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Bad Kissingen Tournament

Efim Bogoljubov8/11(+6 -1 =4)[games]
Jose Raul Capablanca7/11(+4 -1 =6)[games]
Max Euwe6.5/11(+4 -2 =5)[games]
Akiba Rubinstein6.5/11(+4 -2 =5)[games]
Aron Nimzowitsch6/11(+3 -2 =6)[games]
Richard Reti5.5/11(+2 -2 =7)[games]
Savielly Tartakower5/11(+2 -3 =6)[games]
Frank James Marshall5/11(+3 -4 =4)[games]
Fred Dewhirst Yates5/11(+2 -3 =6)[games]
Rudolf Spielmann4.5/11(+1 -3 =7)[games]
Siegbert Tarrasch4/11(+0 -3 =8)[games]
Jacques Mieses3/11(+0 -5 =6)[games]

Chessgames.com Chess Event Description
Bad Kissingen (1928)

Twelve of the best masters around came to the Bavarian spa town of Bad Kissingen for an all-star tournament:

Efim Bogoljubov, Jose Raul Capablanca, Max Euwe, Frank James Marshall, Jacques Mieses, Aron Nimzowitsch, Richard Reti, Akiba Rubinstein, Rudolf Spielmann, Siegbert Tarrasch, Savielly Tartakower, Fred Dewhirst Yates.

While this was an opportunity for Capablanca to regain some of his luster after the match with Alekhine, it was Bogoljubov who pulled another one of those commanding performances out of his hat to finish on top by a point. Such performances provided a good reason for Alekhine to pick him as a match opponent.

A big push in the middle of the tournament gave Bogoljubov a 1.5 point lead over Capablanca, whom Spielmann had defeated in round 6 for what would prove to be his only victory in the event. Capablanca got to within 1/2 point by defeating Bogoljubov in round 9, but no closer. The tournament also saw an excellent performance by Max Euwe, who stayed near the top before fading at the very end.

Bad Kissingen, Germany, 12-24 August 1928

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 Pts 1 Bogoljubov * 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 8.0 2 Capablanca 1 * 1 1 0 1 7.0 3 Euwe * 1 1 0 1 0 1 6.5 4 Rubinstein 0 0 * 1 1 1 1 6.5 5 Nimzowitsch 0 * 0 1 1 1 6.0 6 Reti 0 0 * 1 1 5.5 7 Tartakower 0 1 0 0 * 1 5.0 8 Marshall 0 0 0 1 0 * 1 1 5.0 9 Yates 0 0 1 0 * 1 5.0 10 Spielmann 0 1 0 0 * 4.5 11 Tarrasch 0 0 0 * 4.0 12 Mieses 0 0 0 0 0 * 3.0

Cumulative round-by-round scores:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 1 Bogoljubov 1.0 1.5 2.0 3.0 3.5 4.5 5.5 6.5 6.5 7.5 8.0 2 Capablanca 1.0 1.5 2.0 2.5 3.5 3.5 4.0 5.0 6.0 6.5 7.0 3 Euwe 0.5 1.5 1.5 2.5 3.5 4.0 4.5 5.0 6.0 6.0 6.5 4 Rubinstein 1.0 1.5 2.0 2.5 2.5 3.0 3.0 4.0 4.5 5.5 6.5 5 Nimzowitsch 0.5 1.0 1.5 2.5 3.0 3.5 3.5 3.5 4.5 5.0 6.0 6 Reti 0.5 0.5 1.0 1.0 1.5 2.0 3.0 3.5 4.0 5.0 5.5 7 Tartakower 0.0 0.5 1.5 2.0 2.5 3.0 3.0 3.5 4.5 4.5 5.0 8 Marshall 0.5 1.0 2.0 2.0 3.0 3.0 4.0 4.5 4.5 5.0 5.0 9 Yates 0.0 0.5 1.0 1.5 1.5 2.0 2.5 2.5 3.0 4.0 5.0 10 Spielmann 0.5 1.0 1.0 1.5 2.0 3.0 3.5 4.0 4.5 4.5 4.5 11 Tarrasch 0.5 1.0 1.5 2.0 2.5 3.0 3.5 3.5 3.5 3.5 4.0 12 Mieses 0.0 0.5 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.5 2.0 2.5 2.5 3.0 3.0

Original collection: Game Collection: Bad Kissingen 1928, by User: Resignation Trap; introduction by User: Phony Benoni.

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 66  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Capablanca vs Tartakower 1-0401928Bad KissingenA52 Budapest Gambit
2. Euwe vs Nimzowitsch ½-½241928Bad KissingenA15 English
3. Rubinstein vs J Mieses 1-0241928Bad KissingenA43 Old Benoni
4. Spielmann vs Reti  ½-½301928Bad KissingenC77 Ruy Lopez
5. Yates vs Bogoljubov 0-1591928Bad KissingenC86 Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack
6. Tarrasch vs Marshall ½-½181928Bad KissingenA47 Queen's Indian
7. Nimzowitsch vs Yates ½-½501928Bad KissingenA01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
8. Tartakower vs Spielmann  ½-½891928Bad KissingenD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
9. Rubinstein vs Tarrasch ½-½301928Bad KissingenE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
10. Reti vs Euwe 0-1541928Bad KissingenD72 Neo-Grunfeld, 5.cd, Main line
11. J Mieses vs Bogoljubov  ½-½331928Bad KissingenB23 Sicilian, Closed
12. Marshall vs Capablanca  ½-½391928Bad KissingenA47 Queen's Indian
13. Yates vs Reti  ½-½771928Bad KissingenB29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
14. Spielmann vs Marshall  0-1431928Bad KissingenB03 Alekhine's Defense
15. Tarrasch vs J Mieses  ½-½391928Bad KissingenA46 Queen's Pawn Game
16. Euwe vs Tartakower 0-1351928Bad KissingenA07 King's Indian Attack
17. Capablanca vs Rubinstein ½-½311928Bad KissingenD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
18. Bogoljubov vs Nimzowitsch ½-½451928Bad KissingenE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
19. Tartakower vs Yates  ½-½331928Bad KissingenC68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
20. Tarrasch vs Capablanca ½-½471928Bad KissingenB19 Caro-Kann, Classical
21. Rubinstein vs Spielmann  ½-½251928Bad KissingenA46 Queen's Pawn Game
22. Reti vs Bogoljubov 0-1691928Bad KissingenB83 Sicilian
23. J Mieses vs Nimzowitsch 0-1371928Bad KissingenC10 French
24. Marshall vs Euwe  0-1731928Bad KissingenA48 King's Indian
25. Spielmann vs Tarrasch ½-½311928Bad KissingenC26 Vienna
 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 66  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Sep-04-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  WCC Editing Project:

Possibly the greatest tournament consolation prize a chess master might ever imagine. <Spielmann> didn't win a single game except for this one- a win with the black pieces over <Capablanca>:

Capablanca vs Spielmann, 1928

Sep-04-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Nosnibor: <WCC Editing project> You could possibly say that about Spielmann finishing equal last at Karlsbad 1923 when as a consolation he beat Alekhine in the penultimate round.
Sep-04-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  WCC Editing Project:

<Nosnibor> Yes, it's almost eerie how similar the two cases are, both against players who were or would become world champion- players who were not easy to beat at the time <Spielmann> beat them.

And with the black pieces!

Karlsbad (1923)

Alekhine vs Spielmann, 1923

Sep-05-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  SteinitzLives: Spielmann's victory over Capa spoils what could have been one of the greatest tournament victories for the former world champ.

The game itself shows Spielmann's ability to play in the classical style not just the tactical. The overworking of white's pieces is more what Capa would have done than Spielmnan.

This is not intended to take anything away from Bogo who truly had one of his best tourneys ever (though losing to Capa) and made him seem like a viable challenger to Alekhine four years. later.

The amusing thing about Capa, is that he always kept chess in a different (and perhaps more fun and balanced) perspective compared to other great players. From his wife Olga's perspective (in Sosonko's book) it was not the haunting all-consuming obsession for him. It was more an extension of his suave gamesman personality.

Feb-25-17  Allanur: where was Alekhine? is there info about him? why he rejected or why organisers rejected him?
Feb-25-17  Retireborn: <Allanur> I have read (don't know if it's true!) that Alekhine demanded extra appearance money for any tournament where Capa was also invited.

In any case it seems that Alekhine played no serious tournament chess in the year 1928.

Feb-25-17  Allanur: @Retireborn, Ruben Fine says Alekhine did not play for several years in order to gain degree in law which allowed him to call himself doctor. I quote him:

"<After gaining the title, Alekhine withdrew from chess for several years to take a degree in law, which allowed him to call himself "Dr." from then on. The brief retirement seemed to impel him to ever greater heights in his play, as his stirring victories at San Remo 1930, Bled 1931 and Berne 1932 showed. From 1930 to 1935 he was the leader wherever he played, and also the most feared attacking player of his generation. A less savory aspect of his personality emerged in his dealings with Capablanca. For years he bent his extraordinary ingenuity to deny his rival a return encounter. The 1927 match had been played for a purse of $10,000. Capa was required to raise this amount on his own, but once he had it Alekhine demanded the purse in gold, since the intervening depression, he alleged, had weakened the value of the dollar. If Capa arranged a match for the summer, Alekhine asked for the winter, if Capa had it set up for the winter, the Russian wanted the summer. So it went for years, and a return match which the chess world had so eagerly demanded never materialized. In 1934, when I was a budding young star, Capa once showed me the voluminous correspondence of himself and his representatives with Alekhine, detailing the numerous maneuvers the Russian had adopted to stay out of his way. Alekhine even demanded an exorbitant fee for playing in a tournament with Capa, thereby barring the Cuban from meeting him in serious play until Nottingham 1936. Since Capa tied for first in that tournament with Botvinnik, while Alekhine finished in a tie for sixth, the Russian's tactics obviously had some justification.>" By Dr. Ruben Fine
International Chess Champion
Bobby Fischer's Conquest of the World's Chess Championship (The Psychology and Tactics of the Title Match) - (C) 1973

Rueben Fine agrees with what you read.

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