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 Moller
|| ||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 Moller 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 Moller
|| ||½-½||53||1923||Copenhagen||D32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch|
|10. E Jacobsen vs J Moller
|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 Moller 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 Moller 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 Moller
|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 Moller 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, 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'
|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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