|18th DSB Kongress (1912)|
Eighteenth Congress of the German Chess Federation.
Breslau, German Empire, 15 July – 2 August 1912
The Annual Congress of the German Chess Association embarks upon a Masters’ Tournament every second year, and in 1912 a worthy assembly of first and second class masters participated in an interesting single round tournament, beginning on July 14. The only changes between the Pistyan and Breslau list were that Tarrasch, Mieses, Przepiorka, Burn, Levitsky and Carls took part, instead of Alapin, Hromadka, Johner, Leonhardt, Salwe and Yates. As at Pistyan, the leading masters occupied the leading positions.
1 Duras X 1 = = 0 1 0 1 1 = 0 1 = 1 1 1 1 1 12
2 Rubinstein 0 X = = = 1 1 1 1 = = 1 = 1 1 0 1 1 12
3 Teichmann = = X = 0 = = = 1 1 = 1 = 1 = 1 1 1 11.5
4 Schlechter = = = X = 1 = = = = 1 1 = = 1 1 = = 11
5 Tarrasch 1 = 1 = X 0 0 = 1 1 1 1 1 = 0 1 0 1 11
6 Marshall 0 0 = 0 1 X 0 = 1 = = 0 1 1 1 1 = 1 9.5
7 Spielmann 1 0 = = 1 1 X 0 = 0 0 1 = 1 0 0 1 1 9
8 Barasz 0 0 = = = = 1 X = 0 = = = 1 = 1 = = 8.5
9 Breyer 0 0 0 = 0 0 = = X 0 1 = 1 1 1 1 1 = 8.5
10 Mieses = = 0 = 0 = 1 1 1 X 0 = 0 0 1 = = 1 8.5
11 Przepiorka 1 = = 0 0 = 1 = 0 1 X 0 0 0 1 = 1 1 8.5
12 Burn 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 = = = 1 X 1 = = 1 0 1 7.5
13 Cohn = = = = 0 0 = = 0 1 1 0 X 1 = 0 0 = 7
14 Levitsky 0 0 0 = = 0 0 0 0 1 1 = 0 X 1 1 1 = 7
15 Carls 0 0 = 0 1 0 1 = 0 0 0 = = 0 X = 1 1 6.5
16 Lowtzky 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 = = 0 1 0 = X 1 = 6
17 Treybal 0 0 0 = 1 = 0 = 0 = 0 1 1 0 0 0 X 0 5
18 von Balla 0 0 0 = 0 0 0 = = 0 0 0 = = 0 = 1 X 4
Rubinstein seems to have asserted his prerogative to annex a first prize in every tournament, and he followed up his successes at San Sebastian and Pistyan by gaining the highest honors at Breslau, but jointly with Duras in this case. Rubinstein led off well, and although resigning the lead to Tarrasch, Marshall and Teichmann in turn between the eighth and fifteenth rounds, he was half a point to the good before the last round. He drew at this stage, whilst Duras won. Tarrasch lost, or would have tied with the two winners, and Teichmann drew. It will be gathered that the result hung in the balance until the last minute, no uncommon occurrence in modern tournaments.
Taking the scores of the eleven chief prize-winners amongst themselves, we find that Rubinstein and Tarrasch tie with 6.5, Schlechter scored 6, Teichmann and Duras 5.5, Mieses and Przepiorka 5, Spielmann 4.5, Barasz and Marshall 4, Breyer 2.5, a somewhat different order from that in which these players appear on the actual table of the tournament score. It is noteworthy that Schlechter followed up his score of drawn games at Pistyan by going through the Breslau Tournament undefeated – two tournaments running, without defeat, is probably something like a record. Spielmann’s position was a lower one than he had occupied for some time, but Barasz greatly improved upon his Pistyan score. Balla, on the other hand, fell off completely. Mieses made a welcome reappearance, and after a bad start displayed all his former brilliance in many attractive games. Cohn had a very disappointing experience, and was clearly quite “off-color.”
Except to notice the remarkably fine achievement of Dr. Tarrasch, who all but won the Tournament, and to congratulate Burn upon his many stubborn fights and his fine sportsmanship by still representing his country in the most serious encounters, further comment upon the Breslau tournament is unnecessary – The Year-Book of Chess.
Based on an original collection by User: TheFocus.
| page 1 of 7; games 1-25 of 153
|1. Rubinstein vs Z Barasz
||1-0||46||1912||18th DSB Kongress||A41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)|
|2. E Cohn vs S Levitsky
|| ||1-0||34||1912||18th DSB Kongress||D60 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense|
|3. Tarrasch vs Marshall
||0-1||62||1912||18th DSB Kongress||C55 Two Knights Defense|
|4. Z von Balla vs Carls
|| ||0-1||51||1912||18th DSB Kongress||B16 Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation|
|5. Przepiorka vs Burn
||0-1||52||1912||18th DSB Kongress||C88 Ruy Lopez|
|6. Duras vs Breyer
||1-0||22||1912||18th DSB Kongress||C68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange|
|7. J Mieses vs Schlechter
|| ||½-½||32||1912||18th DSB Kongress||B14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack|
|8. K Treybal vs Teichmann
|| ||0-1||69||1912||18th DSB Kongress||C78 Ruy Lopez|
|9. Spielmann vs M Lowcki
|| ||0-1||45||1912||18th DSB Kongress||C02 French, Advance|
|10. Breyer vs Przepiorka
|| ||1-0||42||1912||18th DSB Kongress||B13 Caro-Kann, Exchange|
|11. Schlechter vs Duras
|| ||½-½||21||1912||18th DSB Kongress||C50 Giuoco Piano|
|12. Carls vs Spielmann
||1-0||27||1912||18th DSB Kongress||A25 English|
|13. Marshall vs Z von Balla
|| ||1-0||63||1912||18th DSB Kongress||D51 Queen's Gambit Declined|
|14. S Levitsky vs M Lowcki
|| ||1-0||23||1912||18th DSB Kongress||B01 Scandinavian|
|15. E Cohn vs J Mieses
|| ||1-0||22||1912||18th DSB Kongress||A43 Old Benoni|
|16. Z Barasz vs K Treybal
|| ||½-½||31||1912||18th DSB Kongress||C65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense|
|17. Burn vs Rubinstein
||0-1||64||1912||18th DSB Kongress||C01 French, Exchange|
|18. Teichmann vs Tarrasch
||0-1||54||1912||18th DSB Kongress||C83 Ruy Lopez, Open|
|19. M Lowcki vs Carls
|| ||½-½||48||1912||18th DSB Kongress||D10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav|
|20. Z von Balla vs Teichmann
|| ||0-1||62||1912||18th DSB Kongress||C80 Ruy Lopez, Open|
|21. J Mieses vs S Levitsky
|| ||0-1||50||1912||18th DSB Kongress||C01 French, Exchange|
|22. Przepiorka vs Schlechter
|| ||0-1||49||1912||18th DSB Kongress||C87 Ruy Lopez|
|23. Spielmann vs Marshall
||1-0||31||1912||18th DSB Kongress||C29 Vienna Gambit|
|24. K Treybal vs Burn
||1-0||29||1912||18th DSB Kongress||C29 Vienna Gambit|
|25. Rubinstein vs Breyer
||1-0||37||1912||18th DSB Kongress||A41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)|
| page 1 of 7; games 1-25 of 153
|Oct-12-13|| ||Karpova: Josef Emil Krejcik: <Die ersten zwei Preise teilten Rubinstein und Duras, ein feindliches Brüderpaar. Beide interessante Spezialisten. Der Lodzer, das Prototyp des modernen Positionsspielers, der Prager noch mehr Künstler als der Russe, aber mit einer nervenaufpeitschenden Phantastik begabt, der gegenüber der Stil Rubinsteins wie die abgeklärte Ruhe des alten Goethe anmutet. Goethe und Grabbe ins Schach übertragen!>|
(The first two prizes were shared by Rubinstein and Duras, antagonistic brothers. Both interesting specialists. The one from Lodz is the archetypal modern positional player, the one from Prague yet more artist than the Russian, but gifted with a nerve-stretching fantasticism, compared to which the style of Rubinstein appears like the wordly-wise calmness of the old Goethe. Goethe and Grabbe transferred to chess!)
From page 269 of the September-Oktober 1912 'Wiener Schachzeitung'
|Oct-12-13|| ||sneaky pete: Why do we have only 125 games here, when the tournament book gives all 153 games?|
|Mar-02-14|| ||perfidious: <sneaky pete> Wondered about this myself, but just came across the missing games, which I will submit within a few days.|
|Mar-04-14|| ||Karpova: Dr. Emanuel Lasker, Berlin, April 18, 1912:
<Allerdings hat der Vorstand des Deutschen Schachbundes mehrere Meister brüskiert, und es ist unwahrscheinlich, daß diese Differenzen sich ausgleichen lassen. Die hervorragensten deutschen Meister, wenn ich mich nicht rechne, sind Dr. Tarrasch, Teichmann, Mieses, E. Cohn. Von diesen wird vermutlich keiner teilnehmen.>
(But the directorate of the German Chess Federation affronted several masters, and it is unlikely that the differences can be reconciled. The greatest German masters, if I don't count myself, are Dr. Tarrasch, Teichmann, Mieses, E. Cohn. None of them will probably play.)
Source: 'Pester Lloyd', 1912.04.21, page 9
In the end, they did play. But what did the German Chess Federation do? What was the controversy about?
|Mar-05-14|| ||Karpova: A bit more information by Dr. Emanuel Lasker, Berlin, April 28, 1912:|
<Das Breslauer Komitee gibt sich Mühe, die deutschen Meister zum bevorstehenden Kongreß heranzuziehen, und es ist zu hoffen, daß seine Bemühungen Erfolg haben mögen. Vor nicht langer Zeit ist Erich Kohn von deutschen Turnieren ferngehalten worden. Und Teichmann wurde zum Nürnberger Turnier nicht zugelassen, aus diesem oder jenem Grunde. Das sind Widersinnigkeiten. Der Deutsche Schachbund ist nicht gegründet worden, um deutsche Schachmeister zu befehden. Möge in dem durch Streitigkeiten zerklüfteten Bunde das Breslauer Turnier eine Aera der Versöhnung, der Gerechtigkeit und des vernünftigen Fortschritts beginnen!>
(The Breslau committee exters itself to draw the German masters on the impending congress, and hopefully, its troubles will be successful. Not long ago, Erich Cohn was kept away from German tournaments. And Teichmann was not admitted to the Nuremberg tournament, for this or that reason. Those are absurdities. The German Chess Federation was not founded to feud with German chess masters. May in the Breslau tournament in the ragged by arguments federation usher a new era of reconciliation, of justice and of rational progress!)
Source: 'Pester Lloyd', 1912.05.05, page 10
|Jun-20-14|| ||perfidious: My poor typing skills in submission having been overcome, we edge closer to completeness of this page.|
|Jun-17-15|| ||zanzibar: 18th DSB Kongress (1912) (kibitz #2)|
18th DSB Kongress (1912) (kibitz #3)
18th DSB Kongress (1912) (kibitz #6)
Count is currently 136/153, <perfidious> doust thou speakest too soon?
No stubs in sight, I be moving on...
|Aug-02-15|| ||Benzol: <perfidious> <<sneaky pete> Wondered about this myself, but just came across the missing games, which I will submit within a few days.>|
Alan how far did you get with the missing games submissions?
|Aug-03-15|| ||Tabanus: <Benzol> He must have submitted about 11 of the then missing 28 games. CG says the remaining 16 are not in the database. 365Chess has all 153 games (and I plan to submit the missing ones), but I don't know yet if they can be trusted. Perhaps our German experts could help.|
|Aug-03-15|| ||perfidious: <Paul> and <Tabanus> Now my memory is shot; time to get back to work!!|
|Aug-03-15|| ||Tabanus: <perfidious> Right :) But I've now found the 16 games missing from the db, and am preparing an upload. I trust (so far) that 365Chess have them right, and will use their round numbers, with dates from Rubinstein's games. After they are put into DSB 1912 I guess it's time for a health check.|
|Aug-03-15|| ||Tabanus: I just sent the 16 missing games to CG. Hopefully they will take them in, and add them here. They've now added E Cohn vs Z Barasz, 1912 here.|
|Aug-04-15|| ||Tabanus: All 153 games are now here. And the points in the standings table got calculated as in the crosstable. A few points:|
1) The original game collection has been deleted. 2) Rounds and pairings are as in 365Chess. 3) About 125 games were dated from before (for all rounds), and I added date to the remaining 28 according to this, with rest days only on July 21 (after rd. 6) and July 28 (after rd. 12). 4) No original source have been checked while trying to clean this up.
|Feb-07-16|| ||TheFocus: "The award of the special prizes of one hundred marks each in the international tournament at Breslau were awarded respectively to E. Cohn of Berlin for the best score against the five prize-winners, and M.L. Lowtzky of Munich for the best score of a non-prize winner in the last six rounds," - <American Chess Bulletin>, November 1912, pg. 245.|
|Feb-07-16|| ||offramp: Schlechter undefeated again! What a hard man he was to beat.|
I admit that Zsigmond Barasz had not previously invaded my conciousness, but to score 50% at a German Championship is a good achievement.
|Feb-07-16|| ||TheFocus: In May-June, Schlechter scored +3=14-0 at Bad Pistyan, 4=; June, +1=4-0 at Budapest, 1=; and Breslau for three undefeated tournaments in a row.|
|Feb-09-16|| ||offramp: There is a very interesting site which calculates historical chess ratings in the Elo manner. The page for this tournament is at http://www.edochess.ca/tournaments/....|
Here are its "Edos" for the players who scores 50% (8½/17):
Barász, Zsigmond 2420
Breyer, Gyula 2478
Mieses, Jacques 2427
Przepiórka, Dawid 2446.
|May-26-16|| ||Howard: This event was one of the reasons why 1912 has been referred to as "the Rubinstein year".|
|Mar-31-17|| ||Marmot PFL: <It is noteworthy that Schlechter followed up his score of drawn games at Pistyan by going through the Breslau Tournament undefeated – two tournaments running, without defeat, is probably something like a record.>|
Perhaps in 1912. Today for players like Anish Giri it's business as usual.
|Jun-01-17|| ||zanzibar: A group photograph is available... stay tuned...|
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