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🏆 Nuremberg (1883) Chess Event Description
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Player: Joseph Henry Blackburne

 page 1 of 1; 18 games  PGN Download 
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Blackburne vs M Bier 1-0361883NurembergC45 Scotch Game
2. F Riemann vs Blackburne 0-1341883NurembergC01 French, Exchange
3. Paulsen vs Blackburne ½-½611883NurembergC02 French, Advance
4. J N Berger vs Blackburne  ½-½271883NurembergC11 French
5. E Schallopp vs Blackburne 1-0391883NurembergC01 French, Exchange
6. Blackburne vs Von Bardeleben ½-½341883NurembergC53 Giuoco Piano
7. J Schwarz vs Blackburne 0-1421883NurembergC49 Four Knights
8. Winawer vs Blackburne 0-1511883NurembergB01 Scandinavian
9. Blackburne vs C Leffmann ½-½811883NurembergC53 Giuoco Piano
10. Blackburne vs A Fritz 1-0631883NurembergC50 Giuoco Piano
11. Blackburne vs J Mason 0-1601883NurembergC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
12. Blackburne vs W Paulsen 1-0301883NurembergB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
13. M Lange vs Blackburne 0-1371883NurembergC01 French, Exchange
14. M Weiss vs Blackburne 0-1521883NurembergC42 Petrov Defense
15. Bird vs Blackburne 0-1591883NurembergA02 Bird's Opening
16. Blackburne vs A Schottlaender  ½-½391883NurembergC55 Two Knights Defense
17. Blackburne vs V Hruby 1-0451883NurembergC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
18. Blackburne vs Gunsberg 1-0451883NurembergC45 Scotch Game
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Dec-24-13  thomastonk: See also
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  Phony Benoni: <thoomastonk> That is exactly how I picture Bird, gently contemplating yet another eccentricity.
Jan-10-14  thomastonk: I got this week a copy of the tournament book, and this confirmed my sneaking suspicion: the introduction needs improvement and correction.


Joost van Winsen mentions in his excellent article (link see above) that the 'tooth story' is not mentioned in German sources and the tournament book, and that no particulars have been found of Winawer's time of arrival. But the tournament book (p 27) gives a little bit of information and confirms everything else of Hoffer's story: "Die Vorwoche des Kongresses führte eine stattliche Anzahl von Schachspielern und Schachfreunden in Nürnberg zusammen. Ohne die Absicht, sich daselbst längere Zeit aufhalten zu wollen, berühte S.Winawer Nürnberg auf der Reise von London nach Wien, wohin er sich zunächst begeben wollte, und wurde selbstverständlich von den Nürnbergers nicht wieder losgelassen; -- dafür nahm er auch später den ersten Preis mit sich."

Rough translation: "In the week before the congress, a considerable number of chess players and chess lovers were present in Nuremberg. On a journey from London to Vienna Winawer arrived in Nuremberg without the intent to stay there for a longer time, and naturally the people from Nuremberg don't let him go; -- in exchange he took afterwards the first prize with him."

After Winawer the chess players from England and Vienna are mentioned, and then both Paulsens.

Apr-23-16  zanzibar: In the previous DSB Congress' intro (Berlin (1881)) on <CG> is this statement:

<... a formula from this event would serve as a template for all future chess congresses in Germany before the Great War.>

Leipzig (1879)

I took issue with the comment over there:

Berlin (1881) (kibitz #32)

This tournament, <Nuremberg (1883)>, actually returned to the older German formula of 2 games/day that had been abandoned in <Berlin (1881)> - the latter having adopted the more "standard" rate of 1 game/day used by most international tournaments.

So, being interested in the evolution of the "formula" of international play - I still wonder about the statement in the previous tournaments' intro.

Apr-23-16  zanzibar: From the intro <"not any more the sole strongest event in which to participate">.

Where's OCF when you need him?!

Apr-23-16  zanzibar: The following comments really could be made about any tournament:

<Commenting upon the Nuremberg tournament, the Field remarks that "Chess-players, as a rule, consider themselves at least pawn and move stronger than they really are; hence competitors entering a tournament hope to gain a prize by reasoning that they will be able to draw with the recognised favourites and beat those whom they consider—estimating their strength at the above standard—inferior to themselves." The outside world might conclude from this that Chess-players are very conceited persona, but this does not follow. Every player naturally judges of himself at his best, and takes little account of games lost by careless blunders. These he willingly forgets as fast as possible. His error consists in believing himself capable of avoiding mistakes when there is every inducement for him to play correctly. To play well is the gift of fortune; but to make mistakes comes by nature.>

<BCM v03 (Aug-Sep 1883) p340/351>

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  perfidious: <zed> Vastly amusing; I suppose by the above named criterion, in my best days I should have at been least GM strength, though not quite good enough to emulate Steinitz' supposed claim near the end of his life that he could offer God odds of pawn and move.
Jun-27-17  zanzibar: And talk about grinds, the Germans decided to play under this schedule:

9am-1pm, 2pm-6pm, 7:30pm-12am

That's 8 + 4½ = 12½ hrs/day.

(H.E. Bird - Renette p312)

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