New York (1889) – a first look

New York (1889) –  6th American Chess Congress


20-player RR2⁽¹⁾     March 25th – May 21th, 1889   at 8 Union Square (4th Avenue side), New York City, NY USA.

Time Control:  15 moves/hour⁽²⁾, sealed envelop adjournments.  

Playing sessions:   1 game/day,  typically 1pm- 5pm and 7-11pm sessions.  No play on Sundays⁽³⁾.
                               During 2nd pairing play, first draws didn’t count and were replayed with colors redrawn by lot.

Entrance Fee:  $25 / $25 deposit     Prizes:  $1000, 750, 600, 500, 400, 300, 200

Prize Winners:   (Chigorin, Weiss), Gunsberg, Blackburne, Burn, Lipschutz, Mason   

Special Prize⁽⁴⁾:   $50  for best game in tournament, and for most brilliant game in 2nd pairing play.  

Links:   PGN,   Wikipedia,   EDO chess,   Tournament Book⁽⁵⁾ ,  Graeme,  O’Keefe


   (1)  The first draw of the 2nd round pairing (R20-38), if played, didn’t count (i.e. was nullified) and was replayed. Such games are
         scored as a ‘*’-result in Z-base. The playing room itself was over a bank and a view is seen below.
   (2)  TB – Tournament Rules – p xv-xx/28-34, .
   (3)   During the 1st pairing play (R1-19) play was Mon-Sat. During the 2nd pairing play, once begun, Thu was a bye day for replay.
   (4)  Best game, sponsored by Messr. Fred. Wehle and Frank Rudd, awarded to 
              <1889.03.30   C54  29     (R6.1)  0-1   Mason — Gunsberg   (TB G-1 p1/54)>
         Most brilliant game, sponsored by Professor Isaac L. Rice, awarded to 
              <1889.05.11   C77  29     (R35.1)  0-1   Weiss — Pollock     (TB G-2 p2/55)>

   (5)  “The Book of the Sixth American Chess Congress:
              Containing the Games of the International Chess Tournament Held at New York in 1889″:
              edited by W. Steinitz,  New York 1891 (500 copies limited edition).


The following RR2 xtab is taken from the TB p xxvi/39:

TB - RR2 xtab - p xxvi.39

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Notice that no indication of the second pairing first draw games is given in the above xtab. Those games are noted by non-scoring “*”-results in the SCID xtab made from the Z-base version of the tournament:

6th American Chess Congress
New York, NY USA, 1889.03.25 - 1889.05.21
                                Age Nat    Score     Chi Wei Gun Bla Bur Lip Mas Jud Sho Del Pol Bir Tau Bai Bur Han Mar Gos Bai Mac
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 1: Chigorin, Mikhail            38 RUS  29.0 / 42   XXX =*1 0*0 =1. 11. 10. 00. 11. =1. 01. 1*1 11. =1. 11. 10. 11. 1*1 11. 11. 11.  (+27 -7 =4)
 2: Weiss, Miksa                 31 AUT  29.0 / 45   =*0 XXX =1. 10. =*= =*1 1*= 11. 11. 11. 10. =*= =1. 1*0 11. 11. 1*1 =1. 11. 11.  (+24 -4 =10)
 3: Gunsberg, Isidor             34 HUN  28.5 / 43   1*1 =0. XXX 01. =0. =0. 1*= 10. 11. 11. =1. 11. 0*1 1*1 01. 1*1 11. 11. 11. 11.  (+26 -7 =5)
 4: Blackburne, Joseph Henry     47 ENG  27.0 / 43   =0. 01. 10. XXX 0*1 10. 1*0 01. 10. 11. 11. 11. 11. 1*1 11. 1*0 =1. 11. 11. 1*0  (+26 -10 =2)
 5: Burn, Amos                   40 ENG  26.0 / 42   00. =*= =1. 1*0 XXX 1*= 00. 11. 10. 11. 11. 11. 01. 00. 1*1 01. 11. 11. 11. 11.  (+24 -10 =4)
 6: Lipschutz, Samuel            25 USA  25.5 / 43   01. =*0 =1. 01. 0*= XXX =1. 00. =1. 11. 10. =0. =*1 11. 11. 1*1 11. 1*0 11. 11.  (+22 -9 =7)
 7: Mason, James                 39 ENG  22.0 / 47   11. 0*= 0*= 0*1 11. =0. XXX =0. 11. 0*0 =0. 10. 0*1 01. =1. 1*= =*= =*1 1*1 11.  (+17 -11 =10)
 8: Judd, Max                    37 USA  20.0 / 39   00. 00. 01. 10. 00. 11. =1. XXX 1*1 10. 01. 00. 11. 00. =1. =0. =1. 10. 11. 11.  (+18 -16 =4)
 9: Showalter, Jackson Whipps    29 USA  18.0 / 40   =0. 00. 00. 01. 01. =0. 00. 0*0 XXX =1. =1. 10. 10. 10. 11. =0. =1. 0*1 11. 11.  (+15 -17 =6)
10: Delmar, Eugene               47 USA  18.0 / 43   10. 00. 00. 00. 00. 00. 1*1 01. =0. XXX 10. 11. 0*= 10. 01. 1*1 11. 1*0 11. 0*1  (+17 -19 =2)
11: Pollock, William H. K.       30 ENG  17.5 / 41   0*0 01. =0. 00. 00. 01. =1. 10. =0. 01. XXX 01. =1. =*1 01. 11. 0*0 00. 11. 11.  (+15 -18 =5)
12: Bird, Henry Edward           58 ENG  17.0 / 40   00. =*= 00. 00. 00. =1. 01. 11. 01. 00. 10. XXX =0. 11. =1. 11. 10. 00. =*0 11.  (+14 -18 =6)
13: Taubenhaus, Jean             38 FRA  17.0 / 43   =0. =0. 1*0 00. 10. =*0 1*0 00. 01. 1*= =0. =1. XXX 01. 00. 0*= 10. =1. 11. 11.  (+13 -17 =8)
14: Baird, David Graham          34 USA  16.0 / 44   00. 0*1 0*0 0*0 11. 00. 10. 11. 01. 01. =*0 00. 10. XXX 1*0 00. 11. 01. 1*0 =1.  (+15 -21 =2)
15: Burille, Constant Ferdinand  22 USA  15.0 / 43   01. 00. 10. 00. 0*0 00. =0. =0. 00. 10. 10. =0. 11. 0*1 XXX =1. 0*0 1*= =*1 11.  (+12 -20 =6)
16: Hanham, James Moore          49 USA  14.0 / 46   00. 00. 0*0 0*1 10. 0*0 0*= =1. =1. 0*0 00. 00. 1*= 11. =0. XXX 01. 1*0 0*= 11.  (+11 -21 =6)
17: Martinez, Dionisio M.        52 USA  13.5 / 43   0*0 0*0 00. =0. 00. 00. =*= =0. =0. 00. 1*1 01. 01. 00. 1*1 10. XXX 11. 01. 01.  (+11 -22 =5)
18: Gossip, George Hatfeild      47 ENG  13.5 / 45   00. =0. 00. 00. 00. 0*1 =*0 01. 1*0 0*1 11. 11. =0. 10. 0*= 0*1 00. XXX 1*= 00.  (+11 -22 =5)
19: Baird, John Washington       37 USA   7.0 / 44   00. 00. 00. 00. 00. 00. 0*0 00. 00. 00. 00. =*1 00. 0*1 =*0 1*= 10. 0*= XXX 10.  (+5 -29 =4)
20: MacLeod, Nicholas            19 USA   6.5 / 40   00. 00. 00. 0*1 00. 00. 00. 00. 00. 1*0 00. 00. 00. =0. 00. 00. 10. 11. 01. XXX  (+6 -31 =1)
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428 games: +171 =51 -158 *48

Here is a CBlight generated xtab using the Z-base PGN. It doesn’t show the non-scoring draws, but does give all the scoring games, and shows the correct standings:

CB - RR2 xtab

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Here is the prize awards from the TB p xv/28 (where Rice’s award is omitted, see above):

TB - Prizes- p xv.28
Here is an illustration, from a photograph, of the tournament play room at 8 Union Square (above the Union Square Bank). It’s taken from Frank Leslie’s Illustrated News (v67-69) p265:

Chigorin--Weiss - Leslie's v67-69 p265

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It maybe shows Chigorin–Weiss from R9.1, in which case Chigorin is seated with his back to us, playing the White pieces.
There were two games which are not contained in Steinitz’s TB, and have stubs in the Z-base PGN to record the game results.

1889.03.25   A00   0     (R1.1)  1-0   Judd -- Showalter
1889.03.26   A00   0     (R2.1)  1-0   Delmar -- Bird

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