|Monte Carlo (1901)|
In 1901, in order to stimulate tourism to the seaside resort of Monte Carlo (1) during the winter season, Prince Andrey Dadian of Mingrelia and Jules Arnous de Riviere organized a master chess tournament, to be held from February 1st to March 1st. (2) Fourteen masters were invited to participate, but play was delayed until the 4th of February to observe the funeral of Queen Victoria I of England. The scoring format for this tournament gave ¼ of a point to each player for a draw played. The two players were then required to replay the game with colors reversed, where a win was worth ½ a point, a draw worth another ¼ point, and a loss worth 0. David Janowski won the tournament and the grand prize of 5000 Francs, while the second through sixth place finishers enjoyed their share of a 7300 Francs prize pool. The remaining players received minor compensation for their participation. Several games, although their scores and partial move orders still exist, are omitted from this collection due to being incomplete.
The crosstable and final standings:
Note: In the crosstable, <¾> indicates that a player won the replay after a drawn game, <¼> that he lost the replay, <½> that the replay was also drawn.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4
1 Janowski * 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 ½ ¾ 1 0 1 1 10¼
2 Schlechter 0 * 0 ¾ ½ 1 1 ¾ 1 ½ 1 1 1 1 9½
=3 von Scheve 0 1 * 0 ½ 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 ½ 1 9
=3 Chigorin 0 ¼ 1 * ½ 0 1 1 ¾ ½ 1 1 1 1 9
5 Alapin 1 ½ ½ ½ * ½ ¾ ½ 0 1 1 ½ ¾ 1 8½
6 Mieses 0 0 0 1 ½ * 0 ½ 1 1 1 1 0 1 7
=7 Blackburne 0 0 0 0 ¼ 1 * 0 1 1 ¼ 1 1 1 6½
=7 Gunsberg 0 ¼ 1 0 ½ ½ 1 * 0 ¾ 0 ½ 1 1 6½
9 Marco ½ 0 0 ¼ 1 0 0 1 * ¼ 1 ½ ½ 1 6
10 Marshall ¼ ½ 0 ½ 0 0 0 ¼ ¾ * 1 1 ¼ 1 5½
11 Reggio 0 0 0 0 0 0 ¾ 1 0 0 * 1 1 1 4¾
12 Mason 1 0 0 0 ½ 0 0 ½ ½ 0 0 * 1 ¾ 4¼
13 Winawer 0 0 ½ 0 ¼ 1 0 0 ½ ¾ 0 0 * 1 4
14 Didier 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ¼ 0 * ¼
The Monte Carlo (1902) event followed in similar style to this inaugural event.
References: (1) Wikipedia article: Monte Carlo casino, (2) Wikipedia article: Monte Carlo chess tournament, (3) http://www.montecarlocasinos.com/. Original collection: Game Collection: Monte Carlo 1901, by User: suenteus po 147.
| page 1 of 5; games 1-25 of 103
|1. J Mason vs Blackburne
||0-1||40||1901||Monte Carlo||B45 Sicilian, Taimanov|
|2. Janowski vs Winawer
||1-0||25||1901||Monte Carlo||C66 Ruy Lopez|
|3. Marshall vs Chigorin
||½-½||60||1901||Monte Carlo||C15 French, Winawer|
|4. G Marco vs J Mieses
||0-1||30||1901||Monte Carlo||B45 Sicilian, Taimanov|
|5. L Didier vs Alapin
||0-1||31||1901||Monte Carlo||C11 French|
|6. A Reggio vs Gunsberg
||1-0||59||1901||Monte Carlo||C83 Ruy Lopez, Open|
|7. Schlechter vs Von Scheve
||0-1||68||1901||Monte Carlo||D46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav|
|8. Blackburne vs Gunsberg
||0-1||35||1901||Monte Carlo||C46 Three Knights|
|9. J Mason vs Janowski
||1-0||48||1901||Monte Carlo||C50 Giuoco Piano|
|10. J Mieses vs Alapin
||½-½||38||1901||Monte Carlo||C01 French, Exchange|
|11. G Marco vs A Reggio
||1-0||35||1901||Monte Carlo||C80 Ruy Lopez, Open|
|12. Schlechter vs L Didier
||1-0||37||1901||Monte Carlo||C77 Ruy Lopez|
|13. Von Scheve vs Chigorin
||0-1||66||1901||Monte Carlo||D02 Queen's Pawn Game|
|14. Chigorin vs Marshall
||½-½||54||1901||Monte Carlo||C31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit|
|15. Alapin vs J Mieses
|| ||½-½||21||1901||Monte Carlo||B22 Sicilian, Alapin|
|16. Blackburne vs J Mieses
||1-0||32||1901||Monte Carlo||A10 English|
|17. L Didier vs Janowski
||0-1||45||1901||Monte Carlo||B45 Sicilian, Taimanov|
|18. Marshall vs Gunsberg
||½-½||62||1901||Monte Carlo||D00 Queen's Pawn Game|
|19. G Marco vs Chigorin
||½-½||35||1901||Monte Carlo||C78 Ruy Lopez|
|20. Schlechter vs Alapin
||½-½||30||1901||Monte Carlo||D05 Queen's Pawn Game|
|21. J Mason vs Von Scheve
||0-1||64||1901||Monte Carlo||C50 Giuoco Piano|
|22. A Reggio vs Winawer
||1-0||36||1901||Monte Carlo||C67 Ruy Lopez|
|23. Janowski vs A Reggio
||1-0||43||1901||Monte Carlo||D50 Queen's Gambit Declined|
|24. Alapin vs Marshall
||1-0||60||1901||Monte Carlo||D08 Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit|
|25. J Mieses vs J Mason
||1-0||39||1901||Monte Carlo||C01 French, Exchange|
| page 1 of 5; games 1-25 of 103
|Jul-08-13|| ||TheFocus: From the <Mechanics Institute Newsletter>:
Two discoveries from Monte Carlo 1901 and 1902
NM John Blackstone Las Vegas, a member of the 1968 US team that competed in the Student Olympiad at Ybbs, Austria, has uncovered two previously-forgotten games from the great Monte Carlo tournaments of 1901 and 1902.
Ruy Lopez C77
M. Didier,M – T. Von Scheve
Monte Carlo (7), 1901
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.d3 Bc5 6.Nc3 d6 7.Bg5 Bb4 8.0-0 Bxc3 9.bxc3 h6 10.Bh4 0-0 11.Qd2 Be6 12.Rae1 Kh7 13.Bb3 Qe7 14.d4 Bxb3 15.axb3 Rae8 16.h3 Rg8 17.g4 g5 18.Bg3 Rg6 19.d5 Nb8 20.Kg2 Reg8 21.Rh1 Kg7 22.h4 Kf8 23.h5 R6g7 24.Nh2 Rh8 25.f3 Qd8 26.Nf1 Ng8 27.Ne3 f6 28.c4 Rd7 29.b4 c5 30.bxc5 dxc5 31.Rb1 Ne7 32.c3 Nc8 33.Bf2 b6 34.Qa2 Nd6 35.Rb2 Ra7 36.Rhb1 Nd7 37.Qa4 Qc7 38.Qc6 Rh7 39.Nf5 Nxf5 40.gxf5 Rf7 41.Rxb6 Nxb6 42.Bxc5+ Kg7 43.Rxb6 a5 44.Qb5 Ra8 45.Ba3 Qc8 46.c5 Kh8 47.Kg3 g4 48.fxg4 Qg8 49.c6 Qg5 50.Qe2 Rg8 51.Rb7 Rxb7 52.cxb7 Rb8 53.Qf3 Rxb7 54.d6 a4 55.Qd3 Rg7 56.Qe2 Rg8 57.Kh3 Kh7 58.Bc5 Qc1 59.Qd3 Qh1+ 60.Kg3 Qxh5 61.Qd1 Qg5 62.d7 Qf4+ 63.Kh3 h5 64.d8Q Qxg4+ 65.Qxg4 hxg4+ 66.Kg3 Rxd8 67.Kxg4 Rd3 0-1
[New York SUN 1901, April p.08]
Queen’s Gambit Declined D53
A. Reggio – R. Teichmann
Monte Carlo (19) 1902
1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 Be7 5.e3 b6 6.cxd5 exd5 7.Bd3 Bb7 8.Nf3 Ne4 9.Bf4 0-0 10.0-0 c5 11.Rc1 Nd7 12.Bb1 Rc8 13.Nd2 Nxc3 14.Rxc3 Bf6 15.Nf3 Re8 16.Qd3 g6 17.Rfc1 c4 18.Qf1 b5 19.a3 a5 20.R3c2 b4 21.g4 Qb6 22.h4 Bc6 23.h5 Ba4 24.hxg6 fxg6 25.Qh3 Bxc2 26.Bxc2 b3 27.Bb1 Qe6 28.Re1 c3 29.bxc3 Rxc3 30.Qg2 b2 31.g5 Bg7 32.e4 dxe4 33.Ne5 Nxe5 34.dxe5 e3 35.Bxe3 Qxe5 36.Ba2+ Kh8 37.Qf1 Qf5 38.Qg2 Rc1 39.Rxc1 bxc1Q+ 40.Bxc1 Re1+ 0-1
[NY Sun 1902.06.29 p.05 Su]
I will leave it to the authors of those Collections to submit the games.
|Jun-25-15|| ||Pawn and Two: Regarding the above game score submitted by <The Focus>, Didier - Von Scheve, Monte Carlo 1901, The Chess Player tournament book by A. J. Gillam, confirms Didier - Von Scheve, was played in round 7 on February 14, 1901.|
The Chess Player tournament book gives the same opening moves: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5, and then it provides the same moves from 47.Kg3, to 53....Rxb7, and states the game ended with Black winning on move 67.
The above game score should be submitted to the CG database.
|Mar-27-16|| ||TheFocus: "The following are the prize-winners:
Janowsky, first, 5,000 fr. and a bronze trophy; Schlechter, second, 3,000 fr.; Scheve, third, 2,000 fr.; Tschigorin, fourth, 1,000 fr.; Alapin, fifth, 800 fr.; Mieses, sixth, 500 fr. The special prizes of 500, 250 and 125 francs, the latter given by an English visitor, will be rewarded by M. de Rivière, M. Clere, and Mr. Hoffer after examination of the competing games. The unsuccessful competitors received consolation money towards their expenses," - <The Field>, March 9, 1901, pg. 66.
|Oct-15-16|| ||offramp: At Monte Carlo there's a famous casino.
At Monte Cassino there's a guy named Carlo.
|Sep-10-19|| ||An Englishman: Good Evening: Who was M. Didier?|
|Sep-11-19|| ||Jean Defuse: ...
An Englishman: Who was M. Didier?
see: M Didier
|Apr-25-20|| ||cameosis: his full name is lucien didier:
|Apr-25-20|| ||jnpope: Wow. It's been 7 years since I found Lucien? M Didier (kibitz #32) |
The next time I mention making a run to Cleveland can someone remind me to ask about that brochure:
<We have had sent us, by the courtesy of its president, M. Delaire, a little brochure containing the rules and list of members of the Philidor Club, Paris, for 1901. There are no less than 248 members, and among them we notice the names of M. de Riviére, and of M. Didier, who is a competitor in the Monte Carlo tourney.>
source: British Chess Magazine, 1901.03, p99
I really should finish what I started...
|Apr-25-20|| ||cameosis: yes, i the continued clicking after i posted and found your comment/source for his name, but the damage was already done. XD|
|Apr-25-20|| ||cameosis: on another note, does anybody know if the monte carlo booklet by morgan’s shilling chess library is available as a pdf? the only reference i found was here:|
|Mar-14-22|| ||Z truth 000000001: In case anybody was wondering why Pillsbury didn't attend, this might supply the answer:|
<Pillsbury's absence from the Monte Carlo tournament is explained by the fact that his marriage was fixed for January 20 at St. Louis . He is going to the Pacific coast on one of his professional tours . He was 28 on December 22 last .>
Literature 1901-02-02 p90
|Mar-14-22|| ||Z truth 000000001: <cameosis> there is a weird strictness in Google Books where it basically follows the copyright laws of the country where the source was published, rather than the local country holding the reference material.|
I believe Google Books is wrong in this (in a legal sense), and have written them about it, but they wrote a very perfunctory reply maintaining their policy.
As for other titles in Morgan's series:
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