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. Nimzowitsch vs Saemisch
||1-0||54||1923||Copenhagen||E18 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 7.Nc3|
|2. Tartakower vs E Jacobsen
|| ||½-½||44||1923||Copenhagen||C45 Scotch Game|
|3. Spielmann vs J Moeller
|| ||1-0||53||1923||Copenhagen||C28 Vienna Game|
|4. J Moeller vs Nimzowitsch
|| ||½-½||30||1923||Copenhagen||C01 French, Exchange|
|5. E Jacobsen vs Saemisch
||0-1||36||1923||Copenhagen||B16 Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation|
|6. Tartakower vs Spielmann
|| ||½-½||54||1923||Copenhagen||D01 Richter-Veresov Attack|
|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. Spielmann vs Nimzowitsch
|| ||½-½||39||1923||Copenhagen||C01 French, Exchange|
|11. Tartakower vs Saemisch
|| ||0-1||49||1923||Copenhagen||C01 French, Exchange|
|12. E Jacobsen vs J Moeller
|13. Saemisch vs Spielmann
|| ||1-0||30||1923||Copenhagen||A52 Budapest Gambit|
|14. J Moeller vs Tartakower
|| ||0-1||51||1923||Copenhagen||B28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation|
|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. E Jacobsen vs Tartakower
||0-1||34||1923||Copenhagen||D57 Queen's Gambit Declined, Lasker Defense|
|18. J Moeller vs Spielmann
|| ||0-1||30||1923||Copenhagen||C77 Ruy Lopez|
|19. Spielmann vs Tartakower
||0-1||33||1923||Copenhagen||B13 Caro-Kann, Exchange|
|20. Saemisch vs E Jacobsen
|| ||½-½||60||1923||Copenhagen||D10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav|
|21. Nimzowitsch vs J Moeller
|22. J Moeller vs Saemisch
|| ||0-1||44||1923||Copenhagen||D12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav|
|23. E Jacobsen vs Spielmann
|| ||½-½||76||1923||Copenhagen||A57 Benko Gambit|
|24. Tartakower vs Nimzowitsch
||½-½||23||1923||Copenhagen||A45 Queen's Pawn Game|
|25. J Moeller vs E Jacobsen
|| ||½-½||41||1923||Copenhagen||D11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav|
| 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, 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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