Vienna – 2e Kolisch Memorial (1899-1900) — Working Notes


(A poor man’s first look…)

PGN link: zbase – Vienna – 2e Kolisch Memorial (1899).pgn

No tournament book was ever issued(*), the most in depth coverage might be assumed to be WSZ:
.       Announcement            – WSZ v2 N10 (Oct 1899) p149
.       Rules and Regulations – WSZ v2 N11 (Nov 1899) p169
.       Tournament Results     – WSZ v3 N1  (Jan 1899) p25

EDO page: http://www.edochess.ca/tournaments/t668.html

There is no CG page (yet) for the tournament, nor any online source with good details other EDOchess (prior to this page).

Brilliancy Prize (100 crowns divided between all players – BCM v20 (Mar 1900) p101):

.        1899.12.27  D08 40 (R7)   0-1 Schwarz — Albin
.        1900.01.03  D60 25 (R11) 1-0 Schwarz — Von Popiel

(*) Gillam, as usual, has done a book on the tournament:

62) Second Kolisch Memorial Tournament, Vienna 1899/1900 edited by A.J.Gillam

All 66 games played between Maroczy, Schlechter, Brody, Alapin, Marco, Zinkl, H.Wolf, Kotrc, von Popiel, Albin, A.Schwarz and Prock; article, 30 diagrams, 47 pages, plenty of notes, cross-table.
ISBN 1 901034 53 7  £8.50

http://www.chessbooks.co.uk/Chessplayer.html

The actual assemblage of all 66 games apparently involved multiple sources:
http://www.chessgames.com/perl/kibitzing?kid=FBIO&reply=16581

Side notes:  365 lists Kotrc as Josef, but Jan is the correct prenom. EDO chess seems to indicate that Prock dropped out from the tournament (probably because he lost all his games), but he didn’t.


The Tournament

Introduction and Preparations – the role of Baroness Kolisch

The first notice of the tournament in the BCM was this:

The Schachfreund says, that some years ago, in 1889, the late Baron
Kolisch bequeathed a fund to the Vienna Chess Club for the purpose of
holding periodical national tourneys. The first of these events is to
take place, beginning on December 17th, at the new quarters of that
club, 2, Wallnerstrasse. The best Austria-Hungarian players are
expected to take part in the tourney, including Maroczy and Charousek
The prizes consist of 1,000 fr., 750 fr., 600 fr., 500 fr., 400 fr.,
300 fr., 200 fr., 150 fr., 100 fr., and 50 fr., surely a very liberal
allowance for such a restricted contest. The maximum number of
competitors will be 16; entrance fee, 40 fr.

BCM v19 (Dec 1899) p509

The Vienna Chess Club had just relocated to the new location at 2 Wallnerstrasse (see modern view). The tournament was the second edition (and last?) of the Kolisch Memorial tournaments funded by his widow. The first edition was held in 1890, shortly after his death.

Wife of the owner and publisher of the “Wiener Allgemeine Zeitung”, Ignaz Freiherr (Irma) von Kolisch.

Other portraits of the Baroness, including the one Zavatarelli uses in his Kolisch book, can be found here: ONB Baroness Kolisch portraits.

Batgirl has addition biographical information about the Baroness here – link.

Zavatarelli, in his biography of Kolisch (p334), calls attention to a Chess Monthly comment concerning the prize winner’s (i.e. Weiss) play, about the 1890 tournament:

It will be seen from the score below that out of seven games played in the seond round he [Weiss] only won two, the rest being made up with drawn games. Remembering the great aversion the late Baron Kolisch had against this sort of Chess — if it could be called by that name — it must be confessed that the munificent prizes given by Baroness Kolisch in memory of the late distinguished master have not produced that result which was intended by the donor.

C-M (May 1890) p261

(Unfortunate side note – this edition of Chess-Monthly is sadly unavailable online, at least currently).

As noted by the BCM, Kolisch left a substantial fund when he died to sponsor future chess tournaments. But the Baroness waited almost ten years to hold the second edition. Why was that?

Zavatarelli mentions a letter by the Baroness (p335):

Irma Kolisch’s letter contemplated a second Kolisch Memorial in 1894, which anyway did not come off in the expected time. The wait lasted until 1899 and the widow did not play roles in it anymore; the statement in the American Chess Magazine of August 1899 (page 66), “The Baroness Kolisch […] has donated funds”, seems groundless. The Wiener Schachzeitung of November 1899, in introducing it (page 169), wrote:

Programme of the Kolisch tournament, Vienna 1899.

Taking advantage of a fund left for the sake of chess by that magnanimous master, Baron Ignaz Kolisch, the Vienna chess club arranges a Kolisch tournament, in which all the masters who reside in Austria-Hungary al momento are invited.

The list of prizes followed on the following page; they amounted to a total of 4,050 Kronen, that is 2,025 Gulden. The tournament was actually financed by a part of the 3,000 Gulden the widow paid to the Wiener Schagesellschaft in 1889.

I find the above slightly confusing – as Zavatarelli seems to indicate the Baroness did not play a role, yet many contemporaneous sources (e.g. BCM and below) say she did, and Zavatarelli writes that even WSZ notes the widow’s donation from 1889 – which she well may have retained control over.

The American newspapers contained some interesting notice about the Baroness’ involvement:

The Kolisch Memorial Tournaments

In 1889, Baron Kolisch left a fund to the Vienna Chess-Club for the purpose of providing prizes for annual national tournaments. Only one of these tournaments (1890-1891) was held, as the Baroness Kolisch objected to the use of the money for this purpose. The Baroness has changed her mind, for it is announced that a “Kolisch Memorial Tournament” is to be held in Vienna, beginning on December 17th. It is limited to sixteen players in Austria.

1889.12.23 — New York Literary Digest v19 N26 (p791)

And even more intriguing is this:

When Baron Kolisch died (1889) he had bequeathed to the Austrian Chess players a prize fund of over 10,000 florins to be competed for in tournaments, both national and international, to be held in Vienna at stated intervals. The first of these Kolisch memorials, limited to Austrian players, was held in 1890 and 1891, Max Weiss winning first prize. Subsequently Baroness Kolisch, executrix of the will, remarried, whereupon, on advice of her second husband, a lawyer, these tournaments were discontinued. For a time a feeling to invoke the aid of the Courts prevailed among the Vienna Chess players, but be it that no one cared to the initiative or that the mere fact of being an expert at Chess or would-be competitor in the tournaments did not afford a sufficient legal status to sue, the matter was allowed to rest. Of late, however, the former Baroness Kolisch has changed her ind, for another memorial tournament has been announced for Christmas, and according to the latest advices, Charousek, Schlechter, Maroczy, Makovetz, Berger, Marco, Halprin, Brody, Dr. Neustadt, Von Popiel and Porges are [among] the entries. –New York Evening Post

1900.01.07 – Charleston Sunday News (p?)

Although the last article doesn’t spell out why the Baroness changed her mind, the details seem to explain much, and strike this writer as being quite credible. Perhaps the Austrians deliberately didn’t mention the Baroness due to some residual feelings about the delay? Regardless, there are too many contemporaneous mentions of her role to dismiss it. And it also seems unlikely that the Vienna Chess Club would have allowed such a long delay if they had control over Kolisch’s initial bequest.

In fact, the American Brooklyn Daily Eagle carried this fairly definitive notice of her role as early as July:

MEMORIAL CHESS TOURNEY

The Baroness Kolisch, widow of the late Ignaz Kolisch, famous as one of the leading chess masters during the Morphy period and winner of the great international tournament at Paris in 1867, has donated funds for prizes to be competed for next Christmas, in a tournament to be held at Vienna in honor of her husband. The latter was a Hungarian by birth and died in 1889. The contest is to be limited, as to competitors, to Austrian and Hungarian masters.

1899.07.23 BDE p9

And the ACM v3 N2 (Aug 1899) p66 is equally explicit.

The Tournament (xtab and prizes)

The xtab from WSZ v3 N1 (Jan 1900) p26/48 – 

(Click to enlarge)
The prize notice is given here (WSZ v2 N11 (Nov 1899) p170):

Which was divided as found on WSZ v3 N1 (Jan 1900) p25,27 (adapted):


• 1st        -  G. Maróczy                      ( 1000 Kronen and Speedwell (Ehrenpreis) of Budapest Clubs )
• 2-3rd      -  N. Bródy, C. Schlechter         (  675 Kronen apiece )
• 4th        -  S.Alapin                        (  500 Kronen )
• 5th-7th    -  G. Marco, H. Wolf, Ad. Zinkl    (  300 Kronen apiece )
• 8th        -  J. Kotrč                        (  150 Kronen )
• 9th        -  J. v. Popiel                    (  100 Kronen )
• 10th       -  Ad. Albin                       (   50 Kronen )

Here are the various xtabs from the zbase PGN, care of SCID:

(RR – sorted by score)

Vienna - 2e Kolisch Memorial (1899)
Vienna AUT, 1899.12.18 - 1900.01.03
                         Ti Age Nat    Score     M S B A M Z W K V A S P
-------------------------------------------------------------------------
 1: Maroczy, Geza        gm  29 HUN   9.0 / 11   X = = 1 1 1 1 1 = 1 = 1  (+7 -0 =4)
 2: Schlechter, Carl         25 AUT   7.5 / 11   = X = = = = 1 = = 1 1 1  (+4 -0 =7)
 3: Brody, Miklos            22 ROU   7.5 / 11   = = X = = = 0 1 1 1 1 1  (+5 -1 =5)
 4: Alapin, Simon            43 URS   6.5 / 11   0 = = X = = 1 = 0 1 1 1  (+4 -2 =5)
 5: Marco, Georg             36 AUT   6.0 / 11   0 = = = X = = = 1 1 0 1  (+3 -2 =6)
 6: Zinkl, Adolf Julius      28 AUT   6.0 / 11   0 = = = = X = = = = 1 1  (+2 -1 =8)
 7: Wolf, Heinrich           24 AUT   6.0 / 11   0 0 1 0 = = X 0 1 1 1 1  (+5 -4 =2)
 8: Kotrc, Jan               37 CZE   5.5 / 11   0 = 0 = = = 1 X 0 = 1 1  (+3 -3 =5)
 9: Von Popiel, Ignatz       36 POL   4.5 / 11   = = 0 1 0 = 0 1 X 0 0 1  (+3 -5 =3)
10: Albin, Adolf             51 AUT   4.0 / 11   0 0 0 0 0 = 0 = 1 X 1 1  (+3 -6 =2)
11: Schwarz, Adolf           63 AUT   3.5 / 11   = 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 X 1  (+3 -7 =1)
12: Prock, Camillo                    0.0 / 11   0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 X  (+0 -11 =0)
-------------------------------------------------------------------------
66 games: +21 =24 -21

(RR – sorted by name)

Vienna - 2e Kolisch Memorial (1899)
Vienna AUT, 1899.12.18 - 1900.01.03
                         Ti Age Nat    Score     A A B K M M P S S V W Z
-------------------------------------------------------------------------
 1: Alapin, Simon            43 URS   6.5 / 11   X 1 = = = 0 1 = 1 0 1 =  (+4 -2 =5)
 2: Albin, Adolf             51 AUT   4.0 / 11   0 X 0 = 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 =  (+3 -6 =2)
 3: Brody, Miklos            22 ROU   7.5 / 11   = 1 X 1 = = 1 = 1 1 0 =  (+5 -1 =5)
 4: Kotrc, Jan               37 CZE   5.5 / 11   = = 0 X = 0 1 = 1 0 1 =  (+3 -3 =5)
 5: Marco, Georg             36 AUT   6.0 / 11   = 1 = = X 0 1 = 0 1 = =  (+3 -2 =6)
 6: Maroczy, Geza        gm  29 HUN   9.0 / 11   1 1 = 1 1 X 1 = = = 1 1  (+7 -0 =4)
 7: Prock, Camillo                    0.0 / 11   0 0 0 0 0 0 X 0 0 0 0 0  (+0 -11 =0)
 8: Schlechter, Carl         25 AUT   7.5 / 11   = 1 = = = = 1 X 1 = 1 =  (+4 -0 =7)
 9: Schwarz, Adolf           63 AUT   3.5 / 11   0 0 0 0 1 = 1 0 X 1 0 0  (+3 -7 =1)
10: Von Popiel, Ignatz       36 POL   4.5 / 11   1 0 0 1 0 = 1 = 0 X 0 =  (+3 -5 =3)
11: Wolf, Heinrich           24 AUT   6.0 / 11   0 1 1 0 = 0 1 0 1 1 X =  (+5 -4 =2)
12: Zinkl, Adolf Julius      28 AUT   6.0 / 11   = = = = = 0 1 = 1 = = X  (+2 -1 =8)
-------------------------------------------------------------------------
66 games: +21 =24 -21

 

(Swiss – sorted by score)

Vienna - 2e Kolisch Memorial (1899)
Vienna AUT, 1899.12.18 - 1900.01.03
                         Ti Age Nat    Score       1    2    3    4    5    6    7    8    9   10   11 
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
 1: Maroczy, Geza        gm  29 HUN   9.0 / 11    2b=  6b+ 11w=  8b+  4w+ 10b+  5w+  7b+  3w=  9b= 12w+  (+7 -0 =4)
 2: Brody, Miklos            22 ROU   7.5 / 11    1w= 11b+  8w+  4b= 10w+  5b-  7w=  3b=  9w+ 12b+  6w=  (+5 -1 =5)
 3: Schlechter, Carl         25 AUT   7.5 / 11    4w= 10b+  5w+  7b=  6w=  9w= 12b+  2w=  1b= 11w+  8b=  (+4 -0 =7)
 4: Alapin, Simon            43 URS   6.5 / 11    3b=  9w- 12b+  2w=  1b- 11w+  8b=  6b= 10w+  5b+  7w=  (+4 -2 =5)
 5: Wolf, Heinrich           24 AUT   6.0 / 11    6w=  7w=  3b-  9w+ 12b+  2w+  1b- 11w+  8b-  4w- 10b+  (+5 -4 =2)
 6: Marco, Georg             36 AUT   6.0 / 11    5b=  1w-  7b= 11w-  3b=  8w=  9b+  4w= 12b+ 10w+  2b=  (+3 -2 =6)
 7: Zinkl, Adolf Julius      28 AUT   6.0 / 11   10w=  5b=  6w=  3w=  9b= 12w+  2b=  1w- 11b+  8w=  4b=  (+2 -1 =8)
 8: Kotrc, Jan               37 CZE   5.5 / 11    9b- 12w+  2b-  1w- 11b+  6b=  4w= 10b=  5w+  7b=  3w=  (+3 -3 =5)
 9: Von Popiel, Ignatz       36 POL   4.5 / 11    8w+  4b+ 10w-  5b-  7w=  3b=  6w- 12w+  2b-  1w= 11b-  (+3 -5 =3)
10: Albin, Adolf             51 AUT   4.0 / 11    7b=  3w-  9b+ 12w+  2b-  1w- 11b+  8w=  4b-  6b-  5w-  (+3 -6 =2)
11: Schwarz, Adolf           63 AUT   3.5 / 11   12b+  2w-  1b=  6b+  8w-  4b- 10w-  5b-  7w-  3b-  9w+  (+3 -7 =1)
12: Prock, Camillo                    0.0 / 11   11w-  8b-  4w- 10b-  5w-  7b-  3w-  9b-  6w-  2w-  1b-  (+0 -11 =0)
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
66 games: +21 =24 -21

 

(Swiss – sorted by name)

Vienna - 2e Kolisch Memorial (1899)
Vienna AUT, 1899.12.18 - 1900.01.03
                         Ti Age Nat    Score       1    2    3    4    5    6    7    8    9   10   11 
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
 1: Alapin, Simon            43 URS   6.5 / 11    8b= 10w-  7b+  3w=  6b-  9w+  4b=  5b=  2w+ 11b+ 12w=  (+4 -2 =5)
 2: Albin, Adolf             51 AUT   4.0 / 11   12b=  8w- 10b+  7w+  3b-  6w-  9b+  4w=  1b-  5b- 11w-  (+3 -6 =2)
 3: Brody, Miklos            22 ROU   7.5 / 11    6w=  9b+  4w+  1b=  2w+ 11b- 12w=  8b= 10w+  7b+  5w=  (+5 -1 =5)
 4: Kotrc, Jan               37 CZE   5.5 / 11   10b-  7w+  3b-  6w-  9b+  5b=  1w=  2b= 11w+ 12b=  8w=  (+3 -3 =5)
 5: Marco, Georg             36 AUT   6.0 / 11   11b=  6w- 12b=  9w-  8b=  4w= 10b+  1w=  7b+  2w+  3b=  (+3 -2 =6)
 6: Maroczy, Geza        gm  29 HUN   9.0 / 11    3b=  5b+  9w=  4b+  1w+  2b+ 11w+ 12b+  8w= 10b=  7w+  (+7 -0 =4)
 7: Prock, Camillo                    0.0 / 11    9w-  4b-  1w-  2b- 11w- 12b-  8w- 10b-  5w-  3w-  6b-  (+0 -11 =0)
 8: Schlechter, Carl         25 AUT   7.5 / 11    1w=  2b+ 11w+ 12b=  5w= 10w=  7b+  3w=  6b=  9w+  4b=  (+4 -0 =7)
 9: Schwarz, Adolf           63 AUT   3.5 / 11    7b+  3w-  6b=  5b+  4w-  1b-  2w- 11b- 12w-  8b- 10w+  (+3 -7 =1)
10: Von Popiel, Ignatz       36 POL   4.5 / 11    4w+  1b+  2w- 11b- 12w=  8b=  5w-  7w+  3b-  6w=  9b-  (+3 -5 =3)
11: Wolf, Heinrich           24 AUT   6.0 / 11    5w= 12w=  8b- 10w+  7b+  3w+  6b-  9w+  4b-  1w-  2b+  (+5 -4 =2)
12: Zinkl, Adolf Julius      28 AUT   6.0 / 11    2w= 11b=  5w=  8w= 10b=  7w+  3b=  6w-  9b+  4w=  1b=  (+2 -1 =8)
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
66 games: +21 =24 -21

Please also note that Prock’s full name  is given here for the first time (though hopefully, <CG> should also be updated soon).

Some Dry Process Details

This is a tournament missing from <CG> and the <Fritz> database I have available. But <CB> has a complete version of the games, as does <365chess>. I compared <CB big 2002> version against <365> and found all the game identical.

The dates of the games was uncertain to within, a month (roughly) from both sources. <EDOchess> gives the bracket dates, but contemporaneous newspaper accounts allowed precise round dating. There is a tournament book available for the tournament, but unavailable to me. Therefore no checking of the game’s movelist was done, although some of the games are available in various periodicals that are available to me (e.g. WSZ, DSZ, and BCM).

As I researched the round dating, I found <O’Keefe> was missing some of the newspaper coverage. I submitted the missing Chicago Tribune articles that I found to <jnpope>. I should also have submitted the BDE articles, of which none appeared on <O’Keefe>, but I haven’t hear back from <jnpope> on the Tribune. So I’ll wait. Besides, he can use the links above, as I’ve made all my work available to everyone above.

There was a critique of the round dating on <CG>, that the reader might want to be aware of. But, given the unhelpful nature of the critique, beyond just suggesting mistakes exist, I’m forced to ignore it. Consider this notice sufficient for the reader, in such case. In the future, if this critic doesn’t actually contribute useful corrections – he’ll be completely ignored, and you dear reader, will have to go out of your way to seek his non-advice. Caveat Emptor.

As far as the actual games, it’s appears that actually identifying the primary source of each and every game is quite involved (involving BCM, WSZ, DSZ and various contemporaneous newspapers). The games supplied in zbase are identical to 365, which in turn are identical to <CB (2002)>.

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