Melbourne 1913 (2)




Results
 
Crosstable scores
Name   Edo    Dev.   Score  /  Games   
Gundersen, Gunnar    2245 (47) 11 / 13 
Watson, Charles    2304 (59) 10 / 12 
Grant, Henry    2120 (56) 7 / 12 
Erskine, John    2029 (56) 5.5 / 12 
Steele, Charles    2130 (51) 3 /
Wicks, W.    1842 (76) 2 / 11 
Rainey, Archibald    1872 (70) 1 / 10 
Stanley, John    1932 (73) 2.5 /
 
 
Match scores
Name   Edo    Dev.   Score  /  Games 
Watson, Charles    2304 (59) 2.5 /
Gundersen, Gunnar    2245 (47) 1.5 /
 

Event table notes

Event data
Name: Melbourne Club King's Gambit Tournament
Place: Melbourne
Start date: 1 Oct. 1912
End date: Mar. 1913
 
Notes:
All games had to start 1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf. It was a double-round all-play-all, so each player played both sides of the King's Gambit against each other player. The completion of the main tournament was reported in the 11 Jan. 1913 issue of the Australasian. Di Felice gives the end date of the main tournament as 31 Dec. 1912, but the reports of 28 Dec. 1912 give results only after 5 of the 7 games of round 2, and up until then only one game was played each week, so it seems likely that it extended into the new year. The 1 Feb. 1913 issue of the Australasian said that the play-off match started on 29 Jan. 1913. Di Felice says it started 5 Feb. 1913. The report of the 4th and final game of the play-off appeared in the 15 Mar. 1913 issue of the Weekly Times (also the Australasian of the same date). A full crosstable can be determined from the contemporary newspaper reports with almost complete certainty. The last few rounds have to be filled in by deduction from known information, but this can be done unambiguously (apart from the possibility of additional forfeits that are not mentioned). Stanley withdrew after playing all his first round games, and forfeited all his second round games. Steele withdrew after the first two games of the second round, a loss to Gundersen, and then a default win over Stanley. Rainey forfeited to Steele and Wicks in the first round. Di Felice gives a crosstable that indicates some of the forfeited games as actually played: Rainey's losses to Steele and Wicks in the first round, Steele's loss to Watson in the second round, and Stanley's losses to Gundersen, Watson, Erskine and Steele in the second round.
 
References
Books
   Di Felice, Chess Results, 1901-1920, page 177
Periodicals
   [Aus], vol. 93, 30 Nov. 1912, page 64
   [Aus], vol. 94, 11 Jan. 1913, page 56
   [Aus], vol. 94, 1 Feb. 1913, page 60
   [MeL], 12 Oct. 1912, page 55
   [MeL], 19 Oct. 1912, page 55
   [MeL], 26 Oct. 1912, page 55
   [MeL], 2 Nov. 1912, page 55
   [MeL], 9 Nov. 1912, page 55
   [MeL], 16 Nov. 1912, page 55
   [MeL], 23 Nov. 1912, page 56
   [MeL], 30 Nov. 1912, page 56
   [MeL], 7 Dec. 1912, page 24
   [MeL], 14 Dec. 1912, page 59
   [MeL], 21 Dec. 1912, page 24
   [MeL], 28 Dec. 1912, page 56
   [MeWT], 19 Oct. 1912, page 2
   [MeWT], 14 Dec. 1912, page 2
   [MeWT], 28 Dec. 1912, page 2
   [MeWT], 8 Feb. 1913, page 2
   [MeWT], 15 Mar. 1913, page 2

Tournament information updated: 17 Jun. 2020