19 July 2006

A new/old system of game classification

Along with the usual indices of games by opening and by player, the tournament book of the London 1883 event classified games by 'summary descriptive':

  • Exceptionally fine
  • Masterly play throughout
  • Masterly play in parts and endings
  • Original or enterprising, very good
  • Original or enterprising, fairly good
  • Very lively and brilliant
  • Lively
  • Remarkably well contested and excellent play
  • Interesting but faulty in parts
  • Of average interest
  • Dull
  • Exceedingly dull, nearly devoid of interest
  • Indifferent
  • Drawn game which admitted of further play
  • False move
The 'Exceptionally fine' games were Zukertort - Blackburne and Steinitz - Rosenthal.

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