Amsterdam (1889) – a first look

Amsterdam (1889) –  International Tournament


9-player RR⁽¹⁾     August 26th-31th    at Cafe Red Lion, Vygendam, Amsterdam NED.

Time Control:  18 moves/hour⁽²⁾, sealed envelope adjournments(?).  

Playing sessions:   2 games/day + 1 game/day,  12pm- 4pm and 6:30-10:30pm sessions.  
                                                                                          Makeup play done during 2nd day free afternoon sessions.

Entrance Fee⁽³⁾:   ƒ 10      Prizes:  ƒ 400, 225, 125, 75, 50     ( ƒ 12 ~ £ 1, at the time )

Prize Winners:   Burn,  Lasker,  Mason,  van Vliet,  Gunsberg  

Links:   PGN,  CG,  Wikipedia (+ Lasker–Bauer),   EDO chess,   Tournament Book⁽⁴⁾ ,  O’Keefe


   (1)  Originally 10-players were enroled, with Blackburne was slated to play, but he didn’t appear. Also, the tournament was  
         to have begun on the 25th, but a miscommunication caused the Masters Tournament to begin on the 26th. If it had begun
         on a Sunday it would have broken the then-common practice of reserving Sundays as rest days.

   (2)  Rule 7 on p6/14 of the TB, I was unable to find explicit mention of adjournment rules. See Rule 4 for sessions, etc. 

   (3)  Rules 11 & 12 for entrance fees and prizes, on p6-7/14-15 of TB. It’s unclear if there was a deposit, but I don’t think there was.

   (4)  “Der internationale schachkongress zu Amsterdam im august, 1889”
              edited by Dirk van Foreest, I. D. Tresling; 
              J.L. Beijers, Utrecht 1891.


From p11/19 of the TB comes this RR xtab, with some unknown sorting order:

TB - RR xtab p11.19

And the prizes from p10/18:

TB - Prizes p10.18

Here is the Z-base RR xtabs, sorted by standing:

CB - Amsterdam (1889) - RR xtab

and by name:

Amsterdam (1889)
Amsterdam NED, 1889.08.26 - 1889.08.31
                           Age Nat    Score     1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
------------------------------------------------------------------
 1: Bauer, Johann Hermann   28 AUT   3.5 /  8   X 0 = 0 1 1 = = 0  (+2 -3 =3)
 2: Burn, Amos              40 ENG   7.0 /  8   1 X 1 = 1 1 = 1 1  (+6 -0 =2)
 3: Gunsberg, Isidor        34 HUN   4.0 /  8   = 0 X 0 1 = = 1 =  (+2 -2 =4)
 4: Lasker, Emanuel         20 GER   6.0 /  8   1 = 1 X 1 1 = 1 0  (+5 -1 =2)
 5: Leather, Robinson Kay   24 ENG   0.0 /  8   0 0 0 0 X 0 0 0 0  (+0 -8 =0)
 6: Loman, Rudolf Johannes  27 NED   3.0 /  8   0 0 = 0 1 X 0 1 =  (+2 -4 =2)
 7: Mason, James            39 ENG   5.5 /  8   = = = = 1 1 X 1 =  (+3 -0 =5)
 8: Van Foreest, Arnold E.  26 NED   2.0 /  8   = 0 0 0 1 0 0 X =  (+1 -5 =2)
 9: Van Vliet, Louis        21 ENG   5.0 /  8   1 0 = 1 1 = = = X  (+3 -1 =4)
------------------------------------------------------------------
36 games: +14 =12 -10

Let’s also show the Swiss xtab from SCID:

Amsterdam (1889)
Amsterdam NED, 1889.08.26 - 1889.08.31
                           Age Nat    Score       1    2    3    4    5    6    7    8    9 
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
 1: Burn, Amos              40 ENG   7.0 /  8    3b= ....  6w+  8w+  7w+  4w+  9b+  5b+  2b=  (+6 -0 =2)
 2: Lasker, Emanuel         20 GER   6.0 /  8    6w+  8w+  7b+  4b-  9b+  5b+ ....  3w=  1w=  (+5 -1 =2)
 3: Mason, James            39 ENG   5.5 /  8    1w=  6w=  8w+  7w+  4b=  9b+  5b=  2b= ....  (+3 -0 =5)
 4: Van Vliet, Louis        21 ENG   5.0 /  8   ....  9w+  5w=  2w+  3w=  1b-  6b+  8b=  7b=  (+3 -1 =4)
 5: Gunsberg, Isidor        34 HUN   4.0 /  8    8b+  7b=  4b=  9b+ ....  2w-  3w=  1w-  6w=  (+2 -2 =4)
 6: Bauer, Johann Hermann   28 AUT   3.5 /  8    2b-  3b=  1b- ....  8w=  7w+  4w-  9w+  5b=  (+2 -3 =3)
 7: Loman, Rudolf Johannes  27 NED   3.0 /  8    9w+  5w=  2w-  3b-  1b-  6b-  8b+ ....  4w=  (+2 -4 =2)
 8: Van Foreest, Arnold E.  26 NED   2.0 /  8    5w-  2b-  3b-  1b-  6b= ....  7w-  4w=  9w+  (+1 -5 =2)
 9: Leather, Robinson Kay   24 ENG   0.0 /  8    7b-  4b- ....  5w-  2w-  3w-  1w-  6b-  8b-  (+0 -8 =0)
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
36 games: +14 =12 -10

The byes are clearly shown. One can see that Lasker was the only player within range of Burn, but his R4 loss to van Vliet was significant as neither Lasker nor Burn seemed to go for a win in their last round encounter (going into R8 the two stood at Burn 5.5, Lasker 5, and into R9 it was Burn 6.5, Lasker 5.5). It should be noted that this tournament marked the debut of Lasker in international play, after his recent Hauptturnier win in Breslau (1889) promoted him to master rank.

There are two stubs in the PGN, one is a missing game (given that the result is a draw it was almost assuredly played). The other is Leather’s last round forfeit.

1889.08.26   A00   0     (R2)   =    Mason -- Bauer
1889.08.31   A00   0     (R9)  1-0   van Foreest -- Leather

Mention should be made that the schedule used by Z-base for the games is different from that given by <CG>. Both schedules are contained in the TB, which contradicts itself either way. Many details (too many?) are discussed on the <CG> Bistro, starting here:

http://www.chessgames.com/perl/kibitzing?kid=FBIO&reply=14221

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