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Baden-Baden Tournament

Alexander Alekhine16/20(+12 -0 =8)[view games]
Akiba Rubinstein14.5/20(+10 -1 =9)[view games]
Friedrich Saemisch13.5/20(+10 -3 =7)[view games]
Efim Bogoljubov13/20(+11 -5 =4)[view games]
Savielly Tartakower12.5/20(+6 -1 =13)[view games]
Frank James Marshall12.5/20(+7 -2 =11)[view games]
Ilya Leontievich Rabinovich12/20(+7 -3 =10)[view games]
Ernst Gruenfeld11.5/20(+7 -4 =9)[view games]
Aron Nimzowitsch11/20(+7 -5 =8)[view games]
Carlos Torre Repetto10.5/20(+5 -4 =11)[view games]
Richard Reti10/20(+6 -6 =8)[view games]
Rudolf Spielmann10/20(+6 -6 =8)[view games]
Karel Treybal10/20(+6 -6 =8)[view games]
Carl Johan Margot Carls9/20(+6 -8 =6)[view games]
Frederick Dewhirst Yates8/20(+6 -10 =4)[view games]
Siegbert Tarrasch7.5/20(+3 -8 =9)[view games]
Stefano Rosselli del Turco7.5/20(+3 -8 =9)[view games]
Edgar Colle7/20(+5 -11 =4)[view games]
Jacques Mieses6.5/20(+5 -12 =3)[view games]
George Alan Thomas6/20(+3 -11 =6)[view games]
Jan Willem te Kolste1.5/20(+0 -17 =3)[view games]

Chessgames.com Chess Event Description
Baden-Baden (1925)
For a number of years following the First World War Germany had seen no great international tournaments. Mannheim (1914) was their latest grand-scale tournament which the outbreak of the war had brought to a premature conclusion. Lamenting this sad state of affairs, Dr. Tarrasch approached the municipal authorities of the famous old spa town of Baden Baden, which had hosted the Baden-Baden (1870) event (1) on an international scale. Their response was favourable and the organisation of the event was placed in the good doctor's hands. Most of the invitees accepted but both Dr. Emanuel Lasker and Jose Raul Capablanca insisted on large appearance fees which were unable to be met. Other absentees were Milan Vidmar and Geza Maroczy who were unable to attend because of work commitments. The final entry consisted of twenty-one competitors, including Dr. Tarrasch himself. The final result was a great win for Alekhine, foreshadowing his later triumphs at San Remo (1930) and Bled (1931).

Baden-Baden, Germany, 15 April - 14 May 1925

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 Pts 1 Alekhine * 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 16 2 Rubinstein * 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 14 3 Saemisch 0 * 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 13 4 Bogolyubov 0 * 0 1 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 13 5 Marshall 0 1 1 * 1 0 1 1 1 1 12 6 Tartakover 1 0 * 1 1 1 1 1 12 7 Rabinovich 0 1 0 * 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 12 8 Gruenfeld 1 * 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 1 1 11 9 Nimzowitsch 0 0 0 0 1 * 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 11 10 Torre 0 0 1 * 0 1 1 1 1 10 11 Reti 0 0 0 1 1 0 * 1 1 0 1 0 1 10 12 Treybal 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 * 1 0 1 1 1 10 13 Spielmann 0 0 0 0 0 * 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 10 14 Carls 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 * 0 1 1 1 1 1 9 15 Yates 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 * 0 0 0 1 0 1 8 16 Rosselli 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 * 1 1 0 7 17 Tarrasch 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 * 0 0 7 18 Colle 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 * 0 1 1 7 19 Mieses 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 * 1 1 6 20 Thomas 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 * 6 21 te Kolste 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 * 1

The game Marshall vs Carlos Torre, 1925 was played en-route to the tournament.

The main source for this collection was the Baden Baden 1925 International Chess Tournament book by Siegbert Tarrasch. ISBN 0-939433-13-3.

Reference: (1) Wikipedia article: Baden-Baden 1870 chess tournament. Original collection: Game Collection: Baden Baden 1925, by User: Benzol.

 page 1 of 9; games 1-25 of 210  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Bogoljubov vs G A Thomas 1-031 1925 Baden-BadenD49 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran
2. Carlos Torre vs Alekhine ½-½14 1925 Baden-BadenA31 English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation
3. Tartakower vs Reti ½-½78 1925 Baden-BadenA00 Uncommon Opening
4. Tarrasch vs Yates 1-026 1925 Baden-BadenC50 Giuoco Piano
5. Rubinstein vs K Treybal 1-031 1925 Baden-BadenD05 Queen's Pawn Game
6. S Rosselli del Turco vs Spielmann 0-136 1925 Baden-BadenC28 Vienna Game
7. Marshall vs Saemisch 1-037 1925 Baden-BadenB20 Sicilian
8. Gruenfeld vs J W te Kolste  1-032 1925 Baden-BadenD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
9. Colle vs Nimzowitsch 0-152 1925 Baden-BadenA80 Dutch
10. Carls vs I Rabinovich 0-159 1925 Baden-BadenD19 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
11. Alekhine vs Colle 1-061 1925 Baden-BadenD07 Queen's Gambit Declined, Chigorin Defense
12. J W te Kolste vs Carlos Torre 0-127 1925 Baden-BadenC12 French, McCutcheon
13. K Treybal vs Tartakower  ½-½31 1925 Baden-BadenB02 Alekhine's Defense
14. G A Thomas vs Rubinstein 0-163 1925 Baden-BadenC98 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
15. Spielmann vs Marshall  ½-½18 1925 Baden-BadenC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
16. Saemisch vs Bogoljubov 1-054 1925 Baden-BadenE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
17. Reti vs Gruenfeld 1-056 1925 Baden-BadenA00 Uncommon Opening
18. I Rabinovich vs S Rosselli del Turco  1-032 1925 Baden-BadenD48 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran
19. Nimzowitsch vs Tarrasch ½-½27 1925 Baden-BadenA20 English
20. J Mieses vs Carls  0-141 1925 Baden-BadenB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
21. Tarrasch vs Alekhine 0-128 1925 Baden-BadenC53 Giuoco Piano
22. Yates vs Nimzowitsch  ½-½53 1925 Baden-BadenB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
23. Carlos Torre vs Reti ½-½31 1925 Baden-BadenB02 Alekhine's Defense
24. Tartakower vs G A Thomas ½-½52 1925 Baden-BadenA00 Uncommon Opening
25. Rubinstein vs Saemisch ½-½39 1925 Baden-BadenA84 Dutch
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Dec-06-12  Shams: What was a "large appearance fee" in 1925?
Dec-06-12  Conrad93: Probably a few hundred dollars.

400-800.

5,075.03-10,150 dollars.

http://www.westegg.com/inflation/in...

Jan-29-13
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  Marmot PFL: <What was a "large appearance fee" in 1925?>

Any fee payable in anything other than German paper marks (about 4.5 trillion to $1 US).

Jan-29-13
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  Marmot PFL: Drink your beer slowly, it cost 5 billion marks.
Jan-29-13
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  perfidious: Who cares about the beer? The stein is worth much more!
Jan-29-13
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  whiteshark: Tarrasch mentioned in the tournament book that both <demanded to high extra-honoraria for their participation>, but he didn't specify it.

For organising the tournament Tarrasch had a budget of 10,000 Mark whereof 4,000 Mark was for price-money (1,500 - 1000 - 700 - 500 - 300). Non prize winners got 20 Mark for a win and 10 Mark for a draw.

Jan-29-13  Shams: <Marmot> <about 4.5 trillion to $1 US>

Wow, even several years before the crash they were in that bad of shape?

Jan-29-13  waustad: If their teams in the Bundesliga and Frauenbundesliga are any indication, chess is still doing well in Baden Baden. BTW, the name wasn't officially doubled until 1931 to differentiate it from Baden bei Wien, usw.
Jan-29-13
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  TheFocus: Badeb Baden and Baden bei Wien are in different countries.
Jan-29-13
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  perfidious: <Shams> By the time Hitler's putsch came off in November 1923, the mark was already in bad shape.
Jan-29-13
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  keypusher: Hyperinflation was over long before this tournament.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyperi...

Jan-29-13  IndigoViolet: Yes, that's true. If you see group photos of the event, there's not a wheelbarrow in sight.
Mar-27-13  notyetagm: Alekhine vs Colle, 1925

45 ... ?


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White has just captured a Black rook on g8 with 45 ♖g3x♖g8. Should Black make the obvious recapture on g8 or does he have a better move?

Colle playing Black simply recaptured the White g8-rook and lost.

45 ... ♔h7x♖g8?


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Instead he could have forced White to take a perp by playing the *much* stronger <ZWISCHENZUG> 45 ... ♕d7xa4!, threatening mate on the <WEAK BACK RANK> while simultaneously creating <CONNECTED PASSERS> on the queenside.

(variation)
45 ... ♕d7xa4!=


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Oct-25-13
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  Benzol: "Capablanca won the London Tournament in 1922 because he was the World Champion; Lasker won in New York in 1924 as if he were the World Champion; but Alekhine won the Baden-Baden Tournament like a real World Champion". - Savielly Tartakower
Oct-25-13
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  keypusher: <Benzol: "Capablanca won the London Tournament in 1922 because he was the World Champion; Lasker won in New York in 1924 as if he were the World Champion; but Alekhine won the Baden-Baden Tournament like a real World Champion". - Savielly Tartakower>

By which he meant <in the absence of the world's strongest players?> :-)

Oct-25-13
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  Benzol: It could be interesting to speculate what the final placings would've been if Lasker and/or Capablanca had played in this tournament.

:)

Jul-05-14
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  FSR: <Benzol: It could be interesting to speculate what the final placings would've been if Lasker and/or Capablanca had played in this tournament.>

1. Alekhine
2. Lasker
3-4. Rubinstein, Capablanca

Jul-05-14
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  perfidious: To get there with Lasker and Capablanca present, Alekhine would have had to pound the lesser masters without mercy, as he actually did; for he could then do little with either the reigning champion or his predecessor.
Jul-05-14
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  FSR: My prediction is predicated on the assumption that, much as <perfidious> suggests, Alekhine would have beaten up on the lesser lights while drawing against the superstars. (He didn't actually <win> against Capablanca until 1927, and against Lasker until 1934 - Alekhine's only win against the great man). If so, the tournament could have been something like Moscow (1925) with Alekhine playing Bogo's part. But who knows, maybe Lasker could have pulled off another New York (1924) and won the thing.
Aug-03-16  King.Arthur.Brazil: A photo of this set of fabolous great masters of BADEN-BADEN in the following e-address: http://www.chessvibes.com/?q=report...
Aug-28-16  King.Arthur.Brazil: It is very sad to see the big ex-champion Tarrasch lose games where he was better, making unbelievable moves that made him lost... It was preferable to retire of doing this hole... Maybe, he needed money...
Aug-28-16
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  plang: ...and maybe he loved chess

What was he "ex-champion" of?

Aug-29-16  Howard: If I remember correctly, after World War I, Tarrasch never again placed in the top-three of any tournament he played in---and he was in quite a few after the war.
Sep-02-16  King.Arthur.Brazil: Your are right! I must write "ex-vice-Champion", since it was defeated by Lasker in 1908. But we will never know why Tarrasch didn't was kind for match Lasker before. From 1904 to 1908, he lose several oportunities, where maybe, he was best prepared. The score 8x3 for Lasker (1908) and both score of Lasker 8x1 Marshall and Tarrasch 8x0 Marshall (1904) explains my opinion. I guess the "vice-champion" in Chess is a honor title too. Remember that are several extra-ordinary players that are in this list: (never were the world Champion): Tarrasch, Schlecter, Reti, Smyslov (was Champion only one year!, 1954), Bronstein, Tahl, Kortchnoi, etc.
Apr-04-17  sudoplatov: Marshall scored the same here as in Moscow 1925.
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