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Baden-Baden Tournament

Adolf Anderssen13/18(+12 -4 =2)[games]
Wilhelm Steinitz12.5/18(+11 -4 =3)[games]
Gustav Richard Neumann12/18(+11 -5 =2)[games]
Joseph Henry Blackburne12/18(+9 -3 =6)[games]
Louis Paulsen9.5/18(+8 -7 =3)[games]
Cecil De Vere8.5/18(+8 -9 =1)[games]
Simon Winawer8.5/18(+7 -8 =3)[games]
Samuel Rosenthal7/18(+4 -8 =6)[games]
Johannes Minckwitz7/18(+6 -10 =2)[games]
Adolf Stern0/4(+0 -4 =0)[games]
* Chess Event Description
Baden-Baden (1870)

The games were hard fought in Baden-Baden 1870. Draws were rare. Anderssen led most of the tournament with uncompromising chess. Steinitz had a disastrous start and a great finish. Rosenthal wanted to score at least a draw against the strongest players and called it a duel scar or ‘Schmitzel’. But he forfeited his four games against De Vere and Minckwitz. (1)

Be sure to see Jan van Reek 's website for the historical context and logistics behind this tournament, and player information. (1) See also contemporary reports at Zan Chess, (2) and in London Field. (3)

Baden-Baden, Grand Duchy of Baden, 18 July - 4 August 1870

01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 Prizes 1 Anderssen ** 11 00 1˝ 11 1˝ 10 10 11 11 13.0 3000 f 2 Steinitz 00 ** 11 0˝ 11 11 11 ˝1 ˝0 11 12.5 600 f =3 Neumann 11 00 ** 1˝ 01 01 11 0˝ 11 11 12.0 200 f =3 Blackburne 0˝ 1˝ 0˝ ** 10 11 1˝ ˝˝ 11 11 12.0 200 f 5 Paulsen 00 00 10 01 ** 10 1˝ 1˝ ˝1 11 9.5 =6 De Vere 0˝ 00 10 00 01 ** 01 11 01 11 8.5 =6 Winawer 01 00 00 0˝ 0˝ 10 ** 1˝ 11 11 8.5 =8 Rosenthal 01 ˝0 1˝ ˝˝ 0˝ -- 0˝ ** -- 11 7.0 =8 Minckwitz 00 ˝1 00 00 ˝- 10 00 11 ** 11 7.0 10 Stern -- 00 -- -- -- -- -- -- 00 ** 0.0

Stern played only four games, of which two were lost on time. His 14 forfeited games counted in the final standings. "-" represents loss by forfeit (19 games). Three games are missing (per 5 Jan 2016): De Vere - Anderssen 0-1, Minckwitz - Anderssen 0-1, and Blackburne - Winawer 1-0.

Minckwitz / Neumann / Paulsen vs Blackburne / Steinitz / De Vere, 1870 was played as a consultation game at the event.

(1) (2) (3)

Original collection: Game Collection: Baden-Baden 1870, by User: suenteus po 147.

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 68  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. De Vere vs Winawer 0-1221870Baden-BadenC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
2. G Neumann vs Paulsen 0-1531870Baden-BadenA85 Dutch, with c4 & Nc3
3. S Rosenthal vs Anderssen 0-1331870Baden-BadenC44 King's Pawn Game
4. J Minckwitz vs Adolf Stern 1-0481870Baden-BadenC66 Ruy Lopez
5. Steinitz vs Blackburne 0-1311870Baden-BadenC30 King's Gambit Declined
6. Blackburne vs Steinitz ½-½301870Baden-BadenC51 Evans Gambit
7. Paulsen vs G Neumann 0-1431870Baden-BadenC60 Ruy Lopez
8. Winawer vs De Vere 0-1161870Baden-BadenC15 French, Winawer
9. Adolf Stern vs J Minckwitz 0-1191870Baden-BadenC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
10. Anderssen vs S Rosenthal 0-1341870Baden-BadenC51 Evans Gambit
11. Paulsen vs De Vere 1-0281870Baden-BadenC01 French, Exchange
12. Winawer vs S Rosenthal 1-0271870Baden-BadenC51 Evans Gambit
13. Adolf Stern vs Steinitz 0-1371870Baden-BadenC60 Ruy Lopez
14. Anderssen vs J Minckwitz 1-0461870Baden-BadenC51 Evans Gambit
15. G Neumann vs Blackburne 1-0311870Baden-BadenD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
16. S Rosenthal vs Winawer  ½-½371870Baden-BadenC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
17. Blackburne vs G Neumann ½-½511870Baden-BadenC60 Ruy Lopez
18. Steinitz vs Adolf Stern 1-0261870Baden-BadenB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
19. De Vere vs Paulsen 1-0211870Baden-BadenC77 Ruy Lopez
20. J Minckwitz vs Winawer 0-1451870Baden-BadenE48 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3 d5
21. Anderssen vs Steinitz 1-0371870Baden-BadenC51 Evans Gambit
22. Paulsen vs S Rosenthal 1-0241870Baden-BadenC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
23. Blackburne vs De Vere 1-0401870Baden-BadenA07 King's Indian Attack
24. De Vere vs Blackburne 0-1361870Baden-BadenC60 Ruy Lopez
25. Winawer vs J Minckwitz 1-0251870Baden-BadenC48 Four Knights
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Jan-05-16  Dr. Overlord: This tournament was named after Lord Baden-Baden Powell Powell, founder of the Scout movement.

Jolly good, chaps! Jolly good.

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  Sally Simpson: And from the Scouts came the opening advice...

"Always Be Prepared."

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  Sally Simpson: Hi DR.O.

Just found out you can actually get a scout chess badge.

a.The name of each chess piece

b.How to set up a chessboard

c.How each chess piece moves, including castling and en passant captures

4.Do the following:

a.Demonstrate scorekeeping using the algebraic system of chess notation.

b.Discuss the differences between the opening, the middle game, and the endgame.

c.Explain four opening principles.

d.Explain the four rules for castling.

e.On a chessboard, demonstrate a "scholar's mate" and a "fool's mate."

f.Demonstrate on a chessboard four ways a chess game can end in a draw.

(I'm stuck on 'F' no badge for me.)

Jan-06-16  Dr. Overlord: Dear Sally, good heavens, a scout chess badge? Absolutely spiffing, old chap!

That would be something to tell my grandchildren one day. Unfortunately, I find myself stuck at 4a.

Strictly descriptive notation for me, I will have none of this modern algebraic poppycock. No, Sir!

"P. to K's 4th" and the like, now THAT is the right way, as it should be for any true Englishman of the Crown!

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  Sally Simpson: Hi Dr. O.

You can get a girl guide chess badge as well.

I bet Susie Polgar does not have one of those.

I want a boy scouts chess badge. (do you think I'll be able to buy one?)

I'll sow it on my denim jacket and help old ladies cross the road whilst singing 'Ging Gang Goolie.'

Jan-06-16  thomastonk: <Tabanus: Is there something in the introduction now that is outright wrong?> The current introduction is garbage.

I've posted many things above which could be of some use. Since then I have found one nice statement of Steinitz that he made decades later: he recalled this tournament because of the very fast time limit (twice as fast as London 1862, if I remember correctly). If needed, I will try to find it again.

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  Tabanus: <thomastonk> It sucks.

Let me see if I get the inspiration within a year or three. Meanwhile: you are German, you have already studied the event, etc. It does not have to be very long, just covering the "basics".

Jan-13-16  thomastonk: <Tabanus: It sucks.> It?
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  Tabanus: <thomastonk> The introduction. But I have neither time nor energy for it. I also doubt my "historical context" would be any good. I'm considering to give a try on Dundee 1867 later, but not now.
Jan-13-16  thomastonk: <Tabanus: The introduction.> I see.

Several months ago this tournament was possibly a first-rate occasion to achieve or sustain a good reputation and to have a sense of achievement at the same time, too. Now, with all the kibitzing above, it is rather a thankless task, and unfortunately it is not the only one like this. I regret that I contributed to the situation, but I thought z intended to crown his efforts.

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  Tabanus: <tt> What can I say. I doubt he'll ever write a CG tournament intro. Anyway it's never too late IMO. Who cares about the kibitzing? As regards the thankfulness, there is little to but put "Introduction written by User: tt" behind "Original collection: Game Collection: Baden-Baden 1870, by User: suenteus po 147" and voila! But it's more "fun" to write intro to one's own collection.
Jan-15-16  zanzibar: <<thomastonk> I regret that I contributed to the situation, but I thought z intended to crown his efforts.>

More white picket fence painting?

I'm not sure what exactly you mean by "crown" in this context.

Rewrite the intro, given our efforts?

I can't even remember how I entered into the Baden-Baden discussion, other than hoping to contribute to some discrepancy noted in the forum posts, etc.

I believe I was attempting, back in the summer, to get complete and correct PGN for historical tournaments. The goal being to obtain the correct xtab and leaderboards from a PGN download.

At the time I remember doing a lot of work on this tournament. I also was hoping to set an biographical standard, at least for myself, and put a lot of work into reviewing the original sources.

The idea was to collect all contemporaneous source material into one streamlined source, and to have OCR'ed versioned of the material to allow text searching.

I think I did as well as could be expected, given I don't speak German. I know my blog gets a tremendous amount of traffic from Norway for this tournament.

I wish a German speaker would help me redo the translations - since I find google translations rather lacking. Even if German-to-English is one of the better pathways (as you noted), it's simply not good enough for the clarity our work requires.

Nonetheless, I think it a good example which should be followed. One which complements the O'Keefe/Pope approach (which is chronological rather than topical).

Jan-15-16  zanzibar: Now, I'd a little distressed at this statement:

<I regret that I contributed to the situation>

Firstly, what situation?

As far as I'm concerned we had a good exchange of info/ideas/research on these pages.

To have to go back and review the material with a pessimistic viewpoint is something I'd be loath to do. It strikes me as a waste of time, defending some vague negative sentiment.

I always approach my writings as trying to contribute clarity, and aim to be informative.

(Or entertaining - like on the Cafe)

And so, why regret?

I assume your approach is similar to mine, that we both are trying to be constructive and accurate. Of course, given the diffuse structure of <CG>, the results won't match expectations.

But we knew that then, the same as we know it now.

Jan-15-16  zanzibar: <Tab> Anyway it's never too late IMO. Who cares about the kibitzing?

I do, and you should too.

Some of the best information on <CG> is contained in the kibitzing. Period.

<What can I say. I doubt he'll ever write a CG tournament intro. Anyway it's never too late IMO.>

<Tab> you're the main intro writer. You know that, and you get 100% of the <CG> credit for that.

I've offered to write one that I remember you took over from me, by mutual agreement. I thought it good at the time, given you were doing all the other izt's - it made the write-up more consistent.

My main goal was trying to get the tournaments and PGN into workable form. That was a lot of work which people seem to have forgotten.

It was the kind of work which few seemed to realize was needed at the time, as well. Which meant even more work educating those who ultimately did the bulk of the hard work fixing the problems.

I think we've made some progress. I'm disappointed we haven't made more on this front.

My point of view remains that wikipedia does as good a job on the intros to tournaments as we do. And to tell the truth, I think it has better formatting.

(Try making that knockout graphic on <CG>)

The main goal for me remains the data - that's been the case from the very beginning.

We still don't have bulk processing - nor do we have Event/Site searching - nor do we have consistent treatment of playoffs - nor do we have stubs - nor do we even have FIDE-style names in the PGN, etc. etc.

Jan-15-16  zanzibar: <Bismarck and Pope Pius IX trying to checkmate each other>

From Carolus' <Baden-Baden (1870)> page:

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  Tabanus: <<Tab> you're the main intro writer.>

I was perhaps, for the last year. Which goes to show how bad the situation is for CG. They should think about how to recruit more.

Jan-17-16  thomastonk: <Tabanus: "Introduction written by User: tt"> I've made <my> tournament some time ago, and that's the end of the story. The same applies to biographies. But I think you knew that.

<z>: you wrote to <Tab> that some of the best information is in the kibitzing, and of course that's correct. But my regret meant something different, and I will try to explain it with more words. This tournament is still in a bad state, in particular the introduction. In my opinion the above 4 pages of kibitzing reduce the likelihood that another volunteer will write a better introduction and check the game scores. This opinion is independent of the quality of the kibitzing; it depends only on the experience, which also <Tab> mentioned: it is more fun to begin from scratch.

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  Tabanus: <thomastonk> That's ok. I'll end my stories here too then.
May-21-17  zanzibar: Tartajubow has recently added a post about the tournament:


Dec-15-17  JimNorCal: <thomastonk> No kibitzing in a year? Hope all is well, old comrade.
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  perfidious: <JimNorCal: <thomastonk> No kibitzing in a year? Hope all is well, old comrade.>

Here's hopin'.

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  offramp: This tournament began on 18th July 1870.

A possible subject of conversation among the players on that first day might have been that fact that on 16th July 1870, the French parliament had voted to declare war on the German Kingdom of Prussia.

On the 19th July 1870 the war began.

It is over now, though.

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  WorstPlayerEver: Yeah, the war was desastrous for France. The usual. Now they try it the sneaky way with the EUSSR. Which will -you guessed it- also hopelessly fail.
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  keypusher: <WorstPlayerEver: Yeah, the war was desastrous for France. The usual. Now they try it the sneaky way with the EUSSR. Which will -you guessed it- also hopelessly fail.>

I remember seeing French impressionist paintings from the 1870s and thinking people looked pretty happy. In 1940 France was defeated in six weeks and got through the war with very little damage, especially compared to Germany. In 1914-1918 France fought for four years, won the war and lost millions of young men.

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  WorstPlayerEver: <keypusher>

Impressionists? You mean guys who took pictures and 'translated' them into paintings?

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