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  1. BBC Master Game Series 4
    I think this series took place in 1978 but wasn't broadcast until 1979.
    15 games, 1978

  2. BBC Master Game Series 5
    Played in 1979, broadcast in 1980.
    13 games, 1979

  3. BBC TV Master Game Series 6 (1981)
    13 games, 1980

  4. BCA Challenge Cup 1868/69
    39 games, 1868-1869

  5. BCA National (1892)
    March 1892

    1. Lasker 9
    2. Mason 7.5
    3. Loman 7
    4. Bird 6.5
    5. Locock 6.5
    6. Fenton 5.5
    7. Lee 5.5
    8. Jasnogrodsky 5
    9. van Vliet 4.5
    10. Mortimer 3.5
    11. Rumboll 3
    12. Gossip 2.5

    Round 1:

    Locock 1/2 Lee*
    van Vliet 1-0 Bird*
    Jasnogrodsky 0-1 Mason*
    Rumboll 0-1 Fenton
    Lasker 1-0 Loman
    Mortimer 1/2 Gossip

    Round 2:

    Bird 1-0 Lasker*
    Gossip 0-1 Mason
    Locock 1-0 Rumboll
    Mortimer 1/2 Fenton
    Lee 1-0 van Vliet
    Jasnogrodsky 0-1 Loman

    Round 3:

    Lasker 1-0 Mason*
    Mortimer 1-0 Jasnogrodsky*
    Bird 1-0 Locock
    Rumboll 1-0 Gossip
    van Vliet 1/2 Fenton
    Lee 1-0 Loman

    Round 4:

    Lasker 1-0 Lee*
    Mortimer 0-1 Bird
    Jasnogrodsky 1-0 Locock
    Rumboll 0-1 van Vliet
    Gossip 0-1 Loman
    Mason 1/2 Fenton

    Round 5:

    Mason 1-0 Bird
    Rumboll 1-0 Mortimer
    Gossip 0-1 Locock
    van Vliet 0-1 Lasker*
    Jasnogrodsky 1-0 Lee*
    Loman 1/2 Fenton

    Round 6:

    Jasnogrodsky 0-1 Lasker
    Mason 1-0 Rumboll
    Loman 1-0 Bird
    Gossip 1-0 Lee
    Fenton 0-1 Locock*
    Mortimer 0-1 van Vliet

    Round 7:

    Lasker 1/2 Mortimer*
    Bird 1-0 Fenton
    Rumboll 0-1 Jasnogrosky
    Locock 1/2 Loman
    van Vliet 1/2 Gossip
    Lee 1/2 Mason

    Round 8:

    Lasker 1-0 Rumboll*
    Bird 0-1 Lee*
    Locock 1/2 Mason*
    Jasnogrodky 1-0 van Vliet
    Fenton 1-0 Gossip
    Loman 1-0 Mortimer

    Round 9:

    Gossip 0-1 Lasker
    Mason 1-0 van Vliet
    Loman 1-0 Rumboll*
    Locock 1-0 Mortimer
    Bird 1-0 Jasnogrodsky*
    Fenton 1/2 Lee

    Round 10:

    Fenton 0-1 Lasker*
    Mason 1-0 Loman*
    Rumboll 0-1 Bird
    Lee 1-0 Mortimer
    Gossip 0-1 Jasnogrodsky
    Locock 1/2 van Vliet

    Round 11:

    Lasker 1/2 Locock
    Mason 0-1 Mortimer
    Loman 1-0 van Vliet
    Bird 1/2 Gossip
    Lee 0-1 Rumboll*
    Fenton 1-0 Jasnogrodsky

    19 games, 1892

  6. Birmingham 1858
    This international tournament commenced in Birmingham on the occasion of the British Chess Association's annual congress. Little of the organisational background to this event is known, including the original schedule plans, but with the contest unfinished at the end of the congress, it was agreed to suspend play, and the ongoing semi-finals, with the final to follow, were resumed in London after a week's delay.

    The order and dating of the final games present a challenge, but reportedly began on September 13th and ends on September 23rd (Field, 25.09).

    See and

    Tournament consisted of 43 games (39 played, 4 forfeits). 25 games in collection, 14 games missing (pending verification).

    The congress opened on Tuesday, August 24th, and next day's <Birmingham Daily Post>'s report of the opening session stated: <...the president proceeded to call over the names of the players entered to take part in the Grand Tournament, when it was found that only eleven of those entered would be present. Five gentlemen who were present and willing to play were added by the Local Committee to supply the vacancies, and the players were then paired by lot.> [(1)]

    Although the five are not identified, it seems certain they were Beetlestone, Ingleby, Smith, Hughes and Hampton.

    That Morphy was included in the field of sixteen, despite his absence, indicates the organisers still maintained faint, if not desperate hope. The Post report later mentions receipt of a telegram, presumably that afternoon, from Morphy, <stating that his engagements precluded his being present at and playing in the tournament, but that he will be present on Thursday, when he will doubtless take part in some supplemental match, and may also probably give an example of his wonderful power of playing blindfold.> [(1)]

    George Walker in <Bell's Life> bemoaned Morphy's absence and the weakened field:

    <He declined engaging in the Birmingham tourney, considering it infra dig. to jostle in a crowd of players, to some of whom he could give the Knight. (...) The Birmingham Chess Meeting began on Tuesday with a tourney of sixteen players; some of them, perhaps, illustrious in their own circle, but to us wholly unknown.> [(2)]

    Morphy's absence was not motivated, however, by the strength of competition. His aim was to commit Staunton to a definite agreement on match terms, to which end he believed playing the tournament might complicate matters. The blindfold display served as a pretext to engage Staunton in person, and a way to recompense to the organisers and public who'd been eagerly awaiting his attendance.

    For a summary of the course of the tournament, one need look no further than Lowenthal's account in the <Era> of October 3rd, p.5: <

    The <Illustrated London News> of September 4th also carries a helpful report.

    <A tournament book was intended by Staunton but never appeared so that most of the scores are lost, the only source being the few in his Chess Praxis. Boden explained in his column in the Field that his periodical would refrain from publishing any games as Staunton would later produce them in book form. Neither the Chess Player's Chronicle nor La Regence was being published in 1858.> [(3)]

    The <Chronicle> restarted again early in 1859 and published four games, one of which Staunton also gave in his book <Chess Praxis> published at the start of 1860.

    Also see:

    Bell's Life in London & Sporting Chronicle, December 25th 1859, p.3:

    <We have received several communications, in which complaints are made that the writers subscribed to the chess meeting at Birmingham, some sixteen months back, on the promise of receiving, directly the meeting was over, copies of the games played and record of all proceedings. They say, with apparent truth, that this report could as well have been furnished them last Christmas, as not. We can only refer such grumblers to the committee of management, and they had better write to the Birmingham Chess Club. We thought this chess gathering had been fixed as a yearly meeting in the north, but since the Birmingham tourney in question it seems to have died out.>

    Then in March 1865, in the first issue of his new venture, <Chess World>, Staunton published three of the tournament games, although, strangely, not identified as such. This, in turn, seems to have prompted Lowenthal, because several games appeared in the <Era> over the next few months.

    [(1) Birmingham Daily Post, 1858.08.25, p.2]

    [(2) Bell's Life in London and Sporting Chronicle, 1858.08.29, p.5]

    [(3) Howard Staunton: The English World Chess Champion, (BCM, St. Leonard's, 1975)]

    25 games, 1858

  7. Blackburne - Bardeleben (1895)
    A match of five games up, draws not counting, abandoned after nine games, with the score tied three games apiece. The venue was the British Chess Club. The tie-breaker, if you will, was won by Blackburne three months later: Blackburne vs Von Bardeleben, 1895

    (London) Standard, Tues. 23.04.1895, p.7: <The match between Herr Von Bardeleben and Mr. Blackburne, fixed to commence yesterday, was postponed, upon the former's proposal, till Thursday, at the British Chess Club.>

    Morning Post, Mon. 27.05.1895, p.3: <The match between Bardeleben and Bllackburne, at the British Chess Club, was given up as a draw, with the score at three games all and three drawn, in consequence of Herr von Bardeleben having other engagements which prevented his continuing the contest.>

    < Harding in his book on Blackburne, shows the dates for the Blackburne - Bardeleben match.

    Game 3 - April 30 & May 1, 1895
    Game 4 - May 2, 1895
    Game 5 - May 3, 1895
    Game 7 - May 10, 1895>

    Biographer Bistro (kibitz #15780)

    Game 1, 25.04.1895 (TS, 26.05.189)
    Game 2, 29.04.1895, (TS, 04.05.1895)
    Game 3, 30.04.1895
    Game 4, 02.05.1895
    Game 5, 03.05.1895
    Game 6, 06.05.1895
    Game 7, 10.05.1895
    Game 8, 13.05.1895
    Game 9, 16.05.1895

    9 games, 1895

  8. Blackburne - Gunsberg (1881)
    14 games, 1881

  9. Blackburne - Owen (1881)
    4 games, 1881

  10. Blackburne - Pindar matches 1861-1862
    12 games, 1861-1862

  11. Blindfold Morphy
    A collection of games, circumstances and sources to complement Game Collection: Morphy's Simultaneous Exhibitions

    New Orleans, 2b (+2) - 13.01.1858 (Daily Delta, 1858.01.14; New Orleans Daily Crescent, 1858.01.15, p.1)

    New Orleans, 3b - 16.01.1858 (New Orleans Daily Picayune, 1858.01.11, p.1)

    New Orleans, 4b (+4) - 10.03.1858 (Daily Delta, 1858.03.11, p.2; Sunday Delta, 1858.03.14, p.1)

    New Orleans, 5b (+4 =1) - 17.03.1858 (Sunday Delta, 1858.03.21, p.1)

    New Orleans, 6b (+6) - 24.03.1858 (Sunday Delta, 1858.03.28, p.1)

    New Orleans, 7b (+6 -1) - 07.04.1858 (Sunday Delta, 1858.04.11, p.1)

    New Orleans, 8b - 05.05.1858(?) (Sunday Delta, 1858.05.02, p.1)

    Birmingham, 8b (+6 -1 =1) - 27.08.1858 (Illustrated London News, 1858.09.18, p.255)

    Paris, 8b (+6 =2) - 27.09.1858 (The Field, 1858.10.02, p.273)

    London, 8b (+2 =6) - 13.04.1859 (The Field, 1859.04.16, p.307)

    London, 8b (+5 =3) - 20.04.1859 (The Field, 1859.04.23, p.320)

    Philadelphia, 4b (+4) - 11.11.1859

    Havana, 3b (+3) - 16.02.1864

    New Orleans, 4b - ??.05.1864 ((New Orleans) Sunday Star, 1865.12.03)

    47 games, 1858-1864

  12. Boden - Owen (1858)
    Match played February to March 1858 at the St. George's CC.

    Era, February 7th, p.14:

    <A match has been arranged between Mr. Boden and the Rev. J. Owen; the winner of the first seven games to be the victor. The first game was won by Mr. Boden, after a hard struggle. We shall report future progress.>

    ILN of February 20th, reports Boden leading +4 -0 =0.

    The Era of February 28th has Boden ahead +5 -2 =1, and by March 7th, +6 -2 =1. On the 21st, Boden's victory is given as +7 =2 -1.

    Boden himself in the Field of May 15th has +7 -3 =2.

    Chess Player's Chronicle, 1859, p.99:

    <In 1858, we were favored with some interesting contests between Alter and Boden. The advantage rested with the latter player. We believe we are correct in stating the scores of two matches to be Boden 5, Alter 2, drawn 1; and Boden 5, Alter 1. Mr. Boden is a very ingenious player, and, unless we are mistaken, would be considered a representative of the school of theory. Alter is a harder, not to say colder, player. Extremely painstaking, he displays a good deal of breadth in his play. Of his analytical power, and of the extent of his knowledge, we cannot very well judge.>

    5 games, 1858

  13. Bradford BCA Masters (1888)
    27 games, 1888

  14. Bristol 1861
    This eight-player knockout tournament was the marquee event of the annual British Chess Association congress held in Bristol from Tuesday, 10th September and Saturday the 14th, but the contest was rendered near-farcical. Having apparently learnt nothing from <London 1851>, the lack of seeding meant Kolisch and Paulsen were drawn in the first round, and their tussle dominated proceedings, extending throughout the week, whilst Boden advanced to the final in just two days, and Wilson twiddled his thumbs. Paulsen and Wilson eventually played their second round on the following Monday, still in Bristol, before the final relocated to London, where it ended in a damp squib, Boden resigning the match after a single game.

    The other highlight of the meeting was Paulsen's first blindfold simultaneous in Britain. Originally scheduled for Wednesday, the 11th, it was postponed until Friday because his second game with Kolisch was still unfinished.

    First round, 10.09.1861:

    Boden 1 - 0 Horwitz

    Wayte 1-0 Hampton

    Wilson 1-0 Stanley

    Paulsen 2-1 Kolisch

    Second round:

    Boden 1-0 Wayte (11.09.1861)

    Wilson 0-1 Paulsen (16.09.1861)

    Final, 20.09.1861:

    Boden 0-1 Paulsen

    9 games, 1861

  15. British CC Invitational (1892)
    Quintagular tournament (by which name this event is sometimes known) arranged by the British CC. Four leading British players were pitted against the German upstart, Lasker, who'd already scored match victories over Bird and Miniati in 1890. Held from March 28th - April 8th 1892, this double-round robin affair lasted 10 rounds involving the odd player having a daily bye. The final round was delayed by a day, because the annual Oxford - Cambridge Varsity was scheduled at the club on April 7th.

    Anticipation of a Blackburne - Lasker match had been brewing for some time, for which this tournament served as something of an entrée: Lasker - Blackburne (1892)

    Missing games:

    Rd.6 Bird 0-1 Lasker
    Rd.7 Mason 1-0 Bird
    Rd.9 Bird 0-1 Gunsberg

    17 games, 1892

  16. Burn - Bellingham (1900)
    9 games, 1900-1901

  17. Burn - Owen I (1874-75) & II (1876)
    8 games, 1874-1876

  18. Cambridge 1860
    3 games, 1860

  19. Campbell - Wormald (1858-59)
    12 games, 1858-1860

  20. Capa in South America, 1911
    17 games, 1911

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