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TOURNAMENT STANDINGS
St. Petersburg Tournament

Akiba Rubinstein14.5/18(+12 -1 =5)[games]
Emanuel Lasker14.5/18(+13 -2 =3)[games]
Rudolf Spielmann11/18(+7 -3 =8)[games]
Oldrich Duras11/18(+10 -6 =2)[games]
Ossip Bernstein10.5/18(+8 -5 =5)[games]
Richard Teichmann10/18(+6 -4 =8)[games]
Julius Perlis9.5/18(+6 -5 =7)[games]
Erich Cohn9/18(+5 -5 =8)[games]
Carl Schlechter9/18(+6 -6 =6)[games]
Georg Salwe9/18(+7 -7 =4)[games]
Savielly Tartakower8.5/18(+5 -6 =7)[games]
Jacques Mieses8.5/18(+7 -8 =3)[games]
Fyodor Ivanovich Dus Chotimirsky8/18(+5 -7 =6)[games]
Leo Fleischmann Forgacs7.5/18(+4 -7 =7)[games]
Amos Burn7/18(+2 -6 =10)[games]
Milan Vidmar7/18(+4 -8 =6)[games]
Abraham Speijer6/18(+2 -8 =8)[games]
Sergey Nikolaevich von Freymann5.5/18(+3 -10 =5)[games]
Eugene Aleksandrovich Znosko-Borovsky5/18(+3 -11 =4)[games]
Vladimir Nenarokov1.5/4(+1 -2 =1)[games]
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Chessgames.com Chess Event Description
St. Petersburg (1909)

The St. Petersburg Chess Club consisted of the elite. After Mikhail Chigorin 's death, the club decided to organise a memorial tournament. President of the organising committee was P. P. Saburov, a powerful diplomat.

The favorites were Emanuel Lasker, Akiba Rubinstein and Carl Schlechter. This marked Lasker's second tournament since Cambridge Springs (1904).

St. Petersburg, Russian Empire, 14 February - 12 March 1909

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Pts =1 Rubinstein * 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 14 =1 Lasker 0 * 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 14 =3 Spielmann 0 * 1 0 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 11 =3 Duras 0 0 0 * 0 1 0 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 11 5 Bernstein 1 1 * 0 1 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 10 6 Teichmann 0 0 0 1 * 0 1 1 1 1 1 10 7 Perlis 0 0 0 1 * 1 1 1 1 0 0 1 9 =8 Cohn 0 0 1 1 * 0 0 1 0 1 1 9 =8 Schlechter 0 0 0 1 * 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 1 9 =8 Salwe 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 * 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 9 =11 Tartakower 0 1 0 0 1 * 0 0 0 1 1 1 8 =11 Mieses 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 * 1 1 1 0 1 1 8 13 Dus Chotimirsky 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 * 1 0 1 8 14 Forgacs 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 * 0 7 =15 Burn 0 0 1 0 0 0 * 1 0 7 =15 Vidmar 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 * 1 0 7 17 Speijer 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 * 6 18 Freymann 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 * 0 5 19 Znosko-Borovsky 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 * 5 Nenarokov - - - 0 - - 1 - - - - 0 - - - - - - *games cancelled*

The time limits were 37 moves in 2 hours, 23 in 1 and 15 per hour. A budget of 10,500 rubles took care of the prizes, money for points and expenses.

The main tournament was dominated by the race between Rubinstein and Lasker. Akiba took the lead by a win over Emanuel in round three. At the end they shared the first place. Spielmann competed with them for a long time, but he had to accept a margin of 3 points after a poor finish. Schlechter scored poorly due to the flu.

Hans Kmoch, in his book Rubinstein's Chess Masterpieces stated, "In the tournament at St Petersburg, Rubinstein in my opinion, reached the zenith of his artistry."

His best known games from this tournament are his victory over Lasker and the famous pawn ending with Cohn, but also outstanding are his wins over Schlechter and Mieses.

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Lasker annotates: Game Collection: lasker annotates games. Lasker wrote in his famous Manual:

"I want to train pupils to think for themselves and exercise just criticism. I will not teach them mere formulae, mere generalities, but will instil into them lasting principles that will grow and blossom; which are alive, and vital.

They must be ready and willing to put their conceptions, laws and valuations to the proof, again and again, diligently and cheerfully, from a sheer joy of the law and from veneration of the fact."

Preface of the tournament book:

"THIS is a book in which analysis is accurate.

The games in this book show the working of the mind of the master, and the commentary has been intended to guide the thought of him who plays over these games so that he may perceive weakness and merit. Notes have been made solely for that purpose. The glossary was meant to be both necessary and sufficient. Nowhere will it be found lacking in supplying explanation needed, but it has no superfluities.

The work has been translated from German, all but the early part, by Mr. R. Teichmann, and some valuable advice has been given to me by Mr. Teichmann, for which I beg to thank him here. EMANUEL LASKER New York, May 10, 1910."

Wikipedia article: Chigorin Memorial. Photograph and crosstable: http://www.endgame.nl/stpeter.htm. Tournament book review: http://chess.about.com/od/chessbook.... Saburovs: http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/...

Original collections: (1) Game Collection: St Petersburg 1909, by User: Archives; (2) a former game collection by User: whiteshark.

 page 7 of 7; games 151-175 of 175  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
151. S Von Freymann vs O Bernstein ½-½1011909St. PetersburgA07 King's Indian Attack
152. Lasker vs E Cohn 1-0291909St. PetersburgC66 Ruy Lopez
153. Tartakower vs Schlechter 1-0331909St. PetersburgC30 King's Gambit Declined
154. Spielmann vs Rubinstein 0-1751909St. PetersburgC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
155. Vidmar vs Dus Chotimirsky ½-½671909St. PetersburgD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
156. Znosko-Borovsky vs Teichmann ½-½201909St. PetersburgC49 Four Knights
157. Salwe vs L Forgacs 1-0301909St. PetersburgD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
158. E Cohn vs Vidmar ½-½321909St. PetersburgD05 Queen's Pawn Game
159. Duras vs Burn 1-0361909St. PetersburgC77 Ruy Lopez
160. L Forgacs vs Tartakower 1-0281909St. PetersburgC13 French
161. Schlechter vs Znosko-Borovsky 1-0191909St. PetersburgC41 Philidor Defense
162. O Bernstein vs J Mieses 1-0621909St. PetersburgD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
163. Dus Chotimirsky vs J Perlis 0-1691909St. PetersburgD02 Queen's Pawn Game
164. Rubinstein vs Salwe 1-0341909St. PetersburgD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
165. S Von Freymann vs Spielmann ½-½241909St. PetersburgC55 Two Knights Defense
166. Teichmann vs A Speijer 1-0811909St. PetersburgC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
167. Znosko-Borovsky vs L Forgacs ½-½181909St. PetersburgC01 French, Exchange
168. Burn vs Dus Chotimirsky ½-½631909St. PetersburgC63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
169. Lasker vs Teichmann 1-0271909St. PetersburgC86 Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack
170. J Mieses vs Duras 0-1321909St. PetersburgC25 Vienna
171. J Perlis vs E Cohn ½-½471909St. PetersburgC31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
172. Salwe vs S Von Freymann 1-0471909St. PetersburgA53 Old Indian
173. Spielmann vs O Bernstein 0-1251909St. PetersburgB74 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
174. A Speijer vs Schlechter 0-1591909St. PetersburgC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
175. Tartakower vs Rubinstein ½-½411909St. PetersburgC01 French, Exchange
 page 7 of 7; games 151-175 of 175  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Nov-23-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  Benzol: What a pity there was never a match between Lasker and Rubinstein.
Nov-23-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  tamar: Rubinstein had a run like Secretariat in this tournament, but then so did Lasker!
Apr-01-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  GrahamClayton: Why did Nenarokov withdraw after 4 rounds?
Aug-29-13  Karpova: Beauty prizes:

1st Schlechter vs Salwe, 1909 (120 Roubles)

2nd L Forgacs vs Tartakower, 1909 (80 Roubles)

Source: Page 253 of the 1909 'Wiener Schachzeitung'

Aug-22-14  Nosnibor: The introduction is not strictly correct as Lasker played in 1906 at Trenton Falls.It should also be mentioned that Dus Chotimirski received a special prize following his victories against both Rubinstein and Lasker.
Aug-22-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: <Nosnibor> Inter alia, Kmoch was not a GM, either--time for a few improvements, such as extra player links in text.
Apr-06-15  ColdSong: One think for the three greats,Charousek,Pillsbury and Rubinstein,who never had their chance to challenge Lasker.
Nov-27-19  DPat: Pero que, solo me cree una cuenta para poder escribir este comentario y no puedo creer que esto tenga comentarios

Noviembre, 2019

Nov-27-19  JimNorCal: Well, there you are.
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