London (1883) – a first look and comparison

London International Chess Tournament (1883)


14-player RR2⁽¹⁾    April 26 – June 23, 1883 in London, at Victoria Hall in the Criterion.

Time Control: 15 moves/hour⁽²⁾, sealed envelop adjournments.   Playing sessions: 12 noon – 5pm, 7pm-11pm. 

Entrance Fee: £5       Prizes: £250, 150, 120, 90, 70, 50, 25.

Links:  Chessgames,   Wikipedia,  EDO chess,   Tournament Book,  O’Keefe


   (1) First two draws of a given pairing didn’t score and were replayed (with colors reversed).
   (2) Debut of the first dual combine chess clock, manufactured by T.B. Wilson.


Here is a link to the lastest version of Z-base, which contains what should be the most accurate version of the London (1883) tournament available.

Z-base v-02 (April 21, 2016)

There was some finagling involved in straightening out the dates and round numbers of a few of the games. Luckily, there was a fairly good tournament book published, which is available online from Google books:

London International Chess Tournament 1883 – J.I. Minchin (1883)

TB - cover

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BTW- be sure to look at the blow-up of the tournament cover – especially the illustration of T.B. Wilson’s dual chess clock, introduced for the first time in this tournament.

CG has a nice intro to the tournament too, as can be seen here: http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chess.pl?tid=79295

Here is the xtab from the TB (tournament book).

TB - RR xtab - p xxix.38

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The tournament book xtab can be compared against the Z-base version (* is a non-scoring draw):

London (1883)
London ENG, 1883.04.26 - 1883.06.23
                                Age Nat    Score     Zukert Steini Blackb Chigor Mason, Macken Englis Rosent Winawe Bird,  Noa, J Sellma Skipwo Mortim
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 1: Zukertort, Johannes Hermann  40 ENG  22.0 / 33   XXXXXX 01.... *11... 1*1... 11.... 1*0... **11.. 11.... *1*1.. 11.... 11.... 10.... 11.... 10....  (+22 -4 =0)
 2: Steinitz, Wilhelm            46 ENG  19.0 / 33   10.... XXXXXX 01.... 00.... 1*1... 11.... 0**1.. *0*0.. 11.... 11.... 1*1... 11.... 11.... 1*1...  (+19 -7 =0)
 3: Blackburne, Joseph Henry     41 ENG  16.5 / 39   *00... 10.... XXXXXX 01.... 1*1... *00... 1**0.. *1*... **=**1 0*1... 1*1... *11... 11.... 11....  (+16 -8 =1)
 4: Chigorin, Mikhail            32 RUS  16.0 / 33   0*0... 11.... 10.... XXXXXX *01... 11.... 0*1... 0**1.. 10.... 10.... *10... 1*1... 11.... 10....  (+16 -10 =0)
 5: Mason, James                 33 ENG  15.5 / 39   00.... 0*0... 0*0... *10... XXXXXX 1*0... **11.. *10... *10... 11.... **=1.. 1**1.. 11.... *11...  (+15 -10 =1)
 6: Mackenzie, George Henry      46 USA  15.5 / 41   0*1... 00.... *11... 00.... 0*1... XXXXXX **=**= *0*1.. 01.... 0*1... 1*1... **=*1. 11.... *11...  (+14 -9 =3)
 7: Englisch, Berthold           31 AUT  15.5 / 45   **00.. 1**0.. 0**1.. 1*0... **00.. **=**= XXXXXX **=**1 01.... *01... 11.... *11... 11.... 11....  (+14 -9 =3)
 8: Rosenthal, Samuel            45 FRA  14.0 / 45   00.... *1*1.. *0*... 1**0.. *01... *1*0.. **=**0 XXXXXX **=**1 *10... 01.... *01... *11... 11....  (+13 -10 =2)
 9: Winawer, Szymon              45 POL  13.0 / 41   *0*0.. 00.... **=**0 01.... *01... 10.... 10.... **=**0 XXXXXX *01... **10.. 1*1... 11.... 11....  (+12 -12 =2)
10: Bird, Henry Edward           52 ENG  12.0 / 33   00.... 00.... 1*0... 01.... 00.... 1*0... *10... *01... *10... XXXXXX 00.... 11.... *11... *11...  (+12 -14 =0)
11: Noa, Josef                   26 HUN   9.5 / 34   00.... 0*0... 0*0... *01... **=0.. 0*0... 00.... 10.... **01.. 11.... XXXXXX 01.... 01.... 11....  (+9 -16 =1)
12: Sellman, Alexander G.        27 USA   6.5 / 36   01.... 00.... *00... 0*0... 0**0.. **=*0. *00... *10... 0*0... 00.... 10.... XXXXXX 01.... 11....  (+6 -19 =1)
13: Skipworth, Arthur            52 ENG   3.0 / 28   00.... 00.... 00.... 00.... 00.... 00.... 00.... *00... 00.... *00... 10.... 10.... XXXXXX 10....  (+3 -23 =0)
14: Mortimer, James              50 USA   3.0 / 30   01.... 0*0... 00.... 01.... *00... *00... 00.... 00.... 00.... *00... 00.... 00.... 01.... XXXXXX  (+3 -23 =0)
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255 games: +99 =7 -75 *74

(Note the SCID xtab almost perfectly matches the TB version, except for the Blackburne–Steinitz, where the results are reversed. SCID is most likely right since Steinitz lost to Blackburne in their first pairing.)

The tournament had an usual format, being a RR2 with the unusual rule that draws didn’t count for a pairing, or rather, the first two draws didn’t count and were replayed with colors reversed. Thus, two players could meet anywhere between 2-6 times.

Ignoring the unusual draw rule, the tournament basically had the underlying structure of a double Round-Robin (RR2). Thus the pairings can be assigned a round number, ranging from 1-26, which is actually how the tournament was scheduled. All players were involved on these “main” round days, which were played on two successive days, followed by a “replay” day for the draws. Of course the schedule had to be adjusted as replays built up, and so after the first “pairing-round”, several days were reserved for replays to allow all pairings to reach a decision. Then the next “pairing-round” repeated the scheduling.

Generally, the main rounds were played Mon-Tue, Thu-Fri with replay rounds on Wed, Sat. And Sundays were rest days.

In this manner play continued, from the beginning of the tournament on April 26, 1883, until the last game was played, on June 23, 1883. Somewhat similar to CG, Z-base numbers replayed games with a minor number, ranging from 1 to 2. Thus, for Round n, there could be Rn.0, Rn.1, and Rn.2 games. Only Rn.0 games were fixed to a pre-arranged schedule, the other replay-games were scheduled on the fly, as play progressed. Certain, “drawish” players, like Rosenthal and Englisch, played many more games than others, and had more involved schedules.

Here is an attempt to portray the schedule, as best can be done – dates in brown are the “main round” days, those in green are the “replay round” days:

     April 1883
Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
 1  2  3  4  5  6  7
 8  9 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
22 23 24 25 26 27 28    R1-2
29 30                   R3

      May 1883
Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
       1  2  3  4  5    R4, R5-6
 6  7  8  9 10 11 12    R7-8, R9-10
13 14 15 16 17 18 19    R11-12, R13   (Banquet on 19th)
20 21 22 23 24 25 26   (RR1 catch-up)
27 28 29 30 31          R14-15, R16

      June 1883
Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
                1  2    R17
 3  4  5  6  7  8  9    R18-19, R20-21
10 11 12 13 14 15 16    R22-23, R24-25
17 18 19 20 21 22 23    R26, (RR2 catch-up)
24 25 26 27 28 29 30

Rev. Skipworth withdrew from the tournament after R15, on May 31, 1883.  All his remaining games were scored as forfeits, and are stubs in Z-base. The following two draws are missing from the tournament book, and are also stubs (with known colors):

05.05   A00   0     (R4.2)   =    Rosenthal -- Winawer
06.09   A00   0     (R5.2)   =    Rosenthal -- Englisch

For the interested, here are all the games, as played chronologically (note that the replayed draws are scored “*”):

04.26   C44  47     (R1.0)   *    Rosenthal -- Bird
04.26   C01  29     (R1.0)   *    Blackburne -- Sellman
04.26   C67  29     (R1.0)  0-1   Chigorin -- Zukertort
04.26   C84  33     (R1.0)  0-1   Noa -- Englisch
04.26   C54  52     (R1.0)  1-0   Mason -- Mackenzie
04.26   A21  47     (R1.0)  1-0   Skipworth -- Mortimer
04.26   C25  52     (R1.0)  1-0   Steinitz -- Winawer

04.27   C54  37     (R2.0)   *    Bird -- Winawer
04.27   C54  64     (R2.0)   *    Blackburne -- Mackenzie
04.27   B45  59     (R2.0)   *    Noa -- Chigorin
04.27   C25  34     (R2.0)  0-1   Steinitz -- Englisch
04.27   C54  30     (R2.0)  1-0   Mason -- Skipworth
04.27   C45  51     (R2.0)  0-1   Mortimer -- Zukertort
04.27   C65  34     (R2.0)   *    Sellman -- Rosenthal

04.28   B30  69     (R2.1)  0-1   Winawer -- Bird
04.28   A13  68     (R2.1)  1-0   Mackenzie -- Blackburne
04.28   A02  61     (R2.1)  1-0   Chigorin -- Noa
04.28   C42  47     (R2.1)  0-1   Rosenthal -- Sellman

04.30   C54  44     (R3.0)   *    Bird -- Englisch
04.30   C01  58     (R3.0)   *    Rosenthal -- Blackburne
04.30   C25  30     (R3.0)  0-1   Steinitz -- Chigorin
04.30   C10  62     (R3.0)  1-0   Mackenzie -- Skipworth
04.30   E14  73     (R3.0)  0-1   Mason -- Zukertort
04.30   C01  38     (R3.0)  0-1   Mortimer -- Noa
04.30   C49  38     (R3.0)  1-0   Winawer -- Sellman

05.01   C58  32     (R4.0)  0-1   Bird -- Chigorin
05.01   C78  70     (R4.0)  1-0   Blackburne -- Skipworth
05.01   C77  37     (R4.0)   *    Sellman -- Englisch
05.01   C49  49     (R4.0)  0-1   Mackenzie -- Zukertort
05.01   A00  43     (R4.0)   *    Mason -- Noa
05.01   E51  37     (R4.0)  1-0   Steinitz -- Mortimer
05.01   C49  64     (R4.0)   *    Rosenthal -- Winawer

05.02   D53  55     (R1.1)  0-1   Sellman -- Blackburne
05.02   A85  55     (R3.1)  0-1   Englisch -- Bird
05.02   C01  25     (R4.1)   *    Noa -- Mason
05.02   C25   9     (R4.1)   *    Winawer -- Rosenthal

05.03   C65  79     (R5.0)   *    Bird -- Mortimer
05.03   C14  58     (R5.0)   *    Winawer -- Blackburne
05.03   C38  39     (R5.0)  1-0   Chigorin -- Sellman
05.03   C49  17     (R5.0)   *    Rosenthal -- Englisch
05.03   A34  38     (R5.0)  1-0   Mackenzie -- Noa
05.03   C70  50     (R5.0)  0-1   Mason -- Steinitz
05.03   D37  34     (R5.0)  0-1   Skipworth -- Zukertort

05.04   B40  48     (R6.0)  1-0   Mason -- Bird
05.04   C54  31     (R6.0)   *    Blackburne -- Zukertort
05.04   C65  69     (R6.0)  1-0   Rosenthal -- Chigorin
05.04   C68  59     (R6.0)  1-0   Winawer -- Englisch
05.04   C60  48     (R6.0)  0-1   Mackenzie -- Steinitz
05.04   A85  27     (R6.0)  1-0   Sellman -- Mortimer
05.04   A34  40     (R6.0)  1-0   Skipworth -- Noa

05.05   C01  61     (R4.1)  1-0   Englisch -- Sellman
05.05   C01  38     (R4.2)   =    Mason -- Noa
05.05   A00   0     (R4.2)   =    Rosenthal -- Winawer
05.05   C33  21     (R5.1)  0-1   Mortimer -- Bird
05.05   A13  33     (R6.1)  1-0   Zukertort -- Blackburne

05.07   C61  45     (R7.0)  0-1   Mackenzie -- Bird
05.07   C01  19     (R7.0)  0-1   Englisch -- Blackburne
05.07   B30  44     (R7.0)  0-1   Winawer -- Chigorin
05.07   D41  40     (R7.0)  1-0   Mason -- Sellman
05.07   C65  18     (R7.0)  1-0   Rosenthal -- Mortimer
05.07   E14  55     (R7.0)  1-0   Zukertort -- Noa
05.07   A20  54     (R7.0)  0-1   Skipworth -- Steinitz

05.08   A04  59     (R8.0)   *    Skipworth -- Bird
05.08   C01  62     (R8.0)  1-0   Blackburne -- Noa
05.08   B40  48     (R8.0)  1-0   Englisch -- Chigorin
05.08   A85  49     (R8.0)   *    Mackenzie -- Sellman
05.08   C01  51     (R8.0)   *    Rosenthal -- Mason
05.08   C46  31     (R8.0)  0-1   Zukertort -- Steinitz

05.09   C45  36     (R5.1)   *    Blackburne -- Winawer
05.09   D63  45     (R8.1)  1-0   Bird -- Skipworth
05.09   A22  66     (R8.1)  1-0   Mason -- Rosenthal

05.10   B45  88     (R8.1)   *    Sellman -- Mackenzie
05.10   C30  34     (R9.0)  1-0   Zukertort -- Bird
05.10   A02  47     (R9.0)  1-0   Chigorin -- Blackburne
05.10   C65  57     (R9.0)  1-0   Englisch -- Mortimer
05.10   A28  12     (R9.0)   *    Mackenzie -- Rosenthal
05.10   C14  63     (R9.0)   *    Winawer -- Mason
05.10   C50  66     (R9.0)  0-1   Noa -- Steinitz
05.10   B00  56     (R9.0)  0-1   Sellman -- Skipworth

05.11   B40  37     (R10.0)  1-0   Noa -- Bird
05.11   C46  27     (R10.0)  1-0   Blackburne -- Steinitz
05.11   C52  19     (R10.0)  1-0   Chigorin -- Mortimer
05.11   A85  81     (R10.0)   *    Englisch -- Mason
05.11   C68  68     (R10.0)  1-0   Winawer -- Mackenzie
05.11   A13  41     (R10.0)   *    Skipworth -- Rosenthal
05.11   C01  55     (R10.0)  1-0   Zukertort -- Sellman

05.12   C65  57     (R8.0)  1-0   Winawer -- Mortimer

05.14   C46  27     (R11.0)  1-0   Steinitz -- Bird
05.14   C01  81     (R11.0)  0-1   Mortimer -- Blackburne
05.14   C11 121     (R11.0)   *    Chigorin -- Mason
05.14   C77  29     (R11.0)   *    Englisch -- Mackenzie
05.14   C01  51     (R11.0)  1-0   Sellman -- Noa
05.14   D40  32     (R11.0)  1-0   Zukertort -- Rosenthal
05.14   A20  20     (R11.0)  0-1   Skipworth -- Winawer

05.15   A02  67     (R12.0)  1-0   Bird -- Blackburne
05.15   D05  34     (R12.0)  1-0   Chigorin -- Mackenzie
05.15   D40  32     (R12.0)  1-0   Englisch -- Skipworth
05.15   C14  21     (R12.0)   *    Mortimer -- Mason
05.15   C48  61     (R12.0)  1-0   Noa -- Rosenthal
05.15   C14  31     (R12.0)  1-0   Steinitz -- Sellman
05.15   C67  33     (R12.0)   *    Zukertort -- Winawer

05.16   A03  71     (R1.1)  0-1   Bird -- Rosenthal
05.16   D02  62     (R11.1)  1-0   Mason -- Chigorin
05.16   C84  25     (R11.1)   *    Mackenzie -- Englisch
05.16   C67  38     (R12.1)  0-1   Winawer -- Zukertort

05.17   B33  43     (R13.0)  0-1   Sellman -- Bird
05.17   C14  36     (R13.0)  1-0   Blackburne -- Mason
05.17   B00  16     (R13.0)  1-0   Chigorin -- Skipworth
05.17   C54  23     (R13.0)   *    Zukertort -- Englisch
05.17   C30  80     (R13.0)   *    Mortimer -- Mackenzie
05.17   B06  62     (R13.0)   *    Noa -- Winawer
05.17   C65  45     (R13.0)   *    Steinitz -- Rosenthal

05.18   C42  64     (R5.2)   =    Winawer -- Blackburne
05.18   C14  34     (R8.2)   =    Mackenzie -- Sellman
05.18   C49  43     (R10.1)  1-0   Rosenthal -- Skipworth
05.18   C77  35     (R12.1)  1-0   Mason -- Mortimer
05.18   C65  36     (R13.1)   *    Englisch -- Zukertort

05.21   C45  31     (R3.1)  1-0   Blackburne -- Rosenthal
05.21   C49  41     (R9.1)  1-0   Mason -- Winawer
05.21   E14  68     (R13.2)  1-0   Zukertort -- Englisch
05.21   A10  62     (R13.1)  1-0   Mackenzie -- Mortimer

05.22   B40  17     (R11.2)   =    Englisch -- Mackenzie
05.22   C13  72     (R13.1)   *    Winawer -- Noa
05.22   C46  59     (R13.1)  1-0   Rosenthal -- Steinitz

05.24   B13 100     (R13.2)  0-1   Noa -- Winawer

05.25   B01  71     (R9.1)  1-0   Rosenthal -- Mackenzie
05.25   A03  31     (R10.1)   *    Mason -- Englisch

05.26   E40  61     (R10.2)  0-1   Englisch -- Mason

05.28   C54  90     (R14.0)  0-1   Bird -- Zukertort
05.28   D02  33     (R14.0)   *    Mason -- Blackburne
05.28   C01  45     (R14.0)  0-1   Chigorin -- Noa
05.28   C70  30     (R14.0)   *    Englisch -- Steinitz
05.28   B01  26     (R14.0)   *    Sellman -- Mackenzie
05.28   C14  67     (R14.0)  1-0   Mortimer -- Skipworth
05.28   C85  46     (R14.0)   *    Winawer -- Rosenthal

05.29   C51  47     (R15.0)  0-1   Bird -- Steinitz
05.29   A04  25     (R15.0)  0-1   Skipworth -- Blackburne
05.29   C01  30     (R15.0)  0-1   Chigorin -- Winawer
05.29   C65  59     (R15.0)  0-1   Englisch -- Zukertort
05.29   D53  37     (R15.0)   *    Mackenzie -- Mason
05.29   C14  45     (R15.0)  0-1   Mortimer -- Sellman
05.29   C01  46     (R15.0)  1-0   Rosenthal -- Noa

05.30   C55  60     (R14.1)  1-0   Blackburne -- Mason
05.30   C77  58     (R14.1)   *    Steinitz -- Englisch
05.30   D02  48     (R14.1)  1-0   Mackenzie -- Sellman
05.30   C01  48     (R14.1)   *    Rosenthal -- Winawer

05.31   C10  21     (R16.0)  1-0   Bird -- Sellman
05.31   C54  44     (R16.0)  1-0   Blackburne -- Chigorin
05.31   C48  92     (R16.0)   *    Englisch -- Rosenthal
05.31   C84  40     (R16.0)   *    Zukertort -- Mackenzie
05.31   C14  43     (R16.0)  0-1   Mason -- Winawer
05.31   C65  51     (R16.0)  1-0   Noa -- Mortimer
05.31   A00   0     (R16.0)  1-0   Steinitz -- Skipworth

06.01   A00   0     (R17.0)  1-0   Bird -- Skipworth
06.01   C56  50     (R17.0)   *    Blackburne -- Winawer
06.01   C51  37     (R17.0)  1-0   Chigorin -- Steinitz
06.01   A85  42     (R17.0)  1-0   Englisch -- Sellman
06.01   C80  59     (R17.0)   *    Noa -- Mackenzie
06.01   D04  58     (R17.0)  1-0   Zukertort -- Mason
06.01   C39  52     (R17.0)  0-1   Mortimer -- Rosenthal

06.02   C48  46     (R5.1)   *    Englisch -- Rosenthal
06.02   C01  38     (R17.1)   *    Winawer -- Blackburne
06.02   E11  52     (R17.1)  1-0   Mackenzie -- Noa

06.04   B73  59     (R18.0)  1-0   Englisch -- Bird
06.04   E52  27     (R18.0)  1-0   Mackenzie -- Blackburne
06.04   D11  52     (R18.0)   *    Zukertort -- Chigorin
06.04   D00  27     (R18.0)  0-1   Mason -- Rosenthal
06.04   C33  63     (R18.0)   *    Mortimer -- Steinitz
06.04   A00   0     (R18.0)  1-0   Noa -- Skipworth
06.04   C01  47     (R18.0)   *    Sellman -- Winawer

06.05   B20  60     (R19.0)   *    Bird -- Mackenzie
06.05   B46  33     (R19.0)  1-0   Blackburne -- Mortimer
06.05   C84  36     (R19.0)   *    Sellman -- Chigorin
06.05   D02  53     (R19.0)  1-0   Mason -- Englisch
06.05   C50  56     (R19.0)  0-1   Noa -- Zukertort
06.05   A00   0     (R19.0)  0-1   Skipworth -- Rosenthal
06.05   C60  41     (R19.0)  0-1   Winawer -- Steinitz

06.06   C60  43     (R14.2)  0-1   Englisch -- Steinitz
06.06   C54  34     (R14.2)  0-1   Winawer -- Rosenthal
06.06   D02  55     (R15.1)  0-1   Mason -- Mackenzie
06.06   C51  52     (R18.1)  0-1   Chigorin -- Zukertort

06.07   C33  27     (R20.0)  0-1   Mortimer -- Bird
06.07   C54  33     (R20.0)   *    Blackburne -- Rosenthal
06.07   D45  80     (R20.0)  0-1   Mackenzie -- Chigorin
06.07   A00   0     (R20.0)  0-1   Skipworth -- Englisch
06.07   C01  19     (R20.0)   *    Sellman -- Mason
06.07   C14  65     (R20.0)  0-1   Winawer -- Noa
06.07   C77  89     (R20.0)  0-1   Steinitz -- Zukertort

06.08   C14  46     (R21.0)  0-1   Bird -- Mason
06.08   C10  29     (R21.0)   *    Noa -- Blackburne
06.08   A00   0     (R21.0)  0-1   Skipworth -- Chigorin
06.08   B01  29     (R21.0)  0-1   Mortimer -- Englisch
06.08   B40  40     (R21.0)   *    Rosenthal -- Mackenzie
06.08   C60  32     (R21.0)  0-1   Sellman -- Steinitz
06.08   C78  36     (R21.0)   *    Winawer -- Zukertort

06.09   A00   0     (R5.2)   =    Rosenthal -- Englisch
06.09   D40  42     (R18.1)  1-0   Steinitz -- Mortimer
06.09   B73  34     (R19.1)  1-0   Mackenzie -- Bird
06.09   A03  30     (R19.1)  1-0   Chigorin -- Sellman
06.09   A00  37     (R21.1)  1-0   Blackburne -- Noa
06.09   D12  79     (R21.1)  1-0   Zukertort -- Winawer

06.11   A80  28     (R22.0)  0-1   Chigorin -- Bird
06.11   D05  41     (R22.0)  1-0   Zukertort -- Blackburne
06.11   C61  36     (R22.0)  1-0   Englisch -- Winawer
06.11   C84  36     (R22.0)  1-0   Mackenzie -- Mortimer
06.11   A00   0     (R22.0)  0-1   Skipworth -- Mason
06.11   C55  63     (R22.0)  1-0   Noa -- Sellman
06.11   C46  63     (R22.0)   *    Rosenthal -- Steinitz

06.12   C14  59     (R23.0)  0-1   Bird -- Noa
06.12   C01  40     (R23.0)  0-1   Sellman -- Blackburne
06.12   A03  47     (R23.0)   *    Chigorin -- Englisch
06.12   A00   0     (R23.0)  0-1   Skipworth -- Mackenzie
06.12   C14  40     (R23.0)   *    Steinitz -- Mason
06.12   C17  51     (R23.0)  0-1   Mortimer -- Winawer
06.12   C77  43     (R23.0)  0-1   Rosenthal -- Zukertort

06.13   C80  28     (R16.1)  1-0   Mackenzie -- Zukertort
06.13   C01  58     (R17.2)  1-0   Blackburne -- Winawer
06.13   D02  16     (R20.1)   *    Mason -- Sellman
06.13   C65  37     (R22.1)  0-1   Steinitz -- Rosenthal
06.13   C00  45     (R23.1)  0-1   Englisch -- Chigorin

06.14   B73  76     (R24.0)   *    Blackburne -- Bird
06.14   C49  20     (R24.0)   *    Chigorin -- Rosenthal
06.14   B14  15     (R24.0)   *    Mackenzie -- Englisch
06.14   C54  54     (R24.0)  1-0   Mason -- Mortimer
06.14   C00  22     (R24.0)   *    Steinitz -- Noa
06.14   B88  31     (R24.0)  1-0   Sellman -- Zukertort
06.14   A00   0     (R24.0)  1-0   Winawer -- Skipworth

06.15   C54  65     (R25.0)  1-0   Bird -- Rosenthal
06.15   C00  40     (R25.0)  1-0   Steinitz -- Blackburne
06.15   C50  75     (R25.0)  0-1   Mason -- Chigorin
06.15   D26  53     (R25.0)  1-0   Englisch -- Noa
06.15   C84  30     (R25.0)  1-0   Mackenzie -- Winawer
06.15   C52  42     (R25.0)  0-1   Zukertort -- Mortimer
06.15   A00   0     (R25.0)  0-1   Skipworth -- Sellman

06.16   C41  64     (R20.2)  0-1   Sellman -- Mason
06.16   A02  51     (R24.1)  0-1   Bird -- Blackburne
06.16   C01  26     (R24.1)   *    Rosenthal -- Chigorin
06.16   B45  70     (R24.1)   *    Englisch -- Mackenzie
06.16   C70  34     (R24.1)  0-1   Noa -- Steinitz

06.18   C61  53     (R26.0)  1-0   Winawer -- Bird
06.18   C54  41     (R26.0)   *    Blackburne -- Englisch
06.18   C59  55     (R26.0)  1-0   Mortimer -- Chigorin
06.18   C77  42     (R26.0)  1-0   Steinitz -- Mackenzie
06.18   C01  15     (R26.0)  0-1   Noa -- Mason
06.18   C01  49     (R26.0)  1-0   Rosenthal -- Sellman
06.18   A00   0     (R26.0)  1-0   Zukertort -- Skipworth

06.19   C14  42     (R18.1)  1-0   Winawer -- Sellman
06.19   D00  30     (R23.1)  0-1   Mason -- Steinitz
06.19   C80  66     (R24.2)  1-0   Chigorin -- Rosenthal
06.19   C77  34     (R24.2)   =    Mackenzie -- Englisch

06.20   C77  65     (R21.1)  1-0   Mackenzie -- Rosenthal
06.20   E51  42     (R26.1)   *    Englisch -- Blackburne

06.21   C54  43     (R26.2)  0-1   Blackburne -- Englisch

06.22   C84  66     (R16.1)   *    Rosenthal -- Englisch

06.23   C49  23     (R16.2)  1-0   Englisch -- Rosenthal

It should be mentioned that Blackburne–Rosenthal’s final pairing was unfinished since the final standings would be unaffected no matter what the result.

Here is the comparison of the games between 365chess, CG, ChessBase and NIC. The following was used to correct the scoresheets of the games before entering them into Z-base:

==========================================================================
London (1883)
==========================================================================
365 vs CG - i.e. 365 first, CG second (game headings from CG w Rnds/Dates)
--------------------------------------------------------------------------
>>> for m in M: m

 1883.04.26   A03  71     (R?)  0-1   Bird -- Rosenthal
 1883.04.26   B30  69     (R?)  0-1   Winawer -- Bird
 1883.04.26   C70  50     (R?)  0-1   Mason -- Steinitz
 1883.04.26   A02  47     (R?)  1-0   Chigorin -- Blackburne
 1883.04.26   A20  20     (R?)  0-1   Skipworth -- Winawer
 1883.04.26   C46  27     (R?)  1-0   Steinitz -- Bird
 1883.04.26   C51  37     (R?)  1-0   Chigorin -- Steinitz
 1883.04.26   C60  41     (R?)  0-1   Winawer -- Steinitz
 1883.04.26   A80  28     (R?)  0-1   Chigorin -- Bird
---------------------------------------------------------------------- 
1883.05.16   A03  71     (R1.1)  0-1   Bird -- Rosenthal

Move 42.Nxd5 vs 42.Nxa6;   Interesting case, TB is ambigious.
                           CG likely right. Actually, given note (I)
                           CG is certainly right.

TB p252/317

NIC/CG both have 42.Nxa6, which is right;  CB/365 agree with 42.Nxd5;   
----------------------------------------------------------------------
1883.04.28   B23  69     (R2.1)  0-1   Winawer -- Bird

Tpos: 2.Nf3, 3.Nc3;   365 agrees with TB, CG is wrong.

TB p286/351

CG stands alone wrong... CB/NIC/365 all agree with 2.Nf3
----------------------------------------------------------------------
1883.05.03   C70  50     (R5.0)  0-1   Mason -- Steinitz

Move 50.Kg2 vs 50.Kf1;    365 agrees with TB, CG is wrong.
                          (CG allows immediate pin with 50...Rb1)

TB p64/129

CG stands alone wrong... CB/NIC/365 all agree with 50.Kg2
----------------------------------------------------------------------
1883.05.10   A02  47     (R9.0)  1-0   Chigorin -- Blackburne

Move 43.Bd5+ vs 43.Be4+;  365 agrees with TB, CG is wrong.
                          Given play it makes little difference.

TB p115/180

CG stands alone wrong... CB/NIC/365 all have 43.Bd5+
----------------------------------------------------------------------
1883.05.14   A20  20     (R11.0)  0-1   Skipworth -- Winawer

Move 14.Rdg1 vs 14.Rdf1;   CG agrees with TB, and is right.

TB p273/338

CG stands along right... CB/NIC/365 all have 14.Rdg1.
----------------------------------------------------------------------
1883.05.14   C46  29     (R11.0)  1-0   Steinitz -- Bird

Missing moves 27...b4 28.Qd4+ Kb5 29.Qxb4#;  CG is wrong.

TB p72/137

CB/NIC/365 are right ending after 27.Rxe6;  CG/(NIC) are wrong with xtra.
----------------------------------------------------------------------
1883.06.01   C51  39     (R17.0)  1-0   Chigorin -- Steinitz

Move 5...Ba5 vs. 5...Bc5 + missing moves; CG right on both according to TB.

TB p82/147

CG stands alone right on both...  CB/NIC/365 omit Chigorin's waffling at end.

(Note- example of how easy it is to skip over a section of moves)
----------------------------------------------------------------------
1883.06.05   C60  41     (R19.0)  0-1   Winawer -- Steinitz

Move 12.Qe1 vs 12.Qe2;   CG is wrong, TB gives 12.Qe1.
                         (Makes small chessic diff)

TB p85/150

CG stands alone wrong... CB/NIC/365 all agree on 12.Qe1.
----------------------------------------------------------------------
1883.06.11   A80  28     (R22.0)  0-1   Chigorin -- Bird

Move 28.Be8 vs 28.Bd3;   CG is wrong, 365 agrees with TB.

TB p160/225

CG stands alone wrong... CB/NIC/365 all agree with 28.Be8 and the TB.
----------------------------------------------------------------------
1883.05.15   C67  35     (R12.0)   =    Zukertort -- Winawer

Move 31...Re7 vs 31...Bc8 and rest;  CG is right, matching TB.

TB p19/84

CG stands alone right...  CB/NIC/365 are all wrong.
----------------------------------------------------------------------

For the record all of the above corrections were folded into the Z-base version. Of course, there may be other mistakes, but if so, all the World’s databases are equally wrong, and blissfully ignorant of that fact.

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