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TOURNAMENT STANDINGS
Ostend (Championship) Tournament

Siegbert Tarrasch12.5/20(+8 -3 =9)[games]
Carl Schlechter12/20(+7 -3 =10)[games]
Frank James Marshall11.5/20(+8 -5 =7)[games]
David Janowski11.5/20(+9 -6 =5)[games]
Amos Burn8/20(+5 -9 =6)[games]
Mikhail Chigorin4.5/20(+1 -12 =7)[games]
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Ostend (Championship) (1907)

Georges Marquet, who had already financed the earlier tournaments Ostend (1905) and Ostend (1906), provided the Brussels Chess Club with 40,000 francs to stage several chess tournaments. (1) The sum was later raised to 50,000 francs. (2)

Leopold Hoffer was the tournament director. (3) The main event was a quadruple round robin Grandmaster tournament with a prize fund of 10,000 francs and, in addition, 1,200 francs compensation for expenses. (2)

The six participants were: Siegbert Tarrasch, Carl Schlechter, David Janowski, Frank James Marshall, Amos Burn and Mikhail Chigorin.

Negotiations with world champion Emanuel Lasker had failed, because he was contesting the Lasker - Marshall World Championship Match (1907) and feared that it might take so long, that he wouldn't have time to recover between these two events. (4) The organizers declared that they would try everything to arrange a match between the winner of the Grandmaster tournament and the winner of the Lasker - Marshall match, (4) see the Lasker - Tarrasch World Championship Match (1908).

Ostend, Belgium, 16 May - 13 June 1907 (5)

1 2 3 4 5 6 1 Tarrasch **** ½½10 ½1½½ ½1½1 1½10 1½01 12.5 2 Schlechter ½½01 **** ½010 11½½ ½1½½ ½½11 12.0 3 Marshall ½0½½ ½101 **** 0101 0½11 ½½11 11.5 4 Janowski ½0½0 00½½ 1010 **** 1111 11½1 11.5 5 Burn 0½01 ½0½½ 1½00 0000 **** ½111 8.0 6 Chigorin 0½10 ½½00 ½½00 00½0 ½000 **** 4.5

Points accumulated during each cycle:

1 2 3 4 1 Tarrasch 3.5 3.5 3.0 2.5 12.5 2 Schlechter 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 12.0 3 Marshall 1.5 3.0 2.5 4.5 11.5 4 Janowski 3.5 2.0 3.5 2.5 11.5 5 Burn 2.0 2.0 1.5 2.5 8.0 6 Chigorin 1.5 1.5 1.5 0.0 4.5

Prizes: Tarrasch 2,638 francs, Schlechter 2,277 francs, Janowski and Marshall 1,950 francs each, Burn 779 francs and Chigorin 438 francs. (6)

The tie-break system for the distribution of the prizes, used in all tournaments, was the system developed by Viktor Tietz. (2) The Tietz system was designed to adjust the prize money to the performance of the players. This is done by taking the number of wins into account for the calculation of the prize money, based on the following two main principles: (1) Prize winners are those who scored more than 50% of the possible points and (2) the overall number of points of the prize winners is also included in the calculations. (7)

A picture of all the contestants: http://anno.onb.ac.at/cgi-content/a... (8)

Tarrasch edited the tournament book, Das Champion-Turnier zu Ostende im Jahre 1907. (9)

Sources

(1) Wiener Schachzeitung, August-September 1907, p. 248. Provided in "ANNO / Österreichische Nationalbibliothek".
(2) Wiener Schachzeitung, January-February 1907, p. 24. Provided in "ANNO / Österreichische Nationalbibliothek".
(3) Wiener Schachzeitung, March-April 1907, p. 66. Provided in "ANNO / Österreichische Nationalbibliothek".
(4) Wiener Schachzeitung, March-April 1907, p. 67. Provided in "ANNO / Österreichische Nationalbibliothek".
(5) Rod Edwards, http://www.edochess.ca/tournaments/....
(6) Wiener Schachzeitung, August-September 1907, p. 249. Provided in "ANNO / Österreichische Nationalbibliothek".
(7) Victor Tietz, Über eine neue Art der Preisverteilung, Wiener Schachzeitung, November 1900, pp. 223-230; Victor Tietz, Über eine neue Art der Preisverteilung, Wiener Schachzeitung, October 1902, pp. 201-204. Provided in "ANNO / Österreichische Nationalbibliothek".
(8) Wiener Schachzeitung, August-September 1907, p. 254. Provided in "ANNO / Österreichische Nationalbibliothek". The names are given on p. 250.
(9) Published by Veit of Leipzig in 1907. http://catalog.hathitrust.org/Recor....

Based on an original collection by User: whiteshark.

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 60  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Burn vs Janowski  0-1461907Ostend (Championship)D25 Queen's Gambit Accepted
2. Marshall vs Tarrasch  ½-½261907Ostend (Championship)D32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
3. Schlechter vs Chigorin  ½-½301907Ostend (Championship)C46 Three Knights
4. Schlechter vs Marshall  ½-½321907Ostend (Championship)C12 French, McCutcheon
5. Tarrasch vs Burn  1-0391907Ostend (Championship)C78 Ruy Lopez
6. Chigorin vs Janowski 0-1241907Ostend (Championship)C25 Vienna
7. Marshall vs Chigorin  ½-½301907Ostend (Championship)D31 Queen's Gambit Declined
8. Janowski vs Tarrasch  ½-½501907Ostend (Championship)C49 Four Knights
9. Burn vs Schlechter  ½-½521907Ostend (Championship)C79 Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred
10. Schlechter vs Janowski  1-0511907Ostend (Championship)C49 Four Knights
11. Chigorin vs Tarrasch 0-1301907Ostend (Championship)B23 Sicilian, Closed
12. Marshall vs Burn 0-1471907Ostend (Championship)D60 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
13. Janowski vs Marshall  1-0781907Ostend (Championship)C12 French, McCutcheon
14. Tarrasch vs Schlechter  ½-½161907Ostend (Championship)D61 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
15. Burn vs Chigorin  ½-½531907Ostend (Championship)D31 Queen's Gambit Declined
16. Janowski vs Burn  1-0401907Ostend (Championship)C12 French, McCutcheon
17. Chigorin vs Schlechter  ½-½241907Ostend (Championship)C47 Four Knights
18. Tarrasch vs Marshall  1-0571907Ostend (Championship)C70 Ruy Lopez
19. Janowski vs Chigorin 1-0471907Ostend (Championship)A46 Queen's Pawn Game
20. Burn vs Tarrasch  ½-½261907Ostend (Championship)C80 Ruy Lopez, Open
21. Marshall vs Schlechter 1-0291907Ostend (Championship)D27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
22. Schlechter vs Burn  1-0311907Ostend (Championship)D02 Queen's Pawn Game
23. Tarrasch vs Janowski 1-0301907Ostend (Championship)C49 Four Knights
24. Chigorin vs Marshall  ½-½651907Ostend (Championship)B23 Sicilian, Closed
25. Burn vs Marshall  ½-½621907Ostend (Championship)C65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
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Kibitzer's Corner
Sep-29-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  GrahamClayton: Tarrasch was awarded the title of "World Champion Tournament Player" after his victory in this tournament.
Aug-19-14  Karpova: The management of the Ostend kursaal provided the Brussels Chess Club with 50,000 francs for the 1907 tournaments. The management of the tournaments was asssigned to L. Hoffer and Eug. de Lannois.

The international season opening tournament (<das "internationale Eröffnungsturnier" der Saison>) would begin on 30 March 1907 with a 3,000 francs prize fund.

The master tournaments would begin on 15 May 1907, the rest at the end of June or in the beginning of July:

1) One Grandmaster tournament (<Großmeisterturnier>) - quadruple round robin with 6 participants. A prize fund of 10,000 francs and 1,200 francs compensation for expenses.

2) One Master tournament, single round robin with 30 participants. A 12,000 francs prize fund and 7,000 francs for free lodging.

3) Three Amateur tournaments split in 3 classes (prize funds 3,000 or 2,000 or 1,000 francs respectively).

4) One Women's tournament with a 1,500 francs prize fund.

Tie-break system for all tournaments to distribute the prizes is the Tietz system.

Source: 'Wiener Schachzeitung', January-February 1907, p. 24.

Aug-19-14  Karpova: The tournament regulations are reproduced on pp. 66-71 od the March-April 1907 'Wiener Schachzeitung'.

The Grandmaster tournament is called <Championshipturnier> and negotiations with Emanuel Lasker failed, because his match with Marshall could take so long that both players wouldn't have enough time to recover.

The committee hoped for a Congress wherein the winner of the Grandmaster tournament and the <Weltchampion> got the chance to compete with each other.

So they arrange the Grandmaster tournament and will then try everything to arrange a match between the winner of the Grandmaster tournament and the winner of the New York world championship match.

This information is all from p. 67.

Interesting information from p. 68: All the participants of the Women's tournament receive an additional souvenir - laces from Brussels.

Aug-20-14  Karpova: Georges Marquet, general director of the "Societe anonyme des bains de mer", was most important for the chess tournaments in Ostend. He established chess among the pleasure offered to visitors of the bathing resort.

Furthermore, he provided the Brussels Chess Club with considerable funds: 20,000 francs for the 1905 tournament, 30,000 francs for the 1906 tournament, 40,000 francs for the 1907 tournament and, as the tournament director Eugene de Lannoy said, 40,000 francs for the 1908 tournament. Regarding the discrepancy to my first post - Ostend (Championship) (1907) - they wrote back then that the Brussels Chess Club received 40,000 francs which was then raised to 50,000 francs.

The tournaments began on 16 May 1907. (p. 248)

Prizes: Tarrasch 2,638 francs, Schlechter 2,277 francs, Janowski and Marshall 1,950 francs each, Burn 779 francs and Chigorin 438 francs (overall 10,000 francs). (p. 249)

Picture (p. 253, see p. 254 for the names): http://anno.onb.ac.at/cgi-content/a...

Source: 'Wiener Schachzeitung', August-September 1907

Feb-02-15  poorthylacine: After such a result, its difficult for me to believe that Tarrasch, like some persons are still attesting it, was just exactly declining because of age the following year, and that Lasker knew it, better than doctor Tarrasch himself, so he choose to wait until 1908 for playing their match;

I just add that I admire Tarrasch AND Lasker, two chess giants, in a similar way...

I would believe rather that Tarrasch, upset by his unexpected -for him- defeat, began to decline from 1909, not earlier.... After all, he could know then that probably he would never be world champion, losing all hope about it, which he kept such a long time before the match...

Feb-02-15  Sally Simpson: Hi poorthylacine,

I agree, I'm sure Lasker never delayed the match till 1908 because he felt (knew) Tarrasch was ageing.

But for a skating accident they agreed to meet in 1904. I always understoof the reason for the delay was lack of financial backing.

Tarrasch was still a force in 1914. The coming war years were unkind to him. He lost all three of his sons (one KIA, one a tragic suicide and the other in a tram accident.)

Not surprisingly after that he was never same player.

Feb-02-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: <Sally Simpson:... He lost all three of his sons (one KIA, one a tragic suicide and the other in a tram accident.)>

One of them was attacked by a King's Indian?!?

Feb-12-16  ughaibu: <The organizers declared that they would try everything to arrange a match between the winner of the Grandmaster tournament and the winner of the Lasker - Marshall match>

Was this the first candidates tournament?

Jul-06-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  zanzibar: The Master tournament had a none too shabby list of participants, and would itself make a worthy entrant in the <CG> TI.

(Check out the names of all those pictured in the photograph)

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