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Coburg (Meisterturnier) Tournament

Rudolf Swiderski7.5/12(+6 -3 =3)[games]
Carl Schlechter7.5/12(+4 -1 =7)[games]
Curt von Bardeleben7.5/12(+5 -2 =5)[games]
Ossip Bernstein7/12(+3 -1 =8)[games]
Georg Marco7/12(+2 -0 =10)[games]
Jacques Mieses6.5/12(+3 -2 =7)[games]
Johann Nepomuk Berger6.5/12(+4 -3 =5)[games]
Hugo Suechting6/12(+3 -3 =6)[games]
Heinrich Wolf6/12(+3 -3 =6)[games]
Leo Fleischmann Forgacs5/12(+0 -2 =10)[games]
Horatio Caro4/12(+2 -6 =4)[games]
Walter John4/12(+2 -6 =4)[games]
Hermann von Gottschall3.5/12(+1 -6 =5)[games]
Miklos Brody1/3(+1 -2 =0)[games]
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Coburg (Meisterturnier) (1904)
For well over half a century, Germany held a position in the chess world similar to that later occupied by the Soviet Union. Germany, along with Austria-Hungary and other German-speaking areas, had the deepest roster of great players, the greatest theoreticians, and German was the language of the learned chess world. Other countries could produce top chess talent, but none could match Germany's strength from top to bottom.

A highlight of the German chess scene were the biannual Congresses of the German Chess Federation. These featured a Meisterturnier, open only to recognized Masters from Germany and around the world, and a grueling Hauptturnier, a kind of Candidates tournament whose victor would win the right to play in future Meisterturniers and become recognized as a Master not just in Germany, but the entire world.

The 14th Congress of the German Chess Federation was held in Coburg from July 18-August 1, 1904. The Master Tournament featured a strong sample of players from various parts of the Empire and beyond:

Curt von Bardeleben; Johann Nepomuk Berger; Ossip Bernstein; Miklos Brody; Horatio Caro; Leo Fleischmann Forgacs; Hermann von Gottschall; Walter John; Georg Marco; Jacques Mieses; Carl Schlechter; Hugo Suechting; Rudolf Swiderski; Heinrich Wolf.

Berger jumped out to a quick lead, being the only player to win his first two games. In round 3, however, he was beaten by Swiderski (who had been a point behind), and the favored Schlechter drove to the top.

After Round 5, Schlechter had a half-point lead on the field, with Swiderski a point behind. Once again Swiderski knocked off the leader, and when Schlechter's bye (due to the withdrawal of Brody after round 3) came up in the next round, he drifted down in the scoretable and it was Bardeleben's turn to surge to the top.

Are you discerning a trend here? After Round 8, Bardeleben was a half-point ahead of the field with Swiderski a point behind. Yep. Lightning struck for the third time, and now Swiderski decided to end all this foolishness by winning two more in a row and establishing his own lead.

So after round 11 Swiderski had 7½, Bardeleben 6½, and Bernstein, Marco, Mieses and Schlechter stood at 6.0. At this point, there was good news and bad news for Swiderski. The bad news was that he had only one game left, since his bye would come up in the 13th and final round. The good news was that the game was against Walter John, who was sitting comfortably in last place. A win would almost surely clinch first place, since Bardeleben could then catch him only by beating Schlechter with Black and that didn't seem at all likely.

Well, you can look at the game and decide whether Swiderski beat himself or John had something to do with it, but at any rate the upset did occur. Schlechter defeated Bardeleben, leaving this situation:

Swiderski 7½ (bye)
Schlechter 7 (Black vs. Berger)
Bardeleben 6½ (White vs. Caro)
Marco 6½ (Black vs. Suechting)
Mieses 6½ (Black vs. Bernstein)

When Berger traded queens in a symmetrical position you could be pretty sure that Schlechter would do no more than draw, and he didn't. Of the others, only Bardeleben was able to come through with a win and tie for first.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 1 Swiderski * 1 1 0 = 1 1 0 = 1 1 0 = 7½ 2 Schlechter 0 * 1 = = = = 1 1 = = = 1 7½ 3 Bardeleben 0 0 * = = = 1 1 = = 1 1 1 7½ 4 Bernstein 1 = = * = 1 = = = = 0 1 = 7 5 Marco = = = = * = = = = = = 1 1 7 6 Mieses 0 = = 0 = * 1 = = = 1 = 1 6½ 7 Berger 0 = 0 = = 0 * 1 1 = = 1 1 6½ 8 Suechting 1 0 0 = = = 0 * 1 = = 1 = 6 9 Wolf = 0 = = = = 0 0 * = 1 1 1 6 10 Forgacs 0 = = = = = = = = * 0 = = 5 11 Caro 0 = 0 1 = 0 = = 0 1 * 0 0 4 12 John 1 = 0 0 0 = 0 0 0 = 1 * = 4 13 Gottschall = 0 0 = 0 0 0 = 0 = 1 = * 3½ Brody 0 - - 0 - - - - - 1 - - - *Cancelled"

The round-by-round score showcases what was a very close fight:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 1 Swiderski 0.5 1.0 2.0 2.0 2.5 3.5 4.5 4.5 5.5 6.5 7.5 7.5 7.5 2 Schlechter 0.5 1.5 2.0 3.0 3.5 3.5 3.5 4.0 5.0 5.5 6.0 7.0 7.5 3 Bardeleben 0.5 1.5 1.5 2.0 2.5 3.5 4.5 5.5 5.5 6.0 6.5 6.5 7.5 4 Bernstein 1.0 1.0 1.5 2.0 2.5 3.0 3.5 4.5 5.0 5.5 6.0 6.0 7.0 5 Marco 1.0 1.5 2.0 2.5 3.0 3.5 4.0 5.0 5.0 5.5 6.0 6.5 7.0 6 Mieses 0.5 1.5 2.0 2.5 2.5 3.0 3.5 4.5 5.0 6.0 6.0 6.5 6.5 7 Berger 1.0 2.0 2.0 2.5 3.0 3.0 3.5 3.5 4.5 4.5 5.5 6.0 6.5 8 Suechting 0.0 0.0 0.5 1.5 2.0 2.5 2.5 3.0 3.5 4.5 4.5 5.5 6.0 9 Wolf 0.5 1.0 1.5 2.0 3.0 3.5 4.5 4.5 4.5 5.0 5.0 5.0 6.0 10 Forgacs 0.0 0.5 1.0 1.5 2.0 2.5 2.5 3.0 3.5 4.0 4.0 4.5 5.0 11 Caro 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5 1.0 1.5 2.0 2.0 2.0 3.0 4.0 4.0 12 John 0.0 0.0 1.0 1.5 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.5 3.5 4.0 13 Gottschall 0.0 0.0 0.5 0.5 1.0 1.5 2.0 2.0 3.0 3.0 3.5 3.5 3.5

Note: Brody retired after three rounds, in which he defeated Forgacs, lost to Bernstein, and lost to Bardeleben. These games are given here, but did not count in the tournament. The American Chess Bulletin (July 1904, p. 45) reports that Brody also played in round 4, drawing with Caro, but that game does not appear appear in the tournament book.

This page covers only the Meisterturnier (Master Tournament) of the 14th German Chess Federation Congress, held at Coburg in 1904. For a fuller account of the entire Congress, see the original Game Collection: Coburg 1904, by User: Phony Benoni.

 page 4 of 4; games 76-81 of 81  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
76. J N Berger vs Schlechter  ½-½301904Coburg (Meisterturnier)D02 Queen's Pawn Game
77. O Bernstein vs J Mieses 1-0491904Coburg (Meisterturnier)B45 Sicilian, Taimanov
78. H Suechting vs G Marco  ½-½591904Coburg (Meisterturnier)C87 Ruy Lopez
79. Von Bardeleben vs H Caro  1-0291904Coburg (Meisterturnier)B32 Sicilian
80. Von Gottschall vs H Wolf  0-1281904Coburg (Meisterturnier)C28 Vienna Game
81. L Forgacs vs W John  ½-½231904Coburg (Meisterturnier)C55 Two Knights Defense
 page 4 of 4; games 76-81 of 81  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Sep-12-13  Nosnibor: In the crosstable of the tournament why does it show Brody with a zero against Forgacs when he won that game ? It is not consistent with the crosstable of St. Petersburg tourney of 1909 when Nenarakov withdrew early on but is still credited with the game he won against Perlis.
Dec-30-13  Karpova: Karl Teller, a merchant from Coburg, died in early April 1915. He was one of the driving forces behind the coming into existence of this very tournament (XIV. German Chess Congress in Coburg, 1904).

Source: Page 110 of the May-June 1915 'Wiener Schachzeitung'

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