|| ||Tabanus: Here we go! Morning Post, 26 February 1906, p. 9:|
<Through the generosity of M. Marquet, of the Kursaal, Ostend, the Brussels Chess Club will have at least £1,200 available for the Ostend Congress this year, and with the aid of Mr. Gunsberg, who is again the organising manager, will attempt some new experiments. One of these is to be a contest in three or four rounds between half a dozen of the world’s best players, and if such men as Lasker, Tarrasch, Maroczy, Pillsbury, Schlechter, and Janowski can be brought together the meeting will of unsurpassed interest. There is to be a Masters' Tournament in one round, and an Amateur competition divided in classes, to occupy a fortnight or three weeks after the Masters’ contests, which will probably last through June. It is hoped during the Congress to found an International Chess Association, which would be especially useful for arranging and controlling matches for the Championship of the World.>
Pall Mall Gazette, 24 March 1906, p. 10:
<Until the programme of the Ostend Tournament was issued, the chess world could not have been aware of existence of the vast number of "Masters" who wish to play in the Masters Tournament. In the meantime, the amateur competitions remain neglected. It seems that amateurs do not as yet realise the very favourable terms which the programme offers them. The novel principle is adopted of dividing the prize money amongst all the competitors instead of awarding three or four prizes only, as was the case at the Southport tournaments. The money will be divided on the Tietz system, and this seems to mystify players. The Teitz system is founded on the simple principle first elaborated by Gelbfuss, that every game won receives its reward. The Tietz system of reckoning is merely an improved application of this principle. Every won game receives compensation, but in increasing ratio to the number of games won. For instance, while a player winning two games may receive £2 compensation, or £1 per game, another player winning four games may receive £5 compensation, or 25s. per game, whereas a third player winning eight games may receive £16 compensation, or £2 per game, but the principle remains that every win is positively rewarded according the merit of the winner as shown by his score. What better conditions can amateurs desire for a fortnight’s tournament at one of the most enjoyable seaside resorts in Europe?>
|Mar-24-18|| ||Tabanus: Pall Mall Gazette, 7 April 1906, p. 11:
<The managers of both the Ostend and Nurnberg Tournaments have made efforts bring the world's best players together to play a four or five round tournament, but there appears to be little chance of these efforts proving successful. At Ostend a novelty will be introduced into tournament play. As many representative players as possible will be admitted into the Masters' Tournament of both the amateur and professional class from every chess playing country. Room will be made for thirty players if this plan is adopted. The result should add a new interest to tournament play, for the hitherto neglected unknown outsider will at last receive his chance to distinguish himself and to replenish the rapidly decreasing ranks of chess masters. Several prominent English lady players have promised to enter for the amateur competitions. It is to be hoped that many other English amateurs will follow suit. In years gone by, yet not so very long ago, English masters carried all before them, and all the principal prizes in any international competition fell to their prowess. There are three of these masters still living, who, between them, have gained six or seven first prizes in international tournaments. Alas! those days have passed away, but the memory of these great chess victories ought to stimulate amateurs to try and follow the example of the masters, and carry off the principal honours in the greatest gathering of amateur players that has ever been held.>
Pall Mall Gazette, 21 April 1906, p. 10:
<THE OSTEND TOURNAMENT. By I. Gunsberg. The full programme of the forthcoming international competitions at Ostend has now been issued. It contains some novel features. The idea of holding two Masters’ Tournaments has been abandoned, and one tournament with twentyeight competitors will be held instead. A process of gradual elimination has been adopted which will divide the tournament into three stages. The committee have this year also instituted a number of interesting amateur contests, for which over £300 is to be distributed as prize money, each player actually receiving a prize for every game won or drawn. There is an A, B, and C tourney for players of various strengths; a ladies tournament, for which a number of entries have already been received from England; and a souvenir tournament, in which every competitor will obtain a valuable souvenir. The latter part of the Ostend programme is rousing great interest in English chess circles, and amateur players of all classes are contemplating the prospect of participating in a tournament so generously endowed, and which will be played under such pleasant conditions.>
Pall Mall Gazette, 28 April 1906, p. 11:
<THE CHAMPIONSHIP OF THE WORLD. By I. Gunsberg. The news that a match for the Chess Championship of the World has at last been definitely arranged will be received with very great interest by the younger generation of chess players in particular. Lasker will meet Maroczy for the first part of the match on October 15, at any club in Europe which holds out the best inducements for the two masters to take advantage of its hospitality. Particular attention should be called to the efforts which will be made to establish an Intemational Chess Association during the Ostend Tournament. The meetings for this purpose will commence on July 4. As this date will coincide with the conclusion of the great tournament, it is to be hoped that every chess player who feels keenly the absence of an International Federation will take advantage of the attraction at Ostend, and of the various tournaments, to be present at these meetings, for the purpose of supporting the movement, either in his individual capacity or as a club representative.>
|Mar-24-18|| ||Tabanus: Morning Post, 30 April 1906, p. 11:
<From the programme of the Ostend Congress it appears that the projected contest limited to some half-dozen of the world's best players has been abandoned, the idea having met with no satisfactory response. It remains to be seen if the German Chess Association, which contemplates a similar experiment at Nuremberg in July, will be more fortunate. Meanwhile the Ostend Committee is arranging the largest masters’ tournament ever held, the number of competitors being 28. This is to begin on June 4, and will be contested in three stages, in the first of which there will be two sections of 14, and in the third four players will compete for four prizes of 4,000 fr., 2.500 fr., 1,500 fr., and 1,000 fr. respectively, while 6,250 fr. will be divided as consolation money in proportion to points. The programme of amateur tournaments remains as we have already announced. The Committee of the International Congress at Ostend proposes to form an International Association to foster the highest class of chess and to promote and assist international contests; to make such arrangements for the Chess Championship as will befittingly establish the holder in his title, with due regard for his pecuniary benefit; to afford aid or small pensions to famous players in their declining years; and to form a supreme tribunal on matters respecting the laws and practice of chess. It is not proposed to make a federation of existing national associations, though all associations or clubs will be welcome as members. The International Chess Association will mainly appeal to private members all over the world. It is intended gradually to raise a permanent endowment fund from income, donations, and bequests for carrying out the objects in view. This proposal may prove to be the first step towards the realisation of an idea that has long existed in a somewhat nebulous form, and has been advocated by many of the leading players, including the champion himself. One of the most important functions of the international body would be to put the championship on a proper footing, for at present in case the title is challenged for the arrangements and terms are entirely at the discretion of the holder, who could, if he pleased, make it practically impossible for anyone to assail his position. Again, in the matter of the organisation of tournaments there is a good deal for the supreme authority to accomplish, little improvement having been made in the manner of arranging and scoring international contests since they were first instituted. Apart from these and other possibilities there is the feeling that chess is a cosmopolitan game, in which many countries are equally concerned, and that a central body in touch with their interests might much towards promoting fellowship among its widespread constituents. We quite expect to hear of practical difficulties in the way of the full realisation of the scheme, but the Ostend Congress affords a unique opportunity for its initiation, and the experiment will be regarded with no little interest.>
|Mar-24-18|| ||Tabanus: Pall Mall Gazette, 5 May 1905, p. 11:
<A SURFEIT OF GOOD THINGS. By I. Gunsberg. This summer chess players will be regaled by an unprecedented continuous array of chess events of a very interesting character, which will continue during the whole of the summer. The Ostend Masters Tournament will commence on June 4. On June 25 a number of minor tournaments will begin at Ostend, and wilI be chiefly notable for the fact that most of the competitions might be better described as "British" tournaments, as the participation of amateurs from England will be both numerous and interesting. Within a fortnight of the conclusion of the Ostend meeting the tournament of the German Chess Association will commence at Nurnberg. As most of the masters from Ostend will also play at Nurnberg, to dispute the laurels of victory with Dr. Tarrasch, this competition will hold the attention of British chess players until the month of August, when the third tourney of the British Chess Federation wih take place at Shrewsbury. A meeting preparatory to that event of the Federation delegates takes place this afternoon at St. Ermin’s Hotel, Westminster, and a good programme may be expected.>
Morning Post, 21 May 1906, p. 9:
<A novel experiment will be made in the chief tournament at Ostend by the admission of a larger number of competitors than have ever taken part in such a contest and by the division of the players in various sections on an entirely original principle. The committee has evidently aimed at giving an opportunity to promising players of testing their skill against the leading experts. This is the surest way of bringing fresh talent to the front, and, though a somewhat complicated system has been devised, we believe that there will be a general desire to make the arrangements run smoothly. From the list of competitors given below it will be seen that Lasker and Tarrasch are notable absentees — Pillsbury’s state of health of course renders his presence impossible — but otherwise the scheme has met with the adherence of all the great players as well as of many aspirants for rank among them. The tournament has great possibilities of interest, and should in any case form a pleasant variation on the routine competitions in which the same group of players has nearly always been prominent in the last few years. The generous provision made by the organisers for masters and amateurs should ensure the success of the meeting. The Committee of the Ostend Congress received 44 applications to play in the Masters’ Tournament, and being desirous of opening the competition to the largest possible number has increased the competitors from 28, as previously fixed, to 36, as follows:
Z. Balla Hungary G. Maroczy Hungary C. von Bardeleben Germany F. J. Marshall America O. S. Bernstein Germany J. Mieses Germany J. H. Blackburne England Dr. J. Perlis Austria A. Burn England E. Post Germany H. Caro Germany A. Reggio Italy W. Cohn Germany A. Rubinstein Russia O. Duras Bohemia H. Salwe Russia H. Fahrni Switzerland C. Schlechter Austria L. Forgacs Hungary C. H. Sherrard Cairo W. M. Gattie England V. Sournin America D. Janowski France R. Spielmann Bavaria W. John Germany H. Suchting Germany P. Johner America E. A. Snosko-Borowski Russia P. S. Leonhardt R. Swiderski Germany Dr. Lewitt Germany J. Taubenhaus France R. E. Maljutin Russia M. Tchigorin Russia G. Marco Austria H. Wolf Austria
The thirty-six players will be divided into six sections, each as nearly as possible equal in strength, and an effort will be made to bring together at every fresh stage the players who have not been paired. This, it is thought, will reduce to a minimum the element of chance. The first stage will eliminate 12 players, who will retire, and 1,200 fr. consolation money will be divided among them. In the second stage the remaining 24 competitors will be divided in four sections of six each, and the play will bring about a further retirement of 12, who will receive 2,400 fr. consolation money. The remaining 12 will play in two sections of six each in the third stage, and the six least successful will retire, taking 2,400 fr. consolation money. The final stage for the six prize winners will be in two rounds, and the prizes will be: 1st, 4,000 fr. and gold medal; 2nd, 2,500 fr.; 3rd, 1,500 fr.; 4th, 1,000 fr.; 5th, 800 fr.; 6th, 700 fr. Players advancing from one stage to another will carry on their scores. Points will be reckoned by the Berger system.>
|Mar-25-18|| ||Tabanus: Morning Post, 4 June 1906, p. 9:
<No doubt the preliminary meeting of competitors in the tournaments at Ostend took place yesterday, and the business of pairing and drawing was arranged in accordance with the programme, so that the congress may be said already to have commenced, though play is not started till this morning. Sixty moves have to be completed daily in the masters’ tournament at the rate of 16 moves an hour, the hours of play being 10 to 12.30 and two to seven, so there should be few adjourned games to be dealt with. These are always a source of trouble. It appears, indeed, that the custom has been growing of ignoring the wholesome rule that unfinished games must not be analysed or discussed. Of course it is understood that future possibilities may not be analysed, and the discussions are usually concerned with situations that have passed, but it is often difficult to draw the line between what may and may not influence the tactics of players in bringing the game to a conclusion. There is always a great temptation to examine such games, and especially so when they have an important bearing on the result, but the committee has determined to make a stand against the practice, and offenders will have deductions made from their score by way of penalty. The weak feature of a rule like this is that it cannot be consistently enforced, for there is no way of dealing with its infraction in private, and it follows therefore that those who carry it out honourably may be placed at a disadvantage by unscrupulous opponents. The best plan is to avert as far as possible the probability of adjourned games, and from this point of view the arrangement for the present tournament seems fairly satisfactory. An interesting feature of the congress is a new system of apportioning prize money. The Tietz system, which is to be applied to the amateur contests, consists in the division of the prize fund into twro portions, one of which is distributed for games won, while the other is given proportionately as prizes to those who win more than haif the games they play. This is more fair than the customary method of arbitrarily fixing the amounts of the prizes, and leaving the majority of players without any reward for their pains.>
Morning Post, 6 June 1906, p. 4:
<OSTEND, June 5. The second International Chess Tournament was opened at the Cercle Prive of the Kursaal to-day. Thirty-six competitors, the largest number on record, are entered for tbe masters’ tournament. The following are the results of the first round: Suchting beat Tschigorin, Miesses beat Reggio, Spielmann drew with Schlechter, Marshall beat Sournin, Post lost to Snowskoborrowski, Malgutin drew with Wolff, Blackburn beat Cohn, Duras drew with Marco, Gattie lost to Maroczy, Burn drew with John, Bernstein lost to Fahrni, Janowski beat Johner, Oskam lost to Rubinstein, Leonhardt beat Sabouroff, Dr. Perlis beat Salwe, and Balia drew with Torgaes. The games between Dr. Lewis and Swiderski and Teichmann and Taubenham were adjourned.— Reuter. >
|Mar-25-18|| ||Tabanus: Sheffield Daily Telegraph, 2 July 1906, p. 12:
<The committee have decided to create two additional prizes of 600 and 500 francs. The final stage, which begins on Tuesday, will therefore be contested by eight players, who will play for the eight prizes one game each. As each of these players have met before the eight winners will between themselves actually have played a two-round tournament.>
|Mar-25-18|| ||Tabanus: Sheffield Daily Telegraph, 5 July 1906, p. 12:
<FROM OUR SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT. OSTEND, Tuesday. Monday was an exciting day in the annals of the Masters’ Tournament. Janowski, with 12,5, as well as Marshall and Teichmann, stood a chance of being thrown out in this, the last round of the third stage of the tournament. The committee, however, greatly relieved the strain of the situation by creating three more prizes, so that nine players will play in the final for nine prizes. Maroczy won a hard game against Rubinstein, and Bernstein was equally successful against Leonhardt. Janowski, however, could make no headway against Burn. As the result of the day’s play the following nine players entered the final stage: Maroczy, Schlechter, Bernstein, Rubinstein, Burn, Marshall, Teichmann, Janowski, and Perlis. The retiring seven players divided the sum of 2,100 francs as consolation money.>
|Mar-30-18|| ||Penguincw: Great rally by the Tigers in the 9th <PB>. Too bad they fell short in the end.|
Game lasted 13 innings. The longest Opening Day game lasted 16 innings, TOR vs. CLE, 2012. Though would today's game be considered Opening Day?
And the final "Opening Day" game has concluded, with Scherzer outduelling Bailey. Not very often you see 2 pitchers each with 2+ no-hitters thrown facing off.
|Mar-30-18|| ||saffuna: Tigers got to celebrate for about three minutes, though.|
|Mar-31-18|| ||Phony Benoni: A microcosm of the season to come, I fear. Once again, they have not addressed their bullpen problems.|
|Apr-03-18|| ||Tabanus: Morning Post, Thursday 7 June 1906, p. 3:
< (FROM OUR SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT.) OSTEND, June 5. The Chess Congress at Ostend was opened to-day with the biggest international tournament on record. The thirty-six players in the competition belong to many nationalities. England is well represented by the veteran Blackburne, and Bum, of Liverpool, is a good second. The amateur talent is represented by Mr. W. M. Gattie, a former amateur champion, while Teichmann arrived just in the nick of time to be in the tournament. America has sent Marshall, as well as two foreign residents in the States, Johnner and Sournin. Russia has a very strong representation, with Tchigorin at the head, the other players being Bernstein, Maljutin, Rubinstein, and Salve. The two latter are playing in an international tournament for the first time, as well as Snosko-Borowski, a very young but talented officer of the Russian Army. Sabouroff, another Russian player, put the committee under an obligation by stepping into a breach on the very morning of play created by the retirement of one of the players. Janowski and Taubenhaus from Paris are playing. There is a large contingent of German players, namely Mieses, Spielmann, Fahrni, Post, Cohn, Suchting, Leonhurdt, John, Lewitt, Swiderski. Austria has sent her best chess talent in the persons of Maroczy (last year's winner), also Wolf, Schlechter, Marco, Peerlis, Duras, Forgacs, and Balla. Oskam, of Holland, and Reggio, of Italy, complete the list.
It will regarded as auspicious of coming success that Maroczy, although only just returned from the States after an arduous chess campaign, should show good form in the first day’s play, and be the first to win his game. His opponent, Gattie, though playing white in a Queen’s side opening, did not obtain a good development, and Maroczy’s various threats against Gattie’s weakened King’s wing caused the latter to make a mistake. Some of the players who are playing for the first time in a contest of such importance acquitted themselves very well. Dr. Perlis, of Vienna, a very young player, beat Salve in very good style; and Snosko-Borowski won by a clever combination against Post. Other players, such as Sabouroff, Johnner, and Spielmann, showed some capacity by obtaining better positions against Leonhardt, Janowski, and Schlechter respectively, but they lack the experience to carry their advantage to a successful issue. Bum could not do more than draw against John, but Blackbume achieved a victory in a very well-fought game of 59 moves against Cohn.
The surprise of the day was furnished by the game of Bernstein v. Fahrni, a Ruy Lopez. Bernstein is looked upon as one of the most promising players of the day. He met Fahrni, one of the newcomers to international contests, and overrating an attack Bernstein lost a Rook and finally the game.
A very interesting experiment is being made in this tournament. It would have been impossible to accept such a very large number as thirty-six entries but for the plan of elimination adopted. The playere are divided in four groups of nine, one group playing against the other nine games. At the conclusion of this, the first, stage the three last players from each gronp will have to retire. The second round consists of six games, with eight players retiring. In the third round seven games are played; and finally the last round, with six players and five games, determines the prize winners.>
|Apr-04-18|| ||martin moller: Hello Phony Benoni - Can you please help me out on this matter ? User Jean Defuse has postet two games in "Blankensteiner / Holm" actually played by Carl August Blankensteiner against Ludwig Bledow. I think it would be nice if Carl August Blankensteiner got his own "player profile" here on CG. with these two games and a short biography. Best wishes Martin (Denmark)|
|Apr-04-18|| ||Tabanus: <martin moller> I sent the two games to CG. Phony is too busy at the moment ;)|
|Apr-04-18|| ||martin moller: <Tabanus> Thank you VERY MUCH :-) It is very exiting that these games are found i think.|
|Apr-04-18|| ||Phony Benoni: <Tabanus> Thanks for helping out.|
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