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San Sebastian 1911
Compiled by suenteus po 147
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In the early spring of 1911, fifteen chess masters were invited to the seaside town of San Sebastian, Spain to compete in a round robin tournament. Each player was invited based on a previous tournament result. Every participant had won either first or second place in a chess master tournament, or two or more fourth place prizes. The turnout was a veritable who's who of chess mastery: Established masters such as Siegbert Tarrasch, Frank James Marshall, Carl Schlechter, Geza Maroczy, David Janowski, and Amos Burn, and newer stars like Akiba Rubinstein, Aron Nimzowitsch, and Rudolph Spielmann were all in attendance. The tournament also marked the European debut of Jose Raul Capablanca, who had garnered fame for defeating Marshall in a match. The only noticeable absence was the world champion, Emanuel Lasker. As a result of this method of invitation, this tournament is often considered to be one of the strongest held in chess history. Games were played in the Gran Casino from February 19th to March 17th. The time control for the tournament stipulated that fifteen moves must be played each hour. Initially, Ossip Bernstein had objected to Jacques Mieses, the tournament organizer, about Capablanca's inclusion in the tournament based on one match victory. Capablanca proved himself first by defeating Bernstein in the first round, silencing his protests for the rest of the tournament. He then went on admirably to win clear first in the tournament, taking home the 5000 Franc prize, as well as winning the brilliancy prize. Rubinstein and Dr. Milan Vidmar shared second place behind Capablanca, while Marshall took clear fourth. The tournament was a landmark both in its strength and in heralding the arrival of Capablanca, a superb tournament player with a long career of victories ahead as well as becoming future world champion.

The Final Standings and Crosstable:

1st Capablanca 9/14 * 0 1 1 1 1 1 1

=2nd Rubinstein 9/14 1 * 1 1 1

=2nd Vidmar 9/14 * 0 1 1 1 1 1

4th Marshall 8/14 1 * 1 1 0 1

=5th Tarrasch 7/14 * 1 1 0 1 0

=5th Schlechter 7/14 * 0 1 1

=5th Nimzowitsch 7/14 0 0 * 1 1 1

=8th Bernstein 7/14 0 0 0 1 * 1 1 1 0 1 0

=8th Spielmann 7/14 0 0 0 * 1 1 1

10th Teichmann 6/14 0 1 0 0 * 0 1 1

=11th Maroczy 6/14 0 0 * 1 0

=11th Janowski 6/14 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 * 1 1 1

=13th Burn 5/14 0 0 0 1 0 * 0

=13th Duras 5/14 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 *

15th Leonhardt 4/14 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 *

Round One
Rubinstein vs Teichmann, 1911 
(D33) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 52 moves, 1/2-1/2

Schlechter vs Burn, 1911 
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 42 moves, 1/2-1/2

Spielmann vs Vidmar, 1911 
(C26) Vienna, 31 moves, 1/2-1/2

Duras vs Janowski, 1911 
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 161 moves, 0-1

Capablanca vs O Bernstein, 1911 
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 34 moves, 1-0

Nimzowitsch vs Tarrasch, 1911 
(C45) Scotch Game, 39 moves, 0-1

Maroczy vs Marshall, 1911 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 38 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Two
Marshall vs Capablanca, 1911 
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 32 moves, 1/2-1/2

Tarrasch vs Schlechter, 1911 
(C54) Giuoco Piano, 24 moves, 1/2-1/2

Janowski vs Nimzowitsch, 1911 
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 33 moves, 1/2-1/2

Burn vs Maroczy, 1911
(C01) French, Exchange, 18 moves, 1/2-1/2

O Bernstein vs Spielmann, 1911 
(C14) French, Classical, 37 moves, 1-0

Leonhardt vs Duras, 1911 
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 32 moves, 1/2-1/2

Vidmar vs Rubinstein, 1911 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 22 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Three
Nimzowitsch vs Leonhardt, 1911  
(C49) Four Knights, 48 moves, 1-0

Schlechter vs Janowski, 1911 
(C25) Vienna, 27 moves, 1-0

Spielmann vs Marshall, 1911
(C42) Petrov Defense, 32 moves, 1/2-1/2

Teichmann vs Vidmar, 1911 
(C82) Ruy Lopez, Open, 35 moves, 1/2-1/2

Rubinstein vs O Bernstein, 1911  
(B01) Scandinavian, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Maroczy vs Tarrasch, 1911 
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 47 moves, 1/2-1/2

Capablanca vs Burn, 1911 
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 46 moves, 1-0

Round Four
Leonhardt vs Schlechter, 1911
(C46) Three Knights, 18 moves, 1/2-1/2

Marshall vs Rubinstein, 1911 
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 66 moves, 1/2-1/2

Janowski vs Maroczy, 1911
(D05) Queen's Pawn Game, 53 moves, 0-1

Burn vs Spielmann, 1911 
(D08) Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit, 69 moves, 1/2-1/2

O Bernstein vs Teichmann, 1911 
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 14 moves, 1-0

Duras vs Nimzowitsch, 1911 
(C87) Ruy Lopez, 40 moves, 1/2-1/2

Tarrasch vs Capablanca, 1911 
(C54) Giuoco Piano, 38 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Five
Spielmann vs Tarrasch, 1911
(C14) French, Classical, 39 moves, 1/2-1/2

Teichmann vs Marshall, 1911 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 76 moves, 0-1

Vidmar vs O Bernstein, 1911 
(B56) Sicilian, 42 moves, 1-0

Rubinstein vs Burn, 1911 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 46 moves, 1/2-1/2

Maroczy vs Leonhardt, 1911 
(C49) Four Knights, 32 moves, 0-1

Capablanca vs Janowski, 1911 
(D04) Queen's Pawn Game, 66 moves, 1-0

Schlechter vs Duras, 1911 
(C49) Four Knights, 43 moves, 1-0

Round Six
Burn vs Teichmann, 1911
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 28 moves, 1/2-1/2

Nimzowitsch vs Schlechter, 1911 
(C44) King's Pawn Game, 27 moves, 1/2-1/2

Duras vs Maroczy, 1911
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 43 moves, 1/2-1/2

Janowski vs Spielmann, 1911
(D05) Queen's Pawn Game, 55 moves, 1/2-1/2

Leonhardt vs Capablanca, 1911 
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 61 moves, 0-1

Marshall vs Vidmar, 1911 
(D55) Queen's Gambit Declined, 30 moves, 1-0

Tarrasch vs Rubinstein, 1911 
(C10) French, 46 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Seven
Capablanca vs Duras, 1911
(D05) Queen's Pawn Game, 29 moves, 1/2-1/2

Maroczy vs Nimzowitsch, 1911
(C41) Philidor Defense, 62 moves, 1/2-1/2

Vidmar vs Burn, 1911 
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 50 moves, 1-0

Teichmann vs Tarrasch, 1911 
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 98 moves, 1-0

Spielmann vs Leonhardt, 1911
(C28) Vienna Game, 44 moves, 1-0

Rubinstein vs Janowski, 1911 
(E00) Queen's Pawn Game, 45 moves, 1-0

O Bernstein vs Marshall, 1911
(C42) Petrov Defense, 37 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Eight
Burn vs O Bernstein, 1911 
(E58) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 8...Bxc3, 28 moves, 1-0

Tarrasch vs Vidmar, 1911
(C49) Four Knights, 37 moves, 1/2-1/2

Janowski vs Teichmann, 1911 
(D05) Queen's Pawn Game, 27 moves, 1-0

Duras vs Spielmann, 1911 
(C14) French, Classical, 47 moves, 0-1

Leonhardt vs Rubinstein, 1911 
(C98) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 54 moves, 0-1

Nimzowitsch vs Capablanca, 1911 
(C00) French Defense, 33 moves, 0-1

Schlechter vs Maroczy, 1911
(C13) French, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Nine
Vidmar vs Janowski, 1911 
(D63) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 31 moves, 1-0

Marshall vs Burn, 1911
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 25 moves, 1/2-1/2

Capablanca vs Schlechter, 1911 
(D12) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 32 moves, 1/2-1/2

O Bernstein vs Tarrasch, 1911
(C14) French, Classical, 53 moves, 0-1

Rubinstein vs Duras, 1911  
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 72 moves, 1-0

Spielmann vs Nimzowitsch, 1911 
(B29) Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein, 46 moves, 0-1

Teichmann vs Leonhardt, 1911
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 33 moves, 1-0

Round Ten
Tarrasch vs Marshall, 1911
(C49) Four Knights, 31 moves, 1/2-1/2

Duras vs Teichmann, 1911
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 31 moves, 0-1

Janowski vs O Bernstein, 1911
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 66 moves, 1/2-1/2

Leonhardt vs Vidmar, 1911
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 50 moves, 0-1

Maroczy vs Capablanca, 1911
(C12) French, McCutcheon, 20 moves, 1/2-1/2

Nimzowitsch vs Rubinstein, 1911 
(C46) Three Knights, 44 moves, 1/2-1/2

Schlechter vs Spielmann, 1911
(C13) French, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Eleven
Teichmann vs Nimzowitsch, 1911 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 55 moves, 0-1

Vidmar vs Duras, 1911
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 54 moves, 1-0

O Bernstein vs Leonhardt, 1911 
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 35 moves, 0-1

Burn vs Tarrasch, 1911 
(B45) Sicilian, Taimanov, 40 moves, 0-1

Marshall vs Janowski, 1911
(D63) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 62 moves, 1-0

Rubinstein vs Schlechter, 1911 
(D15) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 33 moves, 1/2-1/2

Spielmann vs Maroczy, 1911
(C12) French, McCutcheon, 36 moves, 1-0

Round Twelve
Leonhardt vs Marshall, 1911 
(C31) King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit, 36 moves, 0-1

Janowski vs Burn, 1911
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 55 moves, 1-0

Duras vs O Bernstein, 1911
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 32 moves, 0-1

Schlechter vs Teichmann, 1911
(C01) French, Exchange, 19 moves, 1/2-1/2

Nimzowitsch vs Vidmar, 1911
(C49) Four Knights, 25 moves, 1/2-1/2

Maroczy vs Rubinstein, 1911
(C01) French, Exchange, 17 moves, 1/2-1/2

Capablanca vs Spielmann, 1911 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 30 moves, 1-0

Round Thirteen
Vidmar vs Schlechter, 1911
(D25) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 26 moves, 1/2-1/2

O Bernstein vs Nimzowitsch, 1911
(C61) Ruy Lopez, Bird's Defense, 16 moves, 1/2-1/2

Burn vs Leonhardt, 1911
(B01) Scandinavian, 42 moves, 1/2-1/2

Marshall vs Duras, 1911 
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 26 moves, 0-1

Tarrasch vs Janowski, 1911 
(C49) Four Knights, 46 moves, 1/2-1/2

Teichmann vs Maroczy, 1911
(C01) French, Exchange, 15 moves, 1/2-1/2

Rubinstein vs Capablanca, 1911  
(D33) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 42 moves, 1-0

Round Fourteen
Capablanca vs Teichmann, 1911 
(C49) Four Knights, 8 moves, 1/2-1/2

Duras vs Burn, 1911 
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 36 moves, 1-0

Leonhardt vs Tarrasch, 1911
(B45) Sicilian, Taimanov, 49 moves, 1/2-1/2

Maroczy vs Vidmar, 1911 
(C01) French, Exchange, 18 moves, 1/2-1/2

Nimzowitsch vs Marshall, 1911
(C42) Petrov Defense, 39 moves, 1/2-1/2

Schlechter vs O Bernstein, 1911 
(C66) Ruy Lopez, 44 moves, 0-1

Spielmann vs Rubinstein, 1911  
(C11) French, 38 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Fifteen
Burn vs Nimzowitsch, 1911
(D33) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 56 moves, 1/2-1/2

O Bernstein vs Maroczy, 1911 
(C00) French Defense, 67 moves, 1-0

Marshall vs Schlechter, 1911 
(A56) Benoni Defense, 68 moves, 1/2-1/2

Vidmar vs Capablanca, 1911 
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

Janowski vs Leonhardt, 1911 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 31 moves, 1-0

Tarrasch vs Duras, 1911 
(C49) Four Knights, 50 moves, 0-1

Teichmann vs Spielmann, 1911
(C01) French, Exchange, 17 moves, 1/2-1/2

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