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New York Masters Tournament

Jose Raul Capablanca13/14(+12 -0 =2)[games]
Frank James Marshall12/14(+10 -0 =4)[games]
Oscar Chajes7/14(+6 -6 =2)[games]
Abraham Kupchik7/14(+7 -7 =0)[games]
Edward Lasker6.5/14(+3 -4 =7)[games]
Jacob Bernstein6.5/14(+5 -6 =3)[games]
Einar Michelsen2/14(+1 -11 =2)[games]
Albert Hodges2/14(+1 -11 =2)[games]
* Chess Event Description
New York Masters (1915)
The Brooklyn Daily Eagle for April 15, 1915 gave some details four days before game time. The original list of players included Jose Raul Capablanca, Frank James Marshall, Albert Hodges, Jackson Whipps Showalter, Edward Lasker, Oscar Chajes, Abraham Kupchik, and Dr. George F Adair. Showalter, however, did not show up, nor did Adair play; they were replaced by Jacob Bernstein and Einar Michelsen.

A place had been reserved for Newell William Banks of Detroit, but he dropped out at the last minute due to business pressure. Kupchik, who had refused an earlier invitation due to his own business affairs but had been able to make arrangements after all, replaced him.

Hours of play were to be 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and from 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Sunday; adjournments would be played off on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Picture from Round 1, available at Edward Winter's Chess Notes site, item #5742:

Front row of players: Capablanca v. Edward Lasker, Jacob Bernstein v. Frank James Marshall. Back row of players: Abraham Kupchik (almost obscured, as usual) v. Oscar Chajes, Albert Hodges v. Einar Michelsen.

From the beginning it turned into a race between Capablanca and Marshall, with none of the other players able to score over 50%. Capa was totally ruthless against anybody not named Marshall, and won by a point.

Probably the most famous incident from the tournament occurred when Capablanca didn't show for his round 8 game with Lasker. After about 50 minutes, the desperate Lasker (who really was the kind of guy who didn't want to win a game like that) called Capablanca's hotel room to warn him, Capablanca replying rather testily that he was on his way and that Lasker should not have called since that wasted a minute. See Capablanca vs Ed. Lasker, 1915 for further details.

On a more tragic note, Abraham Kupchik finished the tournament even after receiving word of his father's death during his second round game with Hodges. That game was adjourned, and Kupchik left the tournament for several days. His first game back was E Michelsen vs Kupchik, 1915, which is not a typical Kupchik Game. You have to wonder what was going through his mind.

Details of round-by-round summaries and leaders can be found in the original collection, Game Collection: New York 1915 (Masters' Tournament).

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 1 Capablanca ** == 11 11 11 11 11 11 13.0 2 Marshall == ** 1= 11 =1 11 11 11 12.0 3 Chajes 00 0= ** 01 =0 10 11 11 7.0 4 Kupchik 00 00 10 ** 01 10 11 11 7.0 5 Lasker 00 =0 =1 10 ** == =1 == 6.5 6 Bernstein 00 00 01 01 == ** 1= 11 6.5 7 Michelsen 00 00 00 00 =0 0= ** 10 2.0 8 Hodges 00 00 00 00 == 00 01 ** 2.0

Original collection: Game Collection: New York 1915 (Masters' Tournament), by User: Phony Benoni.

 page 1 of 1; 19 games  PGN Download 
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A Hodges vs E Michelsen  0-1301915New York MastersC42 Petrov Defense
2. Ed. Lasker vs Capablanca 0-1401915New York MastersD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
3. A Hodges vs Kupchik 0-1301915New York MastersD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
4. J Bernstein vs Capablanca 0-1891915New York MastersC48 Four Knights
5. A Hodges vs Marshall 0-1311915New York MastersB23 Sicilian, Closed
6. E Michelsen vs Kupchik 0-1371915New York MastersC59 Two Knights
7. A Hodges vs Capablanca 0-1431915New York MastersD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
8. E Michelsen vs Marshall 0-1231915New York MastersC42 Petrov Defense
9. E Michelsen vs A Hodges  0-1211915New York MastersC55 Two Knights Defense
10. J Bernstein vs Marshall 0-1411915New York MastersC49 Four Knights
11. Kupchik vs Ed. Lasker 0-1401915New York MastersC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
12. E Michelsen vs Capablanca 0-1461915New York MastersB01 Scandinavian
13. Ed. Lasker vs Kupchik  0-1551915New York MastersC41 Philidor Defense
14. O Chajes vs Capablanca 0-1301915New York MastersB01 Scandinavian
15. Kupchik vs Marshall  0-1691915New York MastersC42 Petrov Defense
16. A Hodges vs J Bernstein  0-1431915New York MastersC77 Ruy Lopez
17. E Michelsen vs O Chajes 0-1311915New York MastersC58 Two Knights
18. A Hodges vs O Chajes  0-1751915New York MastersC77 Ruy Lopez
19. Kupchik vs Capablanca 0-1501915New York MastersC01 French, Exchange
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May-27-17  zanzibar: If one wants to bypass Winter to get a view of the tournament photograph, CPL has it here:


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