View Full Version : Sydney Chess Club Handicap Tournament [ Finished ]

16-01-2021, 08:47 AM
“The Tournament, which will be open to all comers, will be conducted on the following plan:-
The handicap having been made, each competitor will contest two decisive games with every other competitor of his own class, and the champions of each class will play off for the prizes at the regulated scale of odds.”

Time Limit: Two hours for every 40 moves.

Two Prizes.

Praxis Rules apply.

Entrance fee 5s

The list of entrances will close to-night, Saturday August 21 1875, at the Sydney Chess Club.

Late entries not accepted.

17-01-2021, 08:24 PM
What does "Praxis Rules apply." mean? This predates Nimzowitsch.

17-01-2021, 08:57 PM
What does "Praxis Rules apply." mean? This predates Nimzowitsch.

I assume it means the rules given in Staunton's Chess Praxis (https://archive.org/details/bub_gb_nbACAAAAYAAJ/page/n5/mode/2up) (1860).

Kevin Bonham
18-01-2021, 12:07 PM
I had never read those Praxis rules before. There are some amusing rules in there that have fallen by the wayside:

If a player be guilty of a false move by playing a Piece or Pawn of his own to a square to which it cannot be legally moved, or capture an adverse Man by a move which cannot legally be made, he must, at the choice of his adversary, either move his own or take the adverse Man legally, forfeit his turn to move, or play any other Man legally moveable which his adversary may select

Also interesting that there was some doubt about whether a player who was stalemated with the exception of an en passant capture was required to make that capture.