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TOURNAMENT STANDINGS
Karlsbad Tournament

Aron Nimzowitsch15/21(+10 -1 =10)[games]
Jose Raul Capablanca14.5/21(+10 -2 =9)[games]
Rudolf Spielmann14.5/21(+11 -3 =7)[games]
Akiba Rubinstein13.5/21(+7 -1 =13)[games]
Albert Becker12/21(+7 -4 =10)[games]
Milan Vidmar12/21(+7 -4 =10)[games]
Max Euwe12/21(+6 -3 =12)[games]
Efim Bogoljubov11.5/21(+7 -5 =9)[games]
Ernst Gruenfeld11/21(+5 -4 =12)[games]
Esteban Canal10.5/21(+6 -6 =9)[games]
Hermanis Karlovich Mattison10.5/21(+7 -7 =7)[games]
Savielly Tartakower10/21(+2 -3 =16)[games]
Geza Maroczy10/21(+6 -7 =8)[games]
Edgar Colle10/21(+7 -8 =6)[games]
Karel Treybal10/21(+6 -7 =8)[games]
Friedrich Saemisch9.5/21(+4 -6 =11)[games]
Fred Dewhirst Yates9.5/21(+5 -7 =9)[games]
Paul F Johner9/21(+6 -9 =6)[games]
Frank James Marshall9/21(+4 -7 =10)[games]
Karl Gilg8/21(+4 -9 =8)[games]
George Alan Thomas6/21(+1 -10 =10)[games]
Vera Menchik3/21(+2 -17 =2)[games]
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Chessgames.com Chess Event Description
Karlsbad (1929)

The fourth international master chess tournament to be held in the spa resort of Karlsbad, Czechoslovakia in 1929 was a round robin event involving 22 of the best chess masters in the world. Of the top players, only world champion Alexander Alekhine and former world champion Emanuel Lasker were missing. The line up of players included such names as Jose Capablanca, Efim Bogoljubov, Frank Marshall, Akiba Rubinstein, Milan Vidmar, Aron Nimzowitsch, and Rudolf Spielmann. Among the remaining invitations, one notable participant was Vera Menchik, the women's world champion, who joined despite the protests of some male colleagues, including fellow participant Albert Becker. The tournament was held in the Kurhaus Imperial Hotel from July 30 to August 28. The time control used was 30 moves in two hours followed by 15 moves in one hour. Despite Spielmann's amazing beginning of 9 points earned in the first ten rounds followed by Capablanca's shared lead in the standings from the thirteenth round on, it was to be Nimzowitsch's "finest hour," with a win over Savielly Tartakower propelling him to first place and the grand prize of 20,000 Kronen. Although he used this victory to campaign for his right to challenge Alekhine for the world championship, losses to the world champion at San Remo (1930) and Bled (1931) would dash his chances of competing for the world crown. Nevertheless, this victory amongst such a field of chess masters would shine as the high point of Nimzowitsch's career.

Karlsbad, Czechoslovakia, 31 July - 26 August 1929

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 Pts 1 Nimzowitsch * ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 1 1 ½ ½ 1 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 0 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 15 =2 Capablanca ½ * 0 ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 ½ 1 14½ =2 Spielmann 0 1 * 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 0 ½ ½ 1 1 1 1 ½ 1 1 1 1 1 14½ 4 Rubinstein ½ ½ 1 * ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ 0 ½ 1 13½ =5 Becker ½ 0 ½ ½ * 1 1 1 0 0 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 ½ 0 12 =5 Vidmar 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 * 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 0 ½ ½ 0 1 1 1 1 12 =5 Euwe 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 0 * ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 1 12 8 Bogoljubov 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ 0 0 1 1 1 1 0 ½ 1 1 1 11½ 9 Grünfeld ½ ½ 0 0 1 ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ 1 0 ½ 0 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 11 =10 Canal ½ ½ 1 0 1 ½ 0 ½ ½ * 1 ½ 0 0 ½ ½ 0 1 0 ½ 1 1 10½ =10 Mattison 0 0 ½ 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 * 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 ½ 0 ½ 1 10½ =12 Tartakower 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ 1 ½ ½ 0 * ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 10 =12 Maróczy ½ 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 0 1 0 ½ * 0 0 0 1 ½ 1 1 ½ 1 10 =12 Colle ½ 0 0 ½ ½ 0 0 0 1 1 0 ½ 1 * 1 ½ 1 0 ½ 0 1 1 10 =12 Treybal ½ 0 0 0 ½ 1 0 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 0 * ½ ½ 0 1 1 ½ 1 10 =16 Sämisch 0 1 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 1 ½ 0 ½ 1 ½ ½ * ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 0 9½ =16 Yates 1 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 0 1 0 ½ 0 0 ½ ½ * 1 ½ ½ 1 1 9½ =18 Johner 0 0 0 0 ½ 1 0 1 ½ 0 0 ½ ½ 1 1 1 0 * ½ 0 ½ 1 9 =18 Marshall ½ 0 0 ½ 0 0 ½ ½ 0 1 ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ * 1 1 1 9 20 Gilg 0 0 0 1 0 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ 0 1 0 ½ ½ 1 0 * ½ ½ 8 21 Thomas ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 0 0 0 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 0 ½ 0 ½ * 1 6 22 Menchik 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 ½ 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 ½ 0 * 3

This collection would have been impossible without the continued and incredible effort of <sneaky pete>, to whom I owe a great debt.

Original collection: Game Collection: Karlsbad 1929, by User: suenteus po 147.

 page 1 of 5; games 1-25 of 101  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Bogoljubov vs Euwe  ½-½231929KarlsbadC47 Four Knights
2. Tartakower vs Capablanca ½-½261929KarlsbadA03 Bird's Opening
3. G A Thomas vs Nimzowitsch  ½-½351929KarlsbadC16 French, Winawer
4. Colle vs Saemisch ½-½501929KarlsbadA80 Dutch
5. Capablanca vs G A Thomas ½-½471929KarlsbadD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
6. Nimzowitsch vs Rubinstein ½-½431929KarlsbadA04 Reti Opening
7. Saemisch vs Vidmar ½-½431929KarlsbadD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
8. E Canal vs K Treybal  ½-½391929KarlsbadC50 Giuoco Piano
9. Tartakower vs Gruenfeld  ½-½261929KarlsbadE12 Queen's Indian
10. Yates vs Euwe ½-½401929KarlsbadB02 Alekhine's Defense
11. G A Thomas vs H K Mattison  ½-½411929KarlsbadB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
12. Rubinstein vs Capablanca ½-½351929KarlsbadA46 Queen's Pawn Game
13. K Treybal vs Yates  ½-½761929KarlsbadC49 Four Knights
14. P F Johner vs A Becker  ½-½481929KarlsbadD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
15. Capablanca vs Bogoljubov ½-½371929KarlsbadE60 King's Indian Defense
16. Nimzowitsch vs E Canal ½-½491929KarlsbadE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
17. Marshall vs Tartakower ½-½341929KarlsbadB15 Caro-Kann
18. E Canal vs Capablanca ½-½451929KarlsbadC50 Giuoco Piano
19. Tartakower vs Saemisch  ½-½461929KarlsbadA46 Queen's Pawn Game
20. Bogoljubov vs H K Mattison ½-½1131929KarlsbadD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
21. K Treybal vs A Becker  ½-½711929KarlsbadB40 Sicilian
22. Gruenfeld vs Bogoljubov  ½-½321929KarlsbadD69 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, Classical, 13.de
23. Gilg vs Tartakower  ½-½401929KarlsbadA90 Dutch
24. Vidmar vs Spielmann  ½-½401929KarlsbadA40 Queen's Pawn Game
25. Marshall vs Rubinstein  ½-½551929KarlsbadD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
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Kibitzer's Corner
Dec-21-12  Conrad93: An amazing win by Nimzowitsch in a competition full of the world's best.
Dec-21-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  Sneaky: It's a tough crowd when names like Maroczy, Tartakower, Saemisch, Yates, and Marshall all end up in the bottom half.

Perhaps Nimzowitsch's finest hour.

Feb-18-13  capanegra: Yes, great tournament by Nimzowitsch. Surely it must have been his finest hour. He was also very lucky in two games:

He won a full point from a hopeless position in
Nimzowitsch vs Euwe, 1929

And Capa lost a full point due to a rare blunder in
Saemisch vs Capablanca, 1929

Mar-14-13  ughaibu: Capablanca didn't lose a full point, by that blunder, did he?
Mar-09-14  RedShield: Alekhine covered this event for the <New York Times> and continued the critical appraisal/bitchslapping of Capablanca's play that he'd begun in the 1927 New York tournament book. All quotes from Winter's Capablanca book.

<Will that very superior technician Capablanca turn the trick? His victory would, at least, mean a great gain for chess, for nobody can reach the top in such a world tournament with only drawn games to his credit. He would have to abandon his morbid theories.>

<It is the quality of Capablanca's games, however, that suggests comment. He shows a fighting spirit and a wealth of ideas all right, but one is compelled to note a certain tactical insecurity. In Moscow [1925], for instance, Capablanca did not take pains to win against strong opponents, he rather contented himself with tedious, symmetrical variations of the Queen's Gambit. In Carlsbad on the other hand he was determined to win against Rubinstein and Bogoljubow; he combined, even exposed himself to certain risks, and yet did not succeed. Against Thomas he even drifted into a very tight corner; Thomas might have won.>

<Spielmann, in contradistinction to Marshall, has adapted his style of play to the present-day demands and this explains his success. After the fashion of Jose Capablanca of Cuba, he now follows the tendency of avoiding complications, but compared to the Cuban grandmaster, with whom he shares the same technique of simplification, he has the advantage of livelier imagination and greater accuracy.>

<It is true that the Cuban has succeeded - but not without some lucky incidents - to carry through his obvious intention to draw his games against dangerous opponents and "swallow all the small fish" by means of his superior technique.>

<While such a mistake [Capa's blunder of a piece vs Samsich] never has happened to masters of a less high class, such as A. Nimzowitsch of Denmark and Dr. Vidmar of Yugoslavia, in their long careers, such negligence with Capablanca is sporadical and nearly typical. Just remember the 1914 St. Petersburg game with Tarrasch, the 1916 New York test with Chajes, the London match [sic] with Morrison, the Moscow test of 1925 against Verlinsky, the twelfth game at Buenos Aires 1927 and the Kissingen match [sic] of the same year [sic] against Spielmann.

This short statistical outline, which easily could be continued, shows sufficiently that the former world's champion lacks an important component of chess playing strength, namely an imperturbable attention which separates the player absolutely from the outside world. Therefore, with him, such mistakes as in the Samisch game cannot be counted as a crash incident.

Regarding the sporting point of view, however, Capablanca's defeat has a positive value in that it prevents a new legend of his invioability, which this tournament would more than have justified, because he twice before was clearly exposed to defeat and only had to thank the carelessness of his opponent for his rescue.>

Mar-09-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: Given the animus which existed between those great masters, difficult to tell where Alekhine's objectivity ends and criticism, for its own sake, begins.
Mar-09-14  Howard: Apparently, Alekhine believed that Capablanca was the "only" elite player to make these kinds of amateurish mistakes.

Ahhhh.....didn't Alekhine once hang his queen in a 1930's game ?!? The reason a lot of people don't know that is because his opponent (don't recall who it was) OVERLOOKED it. Thus, Alekhine was able to rectify his mistake.

Jan-03-15  Severin: 2 wins and 17 losses for Menchik. That's a pretty rough debut....
Mar-13-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  TheFocus: The following special prizes were awarded:

Prize for the best played game - divided between Nimzowitsch and Euwe for their games with Bogoljubow and Sir G.A. Thomas, respectively.

Brilliancy prizes: First to F. Saemisch for his game with Gruenfeld; second and third to Maroczy and Dr. Vidmar for their games against Canal and Dr. Euwe, respectively; fourth and fifth to F.J. Marshall and P. Johner for their games against Sir G.A. Thomas and Colle, respectively; sixth, to Rubinstein for his game against Miss Menchik; seventh, to Canal for his game against Johner.

Prizes for the most games won: First, to Spielmann, eleven victories; second and third, divided between Capablanca and Nimzowitsch, each with ten victories - <American Chess Bulletin>, September-October 1929, pg. 151.

Feb-02-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  zanzibar: I just got all of Alekhine's articles from the NYT's. One would assume they are out of copyright, being from 1929, so perhaps I'll post them.

But I would recommend reading the entire series from the start - Alekhine frames the tournament with these headings in his first article:

<

DR. ALEKHINE GIVES VIEWS AT CARLSBAD

World's Chess Champion Sees Two Schools in Conflict With Each Other.

* * * * * *
TEST FOR THE REFORMISTS
* * * * * *

Says They Will Be Opposed to Those Who Place the "How" Over the "What"

* * * * *
MANY STARS ON BOTH SIDES
* * * * *

Capablanca Leads Side Rating Victory All-Important, While Bogoljubow Heads the "Artists".

>

On Capa's side are Maroczy, Vidmar, Euwe and Gruenfeld.

Capa's group is labeled "reformists", and adds this:

<To just such a deadening level the reformist school, these pseudo-scientists, would reduce the noble game of chess, but fortunately there prevails a strong oppositional force which first asserted itself in the play of Breyer and Reti, whose premature deaaths were a distinct loss to the chess world.>

The "artist" group includes Bojo, Nimzowitch, Tartakower, Canel, Saemisch and Colle.

OK, that's enough for now, and that's just the first part of the first article!

(NYT 1929-08-01 - p21)
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Feb-25-17  Allanur: was Alekhine not sent an invitation or did he reject to attend? if so, why? Is there any info about that?
Feb-25-17  Retireborn: It would have been too close to the Bogoljubow match, I expect.
Feb-25-17  Paarhufer: In order to participate at this tournament Alekhine tried to postpone the start of the WC match from 6 to 25 September, but the organizers in Wiesbaden rejected. He was present in Karlsbad during the whole tournament and wrote articles for American newspapers (tournament book).

See also http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/...

Feb-25-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  tamar: <Only eight days after the conclusion of the Carlsbad tourney I shall be called upon to defend my title. The challenger is no less a person than Bogoljubow, victor of the Moscow and Kissingen tourneys. Consideration for himself apparently did not prevent this grand master from entering the lists at Carlsbad, and in this connection the following must be taken into account: a challenger has much less to risk than the defender of the title.>

Alekhines 1st article on Carlsbad

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