Manchester Congress (1857) – a first look…

I did this tournament a little while ago, typing the games in from the tournament book

REPORT
OF
THE ANNUAL MEETING
OF THE
CHESS ASSOCIATION,
HELD AT MANCHESTER,
In AUGUST, 1857.

President:
SIR JOHN BLUNDEN, BART.
Vice-President:
C. A. DUVAL, ESQ., Manchester.

Central Committee:
HOWARD STAUNTON, Esq., London.
JAMES FREEMAN, Esq., President of the Birmingham Chess Club.
MORTON SPAEKE, Esq., Hon. Sec. to the Liverpool Chess Club.
ROBERT CADMAN, Esq., Vice-President of the Leeds Chess Club.
W. SCOTT, Esq., M.D., President of the Huddersfield Chess Club.
C. A. DUVAL, Esq., President of the Manchester Chess Club.

Honorary Secretary:
J. S. KIPPING, Jun., Esq., Manchester.

Local Committee:
Messrs. H. HASCHE, E. PINDAR, D. G. RALLI, M. B. WOOD.

The tournament book was printed up in Manchester itself. It begins with a little history of the newly named Chess Association:

The Sixth Annual Meeting of the Chess Association was held in
Manchester, on the 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th days of August, 1857.
The Association was originally termed ” The Northern and Midland
Counties Chess Association ; ” but the former part of that title is now
discontinued, as implying an inappropriate restriction for an asso
ciation which numbers among its members chess-players from all
parts of England, as well as Ireland and Scotland.

Also interesting is the list of participants originally invited:

In order to give éclat to the meeting, the Committee secured the
attendance of Herr Anderssen, from Breslau, the winner at the great?
chess tournament in London, in 1851 ; of Herr Harrwitz.( whose blind
fold play is so celebrated), from Paris ; of Mr. Staunton, Mr. Boden,
Mr. Lowenthal, the editor of the chess article in the Era; of Herr
Kling, the great problem maker, from London ; and Herr Horwitz,
from Southampton. They also sent invitations to Messrs. Barnes,
Bird, Brien, Buckle, Catley, Greenaway, Kennedy, Lewis, Medley,
Mongredien, Newham, Owen, Walker, Wayte, Withers, Wyvill, and
other English players, as well as to the leading players of Ireland and
Scotland.

And of course, the bracket dates…

The meetings were held at Wovenden’s Hotel, in Market-street,
Manchester, where the Manchester Chess Club ordinarily meets, Each
day’s assembly was numerously attended, from the opening, on Wed
nesday, the 5th of August, to the close, on the evening of Saturday,
the 8th.

The formal meeting convened on Wednesday, 5th August. Business was briskly concluded, and it was on to the play:

After the conclusion of the formal business meeting, the more real
business of the game which all were assembled to play commenced.
The first contest entered upon was a one-game tourney, among eight
of the leading players then present,—the prize being a handsome set
of Chinese carved ivory chessmen, presented by Mr. Lamport, the late
secretary of the Manchester Club. The following was the result of
this tourney :—In the first round,

Anderssen…………………. won against    Harrwitz.
Lowenthal………………….  ”                        Horwitz.
Boden………………………. ”                        Soul, of Liverpool.
Pindar (Manchester)……… ”                        Brien.

The four winners were then paired against each other, and in the
second round,

Lowenthal………… won against       Anderssen.
Boden……………… ”                           Pindar.

In the concluding contest, which then lay between

Lowenthal and Boden,

the first game played was drawn ; and Mr. Boden, being unable to
remain long enough to play again, conceded the prize to Mr. Lowenthal.

Now, I typed all the games into a PGN, adding a stub game to the last round to effect Mr. Lowenthal’s victory. A nicer or simpler KO one couldn’t find. Here’s the xtab using my version of Chessbase Light (2009):

CB - xtab

This is one department where I prefer Chessbase over SCID:

SCID - xtab

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