Amsterdam (1889) – working notes

TB Round Number index

R-1  G-1  p14/22
R-2  G-5  p20/28
R-3  G-9  p25/33
R-4  G-13 p35/43
R-5  G-17 p45/53
R-6  G-21 p52/60
R-7  G-25 p60/68
R-8  G-29 p68/76
R-9  G-33 p77/85


Haagsche courant

De    internationale   schaakwedstrijd,    uitgeschreven   door    het
„Amsterdamsch Schaakgenootschap", is Zondag begonnen en zal de gansche
week duren. Deelnemers  le klasse zijn de heeren :  A. E. Van Foreest,
Amsterdam; E. Lasker, Berlijn; R. J.  Loman, Jas. Mason. L, Van Vliet,
A. Burn,  J. Gunsberg  en J.  H. Blackburn  (die nog  wordt verwacht),
allen  van  Londen;  R.  K.   Leather,  Liverpool,  en  J.  H.  Bauer,
Weenen. Deelnemers.

The international  chess competition,  organized by  the "Amsterdamsch
Schaakgenootschap"  is  Sunday begun  and  will  last the  whole  week
Participants  le   class  are  Messrs:  AE   Van  Foreest,  Amsterdam,
E. Lasker, Berlin, RJ Loman, jacket Mason L,... Van Vliet, A. Burn, J.
Gunsberg and JH  Blackburn (which was expected), all  from London,. RK
Leather, Liverpool, and JH Bauer, Vienna Participants.


De Tijd : godsdienstig-staatkundig dagblad

Voor den  internationalen schaakwedstrijd, die  den 25en dezer  in het
Vereenigd Amsterdamsch Schaakgenootschap, op den Vjjgendam, zal worden
geopend,  hebben  zich reeds  13  mededingers  voor de  eerste  klasse
aangemeld, namelijk :  11 uit het buitenland en  2 Nederlanders. Onder
de buitenlanders bevinden  zich de beroemde meesters  Amos Burn, James
Mason,   J.   H.  Bauwer,   J.   Gundsberg,   J.  H.   Blackburne   en
G. H.  Mackenzie. Voor  de 2e en  de 3e klasse  hebben zich  reeds elf
mededingers voor elke klasse aangegeven. (N. v. d. D.)

For  den  internationalen  chess  match,  which  the  25And  these  in
Vereenigd  Amsterdamsch Schaakgenootschap,  on the  Vjjgendam will  be
opened,  have already  signed up  13 contenders  for the  first class,
namely: 11  from abroad and  two Dutch.  Among the foreigners  are the
famous masters Amos  Burn, James Mason, J. H. Bauwer  J. Gundsberg, JH
Blackburne and G. H. Mackenzie. For the 2nd and 3rd class have already
indicated eleven contenders for each class. (N. v. D. D.)


BCM v9 (1889)

BCM v9 (Aug 1889) p317/339

[Discussing   Breslau    (1889)...]   It   has   been    stated   that
Messrs. Tchigorin and Weiss did not  enter because they wished to give
the other masters  a better chance of winning prizes,  but it was more
probably because they were satisfied  with the positions they attained
at  New York,  and with  other well-known  congress entrants,  such as
Messrs.   Mackenzie, Winawer,  Rosenthal, Schwartz,  and Bird,  may be
reserving themselves for the ensuing tourneys at Amsterdam or Paris.


BCM v9 (Aug 1889) p318/340

Holland.—An international Chess Congress will  be held at the Cafe Red
Lion, Vygendam,  Amsterdam, beginning  on August  25th. There  will be
three  classes, the  first  to consist  only  of acknowledged  foreign
masters, and some of the strongest Dutch players. Hours of play, 12 to
4 p.m.,  and 6-30  to 10-30 ;  each competitor to  play one  game with
every other  and two games each  day, except on three  evenings of the
week, when unfinished games will be  played out. If the entries do not
exceed seven,  it will be a  two-round tourney.  Time limit,  18 moves
per hour.  The committee  will decide in  which class  each competitor
shall play. Entrance fees : Class  I., 10 florins (16/8); Class II., 5
florins  ; Class  III., 2i  florins. Prizes,  first class  : 1st,  400
florins ; 2nd, 22"> florins :  3rd, 125 florins; 4th, 75 florins; 5th,
50 florins; second class, 1st, 125 florins ; 2nd, 70 florins ; 3rd, 40
florins. Entries  must be  sent to  Jonkheer A.  E. van  Foreest, 208,
Prinsengracht, Amsterdam, before August 20th.


BCM v9 (Sept 1889) p345/369

Signs of  revived interest  in chess  are not  wanting here.   We have
certainly  had  a  very slow  summer  so  far  as  the royal  game  is
concerned, but I hope  with the " fall of the leaf "  we shall see the
rise  of  the chessmen.  The  masters  have  been  back amongst  us  ;
Blackburne looking far from well after his poor show at Breslau, where
he was quite out of sorts  ; Gunsberg, with his quiet self-possession,
and Bird, looking younger after his " adventures strange and wild " in
the States and Canada. Then Capt. Mackenzie— the Captain, as his chess
friends call him—turned up somewhat unex pectedly, looking genial, but
wasted and  weak. It is evident  that the illness which  prevented him
from playing in the American tournament,  has been a severe one. There
are dark rumours too  that Mason is back in town, but  if so his usual
haunts know him  not. The report that Mr. Blackburne  intends to go to
St. Petersburgh to play a match with M.  Tchigorin is a mere canard.

BCM v9 (Sept 1889) p346/370

Mr. Loman is in Holland to take part in the Amsterdam tournament.

BCM v9 (Sept 1889) p352/376

Holland. — The  attendance at the Amsterdam Congress  has been smaller
than was  anticipated, probably on  account of the abandonment  of the
Paris tourney. The following is the result of play :—


The minor tourney in which there were eight competitors, resulted in a
tie  between Van  der Berg  and Olland,  two local  players, who  each
scored 6. The tie was played off,  and Olland won both games and takes
first prize.  Mr. N. T.  Miniati,  of Manchester, gains third,  with a
score of 4½.


BCM v9 (Oct 1889) p386/414

                            THE PROVINCES.

We  must  heartily  congratulate  Mr.  Burn on  the  position  he  has
deservedly attained among the leading  players. This year his winnings
are :—Dublin, £10 ; the first prize at Amsterdam, £33 ; Breslau, £35 ;
and New York, £90  ; making a total of £168. —Miss  Mary Rudge, now of
Clontarf, Dublin,  has received  from Mr. W.  Tribe, president  of the
Bristol  and Clifton  Club,  the sum  of £20,  in  recognition of  her
services to  that club in match  play. Leading players of  other clubs
think this to be an example worth following.

BCM v9 (Oct 1889) p388/416

Holland. —  The Amsterdam tournament, of  which in our last  number we
had only time to give the  score, lasted eight days, beginning Monday,
August  26th  ;   alternate  evenings  were  given   up  to  adjourned
games. Mr. Burn,  who scored 7 out  of a possible 8,  drew with Lasker
and Mason (second  and third prize-winners) but did not  lose a single
game !  His play throughout, modelled on the Steinitz plan, was of the
highest order. All his victories were  hard won and no chance favoured
him. His draw  with Lasker was the  last game he played,  and he could
not  have  bettered  his  position  by winning  it.   Lasker  is  only
twenty-one years old,  and like most young players there  is much dash
and brilliancy in his play, though  unlike most young players there is
also  soundness. We  heard  a first-rate,  who had  seen  his play  at
Breslau as well as at Amsterdam, give it as his opinion that Lasker is
or promises to be the finest player in Europe. But Morphy tactics will
not work  now, so Lasker only  gets second. Mason, on  the other hand,
did not lose a single game. He  rarely does, but his draws with weaker
players  bring his  score below  that of  other first-rates,  who beat
these  weaker  players.   Still  the Amsterdam  tournament  is  but  a
confirmation  of a  belief prevalent  that in  a match  it would  take
Steinitz to beat Mason, and perhaps not even Steinitz could do it. Van
Vleit was a dark horse, and has  every reason to be satisfied with his
achievement. Gunsberg  played throughout below his  usual force, which
may be accounted for by his having  to send in daily reports to one of
the  leading  London  papers.   Much   praise  is  due  to  the  local
committee. The tournament, which being  the first of its kind, excited
much interest among Dutch chess players, was well organized in all its
details, and the foreign players warmly appreciated the efforts of the
committee to  promote their comfort  in every direction.   On Saturday
night  an  opportunity was  afforded  the  players of  witnessing  the
torchlight procession  in honour of the  Princess's birthday.  Special
thanks  are  due to  Herren  Van  Foreest,  secretary, and  Van  Dien,


BCM v9 (Dec 1889) p455/495

[in connection with "upcoming" 5e Nov  7th BCA Congress] Mr. Van Vliet
is Dutch by descent but is now domiciled in London.  He is a young and
rising player, and took part  in the late Amsterdam Tournament, coming
out fourth, Mason being above him but Gunsberg below.




                          THE INTERNATIONAL

                     TO AMSTERDAM IN August 1889

                              EDITED BY
                       Yrs. Drs. D. VAN FOBEEST
                       Cand.-Jdr. I.D. TEESLING

                              JL Beijers


Long  cherished the  Dutch  chess  friends desire  also  even hold  an
international chess tournament in Holland.

There remained, however, always the desire, as you rightly feared that
the realization of  such a plan for financial support  would fail: the
"rich" Dutch  namely have always  been and are  now in terms  of chess
just not generous!

Nevertheless,  it  was  at  the   beginning  of  the  year  1889,  the
long-cherished desire  once pronounced.  In a  meeting of  the "United
Amsterdam's Chess Society "by some  members suggested the club itself,
supported by the chess friends  in Holland, may bring an international
tournament   concluded.  This   Proposal   was   accepted  with   loud
applause.  That same  evening proclaimed  the club  a commission  that
awarded the  contract, the  to make the  necessary arrangements  for a
tournament. The same was United H. Kothe, President of the ": from the
men  Amst.  Schachgesellschaft  ",  C.  van  Olst,  President  of  the
Neth.  Chess   Federation,  J.J.   Veraart,  Treasurer  of   N.  Chess
Federation, Ye. A.  E. van Foreest, secretary of  N. Chess Federation,
A. de  Lelie, J.  A. Tinholt,  Ye. D. van  Foreest, I.D.  Tresling and
E. van Dien. From their midst the  men were yrs. A. E. van Foreest and
E. van Dien chosen which more specially the execution of should assume
designed plan, and their untiring diligence and endurance is thanks to
them that the first international Schachkon Congress has come on Dutch
soil about.

By  means  Girkulare  which  all  the  Commission  known  Chess  clubs
presently  give   this  country,   were  the   Dutch  asked   to  show
Schachfreunde  their interest  and  to achieve  the  great purpose  to
contribute  financially. Unfortunately,  the corresponding  Commission
assistance provided not  expecting so that we can  report without some
exaggeration here that  the case by far the largest  part of the funds
received from amsterdam rule Club,  of its members and other amsterdam
rule chess friends has been brought together. But we can not help here
some laudable exceptions  from other parts of our  country to grateful

The  Commission  has  since  forced   for  financial  reasons  to  the
tournament from  month to month  delay. Finally was much  amassed that
the contest of rivalry could be started. This happened in June 1889th.

The apparently  because there  were many  answers big  arrived foreign
masters who participate in the tournament wanted, you had every reason
to hope that the interest in the Tournament would be a very lively. To
Groszer disappointment of  But Commission appeared not  at the opening
of Congress all who had promised their participation.


1. The  competition is held  in three categories  (Masters Tournament,
Main Event  and side  event). The first  class (Master  Tournament) be
authorized only recognized foreign masters  and some of the most Dutch
Schachdilettanten.  The regulatory  Commission reserves  the right  to
determine in which class the players are allowed to participate.

2.  Participants must  register before  the  20th August  1889 at  the
Secretary of Gommission,  Mr Ye. A. E. Van  Foreest, 208 Prinsengracht
in Amsterdam, stating the class in which they want to play.

3. If a class log fewer than  six players, should the contest does not
take place in  this class; with participation less  than eight players
in a  class to the  participants two  Partieen play with  each fellow,
whereas participation of eight or more players in a class players only
to play game against each other.

4. It should be played every day from 12 pm to 4 am afternoon and from
6½ to 10½ pm, except some by the Commission's assessment evenings.

5.  Participants are  required to  play  with each  other by  a to  be
determined  by the  Commission to  order,  as being  Standard is  that
between  two players  every afternoon  and every  Evening is  played a
game. If a game  at 4, respectively. to 10½ PM is  not finished, it is
abandoned, and at a closer determining days played to the end.

6. When terminating a game, the player  who is on the course must, its
following train in a well  closed Gouvert a Commissioner-handed, which
train  in  continuation  of  Game is  mandatory.  The  Consulting  and
analyzing a Partie  am Brette is prohibited strict  during breaks, and
has Exclusion from the contests the result.

7. Each player is obliged to do  18 trains per hour; to Control should
be present  watches. Overstepping the  Reflection had the loss  of the
current game  result, while Such will  be credited to the  opponent as
profit point.

The time that is left over with  18 trains per hour going, a following
hour too good.

Watches of players who do not appear  at the appointed hour, to her To
start the game, be a member of the Commission in brought movement, and
if  a player  arrives  an hour  late,  so declaring  him  as lost  the
game. If both players a come an  hour late, so a loss point is counted

8.  played Partieen  are  the property  of  "United Amsterdam's  Chess
Society ". Each  player is obliged after a game  a significant by both
players  signed  object  thereof   within  24  hours,  the  Commission

9. Remise-Partieen apply to both players than half Profit point.

10. It  should be played  according to the  rules of the  "Handbook of
Chess game "from Bilguer, last edition.

11. The use is:
         for 1st class . . . . . . . f 10.-
          "   2   "    . . . . . . . -  5.-
          "   3   "    . . . . . . . -  2.50

to be paid on the commencement  of the competition. If a player, after
playing two or  more Partieen, withdraws, loses he his  devotion. If a
player has less than half of  its Partieen played, and then withdraws,
the Partieen  be considered not played;  he played a half  or more, so
the Partieen be that he has yet to play for his Opponent declared won.

12. Prize amounts.

     In first  Class; first  Prize . . . f 400.—
      "  "       "    second   "   . . . - 225.—
      "  "       "    third    "   . . . - 125.—
      "  "       "    fourth   "   . . . -  75.—
      "  "       "    fifth    "   . . . -  50.—

      "  second  "    first    "   . . . - 125.—
      "    "     "    second   "   . . . -  70.—
      "    "     "    third    "   . . . -  40.—

      "  third;  "    first    "   . . . -  50.—
      "     "    "    second   "   . . . -  30.—
      "     "    "    third    "   . . . -  20.—

13.  If an  equal number  of winning  points with  the consent  of two
players prices distributed.  But if one of the players  to Price wants
to play a match,  then the other to committed; then  who first won two
Partieen is the winner.
14. The  regulatory Commission shall  appoint some its  members, where
those provisions are not applicable in cases where such differences or
the final judge.


Sunday, August  25, the morning 11  am, opened Mr. H.  Kothe, Chairman
of, United Amsterdam's Chess Society  "the Congress with a salutation,
in which it the fight fun  present a Welcome shouted and expressed the
hope that this  first international Schachwetlkampf in  Holland may be
general Satisfying run.

In  consequence of  a Irrtumes  were some  masters tournament  players
think the competition will only start the 26 August Monday. They could
therefore not expected  before Sunday evening or  Monday morning. This
led the Commission  to the beginning of the rivalry  1er class the day

Immediately after the opening of the Congress, the raffle was held for
Major and minor tournament, which the players in this order turned on.



                         Masters Tournament.

On the  following day,  Monday, August 26,  were the  following Master
Tournament Players met:

J. H.  Bauer, Vienna; Amos  Burn, Liverpool;  Yrs. A. E.  van Foreest,
Amsterdam;  I. Gunsberg,  Londen; E.  Lasker, Berlin;  R. K.  Leather,
Liverpool;  Rud. J.  Loman, London;  James  Mason, London  and L.  van
Vliet, London.  At half past eleven  the draw took place,  whereby The
following sequence was:

1. A. E. van Foreest.
2. E. Lasker.
3. R. J. Loman.
4. James Mason.
5. L. van Vliet.
6. Amos Burn.
7. R. K. Leather.
8. J. H. Bauer.
9. I. Gunsberg.

le Runde  (Monday 26 Aug. morning):

   van Foreest - Gunsberg,
   Lasker - Bauer,
   Loman - Leather,
   Mason - Burn

   (van Vliet free.)

2e Runde  (Montag 26 Aug.   Nachmittag):

   Lasker — van  Foreest,
   Loman— Gunsberg,
   Mason — Bauer,
   van Vliet— Lasker
   (Burn frei.)

3e Runde  (Dienstag 27 Aug. Vormittag)  :

   Loman — Lasker,
   Mason — van Foreest,
   van Vliet — Gunsberg,
   Burn — Bauer

   (Leather frei.)

4e Runde  (Mittwoch 28 Aug.  Vormittag)  :

   Mason — Loman,
   van Vliet — Lasker,
   Burn — van Foreest,
   Leather — Gunsberg

   (Bauer frei.)

5e Runde  (Donnerstag 29 Aug. Vormittag)  :

   van Vliet —  Mason,
   Burn — Loman,
   Leather— Lasker,
   Bauer — van Foreest

   (Gunsberg frei.)

6e Runde  (Freitag 30 Aug.  Vormittag) :

   Burn  — van Vliet,
   Leather — Mason,
   Bauer — Loman,
   Gunsberg — Lasker

   (van Foreest frei.)

7e Runde  (Freitag 30 Aug. Nachmittag)  :

   Leather — Burn,
   Bauer — van Vliet,
   Gunsberg — Mason,
   van Foreest — Loman

   (Lasker frei.)

8e Runde (Sonnabend  31 Aug.  Vormittag):

   Bauer —  Leather,
   Gunsberg — Burn,
   van Foreest — van Vliet,
   Lasker — Mason

   (Loman frei.)

9e Runde (Sonnabend 31 Aug. Nachmittag):

   Gunsberg — Bauer,
   van Foreest — Leather,
   Lasker — Burn,
   Loman — van Vliet

   (Mason frei.)

Prizes won:

1. Amos Burn,     Liverpool   f 400. —
2. E. Lasker,     Berlin      „ 225.—
3. James Mason,   London      „ 125. —
4. L. van Vliet,  London      „  75. —
5. I. Gunsberg,   London      „  50. —


Sunday afternoon on  September 1 of the Convention  was to Ausreichung
the  prices repealed.  This  Geremonie was  from Mr.  E.  van Dien  in
performed  admirably  by each  of  the  winners  to him  proper  price
administered, and him  at the same time, in his  Native inflicted some
matching  words. The  whole  Congress passed  without  some fault.  It
turned out,  of Dazs  Thought an  international tournament  in Holland
hold, could be realized.

The Commission  could with joy  and satisfaction in their  work, which
was crowned with success so nice, back view.

Because, although  the number  of masters  tournament player  could be
greater can, but were among the few first few master Ranges. Also, the
content  of  played Partieen  left  nothing  to  desired, yes,  it  is
remarkable how  few "Blunder",  which in  occur tournaments  of longer
duration so often, in this Partieen can be found champions tournament.

In short, the first international chess congress in Holland is as able
to look at.



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