Karpova: The Hungarian Stefan Abonyi was born in 1886 and is especially active in national tournaments (like Dr. Asztalos, Chalupetzky and Sterk).
He learned chess at an early age from his father Dr. Josef Abonyi (died 1915), a dentist in Budapest with a highly reputable position as a city representative.
Soon, the young Abonyi knew enough to cause a sensation as a <stud. juris> in a university tournament, with his ingenious, energetic, even vehement attacking play.
In 1906, the 19-year old came in 4th in the Budapest Chess Club tournament (1. Forgacs, 2. von Balla, 3. Gajdos). In 1907, he shared 2nd-3rd place with Szekely (1. Forgacs) in the National tournament in Szekesfehervar (<Stuhlweißenburg>). He again shared 2nd-3rd place in the Prague 1908 international Main tournament. Furthermore, he beat Salwe 2:0 in a short match (first to win 2 games).
But Abonyi is not only a chessmaster, but also a patron of chess. He is the soul of the Budapest Chess Club and recently also joined the Vienna Chess Club. He is editor of the 'Az Ujsag' and the 'Magyar Sakkvillag'. Seven years ago, at the age of 22, he became secretary of the <Budapesti Sakkör> - a rare honour for so young a man.
He successfully campaigned for the arrangement of an International Tournament to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Budapest Chess Club and also donated a lot of money. He also enabled the Club to found its own home at the end of 1914*.
Abonyi initiated the weekly Tombola tournaments, paying himself for prizes. Especially the <Kriegs-Tombola-Turnier> on April 25 was well-received and ten members of the army together with 8 civilians participated (among them von Balla, Barasz, Havasi, Schweiger and Seböck).
Source: Pages 51-53 of the March-April 1915 'Wiener Schachzeitung'
* <Karolyring 3, II. Stock, Tür 10> (from page 74 of March-April 1915 'Wiener Schachzeitung')