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Bad Pistyan Tournament

Efim Bogoljubov15/18(+13 -1 =4)[games]
Rudolf Spielmann14.5/18(+11 -0 =7)[games]
Alexander Alekhine14.5/18(+12 -1 =5)[games]
Ernst Gruenfeld11/18(+8 -4 =6)[games]
Richard Reti10.5/18(+7 -4 =7)[games]
Friedrich Saemisch9.5/18(+5 -4 =9)[games]
Heinrich Wolf9.5/18(+6 -5 =7)[games]
Savielly Tartakower9/18(+6 -6 =6)[games]
Siegbert Tarrasch8.5/18(+5 -6 =7)[games]
Max Euwe8.5/18(+4 -5 =9)[games]
Paul F Johner8.5/18(+6 -7 =5)[games]
Zoltan von Balla8/18(+5 -7 =6)[games]
Karel Treybal8/18(+4 -6 =8)[games]
Alexey Sergeevich Selezniev7/18(+1 -5 =12)[games]
Karel Hromadka7/18(+3 -7 =8)[games]
Ladislav Prokes6/18(+3 -9 =6)[games]
David Przepiorka6/18(+1 -7 =10)[games]
Georg Marco5.5/18(+2 -9 =7)[games]
Karel Opocensky4.5/18(+1 -10 =7)[games]
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Chessgames.com Chess Event Description
Bad Pistyan (1922)

One of the pioneers of the hypermodern school of chess, Gyula Breyer, died of heart failure at the comparatively early age of 28 in early November 1921. Not long before his death, he had written to his friend Dr Zoltan Vecsey, then Secretary of the Kosice Chess Club, suggesting that a strong international tournament should be arranged in the Spa town of Pistyan, thus carrying on the tradition started in 1912 when the town had hosted a strong international tournament. The idea was received enthusiastically in many quarters, including the management of the Spa. It was also strongly supported by some highly placed members of the Government of the newly created Czechoslovakia. The Kosice Chess Club decided to proceed with the idea and at the same time to honour Breyer's memory by designating the event as the Gyula Breyer Memorial Tournament. Invitations were sent out to most of the prominent chess masters. Oldrich Duras, Emanuel Lasker, Aron Nimzowitsch and Richard Teichmann did not reply. Akiba Rubinstein accepted, but had to withdraw before the tournament began because of illness. In spite of these absences the event had a very good entry of 19 strong competitors, these included Alexander Alekhine, Efim Bogoljubov, Max Euwe, Ernst Grünfeld, Richard Réti, Friedrich Sämisch, Rudolf Spielmann, Siegbert Tarrasch and Savielly Tartakower. The rest of the field was made up of strong masters from Austria, Czechoslovakia, Germany, Hungary and Poland. The organisers agreed to designate seven prizes for the "A" tournament and many more special prizes were donated by prominent persons in Czechoslovakia. Alekhine, Vecsey, Ladislav Prokes and Tarrasch were appointed as the Tournament Directors. Coincidently with the main event, a "B" tournament with twelve entrants was also arranged. On the evening of the 6th of April, the tournament was formally opened with the drawing of the pairing numbers. This was followed by a banquet and speeches from a number of officials from the Spa management and by a Minister of the Czechoslovakian Government. Play in both tournaments began at 9 a.m. on the following day and continued until the event officially ended on the 29th of April. The tournament was closely contested and the final result was still in doubt until the last round. At the end of the penultimate round Alekhine and Bogoljubov were equal on 14 points. In the final Alekhine could only manage to draw with Reti, whereas Bogoljubow won his game against Euwe and hence the tournament. The final places of the prize winners were: Bogoljubov first on 15 points, Alekhine and Spielmann in joint second and third place with 14½ points, Grunfeld fourth on 11 points, Reti fifth on 10½, with Samisch and Wolf in joint sixth and seventh place on 9½. Alekhine went through the tournament with only one loss (against Tartakower) and five draws. He drew his games with both Bogoljubov and Spielmann. Three special brilliancy prizes were given by the President of Czechoslovakia, Tomas Masaryk. One of these was won by Alekhine for his game against Wolf. He also won a special prize contributed by the Prague City Councillor, Dr Dusek, an old and well known chess master, for his game against Tarrasch. Although Alekhine did not succeed in achieving the first prize, he had, according to most standards, enhanced his reputation as one of the strongest players of the present time. Special thanks goes to Paul Morten for his research and to Skinner and Verhoeven for the text used in this collection.

Bad Pistyan, Czechoslovakia, 7-28 April 1922

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Pts 1 Bogoljubov * ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 ½ 1 1 1 1 1 15 =2 Spielmann ½ * ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 1 1 1 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 14½ =2 Alekhine ½ ½ * 1 ½ 1 1 0 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 14½ 4 Grünfeld 0 0 0 * 0 ½ 1 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 11 5 Réti ½ ½ ½ 1 * ½ 0 ½ 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 10½ =6 Sämisch 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ 1 0 1 ½ ½ 1 1 1 0 ½ 9½ =6 Wolf 0 0 0 0 1 ½ * 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 1 ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 1 9½ 8 Tartakower 1 0 1 0 ½ ½ 1 * 0 ½ 0 0 ½ 1 ½ 1 1 0 ½ 9 =9 Tarrasch 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 * 0 1 1 ½ 1 0 0 ½ ½ 1 8½ =9 Euwe 0 0 ½ 0 1 0 ½ ½ 1 * ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 8½ =9 Johner 0 0 0 ½ 0 1 ½ 1 0 ½ * 1 1 ½ 0 1 0 ½ 1 8½ =12 von Balla 0 0 ½ 0 1 0 0 1 0 ½ 0 * ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 8 =12 Treybal 0 0 0 0 1 ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 0 ½ * ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 8 =14 Selezniev ½ ½ 0 0 0 ½ ½ 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 7 =14 Hromadka 0 0 0 ½ 0 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ * 0 ½ 1 0 7 =16 Prokes 0 ½ 0 0 ½ 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 ½ ½ 1 * ½ 1 ½ 6 =16 Przepiorka 0 0 0 ½ 0 0 0 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½ 6 18 Marco 0 0 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 0 ½ 0 0 0 0 0 ½ * ½ 5½ 19 Opocensky 0 0 0 0 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 0 0 ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ * 4½

Original collection: Game Collection: Bad Pistyan 1922, by User: suenteus po 147.

 page 1 of 7; games 1-25 of 171  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Bogoljubov vs Z von Balla 1-0341922Bad PistyanC62 Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense
2. Tarrasch vs Alekhine 0-1401922Bad PistyanE10 Queen's Pawn Game
3. Spielmann vs Prokes ½-½361922Bad PistyanC28 Vienna Game
4. A Selezniev vs P F Johner ½-½331922Bad PistyanD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
5. Saemisch vs K Treybal ½-½181922Bad PistyanD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
6. Reti vs H Wolf 0-1301922Bad PistyanD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
7. Przepiorka vs Euwe ½-½471922Bad PistyanD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
8. Opocensky vs Tartakower ½-½321922Bad PistyanA80 Dutch
9. Gruenfeld vs G Marco ½-½281922Bad PistyanD68 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, Classical
10. H Wolf vs Tarrasch ½-½501922Bad PistyanB40 Sicilian
11. K Treybal vs Reti 1-0581922Bad PistyanC66 Ruy Lopez
12. Prokes vs Saemisch 0-1361922Bad PistyanE15 Queen's Indian
13. G Marco vs Bogoljubov 0-1411922Bad PistyanC77 Ruy Lopez
14. P F Johner vs Opocensky 1-0531922Bad PistyanD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
15. Hromadka vs Gruenfeld ½-½701922Bad PistyanB03 Alekhine's Defense
16. Euwe vs Spielmann 0-1261922Bad PistyanA52 Budapest Gambit
17. Z von Balla vs Przepiorka  ½-½261922Bad PistyanC11 French
18. Alekhine vs A Selezniev 1-0331922Bad PistyanD67 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, Bd3 line
19. Tartakower vs P F Johner  0-1651922Bad PistyanA03 Bird's Opening
20. Tarrasch vs K Treybal  ½-½271922Bad PistyanD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
21. Spielmann vs Z von Balla 1-0431922Bad PistyanC48 Four Knights
22. A Selezniev vs H Wolf ½-½261922Bad PistyanD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
23. Saemisch vs Euwe 1-0341922Bad PistyanA46 Queen's Pawn Game
24. Reti vs Prokes  ½-½391922Bad PistyanD67 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, Bd3 line
25. Przepiorka vs G Marco  ½-½201922Bad PistyanD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jun-29-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: There's a nice illustrated German cb report on this tournament: http://www.chessbase.de/Home/TabId/...
Jun-29-13  Feldgrau: Sounds painful.
Jun-29-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: Yes, for sure!
Feb-08-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: Bogoljubov has taken plenty of heat for his perceived failure as a player in these pages, having twice lost title matches to Alekhine, but he had some fine tournament results against the strongest players of the 1920s.

As was the case with Bent Larsen, the over-optimism which proved his undoing at the very highest level served, at the same time, as the impetus for numerous achievements.

Apr-03-14  ughaibu: Spielmann was the only unbeaten player. That's interesting. I'm even tempted to say it surprises me.
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