1914 - Lasker vs Tarrasch

1914 – Lasker vs Tarrasch

This game is from the infamous St. Petersburg International Chess Tournament of 1914. Then world champion, Emanuel Lasker plays fellow German and nemesis, Siegbert Tarrasch. Lasker was 45 years old at the time of this match and had convincingly defeated Tarrasch (+8 -3 =5) in a world championship match just six years earlier. The veteran Lasker would win the game and also go on to win the tournament. Tarrasch would place fourth behind Lasker and […]

1883 - Mason vs Bird

1883 – Mason vs Bird

Featured below is a classic game from the sixth round of the 1883 London International tournament between legendary chess greats James Mason of Ireland and Henry Edward Bird of England. Bird would play a Sicilian Defense against his opponent’s king’s pawn opening, but severely neglected his kingside defenses and Mason would eventually take advantage. GAME SOURCE: Brooklyn Chess Chronicle 1884 – Vol.2 No.5 p.75 (Analysis by Mason)

1885 - Blackburne vs Mackenzie

1885 – Blackburne vs Mackenzie

An enjoyable “Scotch Game” contested between Joseph Henry Blackburne and George Henry Mackenzie from the 1885 int’l chess tournament in Hamburg, Germany. This game was played in the second round of the tournament on July 13th, 1885.  The closely contested event was won by Blackburne (+11 -3 =3) , while Mackenzie would finish up in seventh place (+7 -4 =6). GAME SOURCE: Blackburne’s Games at Chess p.58-59. (Analysis by Blackburne)

1891 - Curtis vs Willenberg

1891 – Curtis vs Willenberg

C. Locke Curtis and F.H. Willenberg were regular mainstays in competing for the championship of the Ohio State Chess Tournament in the 1890’s.  The following is the deciding game in a tie for that state’s annual championship in 1891, played in Toledo, Ohio. GAME SOURCE: Charleston Sunday News – July 19th, 1891 (score and notes originally from the Toledo Commercial)