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San Sebastian Tournament

Akiba Rubinstein13.5/20(+9 -2 =9)[games]
Aron Nimzowitsch13/20(+9 -3 =8)[games]
Rudolf Spielmann13/20(+9 -3 =8)[games]
Siegbert Tarrasch12.5/20(+10 -5 =5)[games]
Julius Perlis11/20(+5 -3 =12)[games]
Frank James Marshall10.5/20(+7 -6 =7)[games]
Oldrich Duras9.5/20(+5 -6 =9)[games]
Richard Teichmann9/20(+1 -3 =16)[games]
Carl Schlechter9/20(+2 -4 =14)[games]
Paul Saladin Leonhardt6/20(+3 -11 =6)[games]
Leo Fleischmann Forgacs3/10(+0 -4 =6)[games]
* Chess Event Description
San Sebastian (1912)

The success of the San Sebastian (1911) tournament saw this tournament repeat, though in a double-round format rather than the single round-robin of the previous year. The prizes were:

1. 5000 Francs
2. 3000 Francs
3. 2000 Francs
4. 1500 Francs

Non-prize winners received 100 Francs per point.

In his last round encounter with Rubinstein, Nimzowitsch had the chance to win his first grandmaster tournament. He failed and lost the game ending only on a second shared prize. This tournament was one of four that Rubinstein won in a one year time span!

San Sebastian, Spain, 12 February - 23 March 1912

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 1 Rubinstein ** 1 01 1 1 01 11 1 1 13.5 2 Nimzowitsch 0 ** 01 1 0 11 11 11 1 13.0 3 Spielmann 10 10 ** 10 1 1 1 1 11 13.0 4 Tarrasch 0 0 01 ** 11 01 0 11 11 11 12.5 5 Perlis 1 0 00 ** 1 1 1 1 11.0 6 Marshall 0 00 0 10 0 ** 1 1 11 11 10.5 7 Duras 10 00 1 0 0 ** 1 01 1 9.5 8 Teichmann 00 0 ** 1 9.0 9 Schlechter 00 0 0 ** 1 1 9.0 10 Leonhardt 0 00 0 00 0 00 10 0 ** 11 6.0 11 Forgacs - - 0- 0- - 0- - - - 0- ** 3.0

Forgacs only played the first half of the tournament and forfeited his last ten games.

Sources: (1) Wikipedia article: San Sebastian chess tournament; (2) Original collection: Game Collection: San Sebastian 1912, by User: Archives.

 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 100  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Duras vs L Forgacs  ½-½361912San SebastianC77 Ruy Lopez
2. Rubinstein vs Marshall 1-0491912San SebastianD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
3. Spielmann vs Nimzowitsch 1-0661912San SebastianB12 Caro-Kann Defense
4. Leonhardt vs Schlechter  0-1431912San SebastianC50 Giuoco Piano
5. Teichmann vs J Perlis  ½-½351912San SebastianC68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
6. Tarrasch vs Duras  ½-½511912San SebastianB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
7. Marshall vs Spielmann  ½-½431912San SebastianD33 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
8. J Perlis vs Leonhardt  1-0431912San SebastianC00 French Defense
9. Schlechter vs Rubinstein 0-1411912San SebastianC11 French
10. L Forgacs vs Teichmann ½-½191912San SebastianC49 Four Knights
11. Teichmann vs Tarrasch 0-1371912San SebastianC77 Ruy Lopez
12. Leonhardt vs L Forgacs  1-0361912San SebastianD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
13. Rubinstein vs J Perlis ½-½561912San SebastianC10 French
14. Nimzowitsch vs Marshall 1-0481912San SebastianC49 Four Knights
15. Spielmann vs Schlechter ½-½301912San SebastianC46 Three Knights
16. L Forgacs vs Rubinstein  ½-½201912San SebastianC11 French
17. Schlechter vs Nimzowitsch ½-½791912San SebastianB29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
18. J Perlis vs Spielmann 0-1511912San SebastianC14 French, Classical
19. Tarrasch vs Leonhardt  1-0591912San SebastianC78 Ruy Lopez
20. Duras vs Teichmann  ½-½161912San SebastianC77 Ruy Lopez
21. Rubinstein vs Tarrasch ½-½271912San SebastianD33 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
22. Spielmann vs L Forgacs  1-0281912San SebastianC49 Four Knights
23. Marshall vs Schlechter  1-0331912San SebastianD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
24. Nimzowitsch vs J Perlis 0-1251912San SebastianC48 Four Knights
25. Leonhardt vs Duras  1-0521912San SebastianC50 Giuoco Piano
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Kibitzer's Corner
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  Phony Benoni: This tournament is undoubtedly most famous for the nerve-wracking last round game Rubinstein vs Nimzowitsch, 1912 which decided first place. "Nerve-wracking" is being kind; check the game and kibitzing to see why.
Jun-13-13  Karpova: Dr. Emanuel Lasker in 'Pester Lloyd', March 21:

<Gestern kam die Kunde vom Siege Rubinsteins. In der entscheidenden Partie gelang es ihm, Niemzowitsch zu schlagen und endlich den Preis davonzutragen, zu dem sein Genie ihn berechtigt.>

(Yesterday, the news of Rubinstein's victory arrived. In the decisive game, he managed to beat Niemzowitsch and finally to bear away the prize his Genius entitles him to.)

Reprinted on page 164 of the 1912 'Wiener Schachzeitung'

Jun-26-13  Green Bishop: Capablanca won the 1911 Tournament. Was he invited to this one?
Aug-12-13  Karpova: Dr. Emanuel Lasker: <In St. Petersburg teilten wir beide den ersten und zweiten Preis, doch in San Sebastian, das ebenso stark war, hat er alleine die Palme davongetragen.>

Source: Page 398 of the April 1912 'Ost und West', 4th isue.

Translation: In St Petersburg (1909) the two of us shared the 1st and 2nd prize, but at San Sebastian, which was equally strong, he carried away the palm tree* alone**.

* i. e. that he was crowned with laurels

** Dr. Lasker did not participate in San Sebastian, so it sounds like a strange comparison. But what he means is, that at St. Petersburg he had to share 1st place but now he was the sole winner of an equally strong tournament.

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