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Lodz Tournament

Akiba Rubinstein9.5/16(+6 -3 =7)[games]
Frank James Marshall8/16(+4 -4 =8)[games]
Georg Salwe6.5/16(+2 -5 =9)[games]
* Chess Event Description
Lodz (1908)

1 Rubinstein ******** =1==1001 011=1=== 9.5 2 Marshall =0==0110 ******** ==01===1 8 3 Salwe 100=0=== ==10===0 ******** 6.5

October of 1908 saw Frank Marshall visit Poland (Russian Poland or Vistula Land, the westernmost part of the Russian Empire), where he played a triangular match with the top two players, Rubinstein and Salwe, in Lodz; and in October-November, an 8 game match versus Rubinstein, Rubinstein - Marshall (1908) (won by Rubinstein, 4.5 – 3.5, the same score as in their encounter at Lodz).

Andrew Soltis has pointed out in his book on Frank Marshall that Lodz 1908 would be a Category 13 event (average +2550) by today’s standards. Of all the tournaments held up to that time, only St. Petersburg (1895/96) was stronger.

The players took turns facing each other. We know the order of the Rubinstein - Marshall games, and the first Rubinstein – Salwe game, but we don’t know the order of the rest of the Rubinstein - Salwe games, nor the Marshall – Salwe games. We give the Rubinstein – Salwe games in the order in which they appear in Akiba Rubinstein: Uncrowned King by John William Donaldson and Nikolay N Minev. The order of the Marshall – Salwe games are taken from Dreimeisterkampf Marshall-Rubinstein-Salwe, gespielt in Lodz, October 1908 by Wolfgang Kubel. The Kubel book did not include the Rubinstein - Salwe games. One game score between Marshall and Salwe, game 6, is missing. It is known that it began with 1.d4 and ended in a draw.

Rubinstein received 400 rubles for his victory, Marshall 250, and Salwe 150.

Based on an original collection by User: TheFocus. N.B. Round numbers have been assigned based on the cross-table, color allocation, and known results to put the games into a more accurate version that has been done before. If dates are ever discovered, the order may be refined further.

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Marshall vs Salwe 1-0501908LodzD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
2. Marshall vs Rubinstein 1-0241908LodzD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
3. Rubinstein vs Marshall 1-0321908LodzD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
4. Rubinstein vs Salwe 1-0381908LodzD33 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
5. Rubinstein vs Salwe 1-0401908LodzD34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
6. Salwe vs Rubinstein  ½-½451908LodzC49 Four Knights
7. Salwe vs Rubinstein ½-½241908LodzC49 Four Knights
8. Salwe vs Rubinstein  ½-½381908LodzC49 Four Knights
9. Rubinstein vs Salwe 0-1511908LodzC26 Vienna
10. Salwe vs Rubinstein 0-1671908LodzC49 Four Knights
11. Rubinstein vs Marshall 0-1281908LodzD02 Queen's Pawn Game
12. Marshall vs Rubinstein 0-1431908LodzD02 Queen's Pawn Game
13. Rubinstein vs Marshall  ½-½291908LodzC28 Vienna Game
14. Marshall vs Salwe  1-0391908LodzD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
15. Salwe vs Marshall  1-0471908LodzC49 Four Knights
16. Salwe vs Marshall  ½-½561908LodzC49 Four Knights
17. Salwe vs Marshall  ½-½461908LodzC49 Four Knights
18. Salwe vs Marshall  ½-½401908LodzC49 Four Knights
19. Marshall vs Rubinstein ½-½241908LodzD34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
20. Marshall vs Salwe ½-½531908LodzD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
21. Rubinstein vs Marshall 1-0381908LodzC49 Four Knights
22. Marshall vs Rubinstein ½-½331908LodzD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
23. Rubinstein vs Salwe ½-½501908LodzD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
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Kibitzer's Corner
Nov-12-13  TheFocus: This tournament was originally to be a quintangular one, with invitations sent also to Schlechter and Marco.
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Three years before this event, "The insurgents were poorly armed, and eventually were overwhelmed by the tsarist regular military".

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