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New York 1927
Compiled by Benzol
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NOTE : This collection has now been superceded by New York (1927)

Following the success of the tournament they organized in 1924 Norbert Lederer and his associates decided to hold a match tournament of six or seven masters where each player would meet the other competitors four times. Maroczy was asked to be the tournament director and invitations were sent to Capablanca, Lasker, Marshall, Alyekhin, Bogolyubov, Niemzowitsch and Vidmar. Capablanca was the only player who would get an appearance fee.

However, due to an incident in one of his games with Capablanca in the 1924 event Lasker was involved in a bitter and public dispute with Capablanca and some members of the organising committee. He didn't reply to his invitation and his place was offered to Spielmann. Spielmann immediately accepted his invitation.

Bogolyubov wrote back asking for an appearance fee of $1,500 and that the tournament should be replaced by a World Championship match between himself and Capablanca. His conditions were given in the form of an ultimatum which the committee couldn't accept and they also decided that his place wouldn't be offered to anyone else so the number of players was now reduced.

A number of accounts stated that the tourney would be regarded as a qualifier for choosing the challenger for the World Championship. When Alyekhin heard about this he was furious as he and Capablanca had already arranged terms for their forthcoming match in September that year. Alyekhin wouldn't take part unless he was given an assurance the tournament wouldn't affect the conditions that had been agreed previously. The committee with Capablanca's agreement duly telegraphed this assurance and Alyekhin then confirmed his acceptance of the invitation.

Taking place from the 19th of February to the 23rd of March 1927 the tournament had a time control of 40 moves in 2 hours rather than the then standard of 30 moves in 2 hours and was held in the Trade Banquet Hall of the Hotel Manhattan Square on 77th street, New York.

Five rounds a week were played in the early part of the tourney but this was later relaxed with the introduction of more rest days to ease the strain on the players.

Capablanca registered one of the greatest triumphs of his career taking first place without the loss of a single game.

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C A N V S M 1.Capablanca * * * * 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2.Alyekhin 0 * * * * 0 1 1 1 1 1 3.Niemzowitsch 0 0 1 0 * * * * 1 0 0 1 1 1 1 4.Vidmar 0 0 1 1 * * * * 0 1 5.Spielmann 0 0 0 0 0 * * * * 1 6.Marshall 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 * * * *

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Allocation of Prizes :

1st $2000
2nd $1500
3rd $1000

Brilliancy Prizes :

First brilliancy prize of $125 to Capablanca for his 13th round win against Spielmann.

Second brilliancy prize of $100 to Alyekhin for his win over Marshall in the 18th round.

Third brilliancy prize of $75 to Niemzowitsch for his win over Marshall in the 17th round.

Fourth brilliancy prize of $50 to Vidmar for his win against Niemzowitsch in the 14th round.

Capablanca also won a special prize for his win against Niemzowitsch in the 15th round.

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Non prize winners received $50 for each point scored.

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Round 1 February 19th
Capablanca vs Spielmann, 1927 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 28 moves, 1/2-1/2

Alekhine vs Vidmar, 1927 
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 45 moves, 1/2-1/2

Marshall vs Nimzowitsch, 1927  
(C01) French, Exchange, 60 moves, 0-1

Round 2 February 20th
Nimzowitsch vs Capablanca, 1927 
(E10) Queen's Pawn Game, 41 moves, 0-1

Spielmann vs Alekhine, 1927 
(B40) Sicilian, 64 moves, 0-1

Marshall vs Vidmar, 1927
(C49) Four Knights, 16 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 3 February 22nd
Capablanca vs Marshall, 1927 
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 35 moves, 1-0

Alekhine vs Nimzowitsch, 1927 
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

Vidmar vs Spielmann, 1927
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 33 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 4 February 23rd
Capablanca vs Vidmar, 1927 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 56 moves, 1/2-1/2

Marshall vs Alekhine, 1927 
(A47) Queen's Indian, 62 moves, 1/2-1/2

Nimzowitsch vs Spielmann, 1927 
(A06) Reti Opening, 55 moves, 1-0

Round 5 February 24th
Alekhine vs Capablanca, 1927 
(E16) Queen's Indian, 42 moves, 0-1

Vidmar vs Nimzowitsch, 1927  
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 29 moves, 0-1

Spielmann vs Marshall, 1927 
(C29) Vienna Gambit, 36 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 6 February 26th
Marshall vs Capablanca, 1927 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 34 moves, 0-1

Nimzowitsch vs Alekhine, 1927 
(A04) Reti Opening, 57 moves, 1-0

Spielmann vs Vidmar, 1927
(C47) Four Knights, 23 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 7 February 27th
Spielmann vs Capablanca, 1927 
(B15) Caro-Kann, 28 moves, 1/2-1/2

Vidmar vs Alekhine, 1927 
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 50 moves, 1/2-1/2

Nimzowitsch vs Marshall, 1927 
(A04) Reti Opening, 45 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 8 March 1st
Capablanca vs Nimzowitsch, 1927  
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 31 moves, 1/2-1/2

Alekhine vs Spielmann, 1927 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 37 moves, 1/2-1/2

Vidmar vs Marshall, 1927 
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 57 moves, 0-1

Round 9 March 2nd
Vidmar vs Capablanca, 1927
(E10) Queen's Pawn Game, 24 moves, 1/2-1/2

Alekhine vs Marshall, 1927 
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 45 moves, 1-0

Spielmann vs Nimzowitsch, 1927 
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 41 moves, 0-1

Round 10 March 5th
Capablanca vs Alekhine, 1927 
(D47) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 28 moves, 1/2-1/2

Nimzowitsch vs Vidmar, 1927 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 35 moves, 0-1

Marshall vs Spielmann, 1927 
(B80) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 50 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 11 March 6th
Capablanca vs Marshall, 1927 
(A62) Benoni, Fianchetto Variation, 60 moves, 1/2-1/2

Alekhine vs Nimzowitsch, 1927 
(E32) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 83 moves, 1-0

Vidmar vs Spielmann, 1927
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 26 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 12 March 8th
Capablanca vs Vidmar, 1927 
(C98) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 37 moves, 1-0

Marshall vs Alekhine, 1927 
(C01) French, Exchange, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Nimzowitsch vs Spielmann, 1927
(C48) Four Knights, 42 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 13 March 9th
Capablanca vs Spielmann, 1927 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 26 moves, 1-0

Alekhine vs Vidmar, 1927 
(D35) Queen's Gambit Declined, 23 moves, 1/2-1/2

Marshall vs Nimzowitsch, 1927 
(C01) French, Exchange, 48 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 14 March 12th
Alekhine vs Capablanca, 1927 
(B15) Caro-Kann, 28 moves, 1/2-1/2

Vidmar vs Nimzowitsch, 1927 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 22 moves, 1-0

Spielmann vs Marshall, 1927
(C47) Four Knights, 29 moves, 1-0

Round 15 March 13th
Nimzowitsch vs Capablanca, 1927  
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 46 moves, 0-1

Spielmann vs Alekhine, 1927
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Marshall vs Vidmar, 1927 
(D13) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation, 24 moves, 0-1

Round 16 March 15th
Marshall vs Capablanca, 1927 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 50 moves, 0-1

Nimzowitsch vs Alekhine, 1927 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 34 moves, 1/2-1/2

Spielmann vs Vidmar, 1927
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 23 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 17 March 17th
Spielmann vs Capablanca, 1927
(B19) Caro-Kann, Classical, 29 moves, 1/2-1/2

Vidmar vs Alekhine, 1927
(E16) Queen's Indian, 17 moves, 1/2-1/2

Nimzowitsch vs Marshall, 1927  
(A61) Benoni, 30 moves, 1-0

Round 18 March 19th
Vidmar vs Capablanca, 1927
(C48) Four Knights, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

Alekhine vs Marshall, 1927 
(E10) Queen's Pawn Game, 26 moves, 1-0

Spielmann vs Nimzowitsch, 1927
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 34 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 19 March 20th
Capablanca vs Nimzowitsch, 1927 
(E16) Queen's Indian, 23 moves, 1/2-1/2

Alekhine vs Spielmann, 1927 
(C13) French, 69 moves, 1-0

Vidmar vs Marshall, 1927 
(E10) Queen's Pawn Game, 93 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 20 March 23rd
Capablanca vs Alekhine, 1927 
(C11) French, 26 moves, 1/2-1/2

Nimzowitsch vs Vidmar, 1927  
(B22) Sicilian, Alapin, 33 moves, 1/2-1/2

Marshall vs Spielmann, 1927
(C47) Four Knights, 62 moves, 1/2-1/2

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