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Barmen Meisterturnier A Tournament

David Janowski10.5/15(+9 -3 =3)[games]
Geza Maroczy10.5/15(+7 -1 =7)[games]
Frank James Marshall10/15(+8 -3 =4)[games]
Ossip Bernstein9/15(+7 -4 =4)[games]
Carl Schlechter9/15(+7 -4 =4)[games]
Johann Nepomuk Berger8/15(+4 -3 =8)[games]
Mikhail Chigorin7/15(+4 -5 =6)[games]
Heinrich Wolf7/15(+2 -3 =10)[games]
Paul Saladin Leonhardt7/15(+5 -6 =4)[games]
Walter John7/15(+6 -7 =2)[games]
Hugo Suechting6.5/15(+3 -5 =7)[games]
Curt von Bardeleben6.5/15(+5 -7 =3)[games]
Amos Burn6/15(+4 -7 =4)[games]
Semion Alapin6/15(+2 -5 =8)[games]
Hermann von Gottschall5/15(+2 -7 =6)[games]
Jacques Mieses5/15(+3 -8 =4)[games]
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Barmen Meisterturnier A (1905)
Yet another of the great pre-WWI German tournaments, Barmen 1905 was held from August 12-September 1, 1905. Several worthy events were held simultaneously; see also Barmen Meisterturnier B (1905). This collection will focus on Meisterturnier A, which included these players:

Semion Alapin; Curt von Bardeleben; Johann Nepomuk Berger; Ossip Bernstein; Amos Burn; Mikhail Chigorin; Hermann von Gottschall; David Janowski; Walter John; Paul Saladin Leonhardt; Geza Maroczy; Frank James Marshall; Jacques Mieses; Carl Schlechter; Hugo Suechting; Heinrich Wolf.

When talking about players from this time, everyone seems to know about the flamboyant Janowski and Marshall or the tragic figure of Schlechter. Maroczy is acknowledged as also being in the top rank, but seems less well defined and appreciated. One thing the man could do, though, was win the big games.

Here he started slowly; after eight rounds he had only an even score and was two full points behind co-leaders Bernstein and Schlechter. With figures like Janowski and Marshall also ahead of him, it seemed a difficult task to catch up.

Bernstein was the first to fade. He had actually started with 5/6, but three draws followed by successive losses to Marshall, Schlechter and Suechting ended his chances.

Schlechter, though among the leaders, did not seem in particularly good form for the most part. Losses to Marcozy and Berger in rounds 9 and 10 dropped him behind Janowski and Marshall.

These two stayed on top until the fatal round 14, when they lost to Berger and Chigorin respectively. Going into the last round, Maroczy had caught Janowski, both sitting a half-point ahead of Marshall and Schlechter.

This led to a dramatic finish. Schlechter was playing White against Janowski, but went down to defeat. This meant Maroczy had to defeat outsider Von Gottschall to tie for first. It took him nearly 100 moves and every maneuver under the sun, but he pulled it off to cap a finish with 6 1/2 points in his last seven games.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 1 Janowski * 1 0 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 10.5 2 Maroczy * 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 10.5 3 Marshall 0 * 1 1 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 10.0 4 Bernstein 1 0 * 0 1 0 1 0 1 1 1 1 9.0 5 Schlechter 0 0 0 1 * 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 9.0 6 Berger 1 1 1 * 1 0 0 0 8.0 7 Chigorin 1 0 0 0 * 0 1 0 1 1 7.0 8 Wolf 0 0 1 * 0 1 7.0 9 Leonhardt 0 0 0 1 1 0 * 1 0 0 1 1 7.0 10 John 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 * 0 1 0 1 1 1 7.0 11 Suechting 0 0 1 0 1 * 0 1 0 6.5 12 Bardeleben 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 * 1 1 0 6.5 13 Burn 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 * 1 0 6.0 14 Alapin 0 0 0 1 0 0 * 1 6.0 15 Gottschall 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 * 1 5.0 16 Mieses 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 * 5.0

Berger's effort should not go unnoticed, with wins over Janowski, Marshall, and Schlechter. If the tournament had been restricted to just the first six players, he would have won by a full point.

As for games to look at, check out Maroczy vs H Suechting, 1905, Schlechter vs W John, 1905, and Janowski vs Alapin, 1905, all of which share a curious similarity.

Original collection: Game Collection: Barmen Meisterturnier A, by User: Phony Benoni.

 page 1 of 5; games 1-25 of 120  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Alapin vs O Bernstein  0-1681905Barmen Meisterturnier AD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
2. H Suechting vs W John 1-0271905Barmen Meisterturnier AC41 Philidor Defense
3. J Mieses vs Schlechter 0-1471905Barmen Meisterturnier AC44 King's Pawn Game
4. Marshall vs Maroczy  ½-½431905Barmen Meisterturnier AD61 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
5. Leonhardt vs Von Bardeleben  0-1701905Barmen Meisterturnier AB01 Scandinavian
6. Janowski vs H Wolf 1-0321905Barmen Meisterturnier AD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
7. Von Gottschall vs J N Berger  ½-½251905Barmen Meisterturnier AC50 Giuoco Piano
8. Burn vs Chigorin  ½-½721905Barmen Meisterturnier AD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
9. H Wolf vs J Mieses  ½-½611905Barmen Meisterturnier AB22 Sicilian, Alapin
10. Schlechter vs Von Gottschall  ½-½431905Barmen Meisterturnier AC90 Ruy Lopez, Closed
11. Maroczy vs H Suechting 1-0481905Barmen Meisterturnier AD61 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
12. Leonhardt vs O Bernstein  1-0561905Barmen Meisterturnier AB25 Sicilian, Closed
13. W John vs Burn  0-1371905Barmen Meisterturnier AC68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
14. Chigorin vs Alapin  ½-½681905Barmen Meisterturnier AC33 King's Gambit Accepted
15. J N Berger vs Marshall 1-0521905Barmen Meisterturnier AB22 Sicilian, Alapin
16. Von Bardeleben vs Janowski  0-1571905Barmen Meisterturnier AC47 Four Knights
17. H Suechting vs J N Berger  ½-½301905Barmen Meisterturnier AC79 Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred
18. J Mieses vs Von Bardeleben 1-0321905Barmen Meisterturnier AC13 French
19. Marshall vs Schlechter 1-0211905Barmen Meisterturnier AD61 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
20. Janowski vs Leonhardt 1-0291905Barmen Meisterturnier AC25 Vienna
21. Von Gottschall vs H Wolf  ½-½711905Barmen Meisterturnier AC50 Giuoco Piano
22. Burn vs Maroczy  ½-½231905Barmen Meisterturnier AD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
23. O Bernstein vs Chigorin  1-0551905Barmen Meisterturnier AE51 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
24. Alapin vs W John  0-1631905Barmen Meisterturnier AB73 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
25. H Wolf vs Marshall  ½-½421905Barmen Meisterturnier AC63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
 page 1 of 5; games 1-25 of 120  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jun-08-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  Gypsy: Barmen 1905 had great attendance. In fact, the tourney had no fewer than three Main tournaments; and of these A and B are historically quite interesting:

The top of the table in Main A was

1-2. Duras & Rubinstein (12/15)
3-4. Loewy & Vidmar (11.5/15)
5. E. Cohn (11/15)

The tie-breaking match for the Master title between Duras and Rubinstein also remained tied (1-1 after two draws) when Rubinstein had to leave. Fortunately, organizes applied common sense, divided first prizes, and awarded the master title to both chess-players.

Also Main B had join winners. But in the tie-breaking match, Georg Schories defeated Savielly Tartakower.

Jun-09-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  Calli: <Gypsy> There were two main tournaments, this one (the "A"), and the "B" which is linked at the top. Believe it or not the events you describe are the Hauptturniers from Barmen. A lot of familiar names on the way up.
Jun-09-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  Gypsy: <Calli> Confusion of terminology, I think; I have usually seen <Hauptturnier> translated as the <Main> tournament.

So, to be sure, the anniversary chess congress in Barmen, 1905 was a huge undertaking, with these sections:

1. Master A
(this one)

2. Master B (mixed)
Barmen Meisterturnier B (1905)

3. Main A (Hauptturnier A -- Rubistein, Duras, Vidmar, Loewy, E. Cohn, ...)

4. Main B (Hauptturnier B -- Tartakower, Schories, ...)

5. Main C (Hauptturnier C)
I have no information about the players there.

--

Master A was reserved for established players with official master titles only.

Master B was a mixed affair with several upcoming master-title candidates (such as Nimzo or Spielmann).

Future greats, such as Rubi, Duras, and Vidmar were put into Main A; Tartakower ended up in Main B. The winner of A was to earn master title; aat the end, both Duras and Rubinstein earned the title when their playoff remained unresolved. It seems that also the winner of B was to receive the master title, but Tartakower got edged out by the less well known Schories in their playoff. I do not have information about Main C, except for a mention that it existed.

(My source for this fragmented info is a Czech-language monograph about Duras' career.)

Jun-09-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  Phony Benoni: Main C (Hauptturnier C) began with twelve players, divided into sections of seven and five, from which eight qualified for the finals. Why they bothered with the preliminary sections is a good question.

Here's the final result:

1 Jeno Szekely x 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 6.0
2 K Biedendorf 0 X 1 1 1 1 0 1 5.0
3 Otto Paul Valentine 0 0 x = 1 1 1 4.5
4 Kuemmel 1 0 = x 0 = 1 1 4.0
5 Adolf Jay Fink 0 0 0 1 x = 1 1 3.5
6 Kurt Moll 0 0 0 = = x 1 1 3.0
7 Ellenbogen 0 1 0 0 0 0 x 1 2.0
8 Paul Krusics 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 x 0.0

Jeno Szekely shows up in a few tournaments later, such as Abbazia (1912) and Kecskemet (1927); he was severely wounded in World War 1. Kurt Moll is only familiar to me for winning a lost ♔+♙ ending against Edward Lasker; he was later killed in the war.

Adolf Jay Fink is probably a misidentication (found in Di Felice's "Chess Results, 1901-1920"). Fink was a native of San Francisco, born in 1890, and would have been only fifteen at the time. "Deutsche Schachzeitung" gives only "Fink", from Godesberg.

Jun-09-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  Calli: <Confusion of terminology> Right! I remember a discussion that while Haupt is "main" in German, it doesn't translate well because it has the sense in English of being the major tournament of the event while Hauptturniers would be called minor in English.
Jun-09-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: While <main> is the most common translation for <Haupt->, in this context ( with the stronger master tournaments) it should be translated as < general <>>.
Jun-09-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  Gypsy: <whiteshark> Good suggestion.
Dec-31-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: <Phony Benoni: Main C (Hauptturnier C)... <Adolf Jay Fink is probably a misidentication (found in Di Felice's "Chess Results, 1901-1920"). ..<"Deutsche Schachzeitung" gives only "Fink", from Godesberg.>>> Right.

The register of the tournament book gives him as < E. Fink, <from Altenkirchen>> whereas the list of special prices (ibid.) says <Herr Fink, <from Bonn>>

Today Godesberg is an urban district of Bonn and Altenkirchen (Westerwald) is a small county town about 40 km beeline away, with ca 2,000 inhabitants back in 1900.

Aug-09-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  Chessical: Barmen 1905
12 - 29th August 1905

Venue: Gesellschaftshaus Concordia, Wertherstrasse 14. Barmen

The tournament appears to have been played in the baroque-style concert hall (built in 1897-1900) - see https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gesel...

for a photograph from 1905 which can be compared to the famous tournament photograph

http://www.clubedexadrez.com.br/por...

<Master Tournament A>

First Prize - 1,500 marks
Second prize - 1,000 marks
Third prize - 700 marks
Fourth prize - 500 marks

<Master Tournament B>

First Prize - 1,000 marks
Second prize - 750 marks
Third prize - 500 marks
Fourth prize - 425 marks
Fifth prize - 400 marks
Sixth prize - 250 marks
Seventh prize - 150 marks
Eight prize - 100 marks
Ninth prize - 75 marks
Tenth prize - 60 marks
Eleventh prize - 40 marks
Twelth prize - 25 marks

<Hauptturneir A> (Major Tournament)

First Prize - 400 marks
Second prize - 250 marks
Third prize - 150 marks
Fourth prize - 100 marks
Fifth prize - 60 marks
Sixth prize - 50 marks
Seventh prize - 40 marks
Eight prize - 25 marks

Weiner Schachzeitung, Nr.2. February 1905, p.42.-44

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