Graz (1890) – a first look (aka – Lasker in the middle).

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Z-base tournament link: PGN

It’s an important tournament in the emergence of the young Lasker onto the world of competitive chess. Not only a young Lasker, but it also marks the young Makovetz’s first win in a master-level tournament. Both players would go on to other successes, but only one fully realized his potential.

This tournament also gave rise to the well-know aphorism

“The winner of a chess game is the player who makes the next-to-last mistake.”
See Winter’s article on the matter: CN #7228.

Here’s some clips from contemporaneous reporting:

OL v10 N118 (Oct 1890) p337 - header

 

Actually, this table is from OL (Oct 1890) p305 (see OL v10 (Nov 1890) p337 for report):

OL v10 N118 (Oct 1890) p305 - RR xtab

Here is Z-base SCID version of xtabs:

Graz (1890)
Graz AUT, 1890.09.01 - 1890.09.08
                           Age Nat    Score     1 2 3 4 5 6 7
--------------------------------------------------------------
 1: Makovetz, Gyula         29 HUN   5.0 /  6   X = 1 = 1 1 1  (+4 -0 =2)
 2: Bauer, Johann Hermann   29 AUT   4.5 /  6   = X = = 1 1 1  (+3 -0 =3)
 3: Lasker, Emanuel         21 GER   4.0 /  6   0 = X 1 = 1 1  (+3 -1 =2)
 4: Berger, Johann Nepomuk  45 AUT   2.5 /  6   = = 0 X 0 = 1  (+1 -2 =3)
 5: Feyerfeil, Emil von              2.5 /  6   0 0 = 1 X 0 1  (+2 -3 =1)
 6: Marco, Georg            26 AUT   2.0 /  6   0 0 0 = 1 X =  (+1 -3 =2)
 7: Albin, Adolf            42 AUT   0.5 /  6   0 0 0 0 0 = X  (+0 -5 =1)
--------------------------------------------------------------
21 games: +6 =7 -8

And the Swiss version (R1-6 play from Monday, Sept. 1, 1890 – Saturday, Sept. 6, 1890, with final R7 on Monday, Sept 8, 1890):

Graz (1890)
Graz AUT, 1890.09.01 - 1890.09.08
                           Age Nat    Score       1    2    3    4    5    6    7 
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
 1: Makovetz, Gyula         29 HUN   5.0 /  6    2b=  4w=  7b+ ....  5w+  6b+  3w+  (+4 -0 =2)
 2: Bauer, Johann Hermann   29 AUT   4.5 /  6    1w=  5b+  6w+  3b= ....  4w=  7b+  (+3 -0 =3)
 3: Lasker, Emanuel         21 GER   4.0 /  6    5w=  6b+ ....  2w=  4b+  7w+  1b-  (+3 -1 =2)
 4: Berger, Johann Nepomuk  45 AUT   2.5 /  6    7w+  1b=  5w-  6b=  3w-  2b= ....  (+1 -2 =3)
 5: Feyerfeil, Emil von              2.5 /  6    3b=  2w-  4b+  7w+  1b- ....  6w-  (+2 -3 =1)
 6: Marco, Georg            26 AUT   2.0 /  6   ....  3w-  2b-  4w=  7b=  1w-  5b+  (+1 -3 =2)
 7: Albin, Adolf            42 AUT   0.5 /  6    4b- ....  1w-  5b-  6w=  3b-  2w-  (+0 -5 =1)
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
21 games: +6 =7 -8
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