This first tournament organized and partly sponsored by chess publisher Bernhard Kagan was held in December 1920 in the Kerkaupalast in Berlin. Its owner, Herr König, supplied the playing hall for free and also donated a large sum to the prize fund. Playing hours were from 2 pm to 8:30 pm, with half an hour rest after the first time control.
The surprising winner was the original and undaunted Gyula Breyer, whose "type of play predestines to both successes and failures", as the Deutsche Schachzeitung wrote on this occasion.
Striking is the small number of draws.
Original collection: Game Collection: Berlin 1920 by User: sneaky pete.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0
1 Breyer * 1 0 1 1 0 1 ˝ 1 1 6˝
=2 Bogoljubov 0 * ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ 1 1 ˝ 1 5˝
=2 Tartakower 1 ˝ * 0 ˝ 1 0 ˝ 1 1 5˝
4 Réti 0 ˝ 1 * 1 1 1 0 0 ˝ 5
=5 Maróczy 0 ˝ ˝ 0 * ˝ 1 ˝ 1 ˝ 4˝
=5 Mieses 1 ˝ 0 0 ˝ * 0 1 ˝ 1 4˝
=5 Tarrasch 0 0 1 0 0 1 * 1 ˝ 1 4˝
8 Sämisch ˝ 0 ˝ 1 ˝ 0 0 * ˝ ˝ 3˝
9 Leonhardt 0 ˝ 0 1 0 ˝ ˝ ˝ * 0 3
10 Spielmann 0 0 0 ˝ ˝ 0 0 ˝ 1 * 2˝
| page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 45
|1. Breyer vs Leonhardt
||1-0||46||1920||Berlin||D00 Queen's Pawn Game|
|2. Maroczy vs Bogoljubov
|| ||½-½||46||1920||Berlin||C01 French, Exchange|
|3. J Mieses vs Tarrasch
|4. Saemisch vs Reti
|| ||1-0||43||1920||Berlin||A46 Queen's Pawn Game|
|5. Spielmann vs Tartakower
||0-1||51||1920||Berlin||D62 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack|
|6. Tartakower vs J Mieses
|7. Reti vs Breyer
||0-1||38||1920||Berlin||B73 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical|
|8. Maroczy vs Saemisch
|| ||½-½||48||1920||Berlin||A46 Queen's Pawn Game|
|9. Leonhardt vs Spielmann
|| ||0-1||35||1920||Berlin||D52 Queen's Gambit Declined|
|10. Bogoljubov vs Tarrasch
||1-0||56||1920||Berlin||D33 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch|
|11. Spielmann vs Reti
|| ||½-½||52||1920||Berlin||C78 Ruy Lopez|
|12. Saemisch vs Bogoljubov
||0-1||33||1920||Berlin||A40 Queen's Pawn Game|
|13. J Mieses vs Leonhardt
|| ||½-½||49||1920||Berlin||C22 Center Game|
|14. Breyer vs Maroczy
||1-0||32||1920||Berlin||A46 Queen's Pawn Game|
|15. Tarrasch vs Tartakower
||1-0||39||1920||Berlin||D08 Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit|
|16. Bogoljubov vs Tartakower
|| ||½-½||52||1920||Berlin||A84 Dutch|
|17. Leonhardt vs Tarrasch
||½-½||57||1920||Berlin||C12 French, McCutcheon|
|18. Maroczy vs Spielmann
|| ||½-½||25||1920||Berlin||C12 French, McCutcheon|
|19. Reti vs J Mieses
||1-0||30||1920||Berlin||A83 Dutch, Staunton Gambit|
|20. Saemisch vs Breyer
||½-½||64||1920||Berlin||A43 Old Benoni|
|21. Tartakower vs Leonhardt
||1-0||50||1920||Berlin||A02 Bird's Opening|
|22. Tarrasch vs Reti
||0-1||54||1920||Berlin||A46 Queen's Pawn Game|
|23. Spielmann vs Saemisch
|| ||½-½||33||1920||Berlin||B13 Caro-Kann, Exchange|
|24. J Mieses vs Maroczy
|| ||½-½||17||1920||Berlin||C01 French, Exchange|
|25. Breyer vs Bogoljubov
| page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 45
|Sep-16-13|| ||GrahamClayton: A quote from page 235 of Chess Review, October 1937:|
‘The Berlin tournament of 1920, played during the post-War turmoil and financed very generously by Bernhard Kagan, probably has a higher percentage of good games than any other tournament ever played.’
Source: http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/..., 1920
|Sep-17-13|| ||HeMateMe: Do the tournaments only show up in <new kibitzing> if someone posts a comment? In other words, do the tournament pages lie dormant, unless there is frequent dialogue?|
|Sep-17-13|| ||JimNorCal: Can also find them here, of course.
Bottom of page, link "Tournament Index"
|Sep-17-13|| ||HeMateMe: ah, thank you JNC.|
|Feb-20-18|| ||JimNorCal: <GrahamC> posts a quote about the high quality of the games of this tourney, which very well be true.|
But note also that 5 games, about 10%, were 25 moves or less.
|Feb-20-18|| ||Marmot PFL: Several of those were losses by Jacques Mieses in the first half, but he fought back to reach an even score.|
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