London Vizayanagaram 1883

(1) Benima,M. Levi (NED) - Lord,John [C62]
London Vizayanagaram Criterion, 1883
[Tourn book #289; Manchester Weekly Post]

Tournament book #289; Manchester Weekly Post, 26 Jan 1884 saying the brief notes in the tournament book have been specially extended for the Post by Mr Lord. 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 d6 4.Bxc6+ bxc6 5.d4 Nf6 Original, as far as I know, and better, I think, than exchanging pawns at once. 6.dxe5 Nxe4 7.exd6 cxd6 [I refrained from making the tempting move of 7...Bxd6 , seeing that my game was thoroughly good by the move made.] 8.0-0 Be7 9.Re1 f5 10.Qe2 d5 [If 10...0-0 11.Qc4+ and wins a P, of course.] 11.Ne5 Leading only to destruction. 11...Qb6 12.c3 There is no good move. 12...0-0 [If 12...Ba6 the reply would still be 13.Be3 ] 13.Be3 Qc7 14.f4 To prevent ...f4, I presume. 14...Bd6 15.Nd3 Ba6 16.g3 Rae8 [Better than the tempting move of 16...Nc5 , for he would only reply with 17.Bxc5 and the game might be continued 17...Bxc5+ 18.Kg2 Rae8 19.Qd2 Black having no decisive advantage.] 17.Qd1 c5 18.Nf2 [If 18.Ne5 then 18...Bxe5 19.Qxd5+ Kh8 20.fxe5 Bb7 followed by ...Qc6 etc.] 18...Qc6 19.Qf3 [19.Nxe4 might have led to the following continuation:- 19...Rxe4 20.Nd2 d4 21.Nxe4 Bb7 and Black, I think, has a winning position.] 19...Bb7 20.a3 [20.Nxe4 now would avail him nothing, for Balck would retake with R 20...Rxe4 afterwards pushing on the d-pawn, whilst; 20.Nd2 would lose a piece by 20...d4 etc.; 20.Na3 would be answered by 20...Re6 , threatening again to play ...d4 and to double the rooks according to circumstances.] 20...d4 21.cxd4 Nxf2 22.Qxc6 Nh3+ 23.Kg2 Bxc6+ 24.Kxh3 Re6 25.g4 Rfe8 26.Nd2 Rxe3+ 27.Rxe3 Rxe3+ 28.Kh4 Be7+ 29.g5 Bg2 0-1

(2) Lord,John - Vansittart,C Bexley [C59]
London Vizayanagaram, 1883
[Manchester Weekly Post, 31 May 1884]

Manchester Weekly Post, 31 May 1884 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Ng5 d5 5.exd5 Na5 6.Bb5+ c6 7.dxc6 bxc6 8.Be2 h6 9.Nf3 e4 10.Ne5 Qc7 11.d4 [11.f4 Wayte] 11...Bd6 12.Ng4 Mr Lord said he hoped to get an atack if Black played to win back his P. [12.f4 exf3 13.Nxf3 Bg4 advantage to Black according to Wayte] 12...Bxg4 13.Bxg4 0-0 [If 13...Bxh2 then 14.Bf5 and Black cannot safely castle. 14...Rd8 seems best, and then the game becomes extremely complicated. The move made seems to leave White with a safe game,] 14.g3 Nxg4 15.Qxg4 f5 16.Qe2 Rae8 17.Nc3 Qb6 18.Nd1 Qxd4 19.Be3 Qb4+ 20.c3 Qb8 21.Qa6 Not so good as [21.b4 which would recover the pawn safely, for if 21...Bxb4 then 22.Rb1 etc.] 21...Qb5 22.Qxb5 Finding out too late that the P cannot be taken by the Q [22.Qxa7 without immediate loss of material by 22...c5 ] 22...cxb5 23.Ke2 [If 23.Bxa7 then 23...Ra8 24.Bd4 "B moves" 24...Nb3 etc.] 23...a6 24.f4 exf3+ 25.Kxf3 Nc4 26.Bf4 Bxf4 27.gxf4 Re6 28.b3 Nd2+ 29.Kg3 Rfe8 30.Rg1 Rg6+ 31.Kf2 Rxg1 32.Kxg1 Re4 [Black should have played 32...Nf3+ and then would have followed 33.Kg2 Ne1+ 34.Kf1 "K moves" 34...Nd3 with a good game.] 33.Kf2 Re6 34.Rc1 Ne4+ 35.Kg2 Rg6+ Vansittart was now editor of the Nuovo Rivista degli Scacchi in Rome. 1/2-1/2

(3) Ensor,F. Sidney - Von Bardeleben,Curt [C33]
London Vizayanagaram Criterion, 1883
[Tourn book #245]

Tourn book #245 1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.d4 Qh4+ 4.Ke2 d5 5.exd5 Bd6 [5...Bg4+ 6.Nf3 Nd7 7.c4 0-0-0 8.Kd2 Ngf6 ; 5...Qe7+!? /\6.Kf2 Qh4+ 7.Ke2 Qe7+ drawing] 6.c4 b6 7.Nf3 Bg4 8.Kd2 Bxf3 9.Qxf3 Nd7 10.a3 a5 11.Nc3 Ne7 12.Kc2 0-0 13.Bd3 Ng6 14.Bd2 Qf6 15.Ne4 Qxd4 16.Bc3 Qe3 17.Qxe3 [17.Qh5 A. Guest, Morning Post] 17...fxe3 18.Rae1? [18.Nxd6 cxd6 19.Rae1 idea Bd4 recovering pawn] 18...Bf4 19.g3 Bh6 20.Bd4 Rae8 21.h4 Nge5 22.Bxe3 Nxd3 23.Kxd3 Ne5+ 24.Kc3 Nf3 25.Bxh6! Nxe1 26.Rxe1 f5 27.Nf6+ gxf6 28.Rf1 Rf7 29.Rxf5 Re5 30.Rf3 f5 31.Rd3 Re4 32.b4 axb4+ 33.axb4 Rd7 34.Rf3?! b5! 35.Rxf5 Rxc4+ 36.Kb3 Rf7 37.Rg5+ Kh8 38.Re5 Rf3+ 39.Ka2 Rxg3 40.d6 cxd6 41.Rxb5 Rxh4 42.Bc1 Rh2+ 43.Kb1 Rg1 44.Rb6 d5 45.Rc6 Rh4 46.Rb6 Rc4 0-1

(4) Fisher,Bernard W - Von Bardeleben,Curt [B45]
London Vizayanagaram Criterion, 1883
[Tourn book #243]

More notes by Gattie in the tournament book #243 p311 (not in the BCM reprint) 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.Nc3 Nc6 4.d4 cxd4 5.Nxd4 Nf6 6.Nxc6 bxc6 7.Bd3 [>=7.e5 ] 7...d5 8.exd5 cxd5 9.Bg5 Be7 10.0-0 0-0 11.a3? [11.Bf4 ] 11...Bb7 [11...e5? 12.Bxf6 Bxf6 13.Nxd5 ] 12.Kh1? [12.Bf4 ] 12...e5 13.f3 h6 14.Bh4 Nh5 15.Bf2 Nf4 16.Bg3 [>=16.Re1 ] 16...Bg5 17.Re1 Re8 18.Ne2 Qf6 19.Bxf4 Bxf4 20.Bb5 [>=20.Nxf4 ] 20...Red8 21.c3 e4 22.Nd4? [22.Nxf4 ] 22...Qh4 23.g3 Bxg3 24.Re2 exf3 25.Nxf3 d4 26.Rg2 Qh5 27.Nxd4 Bxg2+ 28.Kxg2 Qxh2+ 29.Kf3 Qf2+ 30.Ke4 Qf4+ 31.Kd3 Qf5+ 32.Kc4 Qd5+ 0-1

(5) MacDonnell,George Alcock rev - Von Bardeleben,Curt [B40]
London Vizayanagaram Criterion, 11.05.1883
[Tourn book #244; ISDN 17 Nov 1883]

Tourn book #244; ISDN 17 Nov 1883: "Von Bardeleben came fresh to the scene of action at seven o'clock in the evening, whereas his opponent had been engaged in an arduous contest for five hours previously, on the same day." 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Bd3 Nc6 6.Nxc6 bxc6 7.0-0 d5 8.e5 Nd7 9.f4 Bc5+ 10.Kh1 0-0 11.Nc3 a6 12.Rf3 f5 13.Ne2 Ba7 14.b4 c5 15.c3 cxb4 16.cxb4 Bb7 17.Rh3 Rf7 18.Bb2 Nf8 19.Nd4 Rc8 20.Qe2 Qb6 21.a3 Rfc7 22.Rf1+/- g6 23.Nb3 [23.g4! Gattie] 23...Qc6 24.Na5 MacDonnell: ""a move, specious at best, which being badly followed up, proves utterly disastrous." 24...Qa4! TB: A clever artifice, which should not, however, have succeeded against a player of Mr. MacDonnell's strength. 25.Nxb7 TB: White plays in evident unconsciousness of the trap laid for him. [>=25.Qd1 ] 25...Rxb7 26.Bxa6? MacDonnell: "Inconsiderate and fatal. [26.g4 would have given White a splendid attack, if not ultimate victory."; 26.Qd1= Tournament book] 26...Rc2 27.Qd3 Rb6 28.Bd4 Rxa6 29.Bxa7 Rxa7 30.b5?! Rb2 31.Qc3 Qxb5 32.Rhf3 Ra2 33.Rc1 R2xa3 34.Qxa3 Rxa3 35.Rxa3 Qb4 36.Rf3 Nd7 37.h3 Nb6 38.Rc7 Nc4 0-1

(6) Fisher,Bernard W - MacDonnell,George Alcock rev [B23]
London Vizayanagaram Criterion, 1883
[Tourn book #249; ISDN]

Tourn book #249; also in the Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News, 21 July 1883 to White's 40th move only. 1.e4 c5 2.f4 Nc6 3.Nc3 e6 4.Nf3 d5 5.e5 f5 6.Bb5 Bd7 7.Bxc6 bxc6 8.d3 Be7 9.Ne2 Nh6 10.Bd2 Rb8 11.b3 Nf7 12.c4 Bc8 13.Nc3 Kd7? 14.Na4 d4 15.Qc1 Rg8 16.Qa3 Qf8 17.g3 Bb7 18.Ke2 h6 19.h4 Kc8? 20.Rag1 g5 21.hxg5 hxg5 22.fxg5 Qg7 23.Bf4 Rh8 24.Nxd4 Nxg5 25.Rxh8+ Qxh8 26.Nf3 Nxf3 27.Kxf3 Qh5+ MacDonnell criticised his 27th but White seems clearly better. 28.Kf2 Qh2+ 29.Rg2 Qh1 30.Qc1 Qh8 31.Kg1 Qd8 32.Qe3 Qa5 33.Qf2 Kd7 34.Be3 Qc7 35.Bxc5 Qxe5 36.Bxa7 Rd8 37.Bb6 Ra8 38.Bd4 Qa5 39.Nb6+ Kc7 40.Nxa8+ Bxa8 41.Qe3 c5 42.Be5+ Kd7 43.Re2 Qb6 44.d4 Qc6 45.d5 exd5 46.cxd5 Qg6 47.Bf4 Qh7 48.Qe6+ Kd8 49.Rh2 Qg7 50.Be5 Gattie wrote that he would have hesitated to include the game in his selection, since MacDonnell played so badly, but it was sent to him by the second prize winner Fisher of whose games he could find few specimens. 1-0

(7) Gunsberg,Isidor Arthur - Piper,Thomas Henry [D05]
London Vizayanagaram Criterion, 1883
[Tourn book #258; Harding]

tourn book #258 has notes by Minchin, but these notes are mostly by Tim Harding for his book 'Eminent Victorian Chess Players.' (Some notes have been added since.) 1.d4 e6 2.Nf3 d5 3.e3 Nf6 4.Be2 As played by Blackburne against Chigorin at Berlin 1881, but the bishop would be posted more aggressively on d3. [4.Bd3 ] 4...Be7 5.0-0 0-0 6.c4 c5 7.b3 b6 8.Bb2 Bb7 9.Nbd2 Nbd7 10.Rc1 Rc8 By copying his opponent's formation, the Greenwich amateur has achieved a more or less equal position. Gunsberg chooses a move that induces Black to diverge from that strategy. 11.Ne5!? Diagram 11...Nxe5 [11...Ne4? 12.Nxe4 dxe4 (12...Nxe5? 13.Nxc5 and Black bust break symmetry because if 13...Nxc4 14.Nxb7 Nxb2 15.Nxd8 Nxd1 16.Rxc8 ) ; 11...cxd4! would pose an awkward choice 12.Bxd4 (12.exd4 dxc4 and White will have to accept hanging pawns or an isolated d-pawn.) 12...Nxe5 13.Bxe5 when White's piece co-ordination is poor] 12.dxe5 Nd7?! Gunsberg's bluff succeeds and he now obtains the initiative. [12...Ne4 would be the way to attempt to continue symmetrical play, although instead of taking the knight White would probably play 13.Rc2 ] 13.cxd5 exd5 14.f4 White's major pieces will now come into play and Black can only defend. 14...Re8 15.Bd3 Nf8 16.Qg4 Rc7 TH: This move was criticized by Minchin. 17.Rf3!? TH: This got a ! from Minchin [17.Nf3! ] 17...Bc8 [17...c4! 18.Rg3 g6 ] 18.f5 Bg5 [18...a6 is better, to rule out Bb5 in some variations.] 19.Rg3 Bh6 19...f6 is the lesser evil. 20.Qh5 Kh8 Diagram 21.e6!? This renews the threat of Qxh6 but is not the most precise way to pursue the attack. [21.Rd1 is a good preparatory move, placing the rook vis-a-vis the black queen and eliminating the looseness on the c1-h6 diagonal which could allow Black some counterplay. 21...d4!? 22.Nc4 ; 21.f6 is another forcing continuation, threatening 22 e6. After the probably best reply 21...Be6 White can if he wishes win the exchange by 22.Bb5 ] 21...fxe6? Black overlooks the threat, losing a piece, and so justifies White's choice of move. The rest is easy for Gunsberg. [21...d4! puts up the best fight, by closing the long dark diagonal. Yet White retains excellent winning chances, e.g. 22.Rf1 Improving the piece that is contributing the least (RR22.Nc4 was Gunsberg's idea but Minchin does not see any certain victory.) 22...fxe6 (22...f6 is sounder but 23.Nc4 threatens Nd6!) 23.f6! e5 (23...Bxe3+ loses a piece because after 24.Rxe3 the recapture 24...dxe3 allows mate by 25.fxg7+ Rxg7 26.Rxf8+ Rxf8 27.Qxh7# ) 24.fxg7+ Bxg7 25.Ne4 Ree7 (25...Re6 26.Ng5 and Black soon loses at least the exchange) 26.Qh4 followed by Ng5, with an enormous attack in return for the sacrificed pawn.; 21...f6 does not create a real blockade. White has two possible combinative continuations: 22.Bb5 when after (22.Bxf6!? Bxe3+ (22...Qxf6 23.Qxe8 ) 23.Rxe3 gxf6 24.Qh6 when White clearly stands much better but has no immediate win.) 22...Ree7 The only way to avoid immediate loss of material, but allowing the pretty 23.Qxh6! and if 23...gxh6? 24.Bxf6+ Rg7 25.Bxd8 ] 22.Qxh6 d4 23.Qh5 e5 24.exd4 exd4 25.Ne4 Re5 26.Ng5 Qe7 27.Nxh7 Nxh7 28.Qxh7+ Kxh7 29.f6+ Kh8 30.fxe7 Rcxe7 31.Bxd4 Rd5 32.Rf1 Kg8 33.Bc4 1-0

(8) Minchin,James Innes - Lord,John [A04]
London Vizayanagaram Criterion, 1883
[Tourn book #288]

Notes by Minchin in Tourn book #288 1.Nf3 f5 2.e3 e6 3.d4 Nf6 4.Be2 b6 5.0-0 Bb7 6.c4 c5 7.Nc3 cxd4 8.exd4 Bb4 9.a3 Bxc3 10.bxc3 h6 11.d5 exd5 12.Nd4 0-0 13.Nxf5 Ne4 14.Bg4 dxc4 15.Qd4 Qf6 16.Qxc4+ d5 17.Qd4 Qxd4 18.cxd4 Nc6 19.f3 Nf6 20.Bb2 Kh7 21.Nd6 Ba6 22.Rfc1 Na5 23.Bf5+ Kh8 24.Rc7 Nc4 25.Nxc4 Bxc4 26.Bg6 Bb5 27.Rac1 Bd7 28.Bc3 Be8 29.Bd3 a5 30.Rb7 Nd7 31.Bb5 Rf7 32.Bd2 Re7 33.Rcc7 Rd8 34.Kf2?! Minchin blamed being called away to a committee meeting and being short of time when he returned, with his concentration broken. [34.Bf4 ] 34...Kg8 35.Bc6 Kf8 36.Bf4 Nc5 37.Rxe7 Nxb7 38.Rxe8+ Rxe8 39.Bxb7 Ke7 40.Bc7 Ke6 41.Ba6 Kf7 42.Bd3? [42.Be5+- idea a4] 42...Rc8! 43.Bxb6 Rc3 44.Ke2 Rxa3 45.Kd2 a4 46.Bc5 Ra1 47.Bc2 a3 48.Kc3 a2 49.Ba3 [49.Kb2 Rc1!-+ ] 49...Rb1 50.Bb2 a1Q 51.Bxa1 Rxa1 52.Bf5 Rh1 53.h4 Rxh4 54.Kb4 Rxd4+ 0-1

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