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Copenhagen Tournament

Aron Nimzowitsch8/10(+6 -0 =4)[games]
Savielly Tartakower6/10(+4 -2 =4)[games]
Friedrich Saemisch6/10(+4 -2 =4)[games]
Rudolf Spielmann5.5/10(+3 -2 =5)[games]
Egil Jacobsen3/10(+1 -5 =4)[games]
Jorgen Moeller1.5/10(+0 -7 =3)[games]
* Chess Event Description
Copenhagen (1923)

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:

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

Original collection: Game Collection: Copenhagen 1923, by User: suenteus po 147.

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 30  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Nimzowitsch vs Saemisch 1-0541923CopenhagenE18 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 7.Nc3
2. Tartakower vs E Jacobsen  ½-½441923CopenhagenC45 Scotch Game
3. Spielmann vs J Moeller  1-0531923CopenhagenC28 Vienna Game
4. J Moeller vs Nimzowitsch  ½-½301923CopenhagenC01 French, Exchange
5. E Jacobsen vs Saemisch 0-1361923CopenhagenB16 Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation
6. Tartakower vs Spielmann  ½-½541923CopenhagenD01 Richter-Veresov Attack
7. Spielmann vs E Jacobsen  1-0351923CopenhagenC33 King's Gambit Accepted
8. Nimzowitsch vs Tartakower 1-0451923CopenhagenA06 Reti Opening
9. Saemisch vs J Moeller  ½-½531923CopenhagenD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
10. Spielmann vs Nimzowitsch  ½-½391923CopenhagenC01 French, Exchange
11. Tartakower vs Saemisch  0-1491923CopenhagenC01 French, Exchange
12. E Jacobsen vs J Moeller 1-0491923CopenhagenA84 Dutch
13. Saemisch vs Spielmann  1-0301923CopenhagenA52 Budapest Gambit
14. J Moeller vs Tartakower  0-1511923CopenhagenB28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
15. Nimzowitsch vs E Jacobsen 1-0631923CopenhagenD53 Queen's Gambit Declined
16. Saemisch vs Nimzowitsch 0-1251923CopenhagenE18 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 7.Nc3
17. E Jacobsen vs Tartakower 0-1341923CopenhagenD57 Queen's Gambit Declined, Lasker Defense
18. J Moeller vs Spielmann  0-1301923CopenhagenC77 Ruy Lopez
19. Spielmann vs Tartakower 0-1331923CopenhagenB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
20. Saemisch vs E Jacobsen  ½-½601923CopenhagenD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
21. Nimzowitsch vs J Moeller 1-0491923CopenhagenA84 Dutch
22. J Moeller vs Saemisch  0-1441923CopenhagenD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
23. E Jacobsen vs Spielmann  ½-½761923CopenhagenA57 Benko Gambit
24. Tartakower vs Nimzowitsch ½-½231923CopenhagenA45 Queen's Pawn Game
25. J Moeller vs E Jacobsen  ½-½411923CopenhagenD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
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Kibitzer's Corner
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:

1. 300

2. 200

3. 125

4. 100

Sharing 2nd to 3rd place, Sämisch 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 Rützon.

Source: Dr. Tartakower on pp. 33-39 of the April 1923 'Neue Wiener Schachzeitung'

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