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Baden-bei-Wien Tournament

Rudolf Spielmann12.5/18(+9 -2 =7)[games]
Savielly Tartakower11.5/18(+8 -3 =7)[games]
Carl Schlechter11/18(+4 -0 =14)[games]
Gyula Breyer10.5/18(+9 -6 =3)[games]
Paul Johner9.5/18(+6 -5 =7)[games]
Richard Reti9.5/18(+5 -4 =9)[games]
Hans Fahrni8/18(+4 -6 =8)[games]
Karel Hromadka8/18(+3 -5 =10)[games]
Karel Opocensky5/18(+2 -10 =6)[games]
Gustaf Nyholm4.5/18(+2 -11 =5)[games]
* Chess Event Description
Baden-bei-Wien (1914)

1 Spielmann XX 1= == =0 11 =1 =1 10 11 =1 12.5 2 Tartakower 0= XX == 00 =1 =1 11 1= =1 11 11.5 3 Schlechter == == XX 1= == == == =1 == 11 11 4 Breyer =1 11 0= XX 00 =0 11 01 10 11 10.5 5 Johner 00 =0 == 11 XX =1 =0 =1 10 1= 9.5 6 Reti =0 =0 == =1 =0 XX =0 == 11 11 9.5 7 Fahrni =0 00 == 00 =1 =1 XX == =1 10 8 8 Hromadka 01 0= =0 10 =0 == == XX =1 == 8 9 Opocensky 00 =0 == 01 01 00 =0 =0 XX 0= 5 10 Nyholm =0 00 00 00 0= 00 01 == 1= XX 4.5

Owing to the unfortunate clashing with St Petersburg (1914), this Tournament, which ran from April 5 to 30, was not representative of the first rank of masters. A good entry was secured, however, and Spielmann again demonstrated his power as a gambit player by securing first prize, Dr. Tartakower being second, and Schlechter third. Once again, therefore, the leading masters secured the plums. Schlechter continued his extraordinary run of undefeatedness, though he won but four games. The large percentage of drawn games is probably due to the fact that the competitors were allowed to decline any gambit offered, the Queen’s Gambit being disallowed – The Year-Book of Chess.

This was a Gambit Tournament held in a newly launched establishment: "The Kasino Club". Schlechter's participation was uncertain due to his contractural obligation to complete the latest edition of the "Bilguer" Handbook. In the end, he confirmed his place at the last minute. The Deutsches Schachzeitung (May 1914) indicates that there were disparaging remarks "probably false and very unfair" that he "prefers the easier laurels of Baden to the more difficult struggle in St Petersburg". (1)

The tournament book is by Georg Marco Das Internationale Gambitturnier in Baden Bei Wien 1914.

(1) Carl Schlecter! The life and times of the Austrian Chess Wizard, Warren Goldman, Caissa Editions. 1994. Pages: 358-359.

Based on an original collection by User: TheFocus.

 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 90  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Hromadka vs Schlechter ½-½331914Baden-bei-WienC31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
2. P Johner vs Breyer 1-0481914Baden-bei-WienC21 Center Game
3. H Fahrni vs Spielmann ½-½421914Baden-bei-WienC50 Giuoco Piano
4. Reti vs G Nyholm 1-0441914Baden-bei-WienC34 King's Gambit Accepted
5. K Opocensky vs Tartakower  ½-½331914Baden-bei-WienC21 Center Game
6. G Nyholm vs Hromadka  ½-½491914Baden-bei-WienC21 Center Game
7. Schlechter vs K Opocensky ½-½271914Baden-bei-WienC44 King's Pawn Game
8. Breyer vs Spielmann  ½-½271914Baden-bei-WienC51 Evans Gambit
9. Tartakower vs H Fahrni  1-0311914Baden-bei-WienC51 Evans Gambit
10. P Johner vs Reti  ½-½201914Baden-bei-WienC51 Evans Gambit
11. H Fahrni vs Schlechter ½-½571914Baden-bei-WienC55 Two Knights Defense
12. Spielmann vs Tartakower 1-0391914Baden-bei-WienC30 King's Gambit Declined
13. Hromadka vs P Johner ½-½301914Baden-bei-WienC31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
14. Reti vs Breyer ½-½631914Baden-bei-WienC44 King's Pawn Game
15. K Opocensky vs G Nyholm  0-1371914Baden-bei-WienC44 King's Pawn Game
16. P Johner vs K Opocensky 1-0251914Baden-bei-WienC54 Giuoco Piano
17. Reti vs Hromadka ½-½211914Baden-bei-WienC44 King's Pawn Game
18. Schlechter vs Spielmann ½-½171914Baden-bei-WienC45 Scotch Game
19. Breyer vs Tartakower  1-0511914Baden-bei-WienC30 King's Gambit Declined
20. G Nyholm vs H Fahrni  0-1311914Baden-bei-WienC21 Center Game
21. H Fahrni vs P Johner  ½-½341914Baden-bei-WienC56 Two Knights
22. Tartakower vs Schlechter  ½-½691914Baden-bei-WienC51 Evans Gambit
23. Hromadka vs Breyer  1-0521914Baden-bei-WienC30 King's Gambit Declined
24. K Opocensky vs Reti  0-1391914Baden-bei-WienC21 Center Game
25. Spielmann vs G Nyholm  ½-½481914Baden-bei-WienC51 Evans Gambit
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Kibitzer's Corner
Dec-14-13  offramp: Baden-bei-Wien means <Baths-Full-Of-Wine>.
Dec-14-13  Karpova: A bit more on the history of origins of this tournament:

On February 23, 1914, a new club called <Kasino-Klub> was opened in Baden near Vienna. In order to inaugurate it, an international chess tournament was to be arranged. On March 10, Georg Marco was assigned the arrangement and management of the tournament. The program was published already on March 12, which asked the chessmasters to participate in the tournament starting on April 5. By April 20, already 14 registrations had been received, despite a fee of 50 crowns. 10 further registrations had been received by April 29.

The program:

The tournament begins on April 5, 1914, in the <Kasino-Klub>, Kaiser Franz-Ring Nr. 7.

Organizer and director of the tournament is Georg Marco, editor of the 'Wiener Schachzeitung'.

All and only gambit openings are allowed, except for the Queen's Gambit. The gambit needn't be accepted though.

1. Number of participants limited to 10 and only masters of international acclaim are being considered.

2. Double-round robin

3. Registration deadline is March 28. Recipient is Marco (Wien IX/3, Schwarzspanierstraße 15).

4. Fee of 50 crowns together with the registration (see above). Tournament participants get it back after finishing their first game. All the others at the latest after the first tournament day.

5. Tournament committee decides on the participants and publishes the decision at the latest on April 1, 1914.

6. 4 prizes: 1200, 800, 600 and 400 crowns.

7. Those who don't win a prize receive 30 crowns for every game - 20 Crowns for the winner, 10 for the loser. Furthermore, all those who didn't win a prize receive 15 crowns for every draw. Special prizes will possibly be awarded.

Sunday, April 5, 1914,11 am: Welcoming and drawing of lots, etc..

Monday, April 6, 1914: Tournament begins in the morning. From then onwards, the games begin at 9 am.

Games are played on 6 days per week (adjourned games resumed on wednesdays), from 9 to 1 and 3 to 5 o'clock.

Time control: 2 h for 30 moves, then 1 hour for 15 moves.

Source: Pages 19-21 of the January-February 1914 'Wiener Schachzeitung'

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Jan-04-14  Karpova: The <Albert von Rothschild-Memorial-Preis (200 Kronen)> was awarded to Reti vs G Nyholm, 1914 by the jury Hugo Fähndrich and Dr. Arthur Kaufmann.

Source: Page 51 of the February-May 1914 'Wiener Schachzeitung'.

Jun-28-15  sneaky pete: <Baden-bei-Wien means <Baths-Full-Of-Wine>.>

Another failed alcoholic who mistakes Wien (Vienna) for Wein (wine).

Nov-12-15  Sally Simpson: "Schlechter continued his extraordinary run of undefeatedness."

Is 'undefeatedness' a word.

When he finally lost one was that the end of his undefeatedness's?

Nov-12-15  TheFocus: So <Baths Full of Viennese> is any better?
Nov-12-15  Sally Simpson: Thanks Focus.

May you to go on a long run of undefeatedness.

My run usually last for one game then I go on a longer run of unwinningness.

Nov-12-15  TheFocus: <Sally> Sounds like my career is the same as yours.
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  Benzol: May the "farce" be with you.


Jun-13-16  offramp: < Sally Simpson: "Schlechter continued his extraordinary run of undefeatedness." Is 'undefeatedness' a word.>

Correct would be undefeatitude.

Jun-13-16  disasterion: <offramp: < Sally Simpson: "Schlechter continued his extraordinary run of undefeatedness." Is 'undefeatedness' a word.> Correct would be undefeatitude.>

I like this.

But still, wouldn't it be simpler to say, "Schlechter continued his extraordinary undefeated run"?

Jun-13-16  offramp: <disasterion: <<Sally Simpson: Is 'undefeatedness' a word.>>

But still, wouldn't it be simpler to say, "Schlechter continued his extraordinary undefeated run"?>

Sounds perfect to me!

May-29-17  offramp: <offramp: < Sally Simpson: "Schlechter continued his extraordinary run of undefeatedness." Is 'undefeatedness' a word.> Correct would be undefeatitude.>

...Undefeatitude rhymes with beatitude.

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