Baden-Baden 1870

Crosstable scores
Name   Edo    Dev.   Score  /  Games   
Anderssen, Adolf    2690 (44) 11 / 16 
Steinitz, Wilhelm    2725 (44) 12.5 / 18 
Neumann, Gustav    2665 (49) 10 / 16 
Blackburne, Joseph    2572 (39) 10 / 16 
Paulsen, Louis    2615 (45) 6.5 / 15 
de Vere, Cecil    2538 (41) 4.5 / 14 
Winawer, Szymon    2556 (51) 6.5 / 16 
Rosenthal, Samuel    2536 (44) 5 / 12 
Minckwitz, Johannes    2483 (46) 5 / 15 
Stern, Adolf    2276 (84) 0 /

Event table notes

Event data
Name: Baden-Baden Tournament
Place: Baden-Baden
Start date: 18 July 1870
End date: 4 Aug. 1870
Gaige, Di Felice, Feenstra Kuiper, Renette and Zavatarelli, and La Grande Storia degli Scacchi are all in agreement with regard to the results, though Gaige does not include Stern, only indicating that some sources score all of his games to his opponents. Feenstra Kuiper and Di Felice indicate that Stern withdrew after playing 2 opponents, and that his scores were struck out, despite his having drawn one against Steinitz and won one against von Minckwitz. The Illustrated London News (Aug. 6) indicates that Stern lost both games against von Minckwitz and then after two rounds had a score of +0-4=0. The Westminster Papers (1 Aug. 1870, vol.3, p.49) also says Stern lost both against Minckwitz, and on p.58 shows a score of +0-4=0 for Stern. Feenstra Kuiper and Di Felice show a win and a loss for Stern against Minckwitz. The Field of 24 Sep. 1870 gives a game in which Stern lost to Minckwitz by exceeding the time limit, but then they played the game out and Stern won. But this was officially a loss, and I record it as such. Tim Harding tells me (from the Deutsche Schachzeitung, Dec. 1870, pp.313-314) that the game recorded as a draw between Stern and Steinitz was actually lost by Stern on time. Then they played the game out and Stern obtained a draw, but Steinitz cannot be considered to have been playing seriously at that point, and it was officially a loss for Stern, so I will record it as such. Renette and Zavatarelli also show two losses for Stern against Minckwitz and also against Steinitz. The Illustrated London News of 27 Aug. 1870 (p.227) and the Era of 28 Aug. 1870 (p.7) give the complete crosstable with the 5 defaulted games scored as if played, and gives Stern 0 across the board. These two sources also have an inconsistency in giving the 2nd Anderssen-Winawer game as a win for Winawer in one place and a draw in the other. Other sources give it as a win for Winawer. Harding also says that in one of the Paulsen-de Vere games, Paulsen overstepped the time limit, but de Vere refused to claim the win. They were then allowed to replay their game and Paulsen won. I will ignore the initial, uncounted game. Feenstra Kuiper, Gaige, Di Felice, and Renette and Zavatarelli all indicate that Rosenthal lost both games by default against de Vere as well as Minckwitz, and Minckwitz lost one by default against Paulsen. These forfeits are not mentioned in the Illustrated London News, the Era, the Westminster Papers or the Chess Players' Quarterly Chronicle. The Westminster Papers of 1 Sep. 1870 (vol.3, p.72), while critical of other contemporary reports, has a crosstable that shows a win and a draw for Steinitz against Rosenthal, but two losses for Rosenthal against Steinitz, and thus a faulty total for Rosenthal. The Chess Players' Quarterly Chronicle simply reproduces part of the report from the Westminster Papers.
   Di Felice, Chess Results, 1747-1900, page 50
   Feenstra Kuiper, 100 Jahre Schachturniere, page 23, 203
   Gaige, Chess Tournament Crosstables I, page 11
   Harding, Joseph Henry Blackburne, page 72
   Harding, Steinitz in London, page 185, 193
   Reichhelm and Shipley, Chess in Philadelphia, page 142
   Renette and Zavatarelli, Neumann, Hirschfeld and Suhle, page 323, 335
   Sergeant, Century of British Chess, page 153
   [CPQC], vol. 2, no. 5, Oct. 1870, page 153
   [Era], vol. 32, no. 1648, 24 Apr. 1870, page 4
   [Era], vol. 32, no. 1661, 7 Aug. 1870, page 7
   [Era], vol. 32, no. 1662, 14 Aug. 1870, page 7
   [Era], vol. 32, no. 1664, 28 Aug. 1870, page 7
   [Fld], 6 Aug. 1870
   [Fld], 27 Aug. 1870
   [Fld], 24 Sep. 1870
   [ILN], vol. 57, no. 1607, 6 Aug. 1870, page 155
   [ILN], vol. 57, no. 1610, 27 Aug. 1870, page 227
   [ILN], vol. 57, no. 1611, 3 Sep. 1870, page 259
   [PDEB], 16 Sep. 1870
   [TFF], 26 Aug. 1870
   [TFF], 16 Sep. 1870
   [WP], vol. 3, no. 25, 2 May 1870, page 4
   [WP], vol. 3, no. 28, 1 Aug. 1870, page 49, 58
   [WP], vol. 3, no. 29, 1 Sep. 1870, page 72
   Sericano, C.  [Baden-Baden 1870]

Tournament information updated: 3 Apr. 2022