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Semmering 1926
Compiled by suenteus po 147
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An international chess master tournament was organized and held at the Grand Hotel Panhas in the Semmering Pass south of Vienna from March 7th to the 29th, 1926. The event was organized by Ossip Bernstein, who invited 18 players to participate in the round robin tournament. Among those invited were the very best masters of the day, including Alexander Alekhine, Akiba Rubinstein, Aron Nimzowitsch, Siegbert Tarrasch, Milan Vidmar, Savielly Tartakower, Richard Réti, and Rudolf Spielmann. The hypermodern school was well represented, and in the first half of the tournament Nimzowitsch and Tartakower lead the field. However, toward the end of the competition a series of missteps and surprises found the lead changing hands until finally Spielmann, the great romantic, emerged as the winner over Alekhine after the last round. It was to be Spielmann's best tournament performance of his chess career.

The final standings and crosstable:

1st Spielmann 13/17 * ˝ 1 1 1 0 ˝ ˝ 1 1 1 1 1 ˝ 1 ˝ ˝ 1

2nd Alekhine 12˝/17 ˝ * 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 ˝ 1 ˝ 1 0 1 1 1 1

3rd Vidmar 12/17 0 1 * 1 1 ˝ 0 1 ˝ 1 1 ˝ 1 1 ˝ 1 ˝ ˝

=4th Nimzowitsch 11˝/17 0 1 0 * ˝ 1 ˝ 1 0 1 ˝ 1 1 1 ˝ ˝ 1 1

=4th Tartakower 11˝/17 0 0 0 ˝ * ˝ 1 0 1 1 1 1 ˝ 1 1 1 1 1

=6th Rubinstein 10/17 1 0 ˝ 0 ˝ * ˝ 1 1 0 ˝ 0 1 ˝ 1 ˝ 1 1

=6th Tarrasch 10/17 ˝ 0 1 ˝ 0 ˝ * 1 0 0 0 1 ˝ 1 1 1 1 1

8th Réti 9˝/17 ˝ 0 0 0 1 0 0 * 1 1 1 0 ˝ 1 1 ˝ 1 1

9th Grünfeld 9/17 0 0 ˝ 1 0 0 1 0 * 0 ˝ ˝ 1 1 1 1 ˝ 1

10th Janowski 8˝/17 0 ˝ 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 * ˝ 0 ˝ 0 1 1 1 1

11th Treybal 8/17 0 0 0 ˝ 0 ˝ 1 0 ˝ ˝ * 1 1 1 0 1 ˝ ˝

12th Vajda 7˝/17 0 ˝ ˝ 0 0 1 0 1 ˝ 1 0 * 0 ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ 1

13th Yates 7/17 0 0 0 0 ˝ 0 ˝ ˝ 0 ˝ 0 1 * ˝ ˝ 1 1 1

=14th Gilg 6/17 ˝ 1 0 0 0 ˝ 0 0 0 1 0 ˝ ˝ * ˝ 0 ˝ 1

=14th Kmoch 6/17 0 0 ˝ ˝ 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 ˝ ˝ ˝ * 1 ˝ 1

16th Davidson 5˝/17 ˝ 0 0 ˝ 0 ˝ 0 ˝ 0 0 0 ˝ 0 1 0 * 1 1

17th Michel 4˝/17 ˝ 0 ˝ 0 0 0 0 0 ˝ 0 ˝ ˝ 0 ˝ ˝ 0 * 1

18th Rosselli del Turco 1/17 0 0 ˝ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ˝ 0 0 0 0 0 0 *


Round One
Gruenfeld vs Janowski, 1926
(D43) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 33 moves, 0-1

Kmoch vs J Davidson, 1926
(D63) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 58 moves, 1-0

W Michel vs A Vajda, 1926
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 53 moves, 1/2-1/2

Nimzowitsch vs Alekhine, 1926 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 46 moves, 1-0

Reti vs K Treybal, 1926
(A12) English with b3, 81 moves, 1-0

Spielmann vs Gilg, 1926
(B44) Sicilian, 39 moves, 1/2-1/2

Tarrasch vs Rubinstein, 1926
(D52) Queen's Gambit Declined, 24 moves, 1/2-1/2

Tartakower vs S Rosselli del Turco, 1926 
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 57 moves, 1-0

Vidmar vs Yates, 1926
(E12) Queen's Indian, 40 moves, 1-0

Round Two
J Davidson vs Reti, 1926
(A47) Queen's Indian, 55 moves, 1/2-1/2

Gilg vs Nimzowitsch, 1926 
(A81) Dutch, 24 moves, 0-1

Janowski vs Tarrasch, 1926
(D52) Queen's Gambit Declined, 39 moves, 1-0

W Michel vs Gruenfeld, 1926
(A50) Queen's Pawn Game, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

S Rosselli del Turco vs Spielmann, 1926
(C28) Vienna Game, 43 moves, 0-1

Rubinstein vs Vidmar, 1926 
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 71 moves, 1/2-1/2

K Treybal vs Tartakower, 1926
(B13) Caro-Kann, Exchange, 53 moves, 0-1

A Vajda vs Alekhine, 1926
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 39 moves, 1/2-1/2

Yates vs Kmoch, 1926
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 51 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Three
Alekhine vs Gilg, 1926 
(A52) Budapest Gambit, 67 moves, 0-1

Gruenfeld vs A Vajda, 1926
(A81) Dutch, 44 moves, 1/2-1/2

Kmoch vs Rubinstein, 1926 
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 37 moves, 0-1

Nimzowitsch vs S Rosselli del Turco, 1926 
(A06) Reti Opening, 57 moves, 1-0

Reti vs Yates, 1926
(A05) Reti Opening, 66 moves, 1/2-1/2

Spielmann vs K Treybal, 1926
(C74) Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 50 moves, 1-0

Tarrasch vs W Michel, 1926 
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 41 moves, 1-0

Tartakower vs J Davidson, 1926 
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 30 moves, 1-0

Vidmar vs Janowski, 1926
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 57 moves, 1-0

Round Four
J Davidson vs Spielmann, 1926
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 31 moves, 1/2-1/2

Gruenfeld vs Tarrasch, 1926
(A50) Queen's Pawn Game, 64 moves, 1-0

Janowski vs Kmoch, 1926 
(A48) King's Indian, 47 moves, 1-0

W Michel vs Vidmar, 1926
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 40 moves, 1/2-1/2

S Rosselli del Turco vs Alekhine, 1926 
(B24) Sicilian, Closed, 35 moves, 0-1

Rubinstein vs Reti, 1926 
(D71) Neo-Grunfeld, 38 moves, 1-0

K Treybal vs Nimzowitsch, 1926 
(B10) Caro-Kann, 38 moves, 1/2-1/2

A Vajda vs Gilg, 1926
(B45) Sicilian, Taimanov, 32 moves, 1/2-1/2

Yates vs Tartakower, 1926
(B15) Caro-Kann, 45 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Five
Alekhine vs K Treybal, 1926
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 34 moves, 1-0

Gilg vs S Rosselli del Turco, 1926 
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 31 moves, 1-0

Kmoch vs W Michel, 1926
(A47) Queen's Indian, 25 moves, 1/2-1/2

Nimzowitsch vs J Davidson, 1926
(A15) English, 67 moves, 1/2-1/2

Reti vs Janowski, 1926 
(A28) English, 64 moves, 1-0

Spielmann vs Yates, 1926 
(C47) Four Knights, 31 moves, 1-0

Tarrasch vs A Vajda, 1926
(A52) Budapest Gambit, 57 moves, 1-0

Tartakower vs Rubinstein, 1926 
(C68) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, 52 moves, 1/2-1/2

Vidmar vs Gruenfeld, 1926
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Six
J Davidson vs Alekhine, 1926 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 52 moves, 0-1

Gruenfeld vs Kmoch, 1926 
(D43) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 25 moves, 1-0

Janowski vs Tartakower, 1926 
(D58) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst, 33 moves, 0-1

W Michel vs Reti, 1926
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 43 moves, 0-1

Rubinstein vs Spielmann, 1926 
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 36 moves, 1-0

Tarrasch vs Vidmar, 1926 
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 61 moves, 1-0

K Treybal vs Gilg, 1926
(B34) Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, 50 moves, 1-0

A Vajda vs S Rosselli del Turco, 1926
(D15) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 40 moves, 1-0

Yates vs Nimzowitsch, 1926 
(C01) French, Exchange, 46 moves, 0-1

Round Seven
Alekhine vs Yates, 1926 
(A28) English, 63 moves, 1-0

Gilg vs J Davidson, 1926
(E70) King's Indian, 39 moves, 0-1

Kmoch vs Tarrasch, 1926
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 56 moves, 0-1

Nimzowitsch vs Rubinstein, 1926 
(A06) Reti Opening, 42 moves, 1-0

Reti vs Gruenfeld, 1926 
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 47 moves, 1-0

S Rosselli del Turco vs K Treybal, 1926
(D43) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

Spielmann vs Janowski, 1926 
(B45) Sicilian, Taimanov, 49 moves, 1-0

Tartakower vs W Michel, 1926 
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 30 moves, 1-0

Vidmar vs A Vajda, 1926
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 38 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Eight
J Davidson vs S Rosselli del Turco, 1926 
(D79) Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O, Main line, 43 moves, 1-0

Gruenfeld vs Tartakower, 1926  
(D21) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 41 moves, 0-1

Janowski vs Nimzowitsch, 1926 
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 31 moves, 0-1

W Michel vs Spielmann, 1926
(A43) Old Benoni, 55 moves, 1/2-1/2

Rubinstein vs Alekhine, 1926 
(E16) Queen's Indian, 29 moves, 0-1

Tarrasch vs Reti, 1926 
(A47) Queen's Indian, 41 moves, 1-0

A Vajda vs K Treybal, 1926
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 51 moves, 0-1

Vidmar vs Kmoch, 1926
(E12) Queen's Indian, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

Yates vs Gilg, 1926
(B45) Sicilian, Taimanov, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Nine
Alekhine vs Janowski, 1926 
(D28) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 103 moves, 1/2-1/2

Gilg vs Rubinstein, 1926 
(D46) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 61 moves, 1/2-1/2

Kmoch vs A Vajda, 1926
(A38) English, Symmetrical, 31 moves, 1/2-1/2

Nimzowitsch vs W Michel, 1926 
(A06) Reti Opening, 24 moves, 1-0

Reti vs Vidmar, 1926 
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 33 moves, 0-1

S Rosselli del Turco vs Yates, 1926
(C25) Vienna, 43 moves, 0-1

Spielmann vs Gruenfeld, 1926 
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 36 moves, 1-0

Tartakower vs Tarrasch, 1926 
(A52) Budapest Gambit, 34 moves, 1-0

K Treybal vs J Davidson, 1926 
(B13) Caro-Kann, Exchange, 27 moves, 1-0

Round Ten
Gruenfeld vs Nimzowitsch, 1926 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 72 moves, 1-0

Janowski vs Gilg, 1926
(A48) King's Indian, 53 moves, 0-1

Kmoch vs Reti, 1926 
(A52) Budapest Gambit, 32 moves, 0-1

W Michel vs Alekhine, 1926
(A47) Queen's Indian, 32 moves, 0-1

Rubinstein vs S Rosselli del Turco, 1926
(E46) Nimzo-Indian, 39 moves, 1-0

Tarrasch vs Spielmann, 1926
(E10) Queen's Pawn Game, 18 moves, 1/2-1/2

A Vajda vs J Davidson, 1926
(B13) Caro-Kann, Exchange, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

Vidmar vs Tartakower, 1926 
(D58) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst, 65 moves, 1-0

Yates vs K Treybal, 1926
(C79) Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred, 49 moves, 0-1

Round Eleven
Alekhine vs Gruenfeld, 1926 
(D21) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 27 moves, 1-0

J Davidson vs Yates, 1926 
(E90) King's Indian, 31 moves, 0-1

Gilg vs W Michel, 1926
(E19) Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3, 27 moves, 1/2-1/2

Nimzowitsch vs Tarrasch, 1926
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 32 moves, 1/2-1/2

Reti vs A Vajda, 1926 
(A13) English, 27 moves, 0-1

S Rosselli del Turco vs Janowski, 1926
(B25) Sicilian, Closed, 43 moves, 0-1

Spielmann vs Vidmar, 1926 
(C29) Vienna Gambit, 19 moves, 1-0

Tartakower vs Kmoch, 1926
(E17) Queen's Indian, 49 moves, 1-0

K Treybal vs Rubinstein, 1926
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 36 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Twelve
Gruenfeld vs Gilg, 1926
(E62) King's Indian, Fianchetto, 46 moves, 1-0

Janowski vs K Treybal, 1926
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 56 moves, 1/2-1/2

Kmoch vs Spielmann, 1926
(E10) Queen's Pawn Game, 23 moves, 0-1

W Michel vs S Rosselli del Turco, 1926
(D60) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 35 moves, 1-0

Reti vs Tartakower, 1926
(A13) English, 63 moves, 1-0

Rubinstein vs J Davidson, 1926
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 61 moves, 1/2-1/2

Tarrasch vs Alekhine, 1926 
(A09) Reti Opening, 58 moves, 0-1

A Vajda vs Yates, 1926
(E90) King's Indian, 58 moves, 0-1

Vidmar vs Nimzowitsch, 1926 
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 62 moves, 1-0

Round Thirteen
Alekhine vs Vidmar, 1926 
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 58 moves, 0-1

J Davidson vs Janowski, 1926 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 30 moves, 0-1

Gilg vs Tarrasch, 1926 
(E21) Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights, 34 moves, 0-1

Nimzowitsch vs Kmoch, 1926
(B03) Alekhine's Defense, 31 moves, 1/2-1/2

S Rosselli del Turco vs Gruenfeld, 1926
(C27) Vienna Game, 57 moves, 0-1

Spielmann vs Reti, 1926
(B10) Caro-Kann, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

Tartakower vs A Vajda, 1926
(D43) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 33 moves, 1-0

K Treybal vs W Michel, 1926
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 61 moves, 1/2-1/2

Yates vs Rubinstein, 1926 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 84 moves, 0-1

Round Fourteen
Gruenfeld vs K Treybal, 1926
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 31 moves, 1/2-1/2

Janowski vs Yates, 1926
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 72 moves, 1/2-1/2

Kmoch vs Alekhine, 1926 
(A80) Dutch, 34 moves, 0-1

W Michel vs J Davidson, 1926
(E94) King's Indian, Orthodox, 53 moves, 0-1

Reti vs Nimzowitsch, 1926 
(A09) Reti Opening, 69 moves, 0-1

Tarrasch vs S Rosselli del Turco, 1926
(E12) Queen's Indian, 33 moves, 1-0

Tartakower vs Spielmann, 1926 
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 49 moves, 0-1

A Vajda vs Rubinstein, 1926 
(D46) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 63 moves, 1-0

Vidmar vs Gilg, 1926
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 21 moves, 1-0

Round Fifteen
Alekhine vs Reti, 1926 
(E60) King's Indian Defense, 58 moves, 1-0

J Davidson vs Gruenfeld, 1926
(D28) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 46 moves, 0-1

Gilg vs Kmoch, 1926
(E19) Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3, 31 moves, 1/2-1/2

Nimzowitsch vs Tartakower, 1926
(A04) Reti Opening, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

S Rosselli del Turco vs Vidmar, 1926
(C28) Vienna Game, 62 moves, 1/2-1/2

Rubinstein vs Janowski, 1926 
(D26) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 70 moves, 0-1

Spielmann vs A Vajda, 1926 
(C01) French, Exchange, 38 moves, 1-0

K Treybal vs Tarrasch, 1926 
(B13) Caro-Kann, Exchange, 32 moves, 1-0

Yates vs W Michel, 1926
(C88) Ruy Lopez, 47 moves, 1-0

Round Sixteen
Gruenfeld vs Yates, 1926
(E62) King's Indian, Fianchetto, 74 moves, 1-0

Kmoch vs S Rosselli del Turco, 1926
(E14) Queen's Indian, 48 moves, 1-0

W Michel vs Rubinstein, 1926 
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 40 moves, 0-1

Reti vs Gilg, 1926 
(E43) Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation, 34 moves, 1-0

Spielmann vs Nimzowitsch, 1926 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 36 moves, 1-0

Tarrasch vs J Davidson, 1926 
(A48) King's Indian, 29 moves, 1-0

Tartakower vs Alekhine, 1926 
(C68) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, 99 moves, 0-1

A Vajda vs Janowski, 1926
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 54 moves, 1-0

Vidmar vs K Treybal, 1926
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 42 moves, 1-0

Round Seventeen
Alekhine vs Spielmann, 1926 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 31 moves, 1/2-1/2

J Davidson vs Vidmar, 1926
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 62 moves, 0-1

Gilg vs Tartakower, 1926
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 102 moves, 0-1

Janowski vs W Michel, 1926 
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 15 moves, 1-0

Nimzowitsch vs A Vajda, 1926 
(C49) Four Knights, 59 moves, 1-0

S Rosselli del Turco vs Reti, 1926
(B24) Sicilian, Closed, 30 moves, 0-1

Rubinstein vs Gruenfeld, 1926 
(D28) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 43 moves, 1-0

K Treybal vs Kmoch, 1926
(B03) Alekhine's Defense, 68 moves, 0-1

Yates vs Tarrasch, 1926
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 53 moves, 1/2-1/2

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