Vienna 1898 chess tournament

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Standing: Schwarz, Schlechter, Fahndrich, Caro, Maróczy, Showalter, Marco, Alapin, Halprin, Baird and Burn
Sitting: Tarrasch, Blackburne, Pillsbury, Steinitz, Chigorin, Janowsky, Schiffers and Lipke

The tournament celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria's accession to the throne of Austria-Hungary.[1] Main organiser was Baron Albert Freiherr von Rothschild who also financed the Vienna tournaments of 1873, 1882, 1903,[2] and 1908. The players visited his Heugasse palace on 31 May 1898. Rounds were played in the club house of the Wiener Schachklub at Schottengasse 7. Hugo Fahndrich was the tournament director at Kaiser Jubiläumsturnier 1898.[3] The time limit was thirty moves in two hours, and fifteen moves per hour after this.[4] Twenty great masters (only Emanuel Lasker and Rudolf Charousek were absent at Kaiser-Jubiläumsturnier) played double rounds from 1 June to 25 July.

Vienna 1898, Kaiser-Jubiläumsturnier
# Player 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Total
1  Siegbert Tarrasch (German Empire) XX 01 10 ½1 ½½ ½1 ½1 ½½ 11 11 11 11 11 27½
2  Harry Pillsbury (United States) 10 XX 10 ½1 10 ½0 01 ½1 11 11 ½1 11 11 11 11 11 27½
3  David Janowski (France) / Poland 01 01 XX 11 11 00 ½½ 11 ½0 11 11 11 00 ½1 11 11 25½
4  Wilhelm Steinitz (United States) / Austria 00 XX ½1 10 ½½ 11 ½1 ½½ 01 11 11 01 11 11 23½
5  Carl Schlechter (Austria-Hungary) / Austria ½0 XX ½½ 11 ½½ ½½ ½1 ½1 11 ½1 11 11 21½
6  Mikhail Chigorin (Russia) 10 00 01 ½½ XX 10 01 ½0 10 01 11 10 11 10 01 11 20
7  Amos Burn (England) ½0 ½1 ½½ 00 01 XX ½½ ½½ ½0 ½0 11 01 11 11 11 20
8  Paul Lipke (German Empire) ½½ 11 00 ½½ 10 XX ½½ ½½ ½0 11 ½1 ½½ 11 ½½ 19½
9  Géza Maróczy (Austria-Hungary) / Hungary ½0 10 ½½ ½½ ½½ XX ½½ 11 ½½ 01 01 ½½ 11 19½
10  Simon Alapin (Russian Empire) / Lithuania ½0 ½0 00 ½0 ½0 ½0 ½½ ½½ ½½ XX ½1 11 00 10 11 ½1 10 11 18
11  Joseph Henry Blackburne (England) ½½ 00 ½1 ½½ ½1 ½½ ½1 ½0 XX ½½ ½0 ½0 ½½ 00 11 ½1 17
12  Emanuel Schiffers (Russia) 00 00 00 10 01 ½1 00 ½½ XX 11 ½1 ½1 11 ½1 17
13  Georg Marco (Austria-Hungary) / Romania 00 00 ½0 10 ½1 00 ½½ 00 ½1 10 XX 11 ½1 ½1 ½1 10 16½
14  Jackson Showalter (United States) 00 ½0 00 00 00 00 10 11 01 00 XX ½1 11 11 01 10 15
15  Carl August Walbrodt (German Empire) / Netherlands 00 00 10 00 01 10 01 ½1 00 ½0 ½0 XX 00 11 ½0 11 14½
16  Alexander Halprin (Austria-Hungary) / Russia 00 11 00 00 ½0 10 00 ½½ ½0 00 11 XX ½½ ½1 14
17  Horatio Caro (German Empire) / England 00 00 ½0 ½0 01 ½½ ½0 11 ½0 ½0 00 00 ½½ XX 11 ½1 12½
18  David Graham Baird (United States) 00 00 00 00 00 10 00 00 ½½ 01 00 00 ½0 10 ½1 00 XX ½1 8
19  Herbert William Trenchard (England) 00 00 00 00 00 00 ½½ 00 00 ½0 ½0 01 00 00 ½0 ½0 ½0 XX 5

 Adolf Schwarz (Austria-Hungary)/ Hungary withdrew after playing eight games.[5][6]

Tarrasch and Pillsbury ended equal after two cycles and had to play an extra play-off match. The additional games were played from 27 until 30 July 1898.

Vienna 1898, Play-off
# Player 1 2 3 4 Total
1 Siegbert Tarrasch 1 0 1 ½
2 Harry Pillsbury 0 1 0 ½

Tarrasch won 6000 Kronen (a lot of money), and Pillsbury 4400 Kronen.[7]

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Literature[edit]

Hugo Fähndrich: Internationales Kaiser-Jubiläums-Schachturnier, 1981, ISBN 3-283-00057-3