Notes: 1893 Impromptu International Chess Tournament

Here are my working notes for the  1893 Impromptu International Chess Tournament held jointly in both the Manhattan and Brooklyn Chess Clubs in New York. This tournament was quickly organized following the collapse of the intended Columbian Chess Congress (aka the 7th American Chess Congress) to both take advantage of, and to compensate, the various European masters who had traveled to the US to participant in the cancelled tournament.


1893 (All dates October unless otherwise specified)

NYEP = New York Evening Post
BDSU = Brooklyn Daily Standard Union
NYR  = New York Recorder
NYDT = New York Daily Tribune
NYS  = New York Sun

Sun NYS-09-10 {
  The London expert F.J. Lee arrived in this city on Saturday. He
  intended to take part in the international tournament, to be played
  under the auspices of the Columbian Chess Congress. As was duly
  announced, the Congress Committee adjourned sine die, and Lee felt
  very much disappointed that there would be no tournament in this city
  this fall. [...]

Mon BDSU-09-11 {
   F. J. Lee, the noted English chess expert, will visit the
   Brooklyn C. C. this evening. Some of Brooklyn's strongest
   players have been invited to meet him and contest friendly

Tues BDSU-09-12 {
   "The English player is about 40 years of age, of a
   German blocky build, which indicates the possession
   of physical strength to stand the strain of severe
   chess playing."

   F.J. Lee portrait, reproduced with perm from the Sun,
   "makes him appear stouter than he really is; otherwise
   the likeness is good."

Wed NYS-09-13 {
  Chess Player Jasnogrodsky, who arrived in this city
  on Monday, encountered Albin at the Manhattan Chess Club,
  and the Pole won two games to the Austrian's one. The latter
  was a serioiusly played game, while the first two were
  so-called off games. Jasnogrodsky make a very favorable debut
  at the club

Sat BDSU-09-16 {
  The local chess clubs are feeling the stimulous of the presence of
  visiting stars; Jasnogrodsky, Gossip, Lee, Albin, Taubeuhouse and
  Lasker are a good nucleus around which the Columbian Congress
  Committee could have gathered a grand collection of strong players;
  it is one of the hardest blows that chess enthusiasts have
  experienced in a long time, to see a congress so near a successful
  completion, dropped because of a temporary depression in
  business. The committee has issued a circular to subscribers to the
  fund asking opinions and advice as to the disposition of the amounts
  subscribed by them.

Wed BDSU-09-20 {



  The collapse of the Columbian Chess Congress, owing to the inability
  of the committee to raise more than $2,800, has left several
  prominent European chess players in New York in an annoying
  position; they came to this country under heavy expense, and some of
  them will be in difficulty about returning. In order that their trip
  shall have some result, a project was set under way last evening at
  the Manhattan Chess Club to arrange a tournament with prizes in
  proportion to the amount of money that can be raised.

  Representatives of the Brooklyn C. C., Manhattan C. C., and City
  C. C. were present, and the following officers and committee were
  elected: President, Charles A. Gilberg; Vice-President, A. Foster
  Higgins; Treasurer, Goerge Holl; Secretary, F. G. Janusch; and Juan
  Sabuter, Dr. E. W. Dahl, Dr. L. D. Broughton, Jr., W. Bigelow,
  H. Cassel, M. Franckel, H. Vorrath, L. Goldmark, J. Livingston.

  The money subscribed last evening will give a good start to the
  prize fund; $300 is promised from newspapers; the Manhatten C. C.,
  $100; Brooklyn C. C., $50; City C. C. $50; and individual names for
  amounts that will bring the total up to $700. It is believed that
  $1,000 will be subscribed.

  The players who are expected to enter are E. Lasker, J. Janusch,
  A. Albin, J Toubenhouse, G. H. D. Gossip, F. J. Lee,
  J. W. Showalter, W. H. K. Pollock, Major Hanham, J. W. Baird,
  J. Pillsbury, S. Lipschutz, D. G. Baird. Those who are likely to
  enter but have not been heard from are Amos Burn, Eugene Delmar,
  J. S. Ryan, and E. Kemeny.

  A one-round tournament, where each entrant will play one game with
  every other entrant is talked of, though this is a matter yet
  undecided. It is believed that all arrangements will be completed
  and games will commence within ten days.

Wed NYR-09-20 {


$1,000 in Prizes to Be Played For --

  A semi-international tournament is being arranged just at
  present. The initiative belongs to the Manhattan Chess Club, it is
  subscribing $100 to start with. Brooklyn and city clubs will be soon
  heard from, and it is expected that the amount needed, $1,000, will
  be subscribed in a very short time. The Manhattan Club gives its
  rooms for the tourney.  The first prize is to be not less than $250,
  and, perhaps, $500. Mr. Lasker told The Recorder that he was willing
  to participate. Other prospective contestants are Messrs.
  Lipshuetz, Showalter, Hodges, Pollock, Albin, Lee, Taubenhaus,
  Jasnogrodsky, Gossip, Pillsbury, Kemeny, Hanham, Delmar, Ettinger
  and D. Baird -- sixteen in all.


Sat BDSU-09-23 {

   More, but basically copying NYR/BDSU of 9/20.

   (Gilbert - pres. BCC)

   Jasnogrodsky gives simul/blindfold (14 (BDSU-09-25 12/6) at MCC.
   Steinitz accepts Lasker's challenge for $3000 a side.


Mon BDSU-09-25 {

   Jasnogrodsky +8 -2 =2, but made mistakes at blindfold.


Sat BDSU-09-30 {

   The tournament which commences today at the Manhattan C.C.  has
   been named the Impromptu International Tournament. All arrangements
   have been completed, and the entries are of a class to insure a
   successful contest. The subscription list shows that the committee
   can confidently count upon $800 for prizes, while there are
   promises that may bring the total up to more than $900. It will be
   a one-round tournament, the hours of play being 2 to 6 and 7 to 9
   P.M.; the time limit, twenty moves an hour; entrance fee, $10. The
   prize fund will be divided in the ratio of 40 per cent. for first
   prize, 25 per cent. for second, 16 per cent. for third, 11 per
   cent.  for fourth, and 8 per cent. for fifth. The entrance fees
   will be divided among the non-prize winners in proportion to the
   number of games won. H. N. Pillsbury of Boston, J. W. Showalter of
   Kentucky, and W.H.K. Pollock have telegraphed that they will be on
   hand. The hours of play for Mr. Delmar, Mr. Ryan and E. N. Olly
   have been changed in the afternoon to commence at 4 instead of 2

   The entries now in are: E. Lasker, F. J. Lee, G. H. D. Gossip,
   J. Taubenhaus, A. Albin, M. Jasnogrodsky, E. Delmar, J. M. Hahham,
   H. N. Pillsbury, J. W. Showalter, W. H. K. Pollock, J. S. Ryan,
   E. N. Olly, A. B. Hodges wrote to the committee that he desired to
   enter if the hours could be arranged to suit him; the same hours
   that have been offered to Mr. Delmar and Mr. Rynam were suggested,
   but he decided not to enter. Brooklyn will be represented by E. N.
   Olly, who so ably fought for the Brooklyn C. C. in the
   "Staats-Zeitung" tournament.

   The Standard Union will publish daily reports of the tournament,
   and some of the best games.

Sat NYEP-09-30 {

   The "Impromptu International Tournament", as the apology for the
   Columbian Chess Congress is called, will be opened to-day at
   the Manhattan Chess Club. [...] The games will be played at the
   Manhattan Chess Club to-day and from October 2 to October 7.
   Then play will proceed for two days at the Brooklyn Chess Club
   and be concluded at the City Chess Club.


Sun NYDT-01 {
  Play in the International Chess Tournament began at the Manhattan
  Chess Club yesterday, when the players, with the exception of
  Showalter and Pollock, who will start to-morrow, contested the first
  round. Schmidt had little difficulty in disposing of Jasnogrodsky,
  while Albin and Taubenhaus had to adjourn a long drawn-out battle
  after seventy-nine moves.  The young player, Pillsbury, defeated
  Gossip in grand style in a Vienna game. Lasker administers defeat to
  Hanham by a pretty combination in the end game. Lee outplayed Ryan
  in the middle game and won in good tyles as did Delmar in his game
  against Olly.

Mon NYR-02 {
  Opening ceremony & pairings Sat 1893-09-30
  aka 7th American Chess Congress, opened by MCC vp Wesley Bigelow
  (BDSU and talk by Charles A. Gilberg)
  Play also on the day, room divided into two by rope.
  Chess reporter H. Cassell w S Rocamora, assistant (English/German)
  E.N. Olly represents Recorder & Russian

R1 - Saturday 9/30
Jasnogrodsky - Schmidt (0-1 NYDT-01/NYS-01)     (BDSU-02 S violin virtuoso)
Pillsbury - Gossip     (1-0 NYDT/NYS)           (BDSU-02 G chess author, former ch Australia)
Lasker - Hanham        (1-0 NYDT/NYS)
Albin - Taubenaus      (= NYS-05 m 106 adj 79 NYDT/NYS) (BDSU-02 adj 74)  (NYS-01 Taubenaus - Albin) (NYR-14 222 moves!)
Lee - Ryan             (1-0 NYDT/NYS)
Olly - Delmar          (0-1 NYDT/NYS)           (BDSU-02 Delmar-Olly)
Pollock - Showalter    (= NYS-05)

(BDSU-02 Pollock - Showalter
         during Sat evening Pillsbury won four off-hand
         games from Jasnogrodsky)

(BDSU - W.H.K. Pollock, of Albany, and J. W. Showalter, of KY
 not having arrived were paired and game adjourned till Wed
 Steinitz spectator)

(Play goes on 2-6 and 7-9 at 105 (or 6?) East 22d St.)
R2 - Monday 10/2
Pollock - Albin            1-0    (NYEP-03/BDSU-02 Albin-Pollock) (BDSU-03/NYEP-03 Pollock+)
Pillsbury - Hanham         0-1    (BDSU-02 Hanham-Pillsbury)      (BDSU-03/NYEP-03 Hanham+)
Lasker - Ryan              1-0    (BDSU-02 Ryan-Lasker)           (BDSU-03/NYEP-03 Lasker+)
Lee - Delmar                =     (BDSU-02 Delmar-Lee)            (BDSU-03/NYEP-03  =)
Schmidt - Olly             1-0                                    (BDSU-03/NYEP-03 Schmidt+)
Gossip - Taubenhaus        0-1                                    (BDSU-03/NYEP-03 Taubenbhaus+)
Showalter - Jasnogrodsky   1-0                                    (BDSU-03/NYEP-03 Showalter+)

(BDSU-03 Only Lasker and Schmidt clean slates)
(NYS-03 A-P, P-H, S-J, G-T at 2pm, L-R, L-D, S-O at 4pm
          +    +  +      +         +     =   +)

(NYEP-03 L-D, P-R, J-O start at 4pm, all others at 2pm
After R2: Lasker 2, Schmidt 2, Delmar 1.5, Lee 1.5,
Showalter, Pollock, Pillsbury, Hanham and Tanhenhaus 1 each)

{BDSU-03 R3-pairings}
R3 - Tuesday 10/3
Lee - Schmidt         1-0  (BDSU-04 Lee+)
Lasker - Delmar       1-0  (BDSU-04 Lasker+)
Pillsbury - Ryan      1-0  (BDSU-04 Pillsbury+)
Taubenbhaus - Hanham   =   (BSDU-04 =)
Pollock - Gossip       =   (BSDU-04 =)
Showalter - Albin     0-1  (BSDU-04 Albin+)
Jasnogrodsky - Olly   1-0  (BSDU-04 Jasnogrodsky+)

(BDSU-04 Wed - free day, Showalter-Pollock delay + Albin-Taubenhaus adj)

(NYEP-04 After R3: Lasker 3, Lee 2.5, Schmidt and Pillsbury 2,
                   Delmar, Hanham, Pollock and Taubenbhaus 1.5,
                   Showalter, Albin, Jasnogrodsky 1, Gossip 0.5
                   [Olly, Ryan 0]
 Also NYR with readable table!)

(NYS has many games from R3)

{NYR-06 R4-Pairings}
R4 - Thursday 10/5
Hanham - Pollock         (1-0 BDSU-06/NYDT-06)
Delmar - Pillsbury       (1-0 BDSU-06 Delmar NY state ch/NYDT-06)
Schmidt - Lasker         (0-1 BDSU-06/NYDT-06)
Albin - Jasnogrodsky     (1-0 BDSU-06/NYDT-06)
Olly - Lee               (0-1 BDSU-06/NYDT-06 upset)
Ryan - Taubenbhaus       (=   BDSU-06/NYDT-06)
Gossip - Showalter       (1-0 BDSU-06/NYDT-06)

(Play from 2-9pm at MCC)

(NYEP-06 Lasker 4, Lee 3.5, Delmar, Albin, Showalter,
         Taubenhasu, Hanham 2.5, Pillsbury, Pollock, Schmidt 2,
         Jasnogrodsky 1, Ryan and Gossip 0.5)

(NYS-06 many R4 games)
x {BDSU-06 R5-Pairings}
x -------------------
x R5 - Friday 10/6
x -------------------
x Hanham - Albin
x Ryan - Showalter
x Delmar - Pollock
x Schmidt - Taubenbhaus
x Olly - Pillsbury
x Lee - Lasker
x Gossip - Jasnogrodsky

(BDSU-07 After R5 - Lasker 5, Delmar, Showalter, Albin, Lee 3.5,
         Pillsbury 3)

{NYR-06 R5-Pairings}
R5 - Friday 10/6
Lasker - Olly             (1-0 BDSU-07/NYR-07)
Pillsbury - Schmidt       (1-0 BDSU-07 complicated/NYR-07/NYS-07 1.d4)
Taubenbhaus - Delmar      (0-1 BDSU-07/NYR-07)
Pollock - Ryan            (0-1 BDSU-07/NYR-07)
Showalter - Hanham        (1-0 BDSU-07/NYR-07)
Albin - Gossip            (1-0 BDSU-07/NYR-07)
Jasnogrodsky - Lee        (1-0 BDSU-07 erratically played/NYR-07/NYS-07 best game of round)

(NYR-07 Lasker 5, Albin, Delmar, Lee, Showalter 3.5, Pillsbury 3,
        Hanham, Taubenbhaus 2.5, Jasnogrodsky Pollock, Schmidt 2,
        Ryan 1.5, Gossip 0.5, Olly 0)

(NYS-07 gives all games)
{BDSU-06/NYR-07/NYS-07 R-6 Pairings}
R6 - Saturday 10/7
Lee - Lasker              0-1
Hanham - Albin            0-1
Delmar - Pollack          1-0
Ryan - Showalter          0-1
Olly - Pillsbury          0-1
Schmidt - Taubenhaus      0-1
Gossip - Jasnogrodsky     0-1

(Play from 2pm-9pm)

(Results from NYS-08, it also gives most moves + times)
(Results also from NYR-09)

(NYS-08 Lasker 6, Albin, Delmar, Showalter 4.5, Pillsbury 4,
        Lee, Taubenhaus 3.5, Jasnogrodsky 3, Hanham 2.5
        Pollock, Schmidt 2, Rayn 1.5, Gossip 0.5, Olly 0)

{BDSU-07/NYS-09 R7-Pairings}
R7 - Monday 10/9
Pillsbury - Lee           0-1 (0-1 NYDT-12/adj NYEP-10)
Taubenbhaus - Olly        1-0 (NYDT-10/NYEP-10)
Pollock - Schmidt         0-1 (NYDT-10/NYEP-10 "He attributes his blunders in this and previous games to the poorly lighted clubrooms; the same complaint has been made by most of the players" )
Showalter - Delmar         =  (= NYDT-12/adj NYEP-10/NYEP-11 abandonned by mutual agreement (=?))
Albin - Ryan              0-1 (NYDT-10/NYEP-10)
Gossip - Hanham           1-0 (NYDT-10/NYEP-10 "Major a hopeless position when he left the table abruptly and allowed G to score by forfeit. [...] Gossip had to wait and watch his opponent's clock for an hour and a half.)
Jasnogrodsky - Lasker     0-1 (NYDT-10/NYEP-10)

(NYEP-10 - On Friday and Saturday the tournament will be played at
           the rooms of the Brooklyn Chess Club)

(NYS-10 all the games w times)           

(NYEP-11 P-L Lee is two pawns up and should win)

{NYEP-10/NYS-10 R8-Pairings}
R8 - Tues 10/10
Lasker - Pillsbury         (1-0 NYEP-11  Pillsbury "seemed to lack enterprise"/NYS-11 "most remarkable game", beautiful bishop sac by Lasker)
Delmar - Albin             (0-1 NYDT-12 /adj NYS-11 / BDSU-13 gives Delmar as winner)
Lee - Taubenbhaus          (= NYEP-11/NYS-11)
Ryan - Gossip              (1-0 NYEP-11/NYS-11)
Schmidt - Showalter        (0-1 NYEP-11/NYS-11)      (NYEP-10 gets colors wrong? Yes NYS-11 SC-SH ed-corrected)
Olly - Pollock             (1-0 ed-Forfeit for Olly, but why?)
Hanham - Jasnogrodsky      (1-0 NYEP-11)

(NYEP-11 Wed is rest day, only two adjournments to be concluded)
(NYS-11 Wed games Albin-Delmar and Lee-Pillsbury)

(NYS-11 Lasker 8, Showalter 6, Albin 5.5, Delmar, Lee, Taubenbhaus 5,
        Pillsbury 4, Ryan, Hanham 3.5, Pollock 2, Gossip 1.5, Oily 1)

{NYS-12 R9-Pairings}
R9 - Thurs 10/12
Tanhenhaus - Lasker        (0-1 NYS-13/NYR-13)
Pollock - Lee              (0-1 NYS-13/NYR-13)
Showalter - Olly           (0-1 NYS-13/NYR-13)
Albin - Schmidt            (1-0 NYS-13/NYR-13)
Gossip - Delmar            ( =  NYS-15/adj 9pm NYS-13)
Hanham - Ryan              (1-0 NYS-13 "worsted"/NYR-13)
Pillsbury - Jasnogrodsky   (1-0 NYS-13/NYR-13)

(NYS-12 The 10th and 11th rounds will be played at the BCC Fri and Sat)

(BDSU-13 2pm start. Due to liberal subscriptions from Brooklyn it
was agreed that two of the thirteen rounds should be played in BCC,
201 Montague St. 2-6pm, 7-9pm)

(NYS-13 Standings: Lasker 9, Albin 6.5 (BDSU gives 5.5),
                   Lee, Showalter 6,
                   Delmar, Pillsbury, Taubenbhaus 5, Hanham 4.5,
                   Ryan 3.5, Jasnogrodsky, Schmidt 3, Olly 2, Gossip 1.5)

(NYR-13 gives readable results table which agrees with NYS-13)

(BDSU-13 "The defeat of J.W. Showalter by the Brooklyn player,
          Edward Olly, interfered materially with the chance
          of Mr. Showalter getting second prize, as he has yet
          to play Lasker. Mr. Olly won a well played game.")

{NYS-13/NYEP-13/BDSU-13/NYEP R10-Pairings}
R10 - Fri 10/13 (BCC)
Delmar - Hanham               (0-1 NYS-14/NYDT-14 (adj 57 02:15/01:45/BDSU-14 prob a draw))
Schmidt - Gossip              (1-0 NYS-14/BDSU-14)
Olly - Albin                  (1-0 NYS-14/BDSU-14)
Lee - Showalter               (0-1 NYS-14/BDSU-14)
Lasker - Pollock              (1-0 NYS-14/BDSU-14 "Lasker won the hardest game [...] so far."/BDSU-15 "Pollock refused a draw" )
Pillsbury - Taubenbhaus       (1-0 NYS-14/BDSU-14(*))
Jasnogrodsky - Ryan           (1-0 NYS-14/BDSU-14)

(NYS-14/BDSU After R10 standings: Lasker 10, Showalter 7, Albin 6.5,
                             Pillsbury, Lee 6, Hanham 5.5,
                             Delmar, Taubenbhaus 5,
                             Schmidt, Jasnogrodsky 4, Ryan 3.5,
                             Olly 3, Pollock 2, Gossip 1.5
(BDSU has best leader board)
(BDSU-14 (*) "the Boston player was too much in the end game for Mr. Taubenbhaus (*)"
              Pillsbury says he has started in to play P-Q4 in every game;
              it is the move he adopts when he has his back to the wall )
(BDSU-14 Impromptu International Chess Tournament,
         Women players Mrs. Harlett Worrall and Mrs. M. E. Favor
         watched ("deep attention for over four hours",
         as did S. Loyd, etc. About Lasker "stands out", "It
         is a curious thing also that he has seemed to readily
         adapt himself to the style of his opponents. In his
         games with Delmar he played in that brillant style for
         which the State champion is noted, and outplayed his
         adversary. In other games he adopted the conservative
         methods of Hanham, and early took advantage of the too
         cautious play; with Pillsbury he played for the end game
         like a master, and his sacrifice of the Bishop was fine
         chess [...] He [Showalter] is the largest man, physically,
         in the tournament [...]
           H. N. Pillsbury has shown lack of experience in tournament
         play; the meeting of a new and untried adversary each day
         has unnerved him to some extent. He is getting into form
         and stands a fair chance for second prize")

(NYR-14 Selected Impromptu Games

Albin - Taubenhaus -- Made 212 moves; could not move any further and
                      agreed to a draw.

Showalter - Jasnogrodsky -- Proj. J. wished to demonstrate that 2P is
                            better than 1B; he failed and got hurt.

Delmar - Lee -- Both were a piece ahead, only at different stages of
                the game. Did want to make another experimnet of the kind and draw.

Pollock - Ryan -- New York ensnared Albany's Queen, and murdered her.
                  Albany did not choose to survive the calaminty.

Schmidt - Olly -- A giant of a combination struck Mr. O.'s chances into
                  smithereens. Resignation after fifty-three motions followed.

Taubenhaus - Gossip -- The Frenchman squeezed himself into it and remained there.

Pillsbury - Hanham -- Mr. P. tried locating his horse on K-KB and Q-Bsq.
                      But it did not work against the Major. Result-Compliments
                      of the season to Mr. P. in the shape of an egg.

{BDSU-13/NYS-14 R11-Pairings}
R11 - Sat 10/14 (BCC)
Pollock - Pillsbury            (1-0 NYS-17/adj NYS-15/BDSU-15 game seems drawn)
Showalter - Lasker             (0-1 NYS-15 "Lasker wins 1st prize"/BDSU-15 Steinitz followed game closely, and thought that Showalter would win in the middle game)
Albin - Lee                    (1-0 NYS-15)
Gossip - Olly                  ( =  NYS-15)
Hanham - Schmidt               (1-0 NYS-15)
Ryan - Delman                  ( =  NYS-15)
Taubenbhaus - Jasnogrodsky     (1-0 NYS-15)

(BDSU-13 "The first-named player in each pairing has first move")

(NYS-15 Lasker 11, Albin 7.5, Showalter 7, Hanham 6.5,
        Delmar, Lee, Pillsbury, Taubenbhaus 6,
        Jasnogrodsky, Ryan, Schmidt 4, Olly 3.5, Gossip 2.5

Thanks for The Sun.

To THE EDITOR Of THE SUN -- Sir: The undersigned members of the
committee and players of the impromptu international chess tournament
want to express to you their great appreciation of the sterling services
you have redered to the cause of chess by the accurate reports in your
paper, and the unprecedented feat of publishing on the following day all
the games played.
  We wish to add that as long as THE SUN shines so brilliantly there is
every prospect that the royal game will increase in popularity day by day,
and much thanks and admiration is due to your well-edited paper:
Ad Albin, E. Delmar, Emanuel Lasker, G.H.D. Gossip, J. Taubenbhaus,
N Jasnogrodsky, Louis Schmidt, Jr., F.J. Lee, E.N. Olly, J. Moore Hanham,
John S. Ryan, J.W. Showalter, H.N. Pillsbury, W.H.K. Pollock,
Chas. A Gilberg, G. Holl, F.G. Janusch, Ellert W. Dahl, Lee Goldmark,
Max Frankel, Wesley Bigelow, L.D. Broughton, Jr., M.D., Juan Sabater. )

{NYS-15 R12-Pairings}
R12 - Mon 10/16 (MCC)
Schmidt - Ryan             (1-0 NYS-17/NYDT-17/NYR-17(all))
Olly - Hanham              (adj NYS-17/NYDT-17)
Lee - Gossip               (1-0 NYS-17/NYDT-17)
Lasker - Albin             (1-0 NYS-17/NYDT-17 new world's record in winning 12 straight)
Pillsbury - Showalter      (1-0 NYS-17/NYDT-17)
Taubenbhaus - Pollock      (0-1 NYS-17/NYDT-17)
Jasnogrodsky - Delmar      (0-1 NYS-17/NYDT-17)

(NYDT looks to copy NYS's coverage)

(NYR-17 Mr. Pillsbury proved to Mr. Showalter the superiority of the
        bean eating diet
        Mr. Taubenbhaus confessed that the dashing Albany is too
        much for France. Mr. Jasnogrodsky came to the conclusion
        that Mr. Delmar is not welcome as an adversary. [...]
        Lee devoured Mr. Gossip and Mr. Olly bit a little Major Hanham,
        but, finding him rather tough, the game had to be adjourned.)

(BDSU-16 The entrance fee of $10 from each player will be divided
among the non-prize winners in proportion to the number of games won
by each [...] Among the visitor ... William Steinitz, Mrs. Harriett
Samuel Loyd held a problem-solving tournament at the end of the day's
playing; offering three gold chess pins for the first three persons
handing in the correct solution. Emanuel Lasker won first prize,
giving in a written solution at the end of thirty-five minutes;
H.N. Pillsbury second, in forty-four minutes; W.H.K. Pollock, third,
in fifty-five minutes. The problem was to be solved from the diagram.
It is as follows:

An impromptu for the occasion, by S. LOYD

bKN6/B7/pPP1R1n1/Q4p2/2k5/2p3p1/3p1R2/nR1N3B w - - 0 1

White to move and mate in three. (NYEP-15 umpire, Mrs. Showalter)

(NYS-17 Lasker 12, Albin 7.5, Delmar, Lee, Pillsbury, Showalter 7,
        Hanham 6.5, Taubenbhaus 6, Schmidt 5, Jasnogrodsky, Pollock, Ryan 4,
        Olly 3.5, Gossip 2.5)

{NYS-17 R13-Pairings}
R13 - Tues 10-17 (MCC)
Showalter - Taubenbhaus     (1-0 NYS-18)
Albin - Pillsbury           (1-0 NYS-18 Albin takes 2nd prize)
Gossip - Lasker             (0-1 NYS-18)
Hanham - Lee                (0-1 NYS-18)
Ryan - Olly                 (1-0 NYS-18)
Delmar - Schmidt            (1-0 NYS-18)
Pollock - Jasnogrodsky      (1-0 NYS-19 after 114 moves/adj NYS-18)

(NYS-18 Lasker 1st, Albin 2nd, Showalter, Delmar and Lee Divide Other Prizes)

(NYS-19 gives final crosstable

  Lasker       13
  Albin         8.5
  Delmar        8
  Lee           8
  Showalter     8
  Hanham        7.5
  Pillsbury     7
  Taubenbhaus   6
  Pollock       5
  Ryan          5
  Schmidt       5
  Jasnogrodsky  4
  Olly          3.5
  Gossip        2.5

(BDSU-18 A-P "though the game seemed to be a draw at one stage,
              and Mr. Albin would probably have been glad to accept a draw"

         Albin oldest player in the tournament, being over sixty years of age.
         Third-Fifth prizes split between Showalter, Lee, Delmar.
         Lee is English player, who came over to attend the Columbian
         Chess Congress. Delmar is president ch of NY, and only local
         prize winner."

         The prize fund at present is about $750. The first prize will be
         40% of the fund; second, 25%; third, 16%; fourth, 11%, and fifth,

         The entrance fees of $10 from each contestant will be divided
         among the non-prize winners in proportion to the number of games won.

         The first prize-winner, Emanuel Lasker will be twenty-five years
         of age in December. He is the finest player of his age in the
         world. He has played in many tournaments, and always been a prize
         winner; he has contested no less than eighteen matches, some of
         them with champions, and has never been defeated; in some of
         the matches not losing a game.

         One of the best games played yesterday [...] Showalter - Taubenbhaus


         (NYEP-18 Pillsbury had a difficult game against Albin. The
          Bostonian extricated himself by clever play and came out
          with an even game, but a draw did him no good, so he tried
          his hardest to win and lost. This put Albin into second position.

          The prizes aggregate $850)

(NYR-19 H. N. Pillsbury, Boston's Morphy, was found wanting in the end-game
        science. Otherwise he is O. K, although inferior to New Orleans'

        Delmar is a veteran Manhattanite and holds the ch of the NY State Assoc
        for the 3rd time. He is often very brillant, although he seems to
        lack patience occasionally

        thanks are due to the committee as a whole, and especially to Messrs.
        Bigelow, Dahl, Janush and Cassel. [...] The honorable treasurer,
        Dr. G. Holl [...] The consolation prises, a little over $3 for each
        game won, cam in very handy to the otherwise left-in-the-cold
        non-prize winners.)
(BDSU-21 "only one dispute occurred. [...] The whole matter was arranged
          in so short a time that if there were not some causes for complaint,
          it would be strange; yet, it is to be hoped in future tournaments
          in this country, the management will have more time in which to
          consider the advisability of excluding some representatives of
          the press; or, if admitting them, denying to them privileges
          which were accorded to others. [...] There seemed to be a belief
          that the newspapers of New York which had contributed to the
          fund owned everything, though no mention of this was made in the
          meetings of the committee, except that the games were to be sent
          to them by the secretary in time for publication, and even the
          games were not stated to be exclusive property. After the tournament
          was started the sub-committee in charge of the rules, took upon
          themselves the privilege of admitting representatives of such
          papers as they pleased. The reporter of the "Evening Post,"
          Charles Devide, was excluded, although he follows chess reporting
          as a business; the representative of the New York "Herald" and
          "Mail and Express" was politely informed that while he would be
          welcomed, he musst not publish news of the tournament. Other
          papers which had not contributed were permitted to publish daily
          reports, and the whole matter was one of personalism. The writer
          has the greatest respect for the gentlemen composing the
          sub-committee, and believes that had they discussed the matter,
          they would have acted differently; nevertheless, their arbitrary
          action wwas without sanction of the whole committee; was
          unwarranted by the powers conferred upon them, and injurious to
          the best interests of the game of chess.


          Adolph Albin, the winner of the second prize, was the oldest player
          in the tournament; he has proved himself a steady and conservative
          player. He is very nervious, especially when the positions are
          complicated; if he is losing he grumbles at everything, and those
          members of the committee who spoke German were continually appealed

          H.N. Pillsbury made an excellent impression upon all with whom
          he came in contact. He is a remarkable player, sound and deep
          in combinations, and only lack of experience prevented his
          being next to Mr. Lasker. Only his final game with Albin threw
          him out of the prize-winning coterie."

(NYR-28 review of average moves/win average moves/lose. Also Chess in Russia.

                  IMPROMPTU'S POST MORTEM

 Average moves when winner |  Average moves when loser
Taubenbhaus ..... 37       | Lasker ..............  ?
Jasnogrodsky .... 37.6     | Pillsbury ........... 60.1
Delmar .......... 39.7     | Delmar .............. 57.4
Lasker .......... 40.3     | Albin ............... 57.3
Albin ........... 41.3     | Pollock ............. 51.3
Schmidt ......... 43.4     | Jasnogrodsky ........ 49.9
Pillsbury ....... 43.6     | Ryan ................ 48
Lee ............. 46.7     | Olly ................ 46.6
Ryan ............ 46.8     | Hanham .............. 43.2
Showalter ....... 49.1     | Schmidt ............. 41.4
Olly ............ 52.3     | Showalter ........... 40.5
Hanham .......... 59.6     | Lee ................. 40.3
Pollock ......... 82.3     | Taubenbhaus ......... 38.4
Gossip ..........  ?       | Gossip .............. 36.3

"The hardest man to beat certainly was Mr. Lasker, for no
one could score a win against him. The next hardest to die
was the Bostonian; [...]"

                CHESS IN RUSSIA

 "Those who think that chess in Russia is in its infancy are very
much mistaken. There are in Russia, Poland, and Finland no less than
fifteen special chess periodicals and chess departments. The Czar's
domain has three large chess monthlies, something that Uncle Sam
cannot boast of as yet. Besides Tchigorin, nine Russian chess masters
can be named: Winawer, Schiffers, Beskrovny, Clements, Soloftzoff,
Chardin, Asharin, Grigorioff and Piner, each of whom is just as strong
as Delmar, Hanham and other American stars. Russian problemists, like
Dr. Galitzsky, Montvida, Oequist, etc., are well known in the chess
world. Chess clubs and associations are scattered all over the Russian
Empire; their number is at least fifty. Besides all this, several
members of the Russian Imperial family and some high officials are
very strong amateurs and liberal patrons of chess."

Harper's Weekly of Oct. 23, 1893 published a group picture of all the
participants in the late Impromptu Chess Congress.



VOL. I. FEBRUARY, 1898. / MARCH, 1898
The Manhattan Chess Club.
Col. W. F. Morse.  


   On May 1, [1893-ed] the club made its final move to its present
location, No. 105 East 22d Street, occupying five rooms on the seventh
floor of the United Charities Building, and the club was then for the
first time domiciled in quarters at once convenient, accessible and
well adapted for their purposes.



  A match between Herr Walbrodt and Mr. Delmar was played in the club
in June, and resulted in a victory for Herr Walbrodt by a score of 5
to 3, and 3 drawn. A movement was started in the early part of the
year to arrange for a Seventh American Chess Congress, or, as its
promoters styled it, a "Columbian Congress." Many foreign players were
invited, but the scheme fell through and the foreign players were
notified. Quite a number of them, however, had made arrangements to
attend the Congress, and decided to take the trip to this country,
despite the failure of the Columbian Congress plan, so that the
following array of players from beyond the Atlantic were in this city
in October of this year: Messrs. Lasker, Albin, Schottlander,
Taubenhaus, Lee and Gossip.

   Advantage was taken of the presence of these chess masters, and a
tournament was arranged and played in this club, which included all of
the players named, excepting Schottlander, as well as the strongest
American players, Pillsbury, Delmar, Hanham, Showalter and others. The
contest was a memorable one, made specially so by the sensational
score of Mr. Lasker, who won the first prize by 13 straight wins,
neither losing nor drawing a game, a wonderful performance against
such opponents. Albin won second prize, and the third, fourth, and
fifth prizes were divided by Delmar, Lee and Showalter.




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