Saint Petersburg 1881

Crosstable scores
Name   Edo    Dev.   Score  /  Games   
Chigorin, Mikhail    2537 (39) 11.5 / 15 
Alapin, Semyon    2434 (60) 11.5 / 15 
Match scores
Name   Edo    Dev.   Score  /  Games 
Chigorin, Mikhail    2537 (39) 2 /
Alapin, Semyon    2434 (60) 1 /

Event table notes

Event data
Name: Saint Petersburg Tournament
Place: Saint Petersburg
Start date: 1880
End date: 1881
Only partial results available. The British Chess Magazine says that Chigorin beat Alapin in a play-off since they tied for first in the tournament. The other players were Bezkrowny (or Beskrovny), Clemenz, Ourjoumsky and Schiffers, though Bezkrowny withdrew at some stage because of ill health. The biography of Chigorin by Jimmy Adams gives the result of the play-off match as +2-1=0 for Chigorin, and indicates that Chigorin and Alapin both scored 11.5 in the main tournament. However, it is not clear what this score means. It might have been 11.5 out of 15 in a triple-round all-play-all with 6 players, if Bezkrowny's results were included (and the games he didn't play counted against him), or it could have been 11.5 out of 16 in a quadruple-round all-play-all with 5 players, if Bezkrowny's results were cancelled from the official scores or if he didn't play at all. Or neither of these might be correct. But since it is clear that Alapin and Chigorin tied, I will guess at a score of 11.5/15 for each in the main tournament, in order to have their equal score count for the ratings. Di Felice gives the play-off as a match result.
   Adams, Mikhail Chigorin, page 29, 377
   Di Felice, Chess Results, 1747-1900, page 82
   [ILN], vol. 1, Apr. 1881, page 114
   Sarah.  [Lesser known games of Prince Dadian]

Tournament information updated: 5 Sept. 2020