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|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.|
|Mar-14-14|| ||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|| ||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|| ||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-
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.|
|Nov-19-14|| ||kamagong24: one of my favorite players Rudolf Spielmann!|
|Dec-25-14|| ||andrewjsacks: It is an interesting phenomenon, the mild-mannered man with the slashing attacking style. Also, heading Santa's reindeer team in fog can be dangerous. Spielmann was indeed courageous!|
|Feb-01-15|| ||thegoodanarchist: <Karpova: Long article with many puzzles by Jeremy Silman <Rudolf Spielmann, the Lethal Gentleman!>, October 15, 2013: http://www.chess.com/article/view/r...|
You have done an excellent service to readers of this site by posting the link to that fine article by Jeremy Silman.
JS doesn't say it in the article, but in another book that he co-wrote with Serewan he stated of Spielmann that his main goal in life was to acquire enough money to buy unlimited quantities of beer!
|Feb-25-15|| ||Mating Net: What a sharp dresser. I love the outfit Mr. Spielmann.|
An inspiration for ZZ Top, no doubt. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wR...
|May-10-15|| ||Calli: Yes, even Spielmann once had hair:
|May-15-15|| ||TheFocus: <We cannot resist the fascination of sacrifice, since a passion for sacrifices is part of a chessplayer's nature> - Rudolf Spielmann|
|May-15-15|| ||TheFocus: <A good sacrifice is one that is not necessarily sound but leaves your opponent dazed and confused> - Rudolph Spielmann|
|May-15-15|| ||TheFocus: <In the opening a master should play like a book, in the mid-game he should play like a magician, in the ending he should play like a machine> - Rudolph Spielmann.|
|May-19-15|| ||TheFocus: <Spielmann is, in fact, the hardest-working of all the masters, continually searching out the flaws in his game and striving to eliminate them> - Aron Nimzowitsch.|
|Aug-03-15|| ||whiteshark: Quote of the Day
"Lasker's style was like clear limpid water--with a dash of poison in it!"
|Dec-17-15|| ||Check It Out: I second <thegoodanarchist> in his praise for the Spielmann article by Silman (and <Karpova> for posting it). there are dozens of puzzles, and they are not easy!|
Here is the link again:
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