James Mason in America

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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments 1
A Note to the Reader 3

Part I. Mason’s Chess Career in America
One "Establishing Himself in Business" 7
Intermezzo: American Chess in 1867 26
Two After the Break 27
Intermezzo: Chess Players’ Baseball Game 45
Intermezzo: Chess in Philadelphia 46
Three New World versus Old World 47
Intermezzo: Nineteenth Century American Congresses 89
Four Disputed Victories 90
Intermezzo: The Cafe International 105
Five The Pencil and the Game 106
Intermezzo: The Spirit of the Times 129
Six "Get Up Some Attack" 130
Intermezzo: The Lieders’ Cup 144

Part II. Matches and Tournaments
Mackenzie-Mason (New York, 1869) 147 • Konigs-Mason (New York, 1873?) 148 • Delmar-Mason (Brooklyn-New York, 1873) 148 • Delmar-Mason (Brooklyn-New York, 1873) 148 • Martinez-Mason (Philadelphia, 1874) 149 • Delmar-Mason (New York, 1874) 149 • Alberoni-Mason (New York, 1875) 149 • Bird-Mason (New York, 1875-1876) 150 • Consultation Match (New York, 1877-1878) 151 • First Cafe Europa Tournament (New York, 1868-1869) 152 • Second Cafe Europa Tournament (New York, 1869) 153 • Third Cafe Europa Tournament (New York, 1869) 153 • Fourth Cafe Europa Tournament (New York, 1869) 154 • Fifth Cafe Europa Tournament (New York, 1869-1870) 156 • Brooklyn Chess Club Tournament (Brooklyn, 1870) 157 • Cafe International Tournament (New York, 1870) 158 • Cafe International Tournament (New York, 1874-1875) 159 • Cafe International Tournament (New York, 1875) 160 • Cafe International Tournament (New York, 1876) 161 • Fourth American Chess Congress (Philadelphia, 1876) 163 • Clipper Free Centennial Tournament (New York, 1876) 165

Part III. Games and Positions
Miscellaneous 1868 169 • First Cafe Europa Tournament (New York, 1868-1869) 170 • Second Cafe Europa Tournament (New York, 1869) 170 • Third Cafe Europa Tournament (New York, 1869) 171 • Fourth Cafe Europa Tournament (New York, 1869) 172 • Match Mackenzie-Mason (New York, 1869) 176 • Miscellaneous 1869 179 • Fifth Cafe Europa Tournament (New York, 1869-1870) 181 • Brooklyn Chess Club Tournament (Brooklyn, 1870) 181 • Miscellaneous 1870 182 • Miscellaneous 1872 184 • Match Konigs-Mason (New York, 1873?) 185 • Match Delmar-Mason (Brooklyn-
New York, 1873) 186 • Match Delmar-Mason (Brooklyn-New York, 1873) 187 •
Miscellaneous 1873 190 • Match Martinez-Mason (Philadelphia, 1874) 200 • Match Delmar-Mason (New York, 1874) 201 • Miscellaneous 1874 203 • Cafe International Tournament (New York, 1874-1875) 209 • Cafe International Tournament (New York, 1875) 211 • Match Alberoni-Mason (New York, 1875) 212 • Miscellaneous 1875 214 • Match Bird-Mason (New York, 1875-1876) 225 • Cafe International Tournament (New York, 1876) 235 • Fourth American Chess Congress (Philadelphia, 1876) 242 • Clipper Free Centennial Tournament (New York, 1876) 250 • Miscellaneous 1876 253 • Miscellaneous 1877 259 • Consultation Match (New York, 1877-1878) 264 • Miscellaneous 1878 269

Part IV. Appendices, Sources and Indexes
Appendix 1. Problems and an Endgame 275
Appendix 2. A Summary of Mason’s Results 280
Match Record 280 • Tournament Record 280 • Record Against
Prominent Players 281 • Simultaneous Exhibition 284
Appendix 3. Chess Activity in New York and Brooklyn 285
Appendix 4. Chess Personalities, Clubs and Resorts 295
Appendix 5. Published Works by Mason 307
Appendix 6. Articles by Others 322
Appendix 7. Letters to Editors of Newspapers and Journals 326
Appendix 8. Notes in Original Languages 342
Sources 347
Index of Opponents 351
Consultation Games Index 354
Handicap Games Index 355
Index of Annotators 356
Index of Openings (ECO Codes) 359
General Index 363