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Buffalo Tournament

Jackson Whipps Showalter4/6(+3 -1 =2)[games]
Harry Nelson Pillsbury3.5/6(+3 -2 =1)[games]
Adolf Albin2.5/6(+2 -3 =1)[games]
George Farnsworth2/6(+1 -3 =2)[games]
* Chess Event Description
Buffalo (1894)

During the mid-summer meeting of the New York State Chess Association, the Staats-Zeitung Cup tournament was held with players representing different clubs in the Association. The winner, Jackson Whipps Showalter represented the Manhattan Chess Club. Harry Nelson Pillsbury represented the Brooklyn Chess Club, Adolf Albin the Metropolitan Chess Club, and George Farnsworth the Buffalo Chess Club. Farnsworth was a vice-president of the New York State Chess Association, the Buffalo Chess Club champion, and one of the organizers.

Buffalo, New York, 14-17 August 1894

1 Showalter XX =1 10 1= 4.0 2 Pillsbury =0 XX 10 11 3.5 3 Albin 01 01 XX 0= 2.5 4 Farnsworth 0= 00 1= XX 2.0

Farnsworth - Albin, Round 6, ended in an eight move draw. The game-score is unavailable.

Based on an original collection by User: TheFocus.

 page 1 of 1; 11 games  PGN Download 
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Showalter vs Albin 1-0161894BuffaloB06 Robatsch
2. Pillsbury vs Albin 1-0561894BuffaloD00 Queen's Pawn Game
3. Showalter vs G Farnsworth  1-0471894BuffaloB01 Scandinavian
4. G Farnsworth vs Pillsbury 0-1561894BuffaloC45 Scotch Game
5. Albin vs Pillsbury 1-0451894BuffaloC55 Two Knights Defense
6. G Farnsworth vs Showalter  ½-½281894BuffaloA07 King's Indian Attack
7. Albin vs G Farnsworth 0-1331894BuffaloC02 French, Advance
8. Pillsbury vs Showalter  ½-½361894BuffaloD05 Queen's Pawn Game
9. Pillsbury vs G Farnsworth 1-0231894BuffaloD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
10. Albin vs Showalter  1-0281894BuffaloC53 Giuoco Piano
11. Showalter vs Pillsbury 1-0351894BuffaloC44 King's Pawn Game
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Kibitzer's Corner
Apr-04-15  zanzibar: Here's a little history connected with this tournament:



The New York State Chess Association has now in its possession three chess cups for annual competition, which lend additional interest to tournaments between the members and clubs. There is something more than mere desire to win in these Competitions. The honor of success is a reflected honor in which the members of the victorious organizations take part. The fruits of victory leave seeds from which spring most important growths, and the stimulation to members of clubs from success draws them closer to their chess homes. Even though a club may not win a trophy, the good playing of its representative is watched closely, and a win from a master does a great deal to interest the members.

The New York Staats-Zeitung chess trophy was presented to the association by Mr. Oswald Ottendorfer, proprietor of that great leader of German thought, in 1890, through the influence of the chess editor of the Staats-Zeitung, Mr. Hartwig Cassel. It is of silver, about fourteen inches in height. and represents a chess castle. Surmounting the cover is a crowned figure of a king in his royal robes. At the base of the castle are arranged in relief the figures of all the pieces used in chess. On one side is engraved the dedication inscription, on a shield, and on the other a representation of two mounted knights in battle, above which is a chess board with the arms of the Empire State. Shields are placed around the base, upon which are to be engraved the names of the clubs winning the trophy. The trophy cost $500.

The competitions for the Staats-Zeitung Trophy have always been an interesting part of the midsummer meetings of the New York State Chess Association.



Apr-04-15  zanzibar: < (cont)

The first tournament was played in 1891, at Skaneateles. N. Y., with five entries —- Major J. M. Hanham, repesenting the Manhattan Chess Club; Emil Kemeny, City Chess Club of New York; A. E. Blackmar, Brooklyn Chess Club; A. B. Hodges, Staten Island Chess Club, and H. J. Rogers, Albany Chess Club. Major Hanham won, with a score of 6 wins to 2 losses.

In 1892 the tournament was held at Skaneateles, with five entries -- Major Hanham, Manhattan Chess Club; Emil Kemeny, City Chess Club; W. F. Eno, Brooklyn Chess Club; M. L. Deyo, Albany Chess Club, and George H. Thornton, Buffalo Chess Club. Mr. Kemeny won with the good score of 6 1/2 to 1 1/2, Major Hanham being but half a game behind him.

The tournament of 1893 was played at St. George, S. I., and had five entries -- A. B. Hodges, representing the Staten Island Chess Club; E. N. Olly, Brooklyn Chess Club: J. M. Hanham, Manhattan Chess Club; W. H. K. Pollock, Albany Chess Club. and J. Iialpern, City Chess Club. Mr. Hodges was the winner, capturing seven of the eight games.

In 1894 one of the most interesting tournaments of the series was held at Buffalo. Harry N. Pillsbury represented the Brooklyn Chess Club, J. W. Showalter, Manhattan Chess Club; George C. Farnsworth, Buffalo Chess Club, and Ad. Albin, Metropolitan Chess Club. Mr. Showalter won with a score of 4 wins, 2 losses, Pillsbury being half a game behind.

The tournament of 1895 was held at Skaneateles, with four entries. Eugene Delmar represented the Metropolitan Chess Club; A. B. Hodges, Manhattan Chess Club; N. D. Luce, Rochester Chess Club; Philip Richardson, the Brooklyn Chess Club. Mr. Delmar won, with a score of 4 1/2; to 1 1/2, Mr. Richardson being second.

The tournament of 1896 was held at Rochester, and was won by S. Lipschuetz, for the Manhattan Chess Club. Last year's tournament was played at the Thousand Islands, with three entries —- S. Lipschuetz, Manhattan Chess Club; W. Steinitz, Staten Island Chess Club; W. E. Napier, Brooklyn Chess Club. There was a tie between Mr. Lipschuetz and Mr. Steinitz, which was declared no result, and the cup is now in possession of the association.


The Farnsworth Cup was presented to the association last year by Mrs. George C. Farnsworth, of Buffalo. as a memorial of her husband, who served the associatsion as an officer for several years. All who knew Mr. Farnsworth respected him for his worth as a man. and chess players owe him many debts for his faithful devotion to the. game. The cup is of silver and bears the name “Farnsworth Cup." It is for the winner of first prize in the first class of the general tournament. It was won last year by President Howard J. Rogers.


The Wright Cup was also presented last year. The donor, Mr. H. D. Wright, won a money prize at one of the meetings, and, with commendable generosity. devoted his winnings with an additional gift from his purse to the purchase of a cup for the third class in the general tournament. Mr. Wright won the first prize in that class last year, and so the prize at his request went to the winner of second prize, Mr. A. Pieczinka, of New York.


From <American Chess Magazine v2, Aug 1898 p87>

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