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LES E LAURIAT CO ELLERS & IMPORTERS

OF THE

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VIENNA TOURNAMENT

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1882.kom

A selection of the best and most brilliant games, with critical
analysis by ALEX. G. SELLMAN, together with

a short account of the Tournament.

WHITE-MR. PAULSEN.

BLACK-MR. MASON.

Black mates in three moves.
Termination of a game between Messrs. Jas. Mason and

L. Paulsen. See page 36.

TORSCH BROS.; PUBLISHERS,
131 W. Baltimore Street,

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Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1882, by

TORSCH BROS., BALTIMORE, in the office of the Librarian of Congress, at Washington, D. C.

INTRODUCTION.

Prompted by the universal interest taken in this memorable gathering, and the unusual excellence of the games played, we have made this selection, and in placing it before our players in book form, with the games arranged according to the different openings, we hope to be able to supply at least some data as to the improvements and modifications that are constantly going on in the theory and practice of the game of Chess from time to time. And this, when practically illustrated in match games between players of such world-wide reputation, cannot fail to lend its additional weight.

RETROSPECTIVE.

All things considered, it was the grandest and most successful Chess Congress the world has ever seen, that assembled last May within the historic walls of Vienna. Representative champions from all parts of the globe, flocked to the battlefield eager to break a lance in so noble a cause. Steinitz, the Austrian; Zukertort and Paulsen, of Germany; Blackburne, the Englishman; Winawer and Tschigorin, of Russia; Mackenzie and Mason, the Americans, and many other celebrities took part in the conflict. For over a month, with slight intermis. sions, the battle raged, during which victory seemed undecided which of her favorites to reward. The lead was alternately taken by Mason, Mackenzie, Blackburne, Winawer and Steinitz, and the changes were so close and frequent that, until

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