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Maehrisch-Ostrau Tournament

Emanuel Lasker10.5/13(+8 -0 =5)[games]
Richard Reti9.5/13(+7 -1 =5)[games]
Ernst Gruenfeld8.5/13(+4 -0 =9)[games]
Alexey Sergeevich Selezniev7.5/13(+4 -2 =7)[games]
Savielly Tartakower7/13(+3 -2 =8)[games]
Max Euwe7/13(+4 -3 =6)[games]
Siegbert Tarrasch6.5/13(+4 -4 =5)[games]
Efim Bogoljubov6.5/13(+5 -5 =3)[games]
Rudolf Spielmann6/13(+4 -5 =4)[games]
Akiba Rubinstein5.5/13(+2 -4 =7)[games]
Amos Pokorny5/13(+2 -5 =6)[games]
Karel Hromadka4.5/13(+3 -7 =3)[games]
Heinrich Wolf4.5/13(+2 -6 =5)[games]
Max Walter2.5/13(+0 -8 =5)[games]
* Chess Event Description
Maehrisch-Ostrau (1923)

In the summer of 1923, the Witkowitzer Eisenwerke organized a round robin chess event to be held in Mährisch-Ostrau, Czechoslovakia (Mährisch is German for Moravian, Ostrau is Ostrava). In addition to thirteen other European masters, a contract was secured for former world champion Emanuel Lasker to participate. The players were billeted at the Hotel Royal and games were played from July 1-18 in Witkowitz, a suburb of Ostrava. The event culminated in another victory for Lasker, who finished undefeated in his first tournament chess since 1918, a full point ahead of second place Réti.

The final standings and crosstable:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 Pts 1 Lasker * 1 ½ ½ 1 1 1 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 10½ 2 Réti 0 * ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 1 1 1 1 9½ 3 Grünfeld ½ ½ * 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 1 8½ 4 Selezniev ½ ½ 0 * ½ 1 1 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 7½ =5 Tartakower 0 0 ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ 7 =5 Euwe 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ * ½ ½ 0 1 ½ 1 1 1 7 =7 Tarrasch 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ * 1 1 0 1 0 ½ 1 6½ =7 Bogoljubov 0 0 ½ 1 ½ ½ 0 * 1 1 0 0 1 1 6½ 9 Spielmann ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 1 0 0 * 1 1 ½ 0 1 6 10 Rubinstein ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 0 1 0 0 * ½ 1 ½ ½ 5½ 11 Pokorny 0 0 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 1 0 ½ * 1 ½ ½ 5 =12 Hromadka ½ 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 ½ 0 0 * 1 ½ 4½ =12 Wolf 0 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 1 ½ ½ 0 * 1 4½ 14 Walter 0 0 0 ½ ½ 0 0 0 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 * 2½

Picture of participants:

Original Collection: Game Collection: Mährisch-Ostrau 1923, by User: suenteus po 147.

 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 91  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Gruenfeld vs Lasker ½-½311923Maehrisch-OstrauA53 Old Indian
2. Tartakower vs Rubinstein 1-0351923Maehrisch-OstrauC45 Scotch Game
3. Hromadka vs Euwe 0-1461923Maehrisch-OstrauB83 Sicilian
4. H Wolf vs A Selezniev 0-1601923Maehrisch-OstrauC25 Vienna
5. A Pokorny vs Spielmann 0-1561923Maehrisch-OstrauD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
6. Bogoljubov vs M Walter 1-0501923Maehrisch-OstrauE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
7. Tarrasch vs Reti ½-½211923Maehrisch-OstrauC41 Philidor Defense
8. Reti vs Hromadka 1-0261923Maehrisch-OstrauA15 English
9. H Wolf vs Tartakower ½-½791923Maehrisch-OstrauB40 Sicilian
10. M Walter vs A Pokorny ½-½471923Maehrisch-OstrauD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
11. Rubinstein vs Gruenfeld ½-½351923Maehrisch-OstrauD78 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6
12. Lasker vs Tarrasch 1-0471923Maehrisch-OstrauB03 Alekhine's Defense
13. A Selezniev vs Spielmann  ½-½351923Maehrisch-OstrauD69 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, Classical,
14. Euwe vs Bogoljubov ½-½361923Maehrisch-OstrauA23 English, Bremen System, Keres Variation
15. Tarrasch vs Rubinstein 0-1391923Maehrisch-OstrauC49 Four Knights
16. Hromadka vs Lasker ½-½131923Maehrisch-OstrauC29 Vienna Gambit
17. Gruenfeld vs H Wolf  ½-½301923Maehrisch-OstrauD64 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
18. Spielmann vs M Walter 1-0671923Maehrisch-OstrauB01 Scandinavian
19. Tartakower vs A Selezniev  ½-½241923Maehrisch-OstrauC25 Vienna
20. Bogoljubov vs Reti 0-1421923Maehrisch-OstrauC11 French
21. A Pokorny vs Euwe  ½-½361923Maehrisch-OstrauA15 English
22. Euwe vs Spielmann 0-1261923Maehrisch-OstrauD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
23. Lasker vs Bogoljubov 1-0581923Maehrisch-OstrauC91 Ruy Lopez, Closed
24. H Wolf vs Tarrasch ½-½331923Maehrisch-OstrauC83 Ruy Lopez, Open
25. Reti vs A Pokorny 1-0301923Maehrisch-OstrauA15 English
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Kibitzer's Corner
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  TheFocus: These tournament pages look impressive.
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  Benzol: Lasker might have wondered how he'd go against the hypermoderns. As it turned out he didn't need to worry.
Nov-03-12  ughaibu: The crosstable gives Reti five draws, but it appears he had six.
Nov-03-12  ughaibu: Selezniev-Bogolubow is an incorrect result, in the crosstable.
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  Chessdreamer: the result of the game Reti vs M Walter, 1923 is incorrect, should be 1-0.
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  Benzol: Clearly there are still some teething problems that need to be ironed out. However, Rome wasn't built in a day.
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  Phony Benoni: Looks like A Selezniev vs Bogoljubov, 1923 is a color problem. Chess365 has Bogo playing White, which would clear that problem up.

Apparently, the player listing at the top is compiled from the games themselves, while the crosstable is from another source. When either the game or the crosstable has incorrect information, we get discrepancies.

At least we will more easily catch these errors now. The CG Librarian's work is never done.

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  Benzol: Has anybody actually reported these problems to the admins yet?
Nov-03-12  ughaibu: On the Selezniev game, the next question is, which site is correct?
Nov-03-12  Karpova: <ughaibu: The crosstable gives Reti five draws, but it appears he had six.>

No, Reti beat Walter (the game is given as a draw here)

<ughaibu: Selezniev-Bogolubow is an incorrect result, in the crosstable.>

Bogoljubov beat Selezniev so the latter ended up in 4th place with 7.5 points.

Source: Page 169 of the 1923 'Neue Wiener Schachzeitung'

Nov-03-12  ughaibu: Okay, thanks.
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  whiteshark: Group picture: http://www.rogerpaige.webspace.virg...
Nov-03-12  sneaky pete: Of the "three unknown gentlemen" standing on the right, I believe the one in the middle is Willem A T Schelfhout
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  Phony Benoni: <Benzol> I have sent in correction slips for A Selezniev vs Bogoljubov, 1923 (switch colors) and Reti vs M Walter, 1923 (change result to 1-0). Once those are made, I assume that the tournament standings will be automatically updated.

The crosstable appears to be correct, so there is no need to change that.

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  Benzol: Ok, thanks Dave.
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  Gypsy: <The crosstable appears to be correct, so there is no need to change that.>

The X-table agrees with that given by Kalandovsky in 'Richard Reti, sachovy myslitel' (Chess-Thinker Richard Reti).


Great page guys!

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  Phony Benoni: And the changes have been made. Blessed Be the CG Librarian!
Dec-05-13  Karpova: Time control: 30 moves in 2 h, then further 22 moves in 1.5 h.

Source: P. 128 of the June 1923 'Neue Wiener Schachzeitung'

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  Tabanus: New <Picture of participants>, anyone? The link is dead.
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  whiteshark: <Tab>

Source: (halfway down)

It looks like an original photo from the tournament book. I've only the BCM reprint, so a scan won't help to get a better quality.

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  Tabanus: Thanks Sharkie, I added it! Hopefully CG will add event pictures one day, not only player pictures.
Jan-24-18  zanzibar: And how about the caption for the photo w photo credit?

<Sentados de izquierda a derecha: Spielmamm, Stadtrat, Tietz, Bogoljubow, Lasker, Tarrasch, Wolf, Réti, Grünfeld, y Euwe. De pie, de izquierda a derecha: Dos hombres desconocidos, Seleniew, Hromadka, Walter, Pokorny, y tres hombres desconocidos. Se echan de menos Rubinstein y Tartakower.
Foto Cortesía Arqto. Roberto Pagura, Buenos Aires>

Jan-24-18  zanzibar: PS- here's a link to WSZ page w xtab.


Jan-24-18  JimNorCal: A shockingly poor result for Rubinstein
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  keypusher: <JimNorCal: A shockingly poor result for Rubinstein>

Just two wins. But one immortal game and one "merely" brilliant.

Rubinstein vs Hromadka, 1923

Tarrasch vs Rubinstein, 1923

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