New York 1880 (1)




Results
 
Crosstable scores
Name   Edo    Dev.   Score  /  Games   
Grundy, James    2384 (53) 12.5 / 17 
Mackenzie, George    2577 (39) 13.5 / 18 
Möhle, Charles    2487 (55) 13 / 18 
Sellman, Alexander    2446 (48) 12.5 / 18 
Judd, Max    2506 (44) 11 / 18 
Delmar, Eugene    2394 (45) 9.5 / 18 
Ware, Preston    2269 (50) 5.5 / 17 
Ryan, John    2211 (52) 5.5 / 18 
Congdon, James    2056 (64) 3.5 / 18 
Cohnfeld, Albert    1927 (78) 2.5 / 18 
 
 
Match scores
Name   Edo    Dev.   Score  /  Games 
Mackenzie, George    2577 (39) 2 /
Grundy, James    2384 (53) 0 /
 

Event table notes

Event data
Name: 5th American Chess Congress
Place: New York
Start date: 6 Jan. 1880
End date: 31 Jan. 1880
 
Notes:
Gaige, Feenstra Kuiper and La Grande Storia degli Scacchi omit the play-off between Mackenzie and Grundy. Gaige and Di Felice give ending date Jan. 26, 1880; La Grande Storia degli Scacchi gives ending date Jan. 31, which according to the tournament book by Gilberg was the date of the play-off. The tournament involved a scandal when Ware revealed that he and Grundy had agreed beforehand to draw their 2nd game, but then Grundy won it. Since it seems well-established that this game was not played fairly, I have removed it from the scores, as it sheds no light on relative strengths of the players. Spinrad argues that other games may have been thrown or fixed, but the evidence is less conclusive and I have left those scores alone.
 
References
Books
   Di Felice, Chess Results, 1747-1900, page 77
   Feenstra Kuiper, 100 Jahre Schachturniere, page 27
   Gaige, Chess Tournament Crosstables I, page 26
   Gilberg, Fifth American Chess Congress
   Hillyer, Thomas Frère, page 145
   Reichhelm and Shipley, Chess in Philadelphia, page 143
   van Winsen, James Mason in America, page 97
Web
   Cree, Graeme.  [5th American Chess Congress] (broken)
   Sericano, C.  [New York 1880]
   Spinrad, Jeremy P.  [The Scandal of 1880, Part 1]
   Spinrad, Jeremy P.  [The Scandal of 1880, Part 2]