Played a few weeks after the other big international event of the year, Vienna (1908), Prague was also held in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the reign of Emperor Franz Joseph and featured most of the same big names with the addition of Vidmar. To wit:
Semion Alapin, Oldrich Duras, Fyodor Ivanovich Dus Chotimirsky, David Janowski, Jan Kvicala, Paul Saladin Leonhardt, Geza Maroczy, Frank James Marshall, Jacques Mieses, Ladislav Prokes, Abram Isaakovich Rabinovich, Akiba Rubinstein, Georg Salwe, Carl Schlechter, Rudolf Spielmann, Hugo Suechting, Richard Teichmann, Frantisek Treybal, Milan Vidmar, Curt von Bardeleben.
Of the three co-winners at Vienna, Schlechter and Duras maintained their supremacy while Maroczy slipped back a bit. Schlechter was in the lead the whole way, with Vidmar nipping at his heels and Rubinstein never far behind. However, in the end it was Duras who caught up in round 18 after a couple of winning spurts. Duras and Schlechter were paired in the final round, but nothing happened and they drew quickly. Vidmar, 1/2-point behind coming in, was unable to win with Black against Marshall and had to settle for third place.
The games Duras 1 Dus Chotimirsky (round 1), Duras 1 Kvicala (round 18) and Rabinovich 1 Kvicala (round 19) were defaulted. The British Chess Magazine noted that Duras scored two wins by default, and it would appear that Kvicala did not play his last two games.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0
1 Duras * = 0 = 0 = 1 1 1 1 + 1 1 = = 1 0 + 1 1 13.5
2 Schlechter = * = = = = = 0 1 = 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 = 1 = 13.5
3 Vidmar 1 = * 0 = 0 0 = = 1 1 = = 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 13.0
4 Rubinstein = = 1 * = 0 1 = 1 0 = 1 = 1 1 = = = 1 1 12.5
5 Teichmann 1 = = = * = = = = = 0 = = 1 1 1 = = 1 1 12.0
6 Maroczy = = 1 1 = * 0 = = 0 = = = = 1 1 = 1 = 1 11.5
7 Leonhardt 0 = 1 0 = 1 * = = 0 1 = = = 0 1 = 1 1 1 11.0
8 Marshall 0 1 = = = = = * = 0 = 0 = = 1 1 1 1 1 = 11.0
9 Salwe 0 0 = 0 = = = = * 1 1 = 0 1 1 = 1 1 = 1 11.0
10 Janowski 0 = 0 1 = 1 1 1 0 * 0 1 1 0 0 1 = 1 1 0 10.5
11 Dus Chotimirsky - 0 0 = 1 = 0 = 0 1 * 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 9.5
12 Alapin 0 0 = 0 = = = 1 = 0 0 * = 1 1 0 1 1 = = 9.0
13 Suechting 0 0 = = = = = = 1 0 0 = * = = = = = = 1 8.5
14 Mieses = 0 0 0 0 = = = 0 1 1 0 = * 1 1 = 0 1 = 8.5
15 Spielmann = 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 = 0 * 1 1 0 = 1 7.5
16 Prokes 0 0 0 = 0 0 0 0 = 0 1 1 = 0 0 * 1 = 1 = 6.5
17 Von Bardeleben 1 0 0 = = = = 0 0 = 0 0 = = 0 0 * = = = 6.0
18 Kvicala - = 0 = = 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 = 1 1 = = * - = 5.5
19 Rabinovich 0 0 0 0 0 = 0 0 = 0 0 = = 0 = 0 = + * 1 5.0
20 Treybal 0 = 0 0 0 0 0 = 0 1 0 = 0 = 0 = = = 0 * 4.5
1st-2nd: Duras, Schlechter (3500 kr.)
3rd: Vidmar (2000 kr.)
4th: Rubinstein (1500 kr.)
5th: Teichmann (who else?) (1000 kr.)
6th: Maroczy (800 kr.)
7th-9th: Leonhardt, Marshall Salwe (433 kr.)
10th: Janowski (200 kr.)
American Chess Bulletin, April 1908, p. 79
British Chess Magazine, July 1908, p. 311
Chess Results 1901-1920 / Gino Di Felice, p. 109
Schaakcourant, 1908 (various issues)
Original collection: Game Collection: Prague 1908, by User: Phony Benoni.
| page 1 of 8; games 1-25 of 187
|1. Prokes vs Vidmar
|| ||0-1||48||1908||Prague||C66 Ruy Lopez|
|2. A Rabinovich vs Marshall
||0-1||34||1908||Prague||D02 Queen's Pawn Game|
|3. Spielmann vs Schlechter
||0-1||31||1908||Prague||C92 Ruy Lopez, Closed|
|4. Leonhardt vs J Mieses
|5. Alapin vs Maroczy
|| ||½-½||31||1908||Prague||D61 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack|
|6. J Kvicala vs H Suechting
|| ||½-½||46||1908||Prague||C48 Four Knights|
|7. Salwe vs Rubinstein
||0-1||99||1908||Prague||C49 Four Knights|
|8. Teichmann vs Janowski
|| ||½-½||15||1908||Prague||D61 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack|
|9. Von Bardeleben vs F Treybal
|| ||½-½||47||1908||Prague||D32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch|
|10. Maroczy vs A Rabinovich
||½-½||27||1908||Prague||C49 Four Knights|
|11. Vidmar vs Leonhardt
||0-1||43||1908||Prague||D61 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack|
|12. H Suechting vs Von Bardeleben
|| ||½-½||18||1908||Prague||C42 Petrov Defense|
|13. Spielmann vs Prokes
||1-0||21||1908||Prague||C29 Vienna Gambit|
|14. Marshall vs J Mieses
|| ||½-½||12||1908||Prague||D00 Queen's Pawn Game|
|15. Alapin vs J Kvicala
|| ||1-0||51||1908||Prague||D32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch|
|16. Teichmann vs Salwe
||½-½||40||1908||Prague||C49 Four Knights|
|17. Rubinstein vs F Treybal
||1-0||40||1908||Prague||C84 Ruy Lopez, Closed|
|18. Schlechter vs Dus Chotimirsky
||1-0||26||1908||Prague||D33 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch|
|19. Janowski vs Duras
||0-1||73||1908||Prague||D30 Queen's Gambit Declined|
|20. A Rabinovich vs Schlechter
||0-1||31||1908||Prague||C29 Vienna Gambit|
|21. Leonhardt vs H Suechting
|| ||½-½||45||1908||Prague||C66 Ruy Lopez|
|22. J Kvicala vs Teichmann
|| ||½-½||46||1908||Prague||C49 Four Knights|
|23. Von Bardeleben vs Rubinstein
|24. J Mieses vs Duras
|25. Salwe vs Maroczy
|| ||½-½||34||1908||Prague||D02 Queen's Pawn Game|
| page 1 of 8; games 1-25 of 187
|Jun-02-13|| ||Karpova: The 1908 'Wiener Schachzeitung' explains two wins by default on page 181 the following:|
Duras vs. Duz Chotimirsky: <Dus war an der russischen Grenze aufgehalten worden, weil er sich nicht legitimiren konnte und inzwischen lief seine Turnieruhr in Prag, bis er kontumaziert wurde.>
(Dus Chotimirsky was held back at the Russian border as he could not "legitimise" himself (possibly missing some necessary documents) while his clock was running and he forfeited.)
Dr. Kvicala - Duras: <Dr. Kvicala erhielt in dem Momente, wo er e2-e4 spielte, die Nachricht vom Ableben seines Vaters und seiner Mutter und gab die Partie sofort auf.>
(While executing e4 on the board, Dr. Kvicala got the news of his father's and mother's death and resigned immediately)
|May-23-17|| ||zanzibar: <Phony> what is the meaning of the "who else" comment about Teichmann?|
|May-23-17|| ||Retireborn: <z> It refers to Teichmann's nickname of Richard the Fifth.|
According to Hooper & Whyld: "In the next five years (ie 1903-1908) he was fifth in 7 of the 15 tournaments in which he played...."
|May-23-17|| ||zanzibar: <rb> Boy oh boy, is that an inside joke!|
Do you actually carry that stuff around inside your head?!
|May-23-17|| ||Retireborn: I did think the soubriquet Richard the Fifth was well-known, but it was just lucky that I happened to have my Hooper & Whyld right to hand :)|
|May-23-17|| ||Phony Benoni: <zanzibar> Yes, "Richard the Fifth" was common knowledge back in my day. Keep forgetting how old I am.|
|May-23-17|| ||JimNorCal: <PB>: Let me guess ... when you walk into an antique shop they won't let you leave?|
|May-23-17|| ||tamar: Yep, "Richard the Fifth" common knowledge among those who have read folk lore of chess, Reinfeld, Chernev, and Edward Lasker|
|May-23-17|| ||JimNorCal: Who has come along to report on lore?
Ed Winter is old. Reinfeld, Chernev, and Ed Lssket are no longer with us.
NIC published a couple books by Sosonko. What else?
|May-23-17|| ||tamar: Andy Soltis "The Book of Lists" https://books.google.com/books?id=t...|
|May-23-17|| ||Phony Benoni: <JimNorCal> Please don't say Edward Winter is old. He's four years younger than I am.|
<tamar> Indeed, chess folklore is often nothing but knowledge that is too common to be disputed. But there may be more of a basis to "Richard the Fifth".
William Ewart Napier, a contemporary and friend of Teichmann, had this to say in his "Amerities and Background of Chess-play":
<"He acquired the nickname of 'Richard the Fifth' from the frequency in which he finished in that place.">
Now, this was wirrten in the 1930s, three decades after Napier was active internationally. And the book in which it appears, "Paul Morphy and the Golden Age of chess", p. 167), was edited in some spots by Al Horowitz.
I don't know if this particular passage was edited, so it would be interesting to see the original, not to mention more contemporaneous citations.
I shall now return to my Quiet Spot amongst the Ming Vases and National Geographics.
|May-23-17|| ||zanzibar: <phony> despite the many dust-ups, is never dusty!|
I would nominate Soltis as a keeper of the flame, but he might be too old too.
Perhaps <MissS> deserves a nod for the macabre, but who knows how old she is?
|May-23-17|| ||JimNorCal: Love your wit, PB! Also, your erudition. And your love of chess, your handle, your icon ... hmmm, come to think of it, you're a pretty likable guy!|
|Feb-25-18|| ||MissScarlett: Is the tournament table correct? The one appearing in the <ACB>, July 1908, p.130, has Alapin scoring 10 points and Dus-Chotimirsky with 8.5. The difference being that Alapin apparently beat Dus-Chotimirsky in their individual game, one supposedly lost by Alapin in incredible fashion: Dus Chotimirsky vs Alapin, 1908|
|Feb-25-18|| ||zanzibar: It's good to note the contradiction, but there's evidence <ACB> is in the minority:|
|Feb-25-18|| ||MissScarlett: Contemporary reports in several American papers have Alapin finishing on 10 points ahead of Chotimirsky on 8.5, but possibly all were based on the same erroneous cable report, because one later quotes Hoffer's final round report from the <Field>, in which Chotimirski's loss deprives him of the chance of catching Janowski, leaving him in 11th place.|
|Feb-25-18|| ||MissScarlett: Another curiosity is that <Rabinovich> seems to have been going under the name <Leontieff> around this time. Perhaps he was in hiding from the Russian secret police. He's plain <Rabinovich> by the time of Karlsbad (1911).|
|Feb-25-18|| ||zanzibar: What's the story with this tournament book:
A contemporary (i.e. 2008) version based on what sources?
Perhaps somebody can "lift" the xtab under "fair use"?
(At least it should point to original Czech sources)
|Feb-25-18|| ||zanzibar: There was an original tb (1909):
<Partie mezinárodních turnajú šachových v Praze 1908 -- Vyd. V. Kautsky>
which apparently left quite a few games out (to save paper?).
|Feb-25-18|| ||zanzibar: RE: Richard the Fifth
Common knowledge (to the wizened) or not, probably best to add a footnote explaining the pun for the newbies (especially those who don't know enough to read though all the <CG> comments).
|Feb-25-18|| ||zanzibar: Can someone confirm that the tournament rule forbade draws of less than 30 moves?|
|Oct-19-18|| ||Phony Benoni: <MissScarlett: Another curiosity is that <Rabinovich> seems to have been going under the name <Leontieff> around this time. Perhaps he was in hiding from the Russian secret police. He's plain <Rabinovich> by the time of Karlsbad (1911).>|
A possibility that just struck me is that the player in question may have actually been Ilya Leontievich Rabinovich. He would have been onl6 17 at the time, but we o have games from him in 1909.
|Oct-25-18|| ||Phony Benoni: Never mind. I've sound contemporary newspaper reports using "A Rabinovich".|
|Oct-30-18|| ||Gypsy: From a Duras monograph:
... Altogether 21 masters applied and were accepted into the competition, but L. Forgacs (Leo Fleischmann Forgacs) did not come. A Moscow master A. Rabinovich (Abram Isaakovich Rabinovich), playing under the pseudonym Leontiev, replaced Znosko-Borovski (Eugene Aleksandrovich Znosko-Borovsky).
... Dr. Kvicala (Jan Kvicala) had to resign his last two tournament games without play for sudden death in his family.
... Duras vs H Suechting, 1908 won the brilliance prize.
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