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Hamburg Tournament

Carl Schlechter11.5/16(+8 -1 =7)[games]
Oldrich Duras11/16(+8 -2 =6)[games]
Aron Nimzowitsch10.5/16(+8 -3 =5)[games]
Rudolf Spielmann10/16(+7 -3 =6)[games]
Richard Teichmann9.5/16(+5 -2 =9)[games]
Frank James Marshall9.5/16(+7 -4 =5)[games]
Fyodor Ivanovich Dus Chotimirsky8.5/16(+6 -5 =5)[games]
Alexander Alekhine8.5/16(+5 -4 =7)[games]
Siegbert Tarrasch8/16(+5 -5 =6)[games]
Leo Fleischmann Forgacs8/16(+4 -4 =8)[games]
Paul Saladin Leonhardt7/16(+5 -7 =4)[games]
Savielly Tartakower7/16(+4 -6 =6)[games]
Georg Salwe7/16(+4 -6 =6)[games]
Friedrich Koehnlein7/16(+4 -6 =6)[games]
Abraham Speijer5.5/16(+4 -9 =3)[games]
Walter John5/16(+3 -9 =4)[games]
Fred Dewhirst Yates2.5/16(+1 -12 =3)[games]
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Chessgames.com Chess Event Description
Hamburg (1910)

17th DSB Kongress

Hamburg, German Empire, 18 July - 6 August 1910

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Pts 1 Schlechter * 0 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 1 1 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 11½ 2 Duras 1 * 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ 0 ½ 1 1 1 0 ½ 1 11 3 Nimzowitsch 0 0 * 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 1 1 ½ 0 ½ 1 1 1 10½ 4 Spielmann ½ ½ 0 * ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 1 0 1 1 ½ 1 1 1 10 =5 Teichmann ½ 0 ½ ½ * 1 1 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 1 9½ =5 Marshall ½ ½ 0 1 0 * 0 ½ 1 ½ ½ 0 1 1 1 1 1 9½ =7 Dus Chotimirsky 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 1 * ½ 0 1 1 0 ½ 0 1 1 1 8½ =7 Alekhine 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ * 0 0 1 1 ½ ½ 1 1 1 8½ =9 Tarrasch ½ ½ 0 0 1 0 1 1 * ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 1 0 8 =9 Forgacs 0 1 0 0 ½ ½ 0 1 ½ * ½ ½ ½ 1 1 ½ ½ 8 =11 Leonhardt 0 ½ 0 1 ½ ½ 0 0 1 ½ * 1 1 0 0 0 1 7 =11 Tartakower 0 0 ½ 0 ½ 1 1 0 ½ ½ 0 * 0 1 1 ½ ½ 7 =11 Salwe ½ 0 1 0 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 1 * ½ 0 1 1 7 =11 Koehnlein 0 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 1 ½ ½ 0 1 0 ½ * 1 0 1 7 15 Speijer ½ 1 0 0 ½ 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 * 1 ½ 5½ 16 John ½ ½ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ½ 1 ½ 0 1 0 * 1 5 17 Yates 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 ½ 0 ½ 0 0 ½ 0 * 2½

Wikipedia article: Hamburg 1910 chess tournament.

Carl Schlechter after a win in Hamburg 1910: http://www.endgame.nl/HAMBURG.JPG.

<Aug-05-08 whiteshark: It looks as if Franz G Jacob played only six rounds in Hamburg 1910 (+0 =3 -3) and abondoned the tournament afterwards. Why? Any background information?

<Aug-05-08 sneaky pete: Not in the 1911 tournament book. It only states that Jacob, Mülhausen i. Els. (with <Alechin>, Moskau and Dus Chotimirski, Moskau last minute replacement for the invited trio Capablanca, Janowski and Rubinstein) withdrew after round 6.

"Eine unangenehme Störung erlitt das Meisterturnier leider dadurch, daß Herr Jacob nach der 6. Runde zurücktrat.">> --> Franz G Jacob.

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Phony Benoni: Puzzled by the pun? <"Pride and Prejudice"> This was Yates' first important international tournament. Tarrasch had objected to his inclusion, feeling he wasn't strong enough for the event.

Objectively, Tarrasch was probably right. Yates finished dead last by 2.5 points and won only one game, Tarrasch vs Yates, 1910.

Tournament book: Rudolf Gebhardt (Hrsg.): XVII. Kongreß des Deutschen Schachbundes, Hamburg 1910, Coburg 1911.

Here's a gem from Haupturnier B, Group 3: Roesch vs W Schlage, 1910 Wikipedia article: Roesch %E2%80%93 Schlage, Hamburg 1910.

0 = 0 = 0 = 0 = = 0 = 0 = 0 = =

Although no additional biographical information comes to mind at this stage, our correspondent’s contribution is an opportunity to raise a point regarding Jose Raul Capablanca non-participation in Hamburg, 1910. In chapter IV of My Chess Career (page numbers vary, according to the edition) he wrote:

‘In the summer of 1910 I was invited to take part in the International Tournament at Hamburg. I accepted the invitation, and was ready to start when my physical condition prevented my making the voyage to enter such a strenuous contest. Many comments were made at the time with respect to my withdrawal at the last hour, some of the masters making the silly remark that I had simply been scared away by the strong entry of the tournament. The real reason was, as I have already stated, that I was not in condition to stand such a strain. That I was not afraid, and had no reason to be, I soon proved to the satisfaction of all, when the following year I won the first prize in the strongest tournament that has ever been held: the first San Sebastian tournament.’

Magazines of the time referred to Capablanca’s intended participation in Hamburg, 1910 and to his withdrawal through illness. <But what critical comments were made, and which masters accused him of being ‘scared away’?> That's a serious question, asked in CN 4067: http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/....

Based on an original game collection by User: whiteshark.

 page 1 of 6; games 1-25 of 136  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Schlechter vs Alekhine 1-0341910HamburgC41 Philidor Defense
2. A Speijer vs Teichmann  ½-½391910HamburgC68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
3. Marshall vs L Forgacs  ½-½321910HamburgD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
4. Tartakower vs Tarrasch  ½-½371910HamburgC01 French, Exchange
5. Leonhardt vs Spielmann 1-0311910HamburgC14 French, Classical
6. Koehnlein vs Nimzowitsch  ½-½301910HamburgB16 Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation
7. Dus Chotimirsky vs Duras  ½-½301910HamburgD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
8. Salwe vs Yates  1-0461910HamburgD05 Queen's Pawn Game
9. Yates vs Schlechter 0-1611910HamburgC48 Four Knights
10. L Forgacs vs Salwe  ½-½311910HamburgC49 Four Knights
11. Teichmann vs Koehnlein  ½-½391910HamburgC79 Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred
12. Nimzowitsch vs Dus Chotimirsky  ½-½301910HamburgC45 Scotch Game
13. W John vs A Speijer 0-1691910HamburgD02 Queen's Pawn Game
14. Duras vs Leonhardt  ½-½521910HamburgC77 Ruy Lopez
15. Tarrasch vs Spielmann 0-1321910HamburgC49 Four Knights
16. Tartakower vs Marshall 1-0511910HamburgC00 French Defense
17. Marshall vs Tarrasch 1-0291910HamburgC55 Two Knights Defense
18. A Speijer vs Alekhine 0-1481910HamburgC15 French, Winawer
19. Schlechter vs L Forgacs 1-0461910HamburgC42 Petrov Defense
20. Koehnlein vs W John  0-1321910HamburgC01 French, Exchange
21. Dus Chotimirsky vs Teichmann 0-1261910HamburgD62 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
22. Salwe vs Tartakower 1-0611910HamburgA53 Old Indian
23. Spielmann vs Duras  ½-½491910HamburgC88 Ruy Lopez
24. Leonhardt vs Nimzowitsch 0-1531910HamburgB16 Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation
25. W John vs Dus Chotimirsky 0-1541910HamburgD04 Queen's Pawn Game
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jun-22-13  Karpova: From pages 254-255 of the 1910 'Wiener Schachzeitung'

'Im "Berliner Lokalanzeiger" macht sich Dr. Tarrasch darüber lustig, daß im Hamburger Meisterturnier als Vertreter Englands <nur ein in weitesten Kreisen unbekannter Mr. Yates mitspielt, der zwar vielleicht ein ausgezeichneter Schachspieler ist, vorläufig aber noch nicht die geringste Berechtigung besitzt, zu einem Meisterturnier zugelassen zu werden.> <Für homines novi,> fügt er hinzu, <sind die Turniere zweiten Ranges, die fälschlich sogenannten Hauptturniere da, unter deren Kämpen sich immer einige befinden, die Meisterstärke besitzen.>

Translation of what Dr. Tarrasch wrote: ... only a in widest circles unknown Mr. Yates participates, who indeed may be an excellent chessplayer, for the time being he does not possess in the slightest the qualification to be allowed to a Master Tournament. For homines novi, there are the 2nd rank tournaments, wrongly called Main Tournaments, among whose competitors always a few of Master strength can be found.

Dr. Tarrasch famously lost the game between the two and this was Yates' sole win: Tarrasch vs Yates, 1910

It should be noted though that players of much greater talent than Yates had to prove their worth in Main Tournaments before being allowed to compete in Master Tournaments and start their impressive careers.

Apr-10-14  Karpova: Prizes (in <Mark>): Schlechter 2,000; Duras 1,500; Niemzowitsch 1,000; Spielmann 700; Marshall and Teichmann shared 600+500; Dus Chotimirsky and Alekhine shared 400+300; Forgacs and Tarrasch shared 200.

Source: 'Wiener Schachzeitung', October-November 1910, p. 336

Apr-10-14  Karpova: Regarding Jakob of Straßburg:

<Unähnlich dem Straßburger Meister Jakob, der dem Komitee einen unangenehmen Strich durch die Rechnung machte, indem er, weil er sich wegen angeblicher Schlaflosigkeit "indisponiert fühle", unversehens zurücktrat, [...].>

(Unlike Master Jakob of Strasbourg, who displeasingly upset the committee's plans, by withdrawing unawares as he "felt indisposed" due to alleged insomnia, [...].)

Source: 'Wiener Schachzeitung', October-November 1910, p. 349

Feb-07-16
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  TheFocus: Leonhardt was awarded the Brilliancy Prize of 300 marks donated by Baron Albert de Rothschild for his game against Tarrasch.

See <American Chess Bulletin>, February 1911, pg. 31.

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