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Monte Carlo 1904
Compiled by suenteus po 147
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The last of a series of chess tournaments held in the quarter of Monte Carlo in the principality of Monaco occurred in 1904. In this year, two events were held simultaneously, a masters tournament and a thematic tournament. Nine players were invited to participate, with three of them, Frank Marshall, Georg Marco, and Rudolf Swiderski, playing in both events. The masters tournament was a double round robin of six players held from February 8th until the 18th. The time control for the tournament was 16 moves every hour. Rather than distribute the prize money at the end of the event, the organizers conspired to disperse the 5000 francs to the participants upon their arrival so that they would be more likely to spend their winnings at the casinos during the tournament. Georg Marco not only participated in both events, but he also reported on the tournament in the Wiener Schachzeitung. Trophies were awarded at the end, with Geza Maróczy earning an additional trophy as tournament winner since it was the second time he had won the tournament (the first one he won in 1902).

The final standings and crosstable of the masters event:

1st Maróczy 7˝/10 ** ˝˝ ˝1 1˝ ˝1 11

2nd Schlechter 7/10 ˝˝ ** ˝˝ ˝˝ 11 11

3rd Marshall 6˝/10 ˝0 ˝˝ ** 1˝ 1˝ 11

4th Gunsberg 4/10 0˝ ˝˝ 0˝ ** 0˝ ˝1

5th Marco 3/10 ˝0 00 0˝ 1˝ ** 0˝

6th Swiderski 2/10 00 00 00 ˝0 1˝ **

The thematic tournament held concurrently with the masters event was conducted using a position in the King's Gambit Accepted, called the Rice Gambit. The Rice Gambit had gained popularity due to its promotion by a New York financier named Rice, and was arrived at through the following move order: 1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 g5 4.h4 g4 5.Ne5 Nf6 6.Bc4 d5 7.exd5 Bd6 8.O-O:


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The final standings and crosstable of the thematic event:

=1st Swiderski 6/10 ** 11 01 01 01 01

=1st Marshall 6/10 00 ** 11 10 01 11

3rd Mieses 5˝/10 10 00 ** ˝1 ˝1 ˝1

4th Marco 5/10 10 01 ˝0 ** 10 1˝

5th von Scheve 4˝/10 10 10 ˝0 01 ** 10

6th Forgacs 3/10 10 00 ˝0 0˝ 01 **

Round One
Schlechter vs Marshall, 1904
(C48) Four Knights, 37 moves, 1/2-1/2

Swiderski vs G Marco, 1904 
(C68) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, 56 moves, 1-0

Maroczy vs Gunsberg, 1904 
(C82) Ruy Lopez, Open, 47 moves, 1-0

Round Two
Schlechter vs Swiderski, 1904 
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 29 moves, 1-0

G Marco vs Maroczy, 1904
(C42) Petrov Defense, 32 moves, 1/2-1/2

Marshall vs Gunsberg, 1904 
(D06) Queen's Gambit Declined, 19 moves, 1-0

Round Three
Swiderski vs Marshall, 1904 
(D08) Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit, 48 moves, 0-1

Maroczy vs Schlechter, 1904
(C68) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, 24 moves, 1/2-1/2

Gunsberg vs G Marco, 1904 
(C55) Two Knights Defense, 23 moves, 0-1

Round Four
Schlechter vs Gunsberg, 1904
(D60) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 29 moves, 1/2-1/2

Marshall vs G Marco, 1904 
(C45) Scotch Game, 76 moves, 1-0

Swiderski vs Maroczy, 1904 
(B38) Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Maroczy Bind, 6.Be3, 48 moves, 0-1

Round Five
Maroczy vs Marshall, 1904
(C48) Four Knights, 43 moves, 1/2-1/2

G Marco vs Schlechter, 1904 
(C68) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, 26 moves, 0-1

Gunsberg vs Swiderski, 1904
(C66) Ruy Lopez, 36 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Six
G Marco vs Swiderski, 1904
(C00) French Defense, 24 moves, 1/2-1/2

Gunsberg vs Maroczy, 1904
(B20) Sicilian, 31 moves, 1/2-1/2

Marshall vs Schlechter, 1904 
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 50 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Seven
Swiderski vs Schlechter, 1904 
(D63) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 40 moves, 0-1

Gunsberg vs Marshall, 1904 
(C55) Two Knights Defense, 61 moves, 1/2-1/2

Maroczy vs G Marco, 1904
(C79) Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred, 38 moves, 1-0

Round Eight
G Marco vs Gunsberg, 1904 
(C79) Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred, 46 moves, 1/2-1/2

Schlechter vs Maroczy, 1904
(D63) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 32 moves, 1/2-1/2

Marshall vs Swiderski, 1904 
(C01) French, Exchange, 32 moves, 1-0

Round Nine
G Marco vs Marshall, 1904 
(C48) Four Knights, 32 moves, 1/2-1/2

Gunsberg vs Schlechter, 1904
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 44 moves, 1/2-1/2

Maroczy vs Swiderski, 1904 
(C00) French Defense, 46 moves, 1-0

Round Ten
Marshall vs Maroczy, 1904 
(D53) Queen's Gambit Declined, 50 moves, 0-1

Swiderski vs Gunsberg, 1904
(C52) Evans Gambit, 37 moves, 0-1

Schlechter vs G Marco, 1904 
(D63) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 32 moves, 1-0

Rice Gambit, Round One
G Marco vs Von Scheve, 1904 
(C39) King's Gambit Accepted, 45 moves, 1-0

Swiderski vs Marshall, 1904
(C39) King's Gambit Accepted, 54 moves, 1-0

L Forgacs vs J Mieses, 1904 
(C39) King's Gambit Accepted, 54 moves, 1/2-1/2

Rice Gambit, Round Two
G Marco vs L Forgacs, 1904
(C39) King's Gambit Accepted, 56 moves, 1-0

J Mieses vs Swiderski, 1904
(C39) King's Gambit Accepted, 47 moves, 1-0

Von Scheve vs Marshall, 1904 
(C39) King's Gambit Accepted, 22 moves, 1-0

Rice Gambit, Round Three
Swiderski vs G Marco, 1904
(C39) King's Gambit Accepted, 32 moves, 0-1

Marshall vs J Mieses, 1904
(C39) King's Gambit Accepted, 46 moves, 1-0

L Forgacs vs Von Scheve, 1904
(C39) King's Gambit Accepted, 29 moves, 0-1

Rice Gambit, Round Four
Von Scheve vs J Mieses, 1904
(C39) King's Gambit Accepted, 59 moves, 1/2-1/2

L Forgacs vs Swiderski, 1904 
(C39) King's Gambit Accepted, 23 moves, 1-0

G Marco vs Marshall, 1904 
(C39) King's Gambit Accepted, 75 moves, 0-1

Rice Gambit, Round Five
Swiderski vs Von Scheve, 1904
(C39) King's Gambit Accepted, 56 moves, 0-1

J Mieses vs G Marco, 1904 
(C39) King's Gambit Accepted, 34 moves, 1/2-1/2

Marshall vs L Forgacs, 1904 
(C39) King's Gambit Accepted, 34 moves, 1-0

Rice Gambit, Round Six
Marshall vs Swiderski, 1904
(C39) King's Gambit Accepted, 30 moves, 0-1

Von Scheve vs G Marco, 1904
(C39) King's Gambit Accepted, 57 moves, 1-0

J Mieses vs L Forgacs, 1904
(C39) King's Gambit Accepted, 36 moves, 1-0

Rice Gambit, Round Seven
Swiderski vs J Mieses, 1904
(C39) King's Gambit Accepted, 43 moves, 1-0

L Forgacs vs G Marco, 1904
(C39) King's Gambit Accepted, 37 moves, 1/2-1/2

Marshall vs Von Scheve, 1904 
(C39) King's Gambit Accepted, 31 moves, 1-0

Rice Gambit, Round Eight
J Mieses vs Marshall, 1904 
(C39) King's Gambit Accepted, 35 moves, 0-1

G Marco vs Swiderski, 1904
(C39) King's Gambit Accepted, 27 moves, 0-1

Von Scheve vs L Forgacs, 1904 
(C39) King's Gambit Accepted, 34 moves, 0-1

Rice Gambit, Round Nine
Marshall vs G Marco, 1904 
(C39) King's Gambit Accepted, 45 moves, 0-1

J Mieses vs Von Scheve, 1904 
(C39) King's Gambit Accepted, 43 moves, 1-0

Swiderski vs L Forgacs, 1904 
(C39) King's Gambit Accepted, 25 moves, 1-0

Rice Gambit, Round Ten
Von Scheve vs Swiderski, 1904
(C39) King's Gambit Accepted, 45 moves, 0-1

G Marco vs J Mieses, 1904 
(C39) King's Gambit Accepted, 44 moves, 0-1

L Forgacs vs Marshall, 1904
(C39) King's Gambit Accepted, 38 moves, 0-1

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