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Old November 25th 09, 07:51 PM posted to rec.games.chess.analysis,rec.games.chess.misc,rec.games.chess.politics,alt.chess,rec.games.chess.computer
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Default Can White Win this? Weiss vs. Chigorin New York 1889

New York 1889 was a 20 player double round robin.

As such, there were 38 rounds with 10 games each round.

However, there was an unusual special rule: If two players drew their
second game, that game did not count and they had to play a third
game. Only if their third game was also a draw did it count as a draw.

There were 48 times that this happened. The most noteworthy time was
when Max Weiss drew his second game with Chigorin. They had to play a
third game and this time Chigorin won.

Since there were 48 times when the players drew their second game,
there were 48 times that a new third game had to be played.

After Weiss and Chigorin tied for first, they had to play a four game
match. However, all four games were draws. Both players stated that
they did not want to play any more games. They wanted to go home.
Weiss had come from Vieaan Austria, Chigorin had come from St.
Petersburg, Russia.

Finally, the organizers reluctantly agreed to split the prize money,
so the tournament concluded without a decisive result.

As there were 380 games in the regular event, plus 48 extra games
because the second game had been a draw plus there was a 4 game match,
this means that there should have been 380 + 48 + 4 or 432 games.

I have collected 434 games. Right now I am trying to figure out where
the two extra games came from.

I will send the book to the printers by Midnight tonight or at the
very latest by Friday.

Sam Sloan

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Default Can White Win this? Weiss vs. Chigorin New York 1889

On 25 Nov, 19:51, samsloan wrote:

After Weiss and Chigorin tied for first, they had to play a four game
match. However, all four games were draws. Both players stated that
they did not want to play any more games. They wanted to go home.


I'm not ****ing surprised.
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