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St. Petersburg Tournament

Akiba Rubinstein14.5/18(+12 -1 =5)[games]
Emanuel Lasker14.5/18(+13 -2 =3)[games]
Rudolf Spielmann11/18(+7 -3 =8)[games]
Oldrich Duras11/18(+10 -6 =2)[games]
Ossip Bernstein10.5/18(+8 -5 =5)[games]
Richard Teichmann10/18(+6 -4 =8)[games]
Julius Perlis9.5/18(+6 -5 =7)[games]
Erich Cohn9/18(+5 -5 =8)[games]
Carl Schlechter9/18(+6 -6 =6)[games]
Georg Salwe9/18(+7 -7 =4)[games]
Savielly Tartakower8.5/18(+5 -6 =7)[games]
Jacques Mieses8.5/18(+7 -8 =3)[games]
Fyodor Ivanovich Dus Chotimirsky8/18(+5 -7 =6)[games]
Leo Fleischmann Forgacs7.5/18(+4 -7 =7)[games]
Amos Burn7/18(+2 -6 =10)[games]
Milan Vidmar7/18(+4 -8 =6)[games]
Abraham Speijer6/18(+2 -8 =8)[games]
Sergey Nikolaevich von Freymann5.5/18(+3 -10 =5)[games]
Eugene Aleksandrovich Znosko-Borovsky5/18(+3 -11 =4)[games]
Vladimir Nenarokov1.5/4(+1 -2 =1)[games]
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Chessgames.com Chess Event Description
St. Petersburg (1909)

The St. Petersburg Chess Club consisted of the elite. After Mikhail Chigorin 's death, the club decided to organise a memorial tournament. President of the organising committee was P. P. Saburov, a powerful diplomat.

The favorites were Emanuel Lasker, Akiba Rubinstein and Carl Schlechter. This marked Lasker's second tournament since Cambridge Springs (1904).

St. Petersburg, Russian Empire, 14 February - 12 March 1909

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Pts =1 Rubinstein * 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 14 =1 Lasker 0 * 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 14 =3 Spielmann 0 * 1 0 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 11 =3 Duras 0 0 0 * 0 1 0 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 11 5 Bernstein 1 1 * 0 1 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 10 6 Teichmann 0 0 0 1 * 0 1 1 1 1 1 10 7 Perlis 0 0 0 1 * 1 1 1 1 0 0 1 9 =8 Cohn 0 0 1 1 * 0 0 1 0 1 1 9 =8 Schlechter 0 0 0 1 * 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 1 9 =8 Salwe 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 * 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 9 =11 Tartakower 0 1 0 0 1 * 0 0 0 1 1 1 8 =11 Mieses 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 * 1 1 1 0 1 1 8 13 Dus Chotimirsky 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 * 1 0 1 8 14 Forgacs 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 * 0 7 =15 Burn 0 0 1 0 0 0 * 1 0 7 =15 Vidmar 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 * 1 0 7 17 Speijer 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 * 6 18 Freymann 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 * 0 5 19 Znosko-Borovsky 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 * 5 Nenarokov - - - 0 - - 1 - - - - 0 - - - - - - *games cancelled*

The time limits were 37 moves in 2 hours, 23 in 1 and 15 per hour. A budget of 10,500 rubles took care of the prizes, money for points and expenses.

The main tournament was dominated by the race between Rubinstein and Lasker. Akiba took the lead by a win over Emanuel in round three. At the end they shared the first place. Spielmann competed with them for a long time, but he had to accept a margin of 3 points after a poor finish. Schlechter scored poorly due to the flu.

Hans Kmoch, in his book Rubinstein's Chess Masterpieces stated, "In the tournament at St Petersburg, Rubinstein in my opinion, reached the zenith of his artistry."

His best known games from this tournament are his victory over Lasker and the famous pawn ending with Cohn, but also outstanding are his wins over Schlechter and Mieses.

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Lasker annotates: Game Collection: lasker annotates games. Lasker wrote in his famous Manual:

"I want to train pupils to think for themselves and exercise just criticism. I will not teach them mere formulae, mere generalities, but will instil into them lasting principles that will grow and blossom; which are alive, and vital.

They must be ready and willing to put their conceptions, laws and valuations to the proof, again and again, diligently and cheerfully, from a sheer joy of the law and from veneration of the fact."

Preface of the tournament book:

"THIS is a book in which analysis is accurate.

The games in this book show the working of the mind of the master, and the commentary has been intended to guide the thought of him who plays over these games so that he may perceive weakness and merit. Notes have been made solely for that purpose. The glossary was meant to be both necessary and sufficient. Nowhere will it be found lacking in supplying explanation needed, but it has no superfluities.

The work has been translated from German, all but the early part, by Mr. R. Teichmann, and some valuable advice has been given to me by Mr. Teichmann, for which I beg to thank him here. EMANUEL LASKER New York, May 10, 1910."

Wikipedia article: Chigorin Memorial. Photograph and crosstable: http://www.endgame.nl/stpeter.htm. Tournament book review: http://chess.about.com/od/chessbook.... Saburovs: http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/...

Original collections: (1) Game Collection: St Petersburg 1909, by User: Archives; (2) a former game collection by User: whiteshark.

 page 1 of 7; games 1-25 of 175  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Dus Chotimirsky vs J Mieses ½-½281909St. PetersburgA54 Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3
2. Nenarokov vs J Perlis 1-0601909St. PetersburgD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
3. Spielmann vs Salwe ½-½311909St. PetersburgC66 Ruy Lopez
4. Rubinstein vs Znosko-Borovsky 1-0301909St. PetersburgD61 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
5. S Von Freymann vs Tartakower 0-1461909St. PetersburgA43 Old Benoni
6. Teichmann vs Vidmar ½-½191909St. PetersburgC66 Ruy Lopez
7. Schlechter vs Lasker ½-½711909St. PetersburgC66 Ruy Lopez
8. Duras vs O Bernstein 0-1381909St. PetersburgC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
9. L Forgacs vs A Speijer ½-½541909St. PetersburgC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
10. E Cohn vs Burn ½-½181909St. PetersburgC25 Vienna
11. Znosko-Borovsky vs S Von Freymann 1-0361909St. PetersburgC49 Four Knights
12. Lasker vs L Forgacs 1-0381909St. PetersburgC62 Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense
13. O Bernstein vs Salwe 1-0381909St. PetersburgC44 King's Pawn Game
14. Burn vs Nenarokov ½-½371909St. PetersburgC77 Ruy Lopez
15. Duras vs Dus Chotimirsky 1-0441909St. PetersburgC63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
16. Vidmar vs Schlechter 1-0391909St. PetersburgD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
17. Tartakower vs Spielmann ½-½371909St. PetersburgD00 Queen's Pawn Game
18. A Speijer vs Rubinstein 0-1551909St. PetersburgD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
19. J Perlis vs Teichmann 1-0731909St. PetersburgC87 Ruy Lopez
20. J Mieses vs E Cohn  ½-½131909St. PetersburgC26 Vienna
21. E Cohn vs Duras 1-0341909St. PetersburgD02 Queen's Pawn Game
22. S Von Freymann vs A Speijer ½-½301909St. PetersburgD02 Queen's Pawn Game
23. Nenarokov vs J Mieses 0-1411909St. PetersburgD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
24. Spielmann vs Znosko-Borovsky  1-0671909St. PetersburgC41 Philidor Defense
25. Teichmann vs Burn 1-0511909St. PetersburgC49 Four Knights
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Kibitzer's Corner
Nov-23-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  Benzol: What a pity there was never a match between Lasker and Rubinstein.
Nov-23-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  tamar: Rubinstein had a run like Secretariat in this tournament, but then so did Lasker!
Apr-01-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  GrahamClayton: Why did Nenarokov withdraw after 4 rounds?
Aug-29-13  Karpova: Beauty prizes:

1st Schlechter vs Salwe, 1909 (120 Roubles)

2nd L Forgacs vs Tartakower, 1909 (80 Roubles)

Source: Page 253 of the 1909 'Wiener Schachzeitung'

Aug-22-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Nosnibor: The introduction is not strictly correct as Lasker played in 1906 at Trenton Falls.It should also be mentioned that Dus Chotimirski received a special prize following his victories against both Rubinstein and Lasker.
Aug-22-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: <Nosnibor> Inter alia, Kmoch was not a GM, either--time for a few improvements, such as extra player links in text.
Apr-06-15  ColdSong: One think for the three greats,Charousek,Pillsbury and Rubinstein,who never had their chance to challenge Lasker.
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