Philadelphia 1875




Results
 
Crosstable scores
Name   Edo    Dev.   Score  /  Games    Class 
Neill, Benjamin    2499 (59) 40 / 52 
Roberts, James    2367 (60) 38.5 / 52 
Elson, Jacob    2425 (44) 37.5 / 52 
Kaiser, Julius    2150 (123) 37 / 52 
Davidson, Harry    2448 (54) 35 / 52 
Fisher, H.A.    2085 (142) 34.5 / 52 
Savage, F.    2074 (142) 33.5 / 52 
Roberts, Albert    2353 (59) 32 / 52 
Stout, George    2076 (129) 30.5 / 52 
Russell, S.F.    30 / 52 
Sayen, William    2233 (74) 29 / 52 
Barbour, Lorenzo    2304 (55) 29 / 52 
Hewes, G.W.    2004 (143) 27 / 52 
Fisher, James    24.5 / 52 
 
  Odds for class difference of 1: pawn and two moves
  Odds for class difference of 2: a knight
  Odds for class difference of 3: a rook
  Odds for class difference of 4: rook and move
 

Event table notes

Event data
Name: Philadelphia Chess Club Tournament
Place: Philadelphia
Start date: 1875
End date: 10 May 1875
 
Notes:
Partial results available. Reichhelm gives only total scores and handicap classes for 14 of the players, but lists all 27 players in the tournament. The scores are consistent with a 27-player, double-round all-play-all, which I will assume. The players for whom Reichhelm lists information fall into classes A, B, D and E, with class B players receiving odds of Pawn and 2 moves (presumably from class A), class D receiving Rook odds. Two class E player are listed, one (S.F. Russell) receiving Rook and move odds (from class A), the other (W.H. Helmbold) receiving Rook and Knight odds. This makes it difficult to know what odds these players received from the other classes. We can deduce that differences of 1, 2, and 3 classes were associated with odds of Pawn and 2 moves, Knight, and Rook. But it is unclear whether Helmbold received greater odds than Russell from other classes. Therefore, I have left Helmbold out of the 'available' results (he scored 26 and came 14th). Dates are not given by Reichhelm, but it is mentioned in the Westminster Papers of Apr. 1, 1875 that the tournament was in progress, and in the Illustrated London News of 12 June 1875 that it was finished. The American Chess Magazine of May 1875 (p.28) says that it was scheduled to finish on the 10th of that month.
 
References
Books
   Reichhelm and Shipley, Chess in Philadelphia, page 32
Periodicals
   [ACMa], vol. 1, May 1875, page 28
   [ILN], vol. 66, 12 June 1875, page 571
   [WP], vol. 7, 1 Apr. 1875, page 239

Tournament information updated: 22 Jul. 2020