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TOURNAMENT STANDINGS
Gothenburg Tournament

Richard Reti9.5/13(+7 -1 =5)[games]
Akiba Rubinstein9/13(+7 -2 =4)[games]
Efim Bogoljubov8/13(+8 -5 =0)[games]
Siegbert Tarrasch7.5/13(+5 -3 =5)[games]
Jacques Mieses7.5/13(+5 -3 =5)[games]
Savielly Tartakower7.5/13(+4 -2 =7)[games]
Borislav Kostic7.5/13(+5 -3 =5)[games]
Geza Maroczy6/13(+2 -3 =8)[games]
Georg Marco5.5/13(+2 -4 =7)[games]
Gyula Breyer5.5/13(+1 -3 =9)[games]
Rudolf Spielmann5/13(+3 -6 =4)[games]
Aron Nimzowitsch4.5/13(+1 -5 =7)[games]
Alexey Sergeevich Selezniev4/13(+1 -6 =6)[games]
Jorgen Moeller4/13(+2 -7 =4)[games]
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Chessgames.com Chess Event Description
Gothenburg (1920)

This event was sponsored by Erik Olson, who became the manager of Pripp & Lyckholm, a well-known brewery in Gothenburg. He and the chess patron Ludvig Collijn saw the need to set Swedish chess moving after the war, and offered (together with Rudolf Herzog) 20.000 Kroner in prize money. The Gothenburg Chess Club had celebrated its 40th anniversary the previous year with a chess problem tournament, and had also hosted the 9th Nordic Congress in 1919.

Many of the world leading players participated, with the exception of the two preparing for the Lasker - Capablanca World Championship Match (1921). Richard Teichmann could not come because of passport problems, and also not the invited Eugene Aleksandrovich Znosko-Borovsky, David Przepiorka, Karel Opocensky, Kornel Havasi and Victor Leonard Wahltuch . The Russian star Alexander Alekhine was about to finish victorious in the USSR Championship (1920), and the American Frank James Marshall did not come either. The Swedish champion Gustaf Nyholm had recently undergone an operation and was recuperating.

The event was opened on August 1 by Joel Fridlizius, the chairman of the Göteborg Chess Club, and then the players were welcomed by the "honorary speaker" Martin Anderson. The players were split into three groups: A (this page), B and C. After dinner, the blitz tournament was won by Kostic. The regular tournament started on 2 August. Playing time was 11-3 and 5-9 pm, with five games the first week and four games per week the last two weeks, with no play on Sundays. The rules of the Deutscher Schachbund applied. Chief controller of play was Martin Anderson.

Picture of participants: http://www.clubedexadrez.com.br/por...

Göta Coldin house, Gothenburg, Sweden, 2-20 August 1920

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 Pts Prizes 1 Réti * 0 1 1 ½ 1 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 9½ 2000 2 Rubinstein 1 * 0 1 0 ½ 1 1 ½ ½ 1 1 1 ½ 9 1500 3 Bogoljubov 0 1 * 0 0 1 0 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 8 1200 =4 Tarrasch 0 0 1 * 1 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 1 ½ ½ 1 7½ 550 =4 Mieses ½ 1 1 0 * ½ 1 0 0 ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 7½ 550 =4 Tartakower 0 ½ 0 1 ½ * ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 7½ 550 =4 Kostic 0 0 1 ½ 0 ½ * ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 1 7½ 550 8 Maróczy ½ 0 0 ½ 1 ½ ½ * 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 6 =9 Marco ½ ½ 0 ½ 1 0 ½ 1 * ½ 0 0 ½ ½ 5½ =9 Breyer ½ ½ 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ * 1 ½ 0 ½ 5½ 11 Spielmann 0 0 1 0 ½ 0 0 ½ 1 0 * ½ ½ 1 5 12 Nimzowitsch ½ 0 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ 1 ½ ½ * ½ 0 4½ =13 Selezniev 0 0 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ * 0 4 =13 Møller 0 ½ 0 0 ½ 0 0 0 ½ ½ 0 1 1 * 4

Réti, the winner of Amsterdam (1920) was at his peak and seized the first prize after a last round win over Spielmann, whereas Rubinstein only drew vs Breyer. Bogoljubov, the third prize winner, did not draw a single game! In addition to the usual prizes, the players received 50 Kroner for each won game.

According to the newspaper Göteborgs Handels- och Sjöfartstidning, Jørgen Møller had to be back in Denmark before round 11. His three last rounds were played in advance, on the rest days 4, 11 and 12 August. The game Bogoljubov vs G Marco, 1920 (round 5) was postponed till 11 August.

B and C groups: Gothenburg B (1920) and Gothenburg C (1920).

Tournament book: Göteborg Schacksällskaps Jubileumsturneringar 1919 och 1920 (Göteborg 1921, 390 pp.). Reprint (is without group C games and the problem tournament): Uppsala 1980, 244 pp. There is also Göteborgs schacksällskaps internationella jubileumsturnering 1-23 aug. in Tidskrift för Schack v. 26 (1920) pp. 145-176, and daily reports by Jacques and M.A. in Göteborgs Handels- och Sjöfartstidning (available on microfilm).

Original collection: Game Collection: Gothenburg 1920 by User: Tabanus.

 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 91  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Bogoljubov vs Tartakower 1-0431920GothenburgA84 Dutch
2. Rubinstein vs Tarrasch 1-0371920GothenburgA84 Dutch
3. Reti vs Nimzowitsch  ½-½531920GothenburgD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
4. J Moeller vs Maroczy  0-1301920GothenburgB58 Sicilian
5. J Mieses vs Spielmann  ½-½331920GothenburgC45 Scotch Game
6. G Marco vs A Selezniev  ½-½451920GothenburgC44 King's Pawn Game
7. B Kostic vs Breyer ½-½661920GothenburgB39 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Breyer Variation
8. Tartakower vs Reti 0-1481920GothenburgA40 Queen's Pawn Game
9. Tarrasch vs B Kostic ½-½301920GothenburgC49 Four Knights
10. A Selezniev vs Spielmann  ½-½151920GothenburgD02 Queen's Pawn Game
11. Nimzowitsch vs J Mieses 0-1321920GothenburgA10 English
12. Maroczy vs Bogoljubov 0-1491920GothenburgC01 French, Exchange
13. G Marco vs Rubinstein  ½-½241920GothenburgC44 King's Pawn Game
14. Breyer vs J Moeller  ½-½601920GothenburgD00 Queen's Pawn Game
15. Spielmann vs J Moeller 1-0281920GothenburgC33 King's Gambit Accepted
16. Spielmann vs Nimzowitsch  ½-½401920GothenburgC12 French, McCutcheon
17. Rubinstein vs A Selezniev 1-0701920GothenburgE20 Nimzo-Indian
18. Reti vs Maroczy ½-½411920GothenburgC00 French Defense
19. J Moeller vs Tarrasch  0-1551920GothenburgC66 Ruy Lopez
20. J Mieses vs Tartakower  ½-½301920GothenburgB20 Sicilian
21. B Kostic vs G Marco  ½-½351920GothenburgD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
22. Bogoljubov vs Breyer  1-0621920GothenburgA50 Queen's Pawn Game
23. Tartakower vs Spielmann  1-0311920GothenburgA20 English
24. Tarrasch vs Bogoljubov 1-0281920GothenburgE12 Queen's Indian
25. A Selezniev vs Nimzowitsch  ½-½341920GothenburgD00 Queen's Pawn Game
 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 91  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Feb-02-16  JimNorCal: No disrespect intended, but the tournament description looks like a Google Translate version. Example: "Gustaf Nyholm was newly operated". Possibly: Nyholm had recently undergone a surgical operation and was recovering.

btw, I've read that due to revolutionary uprisings, armed forces sweeping back and forth across Europe, widespread hunger, disease and general devastation quite a lot of the chess players were traumatized. The effects (so it is said) were visible in their play. Nimzovitch, for example, won a single game. Bogo won quite a few, but also lost many and had ZERO draws.

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