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|May-05-13|| ||backrank: Yes, I remember that quote well ... as a scientist, it kept me stunned :D|
|May-05-13|| ||cro777: "The faculty of converting energy into matter and matter into energy, constitutes one of the most wonderful characteristics of chess. The question: <How can I favorably turn matter into energy?> occurs as a rule in the early phase of the game; the converse is more
likely to obtain for the later phase." (Nikolay Minev:"Rudolf Spielmann: Fifty Great Short Games") |
<backrank: ...as a scientist, it kept me stunned> As a physicist would you take a look at the Shashin's physics-like model of chess. I'm expecting his new book: "Best Play: A New Method to Find the Strongest Move (With a foreword by Alexander Morozevich)". I'd appreciate your assessment.
|May-05-13|| ||brankat: R.I.P. master Spielmann.|
|Jul-15-13|| ||Karpova: Beat Vasja Pirc in a match in Maribor (today Slovenia) in May 1931 by the score of +3 =6 -1.|
Source: Pages 172 and 178 of the 1931 'Neue Wiener Schachzeitung'
|Sep-14-13|| ||Calar: Quote of the day by Spielmann:
<A good sacrifice is one that is not necessarily sound but leaves your opponent dazed and confused.>
I'm sure Tal would agree :P
|Sep-14-13|| ||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|| ||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|| ||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|| ||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|| ||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|| ||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|| ||Karpova: 33-board Simul in Cottbus: +21 -3 =9
From page 365 of the December 1924 'Wiener Schachzeitung'
|Dec-23-13|| ||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|| ||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|| ||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|| ||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|| ||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|| ||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|| ||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'
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|| ||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
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|| ||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: Quote of the Day
< "Play the opening like a book, the middle game like a magician, and the endgame like a machine." >
|Jan-30-14|| ||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.>
Chernev only attributes the latter quote to Spielmann.
|Feb-05-14|| ||thomastonk: Quote of the Day
<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|| ||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.|
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