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Giessen 1928
Compiled by suenteus po 147
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The Gießen Shachklub hosted an international chess tournament in Gießen, Germany in 1928. Among the participants were Richard Reti of Czechoslovakia, Savielly Tartakower of France, Hans Kmoch of Austria, and five German chess masters and players including Friedrich Saemisch, Walther Von Holzhausen, Wilhelm Orbach, Adolf Kramer, and Dr. P. Bechstedt. With the assembled talent hypermodern hijinks were bound to ensue and the this round robin event didn't disappoint. Reti finished clear first with +4, undefeated a full point ahead of shared seconds Tartakower and Saemisch.

The final standings and crosstable:

1st Reti 5½/7 * ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 1

=2nd Saemisch 4½/7 ½ * ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 ½

=2nd Tartakower 4½/7 ½ ½ * ½ 1 ½ 1 ½

=4th Kmoch 4/7 ½ 0 ½ * ½ ½ 1 1

=4th Orbach 4/7 0 ½ 0 ½ * 1 1 1

6th Kramer 3/7 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 * ½ 1

7th Bechstedt 1½/7 0 0 0 0 0 ½ * 1

8th Von Holzhausen 1/7 0 ½ ½ 0 0 0 0 *

Round One
Kmoch vs W Orbach, 1928
(C66) Ruy Lopez, 27 moves, 1/2-1/2

Saemisch vs Reti, 1928
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 50 moves, 1/2-1/2

Tartakower vs A Kramer, 1928 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 1 moves, 1/2-1/2

W Von Holzhausen vs P Bechstedt, 1928
(B10) Caro-Kann, 29 moves, 0-1

Round Two
P Bechstedt vs A Kramer, 1928
(B06) Robatsch, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

W Orbach vs Saemisch, 1928
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 63 moves, 1/2-1/2

Reti vs Tartakower, 1928 
(A04) Reti Opening, 35 moves, 1/2-1/2

W Von Holzhausen vs Kmoch, 1928
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 32 moves, 0-1

Round Three
Kmoch vs P Bechstedt, 1928
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 27 moves, 1-0

A Kramer vs Reti, 1928 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 15 moves, 0-1

Saemisch vs W Von Holzhausen, 1928
(D35) Queen's Gambit Declined, 47 moves, 1/2-1/2

Tartakower vs W Orbach, 1928
(D05) Queen's Pawn Game, 52 moves, 1-0

Round Four
P Bechstedt vs Reti, 1928
(A25) English, 30 moves, 0-1

Kmoch vs Saemisch, 1928 
(C28) Vienna Game, 23 moves, 0-1

W Orbach vs A Kramer, 1928
(D43) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 30 moves, 1-0

W Von Holzhausen vs Tartakower, 1928
(B29) Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein, 48 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Five
A Kramer vs W Von Holzhausen, 1928 
(C44) King's Pawn Game, 47 moves, 1-0

Reti vs W Orbach, 1928
(C79) Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred, 34 moves, 1-0

Saemisch vs P Bechstedt, 1928 
(A04) Reti Opening, 30 moves, 1-0

Tartakower vs Kmoch, 1928
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 55 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Six
P Bechstedt vs W Orbach, 1928
(A14) English, 42 moves, 0-1

Kmoch vs A Kramer, 1928
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 78 moves, 1/2-1/2

Saemisch vs Tartakower, 1928
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

W Von Holzhausen vs Reti, 1928
(B03) Alekhine's Defense, 43 moves, 0-1

Round Seven
A Kramer vs Saemisch, 1928
(B40) Sicilian, 37 moves, 1/2-1/2

W Orbach vs W Von Holzhausen, 1928
(D16) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 69 moves, 1-0

Reti vs Kmoch, 1928
(C01) French, Exchange, 28 moves, 1/2-1/2

Tartakower vs P Bechstedt, 1928 
(A02) Bird's Opening, 56 moves, 1-0

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