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Spielmann 
 
Rudolf Spielmann
Number of games in database: 1,114
Years covered: 1903 to 1940
Overall record: +442 -292 =372 (56.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      8 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Vienna Opening (85) 
    C29 C28 C25 C26 C27
 French Defense (74) 
    C11 C01 C12 C14 C10
 Sicilian (56) 
    B40 B20 B29 B45 B41
 Ruy Lopez (51) 
    C77 C88 C66 C86 C65
 French (34) 
    C11 C12 C10 C13 C00
 King's Gambit Accepted (34) 
    C33 C37 C34 C39 C36
With the Black pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (76) 
    D02 A40 A46 E10 D00
 Ruy Lopez (66) 
    C61 C63 C77 C78 C84
 French Defense (62) 
    C14 C01 C13 C11 C02
 Orthodox Defense (48) 
    D52 D51 D55 D66 D64
 French (26) 
    C13 C11 C00 C12
 Tarrasch Defense (23) 
    D32 D33
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Spielmann vs B Hoenlinger, 1929 1-0
   Spielmann vs L'Hermet, 1927 1-0
   Spielmann vs R Wahle, 1926 1-0
   Rubinstein vs Spielmann, 1912 0-1
   Spielmann vs Flamberg, 1914 1-0
   Spielmann vs M Walter, 1928 1-0
   Spielmann vs Rubinstein, 1911 1-0
   Spielmann vs H Gebhardt, 1926 1-0
   Spielmann vs Gruenfeld, 1929 1-0
   Spielmann vs M Elyashov, 1903 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Abbazia (1912)
   Baden-bei-Wien (1914)
   Semmering (1926)
   Scheveningen (1905)
   16th DSB Kongress, Duesseldorf (1908)
   St Petersburg (1909)
   San Sebastian (1912)
   Bad Pistyan (1922)
   Karlsbad (1929)
   Hamburg (1910)
   Vienna (1908)
   18th DSB Kongress (1912)
   Barmen Meisterturnier B (1905)
   Karlsbad (1911)
   Karlsbad (1907)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Spielmann: Chess Biography by jessicafischerqueen
   The Games of Rudolf Spielmann by Timothy Glenn Forney
   Rudolf Spielmann's Best Games by KingG
   "The Art of Sacrifice in Chess" by R. Spielmann by mjk
   Rudolf Spielmann: Master of Invention by SirIvanhoe
   Spielmann vs Duras by Kryptops
   San Sebastian 1912 by Archives

GAMES ANNOTATED BY SPIELMANN: [what is this?]
   Spielmann vs Rubinstein, 1911

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RUDOLF SPIELMANN
(born May-05-1883, died Aug-20-1942, 59 years old) Austria

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Rudolf Spielmann was born in Vienna, Austria. Nordic Champion in 1919 and German Champion in 1927, his notable tournament achievements included 3rd= at St. Petersburg 1909, 1st at the Abbazia King's Gambit tournament 1912, 2nd at San Sebastian 1912, 1st at Baden bei Wien 1914, 1st at Stockholm 1919, 1st= at Teplitz-Schonau 1922, 1st at Semmering 1926, Game Collection: Semmering 1926 0,5 point ahead of Alexander Alekhine 3rd at Berlin 1928 and 2nd at Carlsbad 1929. In matches he scored victories over Aron Nimzowitsch in 1908, Richard Reti in 1910 and 1921, Savielly Tartakower in 1910 and 1921, Gideon Stahlberg in 1930, Vasja Pirc in 1931 and Efim Bogoljubov in 1932, but lost three consecutive matches to Erich Eliskases for the Austrian Title.

Friendly, pleasant and sensitive as a person his chess persona contrasted greatly. He loved complex positions and combinations which would give flight to his imagination and in the age of Hypermodernism he seemed to belong to an earlier more romantic time.

Being Jewish, he fled Nazi Germany and in 1939 went to Sweden. According to his close relatives (cited on p. 86 of Michael Ehn, Rudolf Spielmann, Koblenz, Germany, 1996) he locked himself in his room and was later found starved to death. Another version is that he suffered from a 'Parkinson's disease'-like illness, which became worse rapidly, at the end. He was admitted to the Asö hospital, where he died. Official cause of death was 'Hypertonie und Cardiosclerosis' (ibid. p. 91).

His book 'The Art of Sacrifice' remains a classic. Spielmann is known as 'The Last Romantic'.

Wikipedia article: Rudolf Spielmann


 page 1 of 45; games 1-25 of 1,114  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Spielmann vs M Elyashov 1-029 1903 MunichC39 King's Gambit Accepted
2. A Wagner vs Spielmann 0-126 1903 BerlinD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
3. Spielmann vs Koehnlein 1-039 1904 MunichC29 Vienna Gambit
4. Spielmann vs P Kaegbein 1-037 1904 Coburg-AC39 King's Gambit Accepted
5. Spielmann vs Moewig 1-040 1904 Coburg-AC29 Vienna Gambit
6. Spielmann vs O Bernstein ½-½28 1904 BerlinC39 King's Gambit Accepted
7. Spielmann vs Duras 0-148 1904 Coburg-AC29 Vienna Gambit
8. E Cohn vs Spielmann 1-029 1904 Coburg-AC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
9. M Lange vs Spielmann  0-139 1904 DSB-14.Kongress Hauptturnier AD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
10. Spielmann vs Vidmar  0-139 1904 DSB-14.Kongress Hauptturnier AC14 French, Classical
11. Fahrni vs Spielmann 1-027 1905 Barmen Meisterturnier BD02 Queen's Pawn Game
12. D Bleijkmans vs Spielmann  0-165 1905 ScheveningenD60 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
13. Spielmann vs Reggio  1-024 1905 ScheveningenC30 King's Gambit Declined
14. A E Post vs Spielmann 1-050 1905 Barmen Meisterturnier BD02 Queen's Pawn Game
15. Spielmann vs Swiderski  ½-½68 1905 ScheveningenC25 Vienna
16. Spielmann vs Duras 1-037 1905 ScheveningenC15 French, Winawer
17. Spielmann vs L Forgacs 1-030 1905 Barmen Meisterturnier BC30 King's Gambit Declined
18. Nimzowitsch vs Spielmann ½-½36 1905 07, Munich mC45 Scotch Game
19. Spielmann vs W Schwan 1-050 1905 Barmen Meisterturnier BB24 Sicilian, Closed
20. J Esser vs Spielmann  0-147 1905 ScheveningenD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
21. Spielmann vs Reggio 0-131 1905 Barmen Meisterturnier BC29 Vienna Gambit
22. C Trimborn vs Spielmann  0-120 1905 ScheveningenC63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
23. G Oskam vs Spielmann  1-041 1905 ScheveningenC44 King's Pawn Game
24. A Neumann vs Spielmann ½-½33 1905 Barmen Meisterturnier BC63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
25. Spielmann vs Nimzowitsch 1-019 1905 MunichB15 Caro-Kann
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Sep-14-13
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  sleepyirv: <Calar> I like the way Spielmann thinks. Though it ever so often left him (and for that matter, me) the loser of an attack just didn't work out.
Sep-30-13
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  Karpova: Spielmann was playing for Czechoslovakia and was invited to paticipate in a training tournament in Münchengrätz (today Mnichovo Hradiště in Czechia), which was won by Bogoljubov. Spielmann didn't play as he had been "disinvited" under strange circumstances (<er wurde aber unter etwas sonderbaren Umständen wieder "ausgeladen.">). So Spielmann canceeled his participation at the Hamburg Olympiad for Czechoslovakia and wanted to acquire the Austrian citizenship.

From pp. 249-250 of the 1930 'Neue Wiener Schachzeitung'.

Oct-11-13
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  Karpova: Munich, end of January 1925, Simul against strong players with a good result:

Spielmann won against Benzinger, Laubmann, Harrasser, Vogt and L Schmitt*.

He drew against Baumann, Gebhard**, Dr. Ottensaser, Springe*** and Stiegler.

The whole event took 8 hours, the games had to be adjourned after the first 5 hour-part.

From page 45 of the February 1925 'Neue Wiener Schachzeitung'

* Ludwig Schmitt

** Hans Gebhardt

*** W Springe

Oct-17-13
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  Karpova: Long article with many puzzles by Jeremy Silman <Rudolf Spielmann, the Lethal Gentleman!>, October 15, 2013: http://www.chess.com/article/view/r...
Oct-31-13
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  Karpova: Spielmann gave a Simul on March 29, 1924, in the Chess Club Hakoah in Vienna, Cafe Rabel, scoring +18 -3 =2.

From page 95 of the March 1924 'Neue Wiener Schachzeitung'

Nov-02-13
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  Karpova: 17-board Simul in Dingelstädt i. Thür at the end of May 1924: +15 -0 =2

From page 189 of the July 1924 'Neue Wiener Schachzeitung'

Nov-24-13
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  Karpova: 33-board Simul in Cottbus: +21 -3 =9

From page 365 of the December 1924 'Wiener Schachzeitung'

Dec-23-13
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  Karpova: Simul in the Vienna Chess Club on January 26, 1915, which lasted 2.5 hours: +11 -2 =1

Source: Page 77 of the March-April 1915 'Wiener Schachzeitung'

Dec-28-13
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  Karpova: <Schachspiel und Künstlerparagraph. Meister Rud. Spielmann (München-Wien), welcher unlängst als Pionier beim Telegraphen-Regiment St. Pölten in den österreichischen Heeresdienst eintrat, hat unter Berufung auf seine Eigenschaft als einer der ersten und besten Schachmeister des Reiches und seine hervorragende Stellung auf dem Gebiete der Schachwissenschaft als Thoretiker, Analytiker und Fachschriftsteller um die Begünstigung nach § 21 des österr.-ungarischen Wehrgesetzes nachgesucht, wonach Wehrpflichtigen, die auf dem Gebiete der Wissenschaft, Literatur, Technik, Kunst oder des Kunstgewerbes Hervorragendes geleistet haben, auch ohne formellen Nachweis der wissenschaftlichen Befähigung die Berechtigung zum Einjährig-Freiwilligendienste zuerkannt werden kann. Die österreichische Militärverwaltung hat es abgelehnt, diese einen Präzedenzfall darstellende Frage zu entscheiden, hat es vielmehr dem Kultus- und Unterrichtsministerium überlassen, hierüber schlüssig zu werden. Genanntes Ministerium hat nun Spielmann die Berechtigung zum Einjährig-Freiwilligendienst zuerkannt und zwar sowohl aufgrund seiner Schulbildung (zwei Klassen Gymnasium und drei Klassen Handelsschule mit Einjährig-Freiwilligen-Kurs) wie auf Grund seiner Leistungen als Schachmeister und Schachredakteur. Damit wurde eine schachliche Frage von prinzipieller Bedeutung entschieden.>

Source: Pages 102-103 of the May-June 1915 'Wiener Schachzeitung'.

It seems that Spielmann wanted to be admitted to the <Einjährigen-Freiwilligendienst> due to his successful chess career and his chess theoretical work. The <Einjährigen-Freiwilligendienst> is a way for people of higher education to become officers, after a military education. Together with his school education, this was enough for the <Kultus- und Unterrichtsministerium> to grant him his wish (the Austrian Military Administration did not decide on this matter to avoid a precedent).

Jan-04-14
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  Karpova: 28-board Simul in the Prague Chess Club on May 1, 1913: +20 -5 =3

Drew Krautstengl, Lederer and Scheller.

Lost to Bodansky, Kollin, Rudl, Schenk and Scholze (the winner of the Prague 1912/13 Winter tournament).

Source: Page 8 of the January-February 1914 'Wiener Schachzeitung'

Jan-04-14
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  Karpova: Austrian-Hungarian Championship tournament in the Budapest "Schachheim" (Budapesti Sakk Otthon), June 5 to 23, 1913:

1. Spielmann 8.5
2. Tartakower 8.0
3. Forgacs 7.5
4-5. von Balla 6.0
4-5. Marco 6.0
6-7. Breyer 5.5
6-7. Brody 5.5
8-9. Asztalos 5.0
8-9. Vidmar 5.0
10. Reti 3.5
11. Barasz 3.0
12. Sterk 2.5

Prizes (in <K>): Spielmann 1000, Tartakower 700, Forgacs 500, von Balla 300*, Marco 300*, Breyer 125**, Brody 125**

* (250 + 350)/2
** (150 + 100)/2

Spielmann scored +6 -0 =5 and Dr. Tartakower also remained undefeated (+5 -0 =6).

Szekely was also a participant but then withdrew and that's why he is missing from the crosstable.

All three, Spielmann, Dr. Tartakower and Forgacs, had chances for 1st place during the course of the tournament. Breyer began strongly but languished too soon. Brody instead put up a steady performance and his games with Black, where he employed the Sicilian, are said to be notable.

Source: Page 65 of the February-May 1914 'Wiener Schachzeitung'.

Jan-07-14
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  Karpova: Dialogue between Spielmann, just found to be fit for military service, and the <Hauptmann> on duty:

Hauptmann: <Was sind Sie?> (What are you?)

Spielmann: <Schachspieler.> (Chessplayer.)

Hauptmann: <Ich meine, welchen Beruf sie haben?> (I mean, what's your profession?)

Spielmann: <Ich bin Schachmeister.> (I'm a chessmaster.)

Hauptmann: <Als Beruf? Ja, gibt es das auch? Kann man denn davon leben?> (As a profession? That exists also? Can you make a living doing that?)

Spielmann: <Ja, wenn man es sehr gut kann, dann schon.> (Yes, if you are very good, then yes.)

Hauptmann: <So wir werden Sie zur Festungsartillerie geben, vielleicht können Sie da etwas von Ihren Fähigkeiten verwerten.> (So we will give you to the fortress artillery, perhaps you can put your skills to good use there.)

Source: Page 229 of the September-November 1914 'Wiener Schachzeitung'

Jan-08-14
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  Karpova: After the latest medical examination, Spielmann was drafted. But prior to reporting for duty, he gave a 14-board Simul in the Vienna Chess Club on Tuesday, the 26th. He scored +11 -2 =1, losing to Dr. Klein and Dr. Chieger.

Source: Page 272 of the September-November 1914 'Wiener Schachzeitung'

Jan-10-14
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  Karpova: For future reference: Two long reports on the Vienna Chess Club Jubilee Tournament (March 17 to April 7, 1913) on

Pages 26-27 of the January-February 1913 'Wiener Schachzeitung'

and

Pages 89-92 of the March-April 1913 'Wiener Schachzeitung'

with round numbers, etc... More on it later, but here is the final crosstable of the double round robin tournament:

1. Spielmann 11.0
2. Tartakower 10.5
3. Reti 9.5
4. Schlechter 8.0
5. Perlis 6.5
6. Löwy 6.0
7. Schenkein 2.5
8. Kaufmann 2.0

A very strong tournament, yet Spielmann scored +9 -1 =4. Dr. Tartakower scored +8 -1 =5, Reti +6 -1 =7 and Schlechter +3 -1 =10.

One game between Schenkein and Dr. Kaufmann was not played and counted as a draw.

Jan-10-14
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  Karpova: More on the Jubilee Tournament from my post above (sources are the two articles mentioned there).

On March 1, 1913, the founding day of the Vienna Chess Club had its 25th anniversary and this was the reason for the Master Tournament to commence on March 17.

The lots were drawn: 1) Leopold Löwy, 2) Carl Schlechter, 3) Joachim Schenkein, 4) Richard Reti, 5) Dr. Julius Perlis, 6) Dr. Savielly Tartakower, 7) Dr. Arthur Kaufmann, 8) Rudolf Spielmann.

The prizes, under utilisation of the money from the returns of the <Leopold Trebitsch-Stiftung> also, were 1000, 700, 500, 400, 300 and 200 <Kronen>.

Games are played on every day of the week, except for Thursdays where adjourned games are resumed. Play begins at 1000 and lasts until 1400, and from 1630 to 2030.

In case of a future tournament page, here are the round dates (from both articles):

Round 1: 1913.03.17
Round 2: 1913.03.18
Round 3: 1913.03.19
Round 4: 1913.03.21
Round 5: 1913.03.22
Round 6: 1913.03.25
Round 7: 1913.03.26
Round 8: 1913.03.28
Round 9: 1913.03.29
Round 10: 1913.03.31
Round 11: 1913.04.01
Round 12: 1913.04.02
Round 13: 1913.04.04
Round 14: 1913.04.05

Notes:

At the end of the 6th round paragraph is written, that the playing start time was changed to 1600 (playing time 1600 to 2000) and adjourned games had to be resumed the next day from 1000 to 1400. So it seems that the morning playing time was abolished and the morning only used for adjourned games.

Thursday, 1913.03.27, resumption of adjourned games (Reti beat Spielmann, Dr. Perlis beat Schenkein). Thereby, the 1st leg of the tournament ended.

1913.04.03, resumption of adjourned games (Reti beat Dr. Kaufmann, Löwy drew Dr. Perlis, Dr. Kaufmann drew Dr. Tartakower).

On Monday, 1913.04.07, the last round adjourned games were finished.

Schlechter's result is explained by his editing of Bilguer's handbook, while Dr. Kaufmann hadn't played serious, competitive chess for 18 years. Spielmann received 1000 Kronen, the <Leopold Trebitsch-Preis>.

Jan-11-14
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  Karpova: Spielmann was a guest of the <Societa Scacchistica Triestina> in Trieste on Whit Sunday 1913 and played a 21-board Simul against 20 opponents. He scored +13 -4 =4. He lost to G Bezeg, Dr. E Tomicin and two times to G Traubner. He drew G Scoipnich, G Adamich, F Machnich and A Riedl.

Source: Page 203 of the July 1913 'Wiener Schachzeitung'

Jan-30-14  Penguincw: K Quote of the Day K

< "Play the opening like a book, the middle game like a magician, and the endgame like a machine." >

-Spielmann

Jan-30-14
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  Karpova: The quote <Play the opening like a book, the middle game like a magician, and the endgame like a machine.> is not from Spielmann.

The mistake stems from page 107 of Chernev’s 'The Bright Side of Chess', where two unattributed quotes are followed by a quote from Spielmann.

I cite Edward Winter: <It is evident from other parts of this chapter of Chernev’s that when he gave, for instance, two unattributed quotations followed by an attributed one it was only the last of these that he intended to ascribe to the writer named.> C.N. 3160 in http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/...

In this case, it looks like this:

<Play the opening like a book, the middle game like a magician, and the endgame like a machine.>

<From Anderssen I learned the art of making combinations; from Tarrasch I learned how advantageously to avoid making them.>

<Spielmann>

Chernev only attributes the latter quote to Spielmann.

Feb-05-14  thomastonk: K Quote of the Day K

<The beauty of a game of chess is usually assessed[, and not without good reason,] according to the sacrifices it contains.> Spielmann, "The Art of Sacrifice in Chess"

More then 10 years before Réti wrote in his "Die neuen Ideen im Schachspiel": <Der Laie bewundert im Schach am meisten die Opferkombination.> (The layman admires in chess the sacrifices most.)

And a few lines later: <Man versteht nun, daß dem Laien und dem Kenner nicht dasselbe als schön erscheinen kann.> (Now it is understood that the layman and the expert don't admire the same thing.)

Feb-14-14
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  kingscrusher: I recommend his book "The art of Sacrifice" which is available via even Kindle download. Got it this morning, and his commentary is really eloquent and interesting.
Mar-14-14
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  Karpova: Dr. Emanuel Lasker, Berlin, October 2:

<Spielmanns Stil ist von einer Eigenart, die man bei keinem anderen Meister wiederfindet. Mit einfachsten Mitteln weiß er Verwicklungen herbeizuführen und aus ihnen überraschende Vorteile zu ziehen.>

(Spielmann's style is of a pecularity, you cannot find in any other master. With simplest means he knows to bring about complications and to draw surprising advantages from them.)

Source: 'Pester Lloyd', 1913.10.05, p. 10

Apr-12-14
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  Karpova: Overview of Spielmann's matches against the young masters of the Vienna Chess Club in Winter 1910, all won by Spielmann.

He faced Dr. Tartakower first (November 2 to 9), winning 3.5-2.5.

Soon afterwards, he beat Reti 4.5-0.5.

Finally, he beat Dr. Perlis 3.0-2.0.

Source: 'Wiener Schachzeitung', December 1910, p. 419

Apr-15-14
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  waustad: I was looking at a satellite photo of the Haus des Schachsports in Wien, which is at Rudolf Spielmann Platz, if I recall correctly, though it isn't listed as such yet on the google map. It appears to be about 30m x 20m, which made me wonder about facilities for spectators. Any pictures I've seen are of players and organizers, or else David Shengelia who is always photographed at chess events in Wien. For the 3rd instance of the Vienna Chess Ladies at that venue the notice in http://www.chess.at/ included "Kiebitze sind willkommen," so there must be some space for spectators.
Jul-14-14  Nosnibor: Spielmann won the Stockholm Tournament of 1919 but the following little game which he lost is very interesting and should be uploaded to the database. d4White: A.Olsen Black R.Spielmann,Max Lange Attack 1e4,e5.2Nf3,Nc6.3Bc4,Nc6.4d4,exd4.50-0,Bc5.6e5,d- 5.7exf6,dxc4.8Re1+Be6.9Ng5,g6.10Nd2,Qd5.11Nde4,0-
-0-0.12Nxe6,fxe6.13Nxc5,Qxc5.14Bh6,Qf5.15Qf3!e5.-
16f7,Qxf3.17gxf3,Kd7.18f4,exf4.19Re4,g5.20Rd1,Rd-
f8.21Bg7,b5.22Rde1,d3.23cxd3,cxd3.24Rd1,Nd8.25Rx-
d3+ Kc6.26Bxf8,Rxf8.27Rxd8,Rxd8.28Re8,Black Resigns 1-0(Source Chess of To-day by Alfred Emery published 1924.)
Sep-17-14  ljfyffe: That would be Anton Olson - Rudolf Spielmann.
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