History of the MI Chess Room


Chess at the Mechanics' 1885

Noted chess historian John Hilbert, the author of  tremendous works on Shipley, Napier and Whitaker to mention but a few, has uncovered an interesting addition to the first volume of the MI Chess History (see below #6).

Manson,N - Peipers,F [C30]

Mechancis Institute Tournament, 1885

Played between Messrs. N.J. Manson and Fritz Peipers, in the recent tournament at Mechanics' Institute.

1.e4 e5 2.f4 Bc5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nf3 d6 5.Na4 Nxe4 6.Nxc5 Nxc5 7.b4 Ncd7 8.Bc4 0-0 9.0-0 Qf6 10.Bb2 Qxf4 11.Nxe5 Qe4 12.Bxf7+ Kh8 13.Nxd7 Bxd7 14.Qh5 Nc6 15.Bxg7+ Kxg7 16.Qg5+ Qg6 17.Bxg6 hxg6 18.d4 Bf5 19.c3 Rae8 20.g4 Bd3 21.Rxf8 Rxf8 22.Re1 a6 23.h4 Rf7 24.h5 Kh7 25.Re8 Rf1+ 26.Kg2 Rf7 27.hxg6+ Bxg6 28.Qh4+ Bh5 29.Qxh5+ Kg7 30.Qg5+ Kh7 31.Qg8+ Kh6 32.Qxf7 1-0

St. Louis Globe-Democrat, May 2, 1885

This appears to be a game taken from the tournament you mention in "The First Hundred Years" at p.33, where you write "The first mention of a local championship is in The Argonaut column The Chess Player, a tournament at the Mechanics' Institute in 1885 won by J. Waldstein, with N.J. Manson 2nd and Fritz Peipers 3rd."