In the wake of the Great War, Aron Nimzowitsch returned to international chess play after a long absence. In his new home city of Copenhagen, Denmark he met three other masters and two Danish players for a double round robin tournament held from March 3rd to the 14th in 1923. During this fertile period of the hypermodern school, Nimzowitsch's style shone brilliantly as he took first place a full two points ahead of the rest of the field, with a brilliancy against Friedrich Sämisch which has been referred to as "The Immortal Zugzwang Game".
The final standings and crosstable:
Original collection: Game Collection: Copenhagen 1923, by User: suenteus po 147.
1 Nimzowitsch ** 1½ 11 ½½ 11 ½1 8
=2 Tartakower 0½ ** 0½ ½1 ½1 11 6
=2 Sämisch 00 1½ ** ½1 ½1 ½1 6
4 Spielmann ½½ ½0 ½0 ** ½1 11 5½
5 Jacobsen 00 ½0 ½0 ½0 ** ½1 3
6 Möller ½0 00 ½0 00 ½0 ** 1½
| page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 30
|1. Tartakower vs E Jacobsen
|| ||½-½||44||1923||Copenhagen||C45 Scotch Game|
|2. Nimzowitsch vs Saemisch
||1-0||54||1923||Copenhagen||E18 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 7.Nc3|
|3. Spielmann vs J Moeller
|| ||1-0||53||1923||Copenhagen||C28 Vienna Game|
|4. E Jacobsen vs Saemisch
||0-1||36||1923||Copenhagen||B16 Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation|
|5. Tartakower vs Spielmann
|| ||½-½||54||1923||Copenhagen||D01 Richter-Veresov Attack|
|6. J Moeller vs Nimzowitsch
|| ||½-½||30||1923||Copenhagen||C01 French, Exchange|
|7. Spielmann vs E Jacobsen
|| ||1-0||35||1923||Copenhagen||C33 King's Gambit Accepted|
|8. Nimzowitsch vs Tartakower
||1-0||45||1923||Copenhagen||A06 Reti Opening|
|9. Saemisch vs J Moeller
|| ||½-½||53||1923||Copenhagen||D32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch|
|10. E Jacobsen vs J Moeller
|11. Spielmann vs Nimzowitsch
|| ||½-½||39||1923||Copenhagen||C01 French, Exchange|
|12. Tartakower vs Saemisch
|| ||0-1||49||1923||Copenhagen||C01 French, Exchange|
|13. J Moeller vs Tartakower
|| ||0-1||51||1923||Copenhagen||B28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation|
|14. Saemisch vs Spielmann
|| ||1-0||30||1923||Copenhagen||A52 Budapest Gambit|
|15. Nimzowitsch vs E Jacobsen
||1-0||63||1923||Copenhagen||D53 Queen's Gambit Declined|
|16. Saemisch vs Nimzowitsch
||0-1||25||1923||Copenhagen||E18 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 7.Nc3|
|17. J Moeller vs Spielmann
|| ||0-1||30||1923||Copenhagen||C77 Ruy Lopez|
|18. E Jacobsen vs Tartakower
||0-1||34||1923||Copenhagen||D57 Queen's Gambit Declined, Lasker Defense|
|19. Spielmann vs Tartakower
||0-1||33||1923||Copenhagen||B13 Caro-Kann, Exchange|
|20. Nimzowitsch vs J Moeller
|21. Saemisch vs E Jacobsen
|| ||½-½||60||1923||Copenhagen||D10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav|
|22. E Jacobsen vs Spielmann
|| ||½-½||76||1923||Copenhagen||A57 Benko Gambit|
|23. Tartakower vs Nimzowitsch
||½-½||23||1923||Copenhagen||A45 Queen's Pawn Game|
|24. J Moeller vs Saemisch
|| ||0-1||44||1923||Copenhagen||D12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav|
|25. Nimzowitsch vs Spielmann
|| ||½-½||34||1923||Copenhagen||A04 Reti Opening|
| page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 30
|Nov-30-13|| ||Karpova: Copenhagen International 6-player Tournament, March 4 to 15, 1923 (the adjourned game Saemisch vs J Moeller, 1923 was finished on March 15).|
Prizes in Danish Krones:
Sharing 2nd to 3rd place, SÃ¤misch and Dr. Tartakower got 162.5 each.
The playing fee was 10 DK per point, free travel and hotel.
The tournament was an initiative of the Chess Club <Industriforeningens Kampklub>. The tournament organizers were Dr. H Krause, lawyer Kinch and painter Ove RÃ¼tzon.
Source: Dr. Tartakower on pp. 33-39 of the April 1923 'Neue Wiener Schachzeitung'
|Dec-12-19|| ||cameosis: the game and round order is all over the place and incorrect -- the tournament book by kagan and cross-reference with (neue) wiener schachzeitung show the correct order of games.|
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