London (1893) – Black & White – a first look

London (1893) –  Black & White⁽⁰⁾ 


6-player RR⁽¹⁾     Feb. 27th –  Mar. 3th, 1893    at Simpson’s Divan⁽²⁾, London ENG.

Time Control⁽³⁾:    40 moves/2 hours then 20 moves/hour thereafter; sealed envelope adjournment.  

Playing sessions⁽⁴⁾:   1 game/day,  2-6pm and 7:30-11pm sessions. 

Entrance Fee⁽⁴⁾:   Invitational (sponsored by London Black and White journal).  

Prizes⁽⁵⁾:   £30, 20, 10.

Prize Winners⁽⁶⁾:    Blackburne,  ( Mason, Teichmann, Tinsley )

Links:   PGN,  Wikipedia,   EDO chess,  O’Keefe,   BCM v13 (Apr 1893) p169-173 (pdf),   CG


   (0)  Sponsored by Black and White magazine, also inaugurating a new column by Hoffer. See also wiki’s Black and White.
   (1)  Originally Gunsberg was signed up to play, but at the last minute he withdrew. The players themselves voted Teichmann

          in as his replacement. Teichmann came to England in 1892 (Oxford Companion, Harding gives 1891-1892) to teach
          languages. This was his first international tournament then (Harding), although many sources give Leipzig (1894) (e.g. 
          Oxford Companion, Spence). His success at this tournament probably lead to his inivitation to Leipzig.
   (2)  London Black and White 1892.03.04
   (3)  Ibid.  This is a significant new practice, and a final step towards “modern” rules. By putting the time control at move 40 
          the players avoided time scrambles at move 20. This recent Divan rule was first adopted in a major tournament here.
   (4)  Ibid, and also BCM v13 (Apr 1893) p169.
   (5)  Ibid.
   (6)  London Black and White 1892.03.11, and also BCM again (see Links).


From the London Black and White 1892.03.11 comes this RR xtab, sorted by standing:

London BW 1893.03.11 - RR xtab + prizes

Let’s show the Z-base versions:

CB - London (1893) - RR xtab
SCID RR, sorted by name:

London B&W (1893)
London ENG, 1893.02.27 - 1893.03.03
                             Age Nat    Score     1 2 3 4 5 6
--------------------------------------------------------------
 1: Bird, Henry Edward        62 ENG   0.5 /  5   X 0 = 0 0 0  (+0 -4 =1)
 2: Blackburne, Joseph Henry  51 ENG   3.5 /  5   1 X = = 1 =  (+2 -0 =3)
 3: Mason, James              43 ENG   3.0 /  5   = = X 1 = =  (+1 -0 =4)
 4: Teichmann, Richard        24 GER   3.0 /  5   1 = 0 X = 1  (+2 -1 =2)
 5: Tinsley, Samuel           46 ENG   3.0 /  5   1 0 = = X 1  (+2 -1 =2)
 6: Van Vliet, Louis          25 ENG   2.0 /  5   1 = = 0 0 X  (+1 -2 =2)
--------------------------------------------------------------
15 games: +3 =7 -5

SCID Swiss, sorted by standing:

London B&W (1893)
London ENG, 1893.02.27 - 1893.03.03
                             Age Nat    Score       1    2    3    4    5 
---------------------------------------------------------------------------
 1: Blackburne, Joseph Henry  51 ENG   3.5 /  5    2w=  3w+  6b+  5w=  4b=  (+2 -0 =3)
 2: Mason, James              43 ENG   3.0 /  5    1b=  4b+  5w=  3b=  6w=  (+1 -0 =4)
 3: Tinsley, Samuel           46 ENG   3.0 /  5    6w+  1b-  4w=  2w=  5b+  (+2 -1 =2)
 4: Teichmann, Richard        24 GER   3.0 /  5    5b+  2w-  3b=  6w+  1w=  (+2 -1 =2)
 5: Van Vliet, Louis          25 ENG   2.0 /  5    4w-  6b+  2b=  1b=  3w-  (+1 -2 =2)
 6: Bird, Henry Edward        62 ENG   0.5 /  5    3b-  5w-  1w-  4b-  2b=  (+0 -4 =1)
---------------------------------------------------------------------------
15 games: +3 =7 -5

The EDO link contains links to an extensive piece on the tournament written by Harding, split into two articles. Harding, as usual, offers some valuable insights, but most of the material is now available in the contemporaneous material referenced above.

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2 thoughts on “London (1893) – Black & White – a first look

  1. Pingback: First Look – look here first | Zan Chess

  2. Mason was probably disappointed with his draw against Bird, the only time Bird didn’t lose a game in the tournament. A win would have allowed Mason to finish =1st with Blackburne, and probably receive a larger prize.

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