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Berlin Tournament

Gyula Breyer6.5/9(+6 -2 =1)[games]
Efim Bogoljubov5.5/9(+3 -1 =5)[games]
Savielly Tartakower5.5/9(+4 -2 =3)[games]
Richard Reti5/9(+4 -3 =2)[games]
Geza Maroczy4.5/9(+2 -2 =5)[games]
Jacques Mieses4.5/9(+3 -3 =3)[games]
Siegbert Tarrasch4.5/9(+4 -4 =1)[games]
Friedrich Saemisch3.5/9(+1 -3 =5)[games]
Paul Saladin Leonhardt3/9(+1 -4 =4)[games]
Rudolf Spielmann2.5/9(+1 -5 =3)[games]
* Chess Event Description
Berlin (1920)

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.

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˝

Original collection: Game Collection: Berlin 1920 by User: sneaky pete.

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 45  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Breyer vs Leonhardt 1-0461920BerlinD00 Queen's Pawn Game
2. Maroczy vs Bogoljubov  ½-½461920BerlinC01 French, Exchange
3. J Mieses vs Tarrasch 0-1141920BerlinB20 Sicilian
4. Saemisch vs Reti  1-0431920BerlinA46 Queen's Pawn Game
5. Spielmann vs Tartakower 0-1511920BerlinD62 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
6. Tartakower vs J Mieses 1-0171920BerlinA84 Dutch
7. Reti vs Breyer 0-1381920BerlinB73 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
8. Maroczy vs Saemisch  ½-½481920BerlinA46 Queen's Pawn Game
9. Leonhardt vs Spielmann  0-1351920BerlinD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
10. Bogoljubov vs Tarrasch 1-0561920BerlinD33 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
11. Spielmann vs Reti  ½-½521920BerlinC78 Ruy Lopez
12. Saemisch vs Bogoljubov 0-1331920BerlinA40 Queen's Pawn Game
13. J Mieses vs Leonhardt  ½-½491920BerlinC22 Center Game
14. Breyer vs Maroczy 1-0321920BerlinA46 Queen's Pawn Game
15. Tarrasch vs Tartakower 1-0391920BerlinD08 Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit
16. Bogoljubov vs Tartakower  ½-½521920BerlinA84 Dutch
17. Leonhardt vs Tarrasch ½-½571920BerlinC12 French, McCutcheon
18. Maroczy vs Spielmann  ½-½251920BerlinC12 French, McCutcheon
19. Reti vs J Mieses 1-0301920BerlinA83 Dutch, Staunton Gambit
20. Saemisch vs Breyer ½-½641920BerlinA43 Old Benoni
21. Tartakower vs Leonhardt 1-0501920BerlinA02 Bird's Opening
22. Tarrasch vs Reti 0-1541920BerlinA46 Queen's Pawn Game
23. Spielmann vs Saemisch  ½-½331920BerlinB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
24. J Mieses vs Maroczy  ½-½171920BerlinC01 French, Exchange
25. Breyer vs Bogoljubov 1-0441920BerlinB10 Caro-Kann
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Kibitzer's Corner
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  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:, 1920

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  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.
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  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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