Mason, James




Ratings

Year       Rank    Edo    Dev.   Games 
1869  24  2481 (54) 22
1870  24  2474 (54) 15
1871  19  2490 (57) 0
1872  19  2506 (55) 0
1873  16  2523 (46) 23
1874  15  2530 (41) 27
1875  11  2546 (38) 31
1876  15  2525 (31) 114
1877  15  2515 (42) 0
1878  18  2505 (39) 22
1879  11  2546 (39) 27
1880  11  2556 (40) 15
1881  2576 (38) 19
1882  2617 (33) 35
1883  2614 (30) 62
1884  2605 (38) 11
1885  10  2575 (36) 27
1886  17  2535 (37) 19
1887  26  2505 (39) 9
1888  16  2533 (33) 37
1889  23  2513 (26) 89
1890  24  2501 (33) 33
1891  23  2504 (41) 0
1892  24  2507 (33) 45
1893  39  2468 (41) 5
1894  52  2431 (40) 16
1895  44  2451 (40) 21
1896  42  2446 (50) 1
1897  47  2445 (53) 0
1898  48  2444 (50) 0
1899  45  2443 (38) 26
1900  60  2420 (34) 35
1901  63  2411 (36) 18
1902  57  2414 (32) 41
1903  90  2377 (37) 24
1904  152  2317 (45) 16

Rating table notes

Biographical data
Name: Mason, James  
Born: 19 Nov. 1849
Died: 12 Jan. 1905
 
Notes:
Winter (Kings, Commoners and Knaves, p.386) cites evidence that Mason's real name was 'Patrick Dwyer', also covered in detail by van Winsen (James Mason in America, pp.7-10). Sergeant and Gaige give date of death as 15-01-1905, as does Hilbert in his book on Napier; van Winsen (p.141) says his death certificate said 12-01-1905, but indicates that many authorities give 15-01-1905 or 18-01-1905. Edgar (1893) has a member of the Liverpool Chess Club called J. Mason from 1877?
 
References
Books
   Feenstra Kuiper, 100 Jahre Schachturniere, page 272
   Feenstra Kuiper, 100 Jahre Schachzweikämpfe, page 88
   Forster, Amos Burn, page 343, 964
   Gaige, Chess Personalia, page 272
   Gilberg, Fifth American Chess Congress, page 107
   Golombek, Golombek's Encyclopedia, page 194
   Harding, Joseph Henry Blackburne, page 132, 224, 288, 578
   Hilbert, Napier, page 128
   Hilbert, Tragic Life of Leonard, page 205
   Hilbert, Young Marshall, page 95
   Hooper and Whyld, Oxford Companion (1st ed.), page 206
   Reichhelm and Shipley, Chess in Philadelphia, page 12
   Sergeant, Century of British Chess, page 172, 246
   van Winsen, James Mason in America
   van Winsen, Mackenzie, Mason and Co. II, page 42
   Winter, Kings, Commoners and Knaves, page 386
Web
   Harding, Tim.  [Who was the strongest Irish player of all time?]
   Hayes, Jim.  [James Mason 1849-1905]
   Sarah.  [James Mason]
   Sarah.  [Monte Carlo 1902 - The Players]
   Sericano, C.  [Maestri di scacchi dal 1900 al 1944]

Match data  (f=formal; c=casual; s=soft)

Mackenzie, G.H. - Mason, Ja. 1869         (f)     5.5   -   3.5      Mackenzie, G.H. gave odds of pawn and move
Elson, J. - Mason, Ja. 1870         (c)     1   -   0
Mason, Ja. - Delmar, E. (1) 1873 (1)         (f)     7.5   -   1.5
Mason, Ja. - Delmar, E. (1) 1873 (2)         (f)     8.5   -   5.5
Mason, Ja. - Martinez, D.M. 1874         (f)     5   -   4
Mason, Ja. - Elson, J. 1874         (c)     3   -   0
Reichhelm, G.C. - Mason, Ja. 1874         (c)     3.5   -   2.5
Hosmer, H. - Mason, Ja. 1874         (c)     3   -   2
Delmar, E. (1) - Mason, Ja. 1874         (f)     2.5   -   1.5
Mason, Ja. - Martinez, D.M. 1875 (1)         (c)     3   -   0
Mason, Ja. - Martinez, D.M. 1875 (2)         (c)     1.5   -   3.5
Mason, Ja. - Elson, J. 1875         (c)     5.5   -   2.5
Mason, Ja. - Judd, M. 1875         (c)     1   -   1
Mason, Ja. - Alberoni, E. 1875         (f)     8.5   -   2.5
Mason, Ja. - Bird, H.E. 1876 (1)         (f)     13   -   6
Mason, Ja. - Bird, H.E. 1876 (2)         (c)     7   -   21
Mason, Ja. - Judd, M. 1876         (c)     3   -   2
Mason, Ja. - Blackburne, J.H. 1879         (f)     2   -   1
Mason, Ja. - Potter, W.N. 1879         (f)     10.5   -   10.5
Mason, Ja. - Barnes, A.P. 1881         (c)     1.5   -   0.5
Mason, Ja. - Mackenzie, G.H. 1882         (f)     2   -   1
Mason, Ja. - Fisher, B.W. 1883         (f)     5   -   2      Mason, Ja. gave odds of a knight
Mason, Ja. - Rynd, J.A.P. 1888         (f)     2.5   -   2.5

Tournament data

New York 1869 (5)     4th Cafe Europa Tournament    
  Mason, Ja. - Mackenzie, G.H.     0.5 - 2.5    
  Mason, Ja. - Brenzinger, F.E.     2 - 0    
  Mason, Ja. - Delmar, E. (1)     2 - 0    
  Mason, Ja. - Wernich, H.     1 - 1    
  Mason, Ja. - Perrin, F.     2 - 0    
  Mason, Ja. - Stanley, C.H.     2 - 0    
New York 1870 (2)     Brooklyn Club Tournament     11.5  /  15
New York 1875     Cafe International Tournament    
  Mason, Ja. - Perrin, F.     2 - 0    
New York 1876 (1)     Cafe International Tournament     19.5  /  27
Philadelphia 1876     4th American Chess Congress     12.5  /  16
New York 1876 (2)     Clipper Tournament     16  /  19
Paris 1878     Paris International Chess Congress     8.5  /  22
London, England 1879 (1)     Lowenthal Tourney, 1st Class     1.5  /  3
Wiesbaden 1880 (1)     Wiesbaden Meisterturnier     9.5  /  15
London, England 1881 (1)     City of London - Saint George's Club Match    
  Mason, Ja. - Hirschfeld, P.M.     1 - 0    
Berlin 1881 (1)     2nd German Chess Federation Congress - Meisterturnier     9.5  /  16
London, England 1881 (4)     City of London Club First Class - Fourth Class Match    
  Mason, Ja. - Wills, E.     1 - 0          Mason, Ja. gave odds of a knight
Vienna 1882 (2)     Vienna International Tournament     21  /  32
London, England 1883 (5)     London Tournament     21  /  38
Nuremberg 1883 (5)     3rd German Chess Federation Congress - Meisterturnier     11  /  17
London, England 1884 (10)     Simpson's Divan Handicap - Section B     7.5  /  8
London, England 1884 (11)     Simpson's Divan Handicap Play-off    
  Mason, Ja. - Guest, A.A.G.     2 - 1          Mason, Ja. gave odds of pawn and move
Hamburg 1885 (6)     4th German Chess Federation Congress - Meisterturnier     11.5  /  17
Hereford 1885 (7)     15th Counties Chess Association Meeting - Master Tournament     5.5  /  10
London, England 1886 (2)     British Chess Club Master Tourney     3.5  /  7
London, England 1886 (5)     2nd British Chess Association Congress - Master Tourney     7  /  12
London, England 1887 (4)     3rd British Chess Association Congress - Master Tournament     3  /  9
London, England 1888 (3)     Simpson's Divan Handicap Tournament     13.5  /  15
Bradford 1888 (1)     British Chess Association Tournament - Master Section     12  /  17
Dublin 1889 (1)     3rd Irish Chess Association Congress     5.5  /  7
New York 1889 (2)     6th American Chess Congress     26.5  /  47
Breslau 1889 (3)     6th German Chess Federation Congress - Meisterturnier     9  /  17
Amsterdam 1889 (2)     Amsterdam International - Meisterturnier     5.5  /  8
London, England 1889 (5)     5th British Chess Association Tournament     5.5  /  10
London, England 1890 (4)     Simpson's Divan Handicap     10  /  14
Manchester 1890 (1)     6th British Chess Association Tournament - Master Section     11.5  /  19
London, England 1892 (4)     7th British Chess Association Congress - Master Tournament     7.5  /  11
London, England 1892 (5)     British Chess Club Invitational Tournament     4  /  8
Dresden 1892 (1)     7th German Chess Federation Congress - Meisterturnier     10  /  17
Belfast 1892 (1)     North of Ireland Congress     5.5  /  9
London, England 1893 (1)     Black and White Tourney     3  /  5
Leipzig 1894 (1)     9th German Chess Federation Congress - Meisterturnier     4.5  /  16
Hastings 1895 (7)     Hastings International Congress - Master's Tournament     9.5  /  21
London, England 1896 (4)     Divan Chess Association - City of London Club Match    
  Mason, Ja. - Bellingham, G.E.H.     1 - 0    
London, England 1899 (3)     London Major Tournament     11  /  26
London, England 1900 (1)     City of London Club Invitational Tournament     9  /  12
Paris 1900     Paris International Tournament     8  /  23
Monte Carlo 1901     Monte Carlo Tournament     6.5  /  17
London, England and New York 1901     6th Anglo-American Cable Match    
  Mason, Ja. - Showalter, J.W.     1 - 0    
Monte Carlo 1902     Monte Carlo International Tournament     11  /  23
London, England and New York 1902     7th Anglo-American Cable Match    
  Mason, Ja. - Barry, J.F.     0.5 - 0.5    
Hanover 1902 (1)     13th German Chess Federation Congress - Meisterturnier     5.5  /  17
Monte Carlo 1903     Monte Carlo Tournament     10.5  /  26
London, England 1904 (4)     City of London Club Tournament     5  /  16


Player information updated: 25 Dec. 2021