London 1862 chess tournament

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An international chess tournament was held in London, during the second British world exhibition, in 1862. Fourteen players participated in the main chess event from 16 June to 28 June 1862. They played at the St. George's Club, St. James's Club and Divan. All-play-all and time controls were novelties for a big tournament. Twenty-four moves had to be played in two hours. Time was measured with hourglasses. Draws did not count and had to be replayed (indicated by "r" in the table below).

The prizes were won by Adolf Anderssen (£100), Louis Paulsen (£50), John Owen (£30), George Alcock MacDonnell (£15), Serafino Dubois (£10) and Wilhelm Steinitz (£5) who was awarded the brilliancy prize for his win over Augustus Mongredien.[1]

The final results and standings:[2]

# Player 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Total
1  Adolf Anderssen (Prussia) x 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 - 1 1 r1 1 11
2  Louis Paulsen (German Confederation) 0 x 1 1 0 1 r1 1 r1 - 1 - 1 1 9
3  John Owen (United Kingdom) 1 0 x 0 r r1 1 1 0 - 1 - rr1 rr1 7
4  George Alcock MacDonnell (United Kingdom) 0 0 1 x 0 1 - 0 1 - 1 1 1 1 7
5  Serafino Dubois (Kingdom of Italy) 0 1 r 1 x 0 1 1 r - - - r1 1 6
6  Wilhelm Steinitz (Austrian Empire) 0 0 r0 0 1 x 1 1 0 - 1 - 1 rr1 6
7  Thomas Wilson Barnes (United Kingdom) 0 r0 0 - 0 0 x r1 1 0 1 r1 1 1 6
8  James Hannah (United Kingdom) 0 0 0 1 0 0 r0 x 1 - - - 1 1 4
9  Joseph Henry Blackburne (United Kingdom) 0 r0 1 0 r 1 0 0 x - 0 0 rr 1 3
10  Johann Jacob Löwenthal (Austrian Empire) - - - - - - 1 - - x - - 1 1 3
11  James Robey (United Kingdom) 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 1 - x 1 0 0 2
12  Frederic Deacon (Belgium) 0 - - 0 - - r0 - 1 - 0 x 0 1 2
13  Augustus Mongredien (United Kingdom) r0 0 rr0 0 r0 0 0 0 rr 0 1 1 x 0 2
14  Valentine Green (United Kingdom) 0 0 rr0 0 0 rr0 - 0 0 0 1 0 1 x 2

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Literature[edit]

Löwenthal, Johann Jacob "The Chess Congress of 1862", Henry G. Bohn, York Street, Covent Garden, London, 1864