Belfast (1892) – a first look

Belfast (1892) –  North of Ireland Congress


4-player RR-3⁽¹⁾   September 12th – September 24th, 1892   at Central Hall, Rosemary St., Belfast.

Time Control⁽²⁾:    20 moves/hour.  

Playing sessions:   1 game/day,   with public demonstrations by the various masters on days off. 

Entrance Fee:   None (assumed, given invitational nature of tournament).  

Prizes⁽³⁾:   £30, 20, 15, 10.

Prize Winners⁽³⁾:    ( Blackburne, Mason ), Bird,  Lee 

Links:   PGN,  EDO chess,  O’Keefe,  Irish Chess Union (game listing),  BCM v12 (Oct 1892) p428/475

See also the chapter entitledNational Chess Congress: Belfast 1892 in Bird’s “Chess History and Reminiscenes


   (1)  There is no “official” tournament book for Belfast (1892). Various contemporaneous sources (mostly BCM and ACM)  and  
         O’Keefe / Proquest (i.e. newspaper) sources were used.   Originally Lasker, Gunsberg and Blackburne were slated for play.
   (2)  BCM v12 N142 (Oct 1892) p428/475, also see Gillam(?).  Sealed envelope adjournments are assumed.
   (3)  Ibid.


From BCM v12 (Oct 1892) p431/478 comes this RR xtab, sorted by standing:

BCM v12 N142 (Oct 1892) p431.478

The PGN contains one stub, <Bird–Lee (R2) 1/2-1/2>, which ICU gives as opening with 1.e4 d5. Also, the PGN has the 75-move Chessbase version of <Blackburne–Bird (R4) 0-1>, and not the 66-move BCM version (see Harding’s book on Blackburne for a discussion of the details).

SCID’s versions of the xtabs, first the RR3:

Belfast (1892)
Belfast IRL, 1892.09.12 - 1892.09.23
                             Age Nat    Score       1   2   3   4
------------------------------------------------------------------
 1: Blackburne, Joseph Henry  50 ENG   5.5 /  9   XXX 1== =0= 11=  (+3 -1 =5)
 2: Mason, James              42 ENG   5.5 /  9   0== XXX 110 1=1  (+4 -2 =3)
 3: Bird, Henry Edward        62 ENG   5.0 /  9   =1= 001 XXX =1=  (+3 -2 =4)
 4: Lee, Francis Joseph       35 ENG   2.0 /  9   00= 0=0 =0= XXX  (+0 -5 =4)
------------------------------------------------------------------
18 games: +3 =8 -7

And then the Swiss xtab:

Belfast (1892)
Belfast IRL, 1892.09.12 - 1892.09.23
                             Age Nat    Score       1    2    3    4    5    6    7    8    9 
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
 1: Blackburne, Joseph Henry  50 ENG   5.5 /  9    3b=  2w+  4b+  3w-  2b=  4w+  3b=  2w=  4b=  (+3 -1 =5)
 2: Mason, James              42 ENG   5.5 /  9    4b+  1b-  3w+  4w=  1w=  3b+  4b+  1b=  3w-  (+4 -2 =3)
 3: Bird, Henry Edward        62 ENG   5.0 /  9    1w=  4w=  2b-  1b+  4b+  2w-  1w=  4w=  2b+  (+3 -2 =4)
 4: Lee, Francis Joseph       35 ENG   2.0 /  9    2w-  3b=  1w-  2b=  3w-  1b-  2w-  3b=  1w=  (+0 -5 =4)
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
18 games: +3 =8 -7

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