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Berlin Four Masters Tournament

Milan Vidmar4.5/6(+3 -0 =3)[games]
Carl Schlechter3.5/6(+1 -0 =5)[games]
Jacques Mieses3/6(+2 -2 =2)[games]
Akiba Rubinstein1/6(+0 -4 =2)[games] Chess Event Description
Berlin Four Masters (1918)

This tournament was held in April at the Cafe Kerkau in Berlin, Germany. It was followed four months later by the Berlin Grandmasters (1918), also held in the Cafe Kerkau and won by Emanuel Lasker. In that event, Rubinstein had recovered his form to finish in second place, whereas here he finished last.

Berlin, Germany, 20-30 April 1918

1 Vidmar XX == =1 11 4.5 2 Schlechter == XX 1= == 3.5 3 Mieses 0= 0= XX 11 3.0 4 Rubinstein 00 == 00 XX 1.0

Based on an original collection by User: TheFocus.

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Schlechter vs Rubinstein  ½-½311918Berlin Four MastersC83 Ruy Lopez, Open
2. Vidmar vs J Mieses  ½-½191918Berlin Four MastersA43 Old Benoni
3. Vidmar vs Schlechter  ½-½261918Berlin Four MastersA46 Queen's Pawn Game
4. J Mieses vs Rubinstein 1-0911918Berlin Four MastersC22 Center Game
5. Rubinstein vs Vidmar 0-1241918Berlin Four MastersA52 Budapest Gambit
6. Schlechter vs J Mieses 1-0291918Berlin Four MastersB28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
7. Rubinstein vs Schlechter ½-½311918Berlin Four MastersA52 Budapest Gambit
8. J Mieses vs Vidmar 0-1581918Berlin Four MastersC66 Ruy Lopez
9. Rubinstein vs J Mieses 0-1311918Berlin Four MastersA52 Budapest Gambit
10. Schlechter vs Vidmar  ½-½271918Berlin Four MastersC66 Ruy Lopez
11. J Mieses vs Schlechter  ½-½391918Berlin Four MastersC26 Vienna
12. Vidmar vs Rubinstein 1-0391918Berlin Four MastersD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
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Kibitzer's Corner
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  Phony Benoni: A memorable incident from this tournament was the introduction of the Budapest Gambit (1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e5) in the game Rubinstein vs Vidmar, 1918.

As the story goes, Vidmar was sitting around browsing through his databases trying to find something good to play against Rubinstein. Up strolls this hipster from Budapest named Abonyi who said, "Hey, Prof. V! Wanna try this crazy little specimen we've been brewing up in Budapest?"

Well, maybe the details were a bit different. But Abonyi showed Vidmar some analysis, and in the game Rubinstein got slaughtered. Life has been pretty much downhill for the Budapest Defense since, but the rookie sure broke in with a smash.

Nov-27-12  Karpova: The story goes that Vidmar after having drawn the lots was to play Rubinstein with Black in round 1 and didn't know what he should play. Then, 5 min before the start of the game, Abonyi showed him the Budapest Gambit.

Since the game in question was played in round 3, the anecdote is aboviously nonsense. Abonyi may have helped Vidmar prepare though.

The Budapest Gambit had been pioneered by people like Abonyi and Breyer and here you can see the latter play it J Esser vs Breyer, 1916 and an even earlier example: Adler vs Maroczy, 1896

Nov-30-12  ughaibu: All Rubinstein's whites were Budapests. And he responded the same way in all of them. Doesn't this latter fact suggest that he'd already analysed the opening?
Nov-30-12  Karpova: Or maybe that he didn't have enough time to analyze it and come up with something different?
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