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Vienna Tournament

Akiba Rubinstein11.5/14(+9 -0 =5)[games]
Savielly Tartakower10/14(+7 -1 =6)[games]
Heinrich Wolf9.5/14(+7 -2 =5)[games]
Siegbert Tarrasch9/14(+6 -2 =6)[games]
Geza Maroczy9/14(+5 -1 =8)[games]
Alexander Alekhine9/14(+7 -3 =4)[games]
Ernst Gruenfeld8/14(+7 -5 =2)[games]
Richard Reti7.5/14(+5 -4 =5)[games]
Efim Bogoljubov6.5/14(+5 -6 =3)[games]
Vladimir Vukovic6/14(+5 -7 =2)[games]
Rudolf Spielmann6/14(+4 -6 =4)[games]
Friedrich Saemisch5.5/14(+4 -7 =3)[games]
Sandor Takacs4/14(+2 -8 =4)[games]
Imre Koenig2/14(+0 -10 =4)[games]
Hans Kmoch1.5/14(+0 -11 =3)[games]
* Chess Event Description
Vienna (1922)

Vienna, Austria, 13 November - 2 December 1922

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 Pts 1 Rubinstein * ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 1 ½ 1 1 1 11½ 2 Tartakower ½ * 1 ½ ½ 0 1 ½ 1 1 ½ 1 1 1 ½ 10 3 Wolf 0 0 * ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 1 1 1 1 9½ =4 Tarrasch ½ ½ ½ * ½ 0 1 1 1 0 1 1 ½ ½ 1 9 =4 Maroczy ½ ½ ½ ½ * ½ 0 ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 9 =4 Alekhine 0 1 0 1 ½ * 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 1 1 9 7 Gruenfeld ½ 0 ½ 0 1 1 * 0 1 0 1 1 0 1 1 8 8 Reti 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 * 0 1 ½ 0 1 1 1 7½ 9 Bogoljubov 0 0 0 0 0 ½ 0 1 * 1 1 1 ½ ½ 1 6½ =10 Vukovic 0 0 0 1 ½ ½ 1 0 0 * 0 1 0 1 1 6 =10 Spielmann 0 ½ ½ 0 0 0 0 ½ 0 1 * ½ 1 1 1 6 12 Saemisch ½ 0 0 0 ½ 0 0 1 0 0 ½ * 1 1 1 5½ 13 Takacs 0 0 0 ½ 0 0 1 0 ½ 1 0 0 * ½ ½ 4 14 Koenig 0 0 0 ½ 0 0 0 0 ½ 0 0 0 ½ * ½ 2 15 Kmoch 0 ½ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ½ ½ * 1½

In the last two rounds, Spielmann was ill and did not play those games, thus forfeiting them. They are:

Maroczy - Spielmann, Round 14, 1-0
Spielmann - Alekhine, Round 15, 0-1

Rubinstein vs Bogoljubov, 1922 was awarded first brilliancy prize.

Original collection: Game Collection: Vienna 1922, by User: Archives.

 page 1 of 5; games 1-25 of 103  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. V Vukovic vs Bogoljubov 0-1391922ViennaD21 Queen's Gambit Accepted
2. I Koenig vs Gruenfeld 0-1301922ViennaD78 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6
3. Maroczy vs Kmoch  1-0341922ViennaC77 Ruy Lopez
4. Rubinstein vs S Takacs 1-0241922ViennaE00 Queen's Pawn Game
5. Tartakower vs Saemisch 1-0231922ViennaC26 Vienna
6. H Wolf vs Spielmann  ½-½221922ViennaC60 Ruy Lopez
7. Alekhine vs Reti ½-½591922ViennaC77 Ruy Lopez
8. Kmoch vs Alekhine 0-1201922ViennaD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
9. Bogoljubov vs I Koenig ½-½1141922ViennaC78 Ruy Lopez
10. Gruenfeld vs Rubinstein  ½-½311922ViennaD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
11. Saemisch vs Maroczy  ½-½271922ViennaD02 Queen's Pawn Game
12. Reti vs H Wolf  ½-½281922ViennaC83 Ruy Lopez, Open
13. S Takacs vs Tartakower 0-1381922ViennaD08 Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit
14. Tarrasch vs V Vukovic 0-1401922ViennaB03 Alekhine's Defense
15. Tartakower vs Gruenfeld  1-0371922ViennaC26 Vienna
16. Maroczy vs S Takacs 1-0751922ViennaE17 Queen's Indian
17. Alekhine vs Saemisch 1-0201922ViennaB32 Sicilian
18. Spielmann vs Reti ½-½221922ViennaC29 Vienna Gambit
19. I Koenig vs Tarrasch ½-½251922ViennaD34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
20. H Wolf vs Kmoch 1-0211922ViennaC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
21. Rubinstein vs Bogoljubov 1-0301922ViennaD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
22. Bogoljubov vs Tartakower 0-1301922ViennaB10 Caro-Kann
23. Gruenfeld vs Maroczy 1-0321922ViennaD64 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
24. Tarrasch vs Rubinstein ½-½311922ViennaC49 Four Knights
25. Saemisch vs H Wolf  0-1271922ViennaD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
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Kibitzer's Corner
Mar-26-13  wordfunph: Vienna 1922 by GM Larry Evans..

Oct-06-13  RedShield: <We played, as we often did, several training games in preparation for the important Vienna tournament, which was to take place from 13 November to 2 December. Around three o’clock in the morning, without any warning whatsoever, in the grand hall of the hotel which was deserted except for my partner and myself, Alekhine suddenly tried to commit suicide in a moment of despair by stabbing himself in the stomach, and fell unconscious at my feet. I alerted the people at the hotel; the director, doctor, ambulance and police were summoned. The situation appeared extremely serious, and Alekhine did not regain consciousness. However, thanks to the rapid and energetic intervention of those called, he came around and a few days later he had recovered. Nonetheless, this incident was significant, occurring as it did shortly before the Vienna tournament. I did my best to dissuade my old friend from participating, for I was sure that he would not do well. My efforts were in vain; he insisted on playing ...’>

Edmond Emile Lancel

<C.N. 3842>

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  ketchuplover: WHOA!
Apr-25-14  ughaibu: It's a nice excuse for his poor performance. Unfortunately, he started the tournament well, so it's not fully convincing.
Jul-19-16  zanzibar:
Aug-16-17  andrewjsacks: It is nice to see Rubinstein here in rare pre-war form.
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  perfidious: <andy>, sure is.
Aug-16-17  andrewjsacks: <perfidious> One of the great WC matches unfortunately never played would have been Lasker-Rubinstein in 1914.
Aug-17-17  JimNorCal: Was 1914 already too late? Rubinstein failed badly in the StP tournament. He beat Lasker in '09, had a great year in '12. But 1914 is questionable.
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  keypusher: <JimNorCal> The fall of 1914 was when the match was scheduled, before Mr. Princip went and ruined everything.

Was it too late? I think Rubinstein would have been an underdog against Lasker at any time, but I wouldn't have counted him out in 1914. St. Petersburg was his only bad pre-war result -- maybe it was an aberration? Rubinstein didn't play at all in 1913, and I'd love to know why. There was supposed to be a great tournament in New York that year he was to play in that was canceled at the last minute. See the following post by Karpova (always a good person to consult on matters concerning Rubinstein)

Akiba Rubinstein

Going into the St. Petersburg event, Lasker hadn't played a serious game since 1910, but Lasker could get away with that kind of thing.

Aug-17-17  ughaibu: <Going into the St. Petersburg event, Lasker hadn't played a serious game since 1910, but Lasker could get away with that kind of thing.>

The way the tournament went, it might be said that he had to play himself into form.

May-15-18  zanzibar: Afaik Evans published the source book most people use:

<This was the first book ever written by American grandmaster Larry Evans. The then 16-year-old master self-published it in 1948 with English descriptive notation, no diagrams, with a plastic ring binding, mimeographed. In early 2010, when we contacted Larry, he was persuaded to revise and update it, making use of modern figurine algebraic notation, and many diagrams, not to mention annotations that have made him one of the most popular chess writers of our era>

I'd like to see what sources were used upstream of Evans....

May-15-18  zanzibar: <Chessical> touched on this - what rating would we give <CG>'s treatment of this important tournament?

I can't say I know <archives> work at all, as he/she's been absent from the bistro during my tenure.

And as far as sourcing this tournament in <CG>'s treatment above - I'd say rookhouse's <Manchester (1890)> was 10x better.

(I admit to a certain degree of provocation/avocation)

May-15-18  zanzibar: Donald's foreword is worth quoting in large:

<Vienna 1922 is remembered as one of the first great tournaments after World War I. All the stars of the day (Alekhine, Bogoljubow, Grünfeld, Maróczy, Réti, Spielmann, Tarrasch and Tartakover) played except Capablanca and Lasker, but it was Akiba Rubinstein who was to turn in an outstanding success scoring an undefeated 11½ from 14 to finish a point and half ahead of second place Tartakover and two and a half (!) points ahead of Alekhine. This was the same Alekhine who had been dominating the tournament arena of the early 1920s having taken first place at The Hague, Budapest and Triberg the year before and Hastings a few months earlier.

Hindsight allows us to know that Vienna 1922 was an aberration, that the future would belong to Alexander Alekhine, but for fans of the great Rubinstein this was one last chance to dream that he might yet battle for the world championship title. Certainly his victories over Alekhine (the last of his career), Bogoljubow (which won the first brilliancy prize) and Spielmann compare with the best games he ever played. Every tournament winner needs a little luck and Rubinstein used his to save a difficult and theoretically important ending against his compatriot Tartakover in what proved to be the crucial game in the battle for first place.

Vienna 1922 will also be remembered as the greatest result in the career of the Austrian master Heinrich Wolf who finished an outstanding third with 10 points, beating both Alekhine and Bogoljubow. The journeyman master Wolf, who was to perish at the hands of the Nazis in 1943, played in many other international events in his career but with nothing resembling the success he enjoyed at Vienna 1922.

The influence of the Hypermoderns was felt in this event. While the participants opened overwhelmingly with 1.e4 and 1.d4, the Nimzo-Indian, Grünfeld (featuring a win by the creator of this opening with his favorite weapon against Alekhine) and Alekhine all saw action. Curiously, while four games opened 1.e4 Nf6, none featured Alekhine either as Black or White.>

Still wondering about sources Evans used - the one game in the NIC PDF excerpt seems to not cite any...

May-15-18  Count Wedgemore: <Vienna 1922 is remembered as one of the first great tournaments after World War I.>

It really wasn't. There had already been some fine post WW1 tournaments taking place: Amsterdam (1920) starring Reti, Maroczy, Tartakower and a young Max Euwe. And Gothenburg (1920) again with all these players (except Euwe), but also including Rubinstein, Bogoljubow, Tarrasch, Mieses, Spielmann and Nimzowitsch. And then there was Berlin (1920), Budapest (1921) (won by Alekhine), The Hague (1921), and some months before this Vienna tournament there was the great London (1922), perhaps one of the greatest tournaments ever, with lots of memorable games and players, including Capablanca, who didn't take part in this somewhat overhyped Vienna tournament.

May-15-18  zanzibar: <CW> appreciate the dissenting, but informative, post.
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  perfidious: Agree with <CW>: there were several <pretty> good events from 1920-22 before this.

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