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St Petersburg 1914
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The St Petersburg Tournament of 1914 featured the joint winners of the 1914 All Russian Championship and players who had won at least one major tournament. There were the veterans Blackburne and Gunsberg, established masters such as Tarrasch, Bernstein, Janowski, Niemzowitsch, Alyekhin and Marshall as well as the World Champion Lasker and his two most prominent rivals Rubinstein and Capablanca.

The tournament was divided into two sections. The first stage from the 21st April to the 6th of May was an all-play-all event with the first five finishers proceeding into the second stage which ran from the 10th of May to the 22nd of May. This second stage was a double round all-play-all with the final scores being cumulative from both sections.

It was expected that there would be a great struggle between Lasker, Capablanca and Rubinstein but disappointingly Rubinstein failed to make the final leaving Lasker and Capablanca to battle it out. Lasker was 1 points behind the Cuban at the start of the finals but in the end ran out the winner by a point by scoring a truly magnificent 7 out of 8.

Preliminary Crosstable : Pts 1.Capablanca * 1 1 1 1 1 1 8 2.Lasker * 0 1 1 1 1 6 3.Tarrasch * 1 1 1 0 1 6 4.Alyekhin 0 * 1 1 1 6 5.Marshall 0 * 1 1 1 6 6.Bernstein 0 1 0 0 * 1 1 5 7.Rubinstein 0 0 * 1 1 5 8.Niemzowitsch 0 0 * 0 1 4 9.Blackburne 0 0 0 0 1 * 0 1 3 10.Janowski 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 * 3 11.Gunsberg 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 * 1

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Final Crosstable : Pts 1.Lasker 6 * * 1 1 1 1 1 1 13 2.Capablanca 8 0 * * 1 1 0 1 1 13 3.Alyekhin 6 0 0 0 * * 1 1 1 10 4.Tarrasch 6 0 0 1 0 0 * * 0 8 5.Marshall 6 0 0 0 0 0 1 * * 8

Prizes amounted to 1200, 800, 500 and 300 Roubles.

Each non-prizewinner received 20 Roubles for every game won and 10 Roubles for every drawn game.


Preliminary Round 1 April 21st
Janowski vs O Bernstein, 1914 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 39 moves, 0-1

Gunsberg vs Alekhine, 1914 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 30 moves, 0-1

Blackburne vs Lasker, 1914 
(C45) Scotch Game, 67 moves, 0-1

Nimzowitsch vs Capablanca, 1914 
(C62) Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense, 42 moves, 0-1

Marshall vs Rubinstein, 1914 
(D63) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 34 moves, 1/2-1/2

Preliminary Round 2 April 22nd
Capablanca vs Marshall, 1914 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 35 moves, 1/2-1/2

Lasker vs Nimzowitsch, 1914  
(B16) Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation, 42 moves, 1/2-1/2

Alekhine vs Blackburne, 1914 
(C61) Ruy Lopez, Bird's Defense, 45 moves, 1/2-1/2

O Bernstein vs Gunsberg, 1914 
(C87) Ruy Lopez, 22 moves, 1-0

Tarrasch vs Janowski, 1914 
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 73 moves, 0-1

Preliminary Round 3 April 24th
Gunsberg vs Tarrasch, 1914 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 35 moves, 0-1

Blackburne vs O Bernstein, 1914
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 35 moves, 1/2-1/2

Nimzowitsch vs Alekhine, 1914 
(C02) French, Advance, 37 moves, 1/2-1/2

Rubinstein vs Capablanca, 1914 
(D63) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 38 moves, 1/2-1/2

Marshall vs Lasker, 1914 
(D53) Queen's Gambit Declined, 46 moves, 1/2-1/2

Preliminary Round 4 April 26th
Lasker vs Rubinstein, 1914 
(C82) Ruy Lopez, Open, 66 moves, 1-0

Alekhine vs Marshall, 1914 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 55 moves, 1-0

O Bernstein vs Nimzowitsch, 1914 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 50 moves, 1/2-1/2

Tarrasch vs Blackburne, 1914 
(C61) Ruy Lopez, Bird's Defense, 67 moves, 1-0

Janowski vs Gunsberg, 1914 
(D55) Queen's Gambit Declined, 49 moves, 1/2-1/2

Preliminary Round 5 April 28th
Blackburne vs Janowski, 1914
(C45) Scotch Game, 40 moves, 0-1

Nimzowitsch vs Tarrasch, 1914  
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 32 moves, 0-1

Marshall vs O Bernstein, 1914
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 30 moves, 1-0

Rubinstein vs Alekhine, 1914 
(E43) Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation, 28 moves, 0-1

Capablanca vs Lasker, 1914 
(C49) Four Knights, 49 moves, 1/2-1/2

Preliminary Round 6 April 29th
Alekhine vs Capablanca, 1914 
(C62) Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense, 35 moves, 0-1

O Bernstein vs Rubinstein, 1914 
(C48) Four Knights, 97 moves, 1/2-1/2

Tarrasch vs Marshall, 1914 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 48 moves, 1/2-1/2

Janowski vs Nimzowitsch, 1914 
(E43) Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation, 85 moves, 1/2-1/2

Gunsberg vs Blackburne, 1914 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 49 moves, 0-1

Preliminary Round 7 April 30th
Nimzowitsch vs Gunsberg, 1914
(C46) Three Knights, 54 moves, 1-0

Marshall vs Janowski, 1914
(D25) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 64 moves, 1-0

Rubinstein vs Tarrasch, 1914 
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 60 moves, 1/2-1/2

Capablanca vs O Bernstein, 1914 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 46 moves, 1-0

Lasker vs Alekhine, 1914 
(B01) Scandinavian, 25 moves, 1/2-1/2

Preliminary Round 8 May 2nd
O Bernstein vs Lasker, 1914 
(C66) Ruy Lopez, 56 moves, 1-0

Tarrasch vs Capablanca, 1914 
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 59 moves, 1/2-1/2

Janowski vs Rubinstein, 1914 
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 64 moves, 0-1

Gunsberg vs Marshall, 1914
(C49) Four Knights, 42 moves, 1/2-1/2

Blackburne vs Nimzowitsch, 1914 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 42 moves, 1-0

Prelimimary Round 9 May 3rd
Marshall vs Blackburne, 1914 
(A53) Old Indian, 49 moves, 1-0

Rubinstein vs Gunsberg, 1914 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 33 moves, 1-0

Capablanca vs Janowski, 1914 
(C68) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, 31 moves, 1-0

Lasker vs Tarrasch, 1914 
(C83) Ruy Lopez, Open, 47 moves, 1/2-1/2

Alekhine vs O Bernstein, 1914
(C66) Ruy Lopez, 36 moves, 1/2-1/2

Preliminary Round 10 May 5th
Tarrasch vs Alekhine, 1914 
(D08) Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit, 36 moves, 1/2-1/2

Janowski vs Lasker, 1914 
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 52 moves, 0-1

Gunsberg vs Capablanca, 1914 
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 26 moves, 0-1

Blackburne vs Rubinstein, 1914 
(C01) French, Exchange, 47 moves, 1/2-1/2

Nimzowitsch vs Marshall, 1914 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 22 moves, 1/2-1/2

Preliminary Round 11 May 6th
Rubinstein vs Nimzowitsch, 1914 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

Capablanca vs Blackburne, 1914 
(C61) Ruy Lopez, Bird's Defense, 31 moves, 1-0

Lasker vs Gunsberg, 1914 
(C79) Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred, 26 moves, 1-0

Alekhine vs Janowski, 1914 
(C01) French, Exchange, 29 moves, 1/2-1/2

O Bernstein vs Tarrasch, 1914 
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 69 moves, 0-1

Final Round 1 May 10th
Lasker vs Alekhine, 1914 
(D08) Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit, 35 moves, 1-0

Tarrasch vs Marshall, 1914 
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 72 moves, 0-1

Final Round 2 May 11th
Alekhine vs Tarrasch, 1914 
(C32) King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit, 40 moves, 1-0

Capablanca vs Lasker, 1914 
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 100 moves, 1/2-1/2

Final Round 3 May 12th
Tarrasch vs Capablanca, 1914 
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 35 moves, 0-1

Marshall vs Alekhine, 1914 
(C12) French, McCutcheon, 24 moves, 0-1

Final Round 4 May 14th
Capablanca vs Marshall, 1914 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 61 moves, 1-0

Lasker vs Tarrasch, 1914  
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 46 moves, 1-0

Final Round 5 May 15th
Marshall vs Lasker, 1914  
(A53) Old Indian, 36 moves, 0-1

Alekhine vs Capablanca, 1914 
(C48) Four Knights, 28 moves, 1/2-1/2

Final Round 6 May 17th
Alekhine vs Lasker, 1914 
(C68) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, 89 moves, 0-1

Marshall vs Tarrasch, 1914
(A84) Dutch, 47 moves, 1/2-1/2

Final Round 7 May 18th
Tarrasch vs Alekhine, 1914 
(C12) French, McCutcheon, 51 moves, 0-1

Lasker vs Capablanca, 1914 
(C68) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, 42 moves, 1-0

Final Round 8 May 19th
Capablanca vs Tarrasch, 1914 
(C49) Four Knights, 83 moves, 0-1

Alekhine vs Marshall, 1914 
(C49) Four Knights, 45 moves, 1/2-1/2

Final Round 9 May 21st
Marshall vs Capablanca, 1914 
(C01) French, Exchange, 61 moves, 0-1

Tarrasch vs Lasker, 1914
(C02) French, Advance, 39 moves, 1/2-1/2

Final Round 10 May 22nd
Lasker vs Marshall, 1914 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 29 moves, 1-0

Capablanca vs Alekhine, 1914 
(C11) French, 45 moves, 1-0

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