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Amsterdam Tournament

Hendrik van Hartingsvelt0/1(+0 -1 =0)[games]
Richard Reti4.5/6(+3 -0 =3)[games]
Geza Maroczy4/6(+2 -0 =4)[games]
Savielly Tartakower4/6(+2 -0 =4)[games]
Max Euwe3.5/6(+3 -2 =1)[games]
Max Marchand2.5/6(+2 -3 =1)[games]
Henri Weenink2/6(+0 -2 =4)[games]
Willem Andreas Theodorus Schelfhout0.5/6(+0 -5 =1)[games]
* Chess Event Description
Amsterdam (1920)

Three European chess masters were invited to compete against four Dutch players in an international tournament organized in Amsterdam, the Netherlands from May 25th to the 31st, 1920. Among the participants were Hungarian chess master Géza Maroczy, Czechoslovakian master Richard Réti, Hypermodern chess master Savielly Tartakower, and talented amateur Max Euwe, leading the Dutch contingent. The seven players competed in a round robin event. Several exhibition matches with Euwe were played around the tournament, including one with the eventual winner Réti. His win here was the start of a string of successes for the young hypermodern master that would span the 1920's.

The final standings and crosstable:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 1 Réti * ˝ ˝ 1 1 ˝ 1 4˝ =2 Maroczy ˝ * ˝ 1 ˝ ˝ 1 4 =2 Tartakower ˝ ˝ * ˝ 1 ˝ 1 4 4 Euwe 0 0 ˝ * 1 1 1 3˝ 5 Marchand 0 ˝ 0 0 * 1 1 2˝ 6 Weenink ˝ ˝ ˝ 0 0 * ˝ 2 7 Schelfhout 0 0 0 0 0 ˝ * ˝

Original collection: Game Collection: Amsterdam 1920, by User: suenteus po 147.

 page 1 of 1; 22 games  PGN Download 
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Maroczy vs Reti  ½-½471920AmsterdamC11 French
2. W A T Schelfhout vs Euwe  0-1611920AmsterdamC12 French, McCutcheon
3. Tartakower vs Weenink  ½-½391920AmsterdamA03 Bird's Opening
4. Weenink vs W A T Schelfhout  ½-½481920AmsterdamC42 Petrov Defense
5. Reti vs Tartakower  ½-½311920AmsterdamD08 Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit
6. M Marchand vs Maroczy  ½-½231920AmsterdamC01 French, Exchange
7. M Marchand vs Weenink  1-0371920AmsterdamE10 Queen's Pawn Game
8. Maroczy vs Euwe 1-0391920AmsterdamC83 Ruy Lopez, Open
9. Tartakower vs W A T Schelfhout 1-0341920AmsterdamB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
10. Weenink vs Reti  ½-½341920AmsterdamA52 Budapest Gambit
11. W A T Schelfhout vs Maroczy 0-1231920AmsterdamC30 King's Gambit Declined
12. Euwe vs M Marchand 1-0261920AmsterdamA84 Dutch
13. M Marchand vs W A T Schelfhout  1-0471920AmsterdamD02 Queen's Pawn Game
14. Maroczy vs Tartakower  ½-½471920AmsterdamB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
15. Reti vs Euwe 1-0301920AmsterdamD34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
16. Tartakower vs M Marchand 1-0601920AmsterdamA13 English
17. W A T Schelfhout vs Reti 0-1411920AmsterdamC29 Vienna Gambit
18. Euwe vs Weenink 1-0281920AmsterdamC66 Ruy Lopez
19. Euwe vs Tartakower  ½-½361920AmsterdamD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
20. Reti vs M Marchand 1-0461920AmsterdamD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
21. Weenink vs Maroczy ½-½341920AmsterdamB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
22. Euwe vs H van Hartingsvelt  1-0311920AmsterdamD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jan-17-18  zanzibar: Remind me again, between Tartakower and Réti, which one merits the appellation "hypermodernist"?

Maybe both?

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  TheFocus: Gyula Breyer
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  Retireborn: <z> Reti is usually listed amongst the hypermoderns, but it was Tartakower who wrote the book on these openings "Die Hypermoderne Schachpartie".

Probably he also considered himself to be one, but the truth about good old Tarta is that he would play almost any opening. He never lost his affection for the Dutch defence & Bird's opening.

Jan-17-18  zanzibar: But Reti wrote "Modern Ideas in Chess" (1922) before Tartakower's "The Hypermodern Chess Game" (1924).

Both beat out Nimzowitsch's "My System" (1925-1927).

I don't like the bio's clear bias towards Tartakower. Just saying...

Jan-17-18  zanzibar: Oh yeah, Breyer is on the list too, at least according to Averbakh:

<Leading members were Aron Nimzowitsch, Richard Réti, Savielly Tartakower, Gyula Breyer, and Ernst Grünfeld, who all came from Central Europe>


Jan-17-18  zanzibar: Is the Bird a hypermodern opening?


Henry Edward Bird


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  Retireborn: <z> The Bird probably wouldn't be thought of as hypermodern back in the 20s, as it occupies the centre with a pawn. Hypermodern pretty much meant flank openings for White and new, un-Tarrasch like defences (Alekhine, Gruenfeld etc) for Black.

I agree that it's slightly odd to characterize Tarta as "hypermodern". One notes that the other players are described by their nationalities, so perhaps the writer was uncertain about which nationality to ascribe to him and just picked another word at random.

Jan-21-18  zanzibar: Reti has an article in the Dutch chess periodical analyzing the tournament play which looks to be interesting. It's in Dutch, unfortunately for me. But if I can pile through it I might come back with excerpts + refs.

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