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TOURNAMENT STANDINGS
Prague Tournament

Oldrich Duras13.5/19(+11 -3 =5)[games]
Carl Schlechter13.5/19(+9 -1 =9)[games]
Milan Vidmar13/19(+10 -3 =6)[games]
Akiba Rubinstein12.5/19(+8 -2 =9)[games]
Richard Teichmann12/19(+6 -1 =12)[games]
Geza Maroczy11.5/19(+6 -2 =11)[games]
Paul Saladin Leonhardt11/19(+7 -4 =8)[games]
Frank James Marshall11/19(+6 -3 =10)[games]
Georg Salwe11/19(+7 -4 =8)[games]
David Janowski10.5/19(+9 -7 =3)[games]
Fyodor Ivanovich Dus Chotimirsky9.5/19(+8 -8 =3)[games]
Semion Alapin9/19(+5 -6 =8)[games]
Hugo Suechting8.5/19(+2 -4 =13)[games]
Jacques Mieses8.5/19(+5 -7 =7)[games]
Rudolf Spielmann7.5/19(+6 -10 =3)[games]
Ladislav Prokes6.5/19(+4 -10 =5)[games]
Curt von Bardeleben6/19(+1 -8 =10)[games]
Jan Kvicala5.5/19(+2 -10 =7)[games]
Abram Isaakovich Rabinovich5/19(+2 -11 =6)[games]
Frantisek Treybal4.5/19(+1 -11 =7)[games]
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Chessgames.com Chess Event Description
Prague (1908)
Played a few weeks after the other big international event of the year, Vienna (1908), Prague was also held in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the reign of Emperor Franz Joseph and featured most of the same big names with the addition of Vidmar. To wit:

Semion Alapin, Oldrich Duras, Fyodor Ivanovich Dus Chotimirsky, David Janowski, Jan Kvicala, Paul Saladin Leonhardt, Geza Maroczy, Frank James Marshall, Jacques Mieses, Ladislav Prokes, Abram Isaakovich Rabinovich, Akiba Rubinstein, Georg Salwe, Carl Schlechter, Rudolf Spielmann, Hugo Suechting, Richard Teichmann, Frantisek Treybal, Milan Vidmar, Curt von Bardeleben.

Of the three co-winners at Vienna, Schlechter and Duras maintained their supremacy while Maroczy slipped back a bit. Schlechter was in the lead the whole way, with Vidmar nipping at his heels and Rubinstein never far behind. However, in the end it was Duras who caught up in round 18 after a couple of winning spurts. Duras and Schlechter were paired in the final round, but nothing happened and they drew quickly. Vidmar, 1/2-point behind coming in, was unable to win with Black against Marshall and had to settle for third place.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 Duras * = 0 = 0 = 1 1 1 1 + 1 1 = = 1 0 + 1 1 13.5 2 Schlechter = * = = = = = 0 1 = 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 = 1 = 13.5 3 Vidmar 1 = * 0 = 0 0 = = 1 1 = = 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 13.0 4 Rubinstein = = 1 * = 0 1 = 1 0 = 1 = 1 1 = = = 1 1 12.5 5 Teichmann 1 = = = * = = = = = 0 = = 1 1 1 = = 1 1 12.0 6 Maroczy = = 1 1 = * 0 = = 0 = = = = 1 1 = 1 = 1 11.5 7 Leonhardt 0 = 1 0 = 1 * = = 0 1 = = = 0 1 = 1 1 1 11.0 8 Marshall 0 1 = = = = = * = 0 = 0 = = 1 1 1 1 1 = 11.0 9 Salwe 0 0 = 0 = = = = * 1 1 = 0 1 1 = 1 1 = 1 11.0 10 Janowski 0 = 0 1 = 1 1 1 0 * 0 1 1 0 0 1 = 1 1 0 10.5 11 Dus Chotimirsky - 0 0 = 1 = 0 = 0 1 * 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 9.5 12 Alapin 0 0 = 0 = = = 1 = 0 0 * = 1 1 0 1 1 = = 9.0 13 Suechting 0 0 = = = = = = 1 0 0 = * = = = = = = 1 8.5 14 Mieses = 0 0 0 0 = = = 0 1 1 0 = * 1 1 = 0 1 = 8.5 15 Spielmann = 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 = 0 * 1 1 0 = 1 7.5 16 Prokes 0 0 0 = 0 0 0 0 = 0 1 1 = 0 0 * 1 = 1 = 6.5 17 Von Bardeleben 1 0 0 = = = = 0 0 = 0 0 = = 0 0 * = = = 6.0 18 Kvicala - = 0 = = 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 = 1 1 = = * - = 5.5 19 Rabinovich 0 0 0 0 0 = 0 0 = 0 0 = = 0 = 0 = + * 1 5.0 20 Treybal 0 = 0 0 0 0 0 = 0 1 0 = 0 = 0 = = = 0 * 4.5

The games Duras 1 Dus Chotimirsky (round 1), Duras 1 Kvicala (round 18) and Rabinovich 1 Kvicala (round 19) were defaulted. The British Chess Magazine noted that Duras scored two wins by default, and it would appear that Kvicala did not play his last two games.

Prizes

1st-2nd: Duras, Schlechter (3500 kr.) 3rd: Vidmar (2000 kr.) 4th: Rubinstein (1500 kr.) 5th: Teichmann (who else?) (1000 kr.) 6th: Maroczy (800 kr.) 7th-9th: Leonhardt, Marshall Salwe (433 kr.) 10th: Janowski (200 kr.)

<Sources>

American Chess Bulletin, April 1908, p. 79
British Chess Magazine, July 1908, p. 311
Chess Results, 1901-1920 / Gino Di Felice, p. 109
Schaakcourant, 1908 (various issues)

Original collection: Game Collection: Prague 1908, by User: Phony Benoni.

 page 1 of 8; games 1-25 of 187  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Prokes vs Vidmar  0-1481908PragueC66 Ruy Lopez
2. A Rabinovich vs Marshall 0-1341908PragueD02 Queen's Pawn Game
3. Spielmann vs Schlechter 0-1311908PragueC92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
4. Leonhardt vs J Mieses ½-½501908PragueB01 Scandinavian
5. Alapin vs Maroczy  ½-½311908PragueD61 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
6. J Kvicala vs H Suechting  ½-½461908PragueC48 Four Knights
7. Salwe vs Rubinstein 0-1991908PragueC49 Four Knights
8. Teichmann vs Janowski  ½-½151908PragueD61 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
9. Von Bardeleben vs F Treybal  ½-½471908PragueD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
10. Maroczy vs A Rabinovich  ½-½271908PragueC49 Four Knights
11. Vidmar vs Leonhardt 0-1431908PragueD61 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
12. H Suechting vs Von Bardeleben  ½-½181908PragueC42 Petrov Defense
13. Spielmann vs Prokes 1-0211908PragueC29 Vienna Gambit
14. Marshall vs J Mieses  ½-½121908PragueD00 Queen's Pawn Game
15. Alapin vs J Kvicala  1-0511908PragueD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
16. Teichmann vs Salwe ½-½401908PragueC49 Four Knights
17. Rubinstein vs F Treybal 1-0401908PragueC88 Ruy Lopez
18. Schlechter vs Dus Chotimirsky 1-0261908PragueD33 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
19. Janowski vs Duras 0-1731908PragueD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
20. A Rabinovich vs Schlechter 0-1311908PragueC29 Vienna Gambit
21. Leonhardt vs H Suechting  ½-½451908PragueC66 Ruy Lopez
22. J Kvicala vs Teichmann  ½-½461908PragueC49 Four Knights
23. Von Bardeleben vs Rubinstein ½-½611908PragueB40 Sicilian
24. J Mieses vs Duras  ½-½411908PragueB15 Caro-Kann
25. Salwe vs Maroczy  ½-½341908PragueD02 Queen's Pawn Game
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jun-02-13  Karpova: The 1908 'Wiener Schachzeitung' explains two wins by default on page 181 the following:

Duras vs. Duz Chotimirsky: <Dus war an der russischen Grenze aufgehalten worden, weil er sich nicht legitimiren konnte und inzwischen lief seine Turnieruhr in Prag, bis er kontumaziert wurde.> (Dus Chotimirsky was held back at the Russian border as he could not "legitimise" himself (possibly missing some necessary documents) while his clock was running and he forfeited.)

Dr. Kvicala - Duras: <Dr. Kvicala erhielt in dem Momente, wo er e2-e4 spielte, die Nachricht vom Ableben seines Vaters und seiner Mutter und gab die Partie sofort auf.> (While executing e4 on the board, Dr. Kvicala got the news of his father's and mother's death and resigned immediately)

May-23-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  zanzibar: <Phony> what is the meaning of the "who else" comment about Teichmann?

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May-23-17  Retireborn: <z> It refers to Teichmann's nickname of Richard the Fifth.

According to Hooper & Whyld: "In the next five years (ie 1903-1908) he was fifth in 7 of the 15 tournaments in which he played...."

May-23-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  zanzibar: <rb> Boy oh boy, is that an inside joke!

Ha!

Do you actually carry that stuff around inside your head?!

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May-23-17  Retireborn: I did think the soubriquet Richard the Fifth was well-known, but it was just lucky that I happened to have my Hooper & Whyld right to hand :)
May-23-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  Phony Benoni: <zanzibar> Yes, "Richard the Fifth" was common knowledge back in my day. Keep forgetting how old I am.
May-23-17  JimNorCal: <PB>: Let me guess ... when you walk into an antique shop they won't let you leave?
May-23-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  tamar: Yep, "Richard the Fifth" common knowledge among those who have read folk lore of chess, Reinfeld, Chernev, and Edward Lasker
May-23-17  JimNorCal: Who has come along to report on lore?

Ed Winter is old. Reinfeld, Chernev, and Ed Lssket are no longer with us.

NIC published a couple books by Sosonko. What else?

May-23-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  tamar: Andy Soltis "The Book of Lists" https://books.google.com/books?id=t...
May-23-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  Phony Benoni: <JimNorCal> Please don't say Edward Winter is old. He's four years younger than I am.

<tamar> Indeed, chess folklore is often nothing but knowledge that is too common to be disputed. But there may be more of a basis to "Richard the Fifth".

William Ewart Napier, a contemporary and friend of Teichmann, had this to say in his "Amerities and Background of Chess-play":

<"He acquired the nickname of 'Richard the Fifth' from the frequency in which he finished in that place.">

Now, this was wirrten in the 1930s, three decades after Napier was active internationally. And the book in which it appears, "Paul Morphy and the Golden Age of chess", p. 167), was edited in some spots by Al Horowitz.

I don't know if this particular passage was edited, so it would be interesting to see the original, not to mention more contemporaneous citations.

I shall now return to my Quiet Spot amongst the Ming Vases and National Geographics.

May-23-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  zanzibar: <phony> despite the many dust-ups, is never dusty!

I would nominate Soltis as a keeper of the flame, but he might be too old too.

Perhaps <MissS> deserves a nod for the macabre, but who knows how old she is?

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May-23-17  JimNorCal: Love your wit, PB! Also, your erudition. And your love of chess, your handle, your icon ... hmmm, come to think of it, you're a pretty likable guy!
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