Vienna 1882 chess tournament

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The winners of the tournament: Szymon Winawer and Wilhelm Steinitz.

The second international Vienna 1882 chess tournament was one of the longest and strongest chess tournaments ever played.[1] According to the unofficial Chessmetrics ratings, the tournament was (as of March 2005) the strongest tournament in history, on the basis that nine of the ten top players in the world participated, including all of the top eight.[2]

The Vienna Chess Society was formed in October 1857, and this tournament played from 10 May to 24 June 1882 was held on the occasion of its 25th anniversary. The main sponsors were Ignác Kolisch and the club's president Albert Salomon von Rothschild, who together donated 7500 francs to be split over the top six. Franz Joseph I of Austria was the patron of the event, who also donated a special prize of 2000 Austrian Gulden (Kaiserpreis). The time control was 15 moves per hour, with a 2 hour break after 4 hours. Games not completed after eight hours of play were adjourned to be finished on the rest day.[3][4]

The tournament was played as a double round-robin tournament and suffered a number of withdrawals in the second tour. Noa withdrew after the first round of the second tour, Fleissig, Bird, Schwarz and Wittek also lost games by default.[5] The event was won by Wilhelm Steinitz and Szymon Winawer, who decided to share the first prize after they each won a play-off game. The special prize was awarded to Zukertort for the best performance against the top three. On May 12, Steinitz drew a game with Mackenzie, thus ending the longest winning streak in chess history. Steinitz at the time had won 25 consecutive games, the last draw he conceded was nine years earlier, on August 3 in the Vienna 1873 tournament.[3] After this Steinitz would lose three consecutive games to Zukertort, Hruby, and Ware.[6]

Vienna 1882, Second International Chess Tournament
# Player 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Total
1  Wilhelm Steinitz (United Kingdom)/ Bohemia ** ½½ ½1 10 ½½ 11 01 01 10 11 11 11 01 11 11 24.0
2  Szymon Winawer (Russian Empire)/ Poland ** 00 10 11 10 01 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 01 24.0
3  James Mason (United Kingdom)/ Ireland ½½ 11 ** ½1 ½½ ½½ 11 11 10 01 11 ½1 11 01 ½1 23.0
4  Johannes Hermann Zukertort (German Empire)/ Poland ** ½½ 11 11 00 11 01 01 11 11 11 11 01 22.5
5  George Henry Mackenzie (United States)/ Scotland ½0 ½0 ½½ ** 10 ½1 ½0 11 11 01 01 11 10 11 11 22.5
6  Joseph Henry Blackburne (United Kingdom)/ England 01 01 ½½ 01 ** ½½ 10 01 10 11 11 10 11 01 11 21.5
7  Berthold Englisch (Austria-Hungary)/Flag of Czech Silesia Czech Silesia ½½ 00 ½½ ½0 ½½ ** 11 ½0 ½½ ½½ ½½ 01 11 11 11 ½1 19.5
8  Louis Paulsen (German Empire)/ Germany 00 01 00 00 00 ** ½½ ½1 ½1 11 ½1 ½1 ½1 11 ½1 ½1 18.5
9  Alexander Wittek (Austria-Hungary)/ Croatia 10 10 00 00 ½1 01 ½1 ½½ ** ½0 01 10 ½½ ½½ ½1 ½1 11 18.0
10  Max Weiss (Austria-Hungary)/ Hungary 01 11 00 10 ½½ ½0 ½1 ** 11 01 00 11 11 16.5
11  Vincenz Hruby (Austria-Hungary)/ Bohemia 10 00 10 00 00 01 ½½ ½0 10 ** 10 ½½ 11 01 10 01 11 16.0
12  Mikhail Chigorin (Russian Empire) Russia 01 00 00 10 10 00 00 01 00 01 ** 11 00 11 01 01 14.0
13  Adolf Schwarz (Austria-Hungary)/ Hungary 00 00 ½0 10 10 ½½ ½0 ½½ ½½ 00 ** ½0 11 ½0 01 11 14.0
14  Philipp Meitner (Austria-Hungary)/ Austria 00 00 00 00 00 10 ½0 ½½ 00 11 ½1 ** 01 01 01 11 13.0
15  Henry Edward Bird (United Kingdom)/ England 00 00 00 01 01 00 ½0 ½0 10 10 00 00 10 ** 11 ½1 01 12.0
16  Preston Ware (United States) 10 00 00 00 00 00 00 11 01 ½1 10 00 ** 01 11 11.0
17  Josef Noa (Austria-Hungary)/ Hungary 00 00 10 00 00 10 00 ½0 ½0 00 10 10 10 10 ½0 10 ** ½0 9.0
18  Bernhard Fleissig (Austria-Hungary)/ Hungary 00 10 ½0 10 00 00 ½0 ½0 00 00 00 10 00 00 10 00 ½1 ** 7.0

References[edit]

  1. ^ The British Chess Magazine, 1882, pp. 213, 261, 292 and 296.
  2. ^ "Formulas", Chessmetrics website
  3. ^ a b ChessBase.com - Chess News - International Chess Tournament Vienna 1882
  4. ^ Vienna 1882
  5. ^ *Golombek, Harry, ed. (1977), Golombek's Encyclopedia of Chess, Crown Publishing, p. 503, ISBN 0-517-53146-1 
  6. ^ Rook House - Greatest Events - Vienna 1882

Further reading[edit]

  • Alexander Sellman. 1882. Games of the Vienna tournament of 1882: A selection of the best and most brilliant games. Torsch Bros.
  • Christiaan M. Bijl, (ed.), Das II. Internationale Schachmeisterturnier Wien 1882, Zürich: Edition Olms, 1984
  • The complete game collection from chessgames.com