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Lake Hopatcong Tournament

Jose Raul Capablanca6/8(+4 -0 =4)[games]
Abraham Kupchik5/8(+3 -1 =4)[games]
Geza Maroczy4.5/8(+3 -2 =3)[games]
Frank Marshall3/8(+1 -3 =4)[games]
Edward Lasker1.5/8(+1 -6 =1)[games] Chess Event Description
Lake Hopatcong (1926)

Held at the Hotel Alamac in Lake Hopatcong, New Jersey (USA), the same site as the 9th American Chess Congress (1923). Harry Latz, who owned the hotel with his mother, also helped organize the New York (1924) tournament, which was held at the New York City Alamac. Latz was also involved in an early attempt to arrange a WC match between Capablanca and Alekhine. The hotel group included the Atlantic City Alamac. The name was a combination of Latz' mother's and father's first names. A few photos of the players enjoying the resort activities may be seen here:


Jose Raul Capablanca -- Capablanca had recently made a phenomenal run of 63 serious games without a loss (1916-1924, +40 -0 =23), which included his world championship match with Emanuel Lasker. Capablanca was just over a year away from losing the world championship to Alexander Alekhine, but Capablanca was in fine form, only having lost 6 serious games (+97 -6 =43) since being edged out by Marshall at the Havana (1913) tournament.

Abraham Kupchik -- the two Lake Hopatcong events, 1923, where he tied with Marshall for first, and 1926, where he finished second behind Capablanca, were two of Kupchik's best results. He also drew a match (+1 -1 =4) with Carlos Torre Repetto in New York, 1924. A brief summary of Kupchik's career along with a photo of him playing Capablanca at Lake Hopatcong is at:

Geza Maroczy -- Maroczy's peak results were between 1899-1908, where he placed no lower than third in only one of 15 tournaments, including: London (1899) , Game Collection: Paris 1900, Munich (1900) , Monte Carlo (1902) , Monte Carlo (1903) , Monte Carlo (1904) , Barmen Meisterturnier A (1905) and Game Collection: Ostend 1905. Maroczy signed an agreement with Emanuel Lasker in 1906 for a world championship title match, with games to be played in Cuba, Vienna, and New York. Unfortunately for Maroczy revolution broke out in Cuba and the Viennese backers became dissatisfied only part of the match would be in Vienna, so the match fell through. Maroczy would never again get so close to the brass ring, as what would otherwise have been his shot at the title passed to Marshall the following year. In the early 1920s, Maroczy influenced another world championship by coaching Vera Menchik. Maroczy continued to play until 1947, but by the time of Lake Hopatcong, his major individual successes were behind him. He did, however, lead the Hungarian team in the Olympiads of 1927 (gold medal), 1930 (silver medal), and 1933 (

Frank Marshall -- In the years since Havana 1913, Marshall had been active and had some good results, but finished behind Capablanca in all of the tournaments where they both played. Lake Hopatcong 1926 was not to be Marshall's finest hour.

Edward Lasker -- Although sometimes described as Emmanuel Lasker's "cousin," Edward's greatgrandfather's greatgrandfather was the common ancestor back in Kepno, now in Poland (Wikipedia article: Edward Lasker). Lasker narrowly lost a 1923 match to Marshall (+4 -5 =9) for the US championship in New York. Lasker was an engineer by trade and was known as much for his writing on chess and the game of go as for his play.

Capablanca XX 1= =1 == 11 6 Kupchik 0= XX 1= 1= =1 5 Maroczy =0 0= XX =1 11 4.5 Marshall == 0= =0 XX 10 3 Lasker 00 =0 00 01 XX 1.5

ROUND 1: Capablanca starts off in fine form, winning against Lasker, but Marshall loses to Maroczy. Despite being the only player who will draw both of his games with Capablanca, this is the start of a poor tournament for Marshall.

ROUND 2: Kupchik loses to Capablanca and Marshall scores his first win against Lasker.

ROUND 3: Marshall and Kupchik draw and Maroczy beats Lasker (the New York Times article from 6/10/1926 says Lasker lost on time).

ROUND 4: Marshall draws with Capablanca and Kupchik wins against Maroczy. Marshall will probably need to win his second game against Capablanca as well as score efficiently against the rest of the field if he hopes to catch up with Capablanca, but he will achieve neither in this tournament.

ROUND 5: Kupchik and Capablanca win, and Maroczy falls further behind. At the halfway mark, Capablanca has only given up a single draw to Marshall, who has one loss and two draws. Kupchik is closer, with one loss and one draw.

ROUND 6: Ed. Lasker vs Capablanca, 1926 wins the brilliancy prize. Maroczy and Marshall draw.

ROUND 7: Capablanca draws his second game with Kupchik, his closest rival. With what amounts to a full point lead (Kupchik had his second BYE in Round 6 and Capablanca would have his second BYE in Round 8, so Kupchick could "pick up" a point on Capablanca with a win in Round 8), Capablanca could practically coast to the finish. Marshall continues his tailspin as Lasker scores his only win of the tournament against him.

ROUND 8: Maroczy wins his second game against Lasker and Marshall loses another, this time to Kupchick.

ROUND 9: Marshall draws his final game of the tournament with Capablanca, but it is too little too late. Kupchick can only draw with Maroczy, so Kupchik loses his last realistic chance to catch Capablanca.

ROUND 10: Capablanca was in the lead by a full point, so the draw with Maroczy was all he needed to finish clear first. Kupchik drew with Lasker, earning a clear second.

Original collection: Game Collection: Lake Hopatcong 1926, by User: crawfb5.

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Marshall vs Maroczy 0-1411926Lake HopatcongC11 French
2. Capablanca vs Ed. Lasker 1-0301926Lake HopatcongD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
3. Ed. Lasker vs Marshall 0-1271926Lake HopatcongC42 Petrov Defense
4. Kupchik vs Capablanca 0-1391926Lake HopatcongA46 Queen's Pawn Game
5. Marshall vs Kupchik  ½-½541926Lake HopatcongD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
6. Maroczy vs Ed. Lasker  1-0401926Lake HopatcongD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
7. Capablanca vs Marshall  ½-½431926Lake HopatcongA48 King's Indian
8. Kupchik vs Maroczy 1-0481926Lake HopatcongD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
9. Maroczy vs Capablanca 0-1491926Lake HopatcongB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
10. Ed. Lasker vs Kupchik  0-1541926Lake HopatcongD85 Grunfeld
11. Maroczy vs Marshall  ½-½411926Lake HopatcongB02 Alekhine's Defense
12. Ed. Lasker vs Capablanca 0-1361926Lake HopatcongA46 Queen's Pawn Game
13. Capablanca vs Kupchik  ½-½411926Lake HopatcongD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
14. Marshall vs Ed. Lasker  0-1331926Lake HopatcongD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
15. Ed. Lasker vs Maroczy  0-1521926Lake HopatcongD18 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
16. Kupchik vs Marshall  1-0351926Lake HopatcongA17 English
17. Maroczy vs Kupchik  ½-½471926Lake HopatcongC49 Four Knights
18. Marshall vs Capablanca ½-½171926Lake HopatcongC21 Center Game
19. Kupchik vs Ed. Lasker ½-½591926Lake HopatcongD21 Queen's Gambit Accepted
20. Capablanca vs Maroczy ½-½211926Lake HopatcongC01 French, Exchange
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Kibitzer's Corner
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  offramp: There are a couple of pictures of Hotel Alamac at, at the bottom.

As usual for these 1920s hotels, it looks very The Shiningy. You know, Overlooky. But it must have been very nice to play there for a fortnight.

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  GrahamClayton: The Breslin/Alamac Hotel was destroyed by fire on the 21st of February, 1948. The remains of the exterior staircase and some of the features of its grounds can still be found among the residences now on the site. The hotel’s boathouse and a few outbuildings have survived, as have several of the grand residences that formed Breslin Park.

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