Vienna 1873




Results
 
Crosstable scores
Name   Edo    Dev.   Score  /  Games   
Blackburne, Joseph    2620 (40) 21.5 / 30 
Steinitz, Wilhelm    2777 (44) 20.5 / 25 
Anderssen, Adolf    2619 (43) 19 / 30 
Rosenthal, Samuel    2569 (45) 15 / 25 
Paulsen, Louis    2585 (45) 14 / 25 
Bird, Henry    2521 (35) 14.5 / 24 
Heral, Josef    2408 (54) 12 / 31 
Fleissig, Maximilian    2433 (51) 10.5 / 27 
Meitner, Philipp    2456 (51) 8.5 / 25 
Schwarz, Adolf    2395 (49) 10.5 / 30 
Gelbfuhs, Oscar    2408 (51) 10 / 29 
Pitschel, Karl    2292 (52) 5 / 21 
 
 
Match scores
Name   Edo    Dev.   Score  /  Games 
Steinitz, Wilhelm    2777 (44) 2 /
Blackburne, Joseph    2620 (40) 0 /
 

Event table notes

Event data
Name: Vienna International Tournament
Place: Vienna
Start date: 21 July 1873
End date: 29 Aug. 1873
 
Notes:
12-player all-play-all, with a match for best of 3 games in each pairing. Scoring was by number of matches won and drawn, not number of games, so since Steinitz and Blackburne each won 10 matches, they played a play-off match for 1st prize. There are discrepancies and ambiguities in how the defaulted games are reported. Feenstra Kuiper and La Grande Storia degli Scacchi give all games as if played and makes no indication that some were defaulted. Gaige indicates that there were defaults in the Fleissig-Meitner match, but is not clear whether all were defaulted (in which case why 011 for Fleissig?) or just the first and third games were defaulted; Di Felice indicates that just the first and third games were defaulted. Gaige also indicates that Pitschel's matches against Rosenthal, Paulsen and Meitner involved defaults but again it is unclear whether he means that one or both games were defaulted by Pitschel in each case; Di Felice indicates that both were defaulted in each case. The Field (from personal communication with Tim Harding) says that Pitschel did not play his last 3 rounds and so defaulted 2 games against each of those opponents. Feenstra Kuiper, Gaige and Di Felice give the start date as 19 July 1873. The Illustrated London News of 12 July 1873 says the tournament is to start 20 July 1873. The Field says that play actually began on 21 July 1873.
 
References
Books
   Di Felice, Chess Results, 1747-1900, page 56
   Feenstra Kuiper, 100 Jahre Schachturniere, page 24, 203
   Forster, Amos Burn, page 82
   Gaige, Chess Tournament Crosstables I, page 17
   Reichhelm and Shipley, Chess in Philadelphia, page 142
   Sergeant, Century of British Chess, page 162
Periodicals
   [ILN], vol. 63, 12 July 1873, page 47
   [ILN], vol. 63, 30 Aug. 1873, page 207
   [ILN], vol. 63, 6 Sep. 1873, page 231
Web
   Sericano, C.  [Vienna 1873]